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  • This numerical code was created from an event that sounds like a modern fairy tale. Originally, it meant a time: 20 past four in the afternoon. Or, in the English notation 4:20 (pm) - short: 420 or just: 'four twenty'. Nowadays this number is an international and frequently used "code" and can stand for all kinds of things: for cannabis itself, for the use of cannabis, or for the festivities (like Christmas for cannabis friends) that are celebrated on April 20th (English date spelling 4/20 - four twenty).
  • The certificate of analysis provides information about whether the analysed batch of a product meets the requirements or specifications applicable to that product. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is a common document for drugs, but also for their starting materials.Above all, the certificate provides information about essential quality characteristics (such as the content of CBD or other valuable ingredients) as well as permissible and impermissible impurities.In our laboratory analyses you will find information on the content of cannabinoids, among other things. This way you can be sure that you get what you expect from the product (e.g. CBD) and that there is nothing in it that you need to worry about (e.g. THC). Of course we always check for impurities, e.g. heavy metals and pesticides. Current laboratory analyses of our products can be viewed here.
  • The form of administration or administration form describes the way in which a certain substance, usually a drug, is administered or used. For cannabinoids, the following forms of administration are particularly suitable:Buccal (via the oral mucosa), inhalative (via the lungs), oral / peroral (via the mouth), sublingual (via the mucosa under the tongue), topical (usually on the skin; application is localized to produce a localized effect), transdermal (absorption via the skin, the effect is felt in the body)
  • In pharmacology, the bioavailability of an active ingredient is an important measure. It describes the proportion of the substance that passes into the bloodstream (more precisely: into the systemic circulation) and is thus available at the site of action. A 100% bioavailability is achieved by intravenous administration of a substance. If the active substance is administered to the organism by other means, e.g. orally, it is compared with the bioavailability after intravenous administration, and on this basis a percentage is given. Thus, an oral bioavailability of 50% means that, compared to intravenous administration, half of the active substance enters the systemic circulation.
  • A biphasic effect is the effect of an active ingredient when low and high doses of the same active ingredient can cause opposite effects. Alcohol also has such an effect: while small quantities of alcohol can have a stimulating effect, larger quantities of alcohol have a calming to sedating effect. CBD has shown such a profile as an active ingredient in several studies: While e.g. a dose of 300mg CBD had a calming effect on the participants, a significantly higher dose of 900mg CBD not only did not show a calming effect - at this very high dosage the test persons even reported an opposite effect; they not only felt more stressed than test persons who received the lower CBD dose, but also than those who received only a placebo (i.e. no active ingredient).
  • Cannabinoid receptors are, besides cannabinoids themselves and the enzymes responsible for their degradation, important components of our endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoid receptors are distributed throughout the body and are involved in a variety of physiological processes through the central regulatory role of the endocannabinoid system. A cannabinoid researcher summarized these processes as follows: "Relax, Eat, Sleep, Forget and Protect" - hardly any area of our life is not affected in one way or another. In addition to CB1 and CB2 receptors, cannabinoids can also unfold their effects via other pathways. Based on the results of a study, for example, it was suggested to include the receptor "GPR55" in the class of cannabinoid receptors.
  • Cannabis originally refers to the hemp plant - whose full Latin name is Cannabis sativa L..However, in common parlance "cannabis" is also often used to refer to the dried female flower. Dried female flowers are one of the possible end products that can be made from the cannabis plant, some of which are also used for intoxication purposes. Since the medical use of cannabis is back to normal in Germany, the word "medical cannabis" is often used in this context to distinguish it from "normal" cannabis, which is often not used on medical prescription and is obtained from unofficial sources.
