You may have heard a lot of buzz around CBD in Hong Kong over recent months – but what exactly is CBD, and how does it work? In this CBD 101 article, we’ll take a closer look into CBD, explore its main uses and benefits, and answer some of the most common queries about this multi-faceted botanical extract. What is CBD and how is it made? CBD stands for “cannabidiol” – a molecular compound that is extracted from the hemp plant. This extract has been found to contain many health benefits that can help alleviate a whole range of conditions from stress, anxiety and depression right through to acne, chronic pain and epilepsy. Gentle Bro CBD products are extracted from a proprietary organic hemp variety known as PCR, or phytocannabinoid-rich hemp. This variety is richer in CBD and other essential cannabidiols than the other basic hemp plants used by most CBD producers – meaning that our products contain even more of the pure, active ingredients that are beneficial to health than you might otherwise find in lower-quality CBD items. Basically, you can be sure that Gentle Bro only brings you the best of the best, across our entire collection of products. Will taking CBD get me high? The short answer? No! Now, for the slightly more detailed answer… Unlike raw hemp extract, CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol. Also known as THC, it is this cannabidiol – one of over 100 varieties found in CBD – that causes a “high” when consumed, making it a controlled psychotropic substance. CBD, on the other hand, is completely non-intoxicating and does not produce any sort of “high” – making it entirely safe to consume when driving, working, playing sports or essentially getting on with any other activity that’s part of your everyday life. All Gentle Bro products are made using a patented technology that removes any trace of residual THC, before undergoing a series of rigorous testing by third-party labs to guarantee the purity and correct concentration of cannabinoids. This testing ensures that our products are always totally free of THC, as well as any other potentially harmful contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and residual solvents. As the experts at the World Health Organisation put it: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Is CBD legal? Yes, absolutely! CBD is legal in Hong Kong and many other countries. As CBD is non-intoxicating, it is not subject to any regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance – so there’s no need to worry about breaking the law when it comes to taking our CBD products. Who can take CBD? Virtually everyone! While you should always check with your medical practitioner before combining CBD with regular medication, it is generally considered safe and beneficial to the vast majority of people. The main exception to this is pregnant women where, as with many other holistic supplements, there have not yet been enough significant studies carried out on potential side effects. It’s not just those who suffer from existing health issues like chronic pain, discomfort, acne or eczema that can benefit from taking CBD either. While adding Gentle Bro CBD products to your daily routine can help alleviate such conditions, it is also entirely safe and beneficial when taken by people without underlying concerns to help maintain a sense of general wellbeing, calm and balance in their day-to-day life. Got more questions about CBD? Please feel free to browse our extensive CBD FAQ section – or get in touch with us direct here.