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  • This numerical code was created from an event that sounds like a modern fairy tale. Originally, it meant a time: 20 past four in the afternoon. Or, in the English notation 4:20 (pm) - short: 420 or just: 'four twenty'. Nowadays this number is an international and frequently used "code" and can stand for all kinds of things: for cannabis itself, for the use of cannabis, or for the festivities (like Christmas for cannabis friends) that are celebrated on April 20th (English date spelling 4/20 - four twenty).
  • The certificate of analysis provides information about whether the analysed batch of a product meets the requirements or specifications applicable to that product. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is a common document for drugs, but also for their starting materials.Above all, the certificate provides information about essential quality characteristics (such as the content of CBD or other valuable ingredients) as well as permissible and impermissible impurities.In our laboratory analyses you will find information on the content of cannabinoids, among other things. This way you can be sure that you get what you expect from the product (e.g. CBD) and that there is nothing in it that you need to worry about (e.g. THC). Of course we always check for impurities, e.g. heavy metals and pesticides. Current laboratory analyses of our products can be viewed here.
  • The form of administration or administration form describes the way in which a certain substance, usually a drug, is administered or used. For cannabinoids, the following forms of administration are particularly suitable:Buccal (via the oral mucosa), inhalative (via the lungs), oral / peroral (via the mouth), sublingual (via the mucosa under the tongue), topical (usually on the skin; application is localized to produce a localized effect), transdermal (absorption via the skin, the effect is felt in the body)
  • In pharmacology, the bioavailability of an active ingredient is an important measure. It describes the proportion of the substance that passes into the bloodstream (more precisely: into the systemic circulation) and is thus available at the site of action. A 100% bioavailability is achieved by intravenous administration of a substance. If the active substance is administered to the organism by other means, e.g. orally, it is compared with the bioavailability after intravenous administration, and on this basis a percentage is given. Thus, an oral bioavailability of 50% means that, compared to intravenous administration, half of the active substance enters the systemic circulation.
  • A biphasic effect is the effect of an active ingredient when low and high doses of the same active ingredient can cause opposite effects. Alcohol also has such an effect: while small quantities of alcohol can have a stimulating effect, larger quantities of alcohol have a calming to sedating effect. CBD has shown such a profile as an active ingredient in several studies: While e.g. a dose of 300mg CBD had a calming effect on the participants, a significantly higher dose of 900mg CBD not only did not show a calming effect - at this very high dosage the test persons even reported an opposite effect; they not only felt more stressed than test persons who received the lower CBD dose, but also than those who received only a placebo (i.e. no active ingredient).
  • Cannabinoid receptors are, besides cannabinoids themselves and the enzymes responsible for their degradation, important components of our endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoid receptors are distributed throughout the body and are involved in a variety of physiological processes through the central regulatory role of the endocannabinoid system. A cannabinoid researcher summarized these processes as follows: "Relax, Eat, Sleep, Forget and Protect" - hardly any area of our life is not affected in one way or another. In addition to CB1 and CB2 receptors, cannabinoids can also unfold their effects via other pathways. Based on the results of a study, for example, it was suggested to include the receptor "GPR55" in the class of cannabinoid receptors.
  • Cannabis originally refers to the hemp plant - whose full Latin name is Cannabis sativa L..However, in common parlance "cannabis" is also often used to refer to the dried female flower. Dried female flowers are one of the possible end products that can be made from the cannabis plant, some of which are also used for intoxication purposes. Since the medical use of cannabis is back to normal in Germany, the word "medical cannabis" is often used in this context to distinguish it from "normal" cannabis, which is often not used on medical prescription and is obtained from unofficial sources.
