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In principle, various products containing CBD may be circulated and used in Germany. However, as is often the case, the devil is in the details. We have already pointed out one important point: The THC content of the products must not exceed a limit of 0.2%. In addition, over-the-counter CBD products are not approved dietary supplements - these products are therefore not intended for consumption, may not be declared as food under any circumstances and should not be swallowed accordingly. You can find out more about the legal situation in Germany in this article, and if you would also like to take a look at the bigger picture, you can find a compilation of the legal treatment of CBD in Europe and worldwide here.
CBD enjoys such great popularity precisely because many people attribute various beneficial effects to the cannabinoid and, according to their own statements, have already had positive experiences with CBD. Some users use CBD for stress, for example, and sometimes report calming and anxiety-relieving effects that they have noticed after using CBD. So it's not surprising that many people especially turn to CBD for relaxation and falling asleep. Other users tell of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, and many also use it for regeneration after sports. But how is this even possible, why can CBD possibly have and unfold such effects on us humans?
The possible key to answering this question is our body's own endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system regulates important processes in the body, including our immune system, appetite, pain and stress. This endocannabinoid system has various receptors, the so-called CB1 and CB2 receptors have been proven so far. Endogenous endocannabinoids can dock onto these receptors in the same way as herbal cannabinoids - for example THC or CBD. The components of the cannabis plant can therefore have an effect on us humans, because they resemble our endocannabinoids strongly enough to interact with our endocannabinoid system.
Now you have already received some basic information about how and why the use of CBD can theoretically be beneficial for the user and what could be the reason why so many people report positive experiences with CBD. You may have read other reports about it or seen posts from influencers about it. In some cases, you might get the impression that CBD is a miracle cure that can solve many health problems in no time at all, without any risks or side effects. However, caution is advised here. Please do not misunderstand, we are of course also convinced of the effectiveness of CBD, no question! But the truth is that research on CBD is still in its infancy. It is gaining more and more momentum and has already been able to bring to light various exciting results, but in many contexts, clear statements of effect can not yet be scientifically justified. However, it can be assumed that this could soon change thanks to increasing scientific analysis and observation. In addition, of course, it must also be taken into account that currently still (!) missing clear evidence and proof of the effect of CBD conversely also does not represent proof of the lack of effect of CBD.
Of course, it is also the case that the dosage of CBD, the frequency of use and the form of application can influence the effect. For example, is CBD applied to the skin as an ointment or inhaled via a vape pen? Is it used in conjunction with other agents, such as in combination with melatonin? Is it an oil with 5, 10 or 30% CBD content? And what about possible interactions between CBD and terpenes, which are also found in the cannabis plant, and the so-called entourage effect? Is the product based on a full- or broad-spectrum CBD or on a CBD isolate? All of these aspects have an impact on the question of CBD's efficacy, so it's not so easy to give a blanket answer. You can find more detailed information on the topics of application and effect of CBD in this article, in which we have compiled the essential aspects for you.
That was all rather theoretical and went too fast for you? No problem, let's make it a little more concrete and solve the confusion. In the following, we will briefly introduce you to some processed forms of CBD in more detail and will also go into the questions of effect, legality and application.
The CBD oil - not to be confused with hemp oil, which you may already know from the kitchen! - is probably the best-known CBD product in Germany and also forms the basis for many other articles with CBD. A CBD oil is usually a carrier oil (for example, high-quality MCT oil) that is combined with CBD extract obtained from useful hemp. It is often offered in a drop or spray variant. However, there are many other possibilities here, for example, further processing into a CBD massage oil or combining it with other valuable ingredients. Depending on the type of processing, the form of application and dosage also differs, of course. The reasons for use and assumed effects are diverse, CBD oil is used, for example, against migraine, arthritis or for relaxation.
We had already pointed out that CBD oil is particularly common in the form of sprays and drops. Both variants are characterized not least by their uncomplicated applicability. Users can thus conveniently carry the CBD with them and easily dose it. Usually, in the case of a spray, the CBD is introduced into the oral cavity by pumping, while the drops are dripped into the mouth with the help of a pipette. The CBD oil then remains in the mouth below the tongue for about 30 seconds, so that the ingredients can be absorbed through the mucous membranes. However, it must not be swallowed, as CBD oil is not an approved dietary supplement.
This circumstance is also significant for another product: CBD fruit gums. The distribution of this CBD form, reminiscent of gummy bears and similar sweets, is not permitted in Germany for precisely this reason. All those who were looking forward to a little snack of this special kind, however, do not have to be too disappointed. There are great alternatives, such as sweet treats based on hemp instead of CBD. These are also available completely legally in Germany.
The terms CBD flowers or CBD weed are commonly used to refer to certain parts of special hemp plants that are characterized by a particularly high CBD content and at the same time contain very little THC. The CBD flowers can then be processed into other CBD products, but sometimes they are also smoked or used to brew a tea. However, the trade with so-called CBD flowers or weed is illegal in Germany. In principle, there are special cultivars of commercial hemp that are characterized by a particularly low THC content and dealers of CBD flowers sometimes also state that the THC content of their CBD flowers is below 0.2% and that they are therefore legal. However, these claims are very questionable and problematic. The actual THC content of the flowers can hardly be determined - especially when they are smoked. In this respect, abuse and use for intoxication purposes cannot be ruled out with CBD flowers - even if the flowers come from rather low-THC commercial hemp.
Now you have a first overview of cannabidiol, its origin, possible effects and uses as well as questions of legality and scientific research. If you have further questions or want to deepen your knowledge, just have a look at our blog. Here you will find many different exciting articles on topics related to CBD, cannabis, legal issues, etc. Feel free to browse through the articles and get a lot of helpful information, for example about the cultural history of cannabis, the status regarding a possible legalization of cannabis in Germany and the fascinating story about the meaning of the mysterious number code 420. Speaking of browsing: If you're looking for CBD cosmetics and the like, check out our VAAY CBD store. Here you will find a variety of great hemp and CBD products such as CBD oil, bath balls with CBD and hemp capsules. So you can save yourself the hassle of going to your local CBD store and simply order conveniently and legally online. From our home base in the German capital Berlin, we will gladly send the products to your home.