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What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?

CBD explained simply - from A to Z!

Everyone is talking about CBD, but how well do you know cannabidiol? Are there any gaps in your knowledge or do you have specific questions about CBD and are you looking for reliable answers? You will definitely find what you are looking for in our online compendium. Below we explain everything you need to know about CBD! From the history of the hemp plant to the various CBD oils (and other CBD products) to the correct dosage of the "green gold".

Hemp is considered to be one of the oldest crops used by humans. The wide range of health-promoting ingredients and the diverse areas of application in daily life have made the hemp plant an important raw material for more than thousands of years. Nowadays, however, the ingredients of the hemp plant can be scientifically researched and provide remarkable findings. Hemp cannabinoids, for example, are very similar to the body's own endocannabinoids and thus support processes in the higher organs, which in turn serve health.

 

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1. CBD definition:

What is CBD anyway?


The abbreviation "CBD" stands for cannabidiol. It is a naturally occurring chemical compound from the resinous flower of the cannabis plant (hemp). While the hemp plant has been used as a medicine for millennia, the therapeutic properties of CBD are now being tested and (at least partially) confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. As a safe and non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred "phytocannabinoids" that make cannabis so unique - and give the plant its robust therapeutic profile.

In this context, CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 80 known cannabinoids. CBD is not psychoactive and has particularly positive properties. All CBDNOL products are made from hand-picked, EU-certified industrial hemp flowers using various extraction processes. This process guarantees a THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content of less than 0.2%.



1.1 CBD and THC


CBD is closely related to another important phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is primarily known around the world because it causes a feeling of intoxication - THC is known all over the world as “weed”, “weed” or “ganja”. THC and CBD are the two components of cannabis that are scientifically best studied. Even so, research into CBD is still in its infancy.

So what's the difference between CBD and THC? Both have significant therapeutic properties, but unlike THC, CBD is never psychoactive. So when you consume CBD, you will not experience a "high" feeling. This is because CBD and THC, although they have in common, act differently on receptors in the human body. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the intoxication - that is exactly what is possible with CBD.

Can CBD be classified as cannabis?

In colloquial terms, cannabis is often associated with the intoxicant of the same name, which is illegal in large parts of the world. The name cannabis, on the other hand, formally refers to the genus of the hemp plant. The industrial hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, but are completely different. Until a few years ago, the best-known active ingredient in the female cannabis plant, delta-9, was tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In this context, cannabis contains several cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, only the effect is different. THC is known to get "high". On the other hand, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that CBD has no intoxicating effects when consumed.

Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their cannabis plants to achieve high levels of THC and breed different strains. On the other hand, normal (legal) hemp farmers have not changed their plant and continue to produce thousands of products that are derived from industrial hemp and are used every day. The legal cannabinoid is in turn extracted from these hemp plants, which in the EU may have a maximum THC content of 0.2%. CBD can therefore by no means be classified as marijuana.

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1.2 The history of the hemp plant


Hemp is the oldest useful plant in the world. We humans have been growing hemp for over 10,000 years - and have been using the plant for a variety of purposes for around 5,000 years. From making clothes to medical treatments with hemp. Hemp was particularly widespread in ancient China - it was also the Chinese who made the first paper from hemp. In fact, the evolution of mankind is closely tied to the history of hemp. From the first sailcloths to the first drafts of the American Declaration of Independence to Levi Strauss' first jeans: everything was made from hemp.

So hemp was an extremely valuable commodity at the time. Hemp was an indispensable part of the textile and paper industry and seafaring in particular. That only changed in the 20th century: Hemp was increasingly being replaced by synthetic fibers and cotton - and due to a global smear campaign in the middle of the 20th century, it was banned almost worldwide.

Fortunately, hemp is on the rise again today. Whether clothing, food or detergents: More and more products consist entirely or partially of hemp - and hemp and CBD play an important role in medicine. Hemp as a dietary supplement offers the body numerous valuable ingredients and CBD seems to be able to help with a wide variety of diseases. From epilepsy to ADHD and depression to cancer or Alzheimer's.

By the way: Hemp is grown all over the world. While the main growing areas are mainly in regions with a subtropical climate, high-quality CBD mostly comes from controlled cultivation in Europe. The hemp plant is resilient and undemanding. That is why the plants in modern lighting and irrigation systems do not need chemical fertilizers or pesticides.


