FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

All of the commonly asked questions answered here.

Due to the Government not recognising cannabis as having any medicinal value, we are not allowed to make any recommendations.

If we do, the MHRA and other agencies could consider this as making a claim about our products as treatment, therefore promoting it as medicine could be breaking these rules.

The other reason we cannot make any recommendation is because we as humans, have different lifestyles and interactions and as such our bodies will respond differently to the individual extracts- which means what is good for one, may not be good for another. For example, two people with the same condition on paper may respond differently to the exact same extract. This is why we offer a range of extracts in the hope that when you choose our oils, you will be able to find the best to suit you as an individual.

We offer three main types of extract, each sourced from a different category of Cannabis plant- Indica, Sativa and Hybrids (the latter, a combination of Sativa & Indica). These extracts are all full plant extracts, each offering a different cannabinoid and terpene profile. There are lots of independent groups on Facebook who would be happy for you to contact them for advice, one such group is Herbal Alternatives where users are able to more openly discuss their own personal experiences.

Due to the way people interact with the extracts it is difficult to offer advice so we generally suggest that people start low and slow to build up if required.

Oil – 2-3 drops for 10 to 14 days then adding another drop to your routine until you find a level that helps.

Capsules – we advise to start low and slow when taking CBD so please start with one capsule which can be taken orally with a drink.  Once you have been taking for 10 to 12 days and no improvements are noticed, increase the dose gradually over time and repeat until a suitable level is found.

Whole Plant Extract (Paste) – We would suggest that you use an amount the size of a grain of rice (1 – 2 per dosing) and rub it into your gum, this will allow the cannabinoids to be absorbed into the system. This can be done at any time of day either before or after eating.

These methods will allow the cannabinoids to be absorbed into your Endocannabinoid system. This can be done at any time of day either before or after eating.

The above methods are recommended doses and can be altered to suit each individual. Each person is individual so this will vary from person to person.

Please allow 2 hours between taking pharmaceutical medication and our CBD products.

Grown outside under the sun we have 2 Sativa extracts, the Green Edition which is a Cannabis Sativa and the Blue Edition which is a Hemp Sativa. We also have Cannabis Indica dominant hybrid in the Purple Edition, which contains 70% Indica and 30% Sativa.

Then we have our original Silver, White, Red and Black Editions, these all use the same Cannabis Indica extract diluted to 4 different concentrations, this strain is grown under lights in a controlled environment in Guernsey for maximum cannabinoid content and yield, the cost of production is much higher.

Our Gold Edition oil is a Cannabis Sativa dominant hybrid containing 95% Sativa and 5% hand pressed Cannabis Indica rosin, grown in our 2 acre greenhouse in Guernsey.  Which is a controlled environment to maximise cannabinoid content and to ensure our extracts are of the highest quality.

The two main strains of cannabis are Indica and Sativa, these can then be cross-bred to create a third strain called a hybrid. Within these strains there are thousands of variations much like the grapes used to make wine. Each of the two main cultivars (strains) have different ratios of cannabinoids & terpenes. The naturally occurring chemical compounds that develop as the plant grows, which in turn results in their own range of effects on the body and mind, resulting in a wide range of benefits. Indica strains generally provide a sense of deep body relaxation. Sativa strains tend to provide a more energising experience.

Oil in Milligrams

There are approximately 200 drops of oil in a 10ml bottle.

Green Edition – (Cannabis Sativa)

14% CBD/CBDA = 280mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 1.4mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Blue Edition – (Hemp Sativa)

25% CBD/CBDA = 500mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 2.5mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Purple Edition – (Cannabis Hybrid)

16% CBD/CBDA = 320mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 1.6mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Silver Edition – (Cannabis Indica)

1.5% CBD/CBDA = 150mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 0.75mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

White Edition – (Cannabis Indica)

3% CBD/CBDA = 300mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 1.5mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Red Edition – (Cannabis Indica)

6% CBD/CBDA = 600mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 3mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Black Edition – (Cannabis Indica)

12% CBD/CBDA = 1200mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 6mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Gold Edition – (Cannabis Hybrid)

3% CBD/CBDA = 300mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 1.5mg of CBD/CBDA per drop.

