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What is CBD

What is CBD?

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CBD is a cannabinoid that has many therapeutic benefits. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. Cannabis refers to both hemp and marijuana, who are genetic cousins to each other. Cannabinoids are molecules that cause many different effects on our bodies. CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won't make you high. It is generally used to self-treat several physical and mental conditions since the main action is restoring balance to your body. CBD comes from hemp, as hemp has a naturally higher concentration of CBD than marijuana and is legal as long as it meets regulations. 

What is Pollen?

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Pollen is a resin of hemp flowers and leaves and is an effective way to get the benefits of CBD. Pollen, also called hash or hashish, is a concentrated resin loosely compacted into bricks that can be light green, dark green, brown, and even black. It contains all of the therapeutic parts of the hemp plant: cannabinoids, terpenes, trichomes, and flavonoids. Cannabinoids, like CBD, appear as tiny white crystals on the flowers. They are produced in the trichomes, which are the little hairs on the buds. Terpenes are basically essential oils and are used to deter insects, attract bees, and boost the plant's immunity. Cannabis has hundreds of terpenes, many of which can be found in other types of plants. Flavonoids are similar to terpenes and are what give plants their color. All of these components have unique benefits that, when left together, create an overall more significant effect. 

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

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THC is intoxicating, CBD is not. Pollen contains only a small amount of THC, less than 1.0%, making it 100% legal. The most significant difference between THC and CBD is that CBD does not get you high while THC does. THC, in large amounts, comes from marijuana, since marijuana naturally makes more THC than CBD. But hemp is just the opposite. Pollen has only a small amount of THC – less than 1.0%, which makes it 100% legal. It's also not nearly enough to make you feel high. With CBD, you'll only feel the effects if you sleep better, feel less anxious, or have less pain. 

What other cannabinoids are there?

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Hemp has many different cannabinoids that each offer unique benefits, like CBN, CBG, and CBC. CBD and THC aren't the only cannabinoids in cannabis, they are just the ones that are produced more abundantly. There other most abundant molecules, called "major cannabinoids," are CBN, CBG, CBC. These are, however, less researched than CBD and THC. We do know that CBG is produced first and is called the 'mother' of all cannabinoids. CBN shows promise for being sedative. CBC seems to offer the same benefits as CBD, except it doesn't react with the body's cannabinoid receptors like how CBD does. There are also "minor cannabinoids," that occur in tiny amounts and are even less researched but hold lots of potential for discovery. Pollen contains all of the cannabinoids found in hemp. 

How to use CBD

How can you use Pollen?

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Pollen can be smoked or used as an ingredient to cook with. Pollen comes lightly compressed, so it is easy to crumble up. Pollen is usually smoked, but it can also be cooked and added as an ingredient in food. You can't eat it raw since it needs to be heated to a specific temperature to activate the cannabinoids. If you smoke it in a joint, make sure not to let it keep burning as that will waste it. Remember that pollen has high concentrations of CBD, so you wouldn't smoke it as you would hemp flower. You only need a little bit at a time. 

What is Pollen used for?

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Pollen is often used as a holistic alternative to self-treat medical conditions. Most pollen in Switzerland is used medicinally as a natural, holistic alternative to pharmaceutical medications. Pollen and CBD are not legally approved or regulated; however, there are testimonies and anecdotal evidence from across the world crediting CBD for helping with multiple conditions. It is also smoked recreationally for the same benefits and is most commonly used for non-serious conditions.

What are the benefits of CBD?

What are the benefits of CBD?

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CBD is most commonly used to help with inflammation, pain, insomnia, and anxiety. While the health benefits about CBD are not proven or guaranteed, anecdotal evidence, testimonies, and pre-clinical research highlight CBD's effectiveness against inflammation, pain, insomnia, anxiety, and much more. CBD has only been legally approved for treatment against certain types of epilepsy, as it can help with tremors, spasms, and seizures. 

CBD in Switzerland

What is the history of cannabis in Switzerland?

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The Swiss Government has been historically lenient with cannabis regulations, which has allowed people to benefit and create a small market for it for many decades. Switzerland has had a unique relationship with cannabis. In 1924, it was banned by the Narcotics Act. However, people continued to use it, and in 1995 the laws changed to allow people to grow hemp in their homes strictly for medical use and under the 1% THC limit. This created a loophole, and specialty shops selling hemp above the legal limit began popping up. In 2012, cannabis was decriminalized. Having up to ten grams of flower and up to four grams of hash only resulted in fines and confiscation. Overall, Switzerland has been more lenient than other countries with cannabis, as most of Europe only allows THC up to 0.2%, and 0.3% in the United States. This suggests that Switzerland could become a prominent cannabis marketplace in the future

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