2. How CBD works:
How does cannabidiol work?


CBD belongs to the group of cannabinoids. These natural substances of the hemp plant act on the body's own cannabidoid system - and interact with the so-called CB1 and CB2 receptors. With these receptors, the body can manufacture cannabinoids on its own; the so-called "endocannabidoids". While the receptors are found in almost all of our organs, a particularly large number of the CB1 receptors can be found in our brain. There the receptors mainly regulate the transmission of stimuli and muscle contractions.

By the way: The cannabinoids are very similar to the body's own endocannabinoids. Therefore, CBD is "accepted" by the body without any problems. The CBD docks on the CB1 receptor and acts in a variety of ways in the human (or animal) body.

 How does the CBD work?

In order to understand how it works in the body, it is helpful to orientate yourself on the human endocannabinoid system. Various research results have shown that CBD and the human endocannabinoid system react positively with one another.

The human body is able to produce certain cannabinoids on its own. In addition, the human body has two receptors that interact with cannabinoids. The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite and memory. THC connects to these receptors in a direct way. In contrast, CB2 receptors are found more frequently in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain. All cannabinoids, including CBD, can naturally dock to certain cannabinoid receptors in the body to produce their effects.

In addition, the CBD is also involved in the maintenance of the body's own cannabinoid anandamide.

To date, however, it has not been fully clarified whether the cannabidiol acts directly on the receptors or whether, on the other hand, it influences the body's own cannabinoid production. Therefore, more scientific knowledge needs to be generated in this area in order to understand the full use of the CBD in the body.

2.1 How does CBD work in the human body?

According to studies, CBD affects the CB1 receptor, two vanilloid receptors, the glycine receptor and the 5-HT1A receptor, among other things. In addition, CBD acts on adenosine signaling and has antioxidant properties. In this chapter we present the most important modes of action:

  • CBD and the CB1 receptor
    CBD and the CB1 receptor CBD interacts with the CB1 receptor in the endocannabinoid system - and can thus counteract the side effects of THC, among other things. In addition, CBD can inhibit the formation and uptake of the endocannabinoid anandamide in the body's cells, which paradoxically leads to an increase in anandamide.
  • CBD and the vanilloid receptors
    CBD stimulates the vanilloid receptors type 1 and type 2. In addition, with the vanilloid receptor 2, CBD can contribute to the development of autophagy (form of cell destruction). Animal studies with mice also show that CBD can relieve inflammatory and neuropathic pain by interacting with the glycine receptors. This reduces the excitability of the nerve cells and reduces pain.
  • CBD and adenosine
    Adenosine blocks, among other things, the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine. In addition, adenosine dilates the blood vessels. 

2.2 CBD application areas

Because of its diverse effects, CBD can be used in many ways. This has already been partially confirmed by studies.


2.3 CBD and side effects


According to various studies, CBD is safer than many over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) declared in 2017 that cannabidiol is an effective and safe substance.

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3. The ingredients of CBD:
What is actually in it?

CBD offers the human body many valuable ingredients - some of these nutrients are actually essential for life (and cannot always be produced by the body itself). Whether cannabinoids, vitamins, unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, minerals or proteins: In this chapter we take a closer look at what makes CBD so healthy in addition to the modes of action.

3.1 Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Of the over 480 different compounds, around 80 are known as cannabinoids. The best known of these compounds is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) - this is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is also an important component, which makes up about 40% of the plant resin extract. Here are other well-known cannabinoids:

  • CBC
    CBC has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. It can also stimulate the growth of new cells.
  • CBDA
    CBDA appears to have an antiemetic effect. It can help with nausea and vomiting, for example. In addition, CBDA can support the treatment of cancer and stimulate the death of malignant cancer cells.
  • CBG
    CBG stands for cannabigerol and is currently being investigated for its potential pharmacological properties. No clinical studies have been conducted yet - but it appears that CBG has antibacterial properties. Studies in rats also show that CBG could help with colitis, neurodegeneration and cancer.
  • CBN
    CBN has a slightly psychoactive effect. It is only found in very small amounts in the hemp plant and can help alleviate feelings of anxiety. CBN can also be a powerful neuroprotective agent. In a study of rodents, researchers used CBN to treat ALS - and found that CBN could delay the onset of the disease. Even if human studies are still necessary, CBN seems to be a potentially effective tool in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.

