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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about CBD
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EFFECTS OF CBD
APPLICATION AND DOSAGE
BODY FUNCTIONS WITH CBD
How is CBD oil made?
Our CBD is extracted by using a gentle CO2 extraction. This is considered to be the preferred method because it allows to gently extract all major cannabinoids from hemp plants and preserve fragile terpenes and flavonoids and it leaves no premises of solvents in the final product. For our CBD isolates, we use pure cannabidiol of natural origin. Afterwards, all our CBD products are tested by independent laboratories to ensure their pureness, quality and CBD concentration. You can find individual product certificates linked in the descriptions. Find out more on our page dedicated to quality.
Are there certificates?
Yes, all of our CBD oils have certificates that can be found in our product descriptions.
What do I have to consider when buying CBD?
- Only buy CBD oil from trusted and GMP qualified suppliers using organic hemp as a raw material for CBD oil extraction
- Only buy CBD with COAs (Certificate of Analysis)
- Only buy CBD products from trustworthy (online) shops
- Find out the CBD extraction method (preferably CO2 extraction)
Which one is the best CBD oil?
All of our high-quality products are lab-tested and made from 100% organic raw materials. The concentration of CBD is what makes the difference. Oils with a higher milligram share of CBD are more effective than those with a small amount of CBD. We strongly advise using a CBD full spectrum oil to benefit from the so-called “entourage effect” and because there is no wrong way of using it.
Is CBD oil legal?
Yes, CBD oil is legal in Germany and in many other European countries. CBD is extracted from industrial hemp and only contains the legal amount of
While THC is used exclusively for medical purposes and is known for its psychoactive effects, CBD is used in medicine as well as in cosmetics (EU) and food supplements (USA, CA etc.) and does not lead to a change in the state of consciousness.
Do I need a prescription?
No, our CBD oils are registered as cosmetics and are no medicine. Therefore you don’t need a prescription.
POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF CBD
What are the experiences with CBD products?
CBD products can affect your general well-being in a positive way. Our customers are raving about the many advantages of our CBD oils and have integrated them already into their daily routines. If you don’t notice any relevant changes, you can increase the number of drops/pumps or try out another oil with a higher concentration of CBD.
Does CBD help with my illness?
Since our CBD oils are sold as cosmetics, we are not allowed to make medical statements.
Which health conditions can be treated with CBD?
There are various application areas of CBD oil, but it does not work the same for everyone. We suggest trying out different formulas and experiment with the dosage to observe your body’s unique reaction to our products. For more information on your individual health condition, we please you to consult your doctor.
How fast does CBD oil work?
Depending on the dose and your lifestyle, CBD oils work differently for everyone. Most people who use CBD say they can feel the relaxing effects within 20 minutes and some people can even feel it within a few minutes. For other people, it might take longer to notice the effect. For best results, we recommend starting off with using CBD for 30 days.
Will CBD get me “high”?
No, CBD will not get you “high”. Our CBD oils are non-intoxicating, not psychoactive and contain less than 0.2% of THC.
Can CBD be combined with medications?
At this point, there are not enough studies available concerning the interaction of CBD with medications. Please consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Are there side effects of using CBD?
CBD can cause dry mouth, diarrhoea and reduce appetite.
Is there an instruction of use or a package insert?
You can find the instructions of use labelled on all of our CBD products.
APPLICATION AND DOSAGE
Wow many drops of CBD oil do I need?
The ideal amount of CBD oil is different for everyone, depending on your individual needs and lifestyle. For novices, we recommend starting with 5% CBD oil and using 1 to 3 pumps in the morning and 1 to 3 pumps of spray in the evening. In general, it is recommended to start with a small amount that can be increased slowly. You can do it either by increasing the number of CBD oil pumps or by increasing the CBD oil concentration, e.g. instead of 5% oil you are going for a 10% oil.
The daily amount of 70 mg should not be exceeded. For most people, however, even small amounts are sufficient to achieve the desired effect.
What’s the best way to use CBD oils?
The most effective way is to put the CBD oil underneath your tongue. This way the CBD will be absorbed quickly through the oral mucosa. To guarantee a precise amount of oil, the handy pump dispenser of our CBD mouth sprays is particularly suitable.
