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Why Zen CBD
As a homegrown UK brand formulated by specialists in the CBD field, we believe that everyone deserves to benefit from a little more harmony. That’s why we have developed a premium range of organic CBD products to suit your everyday needs, from topical creams and balms, to skin patches and oral drops and sprays. What’s more, our CBD is produced to the highest quality standards, without chemicals or solvents, and independently lab tested, giving you even more peace of mind. For the purest CBD experience, make it a Zen CBD moment.
Frequently asked questions
CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol—a natural, non-psychoactive concentrate from the hemp plant that has unique benefits. CBD is different from hemp oil (which is a nutritious oil in its own right) in that it is made from the flowers and leaves.
Scientists researching the effects of marijuana discovered an unknown biochemical communication network in the human body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that plays a crucial role in regulating our nervous system, including the brain. It plays a role in balancing many processes in the body, including immune response, cell communication, appetite and metabolism and others. Endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters produced naturally by the body, which bind to receptors to influence biological and chemical reactions and maintain homeostasis (‘balance’). Research suggests there may be a similarity between the body’s endocannabinoids and ‘phytocannabinoids’ found in plants such as hemp. At least 104 different cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis plant. Most research has been conducted on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN). Research shows that even in small doses, cannabis cannabinoids can stimulate the body to produce more endocannabinoids and create more cannabinoid receptors in the body.
Oral CBD should be taken under the tongue and held for 60 seconds to be fully absorbed. It can be rubbed on the gums for faster action. CBD can also be used topically and rubbed onto areas of pain or inflammation for quick relief, which is why we have crafted our unique therapeutic CBD creams and balms.
We use a method known as C02 extraction (also known as supercritical extract), which is regarded as the gold standard form of CBD oil as it is full spectrum, chemical free and strong enough to confer the potential phytocannabinoid benefits. It uses pressurised carbon dioxide (C02) to pull CBD and other compounds from the plant. We use custom-engineered machinery for supercritical fluid extraction, which is made especially for producing hemp extract, ensuring not only full-spectrum cannabinoids naturally present in the hemp plant, but also terpenes, flavonoids, and other natural substances.
Cannabis and hemp plants are ‘phytoremediators’, meaning they absorb everything from the soil they are grown in. Farmers have grown hemp to clean soil that has become contaminated because hemp removes heavy metals and radioactive toxins from polluted soil, even transforming toxins into other harmless substances. If there are even trace amounts of chemicals, pesticides, or any other toxic elements, these will end up in the plant itself. As such, we believe growing organic hemp is really the only way to safely develop it.
There are three different classes of CBD extract. Full spectrum CBD oil contains trace amounts of other cannabinoids as well as flavonoids and a greater range of terpenes, the essential oils found in Cannabis sativa. This creates an ‘entourage effect’—a synergy of mutually-enhancing benefits created by all the botanical compounds working together.
Our CBD oil contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids naturally occurring in cannabis, such as CBDV, CBDA, CBC, CBG, CBN, etc. Full spectrum also contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis’s mood-altering compound, but as it is permitted to be no higher than 0.2% it can’t get you ‘high’.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains a range of naturally occurring compounds from the cannabis plant, but typically no THC.
CBD isolate undergoes the most processing to turn the extract into the pure, refined form of CBD. Without the naturally occurring oils, isolate has no aroma or taste, but it also loses the synergy of the original plant and the entourage effect.
Full spectrum usually contains trace amounts of THC. Higher strength products undergo additional filtration to ensure THC levels are below permitted levels. Currently THC levels in Zen CBD’s products has been tested to be between 0.00% to 0.05%. This is an insignificant amount that cannot cause the user to feel ‘high’.
Yes, as the hemp is harvested each batch is independently lab tested for 120 different classes of contaminants, including pesticide residues and heavy metals. This is essential because hemp is a crop that absorbs a lot from the environment, so it should be organically grown.
Moreover, the raw materials are tested both during and at the end of the production for 14 different cannabinoids including CBD/THC content.
Yes. In 2020 the Food Standards Agency intervened in the burgeoning CBD industry and from March 2021 UK CBD companies will have to apply to have their product registered and authorised as a novel food. This means that before any product containing CBD can be legally marketed in the UK, it must undergo a pre-market safety assessment and authorisation.