Everything you need to know about CBD

Effect, ingredients, application

If you go through the world with open eyes, you will see that hemp is regaining its status. After all, mankind has been cultivating hemp as a crop for over 10,000 years. Especially in the form of CBD oil, cannabis has found its way back into the light. Rightly so, because numerous studies and users probably associate the active substance cannabidiol with health benefits. 


Everyone is talking about CBD oil. There is speculation about a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect up to a possible effectiveness against heart problems and cancer.But what is it about the miracle cure that could turn out to be a serious alternative to classical treatment methods? 


Hempamed disclaimer: 

Food supplements are no substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Keep out of reach of small children. Store in a dry, cool and light-protected place.

General information about CBD

Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid and thus one of the active ingredients of the hemp plant. Anyone who immediately thinks of the intoxicating effect of marijuana is wrong. Strictly speaking, there are more than 100 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Although this substance also originates from the cannabis plant, CBD has nothing to do with the psychoactive substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). 


Unlike the intoxicating tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabinoid does not have an intoxicating or psychoactive effect, including effects such as the familiar high, cravings or delusions. Rather, the substance is the antagonist of tetrahydrocannabinol. As an antagonist, it even alleviates the effects of THC in the organism. 


Due to its cultivation as a drug plant, the long unknown cannabinoid occurs in many cannabis varieties only in minimal concentrations. Especially commercialhemp, as we used it in the past for the production of clothing, sails and paper, has a comparatively high cannabidiol content.CBD for health

What is CBD oil?

With a share of up to 40 %, CBD is one of the central ingredients of fibre hemp. Since this active ingredient is said to have numerous positive properties, the cannabis plant is used to produce an oil from it. After all, the substance is considered a keyelement of the medical cannabis spectrum. 


An extraction process is used to produce an extract from specially cultivated hemp, which is characterised by its high concentration of active ingredients. As a highly concentrated liquid, the extract obtained can be used excellently drop by drop, which makes dosing easy. The oils are available in various concentrations between 3 % and 20 %


Cannabis oil is not equal to CBD oil 

Numerous myths have developed around the cannabis issue since the ban in the early 20th century. This also blurs the boundaries between the concepts. Many people still equate hemp with drugs. 


From the meaning of the word hemp as well as cannabis and marijuana mean the same plant. But this does not mean that hemp oil and CBD oil are the same. 


Hemp oil (also: hemp seed oil) is obtained from pressed hemp seeds. Interestingly, hemp seeds have no active effect whatsoever, regardless of the form of consumption.Hemp seed oils therefore contain neither tetrahydrocannabinol nor CBD and serve as a popular edible oil in the food industry. As such, it can shine because it contains valuable omega fatty acids. If you are looking for the positive properties of cannabidiol, you will not find them in hemp oil. 


What is the difference between isolates and full spectrum products? 

Hemp oil, full spectrum cannabis drops, isolate products, etc. The market offers you many options, the differences of which are not visible at first sight. We have already clarified what distinguishes hemp oil from cannabidiol oils. 


But what is the difference between isolates and full spectrum products? 


Imagine it like the difference between a vitamin C supplement and an orange. The food supplement is an isolate that contains only the highly concentrated active ingredient vitamin C. 


Many important secondary substances, which for example improve the absorption capacity or have a positive influence themselves, are missing. The orange, on the other hand, has additional antioxidants, secondary plant substances and other vitamins that act as accompanying substances. With full-spectrum hemp drops, the active ingredient thus remains in its "natural" environment. 


Typical for isolates is that the concentrated active ingredient is mixed with another vegetable oil which serves as a carrier substance. It is therefore very unlikely that these oils contain other cannabinoids - this also applies to tetrahydrocannabinol. In addition, isolate can be obtained from the hemp plant itself or artificially in the laboratory.Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD oil - is that actually legal?

Hemp products have so far been widely suspected in Germany. This public perception is gradually changing. A decisive signal effect has the attitude of Canada as well as of numerous US states regarding the complete legalisation of cannabis products. 


In Germany, tetrahydrocannabinol products are still covered by the Narcotics Act and are therefore illegal. The only current exception is for medical marijuana prescribed by a doctor. The situation looks better for CBD oil and other products containing the cannabinoid. 


