CBD Oil Benefits & FAQs

Does  CBD Oil/Hemp Oil contain THC?

We only use cannabis/hemp strains containing high concentrations of CBD, other cannabinoids and untraceable amounts of THC.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is a derivative of cannabis plants that have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) while having low levels of THC. At MCU Botanicals, our CBD oils always have less than 0.2% THC. These extracts can then be used in paste form, or mixed with other oils such as hemp seed oil, to lower the viscosity of the extract. The cannabidiol (CBD) content of CBD oil varies considerably, since manufacturers use an assortment of cannabis plants and preparation techniques. At MCU Botanicals we only offer CBD oil with a high concentration of CBD and containing 0.2% THC.

What is Hemp oil?

Hemp oil is just another word used for CBD oil, as both are terms to mean cannabis extracts. But be aware there is also a huge difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil, although many people believe they are the same. Hemp seed oil is derived purely from hemp seeds, and is used in food preparation but does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids.

How is CBD oil/Hemp oil manufactured?

At MCU Botanicals we use solvent free CO2 extraction, in other words using the CO2 from the air we breath to extract the beneficial molecules.

Is CBD oil/hemp oil legal?

CBD Oil/Hemp Oil and other hemp products are generally considered to be food-based. Consequently, there are limited restrictions on the production, sale and consumption of hemp oil in the United States. CBD Oil/Hemp Oil is legal in most countries in the world as long is it contains almost untraceable concentrations of the molecule THC. 

Do I get high from CBD in the hemp oil?

Although we always say that CBD effects everyone differently, the answer is no, hemp oil contains mainly CBD, a compound which does not make the user feel high. Instead, hemp oil can help maintain a calmer, clearer mind as part of an active lifestyle.

Will CBD Oil/Hemp Oil help me with my illness?

We cannot make any medical claims about CBD/Hemp Oil.

It is recommended that you conduct your own research.

These statements have not been evaluated by the MHRA or the FDA.

What is the difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp?

They are all actually just cannabis plants, however hemp or industrial hemp is a term commonly used for cannabis varieties that contain very low levels of THC. Marijuana in general is a word used for plants that contain high amounts of THC.

Our ancestors did not know anything about THC (that it is psychoactive) and were just growing cannabis and calling it hemp. It’s only nowadays that the definition of hemp means low levels of THC.

On street level when a cannabis plant is analyzed it’s found to contain 1%-32% THC. Cannabis products can even contain up to 98% THC.

Will I test positive for Cannabis if I use CBD Hemp oil?

 Most drug tests screen for THC (delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Our products contain almost untraceable amounts of THC . However, studies have shown that eating foods containing hemp (seeds, oil, etc.) can cause confirmed positive results for THC.  Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing,  it is our recommendation to talk with whomever may be testing you prior to using any hemp-derived CBD products.

What does the CBD Oil/Hemp Oil contain?

CBD,Chlorophyll, Alkanes, Nitrogenous compounds, Amino acids, Sugars, Aldehydes, Alcohols, Ketones, Flavonoids, Glycosides, Vitamins and Pigments.

It is claimed that cannabis/hemp contains over 400 molecules and in recent research we have discovered there are a group of molecules that cannabis produces called cannabinoids which are mostly responsible for its effects.  There are over 100 cannabinoids including CBD, THC, CBG, CBC and CBN.

The most famous cannabinoid is THC, which is psychoactive and responsible for the high. However, at  MCU Botanicals we produce products with a high concentration of the cannabinoid CBD which does not give the high.

Does cannabis/hemp have any other names?

Yes, it has a lot of slang names such as Marijuana, Pot, Weed, Grass, Ganga, Dope, Herb, Reefer, Skunk and many more.

What is Medical Cannabis/Medical Marijuana?

Medical cannabis or medical marijuana, can refer to the use of cannabis to treat disease or improve symptoms; however, there is no single agreed upon definition. Mostly this term is used to define plants that contains high amounts of THC, but recently due to the fact that we find a lot cannabis plants with many other molecules, it is becoming more complicated to define what it is. 

Medical cannabis/Medical Marijuana is a word used very frequently in the thousands of medical cannabis shops in USA where they sell cannabis plants legally under state law. Most of the Medical cannabis/Medical Marijuana is sold for recreational purpose. Very few cannabis products currently on the market have been through any clinical trials, unfortunately the trials that have taken place until now are very small with inconclusive results.

Does cannabis have medicinal properties?

We cannot make any medical claims about CBD/Hemp Oil.

It is recommended that you conduct your own research.

These statements have not been evaluated by the MHRA or the FDA.

Why has cannabis/hemp been so popular?

  • The crop is easy to grow organically without using chemicals and is very pest resistant.
  • It is also low risk due to the fact that the plant is easy to grow.
  • It gives high profit per hectare to farmers because they can profit from the whole plant and the seeds.
  • It can replace fish oil as the plant is very rich in Omega 3 and contains the optimal 1:3 ratio of omega 3 to          6.

 How does CBD work?

There are some scientific experiments that indicate that cannabinoids work in a similar way to the endocannabinoids that the human body already produces in healthy people. The mechanisms of action are still not clarified and there are no conclusive studies that show any clear pathways.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system is a homeostatic regulator of neuronal activity and almost every other physiological system in the bodyIt has a regulatory role on pain, inflammation, memory, emotion, sleep and metabolic function.

It comprises a vast network of receptors in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system and cannabis-like compounds called endocannabinoids. 

It has been likened to a dimmer switch, constantly working to bring balance when there is too much or too little activity in the body.

Plant cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system, which researchers believe may explain some of the reported physiological effects of the cannabis plant.  