  • In plant breeding, hybrid usually refers to offspring resulting from the combination (crossing) of the characteristics of two plants from different, preferably pure-bred (inbred) lines. The offspring of such a breeding, the F1 generation, then combines in the best case all positive traits of both the mother and the father line. One speaks then of heterosis, or the heterosis effect.In cannabis, hybrid is also used to make it clear that a particular cultivar can clearly be assigned neither to the Sativa nor the Indica spectrum. Whether and to what extent all these categorizations (hybrid, indica, sativa) are scientifically tenable is still the subject of lively discussion. The background is that due to the extremely long history of cannabis use (10.000+ years!) original populations, so-called landraces, no longer exist, since genetic material from other geographical zones and/or populations has been crossed in by humans - whether intended or not. Therefore, some argue, all varieties (or cultivars) that exist today should strictly speaking be called hybrids.
  • Cannabis sativa L., i.e. hemp or simply cannabis stands for a plant species within the cannabis family (Cannabaceae). Within this species different varieties (better: cultivars) can be distinguished from each other. They differ not only in their growth form (the so-called morphotype), but also in their own specific profile of cannabinoids and terpenes -- the chemotype. The profile of a variety is as individual as a "chemical fingerprint". In practice, this means that not all cannabis is the same. Different varieties can be grouped in different ways; one of the more common divisions is based on the content of the two "main" cannabinoids THC and CBD. "Type 1" describes THC-dominant strains, "Type 2" refers to strains with a balanced ratio of THC to CBD and CBD-dominant strains are referred to as "Type 3". A still common, but scientifically rather controversial way of classifying different cannabis varieties is the division into "sativa" (or sativa-branched / sativa-dominant), indica (or indica-branched / indica-dominant) and hybrids. The effect of "Sativas" is often described by users as mentally activating, stimulating and also more psychoactive, whereas that of "Indicas" is more physical, calming and relaxing. If one imagines Indica and Sativa as the ends of a spectrum of possible effects, the so-called hybrids lie somewhere in the middle, thus offering the user a mixture of the above mentioned essential characteristics of Indicas and Sativas. The reason for the sometimes very differently perceived effects of different varieties is only partly due to the different contents of cannabinoids -- especially the terpenes are said to have a great influence on the subjective perception of effects.
  • Cannabidiolic acid (A for acid) is one of the many ingredients of cannabis. Although the non-acidic form, CBD, is much better known, the plant itself produces almost exclusively the acid form, CBDA. CBDA is also said to have potentially desirable effects, some of which are even said to be more potent than those of CBD itself. However, research on this is still in its infancy.
  • Cannabigerol, or CBG for short, is one of over 100 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.). However, CBG is something special because the starting molecule produced in the plant, cannabigerol acid, is also the basic building block from which all other cannabinoids are produced in the plant. For cannabigerol itself, antibiotic effects against multi-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) have been observed - at least in mice.
  • The vaporization of cannabis concentrates is called dabbing. Concentrates are usually in the form of waxes or resinous oils. These are applied to a piece of metal ("nail") that has been heated to a high temperature, where they immediately begin to vaporize. The vapors are inhaled through a kind of bong (water pipe). In this way it is possible to inhale very large quantities of cannabinoids in a very short time. From a medical and/or health point of view, however, this type of application cannot be recommended.
  • A ready-to-use form or preparation that can be taken without modification is also called a dosage form. On the other hand, this term can also refer to the form of a medicinal product (dosage form), which then also includes the type of application. The dosage form does not always have to correspond to the final preparation.
  • The term edible in the context of cannabis means edible food to which cannabinoids have been added. Mostly THC is meant. Well-known examples are so-called space cakes, i.e. cakes containing cannabis, or cannabis butter ('cannabutter'). Among recent developments in this area, especially wine gums containing cannabinoids are very popular. Edibles" can also mean liquid, i.e. drinkable, cannabinoid containing food, capsules and partly also oils and tinctures. A special feature of Edibles is that although it takes longer to take effect than when cannabinoids are inhaled, the effect lasts much longer. You can find out more about this in our article on the topic of onset of action and duration of action.
  • Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by the body itself. Cannabinoids are part of the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids include 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) and N-arachidonylethanolamide (AEA). AEA is often also called anandamide, derived from the Sanskrit word ananda ("bliss"). Just like the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids), the body's own cannabinoids are able to dock to corresponding cannabinoid receptors (CB1, CB2) that are distributed throughout the human body to exert their effect.