In principle, the active ingredient is legal in the FRG for anyone who is at least 18 years old.This also applies to products made from it, such as oil, as long as the tetrahydrocannabinol content does not exceed a fixed limit. 


In Germany, this currently stands at 0.2 %. Oils and other cannabidiol products are therefore easy to buy. 


The best proof: In many pharmacies and drugstores you can now find relevant creams, ointments, drops and other cosmetic products such as CBD lip balm right at the front of the shelves. However, if the products exceed the maximum tetrahydrocannabinol content of 0,2 %, they also fall under the Narcotics Law. 


CBD as a food supplement:Cannabidiol is not a medicinal product under Section 2(3) of the German Medicines Law.Rather, the use of nutritionally beneficial plant raw materials such as CBD is expressly provided for in the EU Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC as the object of a food supplement and can be freely purchased on the market. The use of CBDs as food supplements is therefore permitted.The Hempamed CBD oil falls under this regulation and can therefore be legally purchased, as it is practically THC-free!

How is the oil produced?

Unlike the production of olive or sunflower oil, the production is somewhat more complex. It depends on which plant parts the manufacturer uses. Simple pressing is not possible, as the hemp plant has no oily fruits and the seeds themselves contain no active ingredients. 


For this reason, we extract high-quality CBD oil in a complex process from the flowers of female hemp plants. These special cannabis strains are bred with a particularly high cannabidiol content to keep the process as efficient as possible.Since it is an agricultural product, the plants are subject to fluctuations in the active ingredient, among other things due to weather influences. 


In the meantime, there are several processes by which cannabidiol oils are produced: 

 Oil extraction

 Dry ice extraction 

 Extraction by liquid solvents (e.g. butane, hexane, ethanol etc.) 

 CO² extraction (subcritical, medium and supercritical) 


Production process during CO² extraction 

Most of the high quality oils you can buy are produced by the CO² extraction process. Although this is complex, it guarantees pure products of optimum quality. During production, carbon dioxide (CO²) flows into a device equipped with several chambers. In the chambers are the plant parts of the hemp. 


Depending on its temperature and pressure, the carbon dioxide transforms into a gentle solvent that separates the active ingredient cleanly and gently. The same process is also used for decaffeinating coffee beans.

What forms of CBD are there?

Pure oil in drop form is the most common product on the market. The freely available hemp drops are usually delivered with a dosing pipette or other dosing device. This makes the application and correct dosage particularly easy. 


In addition to pure oils, the market offers other cannabidiol-based products. 


Among them are: Capsules, E-Liquids, Ointments, Crystals, Flowers, Resin, Tea, Terpenes, Pollinate, Wax 


These products have special advantages and applications due to their dosage form. For external application on the skin there are creams and ointments, for example. Crystals on the other hand can be used to work with in the kitchen. 


Capsules:

If you do not want to buy oils because of the dosage, capsules offer an alternative. The soft gel capsules are as easy to swallow as any other capsule. The dosage is also very easy even on the road. Since the cannabidiol oil is enclosed in a tasteless capsule, you do not need to worry about the taste. 


E-Liquid: 

Due to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaporizers, the range of cannabidiol-containing e-liquids is also growing. Since the liquids are vaporized, they do not consist of an oil base. Instead, in addition to the active ingredient, they usually contain water and glycerine as a carrier substance. Some products even come with individual flavours. 


Ointments: 

Ointments and creams are intended for external use of the active ingredient. However, the dosage here is just as difficult as the proof of an actual effect. However, numerous users report positive effects on inflamed skin areas or decreasing itching.Often it is not a pure cannabis ointment, but a mixture with other active ingredients such as chili or menthol. As with other natural remedies, the effect is not scientifically proven. If the World Health Organization (WHO) has its way, the application is at least harmless. The WHO classifies the active substance as harmless. 


Crystals: 

Crystals are formed during the extraction of the active substance from the cannabis plants. With an active ingredient content of almost 100%, crystals are the purest form of administration. However, the highly concentrated crystals are very expensive due to the complex production process.The smallest delivery unit is 500 mg and easily brings it up to 35-40 euros. Furthermore, the crystals are difficult to dose. This makes them more interesting for experienced users. Hemp drops, on the other hand, are more practical thanks to their easy dosage. 


