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IS CBD WORTH THE HYPE?

ENGLISH VERSION


CBD - for some time a steadily growing trend that has already arrived in the vape scene and is enjoying more and more fans. But what is this “miracle cure” CDB and what makes it so popular? I tried to find out


(article also published in Cloud Chaser Magazine N°2)

CBD products of all kinds are currently popping up like weeds, not only is the vape scene constantly being supplied with new products and brands, the new „miracle cure“ is also very popular in the cosmetics, medical, food and even pet industries, wich are flooded with new products almost every day. But where does the sudden interest in that plant come from that previously had a rather bad reputation? What is the origin and, above all, what does CBD exactly do? We dealt intensively with the topic and hope we can shed some light on the “mystery” of CBD with our research.


what is CBD and where do it come from?

The hemp plant was already part of medical products and rituals over 5000 years ago. Since then, approximately 489 different components of the hemp plant have been identified. In addition to terpenes, flavonoids and other plant substances, 70 components can be assigned to the phytocannabinoids alone, four of which are particularly common. The best known is the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the intoxicating and psychoactive component of cannabis, followed by the cannabidiols (CBDs), the cannabinole (CBNs), and also the canabigerole (CBGs).


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive ingredient in the hemp plant. Compared to other plant active ingredients such as salicylic acid, the cannabinoids were only researched relatively late in the 1970s and their structure was slowly decoded. This very late „discovery“ and the bad reputation as a „hippie drug“ led to the fact that the medical use of cannabis was unfortunately completely forgotten in the last century. Only with the „rediscovery“ of cannabinoids in the early 2000s did cannabis slowly become interesting again for modern medicine.


CBD-rich hemp may be legally grown due to the low THC content, the cannabidiol occurs in higher concentrations in the upper third of the plant and in the flowers. After harvesting, the plant parts are also placed in oil for extraction. The CBD extracts from Co2 extraction are particularly high quality. Thanks to the heat-free extraction process, the entire plant substance spectrum and all phytocannabinoids, with the exception of the psychoactive THC, are retained.



how does CBD work?

When researching cannabidiol and other canabinoids again, some researchers quickly realized that cannabinoids had to be responsible for the “healing” effects of cannabis. So they already knew roughly how they worked, but not why this effect came about. After further research, the researchers came across an unknown area in the human body, the endocannabinoid system.


The human body has several receptors that respond to cannabinoids. The best known are the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and the cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). The CB1 is found in the central nervous system and in the nervous system of the intestine. The CB2 is located on cells of the human defense system and on cells that regulate bone metabolism. These two receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system.


This system mainly serves to regulate body processes. So it has a big impact to:

  • the defense system and its performance

  • pain perception

  • the emergence of fears

  • mood

  • appetite

  • sleep

  • body temperature

So it is completely understandable that the CBD is associated with so many different, possible fields of action.



effect

CBD has many properties that can have different positive effects on your own body, mood, health or general condition. But there are also people in whom CBD has no noticeable effect.


In most cases, however, CBD is mainly used to treat / alleviate the following symptoms:

  • stress/burn out

  • sleep disorders

  • epilepsy

  • anxiety disorders

  • schizophrenic psychoses

  • inflammation or inflammation-related pain

  • nausea/vomiting

  • headache/migraine

  • depressions

  • respiratory diseases

  • allergies

  • skin diseases

  • nerve diseases

  • addictions

  • social phobias (e.g. stage fright)

and much more ....


Fortunately, the benefits of cannabidiol, especially in the medical field, are currently being researched, especially the effects of CBD on serious diseases such as Alzheimer‘s, multiple sclerosis, cancer therapies, fibromyalgia, Crohn‘s disease and much more, are currently being examined in various studies and experiments.



usage

CBD products are now like sand by the sea, whether in cosmetics, beverages, chewing gum, food supplements, or classic as oil and e-liqiuds. Everyone can individually decide for themselves which products from the huge range are used and which will help. Our recommendation, however, is clearly based on the classic CBD oil or the numerous CBD liquids that have been well received for some time, especially in the vape scene.


CBD oils have a wide range of applications, they are often added to a variety of cosmetic products (e.g. creams, body oils), but the most popular (and most effective) is the direct oral intake. A few drops (usually 1-3) several times a day, or if necessary, are usually sufficient to achieve the desired effect.


CBD liquids are cannabidiol-containing liquids that are available in various „strengths“ - usually in the range of 50mg-1000mg - in mostly 10ml-30ml bottles and in a wide variety of flavors. If necessary, they will (just like nicotine salts), best evaporated in pod systems or clearomizers, for better effectiveness.


conclusion

I spent a few weeks working intensively on the topic of CBD and also tested some products on my own. CBD is a great, versatile active ingredient that has a lot to offer, but everyone has to approach the topic and find the right products for themselves. But I think give it a try, it is definitely worth the experience! #



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