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Understanding CBD oil with our guide

Swiss CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular. But what exactly is CBD oil, what are the differences to hemp and cannabis and where does the oil originally come from? 

Our guide answers all those questions. Also, why you should use Swiss cannabidiol oil. In addition, we explain the extraction methods for obtaining CBD oil, as well as “how do CBD drops work”. Furthermore, we will delve into the effects and side effects as well as possible applications of the Cannabidiol oil. Finally, we will explain the correct dosage of CBD oil for it to be most effective and why Swiss CBD Oil is superior to others.

What is CBD oil and where does it come from?

Cannabidiol (CBD), one of over a 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, is growing exponentially in both popularity and fashionability. People as diverse as soccer moms, your grandparents, hipsters and hippies alike are lining up for it. Cannabidiol is finding its way into many different product types. There are CBD oil, CBD drops, capsules, cannabis-infused edibles, balms as well as cosmetics and much more. CBD oil is now also becoming the go-to remedy among pet owners who wish to help their little cherished companions enjoy stress-, anxiety- and pain-free lives.

The structural form of cannabidiol CBD
The structural form of cannabidiol CBD
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CBD oil: differences between hemp and cannabis

Despite the general popularity of CBD oil, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding hemp, cannabis and CBD. A lot of people still think of hemp as being different from cannabis, and that hemp is medicinal and cannabis recreational. 


However, without getting too technical, hemp plants are simply a strain of the Cannabis Sativa species. This has been preferentially bred and cultivated to produce long, fibrous stems, primarily for use in industrial applications. Hemp also has a high Cannabidiol content while being very low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This makes it ideal for extracting the Cannabidiol hemp oil used in therapeutic, cosmetic, and nutritional products.

Cannabis on the other hand refers to the wide range of strains and species that belong to the Cannabaceae family of plants. Cannabis also tends to have a high THC content and low Cannabidiol content. This is why it has traditionally been associated with recreational use. But just like Cannabidiol, THC also has therapeutic benefits and is used medicinally. It can be found in the form of medical marijuana, cannabis oil, cannabis drops and other types of cannabis plant extracts.


A brief history of hemp and CBD oil in Europe

Scientific results of 1974's research on CBD (Cannabidiol)
Scientific results of 1974's research on CBD (Cannabidiol)

In recent times, archeologists unearthed an urn near Berlin that contained cannabis seeds and leaves. This made them believe that hemp first made its way to Northern Europe around 500 BC

However, it is during the 1st Century AD that hemp really came into its own when the Romans really embraced its use. Pollen records show that the earliest peak in hemp cultivation dated back to Roman times. Historians believe that their occupation was responsible for introducing England to hemp around 70 AD.

By 400 AD, hemp was well established in both Europe and England. As a matter of fact, it became one of the most economically and socially important crops. And by 600 AD, Germans, Franks and Norsemen (a.k.a. the Vikings) were making hemp seed oil, sails, paper, rope, as well as clothes from this versatile, natural resource.


14th, 15th centuries and forward

By the 14th and 15th centuries in Europe and England, 80% of clothing and textiles were made from hemp. And because of its strength, and resistance to water and salt, the shipping industry was almost wholly dependent on hemp canvas. There, it was mainly used for ropes, as well as oakum (used to seal spaces in-between planks) for its sailing ships. Many historians believe that these hemp sails, the oakum, as well as the ropes made Columbus’s trip to the Americas possible. All other fibres available at the time would have decayed somewhere in the mid-Atlantic.
By the 1800s, hemp had become such a vital part of European society that it actually started a war. At that time, the British Royal Navy was almost completely dependent on Russian hemp to stay afloat. In order to weaken the English Navy, Napoleon signed a treaty with Russia to cut off supplies of hemp to Britain. However, Russia went back on the treaty and Napoleon was compelled to invade Russia in an attempt to put an end to Britain’s main hemp supply.

TODAY

Fast forward 200 years and hemp represents an annual market opportunity of over €692 Million in Europe. Traditionally hemp was used for food and fibres. However, hemp is now also used to make hemp-derived CBD oil and other therapeutic, personal care as well as recreational products. 