By the way: The main differentiation of cannabinoids is based on the degree of their psychoactivity. For example, CBG, CBD and CBC are considered non-psychoactive while THC and CBN can produce a psychoactive effect.

3.2 terpenes

Terpenes are volatile hydrocarbon compounds. The cannabis plant and most other plants produce terpenes - but cannabis is the most terpenic plant known to us humans. Although all terpene molecules are very similar, each molecule has its own unique smell and taste.

Different combinations of terpenes are responsible for the different flavors of cannabis strains. Terpenes have been used in aromatherapy for millennia. For example, the scent of citrus fruits is mostly composed of a combination of limes and pine trees - these terpenes are believed to lift your spirits can. Terpenes can also support muscle and joint function and improve general wellbeing. On top of that, terpenes enhance the effects of cannabinoids by acting on the cannabinoid receptors.

3.3 vitamins

CBD and CBD oil offer many valuable vitamins. Above all, vitamin E is available in large quantities, which, among other things, can slow down the aging process of the skin and has antioxidant properties. It protects cells and can even prevent strokes, heart attacks, or Alzheimer's. Vitamin B1 and B2 are also found in CBD.

  • Vitamin B1 prevents complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach and intestines. It is also involved in the flow of electrolytes in and out of muscle and nerve cells and regulates our serotonin levels. Among other things, vitamin B1 can improve our mood!
  • Vitamin B2 helps break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates - and plays an important role in supplying the body with energy. Among other things, it ensures the conversion of carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The human body produces ATP from food - and ATP produces energy when the body needs it.

3.4 Minerals and trace elements

Whether iron, copper, manganese or magnesium: cannabidiol contains many important minerals and trace elements for the human body!

  • Calcium
    Calcium is extremely important for the viability of our body cells. Since the body cannot produce calcium itself, we have to take in calcium through food. Calcium then plays a central role as a building material for bones, cartilage and teeth - because calcium ensures the necessary hardness and stability of our bones and teeth.
  • Iron
    CBD is high in iron. The trace element improves the transport of oxygen in the blood. Iron binds the oxygen absorbed through the lungs to the blood pigment hemoglobin.
  • Copper
    Copper strengthens the immune system and is important for the formation of red blood cells. It also facilitates the absorption of iron, has anti-inflammatory effects and promotes the development of hair, bones and skin. Copper also contributes to energy production and ensures proper thyroid function.
  • Potassium
    Potassium regulates the water balance in the human body. It supports the nervous system, can lower blood pressure, protect the heart and improve muscle function.
  • Sodium
    The mineral sodium is important for nerves and muscles. For example, sodium affects the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Sodium also ensures that the fluids in the human body are kept in balance.
  • Manganese
    Manganese plays an important role in strong and healthy connective tissue. It activates various enzymes in the body that are involved in a large number of processes - the bones, cartilage and connective tissue also need manganese for a healthy structure.
  • Magnesium
    Magnesium improves the immune system and our blood circulation. CBD contains large amounts of magnesium - the magnesium can regulate high blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer, for example, or help with depression, migraines or mood problems.
  • Phosphorus
    Phosphorus is also an important building block for teeth and bones. In addition, phosphorus plays an important role in the structure of cells - a lack of phosphorus can therefore lead to growth stagnation.
  • Zinc
    Zinc fulfills a variety of functions in the human body. For example, it is involved in the metabolism and is important for the skin, hair and nails. In addition, zinc improves the immune system, helps with diabetes mellitus or allergies and promotes the regeneration of our skin. Zinc is important for over 300 enzymes in the human body!

3.5 omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are extremely important for the human body - especially when they are in the right proportion. CBD oil is the only vegetable oil that offers you the perfect ratio of 1: 3. The fatty acids can accelerate the regeneration and renewal of cells, protect cell membranes and inhibit inflammation. The two fatty acids also have a positive effect on blood pressure. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are also known as "essential fatty acids" because, unlike other fatty acids, the body cannot produce them itself.

3.6 Gamma-linolenic acid

Gamma-linolenic acid is anti-inflammatory. This is why the acid is suitable, for example, for people who suffer from neurodermatitis or psoriasis iden. Gamma linolenic acid can help with numerous skin problems and improve the general appearance of the skin.

