CBD: what is it, and is it legal in France?

In recent years, CBD has fueled debates and controversies in traditional media, on the web, but also in political circles. Miracle remedy with multiple virtues for some, dangerous substance with harmful effects for others, it divides on its uses, its real benefits and its potential dangers. In this flood of ideas and opinions, it is therefore not always easy to disentangle the true from the false. To get a clearer picture, we offer you here a complete file on this very popular molecule.

What is CBD?

First isolated in 1940, CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant (or hemp). It is commonly mistaken for another cannabinoid: THC. But in reality, these two molecules have very different properties. Indeed, THC is also a cannabinoid extracted from cannabis, but which has psychoactive effects. In other words, it acts like a drug, creates a « feeling high » and its repeated use is addictive. Its use is therefore prohibited and its sale is illegal in France.

At the opposite, CBD has no psychoactive effects and is not addictive. Rather, it is attributed therapeutic and relaxing virtues for the body. Indeed, it stimulates serotonin and anandamine, two receptors responsible for well-being in humans. In addition, many scientific researches have shown that it also influences the homeostasis of the body. In other words, it helps restore balance on essential body functions such as appetite, sleep, blood circulation, breathing and body temperature.

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What are the different CBD products?

CBD is used in various forms which meet various needs. Here are the most common of them:

CBD oil

the CBD purchase most often in the form of oil. Extracted from different parts of the cannabis plant through various processes, CBD oil can be consumed daily to improve mood and overall well-being. A few drops are enough under the tongue to take full advantage of its benefits. It can also be added to salads, vegetables or even dairy products.

CBD e-liquids

These are e-liquids made from CBD and intended for electronic cigarettes. They aim to help smokers reduce their cigarette consumption or outright stop smoking.

CBD supplements

CBD is also used in the manufacture of vitamin supplements. These allow you to simultaneously enjoy the benefits of this cannabinoid, as well as the nutritional and antioxidant potential of vitamins. For example, we find on the market combinations of vitamin C and CBD, or even CBD liposomes. Note also that Omega 3 and Omega 6 are naturally present in CBD food supplements. These fatty acids are well known for their many benefits in reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and in regulating cholesterol levels in the blood.

CBD creams

They are used in cosmetics because of the moisturizing virtues loaned to CBD. Several studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of this molecule in the treatment of skin diseases such as acne.

CBD foods

CBD candies and drinks are attracting more and more followers of this substance. These are indeed pleasant and discreet ways to consume CBD on a daily basis and enjoy its many benefits.

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Cbd Oil

CBD crystals

CBD crystals represent one of the purest forms of CBD. They are shaped like little brown icing sugars and can be put directly under the tongue for a quick effect. CBD crystals can also be added to:

  • CBD oil;
  • Daily food;
  • Fatty drinks such as smoothies;
  • The vaporizers.

Is CBD legal in France?

In France, consumption and use of cannabis is prohibited due to its THC content. However, since CBD is not considered a narcotic, it benefits from a special exemption. However, its use and marketing are governed by the following provisions:

  • The CBD offered for sale must be extracted from industrial European hemp containing less than 0.2% THC. The authorized varieties are listed in the Public Health Code;
  • CBD must be extracted from the fibers and seeds of the plant ;
  • CBD products must not contain any trace of THC.

French legislation on CBD is therefore more rigorous than those applied in other European countries. This makes French CBD one of the safest CBDs on the continent, and even the world.

What are the side effects of CBD?

Although they are negligible, some minor side effects can be observed from the consumption of the CBD products. These include:

  • Dry mouth;
  • Digestive disorders;
  • Reduced appetite;
  • A state of drowsiness sometimes accompanied by dizziness;
  • A drop in blood pressure.

The onset of one or more of these symptoms is usually due to overuse. It is therefore advisable toopt for light and progressive dosages in order to enjoy the benefits of CBD gently and above all, over the long term.

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