  • Through the special interaction of cannabinoids and terpenes, a special plant synergy can be created, the so-called "entourage effect". Terpenes can influence the effect of the cannabinoids in different ways (and vice versa). This also shows a potential advantage of full-spectrum extracts over extracts or oils that contain only CBD in pure form. The latter lack potential synergy partners; the entourage effect is absent. Even if this is slowly changing at present - terpenes are still considered a "neglected pharmacological treasure chest" in cannabis research, as the "discoverer" of THC, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, put it, because of their enormous potential with regard to individualized therapy design with cannabis flowers and/or full spectrum extracts.
  • Many substances are not used in their pure form, but in a mixture which, in addition to the main component, also consists of other substances, so-called auxiliary substances. The finished mixture is then called a formulation.Excipients can e.g. facilitate the application through formative properties, make the production more efficient or, as in the case of the liposomal formulation of our hemp capsules, improve the bioavailability.
  • CBD-Isolate is a crystalline solid or powder consisting of almost pure CBD. Just like (full spectrum) extracts, isolate can be obtained from hemp plants containing CBD. During extraction and subsequent purification, all non-CBD components are almost completely removed, so that the final product contains 99% pure CBD.On the one hand, this means that synergies and potentials resulting from the presence of other valuable ingredients of the hemp plant are not utilized. On the other hand, the use of isolate can also be advantageous in certain situations, e.g. due to its flexible application and comparatively low price.
  • Limonene belong to the terpenes and are found in higher concentrations, as the name suggests, in citrus fruits and are responsible for their characteristic smell.Limonene is often used as an inexpensive fragrance, e.g. for cleaning agents, as citrus scent is associated with freshness and cleanliness. It is also used as a vegetable insecticide and in preservatives and cosmetic products.Limonene are considered to be mood-lifting, antidepressant, immunostimulant, antimicrobial and are used in skin therapy.
  • In liposomal formulation, the value-giving component of the formulation (e.g. CBD) is introduced into the interior or into the double membrane layer of so-called liposomes. The advantage of such a formulation is, among other things, that substances can be better absorbed by the body in this way, which in their natural form may be poorly bioavailable. The bioavailability of e.g. CBD, i.e. the proportion of absorbed CBD that reaches the bloodstream, can be effectively increased by this.
  • In Germany, medicinal cannabis is usually referred to as cannabis, which is available in pharmacies upon presentation of a prescription. Particularly in differentiation from normal cannabis (i.e. without the addition "medicinal"), medicinal cannabis is a largely standardised herbal medicinal product. The active ingredient contents (THC and CBD) are defined in the European Pharmacopoeia and are regularly checked. Furthermore, it must be possible to prove with analyses that there are no residues of pesticides in the finished product that exceed the maximum permissible amounts. Not only the cannabis itself, but also the production facilities must meet strict requirements and these are also regularly checked. Depending on the context, medical cannabis may mean not only the dried female flowers, i.e. the "traditional" end product, but also the plant itself and other products made from it, such as extracts.
  • MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, i.e. triglycerides (neutral fats) containing medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids include fatty acids with 6-12 carbon atoms. They are found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter, among other things, but not in their pure form, but in a natural way in a mixture with other triglycerides. MCT oil is mainly used in the manufacture of cosmetic products, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals.In general, MCT oils are considered a valuable food component in the sense of a holistically health-promoting diet.Unlike other oils, MCT oils can be metabolized independently of pancreatic enzymes, which explains their use in various (mainly metabolic) diseases. MCT fats are also particularly suitable in the context of a ketogenic diet, such as that used in some pharmacoresistant forms of epilepsy.
