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  • What is the difference between CBG oil and CBG flowers?

    What is the difference between CBG oil and CBG flowers?

    Cannabigerol, also known as CBG, is one of the newest trends in the naturopathic community. CBG is often confused with cannabidiol (CBD) and is also an extract from cannabis and hemp plants that can be used for health reasons.

    CBG is often concentrated in two forms: CBG oil and CBG bud. The oil can be taken orally or added to a drink while the flower is being smoked.


    What is CBG?


    Like CBD, CBG is a cannabinoid. This means that it is a chemical compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. Each cannabinoid affects the body in different ways.

    CBG is interesting because it is the "mother cannabinoid" from which all other cannabinoids are synthesized. This means that CBG is converted into other cannabinoids, including CBD, THC, and many more. For this reason, high levels of CBG are found in immature hemp plants, and over time, CBG evolves into other cannabinoids.

    Most cannabis and hemp strains have very low levels of CBG. Because research on CBG looks so promising, more and more breeders are trying to create strains that are high in CBG.

    After all, CBG is not an intoxicating cannabinoid. Like CBD on its own, it cannot make you feel "high".


    What are the benefits of CBG?


    CBG needs further research before we fully understand it. Most of the studies on CBG have looked at the effects on animals rather than humans. However, current research is promising.

    According to the research available on CBG, it can help with the following problems:

    ● inflammation
    ● neurodegenerative diseases
    ● Bladder dysfunction
    ● Nausea and vomiting
    ● Staph infections
    ● bad mood
    ● glaucoma

    However, the above research is inconclusive and so needs to be studied further before these potential benefits can be confirmed.

     

    Why Use CBG Oil?

    CBG oil is practical, easy to use and discreet: you can carry the oil in your cosmetic bag or purse.

    CBG oil is particularly effective when you drip it directly under your tongue. Hold the CBG oil in your mouth for about 30 seconds to a minute and swallow it. This gives it time to get absorbed into your bloodstream through the tiny capillaries in your mouth.


    Why use CBG flowers?


    CBG flowers are hemp or cannabis flowers that contain high levels of CBG. They are used the same way you would smoke hemp or cannabis. You can either mix the CBG flowers with tobacco like a cigarette or smoke them straight, the healthiest way to vaporize them is with a vaporizer.

    CBG isn't the only cannabinoid found in flowers: they almost always contain CBD, cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and other cannabinoids. And cannabis contains THC too - enough to make you feel intoxicated.

    Many people prefer to smoke hemp as it is a calming and relaxing experience. The routine of preparing your smoking material can be comforting in itself.

    However, this method may not be suitable if you have a lung condition or if you currently have a respiratory condition such as bronchitis. All types of smoke can irritate your lungs. In addition, the smoke from CBG has a strong smell of cannabis and can lead to misunderstandings with other people.

    Smoking CBG flowers and ingesting CBG oil are two popular ways to use CBG. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, so it is up to you to decide what is best for you.

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    ● Borrelli F, et al. (2014). Colon carcinogenesis is inhibited by the TRPM8 antagonist cannabigerol, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid derived from cannabis. DOI: 10.1093 / carcin / bgu205
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  • CBD for animals: Effects, studies and dosage

    CBD for Animals
    CBD is not only good for us humans. Cannabidiol can also be a good choice for fur noses and velvet paws - and help with physical pain, epilepsy or anxiety, for example. In our article we present the possible effects of CBD for animals, current studies and dosage recommendations. Have fun!

    I. CBD mode of action in animals

    CBD works in animals in a similar way to the human body - because every living being with a spine has a so-called endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is distributed over the entire body and has so-called cannabinoid receptors - for example in the skin, immune cells, adipose tissue, bones, liver, pancreas, kidneys, heart and in the blood vessels.

    The ECS influences numerous processes in the body. For example, it regulates the sensation of pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, metabolism, sleep, immune and reproductive functions. When the system is disturbed or damaged, it triggers a variety of disorders and diseases - for example anxiety, stress, inflammation, nausea, arthritis, epilepsy and cancer.

