What Is CBD?
To understand CBD, you should know that there are several molecules 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, CBD or cannabidiol is one of these molecules too.
In its natural state, cannabis is loaded with 10% THC on average. This concentration of THC is responsible for the “planning” effects of cannabis.
Conversely, cannabidiol or CBD is not psychoactive. The effects of CBD are positive on certain symptoms and it notably has relaxing properties.
Unlike cannabis, which is 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. This is why CBD is by no means a cannabis substitute.
History Of CBD
Although hugely controversial today, hemp is one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans. In its Cannabis Sativa form, this plant was cultivated in the Neolithic era for its medicinal properties and its use as textile fibers. Its use has persisted over the centuries, however, its exact composition has remained unknown for a long time.
Indeed, cannabinoids, molecules present in Cannabaceae, were discovered only at the beginning of the 20th century. THC and CBD are the two cannabinoids that have generated the most research. CBD was first extracted from the hemp plant around 1940. A group of researchers from the University of Illinois is believed to have isolated 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 1960s that studies were carried out on the composition of cannabinoids. This is in particular Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli researcher, who has demonstrated their benefits on certain pathologies. Her work has given thought to the use of cannabis molecules (CBD, THC) in pharmacology.
For years, numerous clinical trials have taken place, highlighting the health effects of CBD. The first studies have shown its positive effects on anxiety. Then, in the 1970s, it was discovered to have benefits for nausea and pain. Finally, in the late 1990s, researchers discovered that it reduced the degeneration of neurons, which could be useful in research on Alzheimer’s disease.
Some American states (Alaska, Oregon, and 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 combination 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. Some countries like Canada have 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 that is prohibited in France. It is this substance that 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. Unlike the cannabis molecule CBD, this molecule can be responsible for negative effects like anxiety attacks, hallucinations, attention deficit and can create addiction in its user. Its cultivation is also prohibited.
But 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 is, in a way, the natural form of the cannabis plant.
Thus, if cannabis and THC are illegal, cannabidiol (CBD) has a legal 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. European law indicates that finished CBD products must contain a maximum of 0.2% THC in total. Our Weedy products therefore comply with these regulations scrupulously, which makes them legally available for purchase and consumption.
The cultivation and trade of the cannabis plant are therefore prohibited in France. However, there is no law prohibiting 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 complies with current legislation and contains a legal dose of THC, the products are subject to traceability and rigorous control.
What Are The Effects Of CBD On The Consumer?
Various studies have been carried out since the 1960s on this molecule. They have demonstrated the effects of CBD on many conditions. In particular, it would reduce:
- Sleep disturbances
- 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 the relief of 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.
Since cannabis is very controlled in France and worldwide, 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 be ingested or applied to the skin
Infusions: to consume, used for relaxation
Capsules: to be taken as a food 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 to the skin, to fight against psoriasis or acne
Tips For Using CBD
The beneficial effect of cannabidiol occurs due to its lipid solubility, because it interferes with the signals of 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 a 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. This is why it is accessible today by vaping.
But which electronic cigarette to choose for CBD? In fact, most models of electronic cigarettes are compatible with CBD e-liquids. However, be aware that the simpler the model, the more your electronic cigarette will be suitable for vaping with CBD.
To make the best use of CBD e-liquids, your electronic cigarette will have to meet certain characteristics. Here they are:
Power: if you use a very powerful model of electronic cigarette, it will give a large dose of vapor at once and induce excessive consumption of CBD. It is therefore better to use a low power model.
The size of the tank: 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: a 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 will be able to use it like a classic e-liquid.
With a higher dosage, CBD e-liquids would help 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.
Since CBD can have sedative or energizing effects depending on the person, it is not recommended to take the wheel after using CBD in an electronic cigarette. The consumption of CBD in pregnant women is prohibited. Likewise, minors may not consume CBD e-liquids, the sale of electronic cigarettes to young people under 18 being 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 health insurance. 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.