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The Hemp Shop’s Guide to Hemp Essential Oil and CBD Products

Since 1995, The Hemp Shop has offered a wide range of fantastic quality and great value products made from the Industrial Hemp plant. These products celebrate all that is great about eco living, health and wellness.

Here at The Hemp Shop, we pride ourselves on our extensive research and in-depth knowledge of the powerful and sustainable industrial hemp plant.  Every product we have ever sold has been tested and approved before going on sale. Since the origins of our shop we have been aware of  the astonishing healing nature of this plant through our many years of selling Hemp Essential Oil.  Much more is now known about this ancient oil and particularly the power of the Terpenes within it for healing the body and mind. 

We are now delighted to bring you the best of cannabinoid (CBD) products that we can find in the market today.  We believe these products are the perfect supplement.

It is quite early days in this exciting new chapter for this wonder crop.  There is a great deal of scientific research currently being carried out around the globe and we are sure to keep learning new things about the powerful compounds in this amazing plant.  But much has already been discovered and written about these products and at first it can seem difficult to understand it all.  So here is our simple GUIDE TO HEMP ESSENTIAL OIL & CBD PRODUCTS

Please note that we are not medical practitioners and none of the information in this guide should be considered as medical advice. All our products are sold to help promote everyday wellbeing. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 


What is the difference between Hemp Essential Oil and CBD Oil?

Hemp Essential Oil is an aromatherapy oil that has been used throughout history; from providing scents in ancient Egyptian perfumes, to calming aromas in the Roman baths. It has been stocked by apothecaries of the 16th Century to present day aromatherapists who consider it a staple oil. Hemp Essential oil does contain CBD but less than 1%.  Hemp CBD oil is a much newer product and is a food supplement with high concentrations of the compound called Cannabidiol, or CBD. 

Jump To CBD Information.


So what exactly is Hemp Essential Oil?

Hemp Essential Oil is taken from the upper leaves and flowers of the Hemp plant and is extracted by low-pressure steam distillation. It is a truly holistic oil that works on both a physical and emotional level and offers a wide range of health enhancing benefits.  It teems with the plant's beneficial Terpenes. Hundreds of them. Terpenes are the compounds of the cannabis plant that protect it from predators and funguses. These compounds are distilled into the Hemp essence to provide a range of health benefits including anti-depressant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory affects. You might have previously come a terpene in citrus fragranced products called Limonene for example.

Although the essential oil comes from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, Hemp is not pot even though it is frequently confused with marijuana due to the similar leaf shape. It cannot be used as a drug because it produces virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in Hemp essential oil contains less than 10ppm D9THC and conforms to all UK and EU regulations) so you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telegraph pole to get high!


What are the main Terpenes found in Hemp Essential Oil and what do they do?

Myrcene is a compelling analgesic with a balsamic aroma. It contains anti-anxiety, anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Myrcene helps ensure less pain and better sleep.

Terpinolene is a fresh smelling, citrus-like Terpene with anti-anxiety properties. This Terpene is recognised for sedative effects - guaranteeing this essence is a perfect relaxation companion.

Beta Caryophyllene is an anti-inflammatory Terpene with a clove-like, spicy scent. It inhibits body parts from swelling (Edema) and is gastric-protective - helping to ease inflammation of the colon.

Alpha Pinene is an antimicrobial terpene with an earthy, woody-like fragrance. This terpene also exhibits bronchodilator properties, which increases airflow to the lungs. It is also an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor - which aids memory.

Alpha Humulene – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, andanorectic (suppresses appetite),

Beta Pinene – local anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator

Limonene – anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion


What are the benefits of using Hemp Essential oil?

Hemp Essential Oil can offer a wide range of health enhancing benefits.

  • Creates feelings of tranquility and peace
  • Extremely relaxing and anti-spasmodic
  • Stress-relieving, good for insomnia
  • Anti-inflammatory and reduces swelling
  • Alleviates skin irritations & allergic reaction
  • Beneficial for respiratory tract problems/infections
  • Relieves asthma, hay fever, sinusitis
  • Boosts energy, optimism & confidence
  • Reduces nervousness, fear and apprehension
  • Holistic: Opening, releasing, balancing and uplifting
  • Hormone balancing: regulates female hormone system


As you can see Hemp Essential Oil is used for a multi spectrum of ills, also protracted and chronic health problems and pains. However, The Hemp Shop Ltd is not qualified or accredited to offer medical advice.  It is best to talk to a herbalist or an aromatherapist for advice on whether to use HEO.


How do I use Hemp Essential Oil?

This versatile essence is excellent for health and beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, candles, and as an additive for foods.  Many people warm the essential oil in an infuser for the health giving aromas.  You can put a few drops into your bath or add 3 - 5 drops to 10ml of a carrier oil like hemp seed oil or olive oil, for use as a massage oil. Essnetial oils are used in food preperation - so for example Peppermint Essential Oil is used to flavour chewing gum. Apparently 1 drop of Peppermint Essnetial Oil is the equivalent of 70 cups of Peppermint tea!

