The Beginner’s Guide to CBD

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This handy guide is for anyone looking to try CBD that isn’t sure where to start. If you’re keen to find out more about CBD, how to take it and how much to take, you’re in the right place.

What is CBD?

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring compound found in cannabis whose therapeutic potential has spurred widespread attention in recent years. 

CBD is an exciting candidate that could alleviate a spectrum of conditions, including:

Is CBD Legal in Switzerland?

  • Medical use Currently, there’s a handful of CBD products that have been approved for medical use in Switzerland – like Sativex for muscle spasticity and Epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy. Epidiolex is also the first and only medical CBD preparation endorsed by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency
  • Commercial use In Switzerland, CBD products are commercially available in local shops and specialized stores as long as they contain less than 1% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
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Can I Travel Across Borders With CBD?

In Switzerland, CBD is legal, so you won’t have any issues if your product’s THC content is below 1%. In the European Union (EU), hemp grown for “fibre” is legal if the THC content does not exceed 0.2%.

Still, cannabis laws vary across the world, so if in doubt, we recommend you not to travel with hemp-derived products. For THC-free CBD products, check out CannaSupply.

Will I Get Intoxicated from CBD?

By itself, CBD will not trigger a ‘high’. It will probably just relax you if you ingest it or smoke it, and it could relieve muscle pain if you apply it topically. Some CBD products may contain THC, but they’re highly unlikely to trigger a ‘high’  if their THC content hovers around 1%. In Europe, THC content of recreational cannabis is well above 10%, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

How to Take CBD

There’s different ways to take CBD depending on what effect you want. Here’s five common forms of consuming it, and some of their drawbacks.

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How Much CBD Should I Take?

One size can’t fit everyone. There is no definitive answer for an ‘ideal dosage’ of CBD, as it depends on what effects you want, whether you take other medications, as well as body weight and metabolism, among other factors.  We recommend to start with a low dosage of CBD and to progressively increase until you feel the desired effects.  

However, a useful starting point is 750 milligrams (mg), suggests the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Can you Overdose On CBD?

It’s pretty tough to overdose on CBD. The FDA says that the maximum dose of CBD is 4,500 mg, which is five times as much as the recommended ‘therapeutic’ dose of 750 mg. According to GW Research LTD, which undertook research for the US FDA, a dose of 6,000 mg is not well tolerated. Even at these high doses, CBD was not found to have abuse potential.

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