    CBD has a structure that is very similar to the body's own endocannabinoids. Therefore, it interacts with the cannabinoid receptors and can affect the endocannabinoid system.

    II. The benefits of CBD for animals

    Whether humans or animals: cannabidiol can help with a wide variety of ailments and diseases. For example, CBD can ...

    • Reduce stress
    • Increase vitality
    • Reduce pain
    • Increase endurance
    • Resolve anxiety
    • Strengthen your immune system
    • Support metabolism

    Since CBD is a natural product, side effects are extremely rare. Lethargy and sleepiness can indicate that your pet is intolerant of CBD, or that the dose is either too high or too low. In rare cases, vomiting may occur. If you experience these side effects, consider giving your pet a smaller amount of CBD.

    Tip: Read more about "CBD for your dog: These are the greatest benefits and risks" here.

    III. CBD dose for animals

    Adjust the dosage based on the size and weight of your pet. The heavier your pet, the higher the dose of CBD given. Our recommendation: Start anyway with the smallest possible dosage! Then you can watch how your four-legged friend reacts to the CBD - and gradually increase the dose if necessary until the desired effect occurs.

    Important: Make sure that your selected CBD products for animals contain less than 0.2% THC. Animals cannot break down THC in the body and even a small amount over 0.2% THC can lead to long-term problems.

    IV. Current studies
    Although research on CBD is still in its infancy, there are already some studies on "CBD for animals". For example, some studies have shown that CBD can help animals in stressful situations. Other studies found that CBD can reduce epileptic seizures in dogs by up to 75%. Studies have also shown that CBD can be beneficial for animals for chronic pain. CBD can therefore be particularly useful for older animals if they can no longer move painlessly due to their age.

    V. Closing words
    CBD can improve pet well-being. CBD can be particularly valuable if your darling suffers from chronic pain, anxiety, stress, epilepsy or chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Remember, however, that - as almost always - the quality of the products matters. You should only choose high-quality CBD products for your fur nose or velvet paw!
  • Alcohol and CBD: what you should know

    Alcohol and CBD
    Can I drink alcohol and use CBD oil? We hear this question again and again from customers. In this article, we therefore look at the interaction between CBD and alcohol and present various studies. But first of all, we need to understand what CBD is and how it works.

    What is CBD?

    CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. People all over the world take CBD as a dietary supplement for a healthy lifestyle or to treat various diseases and symptoms. CBD comes in many different forms, with CBD oils being particularly popular.

    How does CBD work? CBD interacts with the so-called endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a network of receptors that run throughout the body and interact with the central and peripheral nervous systems. CBD binds to these receptors and helps with homeostasis - that is, to maintain a balance of the physiological body functions.

    Cannabinoid compounds like CBD are usually not part of our natural diet. That is why we can take CBD products such as CBD oils or CBD creams as dietary supplements in order to guarantee the optimal functioning of the endocannabinoid system.

    How Safe is CBD Oil?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies CBD as safe. The organization found that CBD is generally well tolerated and that recreational use of CBD has no evidence of public health issues.

    Does CBD react with alcohol?

    The relationship between CBD and alcohol has not yet been fully explored. It is important to know that alcohol is a depressant and reduces the stimulation of the brain. CBD is more of a relaxant and brings a sense of calm. Therefore, CBD and alcohol may work together to increase their effects. This could either make you feel relaxed or cause side effects such as drowsiness.

    Why CBD could be useful when consuming alcohol

    Regular and heavy consumption of alcohol can cause enormous damage to the body - including damage to the brain, nervous system, heart, liver and pancreas, as well as increasing cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It could be that CBD oil can alleviate these negative effects. Two studies in particular suggest this:

    • According to a 2013 study (in the Journal of Pharmacology Biochemistry), CBD can "reduce alcohol-induced neurodegeneration".