Hemp Essential Oil is powerful and concentrated. Never apply it directly to skin (or hair), and never ingest it in its pure form.


Does Hemp Essential Oil contain CBD?

Hemp Essential Oil contains only trace amounts of CBD, less than 1%.  However, we have received feedback from many customers over the years telling us of its healing properties.  As we know, there is much more to hemp than just CBD!


So, what is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant.  Cannabinoids are powerful compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies.


What is the Endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) discovered in 1992, is one of the most valuable biological systems for maintaining human health and function. Essentially it helps to keep the body in balance.  The ECS is a whole network of receptors connected from your brain and throughout the body, including the immune system, the pain signaling system, and the musculoskeletal system. Cannabinoids activate the receptors along the system to alter neurotransmitter releases in the brain, and as such, can influence bodily functions such as appetite, pain, memory, mood and anxiety.

The body does create its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids to help support this regulatory system, but CBD supplements help to keep the receptors working at their best. It is similar to how we use vitamin C to boost our immune system - CBD acts as a kick starter to help the functions of the body’s central regulatory system.


Does CBD get you high?

No. CBD products we sell at The Hemp Shop, contain zero or trace amounts of the other main cannabinoid that can be found in cannabis, namely THC – this is the compound in Cannabis that leads to the psychoactive effects that are commonly associated with marijuana and can get you high.  CBD products made from Industrial Hemp which legally has to have less than 0.02% THC and will therefore not have this effect.


Is CBD Oil the same as Hemp Seed Oil?

No.  Hemp Seed oil comes from cold pressing the seed of the industrial hemp plant.  This is a fantastically healthy oil full of Omega 3 and 6 but it does not contain any significant amounts of CBD.


How do you take your daily dose of CBD?

The body can absorb CBD via different delivery systems.  We outline the main ones below:


A tincture is the most common form of delivery for CBD products.  It is easy to administer: a drop of oil under the tongue as per the recommendations of the manufacturer. It enters your bloodstream through the sublingual artery. Tinctures are highly concentrated, so only a few drops are necessary to feel the effects.


For people used to a regular routine of taking supplements in a capsule form, these offer an advantage of no taste and smell and all one needs do is swallow with some water.


Topical products are applied directly to one’s skin which absorbs the CBD.


Taken orally, the CBD is absorbed via digestion – breaking down nutrients and circulate them around your body. One can get a dose by eating CBD-infused:

  • Gummies
  • chocolate
  • Tea


What Are the Effects Of CBD?

  • Antiemetic (reduces nausea and vomiting)
  • Anticonvulsant (suppresses seizures)
  • Anti-inflammatory (mitigates inflammatory disorders)
  • Antitumoral (fights tumor and cancer cells)
  • Anxiolytic (Combats anxiety and depression)
  • Antioxidant (tempers neurodegenerative disorders)
  • Antipsychotic (mediates psychotic disorders)


How Much CBD Should You Take?

CBD is a low-risk substance to ingest. It is worth everyone’s time and effort to find an optimal dose.

If you are new to CBD, it is important to record your experience. This is because dosage is unique to everyone. A dose that is effective for one person may not be effective for another. There are varying factors which result in desired effects and medical benefits. One needs to experiment to find what works.

Prior to taking CBD, consider the following factors

-          Weight

-          Diet & Metabolism

-          Requirements & expectations – is the CBD for general wellness or is it for a specific ailment?

-          Tolerance

Record your CBD intake. Did you eat before, during or after taking CBD? How did you feel before and after? Did anything else take place which could have affected the experience?

Take each dose for at least three days before altering, so your body has time to react. If you encounter any undesired effect, then decrease the dose.

For people with an ailment, increase the dosage until you achieve the desired effect. Increase or reduce the dosage as required until you experience relief from your symptoms.

Always check the manufacturers recommendations for maximum CBD intake in any 24-hour period.


What is CO2 Extraction?

There are different methods to extract CBD from a cannabis plant. It is important to The Hemp Shop to engage with the most ecofriendly and the purest method of extraction. The gold standard of these is the CO2 extraction method which uses a fluid state of Carbon Dioxide as a solvent. This unique method can produce a pure and clean extract containing not only CBD, but also the full spectrum of powerful substances naturally occurring in hemp – and this is possible without the need for solvents or chemicals that could remain in the final product. We are happy to announce all the CBD products we stock are CO2 extraction.

a) CO2 is a natural product

b) CO2 is nontoxic

c) the extraction process does not contribute to any carbon emission increases

d) CO2 extraction does not bring any flammable petroleum-based solvents (such as butane) into contact with one’s medicine.

e) It encourages the entourage effect of the plant.


What is Full Plant Extract and the Entourage Effect?

Whole plant hemp extract keeps the full properties of the hemp plant intact. There are extra medicinal benefits to be had when the whole plant is used as a medicine, rather than only extracting the CBD. This is known as the entourage effect.

In addition to cannabinoids, the full plant extract includes terpenes, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and any other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant.

Science indicates plant components interact with one another to create an enhanced effect, improving absorption and effects in the body for a sum greater than its individual parts.


Is it safe to take CBD?

