What is CBD?


Cannabidiol is by no means a new substance. It is derived from hemp and humanity has been using it for over 5.000 years by now. Traditional Chinese medicine texts mentioned hemp for nearly over 2.000 years now. Back then, hemp was called “Má” in China and used to treat rheumatism, malaria, and other illnesses. Today’s name “cannabidiol” stems from the Latin word for the hemp plant.

CBD is extracted from specially cultivated female hemp plants (high CBD content) by several methods. By the way: China is at the moment the world’s largest producer of industrial hemp, which is used for CBD production.

Once extracted, Cannabidiol is a crystalline powder or solid, called CBD isolate. To make it easier to dose the CBD isolate it is most often solved in oil, so the users can swallow it easily. CBD is also available as cremes, tablets, and edibles.

Will CBD make you high?

No, CBD will not make you high. CBD is not like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is also a product of the hemp plant. Although both are chemically partly similar, both have very different effects in the body. THC is psychoactive and causes intoxication known as “high”, while CBD does not. Therefore, CBD is not psychoactive. This way you can enjoy all the health benefits from CBD without intoxicating yourself and getting in trouble with the law. THC is illegal in Hong Kong, this is why all our SWISS FX products are free of the compound.

How does CBD work inside your body?

CBD is a totally natural substance and positively benefits many people who use it. Once the cannabidiol enters your body (through inhaling, ingesting or via your skin), your bloodstream will transport it to the so-called cannabinoid receptors in your brain.

Surprisingly, the human body uses a form of cannabinoids itself to regulate bodily functions. The discovery of the “endocannabinoid system” is relatively new. In the 1990s Scientists found out that the body has two receptor types for cannabidiol – CB1 and CB2. The CBD from your blood will dock at these receptors, so they will signal the brain: “Okay, CBD detected”. This will make the brain activate several chemical functions which will have a multitude of positive effects on your body.

What are the effects of CBD?

Scientific studies and hundreds of thousands of actual users report over and over again the positive effects CBD has. Firstly, it has been reported that CBD reduces pain and inflammation. Moreover, it helps to diminish fears and to sleep better. No less important, it can help with your skin. According to reports, CBD can prevent acne as well as wrinkles, and help with anti-aging. It is also successfully used in the treatment of special forms of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Even pets seem to benefit from CBD. There are still new benefits to discover and we will see what medical studies and users will unearth in the future.

In the US and Asia (especially South Korea and Japan) CBD is especially popular in beauty and wellness products at the moment. CBD helps with skin care and assists in winding down naturally after work. So, it is a popular combination for people who are active and want to look their best at the same time.

How is CBD consumed?

Most people swallow CBD oil, which is easy to dose. Since the CBD must pass the digestive system there will be a delay between the intake and the effect. You can also vaporize it with a special “vape pen” and inhale the vapor. This way is the fastest to enjoy the benefits of CBD, but the effect is a bit shorter than swallowing the oil. Moreover, you can eat or drink CBD. Several offerings exist for CBD gums and the like, as well as CBD infused health drinks. You can also apply CBD topically, which is great for aching joints or for skin care.

Does CBD have side effects?

Generally speaking, no. CBD is natural and very safe, even in higher dosages. Of course, every person is different and has different body chemistry. Some users reported slight drowsiness and dizziness after taking CBD. For more information you can read our article on ideal CBD dosages.

Is CBD legal in Hong Kong?

Of course, you will have to check your local laws if CBD is legal in your country in Asia. In Europe and the USA, it is mostly legal since the lawmakers recognized that CBD has nothing to do with THC and illegal drugs. It is seen as a dietary supplement. The situation is changing constantly in Asia, too. Some Asian countries even legalized medical hemp, for example, Thailand in 2019. In Hong Kong, CBD is legal as long as it doesn't contain THC.