The ultimate guide to CBD oil

The Ins and Outs of CBD Oil and Why You Should Try Botanic Lab Take Five CBD Drops

C-B-D. Three little letters that have made a huge splash in recent years. Yet their meaning and the products associated with the mysterious compound are widely misunderstood and get an unfair rep from those who aren’t in the know. That’s why we’re here to help you out and welcome you into the folds of woke minds. When CBD entered the mainstream market, it was accompanied by both dismissive critics and zealous advocates. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of a multitude of compounds that can be derived from the cannabis plant, as the name already implies.

CBD is used by many people who want to manage physical and mental health conditions such as epilepsy, chronic pain, and anxiety. There are several ongoing studies to further investigate its potential uses and benefits for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia, and more.

You can now find CBD infused products speciality stores, health shops, and even major supermarkets and pharmacies such as Tesco and Boots. Products range from ingestibles such as oils and capsules to topical creams and even edibles such as chocolate and gummies. The world is undergoing a cannabis revolution, from a herb that was illegal in most countries to a herb that is now highly valued in the health and wellness industry.

What is CBD oil?

Cannabis consists of over 100 different cannabinoids and all these cannabinoids have an impact on the body by acting on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. The two most common and famous cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Most of the health benefits of cannabis are attributed to CBD. Unlike its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have intoxicating effects, meaning that users will not get ‘stoned,’ ‘high,’ or otherwise buzzed. While CBD is legal in most European countries, THC is not. CBD was legalised because of its perceived health benefits and because it is not intoxicating nor otherwise proven harmful to users.

After CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, it is mixed with a carrier oil to make CBD oil. The carrier oil dissolves the component of the plant, acting as a solvent for easier consumption and absorption by the body. It’s particularly helpful in controlling the dosage both in the product and as used by the consumer because it allows you to easily adjust the frequency and amount you take.

CBD oil is usually taken sublingually, meaning that you place a few drops under your tongue and let it sit for a moment, as it can quickly permeate into your system this way. This preserves more of the CBD than ingesting it directly and it acts more quickly as well, so you’ll experience relief sooner rather than later.


How does CBD impact the body?

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The potential health benefits of CBD have yet to become common knowledge but are already being touted by many, including celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Olivia Wilde, to name only a handful. They praise CBD and accredit it to helping with conditions such as chronic pain, mood swings, anxiety, and sleep problems. They may not be fully aware of all that it entails, but they appreciate CBD for its support of the endocannabinoid system. “What’s that?” you ask? Lucky for you, we’re here to explain!

The term ECS was coined in the 1960s when scientists attempted to study the effects of cannabis on the human body. They discovered that the ECS played a key role in most functions in the body including muscle control, pain, stress response, appetite, metabolism, inflammation, energy, thermoregulation, mood, and internal ocular eye pressure. The ECS consists of enzymes, endocannabinoids, and cannabinoid receptors. CBD binds with receptors in the ECS and helps your body to achieve a certain level of balance. When you are in homeostasis or in the right balance, your body begins healing itself. Also, it inhibits inflammation and reduces the sensation of pain.

We are advocates of the natural stimulating effects of CBD and believe in the rich history of the plant, which is why we have incorporated it into our line-up of products.

Types of CBD oils

You’ve most likely noticed that there are certain descriptors used to determine the different types of CBD oils on the market. The main three terms are full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. At Botanic Lab, our CBD products are completely THC free because we want you to have all the benefits of CBD in the cleanest, safest way.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD oils contain all phytochemicals that are naturally found in cannabis, including terpenes, CBD, trace cannabinoids, and essential oils. They also have a negligible THC content, below 0.2% in most European countries and 0.3% in the US.

The full spectrum of active compounds that are derived from the hemp plant work together to increase or amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid in what is known as the “entourage effect.” Although full-spectrum CBD is not intoxicating if consumed appropriately, it can give a false positive during drug tests when you consume high doses of CBD daily. The entourage effect describes the synergy and unity achieved by all compounds in cannabis. The compounds work in unison to achieve optimum potential and benefits of the plant. Each compound can increase or amplify the therapeutic effects of other compounds.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids that exist in the hemp plant apart from THC which is entirely removed during the extraction process. Although it does not contain THC, the other cannabinoids can still produce the “entourage effect.”