Resin: 

Similar to the crystalline form, the cannabinoid is also difficult to dose as a resin. So to speak, this is "CBD hashish" produced from pressed cannabis pollen.The basic characteristics are the same. Smoking is not recommended for health reasons. Burning not only produces substances that are harmful to the lungs and potentially carcinogenic. In addition, important essential oils are lost. 


Wax 

Wax containing cannabidiol is one of the younger products on the market. Actually it is the precursor to crystalline cannabidiol. The wax comes only from the preparation of the extract obtained from the hemp plants. The main area of application is vaporizing by vaporizer. 


Tea 

Every German drinks an average of 28 litres of tea a year. Darjeeling and Earl Grey have recently been joined more and more often by hemp tea with a high cannabidiol content. Whether for a cosy 5 o'clock tea or as a soothing tea in the evening - the hot drink is on the rise.However, the tea has a very intense taste, which is not everyone's cup of tea. As the drink is said to have a sleep-promoting effect, it is recommended to consume it in the evening. 


Terpenes

Strictly speaking, terpenes are not a separate dosage form. These are active ingredients extracted from the resin, which give the plants their distinctive aroma. Even if you are also in the resin glands of the cannabis plant, it is not directly CBD.However, terpenes can develop a synergistic mode of action with cannabinoids. Terpenes are therefore a potentially worthwhile supplement to a CBD oil. However, the effect is limited in itself. 


Pollinate 

Similar to terpenes and waxes, pollinates are also among the exotics in the product range. Pollinates are pressed pellets based on processed hemp pollen. 

Due to the difficult dosage and the strongly fluctuating active ingredient content, it remains questionable whether the products can assert themselves. 


Beware of flowers:Cannabis flowers with a tetrahydrocannabinol content of less than 0.2% and a high cannabidiol content are also known as "CBD grass". 


The problem: these are natural products, which makes it difficult to control the tetrahydrocannabinol content. For this reason there have already been conflicts with the police and the public prosecutor's office in the past. 


The jurisprudence does not even agree whether the flowers are classified as "legal" or "illegal". As plant parts, the flowers do not fall under the Novel Food Regulation, nor are they medicinal products.The background is Annex 1 to the Narcotics Act:"Exempt from a sales ban are those parts of plants whose content of tetrahydrocannabinol does not exceed 0,2 % and whose marketing is exclusively for commercial or scientific purposes which exclude abuse for intoxication purposes. 


"Several courts, including the Higher Regional Court of Hamm (2016), have already ruled in this direction, as abuse cannot be ruled out. Consequently, caution is advised! In addition, the only useful form of consumption is smoking. The flowers are only poorly suited for vaporization.

Effect of cannabidiol in the body

Cannabinoids are among the active ingredients to which our body responds well. The endocannabinoid system in our body is responsible for this. This network of receptors interacts with the nervous system and responds to cannabinoids. 


 Both on the body's own substances, as they are produced in various metabolic processes, as well as on externally supplied substances. 

Since the endocannabinoid system is widely branched within the organism, it influences several bodily functions. 


Although this system has not yet been fully researched, scientists suspect that it has an influence on the immune system, inflammatory processes, metabolism and digestion, among other things. The effects that the cannabinoid could have on the organism are correspondingly diverse. 


Our reading tip:How does CBD affect the endocannabinoid system?

How does CBD affect our organism?

The interactions between cannabinoids and the human organism are far from being fully understood. However, research and the experience of many users suggest that the cannabinoid may have sedative, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic and pain-relieving effects


Because of the presumed positive properties, researchers are currently testing variants of the oil for sleep disorders. Furthermore, there is a significant antioxidant effect and a connection with the immune system. 


The main mechanisms of action of cannabidiol 


Natural painkiller:The so-called vanilloid receptors at the nerve endings play a decisive role in the perception of pain. Cannabidiol seems to dock to the vanilloid receptors of type 1 and type 2 just like the ingredients of the vanilla plant.Furthermore, animal studies suggest that CBD may also induce a pain-inhibiting mechanism via glycine receptors, particularly in chronic pain. 


