Recently, many people have become aware of a certain type of cannabis product. These often contain the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) and are mainly sold as dietary supplements. A real hype has arisen around this substance, because voices regularly come up talking about possible positive effects on health.
As a result, a very confusing market with various CBD products has arisen. You may find it difficult to choose a product that is right for you in view of this wide range.
Perhaps it is not only about your personal preferences for the application and the effect you hope to have on the respective product, but also about questions about legality.
We will help you here and guide you with our overview through the CBD product jungle.
A brief introduction to cannabis products in general
Cannabis is the botanical generic term for hemp and is often used as a synonym for hemp products. We often overlook the fact that there are different cannabis plants. The distinction between Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica is particularly important here.
With the epithet sativa the so-called useful hemp is meant. Hemp crops are low in the noise and addictive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. For this reason, only Sativa species may be legally cultivated.
Indica species, on the other hand, are rich in THC and are therefore classified as illegal drugs. In addition to the different types of hemp, products can also be differentiated according to the parts of the plant from which corresponding extracts are produced. Leaves, blossoms and seeds are the most important.
For centuries cannabis has been a synonym for noise producing plant extracts, which are primarily smoked and addictive. In contrast to other cultures, a possible medical or health-promoting approach was not the focus of attention.
That is why cannabis continues to be associated with illegal drugs on a blanket basis. This is due to the fact that the non-psychoactive CBD products were hardly known to us until recently and have not been on the market for long.
This assessment has changed with the spread of cannabidiol products. CBD doesn't create intoxication or addiction.
Internal and external use
While the drugs marijuana and hashish are mainly smoked, you can use CBD products differently. Most products are offered as dietary supplements.
You will find for example oils, capsules, but also crystals, flowers and tea in the product range of different suppliers. Another category consists of products in liquid form, which are then smoked like an extract containing THC. Flowers are also smoked. You will also find creams or ointments with cannabidiol for external use.
Maybe you're having a hard time keeping track of things. However, if you differentiate between products for ingestion, smoking and application to the skin in a first step, you are already one step ahead.
Which products are dietary supplements?
According to their definition, food supplements move between foodstuffs and medicinal products, but are legally considered to be foodstuffs. A dietary supplement provides the human organism with certain additional substances and micronutrients, sometimes in isolated form.
It is assumed that people in some life situations may have an increased need for certain micronutrients. In addition, some herbal substances are regarded as sensible supplements to a conscious and health-oriented diet.
For many of these botanicals - as experts also call herbal substances - there is normally no real need, as they do not belong to the classic micronutrients. For this reason, the category of "functional foods" has been developed to target specific human health areas.
A herbal substance such as CBD is often used simultaneously in functional foods and pharmaceuticals.
As far as hemp products are concerned, the so-called full-spectrum oils can be categorised as food particularly easily, as CBD is embedded in its natural active substance environment here.
Imagine, for example, an apple that contains vitamin C, among other things. You take up other accompanying substances besides the vitamin, which benefit your health and the absorption of the vitamin. A similar situation exists with full-spectrum oils, with which you ingest accompanying substances to cannabidiol.
Various dosage forms
You're probably just thinking about what to choose. interstitial
- and cream
it's hard to choose.
You may also want to combine different products. We now introduce you to the individual products in more detail, give you information about the manufacture of the various products and their potential effects.
With the different products please always pay attention to the question of bioavailability. Not every type of application and every type of extract is equally intensively processed by our organism.
Many substances need different accompanying substances, which correspond to their natural environment in the plant itself, in order to be absorbed particularly well by the body.
This so-called "entourage effect" has also been proven for CBD.
Against this background, oil is not the same as oil. The full spectrum oils mentioned above are particularly bioavailable.
If you are interested in a CBD oil, there are many different oils available. In some cases, the quality of the offers differs considerably. We recommend that you focus on products that are subject to appropriate quality controls.
These questions should be of particular interest to you:
- Can the purity of the product be demonstrated?
