How To Use CBD Oil: Your Questions Answered

CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years, and you may be curious about and how you can incorporate it into your healthcare routine – but do you know how to use CBD oil?

CBD oil is the most popular form of CBD, and there are several ways that it can be taken.

We’ve created this guide to explain everything you need to know about how to take CBD oil – the different methods and their benefits.

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 identified cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, and it does not cause psychoactive effects like THC.

The effects and benefits of CBD will vary from one person to the next depending on several factors like the dosage and the way it is taken.

How to use CBD oil

People are often advised to begin with one to four drops per application, once or twice per day. This can be adjusted according to the efficacy and the needs of the particular person using it. 

Of course, the information on each individual product should be followed carefully.

For more information about CBD dosage, check out our CBD dosage guide here.

Like the dosage, the best way to take CBD oil varies depending on the person, but luckily there are many different ways for you to choose from.

 If you are interested in learning more about how to take CBD oil, here are some of the most common methods:

1. Sublingual absorption:

Essentially, CBD oil can be placed under the tongue. From here it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, making this one of the fastest and simplest methods of use. The person should hold the oil in place for around 60 seconds before swallowing it.

2. Vaporising:

CBD “vaping” is becoming increasingly popular. CBD vape oil is specifically formulated to be taken like this, and it is a very effective way of getting the full effect. By being taken into the lungs, the CBD is carried throughout the bloodstream quickly.

For more information on this subject, don’t forget to read our in-depth guide on CBD vape oil effects.

3. Capsules:

Some companies offer CBD capsules which can simply be taken with water. The advantage of this method is the regularity and the uniformity of dosages. This method is also very simple and convenient.

4. Topical use:

There are a range of CBD products on the market which can be used topically, meaning that they are applied directly to the skin. The CBD rejuvenates the epidermis without being absorbed all the way into the dermis itself.

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Does CBD give you a high?

Legal CBD has a very low THC content. In fact, the lower the THC content, the better the product is and this is why CBD can be legally sold in many places. This absence of THC means that CBD does not create a high.

Does CBD oil have side effects?

While research is ongoing, there is no evidence to suggest that CBD oil has negative effects on a person’s health. In a range of trials, no patients have complained of adverse effects from taking the supplement.

Does CBD oil work quickly?

The speed at which CBD oils work depends on the individual, the product that is being used, the application method, and various other factors. With that said, there are trends suggesting that sublingual use and vaping are generally the fastest-acting methods.

Which is the best CBD oil?

Consumers will find that the best CBD oils are those extracted from organically-grown hemp plants which have not been tainted by pesticides. The final strain should have a high level of CBD content and a very low level of THC.

Is CBD oil expensive?

The price of CBD products will vary according to the quality and the product itself, and some are made specifically for different methods of administration. The landscape is still emerging and consumers will find that a wide range of options are available to them.

How to use CBD oil: summary

CBD is not one-size-fits-all, and the best way to take CBD oil will not be the same for everyone. 

Always remember to read the full product information when choosing which CBD product to buy, and follow the individual instructions carefully when using it.

If you’re interested in learning even more about CBD, make sure to check out our blog.

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Brexit CBD Restrictions: Everything You Need to Know

Brexit has dominated the headlines for the last five years. Now that the UK is no longer in the EU, industries and the economy are starting to feel the effects. Here, we discuss all there is to know about the new Brexit CBD restrictions.

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CBD law in the UK

First of all, let’s look at the legality of CBD in the UK.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD products are legal in the UK as long as they don’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the cannabinoid that gets you ‘high’.

THC, along with most other cannabinoids, is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA). This means it’s illegal to possess, produce or distribute a product that contains THC.

To be legal, a CBD product must contain less than 1mg of THC per pack. Any more than this and it would be considered a controlled substance under the MDA.

Novel food regulations and Brexit

In January 2019, CBD was added to the EU Novel Food Catalogue, meaning it would be subject to the EU’s novel food regulations.

Under these regulations, foods or food ingredients that don’t have a history of consumption prior to May 1997 must be assessed and authorised before they can be marketed.

In February 2020, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) gave UK companies a deadline of 31 March 2021. By then, companies must have a validated novel food application in place for each of their products. Only products linked to such an application would be allowed to remain on the shelves from 1 April 2021.

The FSA recently updated this rule to include products linked to a novel food application that has been submitted (rather than validated) by 31 March 2021. Products can stay on the shelves during the process of validation.

After submitting a novel food application, validation usually takes around 2-3 months. Validation means the applicant has submitted all the necessary information, and the application can move onto the authorisation stage. Full authorisation can take over a year.

Products that weren’t on sale before the FSA’s initial announcement (13 February 2020) must have full novel food authorisation before coming to market.

However, Brexit has complicated novel food regulations for CBD, with Scotland’s pro-EU politics and the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland (ROI) border issue complicating the situation.

This has resulted in three different regulatory regimes across the UK. The FSA’s deadline applies to companies in England and Wales, but there are different rules for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

What are the rules in Scotland?