  • In plant breeding, hybrid usually refers to offspring resulting from the combination (crossing) of the characteristics of two plants from different, preferably pure-bred (inbred) lines. The offspring of such a breeding, the F1 generation, then combines in the best case all positive traits of both the mother and the father line. One speaks then of heterosis, or the heterosis effect.In cannabis, hybrid is also used to make it clear that a particular cultivar can clearly be assigned neither to the Sativa nor the Indica spectrum. Whether and to what extent all these categorizations (hybrid, indica, sativa) are scientifically tenable is still the subject of lively discussion. The background is that due to the extremely long history of cannabis use (10.000+ years!) original populations, so-called landraces, no longer exist, since genetic material from other geographical zones and/or populations has been crossed in by humans - whether intended or not. Therefore, some argue, all varieties (or cultivars) that exist today should strictly speaking be called hybrids.
  • Cannabis sativa L., i.e. hemp or simply cannabis stands for a plant species within the cannabis family (Cannabaceae). Within this species different varieties (better: cultivars) can be distinguished from each other. They differ not only in their growth form (the so-called morphotype), but also in their own specific profile of cannabinoids and terpenes -- the chemotype. The profile of a variety is as individual as a "chemical fingerprint". In practice, this means that not all cannabis is the same. Different varieties can be grouped in different ways; one of the more common divisions is based on the content of the two "main" cannabinoids THC and CBD. "Type 1" describes THC-dominant strains, "Type 2" refers to strains with a balanced ratio of THC to CBD and CBD-dominant strains are referred to as "Type 3". A still common, but scientifically rather controversial way of classifying different cannabis varieties is the division into "sativa" (or sativa-branched / sativa-dominant), indica (or indica-branched / indica-dominant) and hybrids. The effect of "Sativas" is often described by users as mentally activating, stimulating and also more psychoactive, whereas that of "Indicas" is more physical, calming and relaxing. If one imagines Indica and Sativa as the ends of a spectrum of possible effects, the so-called hybrids lie somewhere in the middle, thus offering the user a mixture of the above mentioned essential characteristics of Indicas and Sativas. The reason for the sometimes very differently perceived effects of different varieties is only partly due to the different contents of cannabinoids -- especially the terpenes are said to have a great influence on the subjective perception of effects.
  • Cannabidiolic acid (A for acid) is one of the many ingredients of cannabis. Although the non-acidic form, CBD, is much better known, the plant itself produces almost exclusively the acid form, CBDA. CBDA is also said to have potentially desirable effects, some of which are even said to be more potent than those of CBD itself. However, research on this is still in its infancy.
  • Cannabigerol, or CBG for short, is one of over 100 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.). However, CBG is something special because the starting molecule produced in the plant, cannabigerol acid, is also the basic building block from which all other cannabinoids are produced in the plant. For cannabigerol itself, antibiotic effects against multi-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) have been observed - at least in mice.
  • The vaporization of cannabis concentrates is called dabbing. Concentrates are usually in the form of waxes or resinous oils. These are applied to a piece of metal ("nail") that has been heated to a high temperature, where they immediately begin to vaporize. The vapors are inhaled through a kind of bong (water pipe). In this way it is possible to inhale very large quantities of cannabinoids in a very short time. From a medical and/or health point of view, however, this type of application cannot be recommended.
  • A ready-to-use form or preparation that can be taken without modification is also called a dosage form. On the other hand, this term can also refer to the form of a medicinal product (dosage form), which then also includes the type of application. The dosage form does not always have to correspond to the final preparation.
  • The term edible in the context of cannabis means edible food to which cannabinoids have been added. Mostly THC is meant. Well-known examples are so-called space cakes, i.e. cakes containing cannabis, or cannabis butter ('cannabutter'). Among recent developments in this area, especially wine gums containing cannabinoids are very popular. Edibles" can also mean liquid, i.e. drinkable, cannabinoid containing food, capsules and partly also oils and tinctures. A special feature of Edibles is that although it takes longer to take effect than when cannabinoids are inhaled, the effect lasts much longer. You can find out more about this in our article on the topic of onset of action and duration of action.
  • Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by the body itself. Cannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids include 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) and N-arachidonylethanolamide (AEA). AEA is often also called anandamide, derived from the Sanskrit word ananda ("bliss"). Just like the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids), the body's own cannabinoids are able to dock to corresponding cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2) that are distributed throughout the human body to exert their effect.
  • Through the special interaction of cannabinoids and terpenes, a special plant synergy can be created, the so-called "entourage effect". Terpenes can influence the effect of the cannabinoids in different ways (and vice versa). This also shows a potential advantage of full-spectrum extracts over extracts or oils that contain only CBD in pure form. The latter lack potential synergy partners; the entourage effect is absent. Even if this is slowly changing at present - terpenes are still considered a "neglected pharmacological treasure chest" in cannabis research, as the "discoverer" of THC, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, put it, because of their enormous potential with regard to individualized therapy design with cannabis flowers and/or full spectrum extracts.
  • Many substances are not used in their pure form, but in a mixture which, in addition to the main component, also consists of other substances, so-called auxiliary substances. The finished mixture is then called a formulation.Excipients can e.g. facilitate the application through formative properties, make the production more efficient or, as in the case of the liposomal formulation of our hemp capsules, improve the bioavailability.
  • CBD-Isolate is a crystalline solid or powder consisting of almost pure CBD. Just like (full spectrum) extracts, isolate can be obtained from hemp plants containing CBD. During extraction and subsequent purification, all non-CBD components are almost completely removed, so that the final product contains 99% pure CBD.On the one hand, this means that synergies and potentials resulting from the presence of other valuable ingredients of the hemp plant are not utilized. On the other hand, the use of isolate can also be advantageous in certain situations, e.g. due to its flexible application and comparatively low price.
  • Limonene belong to the terpenes and are found in higher concentrations, as the name suggests, in citrus fruits and are responsible for their characteristic smell.Limonene is often used as an inexpensive fragrance, e.g. for cleaning agents, as citrus scent is associated with freshness and cleanliness. It is also used as a vegetable insecticide and in preservatives and cosmetic products.Limonene are considered to be mood-lifting, antidepressant, immunostimulant, antimicrobial and are used in skin therapy.
  • In liposomal formulation, the value-giving component of the formulation (e.g. CBD) is introduced into the interior or into the double membrane layer of so-called liposomes. The advantage of such a formulation is, among other things, that substances can be better absorbed by the body in this way, which in their natural form may be poorly bioavailable. The bioavailability of e.g. CBD, i.e. the proportion of absorbed CBD that reaches the bloodstream, can be effectively increased by this.
  • In Germany, medicinal cannabis is usually referred to as cannabis, which is available in pharmacies upon presentation of a prescription. Particularly in differentiation from normal cannabis (i.e. without the addition "medicinal"), medicinal cannabis is a largely standardised herbal medicinal product. The active ingredient contents (THC and CBD) are defined in the European Pharmacopoeia and are regularly checked. Furthermore, it must be possible to prove with analyses that there are no residues of pesticides in the finished product that exceed the maximum permissible amounts. Not only the cannabis itself, but also the production facilities must meet strict requirements and these are also regularly checked. Depending on the context, medical cannabis may mean not only the dried female flowers, i.e. the "traditional" end product, but also the plant itself and other products made from it, such as extracts.
  • MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, i.e. triglycerides (neutral fats) containing medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids include fatty acids with 6-12 carbon atoms. They are found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter, among other things, but not in their pure form, but in a natural way in a mixture with other triglycerides. MCT oil is mainly used in the manufacture of cosmetic products, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.In general, MCT oils are considered a valuable food component in the sense of a holistically health-promoting diet.Unlike other oils, MCT oils can be metabolized independently of pancreatic enzymes, which explains their use in various (mainly metabolic) diseases. MCT fats are also particularly suitable in the context of a ketogenic diet, such as that used in some pharmacoresistant forms of epilepsy.