  • The terpene myrcene is very common in the plant kingdom. In larger concentrations it can be found in pines, ripe mangoes, fennel, juniper, ginger plants, hops and dill. And of course in hemp or cannabis. Here it is considered the main suspect for the so-called "couch-lock" effect, a state of extreme physical relaxation, in which it may seem impossible for the person affected to get off the couch (spoiler: it usually works out after all). Pharmacological interest is focused on the antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), analgesic and relaxing to sedative properties of myrcene. Fun Fact: If you always wanted to attract bark beetles without much effort, myrcene is your salvation, because for the beetle this terpene is an almost irresistible messenger (pheromone).
  • In today's terminology, pesticide means any agent that is used to protect (mostly plants) against pests. Pesticides are mainly discussed in the context of pesticide residues in products (mostly food). For pesticides authorised in the EU, there are usually maximum levels for both the amount of pesticide applied and the pesticide residues that may be present in the intermediate or final product.
  • Psychoactive or psychotropic substances are all substances that are able to influence the human psyche. The induced influence can take very different forms and also show great differences in intensity. The spectrum ranges from a barely perceptible stimulation or relaxation, e.g. by a sip of coffee in the morning, to a largely complete change of consciousness, e.g. by psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, DMT and Co.).Whether the change is experienced as positive or negative depends on a number of different factors and not least on the user himself. Psychotropic drugs are also considered psychoactive or psychotropic substances - the term alone does not therefore say anything about the legality or illegality of a substance.The most frequently consumed psychoactive/psychotropic substance worldwide is caffeine. Caffeine belongs to the group of stimulants. Cocoa contains theobromine, a substance structurally related to caffeine, which is also a stimulant frequently consumed worldwide.
  • This refers to a form of application or administration of a substance. The substance is placed under the tongue (sub "under", lingua "tongue"). The mucous membrane under the tongue is particularly thin and well supplied with blood, which enables the rapid absorption of substances into the bloodstream.
  • Terpenes and terpenoids are very small molecules, some of which are very potent and can therefore have an effect even in extremely low doses. Terpenes occur in nature in great variety and are not only responsible for the aroma and taste of cannabis. The concentration of different terpenes, the so-called terpene profile, is an essential distinguishing feature of different cannabis flower varieties.Terpenes and cannabinoids can work together in a special form of plant synergy, which is then called the "entourage effect".The most common and well-known terpenes in cannabis include limonene, myrcene, linalool, α-pinene, caryophyllene and humulene.
  • A tincture is an alcoholic extract. According to the European Pharmacopoeia, only ethanol in certain concentrations (usually between 20 and 60%) may be used as a solvent during extraction.
  • Topical application refers to a form of application or administration that takes place locally and is therefore intended to have a localized effect. The classic example of a topical application is an analgesic sports gel that is applied to or near a painful joint to produce its (e.g. additional warming) effect.
  • A vaporizer uses heat to enable the vaporization (vapor = vapor) of active ingredients. To prevent combustion, which produces undesirable and often toxic by-products, only enough heat is generated to vaporize the desired ingredients. Vaporizers are used, among other things, to make active ingredients (active substances) from medicinal plants available, including cannabis. Usually temperatures between 180°C and 210°C are recommended. The boiling point of THC is 157°C, that of CBD is slightly higher (160°C - 180°C). Vaporizers can make the active ingredients of the cannabis plant safely and effectively available. With vaporizers, a distinction must be made between devices for vaporizing dry, mostly plant material and devices for vaporizing so-called "liquids". The latter have become known especially in connection with nicotine as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.
  • As the name suggests, at least to the botanists and latinists among you, this terpene is found in large quantities in pine plants (lat. Pinus) (including pines, firs, spruces and of course pines). But also myrtle, dill and caraway contain high concentrations of myrtle.α pines are associated with mental freshness and clarity. The Japanese custom of "forest bathing" (Shinrin yoku) makes use of this characteristic - practitioners "bathe", so to speak, in the forest air saturated with α pinenes and thus consciously make use of their clarifying effect on the mind.In addition, there are indications of antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), bronchodilating and memory supporting effects of α-Pinenen.
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CBD & Coffee - Two different substances with a similar history