3.7 Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is a plant substance and ensures the green color of the CBD oil. The plant substance has a similar effect on our body as hemoglobin and among other things improves cell respiration - and better cell respiration increases cell cleansing and detoxification. This increases the supply of fresh oxygen and strengthens the immune system!

3.8 Carotenoids

Carotenoids are plant pigments and are responsible for the golden yellow color of cannabidiol oil. In the human body, carotenoids primarily have an antioxidant function - they bind free radicals, strengthen the cell membrane and protect the immune system. This prevents premature aging, improves the cardiovascular system and prevents arteries from narrowing. The body also converts some carotenoids into vitamin A, which is important for eyesight, among other things. In addition, carotenoids have anti-inflammatory properties.

4. CBD oil:
The most popular CBD product

There are many different CBD products, but the most popular product made from CBD is probably CBD oil. High quality CBD oils offer CBD in different concentrations.

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4.1 CBD oil production

The basis for CBD oil is a CBD-rich variety of hemp. Then there are different ways to extract the CBD oil from the plant - each method has its advantages and disadvantages. However, the CO2 extraction process is considered to be the safest and most effective method.

Extraction makes the CBD and other useful components of the plant (such as terpenes) available in a highly concentrated form. Since cannabinoids are naturally oily, extracting CBD creates a thick, powerful oil. The texture, purity and quality of the CBD oil depends to a large extent on the extraction method.

Once extracted, the CBD oil can be refined and processed into a wide variety of consumer products. For example CBD oil capsules, CBD foods, tinctures, liquid for the vaporizer, CBD cosmetics, CBD drinks and much more.

By the way: Cannabinoids like THC are so-called "terpenophenolic" compounds. This means that CBD is soluble in both oil and alcohol. That is why the extraction of CBD is often done with a solvent, that one Dissolves oil or an alcohol-based compound from the plant material. Depending on the extraction method, this can be CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbons (such as butane) or olive oil.

4.2 CO2 extraction from CBD oil

At CBDNOL, we produce our CBD oil using CO2 extraction. This is the safest way to extract CBD from the cannabis plant without compromising the purity of the CBD oil. At room temperature, carbon dioxide is a gas. However, under high pressure and when the temperature fluctuates, the CO2 liquefies - and acts like a solvent that rinses the active ingredients out of the plant matter.

As soon as the pressure drops, a raw and waxy substance of golden color separates from the gas. This CBD-rich substance is collected in a collecting container. Then you clean and refine the CBD - and if certain plant substances should not be present in certain CBD products, these are now filtered out.

What makes CO2 extraction so effective? On the one hand, it guarantees optimal purity of the CBD oil. On the other hand, a minimal change in temperature or pressure enables an exact extraction of CBD and other desirable plant components. This is because any chemical compound can only be extracted by CO2 under certain conditions. This creates valuable full-spectrum CBD oils with a CO2 extraction.

CO2 extraction is comparatively expensive. That's why not all CBD providers use them - cheap products in particular are often made with ethanol and butane. This significantly worsens the quality of the CBD oil. In addition, there is a risk of fire or explosion during such an extraction.

Tip: Store CBD oil in a cool and dark place - for example in a closet and preferably out of the reach of children. If stored correctly, a sealed bottle of CBD oil can last for one to two years. Storing it in the refrigerator is not recommended, as the consistency of the oil can change in the cold!

4.3 CBD oil concentrations

Whether 5%, 10%, 15% or 25%: CBD oil is available in different concentrations. The percentage on your CBD oil is accordingly how high the percentage of CBD in the oil actually is. The rest mostly consists of a carrier oil. 100% pure CBD is rare and is hardly suitable for most users.

4.4 The taste of CBD oil

CBD oil has a natural taste. It doesn't taste neutral in taste - because of its terpenes and flavonoids, it tastes more like fresh grass or something earthy, resinous or peaty. For many people, the taste of CBD oil takes getting used to. If you don't get the taste at all, you can easily mix the CBD oil with a sip of milk, cocoa or another drink. You can even cook with CBD!

