What is CBD?
To understand CBD, you need to know that there are several molecules found in the cannabis plant. These molecules are called "cannabinoids". The best known of these is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is sought after for its psychoactive effect. However, le CBD or cannabidiol is part of these molecules too.
In its natural state, cannabis is loaded with 15 to 25% THC on average. This concentration of THC is responsible for the "planing" effects of cannabis.
Conversely, cannabidiol or CBD is not psychoactive. The effects of CBD are positive on certain symptoms and it has notably relaxing properties.
Unlike cannabis, concentrated in THC, CBD is not addictive and even protects against the development of an addiction. It would allow consumers of cigarettes or other products to reduce their cravings. Moreover, it is suggested that it would tend to block the effects of THC on the nervous system, reducing the psychoactive effects of this molecule. That is why CBD is by no means a substitute for cannabis.
History of CBD
Although it is now largely controversial, hemp is one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans. In its form Cannabis sativa, this plant was cultivated in the Neolithic era for its medicinal properties and its use as textile fibers. Its use has endured over the centuries, however, its exact composition remained unknown for a long time.
Indeed, cannabinoids, molecules present within cannabaceae, were only discovered in the early XNUMXth century. THC and CBD are the two cannabinoids that generated the most research. CBD was first extracted from the hemp plant around 1940. A group of researchers from the University of Illinois is said to have succeeded in isolating the molecule. At that time, they called the compound toxic and dismissed the idea that it could have positive properties on humans. It was not until the 60s that studies were carried out on the composition of cannabinoids. It is notably Raphaël Mechoulam, an Israeli researcher, who demonstrated their benefits on certain pathologies. Her work has allowed us to reflect on the use of cannabis molecules (CBD, THC) in pharmacology.
For years, many clinical trials have taken place, highlighting the health effects of CBD. The first studies have shown its positive effects on anxiety. Then, in the 70s, it was discovered that it had benefits for nausea and pain. Finally, in the late 90s, researchers discovered that it reduced the degeneration of neurons, which could be useful in research on Alzheimer's disease.
Some American states (Alaska, Oregon, Washington) then decided to legalize cannabis (CBD and THC) for therapeutic purposes. This has made it possible to find drugs like Sativex on the market, containing the same dosage of THC and CBD. Indeed, the association of these two molecules makes it possible to multiply the benefits of these molecules and not to create dependence in the patient. This medication is particularly indicated in the treatment of neuropathic pain.
In France, Sativex has had an authorization on the market since 2015, but has not yet been marketed due to difficulties in agreeing on its price. However, this proves how the regulations on cannabis (CBD and THC) have evolved in recent years. Certain countries like Canada decided to allow it completely. In Europe, Luxembourg is currently debating this question.
Is it legal to consume CBD?
In France, the cultivation and consumption of cannabis remains illegal. How then can you market CBD, a molecule found in cannabis?
In fact, it is the consumption of THC which is prohibited in France. It is this substance, which is found in cannabis up to 10% or more. It has significant psychoactive effects and is considered to be a narcotic. THC comes from another plant than hemp, a subspecies of Cannabis sativa, often transformed to be more concentrated in psychoactive substance. In contrast to the CBD cannabis molecule, this molecule can be responsible for negative effects like anxiety attacks, hallucinations, attention deficit and can create an addiction in its consumer. Its cultivation is also prohibited.
More CBD is not a narcotic and the effects of CBD are very different from THC. This molecule is found in large quantities in hemp. And this plant naturally contains a tiny amount of THC. It’s sort of the natural form of the cannabis plant.
So if cannabis and THC are illegal, cannabidiol (CBD) haslegal vagueness in France. CBD is not prohibited for consumption and can be marketed and consumed as long as it is contained in products that contain little THC. Le European law indicates that finished CBD products must contain a maximum of 0.2% total THC. Our products Weedy therefore comply with these regulations scrupulously, which means that they are legally available for purchase and consumption.
The cultivation and trade of the cannabis plant are therefore prohibited in France. However, no law prohibits the use of CBD. It is therefore possible to use CBD in electronic cigarettes or in any other form in France.
How can you find CBD?
CBD is extracted from hemp. This plant is widely cultivated in the world, because it is used in the textile industry, the cosmetics or the building for its insulating properties. Its cultivation is authorized if it contains little THC. However, it is regulated and controlled. It is not possible to plant it at home without authorization.
To extract cannabidiol, it is therefore necessary to follow the regulations in force. This is why CBD remains a fairly rare product.
To ensure that the CBD sold on our site respects current legislation and has a legal dose of THC, the products are subject to rigorous traceability and control.
What are the effects of CBD on the consumer?
