Is CBD legal in Germany?

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CBD, a non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis plant, does not fall under the Narcotic Laws of Europe.

The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), the body responsible for declaring the legal status of products in Germany, issued a statement on the legal status of CBD in Germany and if CBD products can be sold freely in Germany.

"With the Act on the Amendment of Narcotic Law and Other Regulations, which came into effect on 10.03.2017, the legislator changed the position of cannabis in Annexes I to III to section 1 Paragraph 1 of the Narcotic Law (BtMG) in Germany. Since then, the Narcotics Act has distinguished between cannabis in Annex III (use for medical purposes) and cannabis in Annex I (use for non-medical purposes). Annex I also provides for exemptions for hemp (see letters b and d under the heading cannabis).

According to letter b under the position Cannabis in Annex I to § 1 paragraph 1 BtMG, plants and plant parts of plants belonging to the genus Cannabis are excluded from the narcotic regulations if they originate from cultivation in countries of the European Union with certified seeds ( industrial hemp) or their content of THC does not exceed 0.2 % and the trade with them (except cultivation) serves exclusively commercial or scientific purposes which exclude a possibility for abuse for intoxication purposes. This derogation shall also apply to preparations of the plants or parts of plants if they comply with the above conditions.

Since the free trade is restricted to commercial or scientific purposes, unprocessed or processed (e.g. only dried and crushed) parts of plants may not be sold to the end consumer.

This does not apply to preparations with processed industrial hemp of the above-mentioned varieties, even if they still contain small THC residues from the plant parts. However, the condition for sale to the end consumer is that abuse for intoxication purposes can be ruled out. The limit values of the BfR can be invoked here if oral ingestion of the product is intended.

The cannabis extracts CBD Oil, CBD-Isolate and other Cannabidiol Extracts may - from a narcotics law point of view - only be sold to the end consumer if the extracts were obtained exclusively from industrial hemp (< 0.2 % THC or EU variety) and the end products comply with the above-mentioned THC guideline values of the BfR.

According to this statement, it is perfectly legal for businesses in Germany to produce and sell Cannabidiol products to whomever who wants to buy CBD, as long as it fits the above-mentioned criteria of less than 0.2% THC / 0.005%THC for intake and if the product was made from European sourced Industrial Hemp. The original statement of the BfArM regarding the legality of CBD in Germany can be found here.

Morning after Coconut CBD Smoothie

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HANGOVER BEATING INGREDIENTS

    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil which not only has antibacterial properties and helps your brain function and balance glucose levels

    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, excellent fibre and protein source but also an antioxidant

    • 1 small banana which contains potassium. Potassium helps regulate water balance, electrolytic functions, helps reduce anxiety along with a whole host of other benefits

    • 1 cup coconut water, helps hydrate you and rich in electrolytes

    • 1/2 teaspoon of anti-inflammatory turmeric

    • 1 cinnamon for taste

    • 2 drops of CBD to banish all worries relating to the hangover fear

Throw the ingredients into the blender, blend all the ingredients together and give yourself a high five. Drink the smoothie while it is cool for maximum refreshment.

Adding herbs, flowers + other botanicals to your cannabis experience

How to blend the benefits of herbs, flowers + botanicals into your next cannabis experience

Looking to take your next session up an artisanal notch? Crafting a DIY blend of flowers, herbs, and other plants is not only a pleasant spring craft project but also a delightful enhancement to the depth and flavour of your smoking experience. Consider it elevated potpourri for the purpose of self-care.

Gretchen Miller, of California-based cannabis farm and product line Kiskanu, is a herbalist educated in consumable combinations. “It’s fun to experiment with the herbal smoking blends, terpenes, and flavours of different herbs,” she says. “Always start small with blending and see how it treats you and your lungs. I would start by adding a small amount of cannabis.”

Chamomile, lavender, and mint are simple enough to come by; to obtain less common herbs like damania, a Mexican shrub known for being an aphrodisiac, and mugwort, used for pain relief and full of antioxidants, you’ll likely need to visit your local health food store to source them. Miller advises consuming organic botanicals, especially when smoking, and pairing your blend with organic cannabis as well.

When concocting your signature mix, make sure to consider terpenes, the unique scent profiles that exist across all plants. Terpenes add both flavor and aroma; for example, they’re why your Pineapple Kush smells and tastes like pineapple. These aromatherapeutic qualities are also part of the reason why certain strains of cannabis produce particular effects.

It’s fun to experiment with the herbal smoking blends, terpenes, and flavors of different herbs. Always start small with blending and see how it treats you and your lungs. I would start with adding a small amount of cannabis.

Terpenes can range from floral to peppery to spicy, and can incorporate notes of pine, musk, citrus, or lavender. Botanicals offer more of a straightforward, understandable terpene profile (rose petals are obviously floral, for example), but determining the terpenes of your cannabis might take some practice.

Some of the most common terpenes are linalool, limonene and myrcene. Known for being sedating and calming, linalool has hints of citrus and spice and is good for stress, anxiety and pain. Limonene has notes of citrus, lemon and orange and is said to have the ability to elevate your mood and relieve stress. Finally, myrcene offers scent profiles of musk and cloves, and is said to have antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Ready to experiment? Miller suggests blending two-parts base herbs, like mullein – a herb traditionally used for respiratory issues such as asthma – or damiana, with a herb specific to a sensation or condition (think: chamomile to ease stress or rose to help the digestive system). Then add half a part of another herb — mint, sage, lavender, etc. — purely for flavour. Grind the dried herbs together, then sprinkle over your pipe’s bowl or mix into a joint. If you’d prefer not to smoke, you can also use the mixture in a tea or bath soak if you’re using cannabis-infused products.