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Hemp for the production of CBD - cannabidiol

What is Cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is obtained from specially cultivated hemp plants, such as the Cannabis Sativa. These plants have a very low THC content, which means that cannabis oil cannot cause intoxication. The Cannabidiol content in cannabis oil varies from product to product. When taking cannabis oil the user has several options. One possibility is to vaporize the oil and thus absorb the ingredients through the respiratory tract. Alternatives are the intake of the oil through food or an oral intake.

How you want to take the oil therefore depends entirely on your personal needs or preferences. We make sure that our cannabis oil is of the highest quality and only comes from well-known manufacturers. Therefore, when buying Swiss cannabis oil, you can be assured of the highest quality. Cannabis oil is often associated with various positive effects. For example, it is said to relieve pain as well as anxiety.


How to obtain CBD Oil - Extraction methods

You probably know that you can get different types of olive oils. There are heat extracted and refined, or cold-pressed extra virgin olive oils. The same applies to CBD drops, oils and extracts that come in various types and grades. It all starts with the way in which Cannabidiol Oil is extracted.

Cannabis oil by uWeed
Cannabis oil

CBD oil through CO2 extraction

Process for the extraction of cannabidiol
Process for the extraction of cannabidiol

During CO2 extraction, the plant material called biomass is filtered through a series of chambers. During this process, the different cannabinoids and terpenes are isolated at different temperatures. This is controlled by using CO2, hence the name CO2 extraction. It is then literally squeezed out of the plant using pressure. Currently, CO2 extraction is the most widely used and preferred extraction method. It can isolate and remove desirable plant compounds without leaving any residues behind.

Get CBD oil through solvent extraction

Solvent extraction is an alternative and cheaper process. This process involves the introduction of a solvent - usually ethanol - to the hemp plant. This solvent base dissolves the cannabinoids to extract them from the plant. The mixture then goes through an evaporation process, leaving only the plant compounds behind.

CBD oil post-extraction production

Once the crude hemp oil is obtained from either CO2 or solvent extraction, the product needs to be made consumer ready. This happens through a winterization and/or isolation process. The desired end-product type will determine which process is used.

Process for full- or broad-spectrum CBD oil

For full- and/or broad-spectrum, hemp derived CBD oil, winterization is used to remove waxes and other impurities. What is left behind is a full- or broad-spectrum CBD oil. This oil contains a wide range of cannabinoid acids (uncarboxylated precursors of cannabinoids) / cannabinoids (carboxylated cannabinoid acids). There are THC and Cannabidiol, terpenes and flavonoids.

Cannabinoids and cannabinoids acids commonly found in full- and/or broad-spectrum hemp CBD oil include

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) / Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa)

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) / Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa)

  • Cannabinol (CBN) / Cannabinolic acid (CBNA)

  • Cannabigerol (CBG) / Cannabigerolic acid (CBGa)

  • Cannabichromene (CBC) / cannabichromenic acid (CBCa)

  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) / Tetrahydrocannabivarin carboxylic acid (THCVA)

  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV) / Cannabidivarinic Acid (CBDVA)

Terpenes Commonly found in full- and/or broad-spectrum hemp CBD oil include:

  • Myrcene

  • Limonene

  • Linalool

  • Caryophyllene

  • Alpha-pinene and Beta-pinene

  • Eucalyptol

  • Humulene

  • Camphene

  • Terpineol

  • Geraniol

Process for cannabinoid isolates

For cannabinoid isolates, the crude hemp oil is put through a process called centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC). During this process all other compounds are removed, leaving behind <99% pure CBD or other cannabinoid isolates.

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How CBD oil works with your body?

Let’s look at the reason why CBD Hemp oil and cannabis oil have the ability to interact with your body. Hemp oil as well as Cannabis oil affect your body in a positive way because of the endocannabinoids system (ECS). This is the human body’s very own biological cannabinoid producing and processing system. 

Understanding CBD oil = knowing the endocannabinoid system

The human endocannabinoid system (ECS)
Human endocannabinoid system

The ECS is vital in helping us stay healthy because it keeps our bodies in a continual state of balance, or homeostasis. Like the story about “Goldilocks” where everything is just right, the ECS makes sure that conditions within the human body are optimal for all cells, tissues and biological systems to function at their best.


