CBD - What is it?

CBD Explained

We know it can be confusing when coming to choose the right CBD product. So sit back and grab a brew, we’ve got some explaining to do!

What is CBD?

Let’s clear the smoke! benucbd products are extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp is a type of Cannabis plant with less than 0.2% THC content. 

The common misconception is that CBD will get you high, however this is not the case – it will not turn you ‘green’ and give you the munchies! Marijuana (weed) is also from the Cannabis family but contains up to 30% THC and has completely different effects on the body. THC is the active ingredient in Cannabis that gives user a high.

CBD belongs to a group of compounds, called Cannabinoids. There are over 100 types of Cannabinoids and they are mostly found in the Cannabis plant. Each one will affect the body in a different way. Cannabinoids work by attaching themselves to Endocannabinoid Receptors, which are found all over the body. 

The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for regulating a wide range of important bodily functions such as sleep, memory, emotional behaviour, body temperature and movement. A vast amount of research can be found online which highlights the potential benefits CBD has on these physical processes.

Different Types of CBD


CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant and includes THC. The legal limit for THC in the UK is 1mg per product.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mixture between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.

Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed.

The products we have here at benucbd are all Broad Spectrum and THC free!

CBD Flower/Bud

CBD flowers or buds are still illegal in the UK and should not be sold.

These pie charts will give you a better idea on the different types of CBD.

CBD Law in the UK

CBD is defined as a ‘Novel Food’, a Novel Food is a food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15th May 1997, when the regulations were introduced. Although there is research to suggest Hemp has been used in food for 100’s of years.

A Novel Food must not pose a risk to public health, not be nutritionally deficient and must not be misleading to the consumer.

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