CBD Guide 2019 – everything you need to know

What is cannabis oil and CBD?

CBD (the primary ingredient of cannabis oil) stands for cannabidiol. It is a unique compound in structure and structure within the 104 cannabinoids that are naturally found in hemp and cannabis sativa. CBD is the largest cannabinoid component in the plant after THC. So those who smoke marijuana also consume CBD in very small amounts.

Until a few years ago cannabis oil and CBD were hardly known. Only when it was possible to prove its medical value in studies did this connection become in the interest of a broader public. First and foremost, the interest of doctors, nurses and pharmacists increased. The US cannabis patent defines the medical effect of cannabinoids as neuroprotectant and antioxidant. Cannabis oil from pure organically grown hemp is produced by trusted manufacturers and distributors in the Netherlands and Austria.

Several companies are currently marketing CBD and cannabis oil as pharmaceuticals with official approval for the treatment of epilepsy. In general, scientific circles are convinced that CBD is a supercannabinoid with a high medical potential, which will find many other applications.

How is cannabis oil produced and what is so special about it?

Cannabis oil is obtained from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. This makes it a 100% natural and vegetable product. The CBD content of the oil is very high, while the THC content is extremely low.

Ingredients in cannabis oil

Cannabinoids are substances that can bind to cannabinoid receptors. The best-known types are CB1 and CB2. It should be noted that cannabinoid receptors are different parts of the human body and therefore different physiological processes. These processes include not only appetite and pain but also mood swings.

The phenols contained

Phenol (hydroxybenzene) is an organic compound. It consists of a benzene ring in which a hydrogen atom has been replaced by a hydroxyl group.

CBD-containing cannabis oil and terpenes

Terpene is a natural product with different functions in the plant world. It is known for its wealth of aromas and fragrances and is therefore also important for dietary supplements. The aroma of the individual cannabis plants is determined by the terpenes they contain. The aroma formation of cannabis oil can, therefore, be compared with that of citrus fruits and various herbs and spices. Cannabis oil is therefore available in flavors ranging from mild to aromatic.

Hemp oil as a healthy ingredient

Manufactured from cold-pressed hemp seeds, hemp oil is and remains a biologically high-quality natural product, provided that the hemp was also organically cultivated. For the cold pressing of the hemp seeds, the skin is removed. In the end product the high-quality and essential components are contained: Minerals Vitamins B and E Fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 4 Hemp proteins Carotene

What about legality?

Due to the lack of psychoactivity, CBD is legal in almost all countries worldwide. This ensures that it is available like all other supplements that can be sold and bought for health promotion purposes. Personal consumption is also legal. In America, a parents’ movement has led to CBD being classified as legal in some states. In addition to the 23 states that have legalized cannabis as a medicine, 11 CBD states have since been added.

CBD and cannabis oil for medical use

Although CBD has still not been recognized as a drug because research is still in the preclinical stage, scientists consider CBD to be positive. The benefit of the substance is obvious and therefore demonstrable. In “Cannabidivarin (CBDV, GWP42006)”, which is already being investigated in phase two, its use as an epileptic has already been confirmed. CBD is also convincing in the treatment of epileptic seizures associated with Angelman syndrome, anxiety, and sleep disorders as well as psychoses and depression. The same applies to the treatment of inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Cannabis oil is also used to support cancer treatments. CBD alone or in combination with THC is also intensively tested for glioma (a brain tumor, orphan status), breast cancer and lung metastases. The relaxing effect, for example in spasticity associated with MS, has been proven. This leads to the assumption that positive effects can also be expected in Parkinson’s disease. The antipsychotic effect is currently being tested in patients suffering from schizophrenia. In chronic inflammatory bowel diseases as well as asthma, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, the naturally existing anti-inflammatory effect can lead to an improvement in symptoms. Research into ulcerative colitis is already in its second stage. The neuroprotective and antibacterial properties are also important. The accumulation of prion proteins, as known from mad cow disease (BSE), is also successfully inhibited. The assumption that CBD can reduce the risk of diabetes is also further investigated.

What are the side effects?

The side effects of cannabis oil are very low. Half of the study subjects complained of drowsiness and fatigue. Increased or decreased appetite, as well as weight changes and diarrhoea, were also mentioned by some of the subjects.

Cannabis oil equals CBD oil?

No, there is a difference between cannabis oil and CBD oil. If you buy cannabis oil, you basically get THC oil. In contrast to CBD oil, THC oil is strictly monitored in sales so that the mandatory opium law is not circumvented.

The production of cannabis oil

The quality of CBD based products are subject to strong fluctuations. You have to be aware that there are CBD products on the market that do not contain CBD at all. Other CBD products have been contaminated to varying degrees with pesticides and bacteria. Therefore it is of utmost importance to purchase CBD only from trustworthy suppliers. The supplier “Nordicoil” is considered to be serious. The company produces laboratory-tested oil with CBD from 100% organically grown hemp. The fact that no pesticides or other chemicals are used is a matter of course for the company. The high standard guarantees that the buyer always receives an oil containing CBD that corresponds to the stated efficacy. The company Medihemp also stands for CBD-containing oil in organic quality on the European market.

How does CBD or cannabis oil work?

The intoxicating effect of THC can be regulated and attenuated with the help of CBD. The THC effect, which is often perceived as too strong, is thus taken away from the unpleasant “tip”. Rather, the stress-reducing effect of cannabis is maximized. Meanwhile, new CBD varieties are on the market which causes a much more functional intoxication.

What should I watch for when taking this medicine?

Which dosage is appropriate cannot be said in general. The individual reactions to the oil are too different for that. For the beginning 1 to 2 drops twice daily should be sufficient. Later, the dose can be adjusted to your own needs. The most effective effect is when CBD-containing oil is dripped under the tongue. If the taste is too unpleasant, it can also be taken on some bread. The oil is best taken at room temperature.

What to look out for when buying CBD and cannabis oil

The German Certificate of Analysis for CBD with the abbreviation COAs (Certificate of Analyses) should be decisive when deciding on a supplier. Furthermore, it should be indicated which active cannbinoids are contained in the CBD. It should also be noted which oils were used to dissolve CBDs. Suppliers and marketers, including online shops that release these indication criteria for the declaration of their products, can be classified as trustworthy.CBD can be prescribed as a prescription drug by doctors. A narcotic prescription is not required because CBD is not listed in the Narcotics Law. Like other prescription drugs, it is not necessarily covered by health insurance. In most cases, a private prescription is therefore required. In addition, CBD-containing hemp oils with a THC content of less than 0.2 % are offered on the German market. These may be legally sold as food or cosmetics.

How long does CBD oil last?

If stored in a cool and dark place, preferably in the refrigerator, CBD oil can be kept for about one year. However, it must be noted that the viscosity is reduced by the cold.

CBD-containing varieties of medicinal cannabis flowers

Bedrocan offers “Bediol” with 6 % THC and 8 % CBD and Bedrolite with 9 % CBD and less than 1 % THC. For self-therapy, the cannabis flowers can be purchased with an exception in the pharmacy. The drug Epidiolex, a highly purified plant extract from GW Pharmaceuticals, has been approved in the USA by the Food and Drug Administration as an orphan drug since November 2013. The indications include Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. On the basis of Section 73 (3) of the German Medicines Act, Epidiolex may also be imported from the USA without German approval.