CBD stands for cannabidiol, a natural compound extracted from the hemp plant. Ingesting CBD extract through oil, capsule or topical form reacts with your body’s regulatory system, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and can help to keep your body in balance. For more information about what CBD is take a look at our What is CBD guide.
Just as people take vitamins to supplement their body, CBD is taken to support the endocannabinoid system. The ECS helps to regulate the immune system, bodily functions such as sleeping and is integral in balancing mood, anxiety and even sex drive.
No, CBD isn’t addictive as it does not produce an excessive amount of dopamine for the body to crave. CBD doesn’t produce intoxicating effects unlike that of other varieties of cannabis, meaning that it does not have addiction-related effects.
No, CBD products do not get you high. As CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, people often wrongly assume products that include it will make you feel high. However, it is the THC component of the cannabis plant that gives you a euphoric feeling of being high is why it is strictly regulated in the UK and may often see some products claim to be “THC Free”. On the other hand the CBD component actually helps your body’s regulating system to keep it balanced. Find out more with our guide: Does CBD get you high?
Low strength CBD oil is perfect for first time CBD users. 100% natural and made with MCT oil, our CBD oils are easily absorbed into your body. We advise you to start with just one drop or spray of oil as part of your bedtime routine if you’re new to CBD, this can slowly be increased until you find the dosage that works for you. The sprayheads and pipettes provided with our CBD oils makes measuring out dosage quick and simple.
Our great range of CBD topicals, including a CBD muscle rub and joint gel, complement CBD with other active ingredients that ease aching muscles and reduce inflammation. The perfect pre or post-workout product!
Our CBD capsules offer a pre-measured dosage that should be taken with food. Healthy fats such as fish or avocado help the CBD be absorbed into your bloodstream, so you get the benefits of the capsule much quicker.
Understand the different types of CBD better with our detailed guide to find the perfect CBD products for you.
Now you know a bit about what it is what the potential benefits are you might be wondering how to take it.
At fourfive we have a range of products that makes taking CBD easy:
We’ve got a blog with more information if you are interested in finding out more about how to take it take a look: ‘What’s the Best Way to Use CBD’.
There are lots of ways to use cannabidiol (CBD), but when applied to the skin, CBD Joint Gel works in several ways. First is the rubbing action associated with massaging it in. This soothing motion stimulates the nerve endings which helps reduce discomfort by overwhelming the pain signals. When combined with active ingredients such as menthol this can work wonders and providing a natural alternative to help support the highs and lows of an active lifestyle.
CBD also interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) which has receptors throughout the body, including in skin cells and nerve fibres. This distribution of cannabinoid receptors in the skin allows topical CBD products to have a localised effect. Our CBD Joint Gel can be used in addition to CBD capsules or oils but it can also be used on its own if you’re not a fan of the taste and flavour of CBD Oils.
The membrane under our tongue is a bit like a gateway to the bloodstream for oils. When you put a few drops of CBD oil in your mouth, it will head straight to your bloodstream without having to pass through the digestive system or liver first. This means that the CBD compounds don’t get broken down by enzymes the way they would if they were ingested.
This rapid absorption means that oils take effect almost immediately after administration. However, this rapid absorption rate means that the effects from entering into the body more quickly don’t last as long. As such, different strengths of CBD oil (e.g. 500mg, 1000mg or 2000mg) can have varying effects.
Unlike CBD oil, capsules are swallowed and as such, they are absorbed into the body differently. Where oil sprays or droppers bypass the digestive system, capsules run headlong into it. First, the CBD compounds enter the stomach and then travels to the liver where it is metabolised. This process reduces the concentration of CBD compounds but there is still enough CBD at an effective concentration that then passes into the bloodstream. The rate of absorption of capsules can be increased by taking them alongside natural fatty foods such as dairy, avocado, nuts and seeds.
What are the consequences of this kind of absorption? Taking a capsule will not show the same level of immediate effects as taking CBD oil, and the overall benefits may be less acute but they may be longer-lasting. It’s a slow and steady method of using CBD and is easily incorporated into a wellness routine with other supplements.
