The same questions and uncertainties about CBD keep popping up. On our site there is already some information on the subject, e.g. in the sections Information about CBD or CBD hemp. Here we answer eleven frequently asked questions about CBD hemp.
1. What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol . CBD is a chemical compound found in hemp (cannabis) plants. Another component of cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD and THC do not differ in appearance or smell. What differs, however, is the effect on the nervous system: while CBD is calming, THC is an intoxicant. Cannabis with a THC content of less than 1% is legal in Switzerland and is traded as so-called CBD hemp.
2. Will CBD get me high?
No. Pure CBD is considered a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. So it affects neither the perception nor the comprehension. It is said to have a relaxing effect. CBD does not cause intoxication, on the contrary: it even helps to dampen the intoxication of THC.
3. Why should I use CBD?
CBD can calm and relax. Its medical effect is currently not fully secured. However, scientists assume that it can be used for various diseases. Anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects are suspected. Research is also being conducted into CBD therapies for epilepsy, sleep disorders, psychosis, stress, depression and even cancer. Another possible field is the use of CBD to treat drug addiction. CBD is believed to help in treating various addictions.
4. Is CBD a medicine?
For legal reasons, in Switzerland no specific healing promises for CBD products. CBD blossoms are sold in free trade as a tobacco substitute or raw material. As a tobacco substitute, the CBD blossoms are taxed in the same way as cigarettes (25% tobacco tax plus VAT). The packaging is provided with a warning that leaves the responsibility to the consumer.
5. Can I get CBD on prescription?
Doctors are only allowed to prescribe CBD as a medicine (e.g. for epileptics) under strict conditions. However, there is currently only one pharmacy in Switzerland that is actually allowed to sell cannabis as a medicinal product. However, the drugs are very expensive and are only covered by health insurance in exceptional cases.
6. Can CBD hemp be harmful to health?
According to experts, pure CBD has neither psychological nor physical consequences. CBD flowers are often smoked in combination with tobacco. Like all tobacco products, this can trigger nicotine addiction or lung and cardiovascular diseases. An alternative is to vaporize the flowers with the help of a vaporizer or to take CBD drops.
7. What happens during a police check?
The 'problem' of the CBD flowers: they look exactly like the drug hemp. The police has developed quick tests that can be used to measure the THC content in the flowers. If this is below the allowed 1%, you get the flowers back. If the salary is higher, a fine of CHF 100 is due. Depending on the canton, however, this only applies to a quantity of 10 grams or more. The drops are a little less problematic: Their THC value is negligibly small due to the various processing methods and mixing with the carrier oil. It is questionable whether it is even displayed during a measurement.
8. Can I drive after consuming CBD?
Even legal CBD hemp contains traces of THC. The (high) consumption can lead to the measured blood limit value for THC in road traffic (1.5 micrograms THC per liter of blood) being exceeded. If this value is exceeded, you may no longer steer a vehicle. There is a risk of a driver's license being revoked, as well as fines and imprisonment.
9. Can I take my CBD products abroad?
In most neighboring European countries, THC limits of 0.2 - 0.3% apply - i.e. significantly lower values than in Switzerland. This can lead to a nasty surprise when crossing the border. It is best to always find out what the legislation in the respective country looks like or leave the CBD products at home to be on the safe side.
10. Who produces CBD?
Since that Federal Office of Public Health 2016 allowed the sale of CBD products, the number of hemp producers in Switzerland has increased. The indoor flowers are grown in the greenhouse, the outdoor flowers are grown in the field. For many farmers today, working with hemp producers offers a real alternative to growing wheat or sugar beets. The producers include, for example, small to medium-sized companies, start-ups, pharmaceutical companies, etc. The interests behind them are mostly of an economic and/or scientific nature.
11. Who sells CBD products?
CBD products are now available in many places: CBD flowers can be bought in kiosks, gas stations or hemp shops, for example. Some major distributors (Coop, Spar and Denner) also sell them. You can also find CBD oil in hemp shops, sometimes in dogeries or health practices. It is best to inquire beforehand whether the respective store has something suitable in its range. The entire range of CBD products is of course also available in various forms online shops .
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