Purple Plus Edition – (Cannabis Hybrid)

4% CBD/CBDA = 40mg per ml

Five pumps will give 1ml, so each pump will contain 8mg of CBD/CBDA

Pure Green Oil – THC FREE

99.9% CBD = 280mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 1.4mg of CBD per drop

Pure Blue oil – THC FREE

99.9% CBD = 500mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 2.5mg of CBD per drop

Pure Purple oil – THC FREE

99.9% CBD = 320mg per 10ml bottle

200 drops per bottle so this equates to 1.6mg of CBD per drop

Capsules in Milligrams

Please note capsules are taken orally and come into contact with foods and stomach acid which puts it through a degree of degradation compared to an oil administered sublingually.

Green Edition – (Cannabis Sativa)
50mg contains – 7mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 5 drops of our Green Edition oil
100mg contains – 14mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 10 drops of our Green Edition oil
250mg contains – 35mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 25 drops of our Green Edition oil

Blue Edition – (Hemp Sativa)
50mg contains – 12.5mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 5 drops of our Blue Edition oil
100mg contains – 25mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 10 drops of our Blue Edition oil
250mg contains – 62.5mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 25 drops of our Blue Edition oil

Purple Edition – (Cannabis Hybrid)
50mg contains – 8mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 5 drops of our Purple Edition oil
100mg contains – 16mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 10 drops of our Purple Edition oil
250mg contains – 40mg per capsule, or the equivalent of 25 drops of our Purple Edition oil

All Pure Capsules
25mg contains – 25mg per capsule

Whole Plant Extract in Milligrams

Green Whole Extract (Cannabis Sativa Paste) – 14%
Based on 14% there is 140mg of CBD in 1gm of the whole extract

Purple Whole Extract (Cannabis Hybrid Paste) – 16%
Based on 16.4% there is 164mg of CBD in 1gm of the whole extract

Balm

Original CBD Balm

30ml balm – per 1g application 13mg CBD

On our packaging we have a traffic light system to distinguish which strain of plant is used, how the plant is grown, method of extraction and the total CBD percentage.

Sa – Sativa

Hy – Hybrid

In – Indica

Su – Grown under sunlight

GH – Grown in greenhouse

Gl – Grown under grow lights

CO2 – Extraction method

Ro – Rosin extraction

% CBD – Percentage of CBD per bottle of oil

mg CBD – amount of CBD per capsule

The ingredients in our products vary from product to product, please read ingredients listed under each product on the product pages of the website to ensure you’re not buying something that may cause a reaction. As some of our products do contain nut oil, we cannot guarantee the absence of cross-contamination of nut oil with our other products which may have been made at the same location.

Oil – Please ensure that the oil is kept upright at all times, in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight when not in use. A cupboard or shelf should be fine.

Whole Plant Extract – Please store in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight.  If the extract becomes thinner due to high temperatures, please store in the fridge.

Capsules – Please store in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight.

Balm – Please store in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight.  If the balm becomes thinner due to high temperatures, please store in the fridge.

Sadly, we are unable to offer any advice on the use of our CBD products for cancer treatment, this is because they are not sold or made as cancer treatments. The Government has a very specific piece of legislation called the ‘1939 Cancer act’ which prohibits any discussion around the use of any treatment that is not approved. We understand that people will want to do whatever they can to try and beat cancer and the movement around ‘cannabis kills cancer’ is, we are afraid, not strictly true.

Cancer is a complicated condition that takes several lifestyle changes to treat, cannabis is just one of the tools available to us. There is a forum on Facebook you could try and join, “Herbal Alternatives” which includes qualified medical herbalists and well-informed CBD users where the use of our products can be openly discussed.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/herbalalternatives/

The FSA have advised that consumers who take prescribed medication should not take CBD without discussing this with a medical practitioner.

However, for our customers that are already consuming CBD and feel that they wish to continue taking CBD with their prescribed medication it is a personal choice as the FSA are only issuing guidelines.

Please allow 2 hours between taking pharmaceutical medication and our CBD products.

There is a forum on Facebook you could try and join, “Herbal Alternatives” which includes qualified medical herbalists and well-informed CBD users where the use of our products can be openly discussed.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/herbalalternatives/

Cannabis Interactions Checker – Drugs.com – Here is a drug interaction website.