Food safety in Scotland is governed by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), rather than the FSA. FSS has rejected the FSA’s 31 March deadline system and instead opted to follow the EU’s authorisation-only policy.

This means that in Scotland, CBD products must have full novel food authorisation before they can be sold. Currently, there are no CBD products with novel food authorisation.

In December 2020, FSS clarified its position. They acknowledged that there are CBD products already on the market, many of which are still seeking novel food authorisation.

Because of this, FSS is encouraging a proportionate approach to enforcement, taking into account a company’s commitment to gaining legal compliance.

Despite not aligning with the FSA’s approach of allowing products without full novel food authorisation to stay on the shelves, FSS is working closely with the FSA on the validation and authorisation of novel food applications. Companies only need to submit their applications to the FSA, with no need to submit to FSS separately.

What are the rules in Northern Ireland?

Novel food regulations for Northern Ireland have been complicated by the issue of the post-Brexit border between the UK and EU.

The Northern Ireland Protocol was negotiated by the UK and EU to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the ROI. It enables goods to cross between the two countries with no new checks.

Due to the protocol, Northern Ireland has effectively remained in the EU’s single market for goods. This allows goods to move between Northern Ireland and the EU, via the ROI, as they did pre-Brexit, without new checks, tariffs, or paperwork.

This means that companies seeking novel food authorisation for products on the Northern Ireland market need to continue to follow EU rules and the EU’s authorisation procedures.

As a result, the FSA’s 31 March deadline doesn’t apply to products in Northern Ireland. Like Scotland, products need full novel food authorisation before they can be legally marketed for sale.

How is Brexit affecting trade in the CBD market?

The UK’s Brexit trade agreement allows for free trade with the EU, with no tariffs or quotas introduced.

However, Brexit has ended the free movement of goods between the UK and the EU. This is a blow to UK CBD companies. Most companies rely on CBD imported from EU countries that allow hemp growers to use the plant’s flowers. In the UK, hemp flowers are a controlled substance.


As the UK is no longer required to follow EU regulations on product standards, companies are facing new customs checks and more paperwork. This can make shipping goods – including CBD products – much more complicated.

These new difficulties can create extra costs and shipping delays, putting a strain on supply chain relationships. Many CBD companies are already experiencing issues; some shipments being held up at customs or turned away at the border because they don’t have the correct documents.

The danger is that these new challenges may force UK companies to drop their European CBD suppliers and look elsewhere.

Could Brexit bring benefits for the CBD industry?

No longer bound by EU regulations, some believe that Brexit may unlock new opportunities for the UK CBD industry. For example, it may make it possible to develop a CBD sector similar to Switzerland’s, which is thriving.

This is a result of an amendment to the Swiss Narcotics Act in 2011 allowing cannabis with an average THC content <1% to be legally grown and sold. This was followed by a boom in low-THC cannabis retailers and interest in CBD products.

However, the UK currently has stricter rules on the cultivation and processing of hemp than many EU countries, so it remains to be seen whether it will follow suit.

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CBD Skincare: 6 Of The Best CBD Skincare Products In The UK Today

CBD has become a buzzword in the beauty industry, with an explosion of CBD skincare and cosmetics now available. You may have heard of people taking CBD orally or by vaping or may have used it yourself. But what’s the deal with putting it on your skin?

Here’s our rundown of six of the best CBD skincare products to buy in the UK, plus some handy information to help you make an informed choice.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of a number of compounds called cannabinoids found in cannabis.

CBD is extracted from hemp, a variety of cannabis that contains little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid that causes psychotropic and intoxicating effects (a ‘high’). 

For more information, read our in-depth guide outlining what is CBD.

Does CBD skincare have any side effects?

Firstly, CBD skincare can’t get you high. To be legal, CBD products must contain less than 1mg of THC per pack, meaning they won’t have any intoxicating effects.

A 2017 report by the World Health Organization stated that ‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile’. 

However, some participants in studies have reported side effects when taking CBD, including drowsiness, diarrhoea, mood changes and decreased appetite. 

These effects may be a result of long-term use or interactions with other medications the person is taking.

It’s not yet well established how much CBD is absorbed through the skin, or whether these side effects could occur with CBD skincare. We recommend talking to your doctor before using a CBD product.

Are there any regulations around CBD skincare?

Like all cosmetics in the UK, CBD skin products require a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR). However, there are no specific regulations relating to CBD cosmetics – apart from the legal requirements that relate to CBD products in general

These include not containing THC and not making any medicinal claims. For example, CBD brands are not allowed to make claims like ‘heals skin’ or ‘fights eczema’. 

In February 2021, the EU added CBD as a legal cosmetic ingredient to its CosIng guidelines, a database of cosmetic regulations that sets out authorised and unlawful ingredients. Until this revision, only synthetic CBD was expressly allowed as a cosmetic ingredient.

The regulatory change means that plant-derived CBD can be used in cosmetics as a skin conditioner, skin protectant, antioxidant and anti-sebum ingredient.