  • The terpene myrcene is very common in the plant kingdom. In larger concentrations it can be found in pines, ripe mangoes, fennel, juniper, ginger plants, hops and dill. And of course in hemp or cannabis. Here it is considered the main suspect for the so-called "couch-lock" effect, a state of extreme physical relaxation, in which it may seem impossible for the person affected to get off the couch (spoiler: it usually works out after all). Pharmacological interest is focused on the antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), analgesic and relaxing to sedative properties of myrcene. Fun Fact: If you always wanted to attract bark beetles without much effort, myrcene is your salvation, because for the beetle this terpene is an almost irresistible messenger (pheromone).
  • In today's terminology, pesticide means any agent that is used to protect (mostly plants) against pests. Pesticides are mainly discussed in the context of pesticide residues in products (mostly food). For pesticides authorised in the EU, there are usually maximum levels for both the amount of pesticide applied and the pesticide residues that may be present in the intermediate or final product.
  • Psychoactive or psychotropic substances are all substances that are able to influence the human psyche. The induced influence can take very different forms and also show great differences in intensity. The spectrum ranges from a barely perceptible stimulation or relaxation, e.g. by a sip of coffee in the morning, to a largely complete change of consciousness, e.g. by psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, DMT and Co.).Whether the change is experienced as positive or negative depends on a number of different factors and not least on the user himself. Psychotropic drugs are also considered psychoactive or psychotropic substances - the term alone does not therefore say anything about the legality or illegality of a substance.The most frequently consumed psychoactive/psychotropic substance worldwide is caffeine. Caffeine belongs to the group of stimulants. Cocoa contains theobromine, a substance structurally related to caffeine, which is also a stimulant frequently consumed worldwide.
  • This refers to a form of application or administration of a substance. The substance is placed under the tongue (sub "under", lingua "tongue"). The mucous membrane under the tongue is particularly thin and well supplied with blood, which enables the rapid absorption of substances into the bloodstream.
  • Terpenes and terpenoids are very small molecules, some of which are very potent and can therefore have an effect even in extremely low doses. Terpenes occur in nature in great variety and are not only responsible for the aroma and taste of cannabis. The concentration of different terpenes, the so-called terpene profile, is an essential distinguishing feature of different cannabis flower varieties.Terpenes and cannabinoids can work together in a special form of plant synergy, which is then called the "entourage effect".The most common and well-known terpenes in cannabis include limonene, myrcene, linalool, α-pinene, caryophyllene and humulene.
  • A tincture is an alcoholic extract. According to the European Pharmacopoeia, only ethanol in certain concentrations (usually between 20 and 60%) may be used as a solvent during extraction.
  • Topical application refers to a form of application or administration that takes place locally and is therefore intended to have a localized effect. The classic example of a topical application is an analgesic sports gel that is applied to or near a painful joint to produce its (e.g. additional warming) effect.
  • A vaporizer uses heat to enable the vaporization (vapor = vapor) of active ingredients. To prevent combustion, which produces undesirable and often toxic by-products, only enough heat is generated to vaporize the desired ingredients. Vaporizers are used, among other things, to make active ingredients (active substances) from medicinal plants available, including cannabis. Usually temperatures between 180°C and 210°C are recommended. The boiling point of THC is 157°C, that of CBD is slightly higher (160°C - 180°C). Vaporizers can make the active ingredients of the cannabis plant safely and effectively available. With vaporizers, a distinction must be made between devices for vaporizing dry, mostly plant material and devices for vaporizing so-called "liquids". The latter have become known especially in connection with nicotine as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.
  • As the name suggests, at least to the botanists and latinists among you, this terpene is found in large quantities in pine plants (lat. Pinus) (including pines, firs, spruces and of course pines). But also myrtle, dill and caraway contain high concentrations of myrtle.α pines are associated with mental freshness and clarity. The Japanese custom of "forest bathing" (Shinrin yoku) makes use of this characteristic - practitioners "bathe", so to speak, in the forest air saturated with α pinenes and thus consciously make use of their clarifying effect on the mind.In addition, there are indications of antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), bronchodilating and memory supporting effects of α-Pinenen.