Many individuals who have used CBD feel it is a great natural alternative when maintaining an active lifestyle. Read more about how our customers have found taking it here. The result you feel depends on different factors like the dosage, the strength, the size and body mass of the person, and the type of product. This means that people may have different experiences, too.
Hemp derived CBD has a naturally lower amount of THC and using advanced extraction methods we are able to reduce that amount to below the legally required limit of 0.2%. This low level of THC does not affect the body or mind.
Not all CBD products are made equal. Some contain contaminants, which are most likely unintentional but exist nonetheless. These can include mould, heavy metals, or pesticides. Some companies have been known to add synthetic cannabinoids to increase the weight or strength of a product.
Thankfully, in today’s market, you can test the credibility of a brand by their third party lab tests. If a company doesn’t have one, then we recommend looking elsewhere. We provide a third-party lab report with all of our products for complete transparency. This same practice should be present for each CBD company that wishes to sell to a consumer. If they don’t, you could be rolling the dice on your health.
When a company doesn’t provide a visible report, it’s up to the consumer to ask them if they have a third party lab test to make sure. While we have nothing to hide, other companies may not share this information so openly.
Take a look at our lab reports for our products here.
Hemp oil is primarily taken for its nutritional value. It’s particularly rich in two essential fatty acids as mentioned above, but it also contain a high level of protein, vitamin E, and several other minerals. Alongside its dietary uses, it also won’t get you high because it contains none of the psychotropic THC.
CBD oil, whilst also non-psychotropic, is focused primarily on cannabinoids. In broad and full spectrum products CBD is ingested alongside its natural partners from the hemp plant.
We also understand that CBD oils interact with our body in a fundamentally different way than hemp oils. Our body actually produces its own cannabinoids internally, in a network known as the endocannabinoid system. When we ingest cannabinoids, they interact with this existing series of cannabinoids and receptors.
Anxiety is describing a feeling of fear and can vary from slight unease to uncurbed panic attacks. In ‘normal’ cases, these feelings are temporary and wouldn’t have an impact on your day-to-day life. However once anxiety turns into an anxiety disorder, this feeling of fear may stick with you all the time and have an increasingly negative impact on your life. In extreme cases, your anxiety might even prevent you from doing simple things, like crossing the street, attending events, or ultimately, leaving the house.
There are many different short and long-term reasons that can contribute to feelings/conditions of anxiety, and athletes are no exception with many finding that nerves prior to an event may affect sports performance. There is now clinical evidence to suggest there are interactions of CBD receptors in the Central Nervous System, which could support better quality sleep and contribute to calmer feelings, positively everyday challenges in our active lives.
Alongside our Central Nervous and Digestive systems, our body has another lesser known system, The ECS or Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is integral in achieving homeostasis within the body and is responsible for maintaining balance in many of our body’s physiological and cognitive process. These include mood, appetite, memory, energy and pain.
CBD is thought to interact with various receptors found in the Central Nervous and Peripheral Nervous Systems including the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor and the GABA-A receptor in the brain which is a neurotransmitter in the CNS associated with natural calming and anti-anxiety effects.
So what does a good nights sleep feel like? Whilst we’re asleep our brains move through various stages of the the sleep cycle. The most restorative and deep phase of quality sleep is the non-REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage. When we achieve long periods of non-REM sleep we wake feeling well rested and refreshed.
The Endocannabinoid System is believed to serve as a link between the circadian regulation systems and the behavioural and physiological processes that are affected, including sleep.
By supporting your ECS with CBD, you may find it easier to stay asleep, fall asleep and achieve a higher quality period of prolonged sleep. This works, not through sedation, as with typical sleeping medication; rather CBD could help the body shift from Rapid Eye Movement (REM) into non-REM sleep stages of the sleep cycle.