    • According to a study from 2014 (in "Free Radical Biology and Medicine"), CBD protects the liver from excessive alcohol. It does this primarily by inhibiting oxidative stress and protecting the accumulation of damaged or redundant cells. That could even lead to a less intense hangover the next day. Finally, CBD can also help with many hangover symptoms such as headaches and nausea.

    Most studies point roughly in the same direction: CBD and alcohol do not interact negatively with each other. Nevertheless, further studies are absolutely necessary. It is currently not possible to say with absolute certainty what effects a glass or two of wine and CBD will have.

    What about "CBD-infused" alcohol?

    Many new CBD products have been developed in the past few years. Although the interplay between CBD and alcohol has not yet been fully explored, some companies have also fortified alcoholic beverages with CBD. The same concerns apply to such products: We don't know exactly how alcohol and CBD interact. Therefore always try out with caution!

    Tip: Only buy your CBD products from reputable and trustworthy CBD shops. Above all, the CBD products must not contain more than 0.2 percent THC, otherwise you are liable to prosecution if you buy them.

    Excursus: CBD and alcohol withdrawal

    According to various animal experiments, CBD can alleviate addiction and withdrawal symptoms. In one study, for example, rats were made addicted to alcohol and then fed CBD. The result? After regular consumption of CBD, the rats consumed less alcohol and the likelihood of relapse decreased. Another study found that smokers smoked 40 percent fewer cigarettes by using a CBD inhaler.

    Closing word

    Can you take CBD oil and drink alcohol? I guess that's not a problem. But keep in mind that the exact effects of CBD in combination with alcohol have not yet been researched.

    Besides, every person is different. A regular alcohol drinker will probably not feel the same effect from a bottle of wine as an occasional drinker who already feels tipsy after a glass. Likewise, people can react differently to CBD. Therefore, it is difficult to predict how you will react to the combination of CBD and alcohol.

    If you want to try CBD and alcohol, you should carefully approach this mix. You can minimize the risk by drinking alcohol responsibly and in moderation - and choosing a good quality CBD product from a trusted brand. Take a look at our shop and browse through our range of high-quality CBD products.
  • Buy CBD: What you should pay attention

    Buy CBD
    Are you looking to buy CBD for the first time? Or had a bad experience on a previous purchase and want to avoid further disappointments? Then you are exactly right here. Not all CBD products are created equal, and it is not always easy to distinguish good products from poor quality products. We explain what to look out for.

    Tip 1: get to know CBD products

    There are now countless CBD products. Are you looking for CBD oil, CBD flowers, CBD cosmetics, CBD foods or CBD crystals? Find out about the various options and the advantages and disadvantages they offer. The most popular way to consume CBD is probably CBD oils. They offer a simple dosage of highly concentrated CBD and work particularly quickly in the body.

    Tip 2: check the THC levels

    Before you buy a CBD product, you should check the CBD laws in your area of ​​residence. While CBD is legalized in many countries around the world, the exact legal situation can differ from country to country (and sometimes even state). Basically, CBD is legal in Germany if it contains a maximum of 0.2% THC. However, this does not necessarily apply to CBD flowers. In Berlin, for example, CBD flowers are not freely available for sale.

    Tip 3: look at the ingredients

    This is actually a "no-brainer". The ingredients are the be-all and end-all and should always be carefully checked by you.

    • You want either pure CBD products or CBD products with additional ingredients that have their own potential benefits (such as melatonin or MCT oils).

    • You should avoid CBD products with potentially harmful ingredients such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which is mainly found in some CBD vape oils. CBD foods, on the other hand, may contain artificial colors and flavors that, while not harmful, do not provide any benefit to your body.

    Tip 4: understand the CBD terminology

    Above all, you should know the difference between CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD:

    • CBD isolate contains up to 99% pure CBD extract. Other cannabinoids and compounds from the hemp plant do not contain CBD isolate.

    • Full spectrum CBD contains CBD and all other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids from hemp.

    • Broad spectrum CBD contains CBD and all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids from hemp - except THC.