Can I use CBD for a longer time?
Our CBD oils are 100% natural and can be used for a long period of time. It is very easy for the human body to process CBD and there are no serious side effects discovered so far. Many people use CBD throughout their adult life without any problems.
When does CBD oil expire?
If you store your CBD oils in a dark and cool place, they will last for at least one year. Please note that extreme cold can reduce the viscosity of your CBD oil. Therefore you should ideally use it at room temperature. CBD oil is sensitive to light and air, which is why you should always close it immediately after use.
Are there other ways to use CBD oil?
- CBD can be absorbed through the airways. This is why especially young people prefer products like CBD oil vape cartridges where CBD is evaporated and inhaled. The active ingredients get into the blood circulation through the airways and lungs.CBD can be inhaled by using a vape pen in combination with CBD oil cartridges. Usually, you will notice an effect after 1 to 3 minutes already and the intensity will fade after 1 to 3 hours.
- CBD capsules, pills and suppository
- Wellness products such as massage oils, bath bombs or creams can also be combined with CBD and have a relaxing effect.
Can CBD be used during pregnancy?
In general, it is not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use CBD products. At this point, there are almost no studies about the effects of CBD on pregnancy.
Is there a minimum age for buying CBD products?
Yes, you have to be at least 18 years old to buy CBD products. By ordering in our online shop, you confirm that you have reached the legal age. Legal issues always depend on the country you are in and can change frequently.
Am I allowed to drive if I have taken CBD?
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 104 active chemical compounds (or ‘cannabinoids’) in the cannabis plant. It’s the second-most well-researched cannabinoid, behind THC. CBD is extracted from the stems and leaves of the plant. Our products are made from industrial hemp that is grown following the regulations of the EU.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil consists of various components: The basis is always a vegetable base oil, such as olive oil, pumpkin seed oil or hemp seed oil, which is enriched with the hemp extract CBD. CBD oils are divided into full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum oils can have a legally permitted maximum value (less than 0.2%) of THC. Isolates are THC-free. CBD oil has no intoxicating, i.e. no psychoactive effect.
What is the difference between CBD isolate and CBD full-spectrum?
A CBD isolate is a purified hemp extract that can be extracted from the hemp plant or produced synthetically in laboratories. Therefore it contains more CBD than a CBD full-spectrum oil and no additive cannabinoids or other plant substances.
A full-spectrum CBD oil contains all important components of the hemp plant: cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids like CBD und CBDa, CBN, CBG, CBC and many more. Therefore you can benefit from the so-called “entourage effect” which declares that all active ingredients of the hemp plant interact with each other and intensify the effect. This ensures a particularly high bioavailability. A full spectrum oil also contains small traces of THC (<0.2%).
What makes CBD so expensive?
The complex and work-intensive manufacturing process of CBD products justifies the price. Here you can find some facts about our production:
- Hemp plants are grown according to GMP guidelines
- Professional and gentle harvesting machines
- Special laboratory equipment is needed
- A huge amount of raw materials is needed to produce small amounts of CBD
What does the percentage of CBD mean?
The percentage shows you the amount of CBD in your product. For example, oil with “10 ml” and “10%” contains 1000 mg of CBD. The most common unit of measurement for CBD oils is 10ml. The following conversion formula applies: CBD content (percentage) * 1000 / 10ml content. Example with a 10% CBD Oil: 10 * 1000 / 10 = 1000 mg
What is a carrier oil?
Every CBD oil needs a carrier oil as a base. Those are vegetable oils that are used to dilute essential oils and absolutes and “carry” them to your skin. This is necessary because essential oils are potent and can cause irritation when applied directly to your skin. The most frequently used oils are:
- Hempseed oil
- Olive oil
- MCT coconut oil
What are phenols in CBD?
Phenols are aromatic compounds of the (hemp) plant. They are a form of reactive, acidic molecules where a hydroxyl group is attached to hydrocarbon, and some are potent antioxidants. They are being used in full-spectrum CBD oils along with other hemp plant components such as terpenes and flavonoids.