Tip: The carrier oil also influences the taste of the CBD oil. Hemp oil, in particular, can enhance the earthy / vegetable taste. Some oils also contain olive oil or walnut oil. People with allergies should therefore make sure that they can actually tolerate the carrier oil before buying CBD oil.

5. Other CBD products:
flowers, pollen, wax and more

5.1 CBD flowers
CBD flowers are a natural product. These are the buds of the hemp plants, which have a particularly high concentration of CBD compared to other parts of the plant. CBD flowers form the basis for many CBD products, but you can also consume the flowers in their unprocessed form. The CBD flowers are picked at the end of the harvest season and carefully hung up to dry. Slow drying is important to preserve the essential oils of the plant.

5.2 CBD pollen
CBD pollen consists of resin, pollen and trichomes. They are mostly sold as pollen or pellets.

5.3 CBD Crystals
CBD Crystals offer the purest form of CBD. It is actually 100% pure cannabidiol - since the production is also complex, CBD crystals are probably the most expensive CBD products.

5.4 CBD Hash
CBD Hash is made from so-called "kief". This is fine dust on the flowers, leaves and stems of the cannabis plant that contains a particularly high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. The collected pollen is often processed with ice water, compressed into a mass and then heated. This creates a sticky and oily CBD concentrate that you can consume in a wide variety of ways.

Important: We generally do not recommend smoking CBD. This does not give you any benefits that you cannot get from other forms of CBD consumption - on the contrary, smoking actually burns off many important essential oils. As with any form of smoking, smoking CBD can of course damage your lungs.

5.5 CBD wax
CBD wax can contain a CBD concentration of up to 98 percent. CBD Wax is mainly used for vaporizers and offers a way to absorb the active ingredient in a particularly highly concentrated form - after CBD crystals, CBD wax is probably the purest CBD product. At CBDNOL, we extract the CBD wax from the flowers and stems of high-quality and carefully grown hemp plants.

5.6 CBD terpenes
CBD terpenes (or hemp terpenes) are pressed pollen. At CBDNOL, we produce our hemp terpenes through gentle steam distillation of fresh flower tips and rely on natural and organically grown hemp. Our hemp terpenes are free from all pesticides and herbicides!

5.7 CBD cosmetics
Whether CBD creams, ointments, soaps or CBD bath salts: CBD is also suitable for topical use. In addition to the concentration of CBD, CBD cosmetics also depend on the other ingredients!

5.8 CBD Liquid
You can buy CBD as a liquid for your e-cigarette or your vaporizer. At CBDNOL you will find different types of e-liquids made from 100% natural and CO2-extracted CBD from selected EU-certified organic industrial hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.). CBD liquids are easy to dose and - like all legal CBD products - offer health benefits without intoxicating effects.

5.9 CBD capsules
If you don't like the taste of CBD oil, you might be happy with CBD capsules. The oil is then filled in soft capsules made of soft gel, which you can simply swallow with a little liquid. The capsules allow precise dosing and are easy to take in everyday life or on the go.

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6. The legal situation:
Can I buy and consume CBD?

Is CBD Legal? Yes! In contrast to THC, cannabidiol (CBD) does not fall under the Narcotics Act. CBD products are legal to buy and consume in Germany, Switzerland and in many European countries. However, this is only the case if the products meet the legal requirements.

What conditions do CBD products have to meet to be legal? They must come from EU-certified hemp varieties and contain less than 0.2% THC. Only CBD flowers are still prohibited in some federal states (e.g. Berlin), even if the THC content is a maximum of 0.2%.

For you as a consumer, the consumption of legal CBD is definitely safe. Abuse for intoxication purposes is excluded with CBD products, so you can easily order CBD from reputable suppliers on the Internet. You also don't need to worry if you run into a police checkpoint. Drug tests do not check for CBD - and 0.2% THC content is not enough for a drug test to be positive for THC.

7. Dosage and intake:
How much CBD is good for me?

Similar to any other nutritional supplement, getting the right dosage of CBD is of the utmost importance. Everyone reacts differently to CBD - and sometimes you have to experiment to determine the optimal dose.

The common recommendation is therefore: Start with a smaller dose and increase it if necessary. For example, a person of average body weight can take around 50mg of CBD per day. Then increase the dose gradually until the desired effect is achieved.