The CBD content in broad-spectrum CBD is about 80%. Broad-spectrum CBD is essential for patients and athletes who cannot consume THC. Although it does not contain THC, the other cannabinoids, omegas, and minerals continue to provide you with the entourage effect.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate describes the purest form of the compound and is prepared by extracting CBD from its natural environment and entirely removes it from other ingredients. The primary advantage of using CBD isolate is that it is usually 99% pure. This means that one gram of isolate powder contains about 990mg of CBD. Although CBD isolate does not have the entourage effect, you can still experience the health benefits of CBD.

Potential health benefits of CBD oil

Treat anxiety

A study by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) claimed that CBD has been valuable in treating anxiety disorders. The study added that CBD has anxiolytic or anxiety-relieving properties that were observed in both animals and humans. Lower doses of CBD oil, 10mg per kilogram of body weight, were able to manage anxiety symptoms.

The response could be attributed to CBD’s impact on the human brain. The study suggests that CBD works as an agonist. It means that it causes an opposite effect when CBD binds with a receptor. The study added that low doses of CBD could trigger an agonist effect while higher doses of CBD can “overwhelm” the brain and cause the body to start fighting the impact of CBD. Another human CBD trial was conducted and published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry in 2019. The study showed that men who were given 300mg of CBD exhibited lower anxiety before a public-speaking event in comparison to those who were given 100mg of CBD.

Fight addiction

According to the NCBI, CBD oil has the potential to be used to manage drug addiction. The study was dependent on an analysis of published pieces of research on the topic. The studies revealed that CBD was promising in treating people with psychostimulant, opioid, or cocaine addiction.

The impact of CBD in treating each addiction was slightly different. In opioid addiction, CBD was effective in managing withdrawal symptoms, especially when combined with THC. On the other hand, CBD on its own was very effective in reducing drug-seeking behaviours in patients with a psychostimulant, methamphetamine, and cocaine addiction. There are ongoing studies to find out whether CBD can be safe and effective in treating nicotine addiction as well.

Alleviate nerve pain

Medical marijuana is often prescribed to patients with terminal cancer and intractable pain. There is some evidence suggesting that CBD could be effective in easing nerve pain. A study conducted in 2018 showed that rats that were injected with inflammatory substances in their hind feet experienced less neuropathic pain and inflammation when they were treated with CBD.

Scientists suggest that CBD can reduce nerve pain by binding with glycine receptors produced by the brain. Glycine receptors are essential in regulating the speed that nerve signals are passed between nerve cells. There are limited human studies involving the use of CBD in treating chronic pain, but user reports and testimonials are plenty - even famous athletes like Mike Tyson and Nate Diaz swear by the power of CBD.

Improve heart health

A study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry explained that CBD oil could reduce the risk of getting heart disease by preventing high blood pressure or hypertension. The study involved nine healthy men who took either 600mg of a placebo or 600mg of CBD. According to the study, respondents who were treated with 600mg of CBD had lower blood pressure when exposed to stressful conditions in comparison to those who took 600mg of a placebo.

Furthermore, the researchers noted that respondents who took 600mg of CBD had a reduced stroke volume, which is the volume of blood that remains in your heart after a heartbeat. Reduced stroke volume means that their hearts were pumping blood through the body more effectively. We like the sound of that!

Reduce seizures

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the use of Epidiolex in treating severe conditions such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Both conditions are rare genetic disorders that lead to catastrophic seizures that begin the first year after a child is born. There was evidence that CBD interacted with seizure medications and boosted their effectiveness in the bloodstream. CBD not only improved the efficiency of anti-seizure medications but also extended their half-life.