Various studies have been carried out since the 60s on this molecule. They have demonstrated the effects of CBD on many conditions. In particular, it would reduce:
- Sleep disorders
- Nausea and vomiting, especially related to chemotherapy
- Anxiety attacks
- Epileptic seizures
- The occurrence of cardiovascular disease
- Skin diseases (psoriasis)
- Attacks in patients with schizophrenia
- Osteoarthritis pain and contractures
- Addictions to substances such as alcohol
In addition, we now know that CBD plays a major role in relieving so-called neuropathic pain (as opposed to nociceptive pain). These pains are difficult to relieve by drugs such as paracetamol or morphine. CBD is therefore a useful molecule for patients with multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia. The use of CBD in this type of patient would significantly improve their quality of life. This is why this molecule is part of the composition of Sativex.
The effects of CBD would go even further since a study has shown that cannabinoids have an action on the reduction of cancer cells, when CBD and THC are combined.
Cannabis is very controlled in France and in the world, research on the benefits of cannabis molecules (CBD, THC) is progressing slowly. In addition, the negative connotation of cannabis generates a lot of mistrust vis-à-vis the therapeutic properties of its molecules.
What form is CBD in?
In order to benefit the effects of CBD to all types of people, the molecule has been declined in various consumer products. Nowadays, CBD can be consumed in various forms:
- oils: to ingest or apply to the skin
- infusions: to consume, used for relaxation
- capsules: to take as a dietary supplement
- CBD and CBD e-liquids in electronic cigarettes: with various flavors and dosages
- CBD crystals : to ingest, diluted in a drink, a dish or to let melt under the tongue
- creams : to apply on the skin, to fight against psoriasis or acne
Tips for using CBD
The beneficial effect of cannabidiol occurs thanks to its lipid solubility, because it scrambles the signals from the nerve cells responsible in particular for pain or stress. To fully benefit from the effects of CBD, it is better to mix this molecule with liquids with high fat content such as oil. This is why the use of CBD in the form of oils, creams or even e-liquids is ideal. Of course, consumption in its pure form for infusions for example is also advised.
Can we use CBD in electronic cigarettes?
CBD is perfectly suited for inhalation use. It is absorbed directly by the lungs and its properties are released quickly into the bloodstream. That is why it is now accessible by vaping.
But which electronic cigarette to choose for CBD? In fact, most models of electronic cigarettes are compatible with CBD e-liquids. However, you should know that the simpler the model, and the more your electronic cigarette will be adapted to vaping with CBD.
To make the best use of CBD e-liquids, your electronic cigarette will have to meet certain characteristics. Here they are :
- lhas power: if you use a very powerful electronic cigarette model, it will give a large dose of vapor all at once and induce excessive consumption of CBD. It is therefore better to use a low power model.
- tank size : it must be small, because CBD e-liquids keep better away from light and heat. The less the liquid remains in the tank, the longer the properties will be preserved.
- resistance : resistance with a strong value is not recommended with the use of CBD e-liquids. We recommend the electronic cigarette models with a resistance value between 1 and 2 ohms.
How to use CBD e-liquids?
CBD in electronic cigarettes can be used in different forms. You can find it in plain e-liquid, for a vaping experience with a vegetable note. However, it is often flavored with fruity flavors such as Greeneo Candy Jake E-liquid. You can also use a natural CBD e-liquid and mix it yourself with an aroma or any other e-liquid.
CBD e-liquids are packaged in 10 ml glass bottles, which allow better preservation of their properties. Their dosage can range from 100 to 1000 mg.
They all have soothing properties. Their use is therefore ideal for people prone to anxiety or chronic stress. For a first consumption, it is advisable to start with a low level of CBD (up to 300 mg). You can use it like a classic e-liquid.
With a higher dosage, CBD e-liquids would detach from other addictive substances while creating a feeling of relaxation in the consumer.
With our products, you can modulate the concentration of CBD according to your tolerance level and your desires.
CBD can have sedative or energizing effects according to people, it is not recommended to take the wheel after the use of CBD in electronic cigarette. The consumption of CBD in pregnant women is prohibited. Likewise, minors cannot consume CBD e-liquids, the sale of electronic cigarettes to young people under 18 is prohibited.
Can CBD be prescribed by a doctor?
Cannabidiol or CBD is not a drug although it is part of the composition of Sativex as an active ingredient. Thus, its use cannot be prescribed by a doctor. Considered today as a dietary supplement, CBD cannot be covered by health insurance or your mutual insurance company. However, legislation on cannabis molecules (CBD, etc.) is evolving rapidly around the world. This information may change due to the positive effects of CBD on humans.