CBD Oil UK: Terms You Should Know

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The world of CBD wellness comes along with a lot of new terms that are important to know. They’ll help you understand exactly what kind of CBD you’re taking, how fast it will work and how it’s working in your body. We’ve covered some of the most important terms you need to know when it comes to CBD.


Bioavailability is basically how fast the body absorbs the CBD into the bloodstream. Depending on the way you choose to take your CBD, the better the bioavailability, and the faster CBD will get it in your bloodstream and start working with your endocannabinoid system. The longer it takes to get into your bloodstream, the longer the effects will last. 

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is found alongside other cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It works with your endocannabinoid system to maintain balance in your body and keep a state of wellness.

Read more about Cannabidiol HERE.


A cannabinoid is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. There are hundreds of them, including CBD and THC.

Read more about Cannabinoids HERE.

CBD Capsule

CBD capsules are edible capsules that are filled with CBD oil. They are absorbed more slowly into your bloodstream because of the pathway they take from the stomach to the liver. They have low bioavailability so it will take a bit longer to feel the effects, but they will probably last longer.

Read more about how to take CBD HERE.

Certificate of Analysis

A certificate of analysis (COA) is one of the best ways to tell if a CBD brand can be trusted and that they're being transparent. It is a certificate that shows that a third party has tested the product and deemed it safe. You can find Amphora's certificates of analysis here. 


This is when you get the benefits of the whole plant in your CBD product, including cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins and fatty acids. This is what Amphora uses in all of our CBD vape oil products with zero THC because of the benefits it provides.

Read more about CBD distillate HERE.


This is when CBD is added to a food or something you can digest. The bioavailability is much like a capsule because it’s also ingested and goes through the stomach and liver. That means that it will also take a bit longer to feel the effects, although the impact will last longer.

Read more about how to take CBDHERE.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a naturally occurring system in our bodies made up of endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes. It’s responsible for regulating things like mood, stress, sleep and a whole lot of other things that have an impact on your wellness. The ECS will respond to cannabinoids from outside of the body as well, including CBD, which helps to maintain balance in your body.

Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is when different cannabis compounds from the plant work together to boost the benefits of CBD. A study by Dr Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that terpenes and cannabinoids working together offer really great benefits. That’s why full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or CBD distillate product is such a great option.

When people use CBD oil, we take in various botanical elements, each with benefits and effects. They interact with one another and may change depending on how they interact. It maximizes the benefits of CBD.

Read more about the entourage effect  HERE.

Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD extract contains all of the wonderful natural elements found in the cannabis plant including CBD, other cannabinoids, essential oils, terpenes and flavonoids. It also has only small amounts of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. 

Read more about full-spectrum HERE.

Broad Spectrum

Broad-spectrum is a type of CBD oil that has lots of elements of the whole cannabis plant except it has no THC. During the extraction process, THC is completely removed. It still produces the entourage effect, but just without the THC.

Many CBD users choose full-spectrum because of the entourage effect it provides without the THC, and this is why we use it in all of Amphora's products.

Read more about broad spectrum HERE.


CBD isolate considered the purest form of CBD because it has all other ingredients from the plant removed, leaving just the CBD. It usually comes in the form of a powder.


Terpenes are the molecules that create the tastes and smells you get from plants, fruits and veggies. They have benefits all on their own, and there are over 200 found in Cannabis plants. Amphora terpenes to enhance the overall experience with our effect-based formulas. Some of the more well-known ones are limonene which is a major component of fruit peels like oranges and limes or Caryophyllene also found in rosemary, that helps reduce inflammation.

Read more about CBD oil benefits and terpenes HERE.

CBD Oil Tincture

CBD oil tincture is another way to take CBD oil by putting drops right under your tongue. It allows the CBD to be absorbed through the membrane located there and go directly into the bloodstream. You can usually feel the effects within 15 minutes because of the high bioavailability of this method.

Read more about how to take CBD HERE.

Topical CBD

Topical CBD products usually come in the form of creams, lotions or balms that you put on your skin. Because it's applied to the skin, it doesn't actually enter the bloodstream, but it does interact with CBD receptors that are close to the surface.

Read more about how to take CBDHERE.

CBD Vape Oil

Vape oil is one of the most popular ways to take CBD because of how fast-acting and convenient it is. It is a device where the CBD vape oil is heated until it turns into a vapour that is inhaled, giving you the benefits of CBD. Inhaling the CBD distillate vapour means it enters your bloodstream quickly and you can usually notice the effect in about 5 to 15 minutes.

Learn more about Vaping on our Vaping 101 Blog HERE.




Written by  |  Infused Amphora Team 

The Infused Amphora Team is dedicated to creating resources to educate and engage consumers on the growing evidence of CBD benefits and the extensive health and wellness properties of CBD Oil. 

Contributor  | Angus Taylor CEO



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