Frequently Asked Questions
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Intake and use
We find it easiest to drip the drops on the back of the hand and lick them off. This way you can see exactly how much you’re taking. The drops don’t have to go directly on or under the tongue in order to be taken up properly by the body. After licking off the oil, you hold it in your mouth for about a minute before swallowing. By moving around the oil in your mouth, your body readily absorbes it through the membranes and glands. This speeds up the uptake. The rest happens through the intestinal tract, and is somewhat delayed. Not everyone likes the taste of the oil, and taking some water or juice afterwards is fine. If necessary, the oil can be put on a teaspoon of coconut oil or honey to soften the taste. We recommend waiting with eating for about half an hour after intake.
To start out, we recommend taking a single drop. After that, it’s common to take some drops a few times during the day. Usually, effect can be noticed already within half an hour, with the highest blood values after some 2-3 hours. This depends on personal factors including sensitivity and metabolism. The half-life is about 8-9 hours. With this information, you can ‘play around’ with the dosage, and make the drops overlap.
You are your own boss and take the drops according to your personal preference and schedule. Some examples are taking more drops in the morning if symptoms are more severe at that time, or taking an extra dose in between when there is discomfort. There is a difference between taking two drops three times daily, or taking three drops twice daily, so that’s worth trying out. The oil is particularly suitable for these kinds of experiments, because of the harmless nature of the product, and the zero chance of overdosing. There is no set minimum or maximum to the amount of drops you can take, although little can be expected of a single drop a day, and thirty drops can be unnecessary.
The building up towards a certain ‘level’ or ‘zone’ is the goal. This is the amount of cannabinoids that are active in the body at a given time and the corresponding level at which they are effective in treating the ailment. In this sense it can be different from other types of medication. Sometimes a certain ‘activation-dose’ needs to be had, after which it’s a matter of staying in the zone. Looking for this tipping point is essential for succeeding in the experiment. To get there, the dosage can be increased with one single drop at a time. Within a few hours (or in some cases days) it should become clear whether it worked and if it was the ideal dose.
In times of more physical or mental strain, a dose that would normally be sufficient might not be enough, due to the higher demand for cannabinoids by the body.
Interaction with medication
CBD reduces the activity of cytochrome p450, a group of liver enzymes that is responsible for the breakdown of many substances, like medication. The (side) effects of certain medication can be more prominent because the medication lasts longer in the body. With most medication, this doesn’t pose a big risk, but anti-depressants and heavy painkillers might produce unwanted effects when combined with CBD oil. The oil can still be used if a good balance can be found between it and the other medication. This is often discussed best with the GP or specialist.
CBD can lower blood pressure, which could become too low if other medication is being taken to produce the same results. Dizzyness or weakness can be a result. Not a direct cause for worry, although continued discomfort should be looked at.
CBD can help keep blood sugar levels in check. It does so by changing certain processes that are currently under investigation in some studies. We’ve heard that some people are able to use less insulin after having taken the oil regularly for a certain period. Keeping an eye on the blood sugar level is important when administering insulin.
On the combination of CBD and chemotherapy exists quite some uncertainty, so we cannot state anything definitive on that. It’s best to talk with your doctor, to see if they know something, and how to move forward. In some cases the oil can be taken in a smaller dose, but in other cases it’s best to temporarily stop taking the oil.
We recommend suspending the intake of the drops on the days before, during, and after any surgery or chemotherapy, to prevent any possible interaction.
As far as we know, the oil can be taken with any and all kinds of nutritional supplements. Should unwanted effects occur, then the supplement(s) and dosage of the oil need to be looked at.
Several studies have proven the non-toxic nature of cannabinoids, and no known side effects have been found. Only (strong/pure) THC-oil can cause dry eyes and mouth, but that is practically it. Some people that are sensitive might experience feeling of anxiety of paranoia, which usually passes within a few hours. It can be an unpleasant experience, but fortunately is only temporary. Overdosing is virtually impossible, although some might react stronger than others, which makes increasing the dosage slowly always the best option.
Something we do sometimes hear is people experiencing a mild headache in the first few days. Mild digestive discomfort can occur as well. These effects are probably due to certain detoxing processes, and the body re-learning the way to deal with cannabinoids. People with a higher sensitivity for the substances, auto-immune disorders, or Lyme’s disease are more prone to experiencing this. With Lyme it’s necessary to take it slow, since there is always a chance of a Herxheimer reaction.
At this moment the legality of CBD is quite a grey area. In many European countries, the import, sale, and use of it is well tolerated. None of the 110+ known cannabinoids is on any list of forbidden substances, with the sole exception of THC. An old European law dicatates that any and all extracts made from the cannabis plant (industrial hemp included!) is illegal. These two facts don’t really add up, which results in very little control or prosecution in this field. Only if there exists a health risk for the end user, will a government agency act to protect.
In the mean time, growing a few plants at home for personal and/or medicinal use has become more and more common, and is tolerated in some countries. Over the coming years it will become clear what kind of changes there will be in legislation, in order to give more people the ability to provide themselves with their own medicine.
You can take CBD oil with you to almost all European destination. You can even take it with you on the airplane, if both your country of departure and arrival have a lenient policy towards it. In some countries the laws are a lot stricter than others, so we recommend looking into this before taking the oil with you on board.
