The ultimate CBD Guide for beginners
New stores shoot out of the ground like mushrooms after the rain and almost every*one knows a person who has already tried it. We are talking about: CBD. In recent years CBD has become a real trendy remedy for …. “everything”. Many of us are now naturally asking the question: what is behind the CBD trend? Does it really help? What am I actually buying & is it even legal? In short: How to CBD? We answer all these questions and more in our article!
First of all: Yes, CBD is legal! But only with one if: it’s legal if the THC content of the products is below 0.3% (Austria) or below 0.2% in most of the EU. How you know that the THC content is below the legal level, we explain below!
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a component of the female hemp plant (cannabis). CBD belongs to the cannabinoids, a group of chemical compounds that have so far been found mainly in the hemp plant. So far, over 100 such cannabinoids have been discovered, including THC and also CBD. CBD – unlike THC – is not intoxicating, but is said to have many positive effects on the human body and mental health. Many users report that CBD has anxiety-reducing, pain-relieving, antipsychotic, and antispasmodic effects.
How does CBD work?
CBD supports the endocannabinoid system. This is part of our regulatory nervous system and includes the two CB receptors and enzymes that break them down. The good news is: every*one of us has this system, the bad news is: activating the endocannabinoid system can take a few weeks. So stay patient!
But how is natural CBD actually made?
As explained above, CBD is a natural component of the female hemp plant, found in the flowers of the cannabis plant. In addition to cannabinoids, each plant also contains terpenes, as well as flavonoids. These affect the taste, smell and appearance of plants. They are not only found in cannabis plants, but also in lavender, for example. How much of which cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids is contained depends on the variety.
The CBD and THC content of cannabis plants depends on the variety. Currently, these are usually in a ratio of 1:20 to a maximum of 1:30 to each other in EU cannabis – it is not possible to grow a pure CBD or pure THC cannabis plant.
However, it is possible to grow the CBD content as high as possible and keep the THC content as low as possible. What does this mean for the CBD or THC content of the plantlets in Austria? It is currently not possible to harvest a legal cannabis flower that contains more than 9% CBD without exceeding the legal limit of >0.3% THC.
So how do I know if the product is legal?
This is a question we get asked a lot. The answer is quite simple: look at the certificates of analysis! Every reputable CBD store should provide you with the certificates of analysis of their flowers. You can see a certificate for every single one of our flowers in our online store. This means that you can be absolutely sure that you are not being lied to about the CBD content and more importantly, you don’t have to be afraid of buying an illegal product!
Speaking of fear, is CBD dangerous?
Again, the answer is clearly no! According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is absolutely safe. The 2018 report clearly states that it has a good safety profile and is not addictive. However, this also doesn’t mean that CBD is a cure-all. The real danger lies more in what promises are often made with CBD.
It is not recommended to single-handedly discontinue therapies or medications prescribed by doctors and replace them with CBD. If you would like to try CBD, but are afraid or have concerns, please talk to a doctor about it, preferably someone who knows about CBD and the endocannabinoid system. She/he can advise you on the appropriate dose, as well as any interactions with other medications you are already taking. We are also happy to recommend doctors with whom we already work.
This brings us to the end of our guide and we hope that we have covered all the basics. If we have forgotten anything, please feel free to contact us via email or social media. Would you like to see more blog articles like this or articles on a specific topic? Then just write to us at email@example.com!