Reduce acne

Acne is a skin condition affecting about 9% of the population. It is believed to be caused by various factors, including overproduction of sebum, underlying inflammation, bacteria, and genetics. Sebum is an oily substance released by sebaceous glands in your skin.

It is believed that CBD’s ability to treat acne is attributed to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to regulate the production of sebum. One study showed that CBD oil was safe and effective in preventing the sebaceous gland from producing excessive sebum. It also exhibited anti-inflammatory properties and prevented the secretion of “pro-acne” secretions such as inflammatory cytokines. So CBD can help you with physiological and psychological conditions - a healthy mind, healthy body, and glowing skin? Count us in!

Other potential health benefits

  • CBD is believed to possess antipsychotic properties. It could be beneficial to patients with schizophrenia and other mental conditions by minimising symptoms.
  • It is also thought that CBD might be effective in combating tumor cell spread of lung, breast, colon, prostate, and brain cancer.
  • CBD oil could also help to prevent diabetes. Diabetic mice were treated with CBD, and it significantly reduced inflammation and the incidence of diabetes by about 56%.

Possible side effects

CBD oil could potentially have some side effects if taken incorrectly, which is why finding the right dosage and starting slow are critical factors. The type and severity can vary from one person to the next. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Indigestion
  • Dizziness


Notably, CBD oil can also trigger the release of liver enzymes, a sign of liver inflammation. Patients with liver disease should only use CBD oil after consulting a doctor who should check their blood liver enzyme levels. Also, breastfeeding and pregnant women should avoid CBD. Although it is yet unclear how CBD affects a baby’s development, there is proof that CBD can pass the placental barrier. Before using CBD oil to treat a health condition, ensure that you consult a healthcare provider.

As with any product, be it an over-the-counter or prescription medication, or a natural remedy, the effects of CBD vary from person to person. With our lab-certified Take Five CBD Drops, there have been no reported side-effects - that’s why we’re here to advise you on responsible and safe consumption because we truly care about your health.

Other ways to take CBD

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It is essential to note that some forms of CBD are more bioavailable than others. It means that there are ways that CBD could be more readily absorbed into your body. Some of the methods of taking CBD include:


Edibles are one of the most common ways of trying CBD. There are various CBD edibles, including mints, gummies, or chocolate truffles that are effective in masking the earthy taste. However, there are potential disadvantages to using edibles. When you take CBD via edibles, you are subject to the "first-pass effect." It means that the CBD could be partially absorbed by your digestive tract and liver. It could take about two hours for the CBD's effects to kick in, and you will only absorb about 20-30% of the CBD you consumed. Nonetheless, edibles can be a delicious way to consume CBD, especially for those who prefer a slow release.

Sublingual products

Most edibles contain sugar and other preservatives, so if you don’t want any additives, you should try sublingual products. They are products designed to be absorbed under your tongue. Examples of sublingual products include tinctures, lozenges, oils, and sprays. Tinctures are solutions prepared by soaking cannabis flowers in alcohol or oil. Allowing CBD products to be absorbed under your tongue instead of subjecting the compound to the digestive tract ensures that more CBD is absorbed into your body, and you will feel the effects of CBD much faster.


CBD topicals are applied directly to your skin. They include CBD-infused transdermal patches, lotions, salves, balms, and creams. Topicals are a great option when you want to treat localised pain or certain skin conditions, such as eczema. A study conducted in 2015 mentioned that CBD gel could be effective in reducing joint swelling. The outcome was quite promising, especially for patients with arthritis.

Although there are limited studies testing the bioavailability of topicals, there are some factors to consider. Topicals are not subject to the first-pass effect, and they provide concentrated CBD relief to a particular area. Also, the skin's permeability is quite poor because of the mucous membranes, such as the sublingual tissue. It means that when you are using topical products, you have to identify products with a high CBD content and then apply them generously.

Vaping and Smoking

Vaping and smoking allow CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream, and you can experience the impact of CBD much faster than with other forms of consumption. Within 10 minutes, you can absorb up to 56% of CBD.

