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Abbreviated CBD Terminology You Need to Know

The world of legal CBD has exploded into a multi-billion-dollar global industry. CBD vape juice isn't legal in most places, but THC e-liquid is. 

In most places that prohibit a THC vape pen, disposable vapes with CBD are completely legal.

In case you're wondering if vaping CBD is legal in the UK, that answer is yes. Regarding CBD laws in the UK, MP Medic Pro says, "Yes, CBD is legal to buy in the UK in 2023 provided controlled cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are limited to no more than 1mg per container."

When it comes to purchasing CBD, there are several abbreviated terms that it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with. Some of these terms you will see on CBD packaging and others you may see when reading about the CBD industry. The first five abbreviations we’re going to go over, are cannabinoid related. Cannabinoids, of course, are compounds found in cannabis such as THC oil, CBD, and others.

Cannabinoid Terminology


CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-psychedelic compound found in cannabis, especially in industrial hemp. CBD has many health and wellbeing benefits including relief from debilitating feelings. Many people are utilising CBD to help manage opioid addiction, quit smoking tobacco, and to help to quit alcohol.


CBG is short for cannabigerol. It is the parent molecule for other cannabinoids. CBG does not produce psychedelic effects meaning there is no buzz or high associated with it. Some suggest CBG is the premium version of CBD in relation to its benefits and effects.


CBN, also called cannabinol, is believed to be mildly psychoactive. CBN is said to occur when THC becomes old and starts to degrade. Because this cannabinoid is mildly psychoactive, it could cause sedation, drowsiness, and possibly even show up on a drug test. CBN can turn into THC. In the UK CBN is also considred a controlled substance, so be sure that any CBD product you purchase does not contain CBN or at most contains no more than 1mg per container.


CBV also known as Cannabidivarin or Cannabivarin is a non-psychedeliv compound found in cannabis. It is believed to be the second most commonly occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis. Some reports suggest this cannabinoid may help with mood, some unwanted cells and may also help you increase your libido.


THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychedelic compound found in cannabis. It is found in trace amounts of 0.2% or less in industrial hemp. THC is believed to have a lot of health and wellness benefits. However, CBD also has the same or similar benefits. Since THC is illegal in the UK, many use CBD instead.

Legal and Manufacturing Abbreviation Terminology


EMCDDA stands for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction which offers EU and EU member states information on drug addiction in Europe as well as exchanges that information with global partners.


GXP means "Good "X" Practices referring to adhering to strict disciplines and guidelines set forth by industry standards in the pharmaceutical field to help establish the quality and safety of pharmaceutical products.


GMP is the abbreviation for Good Manufacturing Practice referring to a set of quality standards aimed to help minimise inconsistencies in pharmaceutical products.


FSA is the Food Standards Agency that is tasked with food hygiene and safety in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England.


ECJ is the abbreviation for the European Court of Justice. The ECJ is tasked with interpreting EU law and is called upon during legal disputes between EU institutions and national governments.


Now that you have gone over these abbreviations you should have a better understanding of what you're reading when looking at CBD packaging. This information can also help when you’re reading news stories about the legal CBD industry as these abbreviations are frequently used when discussing CBD.
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This article is authored by Dr Casey Abrahamsmen. Dr Abrahamsmen is a board certified physician with over 13 years of experience in internal medicine and pain management. He practises Palliative care at a hospital in Venezuela and is a strong advocate for CBD and believes CBD has a major role to play towards healthy non addictive pain management habits. You can read more about Dr Abrahamsmen here.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

Disclaimer: All of our products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. It is recommended to check with doctor before starting a new dietary supplement program. All CBD products sold have less than 0.2% THC content and abide by both EU an UK law.



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