CBD oil is in no way addictive. Only THC, which is almost absent in CBD oil, has psychoactive potential, which the body will build up a tolerance for with time. It is said that smoking cannabis is habit-forming, yet it does not present any dependence nor does it produce addictive tendencies. There is no sense of withdrawal when the use of the oil is discontinued. CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive potential, but it does influence several biochemical processes through which it can deliver its calming and soothing effects on mental well-being.
Some people sleep well on CBD, others don’t. It usually depends on the reason why sleeping is difficult. CBD can help relax the body and mind, and take away aches and pains, so that sleeping becomes easier. On the other hand, some people notice an uplifting effect, giving energy which could make falling asleep a bit more difficult. Usually, once fallen asleep, the rest of the night is calm. Should you notice that falling asleep proves more difficult, then take your last drops of the day some 2-3 hours before sleeping. The energizing effect should pass, after which the calming effects should come through, aiding sleep. THC is known to help with most sleeping disorders that cannot be helped with CBD alone.
After regular use of THC over a longer period of time, the psychoactive effect should become less. The body builds up a tolerance to this effect, without compromising its medicinal properties and value. Most people don’t even experience a clear high or stoned effect when they take small dosages of THC. Should this still happen, the effect usually wears off within a few hours, and will not happen that often – if it all – after a few weeks. It is recommended to start with a single drop, just to try it out and see what happens, since everybody reacts slightly different. Once the body is used to the compound, daytime use can be considered to help alleviate symptoms that CBD can’t manage to subdue.
Sleeping problems can often be treated very succesfully with a tiny dose of THC. The psychoactive effect isn’t noticed when asleep, but it can produce more vivid dreams. THC helps the body enter the kind of sleep that regenerates, making falling and staying asleep easier. Finding the right dosage is important in order to wake up fresh and relaxed. Starting out small and increasing the drops slowly is the best way to figure this out. Instead of taking all the drops right when going to bed, you can take some of the drops 2-3 hours before going to bed, so that the drops and their effect somewhat overlap.
Dogs and cats react very well to CBD oil. The possible applications are numerous, ranging from epilepsy to arthritis to skin disorders. The metabolism of dogs is relatively high, which is a possible explanation of why results follow rather shortly after starting with the oil. The effective dosage is usually lower than needed for humans. The oil can be put straight into the mouth, or rubbed on the gums. It’s important that it doesn’t get spit out. Some animals aren’t fond of the taste, so putting the drop(s) on a treat can be an option. Adding it to the water bowl is said to work in some cases, though the oil doesn’t mix with water, making it unclear if the uptake is efficient.
Our CBD cream (or ointment, actually) can help with a number of skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, but also mosquito bites. It helps reduce itching and redness, and can help restore the skin. The cream is made with beeswax and olive oil, so could stain clothes. You could wrap the skin in plastic foil, or choose to wear some old clothes. Putting the creme on before bedtime is a good option. An old t-shirt can protect the pillow case if you put the creme on your face. Applying several thin layers throughout the day is better than putting on one thick coat.
This is a novel way of using CBD. An electronic cigarette or vaporizer is used to evaporate a specially designed e-liquid that contains CBD. It’s a very fast and effective way of administering CBD, and can help reduce (muscle) tension and headaches. People with lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and COPD stand to benefit as well, since CBD widens the airways, relaxes the alveoli, and helps remove slime by making it softer and easier to cough up. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD really shine through. Many users notice a calming mental effect, without any psychoactivity, owing to the stress and fear reducing properties of CBD.
CBD and other cannabinoids have proven neuroprotective properties, giving rise to the theory that cannabis can help prevent or slow down certain age-related diseases. The benefits of CBD are not only limited to this, but reach a lot further than can be explained in brief.
Some studies have shown that several kinds of tissue in the human body can be repaired more quickly when CBD is ingested. The physical damage from suffering a stroke or heart attack could be limited this way. CBD can also help regenerate the body after (heavy) exercise, and speed up the recovery from bone fractures.
Different oils and Advice
We offer two different oils. They are both made from different varieties of hemp, and their composition of cannabinoids is therefore also different. One of them might be more suitable for treating a particular ailment than another. We openly publish the lab test results, but still the choice can be hard to make. We always recommend starting out with the Mixta 4% oil, since it works well in most cases. We cannot offer any medical advice, so your doctor might be able to guide and assist, especially when you’re taking other medication. This way, the chance of success is bigger, and all parties learn about which oil performs best in which scenario. The feedback we get, helps us help you. More and more is known every day about cannabis and its medicinal value, but clinical human trials are still slow to form. This is one of the reasons we like to keep in touch with our clients, giving us insightful information about the matter. We gladly take the time to help in any way possible. Please, feel free to contact us to discuss the possibilities.
The oil is best stored dark at room temperature. In the fridge, the olive oil we use might solidify, making it harder to squeeze out the drops from the bottle. Heat and light will speed up the breakdown of certain cannabinoids, so this is best avoided. The oil lasts at least a year, but probably a lot longer due to a certain self-sterilizing effect from the cannabinoids.
Ordering, Paying and Shipping
You can order through our Webshop. At this moment we only accept payments by bank transfer. Our bank details are automatically sent to you by email shortly after finishing the order. After receiving your payment, we ship out the order the following working day. We almost always use a signed delivery as a shipping option, with no extra charge to you. Since we ship everything ourselves and directly from Spain, delivery can take up to a week in some cases. The envelope is sent without any distinguishable marks on the outside, and doesn’t mention anything about the content.
Feel free to contact us through our Contact page if you have any further questions. We’re glad to help!