Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are cannabinoids that are actually sisters of the mother cannabis plant. CBD is made from hemp, one of the oldest crops. For thousands of years, we have been producing clothes and paper from this plant. Unlike CBD, marijuana and hashish are high in THC, which makes them useful as toxicants or intoxicants. An important difference is that CBD is not a psychotropic substance like THC; it does not produce a sublime effect otherwise known as a “state of euphoria.”
Since March 2017, doctors have been allowed to prescribe medications containing cannabis components such as flowers or extract. Dosage approval for THC in the 100 to 22,000 mg range has been controversial because, as the name suggests, THC has been criticized for its addictive effects and harmful properties.
There are numerous, undeniable studies that support CBD has many more health benefits and can solve many more medical problems than THC. Thus, CBD is legal and can be easily purchased in Germany. It is usually offered as a dietary supplement or as a cosmetic. CBD is completely vegetarian, meaning it contains absolutely no animal products.
It is important to understand the huge difference between the production process of hemp oils and oils that are high in CBD. Hemp oil is obtained by cold pressing hemp seeds and contains very small amounts of both THC and CBD. The CBD-rich oil is obtained from the part of the plant growing above the ground by extracting a thick concentrate from the plant. Then the resin dissolves in the solvent, evaporates and a concentrated extract remains.