Vitamin C is a powerful supplement, your body uses extra vitamin C during times of increased need such as illness or infection so unless extra care is taken to increase dietary intake during these times, daily supplies are likely to fall short. Taking Vitamin C also helps to prevent iron deficiency. Iron is an important nutrient that has a variety of functions in the body. It’s essential for making red blood cells and transporting oxygen throughout the body.
Vitamin C supplements can help improve the absorption of iron from the diet. Vitamin C assists in converting iron that is poorly absorbed, such as plant-based sources of iron, into a form that is easier to absorb. This is especially useful for people on a meat-free diet, as meat is a major source of iron – our Vitamin C is totally vegan too!
Vitamin D isn’t present in most of the foods we consume on a daily basis, (you would need to consume around 54 eggs to get 2000iu of Vitamin D – equivalent to one of our fourfive capsules). Nevertheless, this vitamin is crucial to keep our bones strong and healthy by helping our bodies absorb calcium.
Omega 3 fats are a group of unsaturated fats that we need to stay healthy – especially for heart health. Regularly obtaining a daily intake of 250mg of EPA and DHA has been proven to help maintain normal blood pressure and heart function which could help to prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Research suggests that it can take up to 3 months for regular Omega 3 fatty acids to increase and improve levels in the brain and heart so it’s the perfect supplement to add into your everyday health routine.
Lactobacillus GG is the most prolifically researched probiotic in the world*, and over 400 studies have been conducted in areas such as inflammatory issues, digestive balance, immune system support and mood. As modern diets often contain high levels of alcohol, caffeine and sugar, a daily supplement of LGG Biotic can help replenishes the body’s good bacteria can be lost as a result of these lifestyle choices. *As of a number of studies up to 2017.
Even a complete and balanced diet may not be giving you all the nutrients you need, especially if you suffer from deficiencies, which are commonly linked to chronic diseases. In these cases, vitamins and multivitamin supplements can be key in providing a good foundation for your diet and ultimately your health.
So, here’s our breakdown of our favourite 5 essential vitamins and minerals to take daily:
You can read more about these vitamins in our blog post here.
The immune system is what protects your body from any external, unwanted invaders such as viruses, bacteria and toxins. Working together the complex group of cells, proteins and organs build a wall of defence that helps stop you from getting sick.
Read our blog post for more tips on how to support your immune system.
Probiotics – These are living bacteria that are found in certain foods and supplements
Prebiotics – These are types of fibre that feed the good bacteria in your stomach
We have 100 trillion bacteria living in our stomach and intestines, but poor diet, too much alcohol, antibiotics, hormones and stress can all upset the natural balance of bacteria in our gut. An imbalance means there are too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria. It’s important to have both probiotics and prebiotics in your diet to ensure you have the right balance of bacteria to keep your microbiota in tip top condition.
The good bacteria in your stomach protects against bad bacteria and fungi that might enter your stomach, aiding your immune system.
Other benefits of keeping a healthy stomach are:
- Prevents gut and digestive tract diseases such as Crohn’s disease
- Effective digestion
- Brain health
- Heart health
- Healthy sleeping
- Improved mood
Through making sure you get enough probiotics and prebiotics into your system on a daily basis you ensure that you have the right balance of bacteria to reap the benefits of a healthy gut.
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You have 14 days to return your order under our 14 day return period policy, which starts on the day after you received the item.
All items must be returned unused and in the original packaging as they were in when received by you.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.
Consumable products, such as supplements, can not be returned if they’re opened – unless the product itself is faulty.
To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.
There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable)
Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
Any item that is returned more than 14 days after delivery
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item.
We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card
or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.
Different people have different effects from using our products, depending on the way they absorb it, the dosage they use and their lifestyle. This is why our products come with a 60 day guarantee so there’s no risk and you can buy with complete confidence.
Simply give the products a try for at least two weeks and if, for any reason you’re still not 100% satisfied with the outcome then we’ll issue you with a full credit of your order so you can try something different from our range . Simply contact us and include the information below and we’ll handle the rest!