What is CBD?

What is CBD?

Anyone interested in natural health and wellness products can hardly avoid the term CBD. But what exactly do the three letters that so many people speak of mean?


CBD is an abbreviation that may sound like chemistry, but has nothing to do with it. The abbreviation stands for cannabidiol - a completely natural plant product. It is mainly derived from hemp, such as the better known THC. Both are counted among the cannabinoids. The terms are very similar - which can be confusing for beginners.


As an essential component of the hemp plant, cannabidiol acts, in contrast to THC (tetrahydrocannabiol), with no intoxicating effect at all. Instead, it can have a positive effect on our physical well-being. In addition, due to its versatility, hemp has been cultivated as a useful plant for more than 10,000 years and is valued worldwide.


CBD is said to have a relaxing, antispasmodic and analgesic effect. The active ingredient is also experiencing a real hype in the cosmetics industry due to its anti-inflammatory effect. Oils, ointments, body lotions and creams - hemp cosmetics can help with much more than acne or local joint pain. 


But what is it that makes CBD so versatile? The secret lies in its special effect on many different areas of our nervous system.


HOLISTIC EFFECTS OF CBD 


The receptors for cannabinoids are located in the cells of our nervous system and together they form the endocannabinoid system. But what exactly are receptors? In simple terms, they are the ends of our nerve cells that are able to receive stimuli from outside and convert them into signalling processes or excitation in the body. Thus, the endocannabinoid system has a direct influence on many of our body functions. 


Within this system CBD binds to the so-called CB1 and CB2 receptors. The cannabinoids from the plant are so similar to the body's own endocannabinoids, that they can act as messengers both inhibiting and activating the organism. This explains why the food supplement is used for so many different reasons. 


While the CB1 receptors are located at almost all neurons of the brain and thus have an effect on all areas of the body, the CB2 receptors mainly influence the immune system. Therefore, research is particularly focused on the possible inhibitory effect of cannabidiol on tumour cells, psoriasis, allergies and immune diseases.


The main benefits of CBD 

  • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic
  • Eases tension
  • Harmonisation of the neurotransmitter release (noradrenalin, adrenalin)
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances bone growth and immune system
  • Protects cells from external aggressors
  • Antibacterial
  • Relief of psoriasis and other skin problems


USE AND PRODUCTION 


The areas of application are as diverse as the effect of CBD on the body. Depending on your taste, you can choose from oils, creams, lotions, ointments and more. The effect of CBD oil applied under the tongue is particularly rapid since the active ingredient can be absorbed directly through the oral mucosa. 


The high-quality CBD oils from our in-house brand HERBLIZ are developed in a complex manufacturing process. Here a pure isolate is filtered separately from the other hemp components. This extract consists of up to 99.99% cannabidiol. In addition to other cannabis diodes, the HERBLIZ full-spectrum CBD oil also contains other valuable ingredients of the cannabis plant, such as terpenes, bitter substances and flavonoids. 


As a result, you benefit from the so-called entourage effect, which ensures an optimal effect thanks to the perfect rounding off of the individual substances. As a carrier oil, we only use pure organic oils such as pumpkin seed, MCT coconut or milk thistle oil.


Taking the full spectrum drops is also said to strengthen the immune system, which is not only responsible for the cannabinoid itself, but also for the large number of micronutrients it contains, e.g. chlorophyll and carotenoids as well as vitamins E, B1 and B12. 


The dosage of the drops depends on some aspects, including individual health goals, body weight, metabolism and also the subjective feeling.


The main areas of application 

  • Skin and joint problems
  • Stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Depressions
  • Appetite reduction
  • Nicotine withdrawal
  • Menstrual cramps and pain due to inflammation
  • Arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism, epilepsy


How do I take the CBD oil? 


CBD oil can be easily dosed in drops by the pipette. Simply place the drops directly under the tongue as required and recommended and let it work for approx. 30 seconds to 1 minute. As a beginner, it is best to start with one to three drops of a low-dose product (e.g. HERBLIZ full-spectrum CBD oil 5%) and increase slowly until the desired effect is achieved.


How do CBD drops taste? 


Depending on the taste, the drops can taste of different carrier oils, such as coconut oil or olive-lemon. Pure CBD oil has a hay-like taste, but the aroma is immediately masked by water or other beverages. Even in coffee or cocoa the oil is completely neutral in taste. HERBLIZ offers a wide range of different flavours and aromas, based on the natural terpene profiles of the hemp plant.


How fast does CBD act in the body? 


Since every organism is unique, the effect also sets in at different speeds for each person. The dosage form, however, decisively determines the absorption time. When taken externally through the skin (e.g. through creams), it can take between 20 minutes and 2 hours until the substance is completely absorbed by the blood. 


On the other hand, when vaporizing with a vaporizer, the first effects are often immediately noticeable, since the CBD directly enters the bloodstream via the pulmonary alveoli. The effect of a CBD oil starts after about 15 minutes when it is dropped under the tongue. The absorption through the oral mucosa is responsible for the quick effect.


How long does CBD work in the body? 


Here applies as well: there are many individual factors that determine the duration of the effect. Depending on dosage, bioavailability and dosage form of the cannabidiol as well as body weight and metabolic state of the user, the active substance remains in the body for several hours. On average, the effect lasts about 4 to 6 hours. 


However, if CBD enters the circulation quickly (e.g. by vaporization or as oil), the half-life is shorter. If it is absorbed more slowly (e.g. through the stomach or skin), the effect lasts longer.


Is CBD legal? 


Yes, if the retailer only provides legal cannabis products in accordance with the current EU Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC in his range. Cannabidiol is not intended as a medicinal product but as a food supplement according to §2(3) of the German Medicines Act and can therefore be freely purchased on the market. 


Basically, the active ingredient is therefore legal in Germany for anyone who is at least 18 years old. This also applies to products made from it, such as oil, as long as the THC content does not exceed the specified limit of 0.2%.


What should I pay attention to when buying?


Choose a manufacturer you can trust. Make sure that the CBD content is indicated on the products and choose 5% to 20% CBD oil, depending on your needs. The carrier oil should consist of high-quality organic oils, such as pumpkin seed oil. Special quality products can also be recognised by various analysis certificates and quality seals.


Is CBD oil also suitable for animals? 


Since animals also possess an endocannabinoid system, the administration of CBD is also possible here. However, pet owners should make sure that they only use products that have been specially manufactured for animals. 


Dogs have a higher concentration of receptors in the brain than other living creatures. This makes them very susceptible to cannabinoids. Terpenes and THC, on the other hand, are completely unsuitable for dogs and cats, for example. That is why there are special products for animals with lower doses.



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