Here are more tips:

  • As with any other treatment, the dose of CBD is determined depending on the body weight of the consumer . In many clinical studies, doctors calculate the dose per kilogram of body weight. People who weigh more often need a higher dose than people who are a little lighter.
  • In order to find the optimal dosage, adjustments and experiments are often necessary - especially in the first days of use. This means: you need patience and perseverance to get the right results with the right dosage. The good news is that it is safe to use and there are no risks.
  • Take enough time to properly assess the effects of your dose. While many people see results immediately after taking CBD, not every user does. Sometimes CBD takes time to work in the body. If you don't notice any effect in the first few weeks, you can increase the dose. Then stay with the new dose for a week and increase again if it doesn't work.
  • If you are taking CBD for general health purposes , a smaller dose of no more than 50 milligrams per day is recommended. Of course, there are always exceptions. Give it a try - you may only need 25 milligrams or less a day.
  • Set goals before you start taking CBD. What would you like to use CBD for? Determine what effect you hope the cannabidiol will have and then select an appropriate dose.
  • A doctor can be useful. You may be taking drugs that CBD interacts with. Perhaps there are other important points that play a role in your case. It is often useful to talk to a qualified doctor who is familiar with the use of CBD.
  • Alcohol and sedatives can alter the effects of CBD. For example, if you are taking medications that make you sleepy, you should lower your CBD dose. Before you mix alcohol and / or other drugs with CBD, you should clarify this with your doctor.

7.1 CBD and overdose

An overdose of CBD is not possible. CBD and other cannabinoids are natural substances and there are no known cases of fatal overdose. According to a study from 2011, even chronic consumption is harmless - and high doses of up to 1500mg CBD oil per day are unproblematic for the human body. The US Department of Health comes to a similar conclusion: "Even after chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers at high acute doses of 700 mg per day, no signs of toxicity or serious side effects were observed".

These side effects should be considered:

As a rule, the consumption of quality CBD products has no known side effects. Accordingly, when choosing CBD, attention should always be paid to the appropriate quality. People who are difficult by one s or chronic illnesses should also always consult their doctor. For healthy women, they should only avoid CBD during pregnancy, as it could reduce the protective function of the placenta.

8. Buying CBD:
What to look out for

The CBD market is expanding at a breakneck pace. Unfortunately, there are not only reputable companies - some black sheep are also trying to jump on the trend. Many of them do everything they can to reduce costs and maximize profit margins. This is why some companies sell inferior or even unsafe products. Some suppliers even sell CBD products that contain only insignificant amounts or no amounts of CBD at all.

You have to know: CBD is not a product where you should skimp on the quality. You need a trusted manufacturer who makes high quality CBD products from certified hemp plants.

8.1 Find a reputable CBD supplier

When looking for a high quality CBD product company, there are a few factors to consider. Above all, this includes the origin and variety of the hemp and the extraction method used to produce the CBD extract. The quality of the other ingredients besides CBD is also important.

The good news: a reputable company will be happy to provide such information. If you cannot find the information on the website, you can contact the company. If the company does not provide this information, it is better to look for another provider. There are many reputable, high quality CBD manufacturers out there!

Tip: Once you've decided on a trustworthy brand and specific CBD product, stick with it for a while. This is the only way you can really judge the effectiveness!

8.2 Pay attention to the hemp variety

Hemp is grown all over the world. In Germany and Switzerland, too, hemp varieties are now growing under professional conditions - some of the best cannabis and hemp products in the world are made in Europe. The lowest quality CBD products usually come from Asian countries such as China, where the quality standards are lower. There, the CBD is often obtained using cheaper methods, which reduce the quality of the cannabinoids and terpenes or can even destroy them completely. In addition, the products may contain toxic pesticides, which are illegal in Germany. Or they are contaminated with mold and other biological toxins.

It is important to understand that not every hemp is created equal. Industrial hemp is grown primarily for its seeds and fibers - and is not grown to produce high amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes. At CBDNOL, we rely on phytocannabinoid-rich hemp so that you can enjoy the best possible product quality.

Tip: CBD from industrial hemp almost always contains less CBD and terpenes than a product made from phytocannabinoid-rich hemp. CBD oil products made in China in particular are often made from industrial hemp varieties that are low in cannabinoids and terpenes.

