CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a component of the hemp plant. Besides CBD, the hemp plant has other components, which are called cannabinoids. Unlike the also known cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive or intoxicating.
So CBD doesn't make you "high"!
Most of the time, you will find CBD as CBD oil. It interacts through the body's endocannabinoid system. This system affects our hormone production, immune system, sleep, appetite and pain perception. Animals also have such an endocannabinoid system, so animals can also benefit from CBD.
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How does CBD work in the body?
The endocannabinoid system is part of our nervous system. It has two central receptors, the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. In addition, our body also has its own cannabinoids, also called endocannabinoids. These can dock to the receptors and activate them.
When CBD is absorbed through the mucous membranes, it enters the bloodstream. CBD as a cannabinoid can then also dock to these receptors in the body and interact with its own endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoid receptors have different tasks in this process.
CBD can have various effects on our body, which are also being diligently researched. Among other things, it is being tested whether CBD can have a positive influence on the immune system, sleep, our appetite and also our sense of pain.
Does CBD make you "high"?
Not only CBD can dock to the cannabinoid receptors, but also the psychoactive substance THC. THC influences processes that are controlled by the cannabinoid system. While the body's own endocannabinoids can be quickly broken down again, THC remains present for longer and leads to a longer-lasting effect.
CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive and is used for therapeutic or medicinal purposes. The WHO also classifies CBD as safe, you can read more about it here.
Meanwhile, more intensive research is also being done on the effects of CBD. Researchers want to find out more about effects and potential areas of application. Currently, however, many results are not applicable to humans, because often cell or animal studies are used. So there is still a lot to be done in the field of CBD and research!
How is CBD oil made?
We use an innovative and above all environmentally friendly CO2 extraction method to get the CBD out of the hemp plant.
Here, the temperature is particularly important. This is comparable with cold-pressed olive oil or with cosmetics production. Many important substances break down when exposed to too much heat and thus need to be handled very carefully. Since CBD is not the only good component of the hemp plant, but also rich terpenes, other cannabinoids or flavonoids are present, these should be preserved during the extraction. With CO2 extraction, the whole spectrum of the hemp plant can be extracted in a protected way. This later ensures high quality and that all important components end up in the final product.
In addition, ethanol can be dispensed with as a solvent during CO2 extraction. This ensures that there are no solvent residues in the end product.
Once you have extracted CBD and all the other important ingredients, the next thing you need is a carrier oil. This is because the raw, freshly harvested hemp extract contains a very high CBD content. A carrier oil helps to reduce the concentration to the desired level.
We at ALPINOLS choose our sunflower seed oil as a valuable carrier oil, which comes directly from our neighboring farmer in Switzerland. For the sake of the environment, we go short distances here and pay attention to organic quality.
Is CBD legal?
We are not giving legal advice here, of course, but would rather give you a brief overview of what the situation is.
Basically, CBD as a substance is not listed in the Narcotics Act (BtMG). In theory, it is not considered a narcotic and is therefore legal. The only difficulty is that hemp is listed there. Therefore, there is still no clear regulation, which affects the legal situation.
Our CBD oils adhere to the THC content, which is a maximum of 0.2% for Germany and 1% in Switzerland. In our ALPINOLS Zero, the THC content has even been removed. We have also linked extensive lab analyses on our CBD product pages, so you can be sure that we pay attention to everything!