Please always consult your health practitioner for possible medical interactions.  Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Due to the nature of the process, our CBD products are hand made in batches and therefore there can be slight differences between each batch. This can possibly affect the smell, taste, colour and consistency of the products. Please be assured, we test every batch to ensure that they provide the correct amount of CBD as printed on the packaging. Therefore, any differences between the batches should not cause any concern.

Greenleaf Processing pride themselves on high precision analytics. With the ever changing UK and EU regulations, it is essential that you can obtain fast pace results you can trust.

They use state of the art Agilent technology to ensure they can deliver quantitative results of the highest accuracy with a quick turnaround time. They have the ability and methodologies to test any product containing cannabinoids. They test for 10 cannabinoids (CBD-A, CBD, CBDV, CBG, CBG-A, THC-A, THC, THCV, CBN and CBC), and can provide personalised certificates of analysis. This gives you the ability to prove traceable analytics and have a detailed record of the parameters of your product which is vital in the current CBD market.

They regularly compare their results against an ISO accredited laboratory to ensure reliability of their results and method validation. They are also in the process of working towards ISO accreditation themselves and are constantly innovating to stay up to date with developing knowledge from peer reviewed science.

Email: enquires@greenleafprocessing.co.uk

If you would like to apply to become a reseller or view the terms and conditions, please click on the link below.

Wholesale – CBD Brothers

For any further reseller enquiries please contact:

Llew Nicholls

llew@cbdbrothers.com

07908 023058

Yes, we have a sister company called Green Leaf Processing who manufactures white label products for several customers along with supplying raw materials to various industries including cosmetic and food and drink companies.

For any enquiries please contact:

Llew Nicholls

llew@greenleafprocessing.co.uk

07908 023058

CBD is generally not a controlled substance so in most cases, however, due to the nature of the product some countries’ border forces may consider it to be cannabis oil.

You could check the country’s Cannabis legislation that you are visiting, for the current rules on traveling into the country with CBD products but we would advise not to travel with CBD abroad.

Please be aware that some of our products, except the Pure THC Free range, do contain trace levels of THC and therefore could show as positive on a road side or employer drug test. Upon a urine or blood test it should be apparent that there are high levels of CBD not THC however this would depend on the quality of the testing equipment being used and therefore if you feel this could in anyway effect your ability to pass a drug test or jeopardise your employment you should either discuss the matter with your employer before taking CBD or not take the products. CBD Brothers cannot be held liable in the event of individuals failing a drugs test.

 Very sorry the FSA guidelines advise consumers not to take CBD when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, because we suspend our extract in a cold pressed hemp seed carrying oil- if you get some onto the thread of the bottle, it can act like a lubricant and undo the bottle top. To stop this happening, we recommend that you clean it thoroughly, both on the bottle thread and on the lid. Also, the bottle should always be kept stored upright once opened.

This will be given the highest of priorities. Please follow our missing orders link  where you will find instruction on how to report this to us – https://cbdbrothers.com/missing-orders/

If your parcel arrives and it has been damaged during transit please email photos of the outside and inside of the parcel along with a photo of the plastic damaged bag which Royal Mail have placed your parcel into.  The email address to send your photos to with your order number is info@theoriginalalternative.gg.  Once we have received these photos a replacement parcel can be dispatched for you.

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system and as such, giving them cannabinoids should help promote wellbeing. However, the Vets Association are (quite rightly) very protective about what we can say about treatment

If you’re unsure which product to choose, then you can either take a look at our website for more information or join an independent consumer group on Facebook group such as Herbal Pets UK/EU, as users, or more accurately- the user’s humans can openly talk about which products they find useful.

Yes, we can take orders over the phone, 01359 242589, we accept major debit and credit cards except American Express.  Our friendly team will accept your orders Monday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Payments can be made via credit or debit card.  Card details are never stored on our server.  Checkout is secure and provided by our partners at Zion Payments.

We are not medically trained, we are not pharmaceutically trained and we have no qualifications that allow us to offer you any medical advice. We are experts in cannabis and will do what we can to help to promote people’s wellbeing.

We can be contacted by email via our contact form – HERE

Facebook – HERE

Telephone: 01359 242589, phone lines are open between 10.00am – 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

You can also follow our daily operations on social media via Instagram – HERE & Twitter – HERE