Anti-inflammatory effect:scientists have already found some evidence that the cannabinoid has an anti-inflammatory effect. Currently, it is assumed that it can enhance the signaling effect of adenosine. This may be the basis for some of the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of action.An arthritis study also suggests that its use may inhibit the inflammatory processes responsible for the disease and relieve pain. It can be assumed that the effects could be transferable to other inflammatory processes. 


Calming, relaxing and anxiety-relieving:Among the most researched effects is the calming, relaxing and anxiety-relieving effect. Several studies seem to be coming to a conclusion. One of them was a study that examined cannabidiol as a potential drug for anxiety disorders.Researchers at the University of Milan also suspect an anxiety-reducing and anti-psychotic influence. 


Strengthening for the immune system: It issaid that taking the full-spectrum hemp drops is supposed to strengthen the immune system. The background is probably not only the cannabinoid itself, but also the large number of micronutrients it contains. These include chlorophyll and carotenoids as well as vitamins E, B1 and B12.Overall, the cocktail is said to support the fight against harmful free radicals and at the same time prevent oxidative cell damage. Large-scale studies to prove this are currently still pending. 


How fast does it work? 

The occurrence of the first effects after consumption depends on several factors. Experience shows that some users notice the first signs of this shortly afterwards. In others, it takes several weeks before the body shows a clear reaction to the substance. Since every organism is unique, cannabinoids act at different rates in different people. 


The first decisive factor is the dosage form


The route by which the active substance enters the body determines the absorption time. By this we mean the time span until the substance is completely absorbed into the blood. While it can take a good 20 minutes to 2 hours for external absorption through the skin, the first effects are often immediately noticeable when e-liquids are vaporized. 


During vaporization, the active ingredient enters the bloodstream directly via the alveoli. Active agents from creams on the other hand have to work their way through the skin first. 


It is quicker with capsules that dissolve in the stomach and release their active ingredients into the blood after a good hour. The effect of the oil, which is dropped under the tongue, takes effect after only 15-20 minutes. Responsible is the partial absorption through the oral mucosa. 


There are other factors as well: 

Quality of the oil: The higher the quality, the better the bioavailability. Products with good bioavailability can be absorbed by the organism faster and more efficiently. 

Dosage: For the cannabinoid to have an effect, a minimum amount must be present. Only in this way can a sufficient number of molecules occupy the cannabinoid receptors and trigger the desired effects. 

Concentration of the oil: Here the same rule applies as for the dosage - the more active ingredient enters the organism at the same time, the faster possible effects occur. A small amount of a high dosage oil can act faster than a large amount of a low dosage oil. 

Messenger substance situation in the body:If the organism is not receptive, cannabinoids can only act slowly or not at all. This is for example the case when many cannabinoid receptors are already blocked by other molecules. 


Tip: According to our experience, cannabidiol oils unfold their effect most quickly on an empty stomach. 


How long does CBD work? 

After application, the active ingredient remains in the body for several hours. Exactly for how long depends on the dosage, bioavailability and dosage form, as does the initial onset of action. 


But also the metabolic state, the lifestyle of the user, the body weight and the habituation to cannabinoids are decisive. Experience shows that the effect lasts for about 4 to 6 hours on average. In individual cases, deviations both upwards and downwards are possible. 


As a rule of thumb:If cannabidiol enters the circulation quickly (e.g. by smoking or vaporization) the half-life is shorter. If absorption is slower (e.g. via the stomach or skin), the effect will last longer. 


Drug test - can I drive? 

In general, the cannabinoid is detectable in the body for longer than the effects themselves last. Depending on the individual, this can be up to five days. You don't have to be afraid of a drug test, though.


Finally, cannabidiol is neither psychoactive nor prohibited.In addition, drug tests do not check for CBD consumption either as part of traffic controls or during company medical examinations.In the case of professionally produced oils that do not exceed the limit value of 0.2% THC, a drug test is not expected to be positive either. With such small amounts, you would have to overdose a legal product heavily to even come close to the legal limit of 1 mg/ml for tetrahydrocannabinol. Driving is therefore allowed. 


Warning:A study shows that people who regularly consume tetrahydrocannabinol products may experience interactions. The combination with cannabidiol products could lead to increased THC levels in the blood.