- Where does the corresponding plant come from?
- Are there any pollutant analyses?
- Is the low or non-existent THC content confirmed?
You may also know how the CBD was extracted from the plant. There are different processes here. CO2 extraction is considered to be particularly gentle. Other extraction agents such as various alcohols may leave residues in the corresponding extracts.
Full-spectrum oils are considered to be of particularly high quality because they contain additional co-formulants which are intended to support the bioavailability and effect of CBD.
An increase in bioavailability is also achieved in liposomal CBD products.
A special technology is used to encapsulate the CBD, which increases its uptake by the human organism. These oils also have the advantage that most people find their smell or aroma more pleasant than with the classic CBD oil.
Sometimes, however, users first test different dosages and concentrations. For example, this refers to 5 %, 10 % or 20 % oil.
They talk about subjective positive effects in sleep disorders, inflammation, pain, depression, seizures and use the oils to support the treatment of cancer, especially in side-effect therapies such as chemo.
Full-spectrum oils are currently mainly assigned to the food sector, which is why you can purchase them legally.
In the case of other oils, the distinction from medicinal products is often questioned. How the individual oil products are legally evaluated can sometimes be confusing for you as a user. Especially if you're new to CBD.
Smokers will probably be able to do something directly with the term liquid. In this dosage form, cannabidiol is first crystallized and then liquefied again as an appropriate filling for e-cigarettes. That means you're smoking CBD in this case.
Liquids are unlikely to be considered as food.
This classification could be problematic because food is generally not smoked. Here there is a proximity to pure stimulants such as smoking cigarettes. We are therefore waiting to see whether this dosage form will remain permissible in the future.
Much is also unclear about the effect of CBD as a liquid. There are few scientific studies dealing with the effects of isolated CBD. The existing studies concern extracts, which are mostly not smoked, but used elsewhere and are located in the medical field.
The assessment of liquids is therefore much more uncertain from various points of view than with oils.
The similarity of the flowers with weed is high from the outside, even if the extracts do not contain psychoactive THC. The flowers are smoked, which probably reminds you of the classic use of marijuana and hashish. For this reason, flowers, like liquids, cannot be classified as food supplements and therefore not as food.
The quality of the flowers is just as difficult to assess.
CBD Tea (Hemp Tea)
You will find many offers for hemp tea online. Sometimes it is not clear whether the tea has an increased content of CBD or not. If you are explicitly interested in a product containing cannabidiol, this is probably an important question.
Long before interest in CBD had flared up, there were various hemp products as normal foods. Hemp oil, for example, is produced from the seeds of the hemp plant. Hemp tea may also have been made from plant parts that are not particularly rich in CBD.
Besides, it is not always certain whether and how much CBD you will take with tea. That's because of how tea is made.
Tea extract is dissolved in water. With this dosage form you will only take CBD if the substance is soluble in water. Cannabinoids - including cannabidiol - are basically only soluble in fats and alcohol. It is not without reason that many suppliers choose an oil as the basis for their product.
However, it is possible that certain techniques used in the production of the tea extract may ensure that CBD dissolves well in water.
During crystallization, a very pure form of the CBD is formed. The content in crystals is around 98 %. The crystals can also be smoked, sucked or dissolved in oil by vaporization.
Crystals are not clearly to be attributed to food. In particular, the complex production method of crystals does not indicate a classification as a dietary supplement. Even if you smoke them, they don't get that status.
The high purity and thus very high concentration of the CBD crystals also place them close to pharmaceutical extracts. Therefore, pay attention to the form in which you acquire them and wish to apply them.
If you don't want to use an oil, you might consider buying CBD capsules. These have some advantages. Capsules are easy to take and are also an alternative for on the go. You also don't have to deal with the aroma of cannabidiol, which is perceived as strict by many people.
To achieve this, however, we should always set even higher quality standards for capsules than for other products. On the one hand, excipients used by capsule manufacturers for technical reasons can hinder the absorption of cannabidiol. In addition, they must pass through the stomach and thus also confront the aggressive stomach acid.