18/05/2020 10 MIN. READ Tim Dresemann
18/05/2020 10 MIN. READ Tim Dresemann

All humans strive to improve themselves. Since we’re just going to assume you are human as well, you’re surely familiar with this feeling. We try to optimize ourselves as well as our lives by either learning new skills, aiming for better jobs, or working at any flaws that might be holding us back.

Nowadays, modern life has little empathy for personal and individual conditions. For example, you wouldn’t bail on an afternoon meeting simply because you’re feeling tired that day and for us to be able to stick to our responsibilities while more or less pushing our own feelings aside, we may need a little extra help: coffee.

Of course, you could also drink a relaxing tea, do some breathing exercises, stretch your body, or get some fresh air instead- everyone has their own methods to deal with life’s challenges. But for the sake of this article, let’s just assume you’re the type to turn to coffee for energy.

CBD & Coffee- Two different substances with a similar history

Everything at a glance!

  1. The first appearances of coffee
  2. The rise and fall of cannabis
  3. Coffee culture
  4. Cannabis culture
  5. The demand for productivity!
  6. Cannabis gets an update
  7. Cannabis and coffee
  8. Coffee and CBD

 

1. The first appearances of coffee

Rest assured, you’re definitely not alone in your love for coffee. Even J.S. Bach was an avid coffee lover back in his day. He even went as far as showing his affection for the energizing drink in one of his works known as the “Coffee Cantata” already in 1732. In this piece, Bach dedicated a whole aria to his favorite drink. Believe it or not, Bach was an early adopter of the coffee trend; although the first coffee house had already opened in Hamburg in the 1670s, new trends took quite a while to spread back in the olden days. The first cup of coffee wasn’t sold in Berlin until 1721!

However, not everyone was on board with the new trend. But that’s how it always is when something new comes up- some love it, some hate it. Admittedly there’s a bit more of a push back when the trend in question has to do with psychoactive substances. The Swedish king Gustav III. was very opposed to the idea of coffee. He even went as far as pardoning two convicts only to “prove” the harm of this substance by using it on them as guinea pigs. As you can probably imagine, his demonstration was a flop, and coffee or more specifically caffeine remains the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world in our day and age.

Even if it’s true that coffee had its first appearances as early as in the 9th century - it’s still incredibly young compared to cannabis. Could this whole coffee hype die down anytime soon…?

2. The rise and fall of cannabis

The rise of cannabis

The healing effects of cannabis were already described in one of the first medical scripts written by a man named Shennong (meaning “divine countryman”) in China over 5000 years ago (!!). This useful plant has left its traces in various cultures in history, ranging from the hieroglyphs in ancient Egypt, the clay tablets of the Assyrians, to the work of the Irish doctor William Brooke O´Shaughnessy.

While based in India as an army surgeon, William discovered the healing qualities of the cannabis plant (and he also experienced the many other positive effects of cannabis first hand). He then wrote one of the first “modern” works about the healing effects of cannabis back in 1839, which wasn’t particularly exciting for the people of India as cannabis was already yesterday’s news to them. Still, to the rest of the world, it was revolutionary.

This paper was so widely celebrated that apparently even Queen Victoria’s personal doctor, J. Russel Reynolds, recommended the use of cannabis for menstruation pains. At least that’s what the legend says. In reality, there are a couple of discrepancies in the timeline; by the time Reynolds took up the position as Queen Victoria’s doctor, she was already 59 years old and it’s questionable whether or not she still suffered from menstruation troubles as she was certainly no young lady anymore.

The fall of cannabis…

Either way, it’s clear that once coffee and cannabis were introduced into western European society, they weren’t only seen as mere substances such as tea or spices that are a nice little addition to daily life. Instead, they exploded in their popularity among the people. How cannabis fell back out of the favor is well known to us.

Cannabis was widely consumed in Germany without any hint of regulation up until 1872, the substance was then declared illegal on December 10th, 1929 after a series of tightening regulations. The consumption of cannabis was officially banned and punishable in Germany and even up until this day there have only been a few tweaks here and there in this law. Keep in mind, the Narcotics Law of 1971, which is the controlled-substances law of Germany, only tightened the legislative grip around cannabis even more.

In short: The cultivation, trade, purchase, and ownership of cannabis are punishable in Germany (although the consumption of cannabis isn’t on this list, it would be quite tricky to get your hands on the plant without breaking any of the rules above).

However, modern times are opening up the eyes of the law to the fact that a strict prohibitive approach may not be the right answer for proper drug regulation. When we take a look at how other countries deal with cannabis, such as Canada, a few states in the USA, Uruguay, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Luxemburg (just to name a few), one thing becomes clear to us: There is a better way.