In November 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published CBD as safe and well tolerated in humans, and not associated with any negative public health effects (WHO: Expert Committee on Drug Dependence).

In 2017, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare product’s Regulatory Agency (MHRA) classified CBD as a medicinal ingredient.

If you wish to reduce your intake of pharmaceutical drugs, then perhaps a CBD product is exactly what you need.


Should I consult a GP?

It is a good idea to refer to a doctor before taking any substance for medicinal purposes. A doctor can provide clinical information for an ailment and offer advice accordingly.  We have heard of a number of doctors recommending CBD products to their patients, so it seems that it is becoming increasingly well known within the medical establishment.


Are there any side effects?

Strictly speaking, side effects are those which impact food intake, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure. CBD affects none of these (regarding ‘food intake’ – that is down to CBD reducing nausea).

At high doses of CBD one can experience drowsiness. However, if you are taking CBD for insomnia, then this is an effect not a side effect.

CBD may affect other medications one might be taking, due to the fact it inhibits liver enzymes from metabolizing drugs. Therefore, one should check with a doctor about any possible conflict of medications.


What is a Certificate of Analysis?

A certificate of analysis is produced when the product is tested by a lab. This shows the amount of CBD in the product and can also show any terpenes that are present.  CBD products are also tested to ensure they do not contain any heavy metals.  The Hemp Shop only stocks products where a Certificate of Analysis is available. To view this, visit the relevant product page.


Familiar Terms

Some of the language used around CBD products can seem quite confusing.  We’ve tried to de-code some of them here:

Milligram servings

CBD by the Milligram is the best way to keep track of one’s CBD intake.


This is the amount of a CBD ingredient within the total ingredients of the CBD product (i.e the carrier oil is another ingredient).

CBD Plant Extract %

In a full plant extract, this is the % of that extract which is CBD.


More Information for Understanding Dosage and comparing products

At The Hemp Shop we realise how difficult it can be to compare one CBD product to the next.  We think that the most important thing to be aware of is the amount of Milligrams (MG) of CBD that is in each product that you are thinking about buying.

Some manufacturers just refer to a % of CBD in their product.  This is useful to know as it tells you how concentrated the CBD is in that particular product and helps you work out how much you need to consume each day to get the required amount.  However, we wouldn’t recommend price comparing using the % of CBD as it very much depends on how large the bottle is – i.e. how many ML of CBD oil you are buying, or how many capsules in each pot  – as to how many mg of CBD you are getting for your money. 

This can seem complicated.

One approach is to think about how many mg a day you want to be taking.  This depends on your needs and your weight.  Let's say for this example that it is 20mg a day.  

So, if you buy a 10ml bottle of 8% CBD, it has 800mg of CBD within it.  Therefore that bottle will last you 800 divided by 20 = 40 days, because you will be taking a serving from that bottle which has 20mg within it – the equivalent of 6 drops a day.

And, if you buy a 30ml bottle of 2.66% CBD, it still has 800mg of CBD in it.  So that bottle will last you the same number of days but you will have to consume more of the oil per day to get your 20mg.  So you will take 3 x more drops of the oil than the 10ml bottle, to get the same amount of CBD from it.  So you will be taking 18 drops to get your 20mg. 

You might think that the 2.66% bottle has less CBD than an 8% bottle, but as you can see they have the same amount.

You may prefer to take a more diluted product as you could find this more palatable.  Or you might want to buy a more diluted product because you actually only want to take 5mg of CBD a day - that is of course up to you to decide. 

Or you might decide you would like to try a high dosage in which case you could chose to buy 10ml with 4000mg (40% CBD - the strongest we sell) and each drop has 20mg of CBD.  In that bottle there would be 200 drops in total.  

Or 30ml with 3000mg (10% CBD in a 30ml bottle) in which each drop is 5mg, and there are 600 drops in the bottle.   

As a general rule what you are paying for is the mg of CBD, so that is what you want to compare when looking at price.  Not the % which we think can in some cases be misleading. 

It is like how much orange squash you are putting in a drink.  Whether you are putting a dash in a tumbler or a pint glass, you are still putting in the same dash, but you have to drink more liquid from the pint glass than the tumbler to get the same amount of orange squash!

Finally, you will find that the capsules and sprays are more expensive per milligram of CBD, because you are paying for not just the oil, but the different delivery method and for ease of use, or improved taste, you might think this is a price worth paying!

Here is a handy table of the CBD products that we currently stock and their milligrams of CBD and % per product to help you chose which is right for you.

Product Name





Cibdol CBD Oil





Love Hemp Gummy Bears


25 x 10mg


 Mixed Fruit

Love Hemp CBD Capsules


30 x 10mg



Cibdol CBD Oil





Love Hemp CBD Oil Spray




Peppermint / Orange

Cibdol CBD Oil





Love Hemp CBD Capsules


30 x 25mg



Love Hemp CBD Oil




Natural / Peppermint

Cibdol CBD Oil





Cibdol CBD Oil





Love Hemp CBD Oil




Natural / Peppermint

Cibdol CBD Oil





Love Hemp CBD Oil




Natural / Peppermint