What are the benefits of the Cannabis Sativa strain?
The industrial hemp that our products are made of belongs to the Cannabis Sativa Linnaeus strain. This strain is known for its euphoric and stimulating effect.
What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp seed oil is a natural product made of cold-pressed hemp seeds. The hemp seed oil contains a lot of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid and gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA). Hemp seed oil is not only the richest natural source of omega 6 & 3 fatty acids but even contains them in the ideal 3:1 ratio for the skin. Therefore, hemp seed oil can ideally be used for cosmetics.
Other ingredients are:
- Vitamins A, C, E, B (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12)
- Omega-3, -6, -9 fatty acids
- Hemp protein
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are a large class of organic compounds that are produced by a variety of plants. They are very fragrant and responsible for the aromatic diversity of cannabis plants. This is why they are also very popular in aromatherapy. Like cannabinoids, terpenes interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. They each have their individual properties and combined with CBD they can produce the “Entourage Effect”.
Most hemp plants contain these terpenes: myrcene, limonene, pinene, linalool, humulene and caryophyllene. In nature, terpenes protect the plant from pests and attract pollinators with their odour. Our CBD vape cartridges contain aromatic terpene profiles in many different varieties.
What is THC and how is it different from CBD?
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychotropic component of the cannabis plant. It is the chemical that affects your mind and makes you “high” while CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive. Our HERBLIZ CBD full-spectrum oils contain very low levels of THC (<0.2%) and our CBD isolates contain pure CBD without any traces of THC. All our products are 100% legal, safe and will not make you feel "high".
BODY FUNCTIONS WITH CBD
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a component of the human nervous system. It consists mainly of the cannabinoid receptors CB1, CB2 and CB3. These receptors are responsible for the release and transport of vital messenger substances.
The endocannabinoid system regulates various functions and is mainly responsible for keeping the body in balance. The body produces its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) for this purpose. Because the plant cannabinoids are so similar to the body’s own cannabinoids, they can interact with them and form a symbiosis.
Cannabidiol can offer protection against oxidative cell stress and is thus optimally suited for cosmetics. In combination with other natural ingredients, CBD can provide more well-being and relaxation in wellness products.
What does “Entourage Effect” mean?
The entourage effect describes the symbiotic relationship between all compounds in cannabis plants where the resulting effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts. The “entourage” of diverse plant chemicals is what can provide stronger impacts on our body than an isolated pure CBD product. We offer a variety of full-spectrum CBD oils that make use of this entourage effect.
The Complete CBD Oil FAQ Guide
CBD oil is in the news of late – but what is this mystery substance? Does it work? Is it illegal? Is it time for you to give it a try? Answers to all these questions and more await.
This CBD oil FAQ guide is the third and final installment of our three-part series on CBD. Before diving in, feel free to check out the first part of the series, where we cover the latest research on CBD oil, as well as our buying guide to CBD oil.
In order to give you the information you need about CBD oil, we searched high and low for the most-asked questions about the product. We looked at Google search data, delved into queries on Quora, and culled Reddit threads and Facebook groups. We thoroughly researched the answers to the most-asked questions with help from industry experts, grouping similar questions together to help you find out everything you need to know about CBD oil.
Common Questions about CBD Oil
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil or cannabidiol oil is a substance derived from the hemp or cannabis plant containing high amounts of the cannabinoid cannabidiol.
Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp rather than psychoactive marijuana strains; while the two plants are related, industrial hemp does not contain nearly as much psychoactive tetrahydrocannabiol, another cannabinoid better known as THC. In fact, according to the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp cannot contain more than .3 percent THC on a dry weight basis – a nearly negligible amount.
In order to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant, producers need to isolate the CBD from the THC to ensure that the oil will not be psychoactive.
What does CBD oil do?
To answer this, we need to take a step back to address the endocannabinoid system, a system within the body whose receptors (CB1 and CB2) have an enormous impact on our health and well-being.
“CB1 receptors in the brain are associated with emotions, mood, appetite, coordination, movement, and pain,” explains Stormy Simon, the former president of Overstock.com who recently left the corporate world to become an advocate for cannabis. “CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and throughout tissues of the spleen and tonsils.”
