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CBD is often associated with healing effects and promises. It is becoming more and more popular as a food supplement. There are now several CBD products on the market that entice with health-promoting promises. CBD can have positive effects on various ailments, but there is more to know.

In our CBD oil capsules test 2021 we have looked into the topic of CBD and picked out the best CBD oil capsules for you. So that you know what is important for oil capsules and what you should look out for, we have put together criteria for you. In order to inform you comprehensively, we answer the most important questions and bring you up to date with the current state of science.




The most important facts

  • CBD is extracted from cannabis or hemp. Unlike THC, it does not count as an intoxicant. CBD has no effect that makes you high.
  • The effects of CBD are still being studied. Although there are positive effects, in many areas the effect is not yet clear.
  • There is no fixed dosage rule. CBD has to be dosed individually and the dosage depends on the symptoms as well as other factors.

The Best CBD Oil Capsules: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for CBD oil capsules

So that you know what is important when buying CBD oil capsules and how to get a safe product, we have put together a few criteria to guide you when buying.

So that you know what the individual criteria stand for, we explain them to you in more detail below.

CBD content

When buying a CBD product, you should pay attention to the CBD content. There are dosages from 15 - 5000 mg. Doses with high CBD per milligram should not be used by beginners.

The CBD content you should use depends on your desired dosage. If you are just starting out or if you do not tolerate CBD well, you should rather use smaller doses.

Ingredients

It is often recommended to combine CBD with other supplements to get more benefits. Therefore, there are often products on the market that combine CBD with other ingredients. Example combinations are CBD and melatonin.

You can also opt for different carrier oils. CBD is mixed with oils in the capsules. Examples of carrier oils are hemp seed oil, MCT oil or olive oil.

Purity

When buying CBD, it is important to pay attention to its purity. This means that you should use natural and not genetically modified CBD. CBD is obtained from hemp or cannabis.

Hemp has the ability to absorb substances from its environment, which can also lead to the absorption of harmful substances.

Therefore, you should use CBD from controlled cultivation, as the danger of pollutants is minimised there. One certificate for organic cultivation is the USDA certificate. Certified products are a little more expensive, but also safer.

THC value

THC stands for the active ingredient in cannabis that has a psychoactive effect. This means that THC makes you get high. CBD has no psychoactive effect.

Your product must not contain more than 0.2 percent THC.

However, since CBD products can contain THC, you should pay attention to the THC content.

In your CBD oil capsules, the THC value should not exceed 0.2 percent, as products with higher values are not allowed in Germany. The low THC value also ensures that no side effects are caused by THC. You should therefore pay attention to this when buying.

Manufacturer

Another criterion is the manufacturer. Well-known and established manufacturers often offer more reliability and safety, which is why it can be worthwhile to buy the oil capsules from them.

It can be helpful to look at customer reviews.

When looking at the manufacturers, you should pay attention to where they source their hemp and whether they pay attention to its purity. Manufacturers with reputable sources state the place of origin of their hemp and sometimes also publish laboratory tests.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about CBD oil capsules answered in detail

So that you know everything there is to know about CBD oil capsules, we have selected and answered the most frequently asked questions. We also bring you up to date with the latest scientific findings.

What are CBD oil capsules?

CBD oil capsules are small capsules that contain CBD oil. CBD stands for the active ingredient cannabidiol, which is said to have several pain-relieving and calming effects.

CBD Öl Kapseln

CBD can be found in several forms. Oil capsules are one of them and are also called softgel capsules. In this form, the CBD oil is already in the capsules (Image source: BATCH by Wisconsin Hemp Scientific / Unsplash).

CBD is extracted from cannabis, but has no narcotic-like effects. (1) CBD is therefore not considered an intoxicant like THC. CBD is obtained by CO2 extraction, for example.

Capsules containing CBD oil are often called softgel capsules. There are capsules that are also called full-spectrum products. These products use a variety of compounds from the cannabis plant. CBD isolates, on the other hand, contain only the CBD from the plant.

How do CBD oil capsules work?

CBD usually needs some time to develop an effect. Depending on the form of ingestion, the time of effect can also be influenced. Liquid CBD is absorbed more quickly by the body than other forms.

CBD is considered to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. The exact effect of CBD is still being studied.

