Know The Basics
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This compound is one of more than 100 natural substances found in the plant. CBD is non-psychoactive, has a calming and relaxing effects. It has a highly positive impact against stress and imbalance both mental, as well as, physical. Some other qualities of CBD can be anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective.
What is THC?
THC or Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabidiol is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and is responsible for the psychoactive effect. THC also includes a wide array of other effects on the human body. After consuming THC-products one can feel euphoric, dreamy, and sedated. THC can be effective against pain, nausea, spasms and convulsions. Not all the medical qualities are researched yet.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are natural compounds found in the plant group of Cannabaceae, which Cannabis and Hops are the most famous of. There are currently more than 140 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, and they can have very different effects and side effects. The ratio of all the cannabinoids in a cannabis plant is called the cannabinoid profile. Cannabinoids connect to cannabinoid-receptors in our body and can induce benefits on the central nervous system and the immune modulating system.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are compounds that are found in almost every fruit, vegetable, flower and other parts of plants and are mainly responsible for the olfactory quality. Terpenes in cannabis are mostly concentrated in the trichomes of the flowers and are the reason why cannabis smells so intense. Terpenes (and other compounds) can work collectively and enhance cannabinoids when it comes to the effects on the body and mind. This synergic mechanism is called the Entourage effect.
What is Full-Spectrum?
Full spectrum means, that during the extraction of cannabis there are no compounds lost. This includes cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and secondary compounds. If you have a full spectrum cannabis oil, you have access to the full unadulterated cannabinoid- terpene- and flavonoid profile of a certain cannabis strain or a blend and you can benefit from the Entourage effect.
What is Broad-Spectrum?
Broad spectrum means, that during the extraction of cannabis there are only few unimportant compounds lost. The most important substances stay active and usable. Δ9-THC is being removed during that process.
The compound profile of the plant is changed just a little bit.
What is an Isolate?
Isolates are limited to a single cannabinoid. Everything else is filtered away.
No entourage effect, no whole cannabinoid profile and no flavor. Just the effect of one cannabinoid. Isolates have a longer shelf life compared to full- or broad-spectrum distillates. The purity of isolates can exceed 99%.
What is the Difference Between Cannabis, Marijuana and Hemp?
This question is a tough one. The different usage of the words, in different parts of the world makes it hard to create a general definition.
Cannabis is the Latin umbrella term for a plant and its wide variety of subspecies and variations. There are different species and many subspecies of cannabis. The two main subspecies are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica.
The term “Hemp” is refers to the Cannabis sativa (C. sativa), which is used as industrial cannabis due to its highly developed stalks and high fibre content. C. sativa is used to make ropes, textiles, and is fed to farm animals because of the high protein content of the seeds. The flowers of industrial hemp contain only small amounts of cannabinoids and just hints of THC. The main cannabinoids here are CBDa and CBD.
Marijuana is a term with a Hispanic/Mexican background from the time of "War on Drugs" of Harry J. Anslingers campaign against cannabis. The opponents of cannabis wanted to have a foreign-exotic sounding name, that was negatively associated with the Anglo Hispanic society to scare American users and parents.
Nowadays the term is pointing to a specific part of Cannabis and some of its subspecies that means the flowering parts and small near-flower leaves of the plant that are well saturated with cannabinoids.
How is the CBD Extracted from the Cannabis Plant?
Most of Cannabis is extracted via supercritical CO² extraction, ultrasonic extraction, or with the help of ethanol, but it isn’t just CBD. Cannabis contains many different ingredients that have a positive effect on the body. For this reason, we rely on the complete range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids contained in Cannabis (with a total THC content that is less than 0.2%).
What is CO² Extraction?
There are many methods of extracting cannabinoids from the cannabis plant material. A very effective one is the supercritical CO² extraction, in which the material is set under high pressure and flooded with CO². After the pressure is released again, the CO² evaporates fully. Left is a raw fingerprint of the plant compounds and oils which is called crude. Crude can be refined and distilled to the wanted concentration or used to isolate specific cannabinoids.
What is Ultrasonic Extraction?
Besides the supercritical CO² extraction, the ultrasonic extraction is on the rise. The desired parts of the plants are cut into fine pieces and put into a collecting vessel. From there it is pumped through a small steel chamber which contains an ultra fast vibrating sonotrode. It vibrates with 20.000 movements per second. This makes the plant material that passes this sonotrode fall apart. What is left are separated phases of organic mass and cannabinoids (and terpenes, flavonoids a.s.o.). From this point you can work with the cannabinoid phase and distill and refine it
How Much CBD Should I Take?