Although the UK is no longer in the EU, this is a promising step for the CBD cosmetic industry that paves the way for a more harmonious European CBD market.

How much CBD is in skincare products?

The amount of CBD in skincare will vary from product to product.

Some CBD products state the CBD content on the label. However, companies aren’t obligated to do this, and won’t be breaking any laws if their products only contain minimal amounts of CBD.

Want to play it safe? Your best bet is to stick with products that tell you the CBD content. This will be stated either in milligrams or as a percentage.

CBD vs hemp seed oil: What’s the difference?

If you’ve spent time browsing CBD skincare products, you may have come across some that mention hemp seed oil. With this in mind, it’s important to know that hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil. 

While hemp seed oil has benefits of its own, if you’re trying to buy CBD skincare you probably want to know you’re getting the real deal.

If you’re not sure whether a product has CBD in it, check the ingredients list. It should say ‘CBD’ or ‘cannabidiol’, or sometimes ‘broad-spectrum hemp oil’ or ‘phytocannabinoid-rich/PCR hemp oil’. These are all recognised names for CBD. If it says ‘cannabis sativa seed oil’ then this is hemp seed oil, not CBD.

Find out more about the differences between CBD and hemp seed oil.

Best CBD skincare products UK

Without further ado, here are our picks for the best CBD skincare products you can buy in the UK today! 

1. CBD Soothing Oil-Balm Cleansing Mask by The Body Shop, £17

The Body’ Shop’s cleansing mask is designed to help purify your skin. With an indulgent gel-to-milk texture, it’s enriched with a blend of naturally-derived CBD and hemp seed oil. 

It contains plant-derived squalane, olive oil and white clay. It’s also suitable for all skin types, vegan-friendly and contains 99% ingredients of natural origin.

The Body Shop says: ‘This cleansing mask soothes skin from dryness discomfort and removes impurities without leaving it feeling dry’.

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Image courtesy of The Body Shop 

2. Organic CBD Body Balm by Raised Spirit, £49.99

This luxurious body balm from Raised Spirit is hand-crafted in Oxfordshire and is designed to deeply nourish, moisturise and soothe your skin. 

Not only is it organic CBD skincare, but it’s even vegan-friendly. Blending just five ingredients including shea butter, known for its moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties and high in vitamins A and E, and coconut oil, another great moisturiser with antibacterial properties. 

Each 120ml jar contains 400 mg of full-spectrum CBD, along with lavender essential oil – another ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties – and sunflower lecithin, a natural emollient. 

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3. Infused: CBD Dry Skin Cream by Vitality CBD, £19.99

Vitality CBD’s dry skin cream has been formulated to soothe damaged skin and defend it against the elements.

With shea butter to help your body create a protective layer, it contains three ceramides to imitate your skin’s natural barriers. Along with CBD, it also contains argan stem cells and AnnonaSense.

Vitality CBD says: ‘Our dry skin cream works exclusively to support your body’s natural processes’, and suggests applying to the affected area 2-3 times a day.

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4. CBD Super Serum by Revolution Skincare, £12

This serum by Revolution Skincare is designed to soothe, calm and moisturise dry skin. Alongside hemp oil and CBD, it contains hyaluronic acid to encourage improved skin hydration.

It’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Revolution suggests applying it to your face morning and night after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising.

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Image courtesy of Revolution Skincare

5. CBD Face Oil by Kiskanu, £40.60

Kiskanu CBD Face Oil is a gentle CBD face oil suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. 

Designed to deeply moisturise your skin, it contains a blend of organic cold-pressed virgin oils including sunflower, argan, coconut and jojoba.

Additionally, it contains rose geranium, which has wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, along with lavender, which is antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic, and wild carrot, a gentle cell rejuvenator.

And lastly, it’s high in vitamins A and E to promote collagen formation and can be used as a daily moisturiser on cleansed skin, or as a makeup base or remover.

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6. Eye Serum for Dark Circles and Puffiness by MGC Derma, £80

MGC Derma’s eye serum is designed to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage in the eye area in order to eliminate toxins, shadows and bags.

It contains CBD extracted using MGC Derma’s Aquiol process, which produces 99% pure CBD that can be absorbed in water-based formulas.

It’s high in vitamins A, B, D and E, as well as antioxidants to prevent and reduce cell damage. It also contains caffeine to reduce puffiness and make skin firmer, and grape stem cells to reduce inflammation.

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Explore our range of White Label CBD cosmetics

Excited by the prospect of CBD skincare? A recent report by Grand View Research found that the global CBD skincare market is expected to reach USD 1.7 billion by 2025 – one of many reasons why it’s the perfect time to get involved in this thriving sector.

At Leaf Sciences we offer a comprehensive line of White Label cosmetics, including CBD infused creams, serums, cleansers, balms and oils.

In addition, all of our products can be personally tailored to your needs, and one of our White Label CBD specialists will guide you through the whole process – from selecting the right products to choosing the perfect packaging.

Find out more or get in touch with us.

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