What side effects can occur with CBD?

The question about the side effects is justified. Every user of an active substance should think about possible side effects. The good news is that the substance has few, usually mild, side effects compared to many other substances. 


Currently the following side effects are known: 


Dry feeling in the mouth:The endocannabinoid system is involved in saliva production. If certain receptors are activated, salivation is affected. The result is a temporarily dry mouth. However, if you drink enough liquid, the side effects are quickly under control. 


Low blood pressure:The use seems to have a positive influence on high blood pressure. However, a very high dosage can lead to a short-term drop in blood pressure. Usually the phenomenon occurs a few minutes after ingestion. If you are already taking high blood pressure medication, you should talk to your doctor in advance. 


Increased intraocular pressure:A study published in the Journal of Glaucoma explored that cannabidiole intake, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol consumption, can increase intraocular pressure. If you have glaucoma, you should consult your doctor first. 


Drowsiness:Drowsiness is often associated with a rapid drop in blood pressure and is usually temporary. Usually a cup of coffee or black tea is enough to eliminate the symptom.Drowsiness is the calming and slightly soporific effect of cannabidiol is in most cases a desired effect. Important: If you notice an unusual tiredness after the application, you should neither drive a car nor operate machines.Sensitive users are therefore best to limit their intake to the evening. At this time, the effect can support the ability to fall asleep and sleep through the night. 


Problems falling asleep:As paradoxical as it sounds. Some users have also had experiences to the contrary. Whether the cannabinoid alone is the cause is difficult to say. 


Little appetite:Since CBD oil is increasingly being tested for the accompanying treatment of obesity, this effect is also usually desired. However, it can also be considered an undesirable side effect. 


Influence on enzymes during pregnancy:Pregnancy is a contraindication of cannabis drops etc. The cannabinoid can have a negative effect on enzymes that are essential for the optimal functioning of the placenta. Doctors therefore advise against even small doses during pregnancy. 


Interactions with drugs:As a substance that interacts with the cannabinoid system, cannabidiol also influences the effect of some drugs. The reason for this is that high doses inhibit the activity of liver enzymes (such as cytochrome P 450), for example. In principle, cannabinoids can both attenuate and enhance the effect of drugs. However, such cases are rare. 



Important note:The risk of side effects increases due to two factors: first, a much too high and much too quickly increased dosage. Secondly, poor quality products. These may be made from lower quality raw materials.If you want to be on the safe side, buy organic quality oils. 

Areas of application of CBD

The link to the endocannabinoid system and the possible resulting effects offer great potential for medical research. And with it hope for many people at the same time. Affected persons, therapists and an increasing number of doctors are already using the active substance for various clinical pictures and complaints. 


Even though research is still incomplete and in many places there is a lack of conclusive long-term studies, scientific studies indicate possible positive effects on known clinical pictures. 


Attention:Some studies suggest that cannabis may have a positive influence on certain diseases. Never use cannabis products to treat an illness without consulting your doctor!

Pain and inflammatory diseases

Due to the suspected anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, the use of cannabis products holds great hope for the treatment of pain and inflammatory diseases.


 The study situation is already promising for the following symptoms. 

 Arthritis, rheumatism and osteoarthritisA study carried out in 2000 on mice shows that the substance could prove to be an effective means of suppressing inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at the University of Nottingham suspect a reduction in pain perception through activation of the CB2 receptor.The results could also be transferable to rheumatism, which belongs to the group of inflammatory diseases. Rheumatism specialists like Dr. pharm. Manfred Frankhauser even recommend CBD products. However, depending on the form of the disease, as a combination product with significant tetrahydrocannabinol content. 


Multiple Sclerosis 

Multiple sclerosis is a serious disease that is accompanied by cramps, muscle twitching (tremor), pain and muscle stiffness. Recent study results show that cannabidiol oils do not cure the disease but may have a potentially palliative effect.A study by the Pain and Anaesthesia Research Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London concludes that MS patients may experience less pain as a result of CBD use. 