    Tip 5: understand your dosage

    Anyone who buys CBD should know about its dosage. Otherwise you will not know how much to take or how long the product will last. Especially with CBD oil, some math is necessary:

    • Most CBD oils have a 1-milliliter pipette. So if you buy a 30 ml bottle of CBD oil, you will get around 30 servings.

    • Most CBD oils indicate how many milligrams (mg) of CBD are in the bottle. For example, if it contains 300 mg, divide the total CBD content (300 mg) by the number of servings (30). This is how you get the CBD dose per drop (10 mg CBD per 1 ml drop).

    • For example, if you want to take 25 mg of CBD per day, in our example you need 2.5 servings of CBD oil per day. You would use up the CBD oil in 12 days (30 ml divided by 2.5 ml per day).

    Tip: If you need a higher daily dose of CBD, a product with a higher concentration of CBD may be a better choice. So you need fewer servings throughout the day.

    Tip 6: read lab reports

    With laboratory reports you can reliably assess the quality of the CBD products. Most reputable CBD manufacturers should be able to provide a valid lab report or certificate of analysis. When reading such a report, there are a few things to keep in mind:

    • The publication date of the report. The more recent the report, the more reliable and relevant it is.

    • Are the numbers correct? For example, if the product should contain 1200 mg of CBD, the number in the laboratory report or on the certificate should match it.

    • What about contamination? In the laboratory, the CBD is tested for heavy metal and microbacterial contamination. This information can usually be found at the end of the report.

    • Laboratory accreditation. A laboratory report is only valuable if it comes from a recognized laboratory.

    Tip 7: stay within your budget

    Sure, the price plays a role in every purchase. Did you find an interesting product? Then take a few minutes to compare it to other products. If there is a big difference in price here, find out why. Do you pay more for trendy packaging? Or maybe after a look at the ingredients and lab reports, is the bargain price really too good to be true?

    So time for a well thought-out product comparison and also check the reviews of the shops. That leads us to the next and last tip of our CBD purchase advice.

    Tip 8: check the reviews

    Checking reviews is a must. With just a quick Google search, you can find out whether a provider is reputable and what experiences other customers have had with the company and its products.

    • Does the CBD manufacturer use ethical growing and production practices?
    • Is there customer service and how well does it work?
    • Are the products tested in a laboratory?
    • Are artificial ingredients added?

    With information on these and similar questions, you can ensure that your money goes to a reputable and trustworthy company.

    Closing word

    Buying CBD is not difficult. Even so, there are a few things to watch out for so that you invest your money wisely and avoid nasty surprises. Our tips presented here will help you. Take a look at our CBD online shop!
  • You should definitely avoid these 5 mistakes when buying CBD oil

    Buy CBD Oil
    Have you lost track of the CBD jungle? We will show you the way out of the thicket and tell you 5 mistakes that you should absolutely avoid when buying CBD oil. This article will help you distinguish good suppliers from bad ones and make an informed purchase decision!

    Mistake 1: Buy cheap CBD oils

    Many newbies choose a cheap supplier for their first CBD purchase. However, those who choose CBD oils solely for their low price should be careful: Many cheap CBD products are cheap for good reason. They often contain low-quality ingredients or low levels of CBD.

    Conversely, a high price is of course not a sign of quality. But the fact is that almost all good CBD oils have their price - because the production of a high quality oil requires high-tech equipment, highly qualified professionals and both comprehensive and independent laboratory tests. This is the only way to gently extract the CBD with its valuable ingredients from the plant-based source.

    Mistake 2: Not checking the source of the hemp

    Good CBD oil doesn't work without good hemp. Make sure you only buy CBD oil made from EU-certified hemp plants. This is the only way you can be sure that your CBD comes from high-quality hemp and is healthy. Hemp from the USA is also of high quality.

    Warm is that so important?

    Because hemp is a bioaccumulator. The plant absorbs everything from its environment and accumulates it in its tissue - including dangerous chemicals, heavy metals or other toxins from contaminated soil. Many farmers in other countries also use harmful pesticides and herbicides to build up, which are also absorbed by hemp. This is particularly the case in China and other regions of Asia.