Bathing with CBD - what do you need to know?

17/03/2020 7 MIN. READ Katharina Schweigert
17/03/2020 7 MIN. READ Katharina Schweigert

Perhaps the most relaxing way to bring CBD into your bathroom is in the form of a bath ball or bath bomb. It transforms your daily body care into a real wellness experience. Bath balls vary in composition, color, size and shape - but they all have one thing in common: They seduce with foam, bubbles and rich ingredients like lavender, herbs - and also CBD.

More than just an explosion of color and scent

Bath bombs are usually associated with colorful balls, which attract attention through eye-catching staging in perfumeries and beauty stores. They smell of luxurious aromas - from delicate and intense, sweet and fruity to citrus and floral. Have you ever wondered what ingredients make them so special, how best to use them and what other benefits they bring? Then here are ten practical tips for the best bath bomb experience.

Bath bombs with CBD: The best 10 tips

  1. The choice of the right bath ball
  2. Effect: Cannabidiol, short CBD, for that certain extra
  3. Aromatherapy Effect
  4. Can a bath ball run off?
  5. Cover the bath bomb
  6. Using the bath ball - What is to be considered?
  7. Shower or not
  8. The Bathroom Bomb as an Interior-It-Piece
  9. Bath bombs as scent dispenser
  10. DIY: Make your own bath bombs

1. Choosing the right bath ball: It all depends on the ingredients

Bath balls consist of compressed, dry mixtures of ingredients. The basic ingredients include a weak acid and a bicarbonate base, which remain unreactive in the dry state and characteristically bubble when wet. Other ingredients of bath bombs are fragrance components, herbs and (natural) dyes, which provide for appropriate foam, flavor and color in your bath water.dry flowers, herbs and glitter round off the ingredients of the bath balls optically.

High quality bath balls like the bath bomb from VAAY have various natural ingredients. It is perfect after a long day or a hard training - jojoba oil, cocoa butter and hemp seed oil provide an extra portion of moisture. Natural essential oil from real lavender leaves and last but not least cannabidiol (CBD) help you to relax completely.

The bathing experience is completed by a care core in the bath ball, which settles on the water surface immediately after dissolving. Now it's time to grab it! The core contains a special mixture of butters, oils and 50% of the contained CBDs. The silky core works best if you rub it gently on your skin during the bath and let it work in.

Do not wash off the rubbed-in areas immediately, but let the active ingredients soak in for at least five minutes, so that the CBD can have an optimal effect.

Naturally good for the skin

Be aware that synthetic bath balls may contain harmful substances, aggressive chemicals or irritants. Natural bath balls, on the other hand, provide lasting care for your skin and are also suitable for people with sensitive skin. High-quality bath bombs take your bathing experience to a new level and provide you with particularly intensive care.

In addition there is the pleasant scent. Only the bubbling and the foam make it better. What the tap water often cannot do, the bath bomb compensates. Our tap water is often hard and can lead to brittle skin. The natural essential oils - for example from lavender, rose, chamomile, tea tree, eucalyptus, almond and lemon as well as coconut, shea and cocoa butter moisturize, soothe and care for your skin. It becomes soft, velvety and smooth.

While repairing the skin, the natural ingredients ensure a more nourished and healthier skin appearance. Depending on the ingredients, bath balls can help you relax physically and mentally, switch off or reduce anxiety.

2. Bathing with Cannabidiol for that certain extra

Relaxation de luxe: Each bath ball consists of a unique composition that invigorates, relaxes or is especially nourishing for your skin. A CBD bath ball can also help you relax your muscles and mind. Make yourself comfortable in a bath and switch off.

CBD for bathing

Studies show that cannabidiol helps to relax your muscles. CBD can also help relieve anxiety and anxiety and help you relax your mind. In addition, cannabidiol can help relieve the stress of the day and promote sleep. More about the effects of CBD oil can be found here.

Perfect scent: CBD is not only said to have all kinds of effects, CBD also spreads a pleasant scent - similar to aromatherapy. It helps to relax and pampers the soul.

CBD? Will I get high from it? Does CBD seem intoxicating?

No - no worries! Cannabidiol has nothing to do with THC Both come from the cannabis plant, but CBD does not make you high or addicted. You can read more about this in our article about the CBD legal situation. The cannabidiol only supports your well-being. In combination with lavender, as in the VAAY BATH BOMB, it spreads its decelerating magic and can provide deep relaxation during a bath.

3. Aromatherapy effect: wellness at home

One of the main reasons why bath balls are so popular is their fascinating scent and delicate aromas. Moreover, the fragrant balls achieve an effect similar to that of aromatherapy. This is due to the essential oils that are contained in all high-quality bath bombs.

Tips for a bath in the morning and evening VAAY product recommendation

The morning bath

If your energy level is low and you are tired, for example, choose a bath with citrus scent. This refreshes you, helps you start the day better and has an invigorating effect. The citrus scent helps you to be prepared for the challenges of the coming day. The extra portion of CBD lets you approach the day relaxed and focused.