Headaches & migraines 

As mentioned above, some scientific studies indicate a possible potential for pain treatment. That includes headaches. A paper presented at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology suggests that CBD could have a positive effect on cluster headaches and migraines.The substance should also be suitable for migraine prophylaxis. According to the experience of the test persons, the number of migraine attacks was reduced by 40.4%. In the underlying study, however, the cannabinoid was used in combination with THC. But this is by no means an indicator of ineffectiveness. 

Multiple effects of mental illness 

With cannabinoids a possible influence on the psyche is obvious. Although cannabidiol is not itself psychoactive, it may have a positive effect on mental suffering. New studies support the assumption that the cannabinoid may have a promising therapeutic profile as a rapid-acting antidepressant against depression. 


The background is the effect on the central nervous system, which is supposed to ensure a satisfied state of mind. The potential antidepressant effect has been studied by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo. 


CBD is also said to be able to help with schizophrenia as a therapy support with few side effects. Researchers came to similar conclusions regarding the effectiveness of cannabidiol oils in Parkinson's disease. A study to be launched in 2020 should prove a positive effect. 


Even in neurobiological disorders such as ADS and ADHD, scientists see therapeutic potential in high-quality hemp oils. Although human research is still in its infancy, an Australian research team was able to demonstrate in 2012 that cannabidiol use could reduce hyperactivity in rats. It is unclear to what extent the results are broadly transferable to humans.

With cannabidiol against cardiovascular diseases

Millions of people in this country suffer from cardiovascular diseases. First and foremost is high blood pressure, which is also considered a "silent killer" by medical experts. All the better that with cannabidiol oil a new active substance might be established that could act as a natural blood pressure reducer in the long term. 


It is already known that the use of cannabinoids can cause a short-term drop in blood pressure. How this effect can be implemented for serious treatment is currently completely unclear. 


Some preclinical studies even raise hope that the cannabinoid could prove to be an effective antiarrhythmic agent in cardiac arrhythmia. Since the investigations have so far been carried out on animals, no reliable conclusions can yet be drawn about humans.Alleviate cardiovascular diseases with CBD

Alzheimer and epilepsy

Alzheimer's disease and dementia are among the degenerative brain diseases. As such, they are particularly insidious as they slowly destroy nerve tracts and cause the brain to die. In the search for a new treatment option, Canadian researchers have become aware of the special cannabinoid. 


In the conclusion of their study, the scientists attest to the substance's suitability for accompanying therapy. 


There have already been promising studies in the past in connection with epilepsy. In a meta-analysis of efficacy in epilepsy, the researchers found that consumption could have a positive effect on the disease. Two thirds of the subjects in the study experienced a decrease in the number of seizures. However, this is not yet proof of effectiveness. 


But that is not all. Even on the effectiveness of cannabidiol in allergies and even cancer, scientists are working hard. Our article "Can CBD, cannabidiol or hemp oil help with cancer?" brings you up to date.

The purchase of CBD - you should be aware of this

Now you already know about the many potential benefits of the high-quality drops. But this is only half the story, because there are some points to consider when buying. For example, buying oils and other products abroad is often problematic. 


And the question of where you can best buy the drops is just as important as the sense of making the oils yourself. 


What you can pay attention to and how to handle the oil in the best possible way, you will learn in this part of our article. Just click through the headlines below.

Where can I buy CBD oil?

Cannabidiol is legal in this country and available without a prescription as long as the THC content is below 0.2 %. In contrast to Switzerland, where regulations are much looser, also with regard to the tetrahydrocannabinol content, the hype surrounding cannabis products is not yet as present. 


Since 2016, numerous cannabis shops for the distribution of CBD products have been springing up in larger cities in Switzerland. In this country you can still get cannabidiol drops in pharmacies, health food stores and many drugstores. 


However, as many pharmacists are not familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of different dosage forms, the question arises whether it is worthwhile going to the pharmacy


The best place to go is still well-stocked online shops that carry a wide range of different products. Pay attention to the small print when buying to recognize a high quality product. Organic seals and keywords such as "full spectrum" or "liposomal" speak for high quality. 


Tip:Save on products that get into your body never lose quality.A high quality increases the effectiveness, saves expenses for double purchases and reduces the risk of side effects. 


Are there products without THC? 

While in most countries, such as Germany and Austria, small amounts of THC in cannabis products are legal, this is not the case elsewhere. In Thailand, for example, a limit value of 0 % applies. The question of THC-free products is therefore justified. 