3. Coffee culture

Coffee was also still legal back in 1972. And… it still is. It’s quite clear that coffee and cannabis are very different from one another. However, they do have more than their soaring reputation in western Europe in common: both of these “drugs” are derived from plants. The word “drug” actually originates from the Dutch word for “dry”: droog. In the 17th century during the Dutch colonial rulership, the term was used to refer to dry substances derived from plants, such as herbs, spices, or tea. The modern meaning for the word “drug” didn’t arise until later but is directly originated from the Dutch term “droog”.

Coffee and cannabis, the most popular drugs of our time, were welcomed into western European societies with great enthusiasm and are still admired today. Just think of the standard coffee breaks in offices and factories, in fact, it’s simply expected for every company to have a coffee machine for its employees to make it through the day. Or even think how cafés make up a large part of a city’s culture- it’s the go-to spot for any meetup with family, friends, or dates. Coffee influenced the structure of society so greatly that it even created a new literature style dedicated to it.

4. Cannabis culture?!

Although such a reaction to coffee may seem extreme, it’s nothing compared to how society reacted to cannabis back in the day. To the average caffeine-addicted person nowadays who grew up listening to the dangers and prohibition policies of cannabis, this may sound strange. How could a substance that’s mentioned in a mere whisper on the streets compete in popularity against coffee, which most people consume in close quantities to water?

Believe it or not, in the 19th century, there were plenty of hashish-consumption clubs in Europe in which little more was on the agenda than simply consuming cannabis in its predominant form: Hashish (i.e. the concentrated and pressed resin of the female cannabis flower).

These clubs were in no way shady meetup locations where a group would gather to plan the next political revolution, in fact, it was the opposite. In the Hachichins club (“The Club of Hashish consumers”) you’d find many famous names on the regular members list: Honoré de Balzac (“La Comédie Humaine”), Alexandre Dumas (“The Count of Monte Cristo”), Baudelaire (“Les Fleurs du Mal”), and Victor Hugo (“Les Misérables!”). Considering how many excellent creations came from these members (and many more which aren’t listed), it wouldn’t be too far fetched to assume that some of the cannabis-infused conversations held in these clubs might have been the inspiration behind some of their masterpieces.

5. The demand for productivity!

Although both cannabis and coffee seemed to be incredibly popular in western European societies and weren’t only celebrated in separate classes, there is one big difference between the two substances which led to cannabis ultimately getting kicked to the curb: While coffee energizes you (and may even make you feel fidgety and nervous), cannabis is known to have the opposite effect. Coffee wakes you up in the mornings, cannabis puts you to sleep at night, coffee gives you a boost of energy throughout the day, cannabis mellows you out, etc. When you look at how these various effects fit into society, one thing becomes clear: Coffee increases your productivity, cannabis decreases it. It’s as simple as that. One fits into the new age of industrialism, the other… doesn’t.

It doesn’t take much brainwork to guess which of the substances would fall into the favor of the ruling systems. The average factory owner won’t have much patience to indulge a plant that makes its workers daydream and philosophize with coworkers about the rise and fall of the roman empire instead of getting work done. On the other hand, a substance that can make workers appear punctual and feeling energized and motivated even though their late shift didn’t allow for sufficient sleep? Bring it on!

6. Cannabis gets an update

We’ve now come to the end of our little journey through history. So what do things look like today? Fundamentally, not much has changed. Coffee still wakes you up while cannabis has more of the opposite effect. However, both are just as popular as before except that cannabis is still illegal. There wouldn’t be more to add to this story if it weren’t for CBD.

What exactly CBD is won’t be covered in this article (but we do have another article explaining this in great detail for those interested). The legality of CBD is another topic that we’ve covered for you in a separate article but won’t be going in on much here since it would double your reading time. What we will tell you, is that cannabis no longer refers to a single narcotic substance anymore.

