What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is extracted from the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa. Many people are familiar with the term THC in the context of cannabis processing. However, CBD and THC are compounds which work in opposite directions. As a non-psycho-active ingredient, CBD has a positive effect on the body's own defense system and supports the relief of pain, anxiety and stress, among other positive effects. THC, on the other hand, induces a psychoactive state that some describe as "high". Our products contain less than 0.2% THC and therefore have no intoxicating effect.
CBD originates from the family of cannabinoids and was discovered as early as the 1940s, but its positive, healing effect remained unnoticed for a long time. It was not until 1973 that researchers proved that CBD reduced the symptoms of epilepsy, first in animals and then in humans. These discoveries were followed by extensive studies and research into the possible medical effects of CBD. For example, the potential for use in the treatment of nausea and sleep disorders was still being demonstrated in the 1970s. The antipsychotic potential of CBD was first discovered in the early 1980s, leading scientists to discover the endocannabinoid system in the human body at the end of the decade.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is part of the human nervous and immune system. It includes the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. The receptor is the lock and the cannabinoid acts as a matching key. It is an internal body system that controls essential bodily functions, such as emotion, pain and recovery. The endocannabinoid system thus serves to create a balance within the body and influences the direction of movement of a cell. For example, it can work against inflammation, preventing the inflamed cells from spreading further, or against stress by breaking down cortisol.
Over the last decade, research into CBD and its various applications, as well as all other cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC), has increased significantly. More and more applications are being proven by studies. In 2018, for example, the effectiveness of CBD against Lennox congestion syndrome (LGS) was last proven and it was therefore used to treat epileptic seizures.
CBD is now fully legalised in many countries around the world (Germany, Spain, Switzerland, France, USA, Canada, etc.). The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and other health authorities continue to recognise the positive effects of CBD. Worldwide several thousand people are now working on the research of the more than 110 different cannabinoids and we are excited about what the future will bring. We will keep you informed about the the latest innovation, research and application methods.
How is CBD produced?
There are different extraction methods to extract the active ingredients from the hemp plant to produce CBD. We have chosen the method of CO2 extraction, which offers the purest and safest extraction. Hemp is treated with CO2 under high pressure under certain dosages, with the result that the active ingredient is released from the hemp plant as a crystalline powder. CO2 extraction is more environmentally friendly, as carbon dioxide returns to its gaseous state after the pressure has been reduced and evaporates in the atmosphere. This method is considered the safest and most effective form of extraction.
Furthermore, this type of extraction is the standard method used in the food industry. CO2 is also often used as a food additive. It is often used in the production of carbonated beverages. Other sectors in which CO2 is used as an extraction solvent include the production of essential oils and the removal of caffeine from coffee beans in the production of decaffeinated coffee.
In addition, CO2 is a disinfectant, which means that it extends shelf life under the right circumstances, environment and system.
As carrier oil we use MCT oil, which is extracted from the coconut. MCT promises the longest shelf life among carrier oils, is the richest oil in medium-chain fatty acids and can therefore be best absorbed by the body to develop its positive effects.