 The answer is simple: Yes, such products do exist. With CBD isolates, the probability that THC is present is negligible. However, even the THC concentration of full spectrum oils rarely reaches the 0.2 % mark.In most cases the concentration is below 0.1 %. This means that the products are not only 100% legal, but also have no effect on your body, at least in terms of THC


Is Hempamed CBD oil really THC free? Will it get me high? 

Our CBD oil is THC-free (with <150) and you don't get high from CBD. 


Can I buy CBD oil abroad? 

If you want to buy cannabis products abroad, be careful. Not everywhere the same limit values apply. A product purchased abroad may therefore have a THC content that makes it illegal in this country. In Switzerland, for example, a very high limit value of 1 % applies.Such a high-dose product from Switzerland is therefore illegal in the Federal Republic of Germany, as it falls under the Narcotics Law. In such a case you must expect to be seized and charged with a criminal offence. In general, the limit value of 0.2 % THC applies in the EU. 


Countries with a limit value of 0.2 % THC content:Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain*, Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Cyprus.*The limit may change at any time due to the UK's withdrawal from the EU.Theoretically, you can order CBD oils from countries or bring them back from your holiday, which are subject to the EU limit. Apart from that, some national rules deviate from the EU rules. 


In the following countries the CBD concentration limits are higher or even lower:1,0 %: Switzerland0,6 %: Italy0,3 %: Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg0,0 %: Slovakia 


To be on the safe side, we recommend that you only buy high quality CBD oils from German shops. For example, if you buy products while on holiday abroad, you should only use them there for safety reasons.Buy CBD capsules, oil, liquids

How should I store my CBD Oil?

High-quality cannabis products are packed with sensitive micronutrients. As with all natural products, the ingredients degenerate over time, which can cause them to lose their beneficial properties. 


The main factors influencing this change are direct solar radiation, high temperatures and the influence of oxygen. For this reason, we pack our high-quality CBD oils in brown-colored glass bottles that protect the sensitive cannabinoids from most of the light. 


To ensure that the products last as long as possible, we recommend storing them in a dark and cool place. Ideal is the refrigerator or a cool pantry without windows. In addition, the lid should not be left open for too long, so that there is not too frequent an exchange of oxygen in the vessel. 


How long do Hempamed CBD drops last?Hempamed CBD drops have a shelf life of 24 months in unopened condition.The bottle should be stored in a cool, dry, upright position and protected from light.

Producing CBD oil yourself - is that possible?

In principle you can also make cannabidiol oils yourself. However, this is only worthwhile to a limited extent, because there are some challenges associated with production. First and foremost is the legal aspect. As a manufacturer of a natural product whose active ingredients (more precisely THC) fall under the narcotics law, you are moving in a legal grey area. 


You are dependent on getting seeds and plant parts that do not exceed the THC limit as source material. Moreover, even the cultivation of legal hemp with minimal THC content is subject to notification within the EU. Added to this is the great effort required for the production itself. 


In order to obtain pure products with a standardised active ingredient content, you need expensive equipment ranging from analysis tools to an extraction plant. Even with the right knowledge, in-house production is generally no more expensive than professionally manufactured products from the specialist trade.

How do the concentrations of CBD oil differ?

What is the difference between 5-, 10- and 20-percent CBD oil? 


In our product range there are various cannabis drops, which all have a THC content of less than 0.2%. In addition, we obtain them from the same useful hemp. The difference between 5-, 10- and 20-percent hemp drops is the cannabidiol concentration. 


For our products, the percentage refers to the active ingredient content per 10 ml product. Drops with an active ingredient concentration of 5 % contain 500 mg CBD. Similarly, at 10% it is 1,000 mg and at 20% 2,000 mg per 10 ml. 


Thanks to the different concentrations, the products are suitable for different requirements


5%: This dosage is popular with beginners who are trying CBD products for the first time. Due to the low concentration a particularly fine dosage is possible. This product will be available soon. 


10 %: This is the most common concentration. Both beginners and experienced users use the drops to comfortably achieve their individual feel-good dose. 