CBD does not offer a cure as it does not remove the causes.

CBD is said to be able to relieve symptoms, but it cannot treat the causes of pain and other complaints. CBD does not replace medical treatment.

There are several areas where CBD is said to have an effect. These include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Skin
  • Brain
  • Pain

In order for you to know how CBD works in the individual areas, we will briefly summarise the current state of scientific knowledge.

Depression

CBD is said to be an aid against depression. CBD has the property of increasing serotonin and glutamates and thus has an antidepressant effect.(2)

In other scientific discourses, it has been argued that CBD can have anitdepressive effects in animals. To this end, several animal experiments were carried out that put the animals under stress. The result was a good interaction between CBD and the 5-HT1A neurotransmitter.(3)

Anxiety

In a scientific study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder were treated with either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before undergoing a simulation of public speaking. Before and during the speech, CBD was able to reduce discomfort and anxiety. The result thus showed a calming effect of CBD.(4)

Scientists have summarised that CBD has a positive effect against anxiety. This is said to be especially true for social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder. However, further studies need to be conducted regarding the dosage and therapeutic effects.(5)

Sleep

Scientists have summarised that the effect of CBD on sleep quality has not yet been established. Although some studies have found a positive effect of CBD on sleep disorders, the effects were short-term. Further studies on the effect of CBD are therefore needed.(6)

Some CBD oil capsules contain melatonin to promote sleep.

Furthermore, researchers concluded that there are gaps in knowledge regarding dosage and interaction with other diseases. However, some studies have shown a sleep-promoting effect of CBD. (7)

Skin

In a study with 20 patients, they were told to apply CBD ointment twice a day for 3 months. The result was that CBD can be used safely without THC. It also had an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.(8)

CBD Öl Kapseln

CBD is also used in cosmetics. So you won't only find food supplements with CBD (Image source: Pharma Hemp Complex / Unsplash).

In a comparative study, it was concluded that the effects of CBD as well as other substances of the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBN, on the skin should be investigated in the future.(9)

Brain

CBD is said to be helpful against several diseases. These include diseases that affect the brain.

Researchers evaluated that there are no or not enough studies to determine the effects of CBD on diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, several studies are needed in the future to investigate the therapeutic potential of CBD.(1)

Further studies remain necessary to establish the clear effect.

It has also been evaluated that CBD can alleviate psychotic symptoms of some diseases. For example, it has been hypothesised that CBD may show antipsychotic effects in schizophrenia. This would happen by stimulating the endocannabinoid system. But here, too, the need for further research was pointed out.(10)

Pain

In a study with rats, it was concluded that CBD had a therapeutic benefit in treating pain from arthritis. For this purpose, rats with arthritis were administered CBD gel with either 0.6, 3.1 or 62.3 mg for 4 days. The dosage of 62 mg was effective.(11)

After comparing several studies, other researchers concluded that the benefits of CBD are overshadowed by its potential harms. While it could relieve pain in neuropathic pain, it should be studied more closely. The comparison was conducted in 2017 by 3 different researchers. For this purpose, 16 studies with a total of 1750 participants were compared.(12)

When and for whom is it useful to take CBD oil capsules?

Taking CBD oil capsules can be useful if you suffer from the conditions listed above. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or under the age of majority, you should consult a doctor before taking CBD oil capsules or refrain from taking them.

The effect on children has not been studied. They should therefore not take CBD.

The capsules can be taken at any time of the day. You can take them with a meal. The capsules develop their effect in the stomach.

If you are vegan, you should make sure to buy capsules that are not made of animal gelatine. Most manufacturers specify whether they use animal gelatine or vegan gelatine.

What are the side effects of CBD oil capsules?

CBD is usually well tolerated(13), but side effects or interactions with other medications cannot be ruled out. To rule out possible interactions, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist about them.

Some side effects occur only at first, when your body gets used to CBD, and then subside over time. Side effects may include(14):

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • low blood pressure

Unpure CBD can cause you to ingest harmful substances, such as heavy metals, which can have a negative effect on your body. Therefore, make sure your CBD is pure. To avoid side effects from THC, your product should not contain more than 0.2 percent THC.

What is the advantage of CBD oil capsules over CBD capsules or CBD oil?