    Mistake 3: disregarding the CBD concentration

    Whether 2%, 5% or 10%: CBD oils are available in different concentrations. When trying CBD for the first time, a low concentration of CBD is often sufficient. As a beginner, you probably won't need a lot of CBD to feel any effects.

    Tip: We always recommend our customers to increase the dose gradually. Start small, see how your body reacts, and then gradually increase your dose.

    Error 4: disregard THC concentration

    Basically, CBD oil can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana. If a company uses marijuana as a source for its CBD oil, that product will contain higher amounts of THC.

    In Germany (and many other European countries), however, not every CBD oil is legal. Make sure that your CBD oil does not contain more than 0.2% THC so that you are legally on the safe side. With most reputable providers like CBDNOL, you shouldn't have to worry.

    Mistake 5: expecting miracles

    Whether stress, headaches or epileptic seizures: According to numerous studies, CBD seems to have promising modes of action. Even so, don't expect miracles if you don't want to be disappointed after purchasing CBD.

    For the most part, CBD is not a quick fix to your problems. Every body reacts differently to CBD and it is very possible that CBD does not work for you. Perhaps it will take your body several weeks or even months for the CBD oil to interact with your endocannabinoid system and for you to feel the first benefits. Be patient!
  • CBD and hair loss: what you should know

    CBD Hair loss

    More and more people are discovering CBD for their hair. Can CBD even help against hair loss? In the following we take a look at what makes CBD so valuable for hair and whether CBD is useful as a remedy for hair loss.

    What is CBD?

    If you already know about CBD, you can skip this paragraph. For everyone else: CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a natural compound of the hemp plant, which has only a small amount of THC. Therefore, CBD is not psychoactive. For example, if you smoke or take CBD as an oil, you will not experience intoxication.

    CBD is booming all over the world. This is mainly because CBD appears to offer many health benefits. Initial studies suggest that CBD could help with anxiety, insomnia, depression or epilepsy, among other things. But can CBD also be useful for hair?

    CBD and hair

    More and more people are using CBD oils or shampoos enriched with CBD. This is mainly due to three CBD properties:

    • CBD contains amino acids.
    Who doesn't want soft, straight hair? If your hair feels strawy and looks dull, a few drops of CBD oil could help. This is mainly due to the fact that CBD contains 21 amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins; and strands of hair are made up of protein.

    • CBD contains antioxidants.
    Antioxidants can keep hair strong and healthy. This is mainly because antioxidants protect against free radicals. CBD is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C.

    • CBD contains fatty acids.
    Whether omega-3, omega-6 or omega-9: CBD contains many valuable fatty acids. Among other things, these fatty acids give your hair moisture. Therefore, when the scalp absorbs the fatty acids it could encourage and stimulate hair growth.

    CBD and hair loss

    So CBD has a few ingredients that can be useful for healthy hair. But can CBD even work against hair loss? There are no scientific studies for this yet. Due to the following properties, CBD could theoretically help against hair loss:

    • CBD oil can increase blood circulation. Applying CBD oil directly to the hair follicles can provide valuable nutrients and reduce harmful toxins. That could stimulate hair growth.

    • CBD oil has an anti-inflammatory effect. This can reduce inflammation on the scalp and create a healthier environment for hair growth. This could be particularly useful if the reasons for the hair loss are dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis or severe dandruff.

    • CBD oil can relieve anxiety and worry and improve sleep. It is well known that stress and poor sleep can also lead to hair loss. Therefore, when CBD lowers cortisol levels, it could help with hair loss.

    All of this theoretically makes CBD a promising remedy for hair loss. As already mentioned, CBD has not yet been sufficiently scientifically researched as a treatment for hair loss. It is also likely that while CBD supports the scalp, it will not be a sufficient treatment for hair loss on its own.

    Closing word

    It has not yet been proven whether CBD oil can actually help against hair loss. One thing is certain: CBD is very unlikely to harm your hair or scalp. With its unique natural properties, CBD can enable meaningful hair care and contribute to healthy and full hair.

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