by Olivier on 15/01/2018 | Medicinal

All about CBD – THC’s little sister under the microscope

CBD Cannabis contains over 500 constituents. The most important of these are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), which both belong to the cannabinoid group. Unlike THC, CBD does not make you high. It does however offer great medicinal potential. That is one of the reasons that we have seen a real boom in CBD over the last few years.

Even people who are not the least bit interested in cannabis have probably heard something about CBD. The media are full of reports about its many potential health benefits and medicinal uses. CBD is said to be successful in combatting anxiety, paranoia, epilepsy, pain and inflammation. It is said to heal acne and yes, CBD can even tackle cancer.

It is true that more and more studies, experts and patients are talking about its positive medicinal effects. CBD is found not just in medicines in the form of tablets, capsules and creams, but also in oils and foodstuffs. The food industry discovered CBD even before the pharmaceutical industry did. But can you be sure that if it says CBD on the label there really is CBD inside? What do consumers need to look out for? How does CBD work and what are its possible side-effects? Sensi Seeds puts CBD under the microscope, reviewing this cannabinoid from a variety of perspectives and answering all the important questions.

What is CBD? How does it work and how is it different from THC?


Infographic about the differences between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Comparisons are made (from top to bottom) between the structural formulae of the chemical compounds, the effects, the risks, the medicinal uses and the sources.

There are more than 500 active constituents in cannabis, of which about 100 belong to the plant cannabinoid group (=phytocannabinoids). The two most important of these are called THC and CBD. Like family members, they complement each other, support each other and argue with each other. The major difference for consumers is that THC is psychoactive while CBD is defined as non-psychoactive. As such, you will not get a high from CBD, but there are people who have observed a calming effect. Studies have shown that CBD dilutes the effects of THC thereby limiting the anxiety that the consumption of (too much) THC can create.

Dr Ethan Russo is acknowledged as a leading expert in the field of cannabinoid research. He explains in simple terms on what CBD actually is: “In the past, CBD was widespread in the indigenous strains from Afghanistan and Morocco, but has mainly disappeared from cannabis for recreational use. It is found, but generally only in low concentrations, in the hemp grown for fibre. CBD is attracting increasing attention thanks to its various medicinal properties, including reducing pain and preventing inflammation without intoxication or sedation. It also reduces the side-effects of THC if they are consumed together, especially anxiety and increased pulse rate. Taken together, both constituents can work synergistically for many applications.”

CBD in medicine – reported experiences

The research results are highly promising: CBD can be used to treat many illnesses and symptoms, such as anxiety disorders, pain, epilepsy, inflammation and possibly even cancer. CBD, a substance with great potential? Undoubtedly! The UK has accepted this and officially approved CBD as a medicine. But it does need to be said at this point that most of the information available about CBD comes from basic research. There are too few studies involving people, meaning that its true therapeutic usefulness cannot yet be properly estimated. But what we can already do right now is listen. Personal reports of patients’ experiences are just as valuable as scientific results. Are you a doctor, pharmacist or nurse who is interested in medicinal cannabis? Then we recommend you visit this website with information about the use of cannabinoids in medicine.

CBD products and applications


Product photo of CBD oil from Sensi Seeds, with the packaging on the left and the bottle on the right. CBD Oil is written in large type, alongside the Sensi Seeds logo. The colour scheme is entirely white and green. On the left of the packaging is the dosage and the recommended use, on the front we can see that this is a 100% natural, decarboxylated food supplement with a volume of 30 ml. The average CBD content is 3%, totalling 900 mg. The same information appears on the bottle.

CBD is the food additive of the day. New companies are coming onto the market and want to grab a slice of the pie. This is especially true in Switzerland. In almost every city there is now CBD weed, CBD oils, foodstuffs and even CBD eliquids on sale. At the same time, a tangled web of producers, wholesalers and retailers has sprung up. This is definitely not helping to improve product quality. In some samples, products were found that contained either zero, or much less CBD than stated on the packaging. Contamination with bacteria or pesticides is also sometimes an issue.

How can you as a consumer make sure that you are buying a good quality product? The answer is simple: find out where, and under what conditions, the hemp is grown from which the CBD is drawn.

Sensi Seeds has more than three decades of experience with cannabis and cannabinoids. All our CBD products are produced by our sister company, HempFlax, with the greatest care, and non-chemically. Because we look after both production and sales, we can guarantee our customers safe products of the highest quality. The latest example of this is our CBD coconut hemp oil, which is not only healthy but also tastes fantastic.

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gail-patricia greer

FIRST-- I suffer from chronic pain and want to get off opioids, but I live in FLORIDA where the conservative legislators are NOT in favor of MMJ & want to dissuade its use. Like our ill-informed Attorney General Sessions suggests: just take an aspirin!

SECOND--their stalling tactics and lack of diverse products (e.g., edibles, etc.) encourage the limited growers to keep profits high (enabling political contributions to these lack-luster/ill-informed politicians*) which may affect product quality.

THIRD--Our illustrative leaders decided to hire 5-9 additional personnel to implement the MMJ program. These "leaders" would have designed "the wheel" before ever considering contacting one of the other states with legalized MMJ for advise on establishing an effective and successful program.
In June 2017, approximately 10,000 applications were received for MMJ cards; in August 2017, the applications increased to approximately 30,000. The applicants waited...& waited...& were eventually informed their applications were INCOMPLETE! Mine included. I contacted the "Office of Compassionate Use" and requested its STREET ADDRESS as I wanted to personally deliver the "missing attachments." Within 2 days, I received an email that my missing attachments were found and authorized my use of MMJ. I'm assuming Florida did NOT want thousands of applicants driving to Tallahassee and applying for their card in person.

FOURTH--After 4 years, I'm off Opioids and taking one 10mg CBD capsule during the day but experiencing side affects (sweats/diarrhea/weakness due to low blood sugar...not white-outs). At night, I take one RSO 1:1 50mg capsule and no longer need a sleeping pill. ANY SUGGESTIONS TO ELIMINATE THE CBD SIDE EFFECTS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

gail-patricia greer

*one State Senator amassed $500,000 in campaign contributions with a write-in opponent but sent $100,000 to the Vote NO on AMENDMENT 2 folks.



Hey Gail, glad to hear you're making progress! Try 2 things- 1. change your delivery method from capsule to tincture. 2. Reexamine your diet. Yes, this is a lofty thing to ask of a person, but you need to recognize what might be giving you problems to begin with. Many people find success eliminating sugar and gluten for a minimum of 30 days, (realistically it should be 60 days) then slowly adding things back in to judge your tolerance of them. For more info, research Functional medicine, it focuses on healing the gut. Best of luck!


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