VAAY Bath Bomb Relax Lavender

The evening bath

The same applies vice versa. If you want to relieve stress and tension at the end of the day, lavender scent will transform your bath into a calming and relaxing retreat. Lavender can help you calm your nerves and then fall into a deep and healthy sleep. For additional relaxation before bedtime, the VAAY Night Melatonin Spray helps. The special combination of CBD, melatonin and vitamin B6 support the natural sleep function of the body.

Is sleeping already a topic with you? You can find out how you can get a better night's sleep under: Tips for better sleep.

VAAY Bath Bomb Relax Lavender

VAAY Night Melatonin Spray

4. Can a bath bomb expire?

Many people think bath bombs cannot run off. But in fact the durability of bath bombs is limited. If you want to achieve the maximum fizz and fragrance effect, use the bath ball optimally within the first weeks after purchase. You can be sure of this by checking the expiration date before use. If it is exceeded, the Bath Bomb can usually still be used, but it may no longer have its full effect.

5. Cover the bath bomb

Some of the bath bombs contain dry petals, herbs, glitter or other surprises that make the bath experience special. However, if you are worried that the components will clog the drain and stick to the edge of the bath, just put the Bath Bomb in an organza bag or similar. This way the petals and glitter will stay in the bag, while the other components will easily get into the water through the fabric.

6. Use the bath ball: What is there to consider?

Let the water in as deep as you like. You might even use a comfortable bath pillow to relax better. When does the bath ball go into the water? Very simple: When you have let the water into the bathtub. It begins to bubble when it comes into contact with water and then dissolves. The dissolving process usually takes a few minutes. You are free to take a bath in the meantime. You use the VAAY Bath Bomb with real lavender leaves, bath salts, CBD and Shea Butter? Then after the bath ball dissolves, a soft core floats to the surface.

Rub it gently on your shoulders, arms, neck and throat and let it soak on your skin for at least five minutes. Find your perfect position for relaxation. You can also meditate, read a book or listen to soft music to increase the relaxation effect.

7. To shower or not - that is the question

You are done with your session and get out of the tub. Now the question arises, of course, whether you should take a shower after use. Clear answer: Yes! If you have used a bath bomb with glitter or paint, it is recommended to rinse off the remaining particles.

But this is not necessary for a high-quality bath bomb with natural ingredients. On the contrary: it is even a pity for the caring ingredients when you wash them off your skin again. What you can do, however, is to rinse the tub thoroughly right away if necessary. Use a cloth or sponge to remove paint residues, stains and herbs from the tub. As long as they are still damp, this is quickly done.

8. The bath bomb as an interior it-piece

The new hit for the bathtub is available in all imaginable colors and patterns. Not only do they smell good, they make for a bubbly feeling in the tub, they also look really good - provided they are dry. So why hide them in the cupboard? Simply place several balls in a transparent, decorative glass bowl and place them on the shelf, side table or whatever else comes to mind. This will not only make your bathroom more beautiful, it will also smell even better.

9. Bath bombs as scent dispenser

Dry bath bombs smell as good as those dissolved in water. Also this smell lasts very long. So why not use the scent? Use the bath ball to fill cupboards, car or bathroom with a fragrant scent. The DIY air freshener is suitable for any place in the home where a pleasant scent caresses the soul.

10. Make your own bath bombs

You can't get enough of this new bathing experience and you are in good shape? Then let's go: You can make the bath bombs yourself. You don't need sophisticated tools or special skills to do it. The only thing you need are special shapes for the Bath Bombs to bring the mixture into a ball, a starfish or something similar. You can find the one or other Bath Bombs recipe and instructions with the right ingredients like lavender, CBD, honey, herbs, etc. on the net. Last tip: A bath bomb is a perfect gift!

You don't feel like going into self-production, but you still want a relaxed bathing experience? Then try the VAAY BATH BOMB RELAX LAVENDEL. Also check out our CBD-Shop, there you will find besides the bath ball with cannabidiol other products that can relax you with the power of CBD.

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