The main advantage is that CBD oil capsules combine the advantages of CBD capsules and CBD oil. In addition, some disadvantages of the capsules or the oil cancel each other out.

CBD oil is dripped onto the tongue and absorbed through the mucous membrane, which makes it work fastest. However, CBD oil capsules are neutral in taste and do not trigger a bitter taste in the mouth like CBD oil.

CBD Öl Kapseln

CBD oil triggers an unpleasant taste for many when it is dribbled directly onto the tongue. It is therefore also dribbled into food or drinks to avoid the taste (Image source: Evopure CBD / Unsplash).

Compared to capsules, the advantage is that CBD oil capsules work better than CBD capsules with other oils because of the CBD oil inside. Due to the capsule form, the oil is better dosed and more pleasant to take.

CBD oil capsules are suitable for on the go and can be adjusted to individual dosages.

How much do CBD oil capsules cost?

CBD oil capsules are available at different prices. Since it can be difficult to know how much reputable CBD products cost, it can be helpful to compare several suppliers.

To give you an overview, we have summarised the prices.

Dosage Price
20 mg 30 - 210 Euro
500 mg 28 - 233 Euro
1000 mg 15 - 110 Euro

When it comes to CBD oil capsules, quality is paramount. Reputable products are not cheap, but should be preferred over dubious ones. As a rule, you can find serious offers for less than 100 euros.

Where can I buy CBD oil capsules?

You can buy the capsules in a shop or online. You can find CBD oil capsules in local hemp shops. You won't find the capsules in drugstores.

Online, you can find many manufacturers who offer CBD. However, you should only buy from reputable suppliers to avoid impure CBD and being fooled. Reputable manufacturers include:

  • Nordic Oil
  • Hempamed
  • CBD Vital

You can look at the manufacturers' sites or at sites where these manufacturers sell. These sites include :

  • naturecan.com
  • aponeo.com
  • medpex.com

Online, you will often find it at online pharmacies. In some pharmacies you can also find CBD on site. There you can buy either over-the-counter or prescription CBD.

How should CBD oil capsules be dosed?

The dosage depends on the purpose of use. Someone who takes CBD for medicinal purposes will usually need a different dose than someone who does not or who uses it as a supplement.

There is no fixed guideline. If you use CBD as a dietary supplement, you should not consume more than 2 capsules a day.

Those taking CBD for medical conditions should ask their doctor about dosage. Dosages are very individual and depend on several factors, such as:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Gender

Those starting out with CBD should use lower doses and can increase them over time if needed. However, when increasing the dosage, make sure that the body first has to get used to the change.

Are CBD oil capsules legal?

CBD is considered a food supplement and is freely available. Compared to THC, CBD is not a narcotic and therefore does not fall under any legal prohibition of narcotics. However, this is especially true for CBD from organic cultivation. CBD may require a prescription if it is consumed in larger doses.

CBD is not approved as a medicine.

However, some cities may have banned the sale of CBD. (15) If you want to travel with CBD products, you should pay attention to the regulations of the individual countries, because it has not been legalised everywhere.

Whether a CBD product is legal ultimately depends on the THC content. If it is below 0.2 percent, CBD is legal in Germany. Anything above that, however, is not.

What alternatives are there to CBD oil capsules?

If you don't want to take capsules but don't want to do without CBD, you can use alternatives. There are three alternatives in total.

We have created a short overview in the following table.

Type Description
Tablets CBD tablets are tasteless and have a long shelf life, but their effect is slow. They take the longest to work among the possible CBD intake forms.
Ointments CBD ointments are suitable for external use, e.g. for skin problems. Care should be taken not to swallow the ointment.
Liquid This form is suitable for e-cigarettes, among other things. It cannot be used without the appropriate accessories. With accessories, it replaces harmful effects of tobacco.

Each form has its advantages and disadvantages. CBD oil capsules score points with easy application and a quick effect. Those who do not want to swallow CBD can switch to an alternative.

