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At Harrogate Organics Company, we take regulation seriously and actively encourage it in the CBD market space. More regulation, improved quality of regulation and heightened oversight can only lead to better quality products, more innovation, and reliability for the end user. That's why we can confirm that Harrogate Organics Company has been awarded certification by Cannabis Professionals, the trade association for the UK’s cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses. Certification is based on evaluation of our products, trading standards, and marketing. 


Millions of people around the world use CBD on a daily basis. Chances are you know someone who uses it. The known effects of CBD and plant-derived compounds are profound and far reaching. More and more people are turning to CBD related products for a number of factors, but primarily due to the fact that it is a completely natural and organic compound, its uses are diverse and it has virtually no side effects, like prescription medicine often can. Perhaps most importantly, the science supports the functionality and performance of it.

CBD is known to help people with many health and wellbeing related issues. For example, people who suffer through the misery of sleep related problems, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

CBD is just one of over 100 Cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and when used in full spectrum form (all of the extracts of the plant, minus the bulk of THC of course, which keeps it legal and stops you getting 'high') it carries what is commonly referred to as the 'Entourage Effect'. This effect is the power of all the Cannabinoids working in unison and the solutions they provide collectively.

Is it Legal?

First things first, all CBD products from Harrogate Organics Company are completely legal and well within all required limits. We provide only the highest quality and completely legal CBD products available in the market. Each product is entirely legal to buy, sell, own and consume.

There is a common and repeated misconception that CBD is illegal. However, In the United Kingdom, CBD and Hemp related products are completely legal to grow and offer to market. However THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol - the part of cannabis plant that gives the 'high') and Marijuana are illegal (class-B drugs). 

The significant difference between THC and CBD is that THC provides the psychedelic effects and is illegal in the United Kingdom and many other countries. However CBD does not affect the person on a psychoactive level and is completely legal. Many of the health benefits found in THC are also found in CBD, however CBD can be consumed with zero risk of breaking the law or experiencing unwanted side effects. We always recommend reading and learning more about CBD so together we can dispel the myth that anything to do with Cannabis is illegal.

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How long does it take to work?

Before purchasing CBD products, a question that people often ask is, "how long does it take to work?"The speed at which CBD starts to take effect is dependent on many factors, such as your size, weight, metabolism and the time of day it administered. However, the main factor is the mode of consumption.

CBD can be inhaled. Vaping pens are the main instrument used to inhale CB and although some may feel uncomfortable with this method, it is the fastest route. The content of the pen goes straight through the nasal tubes to the lungs where it is utilised without being broken down. It generally takes only a few minutes for CBD to work when inhaled.

CBD can be taken orally through ingestion or by placing it under the tongue. Swallowing the oil takes longer to work because it goes through the mouth to the digestive system and then the liver where it is broken down. The impact of CBD is weakened when ingesting directly as stomach enzymes start to break down the oil before it has chance to work. Results show that this is within one to two hours. Consuming it sublingually (under the tongue) allows the oil to diffuse and enter into the blood system without going through the digestive system. This puts the time estimate of effectiveness and only a few minutes after absorption.

When CBD applications are applied directly to the skin, it is absorbed through the pores. The receptors in the skin have a low absorption rate and as such, little amounts of CBD should be applied to the skin at a time. Research and numerous reports suggests that effectiveness takes one to two hours after application.


Let's look at the science behind CBD.

To explain the way CBD works, let's start with one of your body's incredible systems - the Endocannabinoid system (EDC system). Think of this system as as a communication platform between your brain and the rest of your body. It is our system that is directly involved in keeping homeostasis or an equilibrium in our mind and body . This system effects how we feel, emotions and how we respond to outside influences such as threats or stress. Our EDC system is much like our nervous system. The nervous system moves from the neurons in our brain to nearby receptors (by neurotransmitters), which then in turn have a communicative effect activating how we feel and how we perform physical activities. 

In the EDC system, cannabinoids move in reverse up to the brain and around the body via neurons, attaching themselves to cannabinoid receptors, therefore having an impact on neurons and how they communicate. The effects how we feel and our mood for example. 

The body has its own endogenous cannabinoids, most prevalently anandamide and 2-arachidonylglycerol. However, plant-derived cannabinoids such as CBD (phytocannabinoids) have been researched as therapeutic options in a variety of areas because of their ability to modulate or balance the EDC system.

CBD can, by attaching itself to CB1 and CB2 receptors all over the body (CB1 is predominantly found in the nervous system, glands, and body organs, whereas CB2 is located mainly in the brain and immune system) effectively cause a number of changes in the body and mind.

As with any other wellbeing treatments, finding out the right dosage of CBD to take is important to control any adverse reactions, or getting no value from it at all. It is often good to start on a low dosage and then increase as required. The more intense the problem is, the more quantity may be needed but this should not be a cause to abuse dosages. 