But, like anything else, the ECS can become dysfunctional, which causes our bodies to fall out of homeostasis. Scientists now believe that many of the symptoms and diseases we experience are due to something going wrong with our ECS.

How Cannabinoids (and CBD oil) work on the ECS?

In what is called “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome”, scientists believe that an imbalance can be mediated by the cannabinoids found in hemp plants and cannabis drops. This is because, when plant cannabinoids like Cannabidiol and THC are introduced into the body, they attach to, and regulate the same CB1 and CB2 receptor cells that endocannabinoids and other neurotransmitters do. This, in turn, helps to kick-start the ECS and rebalancing our biological systems.

The Effects & Benefits of Using CBD Oil

Hemp or marijuana derived CBD oil has been shown to be helpful for a range of medical conditions. The known positive effects of Cannabidiol oil are linked to its analgesic (pain killer) anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and anticonvulsant (anti-epileptic) therapeutic properties.

We will take a look at some of the conditions that Cannabidiol can help with. Please note that the information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a doctor / physician if you have any medical conditions or use any prescription medications. Medical advice should always be sought before starting any new treatment, including the intake of CBD products.

CBD oil for chronic pain and inflammation

Hemp or marijuana derived CBD oil has been shown to be helpful for a range of medical conditions. The known positive effects of Cannabidiol oil are linked to its analgesic (pain killer) anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and anticonvulsant (anti-epileptic) therapeutic properties.

We will take a look at some of the conditions that Cannabidiol can help with. Please note that the information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a doctor / physician if you have any medical conditions or use any prescription medications. Medical advice should always be sought before starting any new treatment, including the intake of CBD products.

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CBD oil against cancer and treatment side-effects

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CBD oil against anxiety and depression

Cannabidiol has been shown to boost serotonin levels in the brain, in a similar way as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like citalopram, fluoxetine and paroxetine do. CBD also seems to stimulate neurogenesis in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that regulates emotion and mood. However, we have to say, that we only recommend high quality products, such as Swiss CBD Oils since we know their effectiveness.

Users are reporting that cannabidiol drops might help them with anxiety
Users are reporting that cannabidiol drops might help them with anxiety

CBD oil against insomnia and sleep disorders

Although Cannabidiol is used by many to feel alert and energized, others leverage CBD oil to fight off their sleeping disorders and insomnia. Cannabidiol has shown to improve sleep due to its ability to induce feelings of calmness and relaxation by preventing the breakdown of anandamide. Studies have also shown that Cannabidiol promotes REM sleep, the sleep-stage thought to promote emotional health.

CBD oil against arthritis and arthrosis

An increasing number of older people are starting to use CBD oil to reduce the pain associated with arthritis and arthrosis. It helps reduce inflammation and oxidative stress caused by the body’s immune response to this medical condition.

CBD oil against Parkinson’s disease

Cannabis oil also reduces pain in patients suffering from Parkinson’s. Furthermore, clinical trials also show that CBD oil can reduce the tremors that are so characteristic of this disease. It seems safe to conclude that Cannabis oil will improve the overall quality of life of the patients. 

Usage of CBD oil: modes of intake

How to use Swiss CBD oil and other hemp products

1. CBD Oils & Tinctures

CBD oils and tinctures usually come in a dropper bottle and can be either full- or broad-spectrum. Depending on the benefits sought and local law environment, it can be hemp-derived or a cannabis oil. Sometimes, it is also made from a CBD Isolate mixed with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or MCT (medium-chain triglycerides). A few drops are usually taken sublingually (i.e. put under the tongue) and held there for 30-60 seconds before the rest is swallowed.

2. CBD Capsules

Basically a hemp tincture or cannabis drops in capsule form. These are good for elderly people who have difficulty using the dropper bottles. Although, the capsules are also a solution for consumers who simply do not like the taste of full-spectrum CBD oil. CBD capsules are swallowed with water.

3. EDIBLES

Edibles, like the name suggests, are CBD-infused products that are consumed the same way as any other type of food or drink. Popular edibles include gummies, lollipops, and other types of candies and baked goods.