All of our oils come in 10ml bottles. One bottle equals to about 250+ drops.
Our 10% CBD Elixir has 1000mg of CBD = 4mg per drop
Our 20% CBD Elixir has 2000mg of CBD = 8mg per drop
Since CBD is a natural component of a plant, its dosage should be fitted to the individual. It is up to you to find out how many mg of CBD can provide you with the effects that you desire.
It is important to start with lower dosages and slowly increase over time. There are various factors that may influence the amount of CBD your body needs:
- Daily Constitution
- The Type and Intensity of Ailment
- Sensitivity to Plant Components
- Individual Body Chemistry
Does CBD Make Me High?
No. CBD is a natural antagonist to THC, it works against being high. If you take CBD you wont get high.
Can I Drive a Car or Operate Heavy Machines Under the Influence of CBD?
Generally, there should not be a problem driving a car or operating heavy machines. However, substances work different in every body, and especially if you've never tried cannabis products, the first try should be in a secure area to see how you feel. If you take other medication you should consult a physician for possible contraindication. From law-perspective there is no legal restriction against driving or operating heavy machines.
What are Food Supplements?
They are a substance that may be considered or are part of a food that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Food supplements are very diverse, they include isolated nutrients, dietary supplements, herbal products and processed foods. These can all be comprised under the umbrella of nutraceuticals.
The idea behind food supplement, is to allow nutrients that are not consumed in sufficient quantities. Food supplements can be vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and other substances delivered in the form of pills, tablets, capsules, liquid, etc.
What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are plants that are non-toxic and are known to help our body oppose stressors, which can be either physical, chemical, or biological. They are herbs and roots that have been around for centuries and used in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions and recently have found their way back into the health industry.
What are Nutraceuticals?
Nutraceuticals is an umbrella word used in addition to the basic nutritional value that can be found in food to describe any substance extracted from food sources with additional health benefits. Two terms are merged in nutraceuticals: ‘nutrient’ (a nourishing food component) and ‘pharmaceutical’ (a medical drug).
What are Extracts?
Extracts are highly concentrated active ingredients.
What are Complexes?
Complexes are combinations of more than one extract that synergize with each other.
What is Reishi?
The Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is an Asian natural remedy against a lot of ailments. It has been used for over 4.000 years and is also known as 'mushroom for immortality.' Traditional Chinese medicine claims that the Reishi is the most powerful resource for sustaining human health in all its forms.
What is Chaga?
The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a parasite mushroom that grows exclusively on birch trees. Its origin is northeastern areas like the Baltics, Scandinavian countries, and Russia. However, Chaga can be found in Europe too.
Chaga has been around for a long time in traditional nomads and Chinese medicine (TCM), it has various interesting qualities.
The mushroom was mainly used as a tonic to balance the body functions. The high melatonin content, for example, helps to keep a healthy sleep-wake rhythm and improves the quality of sleep as well. It has high antioxidant potential and helps to protect the skin because of compounds like betulin and beta-glucan. It calms the guts and can help get rid of stomach issues faster.
What is Shiitake?
Also called the king of the mushrooms, Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is already used for over 2.000 years and cultivated in eastern Asia since around 1.000 CE. Next to its medical value, it has an excellent taste and is often used in Asian dishes.
The main effect of Shiitake is the perfectly balanced impact on the intestinal flora. Shiitake has a strong antimicrobial effect on harmful bacteria while simultaneously not acting against the beneficial intestinal bacteria like bifido- and lactic bacteria and helps rehabilitating the intestines.
Additionally, Shiitake is an amazing mushroom for the regulation of lipid metabolism. It can help lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.
What is Maitake?
After the cultivation of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) was successful in the 1980s, the mushroom started its triumphal march around the world. Before, a legend states that Maitake was extremely rare, that when foragers found one, they danced of happiness. Hence, the nickname 'dancing mushroom.'
Maitake can have a tremendous anti-diabetic effect caused by a specific glycoprotein that raises glucose tolerance while not affecting the insulin level. The potential to decrease blood sugar levels was also discovered in the mushroom, hence Maitake can be used as a preventive measure against diabetic risks.
By influencing the renin-angiotensin-system Maitake can help lower high blood pressure and reduce the storage of fat into the tissue.