The endocannabinoid system is a relatively new discovery. In fact, Simon notes, it was actually discovered and named after the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Seeing as cannabinoids are the compounds that activate this system, many have posited that cannabinoids like THC or CBD could help improve endocannabinoid function.
While CBD oil’s benefits are still being tested, some studies connect CBD oil to reducing the symptoms of epilepsy, neuropathic and multiple sclerosis-related pain, and cancer. Many people also claim that CBD helps with anxiety.
For more information on where the research currently stands on CBD oil, be sure to check out part one of this series, where we distill current science on CBD.
How do I take CBD and at what dosage?
Before adding CBD oil to your regimen, as with any supplement, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure that it’s a good choice for you. This is especially true if you are taking certain anti-seizure medications.
CBD oil can be consumed in a myriad of ways: tinctures, oil vaping, capsules, sublinguals, or even topicals. When taking CBD, always follow the instructions on the package of the product you have purchased.
Can you get high from CBD oil?
No. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you high; CBD does not have any psychoactive properties. While many CBD oils, particularly full-spectrum products, contain trace amounts of THC, it is not enough to make you high.
If you are at a risk for random drug tests, for example through your job, you may wish to choose a CBD oil that is entirely devoid of THC.
Are there side effects from taking CBD oil?
CBD oil is generally considered to be safe for most people, and few people experience side effects. A 2017 literature review, however, noted that CBD oil can be linked to the following side effects in some cases:
- Changes to appetite
- Changes to weight
It’s important to note that the studies featured in this review mostly used higher doses of CBD oil than are generally available for over-the-counter use. The study authors also noted that more studies researching CBD side effects after “real chronic administration” would be necessary for a more conclusive safety profile.
Understanding How Quality CBD is Made
Where can good CBD oil be made?
Production of CBD oil is not the same all over the world – or even all over the country – due to regulations and legislative hurdles with regards to the industrial hemp that is needed to produce full-spectrum CBD oil.
Industrial hemp is legal throughout the European Union, and organic varieties are fairly plentiful. It’s for this reason that many of our experts recommended seeking out a European CBD oil source, until very recently when legislation in the United States made it possible to certify CBD oil organic.
Today, CBD oil sourced from Europe, especially Denmark and Germany, which have strict regulatory standards, is some of the best on the marketplace. In Colorado, where the growth of both industrial hemp and cannabis is legal, you can find some of the best certified organic CBD, and while technically it is illegal companies to sell this product across state lines, some startups are taking advantage of loopholes and selling it online.
What is the difference in isolate CBD oil and whole plant/full spectrum CBD oil?
“Full spectrum” or “whole plant” CBD oil will contain trace amounts of THC as well as other cannabinoids. This contributes to the much-touted “entourage effect,” which Dr. Joseph Nathan, Director of the International Drug Information Center, notes allows users to reap the benefits of not only the hundreds of cannabinoids but also the flavonoids and terpines present in the plant.
Isolate CBD oils are made by isolating only the CBD present in the plant; THC and other cannabinoids will not be present in these oils.
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What is the difference between CBD oil and 100% hemp oil?
Hemp oil is the name given any oil derived from the hemp plant; CBD oil is an oil containing high amounts of CBD, made from either the hemp or the cannabis plant. While much CBD oil is also hemp oil, not all hemp oil is CBD oil; hemp oil made from the seeds of the hemp plant will not contain active CBD.
What are some high CBD strains?
Leafly has compiled data from labs across Washington State ranking some of the highest CBD strains out there, including Dancehall, ACDC, and Charlotte’s Web.
Does CBD oil work?
Clinical trials are still confirming the efficacy of CBD oil, but many individuals have noted that it has a positive effect on their health and well-being. Check out part one of this series, where we distill (and periodically update) the latest research on CBD oil.
What is the effect of combining THC with CBD?
Claims have surfaced pointing to the possibility that CBD is more effective when taken in a 1:1 ratio with THC; this contributes to rumors that CBD oil produced from industrial hemp is less effective than CBD oil produced from cannabis.