Scientists also believe that when this system isn’t working correctly, disease can occur. This is known as Endocannabinoid Deficiency and could be at the root of many conditions.

Recent research has demonstrated that active compounds from other plants species such as Carrot (Daucus carota), kava (Piper methyscum), New Zealand liverwort (Radula marginata), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Black pepper (Piper nigrum) contain compounds which interact with the endocannabinoid system.

Is CBD (Cannabidiol) different from THC (tetrahydro-cannabidiol)?

Cannabinoids are a group of molecules that in general work in a similar way, interacting with the endocannabinoid system. There are some small structural differences, but they all bind to the same receptors in the human body. While there is no evidence as such, there is a lot of speculation in the scientific community that the small structural differences are responsible for the different side effects each individual cannabinoid has.

THC is the cannabinoid that gives its users the ‘high’, and it’s this cannabinoid that is targeted in drug tests. CBD is very similar in structure, however the side effect of CBD is the opposite of THC. Unlike THC, CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause a high. In fact, CBD has antipsychotic effects which means CBD works in the complete opposite way to THC.

Scientific studies suggest that CBD also acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC. 

How does a cannabis drug test work?

THC is the cannabinoid that is targeted in drug tests. These tests look for the metabolic products of THC and begin with a urine test sample. The test uses antibodies to detect THC and the metabolite it produces. There is no such thing as a CBD drug test as CBD is not considered a drug.

Does CBD have any Drug Interactions?

There are no studies showing the that there are any drug interactions using CBD and other drugs. However it is wise to consult with a professional doctor if one is making dietary changes. 

What is Cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil can be used to describe any cannabis extract.

What is CBD Extract?

CBD extract can be used to describe a CBD rich cannabis extract.

What is Hemp extract?

Hemp extract can be used to describe any cannabis extract. But it doesn’t mean it will be high in CBD as not all hemp plants contain CBD.

How long before I will get my package?

You will normally receive your MCU Botanicals product within 3 to 5 working days, please see our terms and conditions for special countries that take a longer time. However, there are sometimes incidents that may further delay your shipment and are out of our control.

Shipping delay due to customs inspection

We ship worldwide but some countries have import regulations that delay the transportation of hemp based products. We hope that soon all the world will learn about hemp based supplements, meanwhile we will notify you immediately if an inspection from your postal service or customs delays your package.

 Norway, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, New Zealand, Thailand, Russia - please allow about 3-4 weeks additional delivery time because of increased security measures at border crossing points.

How do I pay?

MCU Botanicals makes paying easy with any of the following methods. All payments take place in a secure environment with our payment service provider.

MCU Botanicals accepts payment with MasterCard or Visa. This is how you pay online: simply enter your credit card number, its expiry date and the 3-digit security code (CVC code) on the back of the card on our provider’s payment page. We will receive your payment immediately and can start preparing your order.

If you are unable to pay with MasterCard or Visa, just ask us to create a personal payment link, just for you, for you to send your money securely and safely directly to us. It is also possible to for you to pay by bank transfer (also through internet banking). After you place your order, you’ll receive our banking coordinates to finalise the payment.

PLEASE NOTE: If payment is denied, please call your bank and make sure that your credit card is set up for international purchases, then simply try again.


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Can cannabis cause allergic reactions?

Just like pollen from trees, grasses or weeds, marijuana pollen may trigger allergic reactions in a very small minority of people. This subject has not been studied in depth, but there are scientific articles and studies that point to allergic reactions caused by cannabis.
If you choose a product that is GMP certified you minimize the risk of contamination with allergens. MCU Botanicals offers the finest quality cannabis extracts on the market as it is GMP certified. This means that our products contain no hazardous chemicals that can cause an allergic reaction.

Why can cannabis cause allergic reactions?
Cannabis contains over 400 different molecules: Phytocannabinoids, Terpenes, Chlorophyll, Alkanes, Nitrogenous compounds, Amino acids, Sugars, Aldehydes, Alcohols, Ketones, Flavonoids, Glycosides, Vitamins, Pigments and Water.
In rare cases, individuals may be allergic to certain natural compounds. For example, Terpenes are molecules that are in many foods and cosmetics and are known to trigger allergic reactions in a very small percentage of people. However, if you suffer from this rare allergy, it is extremely likely that you will already be aware of it.

Are there many people allergic to cannabis?
From the knowledge available we can conclude that Allergy symptoms have only occasionally been reported as one of the adverse health effects of cannabis use. There has been a call for more controlled studies to determine the mechanisms behind these rare adverse reactions.

Are MCU Botanicals products safe?
We treat testing very seriously here at MCU Botanicals and therefore spend large amounts of our resources doing quality control. We keep our product safe and free of toxins . Our product has been successfully used by over 10,000 people with huge satisfaction.

Are certified products the only way to minimize risk?
Good manufacturing practices (GMP) embraces the practices required in order to confirm the guidelines recommended by agencies that control authorization and licensing for manufacture and sale of food, drug products, and active pharmaceutical products. These guidelines provide minimum requirements that a pharmaceutical or a food product manufacturer must meet to assure that the products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to the consumer or public.

What is the solution?
First of all, use only GMP certified products. Secondly, if you are suffering from e.g. MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) or in general have a tendency to have allergic reactions you should exercise caution.
Up-titrations are a viable solution. Start with very low doses and increase dosages slowly, monitoring yourself for any indications of an adverse reaction. 

Another solution is to use our 98%CBD that contains only the cannabinoid CBD and very low levels of terpenes. If you still experience issues, contact our team and we will do our best to send you products that are completely terpene-free.

Links:
Characterization of Cannabis sativa allergens:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3726218/

Cannabis Allergy: What do We Know Anno 2015:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26178655