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The Hemp Plant & The Human Body-Everything You Need to Know

Hemp & The UK, Important Legal Information

In the UK, hemp and CBD have an interesting history, and, while CBD is legal in the UK, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:

-Pure CBD is legal in UK food, oil, and drink products.

-CBD products cannot contain more than 1mg of THC per product or bottle

-Broad-spectrum products that contain CBN are illegal

-Industrial hemp used to make CBD oil must contain under <0.2% THC

The Most Important Cannabinoids in the Hemp Plant—What You Need to Know

The hemp plant is one of the most harvested agricultural products in the world. Industrial hemp is typically a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant grown for industrial use. It grows extremely fast and can be used for countless products from clothing to paper and beyond.

However, inside the hemp plant, there are over 400 chemical entities, 60 of which are cannabinoid compounds.

While we cannot go in-depth into every compound, there are a few that are of particular importance to your health.

Let’s take a look at…

  • CBD
  • CBG
  • CBC
  • Terpenes


After THC, CBD is the second most well-known cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. It is one of over a hundred phytocannabinoids and is thought to interact with CB2 receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system.

A number of scientific studies, along with anecdotal reports, link CBD usage to a number of health benefits.

Just like with any other supplement, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before consuming CBD. Start with a small dosage and increase it over time to reduce negative side effects.


CBG (cannabigerol) is a lesser-known cannabinoid, but one that is garnered quite a bit of attention from researchers. Unfortunately, it is not found in high quantities in most strains. Even the strains that do contain this cannabinoid only have about 1% of it. For this reason, breeders are working to create new strains that have higher levels of CBG. Higher levels of CBG can also be extracted by pinpointing the right timeline when the plant flowers, typically six to eight weeks.

Pure Spectrum CBD is derived from superior genetics organic Hemp seeds and is able to increase the amount of CBG extracted from the hemp plant, with many studies investigating the link between CBG and improved health.


First discovered in 1966, CBC is one of the most important components of the cannabis plant. It is non-psychoactive, just like CBD, and is considered to be a minor cannabinoid. Unlike CBG, it is the second-most prominent cannabinoid found in the plant. In fact, in certain strains, it makes up over 60% of the plant’s compound profile.


Terpenes in Hemp CBD oil. Full list of Terpenses that provide the entourage effect, however is difficult to keep during extraction process.

Terpenes are perhaps the most appealing, from your nose’s perspective, part of the cannabis plant. They are highly aromatic compounds that create the smell of any plant or herb you can smell.

Many of the scents you’re familiar with in your favorite products come from terpenes. Some terpenes also play a role in protecting plants from damage or in protecting them through immune system support.

In the human body, however, terpenes act on the endocannabinoid system in a similar way to cannabinoids. Your body absorbs these compounds in unique ways allowing you to benefit from wellness-supporting improvements.

For example, a floral aroma is associated with the Bisabolol terpenes which may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial benefits.

Broad Spectrum CBD in the UK

With all this great information about CBD, you might be wondering, how does my average bottle of broad-spectrum CBD stack up with these properties?

The answer is complicated.

For starters, in the UK, CBN is illegal because it is a psychoactive compound. So, a true broad-spectrum product could not be sold within the UK.

At PureConnectCBD, our products contain trace amounts of all of the compounds above, but are within the legal limit and cannot be classified as broad spectrum.

When you run into CBD Hemp products that claim they have a broad-spectrum ingredients list, be wary. Most of this is marketing and is not transparent. You need to interrogate their certificate of analysis or lab test results.

PureConnect aims for full transparency and we adhere to all regulations of the Food Standard Agency. We also upload all our Lab test results onto our website for full transparency.

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