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Dreaming with CBD

How CBD helps you get a full nights rest

Cannabis can be a splendid sleep aid, which is why many consumers keep a go-to favorite by their bedside. Even people with the most stubborn insomnia can find their escape to the dream world. While most consumers are aware that cannabis can help you get a good night’s sleep, there’s a lot more to that relationship than you might think.

So what effect do high-CBD strains have on sleep? A 2006 study tested the effects of CBD on animal models in both lights-on and lights-off environments and found that this non-intoxicating cannabis compound increased alertness with the lights on and had no discernable effects on lights-off sleep. The study’s authors concluded that CBD might actually hold therapeutic promise for those with somnolence, or excessive daytime sleepiness from a not-so-good night’s rest.

“Hops, chamomile, and lavender contain important terpenes also found in cannabis, but found in much higher concentration. These inclusions in the medical remedy will make for a greatly enhance sedation efficacy.”

So next time you bust out your favorite sleepy strain, think about pairing it with a cup of chamomile tea or a lavender bubble bath. Melatonin, 5-HTP, and valerian root supplements may also help improve your sleep quality.

Cannabis Inhibits REM Sleep and Dreaming BUT CBD DOES NOT

One thing you may find yourself missing while regularly consuming cannabis is dreams. Dreams occur during the final stage of your sleep cycle called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Cannabis use before bedtime is shown to reduce the time spent in REM, which means you won’t have as many dreams or as vivid dreams. However, if you halt long-term cannabis use, you’re likely to experience “REM rebound” in which you tend to have more dreams that are more lucid in nature.

Cannabis May Promote Better Breathing

Sleep apnea is a sleep condition characterized by frequent obstructions of breath, with lapses that can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. As you can imagine, sleep apnea causes the individual to wake up many times over the course of the night, and leads to a myriad of unpleasant ripple effects like daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, mood disturbances, inattention, increased susceptibility to accident, and other health problems.

Preclinical studies show that cannabis may improve this condition. A 2013 study measured the efficacy of an exogenous cannabinoid known as dronabinol (a THC “mimic”) and noted improvements in 15 out of 17 study participants following 21 days of treatment. Another 2002 study observed THC’s ability to restore respiratory stability by modulating serotonin signaling. We’ll need more confidence from clinical studies to be certain of cannabis’ efficacy, but researchers appear to be off to a good start.

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CBD 101

Everything you wanted to know but was too afraid to ask

What is CBD?

CBD is Cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids found in both Cannabis and Hemp.

Can CBD get you high?

No. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid containing very low levels of THC (0.2% or less).

What is a Cannabinoid?

There are more than one hundred unique chemical compounds found in both the Cannabis and Hemp plants called cannabinoids. The two most famous cannabinoids are CBD and THC. THC is the intoxicating cannabinoid that acts as a euphoriant and gets you “high.” CBD is the non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has recently received so much attention in the medical as well as the health and wellness space.

What is the difference between Cannabis and Hemp?

Cannabis (sometimes referred to as Marijuana) and Hemp are actually two varieties of the same plant species – Cannabis Sativa. Because they share the same species name, there is a lot of confusion around the differences between them. Both varieties produce cannabinoids. Hemp is the variety of Cannabis Sativa that has been bred to have very low levels of THC (0.3% or less) and high levels of CBD. In fact, to be legally considered Hemp, the Cannabis plant must have no more than 0.3% THC.

What is the difference between domestic and imported hemp?

Hemp, like many plants, can absorb the toxins and impurities in the air and soil in which it is grown. Some Hemp extracts on the market come from other countries and may contain heavy metals and other chemical contaminants. All of the CBD used in our products is derived from select hemp cultivated in the U.S.A., which allows us to maintain the highest standards of quality and purity.

What is broad spectrum?

CBD is extracted from the Hemp plant. There are different methods of extraction which yield different kinds of extracts. Another term for these extracts is “hemp oil.” Some CBD products use isolate which is 100% pure CBD with all of the other compounds of the plant stripped away. We use “broad spectrum” CBD extracts which contain 80-90% CBD. The remaining 10-20% of the concentrates include the plant’s naturally occuring terpenes and phytocannabinoids. It is believed that these compounds aid in bioavailability, so the body can absorb and make the best use of the CBD. All Lord Jones products are made with broad spectrum CBD oil that contains no THC.

What is the difference between hemp oil and hemp seed oil?

Hemp oil is CBD oil. It is pressed from the leaves, flowers, stems, and stalks of the plant and contains cannabinoids and other compounds. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, is pressed from the seeds of the plant, and contains NO CBD. Hemp seed oil has been on the market for decades as a food and dietary supplement and is sometimes used in beauty and personal care products. Hemp seed oil does not have the same properties and benefits as Hemp oil/CBD oil.

I see beauty products on the market sometimes labeled or marketed as containing “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil.” Do these products contain CBD?

NO. Only products labeled with CBD or Hemp Oil contain CBD. The scientific name for Hemp is Cannabis Sativa and with Cannabis becoming more popular and less stigmatized, some brands are using the scientific name for Hemp Seed Oil – Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil – in their marketing. Check the ingredient list – if you only see Hemp or Cannabis Sativa SEED Oil listed, the product does not contain CBD!