Studies have shown that CBD and THC may well have a synergistic effect, for example in one study with cancer patients. The issue, however, lies in the legality and psychoactive properties of THC.
“The better question would be, ‘can I take THC with my CBD and take advantage of the synergy, or do I have to forgo THC because I can’t be high right now?’” explains Steve Looi, Director of Origination at White Sheep Corp., a Toronto-based cannabis commercial operator and strategic investor with holdings in Canada and the US. “In the end it’s likely a case of take them together when you can and CBD alone when you have to.”
If you cannot take a 1:1 THC to CBD product, then you may actually be better off opting for a full-spectrum oil made from industrial hemp, which is naturally low in THC but boasts other cannabinoids and compounds.
“Much of the data that we have on cannabinoids refers generally to cannabinoids as a general concept, as opposed to specifically CBD or THC,” explains Dr. Nathan. “Therefore, it’s difficult to see, when you see a benefit of cannabis, whether it was the THC, the CBD, a combination of the THC and CBD… or a combination of THC plus CBD plus any of the other 100 or more cannabinoids that are available in the plant.”
“I tend to think that in most plants, nature evolves them to be the ideal expressions of that particular plant,” says Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter. “So I think that there’s almost always a case to be made for using a whole plant.”
Is CBD oil legal?
Yes! Most CBD oil is produced from industrial hemp, the same plant used to make hemp textiles and hemp seeds. This plant contains trace amounts of psychoactive THC – not enough to make you high and usually not even enough to make you fail a drug test.
Will you fail a drug test if you take CBD?
The trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum oils should not make you fail a drug test, but some trustworthy companies, such as PlentyPharma, provide solutions completely devoid of THC for those for whom random drug testing is a concern.
Will CBD oil pass security at airports?
Yes… but it might not pass customs! CBD oil is not yet legal in all countries; while some countries exist in a relative grey area, such as France, in some countries, including Australia and China, CBD oil is illegal and could cause you big problems (including fines or even jail time) if you bring it into the country.
To see where CBD oil is legal and where it’s not, check out this guide.
Is CBD a Schedule 1 drug?
Technically speaking, yes: extracts of all plants from the cannabis genus were made schedule 1 drugs in early 2017. That said, the 2014 Farm Bill allows the cultivation and sale of hemp containing less than .3 percent THC, which includes hemp oil made from industrial hemp.
It’s interesting to note that the FDA recently approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based epilepsy drug from GW Pharmaceuticals. This approval may have an effect on CBD’s scheduling status.
“An approval might even mean that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) would have to reschedule the specific marijuana component in the drug, CBD, because it will have proven to have a tangible medical benefit,” writes Fortune.
Where can I buy the “best” CBD hemp oil products?
You can buy CBD hemp oil products from a variety of retailers. Be sure to check out our buying guide for some of our favorite brands.
How much do CBD oil products cost?
CBD oil products range in price, but generally, it will cost around $50-100 per ounce.
What should I look for when choosing a CBD oil? Which CBD products/companies I should avoid?
Because CBD oil is not yet heavily regulated by the government, it’s easy for companies to sell products that contain little to no CBD. or that contain nasty little extras you’d rather avoid (like heavy metals or pesticides).
To make sure that you’re opting for only the best CBD oil, choose products made with organic hemp. Organic hemp often comes from Europe, though recent changes in regulations have made it legal to grow organic hemp in the United States as well.
Also be sure you’re opting for CBD oils extracted with CO2 rather than butane, and don’t be afraid to ask for lab tests from the company if they are not already prominently displayed on the company website: any company producing its CBD oil properly will be happy to provide this information, which indicates not only how much CBD is present in a given oil but also the presence of any pesticides or heavy metals. Many companies will even do batch testing, so you can see the results from the exact batch of CBD oil you have purchased.
Where can I find dispensaries that offer high CBD strains in my area?
This guide to dispensaries will help you find great dispensaries in your area, but it’s also of note that you won’t need to get to a dispensary to get your hands on quality CBD oil. Be sure to check out our buying guide for oils that you can get through alternative retailers and even online.
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