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Is CBD legal in France?
CBD as a molecule is authorized in France. However, it must be extracted from varieties listed in the European catalog that contain less than 0.2% THC. It is this compound that is strictly regulated or even banned in France. It is the molecule which provides psychotropic effects in particular and which is strongly present in the varieties used for recreational purposes.
What is CBD or CANNABIDIOL?
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids (there are more than 100) present in hemp flower or cannabis sativa L (the scientific name). CBD is, in terms of concentration, the most present cannabinoid in this plant, along with THC. Due to its remarkable similarity with molecules generated by the human body, it can act on a central system (the endocannabinoid system) and thus regulate many functions.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are molecules that interact with our endocannabinoid system (which all vertebrates have) There are two main types of cannabinoids; Phytocannabinoids (derived from plants, such as cannabis) In their natural state, cannabinoids on hemp flower play the role of defensive agents against desiccation, parasites, UV rays, cold and microbes. There are more than a hundred phyto-cannabinoids, including CBD, THC, CBG... Endocannabinoids (made by our body). The two main ones are anandamide and 2AG. They are mainly found in breast milk. All cannabinoids could interact with the endo-cannabinoid system in one way or another and each of them thus generates a set of effects on the human body.
What is the difference between CBD and THC?
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol binds directly to CB1 receptors that are very present in the brain. This is what leads to mind-altering or mind-altering effects. CBD does not act in the same way on these receptors and therefore does not provide any such effect. On the contrary, it even reduces the psychotropic effects of THC when the two are combined. We remind you here that THC is prohibited for consumption in France and that our products do not contain it.
What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
Hemp oil is obtained from hemp seeds. These are pressed cold and at slow speed to preserve all their properties. They are particularly rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 and Vitamin E. CBD is present in the flower and is therefore not found in hemp seed oil. BE CAREFUL when you buy CBD oil (especially on AMAZON). Many vendors pass off hemp oil as CBD oil. Also note that hemp oil is one of the best carrier oils for CBD. That is to say that it will allow the CBD to be particularly well absorbed by the body.
How is our CBD extracted?
The CBD molecules as well as the terpenes and other cannabinoids contained in the hemp flower can be extracted in several ways. Here is the one we have preferred, supercritical C02 extraction, it allows to obtain a pure and healthy CBD oil.
The process is expensive and complex since it requires the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment: a closed circuit extractor. Carbon dioxide is maintained at a specific temperature and pressure in a closed system. This brings the gas to a "supercritical state" in which it is no longer a liquid or a gas. This allows CO2 to both enter the hemp like a gas and dissolve the compounds in the leaves and flowers like a liquid. Once this is complete, the supercritical fluid is separated and the pressure is released. The gas evaporates immediately, leaving behind all the compounds of the plant.
Is CBD safe?
The World Health Organization considers it safe, non-addictive, and without side effects. CBD extracted from hemp is legal in France and most of Europe.
What is the difference between hemp and Cannabis?
Cannabis sativa L is the Latin name given to this plant. “Hemp” is the name commonly used to define varieties intended for industrial use. That is to say to exploit fibers and seeds. These varieties come from authorized seed catalogs and contain less than 0.2% THC. CBD can be obtained from this type of plant. But hemp is indeed Cannabis and vice versa. Although in usage the word cannabis is often used to define varieties rich in THC, for therapeutic or recreational purposes.
How does CBD work?
Due to its remarkable similarity with molecules generated by the human body, it can act on a central system (the endocannabinoid system) and thus regulate many functions. Rather than binding directly to the receptors that make up this system, it allows for its optimal and balanced functioning.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
Discovered in the 90s by the Israeli professor Raphael Mechoulam, the endocannabinoid system is present in all vertebrates. It is made up of receptors present throughout the body, molecules that act on these receptors (endocannabinoids) and enzymes. This system holds a primordial place because it makes it possible to maintain homeostasis, ie the overall balance. It will thus regulate many functions of the body. Its imbalance could be linked to the development of many disorders, inflammation, diseases...
How is CBD consumed?
CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways. These are distinguished by the effective amount of CBD absorbed, by the duration of the effect, by the speed at which the effect will be felt.
By sublingual oil
The CBD is diluted in a carrier oil (hemp, coconut, olive, etc.) and is absorbed by placing a few drops under the tongue. The mucous membranes are particularly well irrigated in the blood network and therefore allow significant penetration of CBD into the system. The effect is felt after about fifteen minutes and lasts 5 to 6 hours. This method allows you to precisely dose your CBD intake and have a diffuse effect.
By ingestion (capsules, cakes, infusion):
This method can be interesting for people refractory to the taste of oil. The amount of CBD absorbed by the body will be lower than sublingually and the effect will take longer to be felt.
By the skin (balm, cream):
The CBD is diluted in a material that will allow its good penetration. It could act on shallow pain (osteoarthritis, blows, etc.) and on skin problems (psoriasis, eczema, burns, scarring, etc.)
By inhalation (vaporization, combustion, e liquid):
CBD is contained in vapor or smoke and enters through the lungs. This is the method that provides the fastest effects (a few minutes) but the least lasting. In addition, the dosage is difficult to precise. Note that combustion (smoked flower) is a method that is not recommended because it releases carcinogenic substances, all the more so when it includes the use of tobacco.
Does CBD oil have psychoactive effects?
CBD oil has psychoactive effects in the literal sense of the word. That is to say that it will act on our brain, in particular via its action on the endocannabinoid system. This is why it can be used to reduce anxiety, stress, addictions. However CBD has no psychotropic effect, this means that it does not alter our state of consciousness. Unlike THC or alcohol for example.
Does CBD oil contain THC?
The CBD oil we offer is said to be reduced spectrum. That is to say that the THC has been extracted from it. This will only be present in minute traces (<0.05%), below the laboratory detectability threshold.
Can CBD oil cure diseases?
Clinical studies have been limited for several decades, mainly because of the classification of certain plant compounds as drugs. But research is now booming on this subject, especially in the USA, Canada and Israel. And the results are very encouraging. However, at no time can we boast of possible therapeutic properties to cure certain diseases. We therefore rely on the studies surrounding the endocannabinoid system and its proven effects as a regulator of many functions. In addition, we listen to countless testimonials from CBD users around the world who report benefits and regained balance.
How to store CBD oil?
Due to the fragility of carrier oil such as hemp oil, it is best to store your CBD away from light and at a moderate temperature. Its place can be in a cupboard or in the refrigerator.
How to choose your CBD oil?
We recommend always researching where the CBD comes from and who is behind the product. Favor a CO2 extraction and a product with full or reduced spectrum, to promote the entourage effect. Require laboratory reports to identify the actual levels of each component and ensure the absence of pesticides and heavy metals.