It depends on the quality of the capsules. If the quality is inferior, you may experience loss of absorption and effect if the contents of the capsule come into contact with gastric acid.
With reasonably designed, high quality CBD capsules you could achieve similar effects as with an oil. Like oil, they can also be categorized as dietary supplements.
CBD has now also been discovered for cosmetic products, mainly creams. Many suppliers not only advertise the cosmetic aspect of these products, but also attribute certain effects to CBD creams for skin diseases such as psoriasis, acne or eczema.
The effects of cannabidiol when used as a cream have also been studied in various scientific studies, including eczema and neurodermatitis.
From a legal point of view, a cream advertised in this way has a clear effect in the medical field. A more detailed examination may lead to uncertainties here, as the distinction to medicinal products is not clear.
It is therefore unclear whether a CBD cream with an effect on a certain clinical picture will remain available for purchase in the future.
Don't get confused though, you can currently purchase online cream products without complications. Also with these topical - externally applicable - products we recommend you also to pay attention to quality, composition and a corresponding certification of the suppliers.
Many products, even more suppliers - great confusion?
The enthusiasm for cannabidiol arose primarily because this substance could have positive effects on the human organism without causing intoxication or addiction. Nevertheless, from the point of view of many authorities, the term cannabis alone has a very dubious reputation.
This results, among other things, in the current unclear and uncertain situation in the legal assessment.
As a consumer, you don't need to worry about the legal situation, as the trade - especially online - with CBD products without relevant THC content is largely permitted at the moment. However, for products that you can buy in retail, the boundaries to illegality are usually drawn more strictly.
This applies in particular to products that are smoked like flowers. Some authorities are too close to illegal drugs because of the way they are used.
When purchasing CBD products, make sure that THC's shares are in the legal range. A reputable provider should be able to prove this to you at any time. You are probably concerned about the potential health effect of a product containing cannabidiol, not the intoxication and addictive effects.
Please also bear in mind that not every product offered has a verifiable and proven standardised CBD content. That's what you need. Only in this way can you make individual experiences with the effect of CBD and repeat this experience if necessary.
How do you recognize serious and high-quality products?
There are some aspects that will help you distinguish a good CBD product from a bad product.
Your evaluation of offers should begin with the provider himself. Ask yourself the following five questions:
- Is the supplier certified?
- Can he prove the origin, processing and standardisation of his products?
- Does he also provide you with analysis certificates with regard to testing for harmful substances?
- Do you have personal contacts who can answer any questions you may have about the products?
- Does the supplier give advice and tips on how to use the product and how to find the right product for you?
Many good suppliers have also specialised in a particular product. For example, there are some producers who only offer high-quality oil with different CBD percentages.
With these suppliers, you can be sure that they are particularly familiar with their special CBD product. This means that the largest supplier with the most versatile product range is not automatically the best supplier.
No matter if you want to buy capsules, oil or creams with cannabidiol, you should be looking for a high-quality premium product. Please make the same high demands as on high-quality food or cosmetic products.
Serious providers also regularly deal with the current legal situation and give you appropriate information about it. As a manufacturer of high-quality CBD products, it is important to us to support you as reliably as possible in your everyday life with high-quality products.
It is important that you as a consumer feel comfortable on the safe side and with your decision for a product when you buy CBD products. This includes the current legal situation. This is not only about the differentiation of products with regard to tetrahydrocannabinol, but also about the further categorisation, for example as food supplements.
Certain legal limitations serve to protect you as a consumer from products whose conception, formulation or effect are not sufficiently defined. Since CBD products are purchased by you for self-use, you should be protected at all times. Then you can easily benefit from all the advantages that cannabidiol could offer you and your health.
Note: In this article we report on prescription cannabis, prescription CBD or over-the-counter or legal CBD. This Article does not make any proposal as to the possible purpose of the proposal and is for information and education purposes only. Promises of healing and benefits are excluded.