References (15)

1. Elsaid S, Kloiber S, Le Foll B. Effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in neuropsychiatric disorders: A review of pre-clinical and clinical findings. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2019;167:25-75. doi: 10.1016/bs.pmbts.2019.06.005. Epub 2019 Aug 28. PMID: 31601406.
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2. Linge R, Jiménez-Sánchez L, Campa L, Pilar-Cuéllar F, Vidal R, Pazos A, Adell A, Díaz Á. Cannabidiol induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects and enhances cortical 5-HT/glutamate neurotransmission: role of 5-HT1A receptors. Neuropharmacology. 2016 Apr;103:16-26. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.12.017. Epub 2015 Dec 19. PMID: 26711860.
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3. de Mello Schier AR, de Oliveira Ribeiro NP, Coutinho DS, Machado S, Arias-Carrión O, Crippa JA, Zuardi AW, Nardi AE, Silva AC. Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2014;13(6):953-60. doi: 10.2174/1871527313666140612114838. PMID: 24923339.
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4. Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Chagas MH, de Oliveira DC, De Martinis BS, Kapczinski F, Quevedo J, Roesler R, Schröder N, Nardi AE, Martín-Santos R, Hallak JE, Zuardi AW, Crippa JA. Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 May;36(6):1219-26. doi: 10.1038/npp.2011.6. Epub 2011 Feb 9. PMID: 21307846; PMCID: PMC3079847.
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5. Blessing EM, Steenkamp MM, Manzanares J, Marmar CR. Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Oct;12(4):825-36. doi: 10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1. PMID: 26341731; PMCID: PMC4604171.
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6. Babson KA, Sottile J, Morabito D. Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 Apr;19(4):23. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0775-9. PMID: 28349316.
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7. Kuhathasan N, Dufort A, MacKillop J, Gottschalk R, Minuzzi L, Frey BN. The use of cannabinoids for sleep: A critical review on clinical trials. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2019 Aug;27(4):383-401. doi: 10.1037/pha0000285. Epub 2019 May 23. PMID: 31120284.
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8. Palmieri B, Laurino C, Vadalà M. A therapeutic effect of cbd-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars. Clin Ter. 2019 Mar-Apr;170(2):e93-e99. doi: 10.7417/CT.2019.2116. PMID: 30993303.
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9. Stinchcomb AL, Valiveti S, Hammell DC, Ramsey DR. Human skin permeation of Delta8-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and cannabinol. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2004 Mar;56(3):291-7. doi: 10.1211/0022357022791. PMID: 15025853.
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10. Mandolini GM, Lazzaretti M, Pigoni A, Oldani L, Delvecchio G, Brambilla P. Pharmacological properties of cannabidiol in the treatment of psychiatric disorders: a critical overview. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2018 Aug;27(4):327-335. doi: 10.1017/S2045796018000239. Epub 2018 May 23. PMID: 29789034; PMCID: PMC6998871.
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11. Hammell DC, Zhang LP, Ma F, Abshire SM, McIlwrath SL, Stinchcomb AL, Westlund KN. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. Eur J Pain. 2016 Jul;20(6):936-48. doi: 10.1002/ejp.818. Epub 2015 Oct 30. PMID: 26517407; PMCID: PMC4851925.
Source