8.3 The quality of other ingredients

If you buy CBD oil, you should pay attention to the other ingredients. Although pure hemp extract is possible, most CBD oils contain additional ingredients such as vegetable oils or other essential oils. All of the above rules apply here. Products made in Germany or Switzerland are the best choice. CBD oils from the USA can also be of high quality - products made elsewhere, on the other hand, rarely keep their promises.

What should you look for in the ingredients? Oils like hemp seed oil, coconut oil, and almond oil are generally healthy and of high quality. If a product contains ingredients that you can hardly pronounce (or ingredients that sound like chemicals), caution should be exercised. Then the manufacturer is probably trying to save on all corners and edges.

Important: An exception to the "I can't pronounce rule" is the so-called MCT oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. Despite the complicated name, MCT oil is a purely natural product made from coconut oil. Coconut oil contains both medium and long chain triglycerides, which are the main constituents of human body fat. MCT oil has the advantage that it is easier for the body to process than raw coconut oil.

8.4 Quality inspection

Another factor is laboratory tests. Most reputable CBD manufacturers send their products to testing laboratories to test cannabinoid levels and have them checked for pollutants. It is also important to check the THC content - after all, CBD products are in Europe only legal if they contain a maximum of 0.2% THC. Many leading manufacturers make their information about their quality tests freely available.

8.5 CBD from CBDNOL

Whether CBD oil, CBD flowers or CBD cosmetics: CBDNOL Your CBD Shop offers you high quality CBD products for various purposes. We manufacture our products exclusively from high-quality and EU-certified hemp plants with the highest possible content of cannabinoids. With a gentle CO2 extraction process, we guarantee maximum purity of our products and high bioavailability. We also use the highest quality ingredients and subject all our products to the strictest quality controls.

9. CBD for animals:
Can I give CBD to my pet?

Cannabidiol is suitable for humans and animals. The reason: CBD works in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates and influences numerous body functions. This system is found in every mammal on earth - so your dog or cat has it too. The way CBD works in humans and the effects it has on our pets are therefore very similar.

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9.1 CBD, animals and ailments

Hemp oil can increase vitality, promote stamina and strengthen the immune system of pets. Hemp oil also provides your pet with numerous valuable vitamins and nutrients: omega-6 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and more. CBD can also strengthen the heart, muscles and connective tissue. Even bone growth is supported!

9.2 Is CBD safe for pets?

Many people wonder if CBD is actually safe for pets - but most of the time, that's because they don't understand the key differences between CBD and THC. Confusion is obvious - after all, CBD and THC are known to come from the same plant. The main difference between CBD and THC is that CBD has no intoxicating properties. You or your pets will never get "high" from CBD. Therefore, unlike THC, CBD is completely safe for animals - as long as the CBD products adhere to the legal limit of 0.2% THC. With CBDNOL, this is guaranteed Case.

9.3 CBD dosage for pets (weight)

CBD oil is particularly suitable for pets. You can easily mix the oil into the feed or drinking water or drip it directly into the pet's mouth. As with humans, the optimal dose varies depending on the pet. Therefore, follow similar tips as with our dosage recommendations for humans: Start with small doses and increase the dose if necessary. The only problem? Assessing how it works in pets is a little more difficult - after all, your fur nose can't just tell you what they're feeling. Even physical signs from your pets can be very subtle.

Therefore, you can determine the dose based on your body weight. Larger and heavier animals require higher doses of CBD than small and light animals. A German Shepherd probably needs more CBD than a small Chihuahua.

  • A small dog (up to 12 kilograms) can receive between 2 and 5 milliliters of CBD oil per week.
  • A medium-sized dog (up to 25 kilograms) can handle a weekly dose of 5 to 10 milliliters of CBD.
  • A large dog (over 26 kilograms) can tolerate around 10 to 15 milliliters of CBD oil per week.

9.4 CBD, animals and side effects

As with humans, there are at most minor side effects such as upset stomach, drowsiness or vomiting. If you are still unsure or if your pet suffers from a certain illness, a visit to the vet certainly can't hurt.

Tip: Your pet cannot overdose on CBD. So you don't have to worry and you can experiment a bit to find the right amount of CBD oil.

Hardly any other crop can provide such a wide range of possibilities. The CBD active ingredient cannot cure serious illnesses, but it can lead to an optimized well-being and a higher quality of life without any risk.

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