Bearing in mind there are no hard or fast rules on CBD dosage, there are certain things to think about that affect how CBD is absorbed into the body. Firstly, the quality of the product and concentration levels are important, as well as body size, metabolic rate, and what ailment you are taking it for. 

Taking this into consideration, as well as understanding people with larger body weight mass require larger dosage to feel a fuller effect, a rule of thumb guide is 1-3mg of CBD for every 5 kilograms of body weight. Factor in the severity of your condition and move up or down that scale based on how your body is responding to it. 


Hemp contains over 100 cannabinoids - CBD is just one!  It also contains terpenes, which contain anti-inflammatory properties and is regarded as increasing the efficacy of cannabinoids. To get CBD, the hemp goes through an extraction process that give rise to a product containing CBD and other cannabinoids. This is what makes a product full spectrum CBD. It is called full-spectrum because it contains all the cannabinoids contained in the hemp plant but with CBD in higher proportions.

The product is refined to ensure that all the cannabinoids contained are in the right quantities. This means that THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid) is sometimes present but in very small and legal quantities (which even with an extreme overdose, would most likely not get you high).

Isolate CBD is a more refined form of the product. The content is processed in a way that extracts all the cannabinoids, until only CBD remains. Due to all of the processes that an isolate has to go through, it is not as accessible as the full spectrum CBD. 
The resulting scenarios appeal to different people, however Full Spectrum is often favoured over isolate for the main reason called 'the entourage effect'.  This is when all cannabinoids and terpenes work together to increase results.

A study explored the effectiveness of CBD isolate compared to full-hemp plant extract. It was published by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research and it  supported the ideology of the 'entourage effect', saying in its conclusion that "in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a fixed dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were given". The results indicate that CBD is only effective against wellness issues at a certain dose, and that cannabis solutions containing a full range of cannabinoids will continue to provide corresponding effects as the dose is raised.

A big question people often ask is; 'Is it for me?' A lot of people are yet to understand the power of CBD. There is so much noted potential benefit from the use of CBD and some CBD-infused products. A whole new world of health and wellness exists now. 

CBD is a natural ingredient that has been scientifically proven to promote optimal health. Any person looking to find more natural ways of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle should consider CBD products. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant (cannabis) through a meticulous process of isolation and refinery. It is worth noting that even as a derivative from cannabis, which is widely known to be a gateway drug; CBD products do not get you 'high'. This is because THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound in cannabis responsible for the 'euphoric feeling', is separated in the refining process and only appears in extremely small doses.

CBD products can be consumed by oral consumption, skin application (topical) or inhaling. It can be infused into everyday items such as soaps, lip balms and body creams, amongst others. 

There are some that say that the benefits are yet to be proven. However what we do know is that millions of people globally both use this product and find CBD Oil significantly beneficial.

CBD and CBD related products may or not be for you, but the benefits of these products have now moved beyond arguable doubt.


Millions of users of CBD have nothing but positive things to say about it. However if you look hard enough, like most things, there are a number of people it doesn't work for, but it would seem these are the minority. This could of course call into question the quality of the product these people are using.

The most common feedback is the relaxing and calming feeling CDB gives after use (usually within 10-15 mins).  

There is still a high level of optimism attached to the latent potential of CBD and its products. New discoveries are being made frequently. However, research procedures are slow due to the regulation of cannabis in certain parts of the world. Hence the ingredient is still under analysis and with time and legalisation, more health applications are sure to be discovered.

Side Effects?


CBD has gradually found its way into society, and most people who are very health conscious have taken to CBD for assistance with their health conditions.  CBD has had a lot of positive reviews and is known to help with a lot of varying health conditions. It is completely natural and organic. However, with its many benefits, many people are critical; hence, the question of whether it has side effects has arisen.

So does CBD have side effects? CBD, like most things you ingest, reacts differently with different people. However side effects are, as a rule, rare in occurrence. Some of these effects include but are not limited to:

Loss of appetite;
Most people who have used CBD have acknowledged the fact that they lose their appetite. It is therefore advisable to take your CBD before mealtime if convenient.

In some cases people have reported feeling a little unsettled in their stomach, however this is rather uncommon and is widely accepted as being the symptom of to higher dose of CBD. This can often be remedied by reducing the dosage you take.

This is a common effect as CBD is known to provide a calm and relaxing sensation. Again, this is commonly remedied by either controlling your dosage or time of day you administer. It's important to note. most of these symptoms only occur when you  first begin taking CBD but like most new things you introduce to your body, it sometimes take a little while to adjust.
t's probably important to point out that this is a 100% organic product and cases of side effects are uncommon, but they do exist.  If you have experienced any adverse side effects its advisable to consult a doctor or medical practitioner and discuss your options.