12. Mücke M, Phillips T, Radbruch L, Petzke F, Häuser W. Cannabis-based medicines for chronic neuropathic pain in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Mar 7;3(3):CD012182. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012182.pub2. PMID: 29513392; PMCID: PMC6494210.
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13. Martin-Santos R, Crippa JA, Batalla A, Bhattacharyya S, Atakan Z, Borgwardt S, Allen P, Seal M, Langohr K, Farré M, Zuardi AW, McGuire PK. Acute effects of a single, oral dose of d9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) administration in healthy volunteers. Curr Pharm Des. 2012;18(32):4966-79. doi: 10.2174/138161212802884780. PMID: 22716148.
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14. Iffland K, Grotenhermen F. An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2017 Jun 1;2(1):139-154. doi: 10.1089/can.2016.0034. PMID: 28861514; PMCID: PMC5569602.
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15. Online - Artikel der DAZ (deutschen Apotheker Zeitung) über das Verkaufsverbot von Lebensmittel mit CBD in Köln (zuletzt aufgerufen am 21.10.2020).
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Elsaid S, Kloiber S, Le Foll B. Effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in neuropsychiatric disorders: A review of pre-clinical and clinical findings. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2019;167:25-75. doi: 10.1016/bs.pmbts.2019.06.005. Epub 2019 Aug 28. PMID: 31601406.
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Wissenschaftliche Review
Linge R, Jiménez-Sánchez L, Campa L, Pilar-Cuéllar F, Vidal R, Pazos A, Adell A, Díaz Á. Cannabidiol induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects and enhances cortical 5-HT/glutamate neurotransmission: role of 5-HT1A receptors. Neuropharmacology. 2016 Apr;103:16-26. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.12.017. Epub 2015 Dec 19. PMID: 26711860.
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Wissenschaftliche Review
de Mello Schier AR, de Oliveira Ribeiro NP, Coutinho DS, Machado S, Arias-Carrión O, Crippa JA, Zuardi AW, Nardi AE, Silva AC. Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2014;13(6):953-60. doi: 10.2174/1871527313666140612114838. PMID: 24923339.
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Wissenschaftliche Studie
Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Chagas MH, de Oliveira DC, De Martinis BS, Kapczinski F, Quevedo J, Roesler R, Schröder N, Nardi AE, Martín-Santos R, Hallak JE, Zuardi AW, Crippa JA. Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 May;36(6):1219-26. doi: 10.1038/npp.2011.6. Epub 2011 Feb 9. PMID: 21307846; PMCID: PMC3079847.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Blessing EM, Steenkamp MM, Manzanares J, Marmar CR. Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Oct;12(4):825-36. doi: 10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1. PMID: 26341731; PMCID: PMC4604171.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Babson KA, Sottile J, Morabito D. Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 Apr;19(4):23. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0775-9. PMID: 28349316.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Kuhathasan N, Dufort A, MacKillop J, Gottschalk R, Minuzzi L, Frey BN. The use of cannabinoids for sleep: A critical review on clinical trials. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2019 Aug;27(4):383-401. doi: 10.1037/pha0000285. Epub 2019 May 23. PMID: 31120284.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Studie
Palmieri B, Laurino C, Vadalà M. A therapeutic effect of cbd-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars. Clin Ter. 2019 Mar-Apr;170(2):e93-e99. doi: 10.7417/CT.2019.2116. PMID: 30993303.
Go to source
Vergleichende Studie
Stinchcomb AL, Valiveti S, Hammell DC, Ramsey DR. Human skin permeation of Delta8-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and cannabinol. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2004 Mar;56(3):291-7. doi: 10.1211/0022357022791. PMID: 15025853.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Mandolini GM, Lazzaretti M, Pigoni A, Oldani L, Delvecchio G, Brambilla P. Pharmacological properties of cannabidiol in the treatment of psychiatric disorders: a critical overview. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2018 Aug;27(4):327-335. doi: 10.1017/S2045796018000239. Epub 2018 May 23. PMID: 29789034; PMCID: PMC6998871.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Studie
Hammell DC, Zhang LP, Ma F, Abshire SM, McIlwrath SL, Stinchcomb AL, Westlund KN. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. Eur J Pain. 2016 Jul;20(6):936-48. doi: 10.1002/ejp.818. Epub 2015 Oct 30. PMID: 26517407; PMCID: PMC4851925.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Mücke M, Phillips T, Radbruch L, Petzke F, Häuser W. Cannabis-based medicines for chronic neuropathic pain in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Mar 7;3(3):CD012182. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012182.pub2. PMID: 29513392; PMCID: PMC6494210.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Martin-Santos R, Crippa JA, Batalla A, Bhattacharyya S, Atakan Z, Borgwardt S, Allen P, Seal M, Langohr K, Farré M, Zuardi AW, McGuire PK. Acute effects of a single, oral dose of d9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) administration in healthy volunteers. Curr Pharm Des. 2012;18(32):4966-79. doi: 10.2174/138161212802884780. PMID: 22716148.
Go to source
Wissenschaftliche Review
Iffland K, Grotenhermen F. An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2017 Jun 1;2(1):139-154. doi: 10.1089/can.2016.0034. PMID: 28861514; PMCID: PMC5569602.
Go to source
Online - Artikel
Online - Artikel der DAZ (deutschen Apotheker Zeitung) über das Verkaufsverbot von Lebensmittel mit CBD in Köln (zuletzt aufgerufen am 21.10.2020).
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