4. Topicals & Cosmetics

These types of Cannabidiol products come in a variety of forms, ranging from creams and balms, to transdermal patches. They are placed directly on the skin from where the CBD is absorbed and released into the rest of the body.

5. CBD Flowers, Vapes & Concentrates

Those are usually inhaled either through combustion, vaporization or what is known as “dabbing”. Those products are becoming increasingly popular due to their effectiveness and fast onset of the desired results as well as their higher bioavailability.

Based on Swiss CBD Oil and other products since only a quality product, manufactured under strict quality control will be of consistent quality.


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Dosage of CBD Oil : how much should you take?

Medical cannabis research is still in its infancy. This means, that we have a lack of evidence with regard to symptom-specific dosages. However, medical practitioners, expert users and anecdotal evidence all suggest that it is best to “start low and go slow”. This generally means starting at a dose of 25 mg CBD taken twice daily. Thereafter, one can gradually increase that amount by another 25 mg every 3-4 weeks until symptom relief is experienced.

That said, everyone’s ECS is different and will interact differently with cannabinoids. That is why your optimal dosage will involve a bit of trial-and-error. You should always keep things like body weight and symptom severity in mind when trying different dosages.

Read our CBD usage and dosage page for more information. This is based on the use of Swiss CBD oil, of which we can guaranty the quality and consistency.


 CBD Oil and possible Side Effects 

The safety profile of Cannabidiol has been well established, and to date, not one single case of toxicity or overdose from use of hemp-derived CBD oil has been reported. However, for some people there may be an adjustment period in which their bodies are getting used to it, while others may just generally be more sensitive to the CBD Oil effects.

Although CBD rarely has any negative impact on humans, in very rare cases, mild side effects may be experienced. These can include:

- Dry mouth: caused by the way CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the salivary glands and easily remedied by drinking something refreshing like a glass of water.

- Drowsiness: can be an indicator of taking too much CBD and it is recommended to reduce dosage in such cases.

- Dizziness and lightheadedness: because CBD has the ability to reduce blood pressure, some people might feel dizzy or lightheaded. Drinking a cup of coffee usually helps.

- Diarrhea or change in appetite and weight: very rare and mostly found in children and adults using the FDA-approved cannabis drug called Epidiolex (which has an extremely high CBD content).

- Drug Interactions: CBD has been found to impact the activity of the cytochrome P450 enzyme system that metabolizes pharmaceutical drugs and can lead to overdoses. Speak to your doctor if you are using any other medications.

Cannabidiol oil and possible side effects
Cannabidiol and possible side effects

Experiences with CBD Oil effects

Hemp tincture effects vary depending on the type of product. However, besides the product type, the following factors are also important:


- The way in which it’s consumed,

- How much of it is taken

- The THC and CBD content found in the product.


Moreover, as already mentioned, everyone will have different ways of experiencing CBD oil effects. The first thing to realize is that CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects as THC. This means that you will not feel the “high” that recreational cannabis users do. You will also not suffer from any of the negative effects of medical cannabis or Cannabidiol products containing higher THC levels.


So what are the experiences and effects of Cannabidiol you can expect?


When using a full-spectrum CBD oil that still contain trace amounts of THC the best way of describing the effect is as being similar to a “runner's high”. This is essentially caused by a flood of endorphins that lifts the mood in a completely natural way.


Users often also report experiencing a heightened sense of awareness. Furthermore, the ability to focus better and an overall sense of well-being when smoking CBD flowers.

Final Thoughts on CBD oil

Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC are powerful therapeutic agents. It is important to remember that, just because something is natural, it doesn’t mean that it is harmless. You cannot jump in at the deep end and expect everything to be just fine. Always speak to a medical practitioner or health care professional before starting a CBD regimen.

Once you have cleared using Cannabidiol with your doctor, make sure to buy qualitative hemp oils such as Endoca CBD oil, or a Swiss CBD oil available in our CBD shop. All of our the hemp oils come from reputable companies and are tested by independent third-party laboratories. Similarly, when you buy cannabis oil, double-check the Cannabidiol and THC content to ensure the products are legally compliant with your country of residence. Buying CBD oil from Switzerland is a safe bet, as you know these will contain less than 1% THC. Therefore, they will be legal in most countries.

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