A quick reminder... what is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation of cannabidiol. This is a cannabinoid that has been extracted from the hemp plant (or cannabis plant). There are a number of cannabinoids on offer from this wonderful plant, CBD is just one of many.
CBD offers a number of health benefits, including an improved immune system. It can be taken as a food supplement, much like daily vitamins, for general health. Or it can be used for more significant conditions. CBD products are often mixed with other cannabinoids, as this offers the entourage effect. Researchers have found that using a mix of cannabinoids can increase the effect as opposed to if the product contained purely CBD - these products are called 'full-spectrum.
It's not just other cannabinoids that can increase CBD's benefits. Flavonoids and terpenes are often also used, as well as many other vitamins and nutrients. For example, Nordic Oil mix their prodcuts with extras such as omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc and potassium.
Many people are wary of CBD because they believe it's illegal, or that it gets you 'high'. This simply isn't true. There is a cannabinoid within the hemp plant which is known for its intoxicating qualities, which is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). But either CBD products do not contain any THC, or the amount is so low that the effects are not felt.
Scientific research indicates that CBD (and other cannabinoids) interact with our bodies’ Endocannabinoid System (ECS for short). This system controls the development and transmission of pain, anxiety, mood, body temperature and memories.
CBD in particular is noted for having analgesic, antispasmodic and antidepressant properties.
Which ingredients are contained in the CBD oil from Nordic Oil?
The ingredients are of course of particular importance in a CBD oil. And precise and correct information from the manufacturer is all the more important.
According to Nordic Oil, every single product complies with all EU regulations and contains less than 0.2% THC. A higher value would be illegal under current UK law.
Furthermore, the CBD oils from Nordic Oil contain valuable and naturally occurring terpenes. However, other substances such as omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids or vitamin E are also contained within the oil.
Because of this variety of active ingredients, the oils from Nordic Oil can be confidently referred to as a natural full-spectrum oil, which increases the aforementioned entourage effect. To reiterate, this means that the different active ingredients reinforce each other and work together, giving you further benefits.
With the purchase you get a 10ml bottle with a 5 percent CBD content (500mg). This is a good entry-level model for CBD newbies. The vial should contain around 250 drops .
One drop contains about 2mg of CBD. The oil itself is based on a hemp seed oil and is supplemented with a hemp extract (the CBD).
The CBD oil does not contain colouring or conversion agents. Nordic Oil also advises that the CBD oil is vegan and gluten-free.
Nordic Oil also undergoes several tests to attest to its high quality. The 5% oil has also been tested in the laboratory by a reputable company.
Where can you buy the CBD oil?
You can buy the oil directly from the manufacturer in the online shop. It is currently available from £35. There are generally also often vouchers, discounts and competitions to reduce the price.
The dispatch takes place exclusively within the EU countries. When ordering, you have a choice of shipping methods:
- Priority shipping: £5. 2-3 working days, free of charge when you spend £40.99
- DHL Express: £14.70. 1-2 working days, free of charge when you spend £99.99.
The Nordic Oil products can often reach the minimum order value, which means that deliveries are usually free.
Nordic Oil recognise that due to recent unprecedented restrictions in place on travel and trade between the UK and mainland EU, there are increased delays witih delivery. Therefore Nordic Oil are sending out all orders with DHL Express Delivery, without any extra costs for you - another example of their customer focused approach.
In addition to this, if you have any concerns in relation to customs duty and shipping charges with products coming from the EU, Nordic has this covered.
Nordic Oil have assured customers they will cover any additional costs in this respect. The website gives all the information needed to ensure you, the customer, is not out of pocket.
Another fantastic benefit offered is a full refund if products are returned within 14 days of purchase. Returns are free of charge.
A number of deals are also offered on the website, such as 3 products for the price of 2 - you should always look out for offers! Most of the larger CBD brands will have these on offer.
How to dose CBD oil.
Dosage is always an issue in itself. The manufacturer recommends one thing, other people recommend something something else, and every website has it's own opinion to offer.
Unfortunately the reason for this is that there cannot be a universal dosage. Everyone is different. In addition to the purpose of ingestion, body size and weight are also a decisive factor.
At this point, you cannot always rely on the manufacturer's information. Often times, they set the recommended dosage as low as possible in order to avoid potential adhesion problems right from the start. Nevertheless, we do not want to withhold it from you:
The product comes with a pipette, or dropper, which makes dosing easier. The packaging and bottle say that it is best to take 3 drops 1-2 times a day. 6 drops correspond to 12 mg cannabidiol.
According to the manufacturer, you should always shake the oil well before use, but be careful that the cap is really well closed.
It is recommended to drip the oil under your tongue and take the CBD sublinugally. Only swallow after 1-2 minutes. In this way, the CBD looks through the oral mucosa effectively and acts relatively quickly.
Many prefer to stand in front of a mirror. This way you can count the drops quite easily and know exactly how much you have just taken.
As we have already said, everyone should ultimately decide for themselves when and how much CBD oil to consume.
Is this something for athletes too?
Our third person is an athlete. He wanted to try out whether the oil could help him with regeneration, sleep or pain after training. However, he shared that did not really feel any effect from the oil.
Again, this could be due to the fact that the oil has a very low concentration of 5%. Our tester replayed that he would've liked to try a higher concentration.
Former NFL star Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots shows that CBD can also be of interest to athletes . He even formally advertises the use of CBD. Thanks to the cannabinoid, he is free from pain. A big win for an American football player.
During our test, we had no experience with the already rather low and harmless side effects of CBD.
Testing could not find any THC in Nordic Oil
According to the laboratory report, there is no THC in the 5% oil from Nordic Oil . Not even 0.2%, which would still be within the supposedly permitted framework.
A small disadvantage, however, is that there aren't really many other cannabinoids in the oil. At least not as a larger proportion. Nevertheless, it is a full spectrum without chemical additives, in which only 100% organic hemp was used.