20 %: The highly concentrated full spectrum product is aimed at experienced users who know exactly how their body reacts to the active ingredient and who take larger quantities. A further advantage is that the high concentration makes the fragrance and aroma more intense. 


What is the difference between "Hempamed Premium CBD Oil" and "Hempamed Gold CBD Oil"? 

Both CBD oils are based on the same organic hemp seed oil but the difference is on the taste. The difference lies in the hemp extract used or in the way it was filtered and processed after extraction. While the extract of the "Premium CBD" is dark green and unfiltered, the extract of the "Gold CBD" is more strongly filtered, thus lighter and somewhat milder in taste. Find out more here


What is a liposomal CBD oil?

Our classic full-spectrum products differ in particular in their concentration of active ingredients. Liposomal products, on the other hand, are manufactured with the help of another process. In addition, the active ingredients are available in a special form. 


As liposomal we refer to a full spectrum product containing so-called liposomes. These are small structures surrounded by a fat coat of soya lecithin. Similar to the fatty acid transporter L-carnitine (an amino acid), they serve as a transport molecule for substances. This makes it easier for active ingredients to reach the cells where they can exert their effect.Since liposomes are very similar to human body cells, they function particularly well as transport molecules. Put simply, a liposomal product improves the absorption capacity of the active ingredients. The higher the so-called bioavailability, the better, because more of the active ingredient gets to where it is supposed to work. Liposomal oils are particularly effective, high-quality and cost-efficient. The product will be coming soon. 

Practical use and dosage

The use of full-spectrum oils is as easy as the dosage. This is the decisive advantage over other forms of administration such as crystals, flowers etc. You can even use our products in the kitchen and for your pets.How to use CBD oils correctly is explained in the next three sections.

How can I take CBD oil?

As liquid food supplements, our oils are particularly easy to take. The easiest way to do this orally is through the oral mucosa. Simply drip a few drops under your tongue. 

The area under the tongue allows for optimal absorption of the CBD oil and its ingredients, while the stomach only absorbs part of the CBD. The CBD can enter the bloodstream through the oral mucosa. 


For optimal effectiveness, you should leave the liquid under the tongue for a few minutes and not drink for about five minutes.Alternatively, you can also use our products for the preparation of pastries, stir them into drinks or drizzle them precisely onto food. This option is ideal if you do not like the natural taste of the oil. Biscuits, but also bread are practical "carrier substances".

What dosage and concentration should I choose?

Since the use of cannabidiol usually has hardly any significant side effects, you can approach the ideal dosage. As a beginner, it is best to start with a low-dose product (e.g. our 5-percent drops).In this way you slowly feel your way to your ideal dosage drop by drop. Start with one to three drops daily and increase from there until you feel the desired effect without the occurrence of unpleasant side effects. 


A diary in which you record the dosage, the number of daily intakes and the effects will help you work on the optimal dosage. There is no blanket dosage recommendation, as many manufacturers publish. Our bodies, needs and living conditions are too different for this.The old rule of thumb applies here:"The proof of the pudding is in the eating - but please use your head!"


What does CBD oil taste like?

The oils come into direct contact with the oral mucosa. The question of taste is therefore justified. Not only for pure pleasure, but also for all those who like to cook or bake with our oils. Fortunately, high-quality cannabis oil has a natural taste. This reminds a little bit of fresh hay or grass.But that's not so bad. Just a sip of water or juice will leave nothing of the aroma. Responsible for the taste is the cannabis oil which serves as a carrier substance. Other producers use other vegetable oils such as walnut oil or olive oil as a carrier substance. 


Our tip:How about a very special cocoa or sinfully delicious nougat chocolates with CBD filling? The intense chocolate aroma completely covers the taste of the oil.

Can I also use CBD on animals?

What is good for us humans is also good for our pets, right? At least with regard to CBD implementation, this conclusion is obvious. Both dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system just like us. 


Consequently, high-quality cannabis oils may have the same effect on our four-legged friends. A study from 2012, for example, suggests that they could have a positive influence on inflammatory skin diseases in dogs.Further studies on anxiety, epilepsy and osteoarthrosis demonstrate the potential positive effects in dogs. 


When using hemp drops on dogs, however, there are some things you should be aware of. In principle, however, your dog can also benefit from high-quality CBD full spectrum heel drops.