About Cannabis and Cannabinoids
CCannabis is the word for hemp in Greek and Latin. In scientific terminology, cannabis is nowadays used for hemp containing psychotropic substances. Specifically, for hemp containing THC. THC is the abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical name for the intoxicating active ingredient in hemp. THC has healing and soothing effects that have been known for thousands of years. However, its legal use in medicine has been very slow to catch on.
Two species of hemp have sufficiently high THC content to obtain intoxicants from: Cannabis Sativa L. and Cannabis Indica. In Germany, since 1996, only the cultivation of hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3 percent has been permitted. According to the Narcotics Act, it is prohibited to trade or possess intoxicating substances obtained from cannabis.
To date, the phytotherapeutic is not freely available for sale (as of July 2021). Only doctors have been allowed to prescribe cannabis as medicine since March 10, 2017 - as a legal anesthetic used in pain therapy, for example.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds. They occur in different variations in the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa L.). A hemp plant contains about 500 organic compounds. About 85 of them belong to the group of cannabinoids.
These include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC).
However, by far not all phytocannabinoids are known, or their effect spectra haven’t been researched in detail.
Cannabinoids can influence the endocannabinoid system, a part of the nervous system that is essential for numerous functions in the body. Cannabinoid receptors are found there, to which the active substances from the cannabis plant can dock.
So far, two cannabinoid receptor types have been identified in the endocannabinoid system:
In addition, there is evidence for the existence of other cannabinoid receptors. However, these have not yet been identified.
The human body can also produce cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) itself. They dock onto the same receptors as phytocannabinoids.
In order for a cannabinoid to have a psychoactive effect, i.e. to make you high, it must fulfill one prerequisite: the activation of CB1 receptors. After binding to such a receptor, cannabinoids trigger chemical changes in the central nervous system. The result: dopamine levels change, appetite increases and the mood improves.
THC, for example, docks onto the CB1 receptor and has a psychoactive effect. That is, it evokes mind-altering effects.
CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive because it does not bind to CB1 receptors. Strictly speaking, CBD may even curb some of the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBG presumably interacts with CB1 to a very limited extent, which excludes it from the psychoactive group.
CBC also has no high-making effects.
So far, scientific evidence is only available on CBD. Cannabidiol has been proven to help with certain serious illnesses. In the EU, for example, a CBD-containing drug is approved for epilepsy.
CBD oils are particularly popular as a remedy for stress, pain, and sleeping problems. That CBD could work in these cases is also plausible in principle from a medical perspective. However, one needs scientific evidence to verify such assumptions. In fact, several studies have investigated these effects. The big problem: In most cases, the quality of these studies is not sufficient to prove the efficacy of CBD beyond doubt.
Also, scientific evidence for CBC and CBG still needs to be found. The few studies that have been conducted so far have either only been done in the laboratory and on animals, or with very few test subjects.
However, scientific studies are only one side of the coin. The other side is the positive experience that healers and sick people have had with cannabis, in some cases for thousands of years - all over the world.
IIn China, cannabis first appeared in a pharmacopoeia 5,000 years ago. In India, cannabis is described in the sacred text collections of Hinduism around 2,000 to 4,000 BC. And the Egyptians were already treating pain and eye irritation with cannabis around 1,000 BC.
Indications of the medicinal effects of cannabis were also described by the naturalist and healer and polymath Hildegard von Bingen around 1,150 AD in her work "Physica - Liber simplicis medicinae". Cannabis appears in various herbal books from the 16th century onwards.
About Walgenbach oils made from Cannabis
Choosing the right product varies from person to person and depends on your preferences and the desired effect of the product. Because of that we also offer different concentrations. 5 percent or 10 percent extracts are especially suitable for beginners. Our advice: Follow our recommendations for use. Start with a few drops and increase the amount as needed. This way your body can slowly get used to the cannabinoid oil.
If you have been relying on the special effects of cannabinoid oils for a longer time and want stronger effects, or if you want to take the oil only once a day, you should choose higher concentrations.
Our offer includes CBD, CBC, CBG and CBN oils. The ways in which they are taken are diverse. CBD tinctures are very popular among our users. They are especially popular because they are pure and not additionally processed. After placing the drops under your tongue, they take effect after about 40 minutes.
In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that CBD is harmless to the human organism, has very few side effects, and - most importantly - has no potential for abuse.
The same is true for our CBC and CBG products.
Walgenbach CBD lotions and creams can be used like other body care products. After application to the skin, the effect usually occurs within one hour.
UOur full-spectrum CBD oils contain active ingredients from the whole plant: Besides CBD, this includes other natural cannabinoids such as cannabinol and cannabigerol, terpenes and flavonoids. Terpenes are aromatic components of the essential oils of the hemp plant, flavonoids give them their color. In addition, essential vitamins, fatty acids and proteins enrich the oil. These additional compounds result - in our opinion - in an even better product (see entourage effect). A full-spectrum CBD oil may contain traces of THC.
CBD oils labeled Broad-Spectrum are a kind of intermediate between Full-Spectrum CBD oils and CBD isolates. They contain terpenes, flavonoids, and lesser-known cannabinoids from the hemp plant, but no THC. However, these ingredients also promote the entourage effect.
A CBD isolate contains pure CBD without any other ingredients from the hemp plant. Its biggest advantage: the user can get a higher CBD concentration. Its disadvantage: the entourage effect is absent.
Entourage effect means: The substances in cannabis work synergistically with each other to produce different effects. This means that the group of chemicals within the cannabis plant are far more effective in sum than when one chemical is used in isolation.
Studies have shown that terpenes, for example, contribute to the entourage effect. This means that these compounds can enhance the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids.
You can understand the reasons for the - at first sight - high prices when you look at the production of our oils.
Walgenbach oils are organic products. The cultivation of industrial hemp, from which our CBD is also extracted, is strictly regulated by law in Europe. This careful treatment requires the best: best seeds, best equipment, best soil.
We use the gentlest and therefore most expensive extraction method – extraction with so-called supercritical carbon dioxide, in which CO2 acts as a solvent under high pressure.
This extraction process delivers pure and therefore high-quality CBD.
Additionally, we have all of our cannabinoid products tested by independent laboratories. This ensures additional security, since the test results guarantee the high quality of our products.
They are produced from naturally grown hemp.
The hemp plant gets everything from the soil it grows on. This can be good for you when it comes to vitamins, minerals and trace elements. However, it becomes harmful when lead or other toxic chemicals accumulate in the plant.
They are extracted using the safest process possible.
They are tested by an independent institute
Our oils are tested by an independent laboratory approved in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The testing ensures that they do not contain pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, fungi, solvent residues or other foreign substances.
Sunlight can change a natural product and accelerate molecular decay when being exposed to the sun. Miron violet glass acts as a filter for harmful rays. Furthermore, it is the only type of glass that is partially transparent to wavelengths of light: not only the visible violet color, but also UVA or infrared radiation. These parts of the light spectrum seem to energetically charge organic molecules and are therefore beneficial to our natural oils.
Miron violet glass protects the taste, smell, color and bioenergy of the products. Tests showed that products stored in it have a much longer shelf life.
The fact that we want to ensure the quality of our oils is, of course, the main reason why we chose the purple packaging. But there is also another aspect: the color violet is considered a royal color. In color therapy, violet is the highest color and stands for wisdom.