However, smoking cannabinoids can expose your body to carcinogens. Although there is an assumption that vaping circumvents the risk of carcinogens, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you want to vape, avoid CBD vape cartridges made with carriers or thinning agents such as vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, or fractionated coconut oil because they can damage lung tissue. You can experience the benefits of CBD without potentially damaging your body, so we recommend you give our Dutch Courage CBD drink and Take Five CBD oil a go.

How much CBD should you take?

The amount of CBD you should take depends on various factors, such as:

  • CBD concentration in each gummy, pill, drop, or capsule
  • Your body weight
  • Your individual body chemistry
  • The health condition you are treating

There are several variables that should be considered when deciding the amount of CBD to consume. Before taking CBD, it is advised to consult your doctor concerning potential risks and the appropriate dosage. If your doctor advises a certain dosage, ensure you comply with the recommendation.

We recommend that you start with a small dose before gradually increasing it. You can start with      5mg doses up to 3 times a day and then increase it by 5mg after a week. You can continue to gradually increase the dosage until you feel that it is effectively treating or helping you manage your symptoms.

Is it possible to overdose on CBD?

A study conducted in 2011 on the side effects and safety of CBD suggested that continuous use of CBD is tolerated well by the human body even in high doses like 1500mg each day. Another study conducted in 2017 also confirmed that CBD is tolerated well by the body in high doses. However, if you are taking medication, we highly recommend you consult a medical professional. There are few known side effects of CBD. However, when they occur, some of the common symptoms include changes in weight, fatigue, changes in appetite, and indigestion.

In line with current regulation we advise limiting your daily dose of CBD to a maximum of 70mg.

CBD can interact with various medications, which is why you should see a doctor if you’re taking something - better safe than sorry, right? Before you use CBD oil, you should have a discussion with your doctor to avoid potentially dangerous interactions and to ensure your safety. Extremely large doses of CBD have the potential to cause liver toxicity, but we’d advise against that anyway - you know what they say about too much of a good thing.

Is CBD Oil legal?

CBD oil is legal in most European nations, North America, and some countries in South America and Asia. Before travelling with CBD to any country, ensure you communicate with flight authorities to know the rules and regulations to avoid getting arrested. Many countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East have harsh rules regarding CBD oil or any cannabis extract. If you are unsure of the rules, it is best to leave your CBD oil at home.

Why choose Botanic Lab Take Five CBD Oil?

Maybe we’re biased but we truly believe that our Take Five drops are the shiznit. We didn’t want to give you a garden-variety CBD oil, so we’re giving you a botanical garden best-in-class CBD oil. Our oil comes in a 10ml bottle and it contains zero THC. Take Five is prepared by our botanical gurus, and it’s enriched with terpenes including humulene, terpinolene, limonene, caryophyllene oxide, alpha & beta-pinene, b-caryophyllene, and linalool. Basically, you get to experience the maximum functional benefit with each delicious drop of Take Five (but with the added assurance of no THC)    

Our oil contains no artificial sweeteners, is THC-free, and it’s vegan friendly. You can take between 1 and 5 drops up to 5 times a day, as each drop contains 2.5mg of CBD. You should not exceed 70mg or 28 drops of CBD oil per day, as is the current recommended amount.


  • CBD
  • MCT Oil
  • Humulene
  • Terpenes
  • Terpinolene
  • Limonene
  • Caryophyllene oxide
  • Alpha & beta-pinene
  • B-caryophyllene
  • Linalool

We are proud of every product that we produce because we put so much time, care, and love into developing them so that they provide you with the best results. We wouldn’t want to sell you anything that we wouldn’t buy or use ourselves, especially when it comes to something as important as your health. Take Five is no exception. Our CBD is harvested from organically grown hemp plants and we use isolated      CBD, which has a zero THC guarantee. With the addition of terpenes, you also get the benefit of the additional interactivity between the CBD and terpenes. Our products are lab-certified, tried and tested, and loved by our customers. We care about health and we care about supporting your journey to living your best life, starting from the inside out.