Modern research has shown that there are many more sides of the cannabis plant and that the commonly with cannabis associated “high” isn’t the only effect you can get from it. When consuming cannabis, in any given form, the effect you’ll experience stems from a variety of components. The cannabis plant, more specifically the female cannabis flower, is a mixture of many different substances. Hundreds of terpenes (= fragrances and flavors) are combined with another hundred or more cannabinoids. Only a single one of them, THC, is responsible for the infamous cannabis “high”. This means that there are many more (still often intoxicating but possibly beneficial) substances in cannabis we can take a closer look at. Currently, CBD is the most popular sister-molecule of THC.

Because of the “special” laws regarding cannabis, many CBD products are legal to trade after fulfilling certain conditions, even though they originate from the illegal cannabis plant. CBD products have been prospering in their newfound popularity and the CBD market is only growing bigger with every passing day. You may even think this “new” hype could be a subconscious yearning for the past comfort of cannabis in everyday life.

However, the bigger the hype, the wider the different spectrums of products appear: CBD isn’t only sold in form of oils, sprays, ointments, bath additions, or tampons anymore. Oh no- you’ll also find CBD products that claim they’ll give your furry companions a new perspective on life, or that a pair of training shorts containing CBD may help you become the next greatest world athlete, or even that resting your head on CBD-infused pillows will give you the nights rest of a lifetime. After all, supply always follows demand.

7. Cannabis and coffee

Although there are many borderline ridiculous ways CBD is being used, a relatively new but sensible way is by mixing the cannabinoid into your morning coffee. The idea of mixing coffee with cannabis isn’t a new one- even the hashish-loving author Dumas was quite the coffee fanatic. He went as far as dedicating an article in his piece “La Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine” in 1873 to coffee. The coffee-cannabis combo was also widely popular in the late 60s: the so-called “Hippie Speedball” gave the perfect kick to start off your day both energized and relaxed and was therefore part of the daily morning routine among cannabis connoisseurs.

    8. Coffee and CBD

      While the “Hippie Speedball” tries to balance out the drowsiness-inducing effect of cannabis (in most cases containing high THC content) with the energizing effects of caffeine to get the best of both worlds, the CBD-coffee combo works very differently. Since the effects of CBD are more subtle compared to that of THC, it’s the caffeine that tends to have a more dominating effect. It’s a well-known fact that caffeine can help you feel more awake (at least for a short period of time). However, it is also known that too much caffeine can have a handful of unpleasant side-effects: the shakes, feeling jittery, nervous, or on edge for example.

      And here’s where CBD comes into play! CBD is said to have its own subtle benefits that can counteract precisely these negative side-effects of caffeine. It’s calming but not sedative- which is exactly what most people look for to balance out the double espresso they drink after a tiring afternoon at work or after a big carb-heavy meal at lunch.

      In short, the Hippie Speedball primarily tries to balance out the intoxicating effect of cannabis (which is caused by its THC-content), whereas the CBD-Coffee combo aims to get the energizing benefits out of coffee while avoiding its unpleasant side-effects which can lead to the opposite of productivity if the dosage is too high.

      Does it actually work?

      No clue. Since researchers generally don’t have much to say on the topic of cannabis, we’ll have to look for an answer elsewhere. If you trust people on the internet, there are whole communities that swear by its positive effects.

      Fortunately, you’ll be happy to hear that you don’t have to travel all the way to the US to buy a CBD-Latte anymore, as CBD-Cafés are now also available in Germany. The first CBD-Café, Cannameleon, opened up in Würzburg and received a ton of media attention for it. Shortly after, more such cafés started opening in other cities as well (especially in Berlin). If you want to give the coffee-cannabis combo a go, you can easily add some CBD Oil into your usual coffee to see if it’s truly worth all the hype.

      What does research have to say?

      From a scientific point of view, there isn’t much to say about the CBD-Coffee combo. As there is already little research to begin with in this area, an objective statement can’t be made just yet on its effects. We can say, however, that there are a few studies that show certain effects of CBD which theoretically should balance out the negative side-effects of caffeine. But still, while there are studies that show promising results of CBD, there are also studies that don’t. We also must keep in mind that the CBD dosages tend to be much higher in studies than the dosage we would use for our coffee. After all, research is focused on finding treatment methods for illnesses, not for curing an accidental caffeine-overdose.

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