What is CBD? A Beginner’s Guide

There are endless questions surrounding CBD - What is CBD? What does CBD do? How can you use CBD? Here we take it back to the basics for those just getting started with CBD, the ins and outs of its uses, and how YOU can use it to it's full potential

19 May 2022

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The use of CBD products has surged in popularity in recent years. Oils, gummies, tinctures, vapes, bath bombs – it’s in everything! You may have heard about it through your favourite blogger, seen it on social media, or notice it being sold in health stores…

…But what actually is it?

At Green Stem, we want to supply you with the best quality products, and also to correctly educate beginners and pros on how to understand CBD a lot better. There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding CBD and what it does, the different types of CBD-based products, most commonly CBD oils, and whether CBD is legal to use in the UK.

Here at Green Stem, we’ve stripped it back to the basics, telling you how you can make the most of your CBD products – ideal for those that are unfamiliar with what it is, and how to start using it.

What is CBD?

Let’s break it down…

CBD is short for Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a natural compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It is one of hundreds of different cannabinoids that can be extracted from cannabis plants, all with different effects and scientific qualities.

CBD is a predominant cannabinoid that has been identified in cannabis plants. A commonly unknown fact – although originally found in cannabis plants, CBD is also a naturally occurring compound in the human body.

Along with CBD, the other common cannabinoid found in this plant is THC…

THC and CBD often get mistaken to be the same thing, as they stem from the same place, although this isn’t the case. Short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is most-commonly known for being found in recreational cannabis produce, such as marijuana, and is known for being highly psychoactive.

So, what makes CBD different to THC?

In a nutshell, CBD is non-psychoactive. It will not make you high, it’s safe for human consumption, and it is legal to use throughout the UK.
THC on the other hand is illegal. It is likely to give you that “high” sensation when you use it recreationally.

They are both separate compounds that do different things. This makes CBD an appealing option for those not wishing to experience the mind-altering affects that THC possesses.

So, if you hear someone refer to CBD as “that stuff that gives you a legal high”, that’s not the case. As both CBD and THC are different cannabinoids, they both conduct different “jobs” when it comes to the effects on your body and mind.

With us so far?

How to use CBD products

CBD takes many forms. It can be ingested in a variety of different ways:

  • Oils & Tinctures
  • Creams & Lotions
  • Capsules & Pills
  • Edible sweets
  • Vaping

As a beginner user of CBD products, we at Green Stem recommend starting off your journey with our range of oils. With a wide range of flavours to choose from, they are all easy and quick to use, and are a perfect way to dip your foot into the pool of CBD.

To gain the most from CBD drops, it needs to be incorporated and used correctly in your lifestyle:

  1. Fill your pipet with your desired amount of Green Stem CBD Oil
    (see our chart below for more information on strength*)
  2. Deposit directly under your tongue
  3. Leave to absorb for 2 minutes
  4. Repeat depending on your required dosage amount


Dosage per bottle Amount of CBD
300mg  1% CBD: Approximately 10mg CBD per pipette
500mg  1.7% CBD: Approximately 17mg CBD per pipette
1000mg  3.3% CBD: Approximately 33mg CBD per pipette
1500mg  5% CBD: Approximately 50mg CBD per pipette
2000mg  6.7% CBD: Approximately 66mg CBD per pipette
3000mg  10% CBD: Approximately 100mg CBD per pipette
6000mg  20% CBD: Approximately 200mg CBD per pipette
*The daily recommended daily dose of CBD is 70mg, unless under medical direction


The most effective way to take CBD oil drops is to distribute the drops under your tongue and leave for a few minutes, then wash down with a glass of water.

If you’re not a fan of dropping the CBD oil directly under your tongue, you can try a more relaxed approach to begin with – we always say CBD dosage and techniques are different for everyone, so start with what you feel comfortable with.

Incorporate the natural CBD oil into your coffee, drizzle our Sevillian Orange oil on your fruit, and our peppermint CBD oil is perfect in a herbal tea.

Everyone asks “what’s the recommended CBD dosage?” but there is no definitive answer. It’s effectiveness depends on things like metabolism and weight, and on how you ingest the CBD. That’s why we always recommend finding a starting point that suits you and working up, because everyone is different.

To use all our products to their full potential, they should be used consistently. You may not notice wild differences within the first use, but when used regularly and properly, you will see what all the hype is about!

The short answer is yes.

Although the stigma of CBD being discovered in cannabis plants can scare a lot of new users, CBD is completely legal in the UK.

CBD is considered a food supplement and can only be sold as such. No CBD brand or company can make medical claims based on CBD products, or recommend you use them instead of prescribed medicines.

It is always important to consult your doctor or healthcare professional before use if you are currently taking any medications, or under medical supervision.

While CBD is completely legal in the UK, we do also recommend checking any applicable local and/or international laws before traveling to other countries with products containing CBD.

Our recommendations

Everyone has a different reason for using CBD, and there are options for everyone depending their preference – perfect if you’re just starting out with CBD and want to test out a few different options or work out the dosage required for YOUR wellness.

At Green Stem, we’ve always been proud to offer variety, suitable for all. Our dosages for oils vary from 300mg to 6000mg, so starting small and working your way up to what you feel comfortable with is what we recommend (especially if you’re just finding your feet). There are a wide range of different flavours to choose from, from more earthy flavours to sweeter sensations, made to suit everyone’s pallet.

We also have external use products, such as muscle balms and massage oils – perfect for those aches and pains that can crop up in daily activities.

Everyone is different, and there is no ‘right way’ – there’s only your way.


  • CBD products promote a safe way of maintaining your body’s natural wellness
  • There is a difference between CBD, THC, and marijuana
  • With a variety of different products to choose from, it is easy to start using straight away
  • CBD is legal and safe to use throughout the UK
  • There are various options of CBD products out there that help in different ways, so you can get what’s best for you
  • The amount of CBD to start with is what you’re comfortable with
  • There is something for everyone – flavours, dosage, product variety

We hope this has been a good introduction to CBD, so you feel a lot more in-the-know about what CBD is and how to use CBD products. If you’d like to find out more about CBD and it’s different uses, have a look at more of our blogs on CBD, it’s history and it’s uses.