CBD - Hype or Cure?

Everyone is talking about cannabis oil. The fact that there are fundamentally different variants, which differ significantly in terms of effect or effectiveness, is often neglected - also because many websites and manufacturers themselves do not differentiate. In doing so, they mislead consumers and those in need - consciously or unconsciously. In this context, here is a link to a current article in Nexus magazine "Don't believe the hype - cannabis and commerce"

Summarized: The hype about CBD distorts the view of med. Cannabis, patients have little chance to differentiate. CBD is more of a dietary supplement; The freely available drugs are partly okay in the sense of "harmless to health" but usually too low-dose or monopreparations, the most effective known remedy in the medical sense seems to be high-dose full extract.

1. What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is an oily extract from the flowers or resin of the cannabis plant that contains a lot of CBD. It contains no or very little of the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), but medium to high proportions of the cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is not intoxicating.


2. How does CBD oil differ from other cannabis oils?

Hemp oil (salad oil)

CBD can also be found in hemp cooking oil from the health food store or health food store, which is good with salads, for example. The difference: It is not made from flowers and leaves, but from the seeds of the hemp; In addition, in contrast to medical CBD oil, it contains significantly less CBD and has no therapeutic properties. It's just healthy and tastes good.


THC oil

With THC oil, the name says it all:
This oil contains a high percentage of THC, but no or very little CBD. It is consumed primarily as an intoxicant,
since THC is responsible for most of cannabis' intoxication. The THC in THC oil has two origins: in the best case, it is obtained by extraction from suitable cannabis plants. On the other hand, if you look at the THC-based drugs available from the pharmacy, you will notice that many rely on synthetic THC from the laboratory.


Cannabis full extract / full spectrum oil (also: Rick Simpson oil, RSO)

A full cannabis extract contains THC, CBD and all other cannabinoids and plant substances. Laboratory studies have shown that the interaction of these substances promotes or enhances the beneficial medicinal properties of cannabis. In other words: Monopreparations with only one or sometimes two active ingredients are less effective.


Full extract from the pharmacy

A relatively weak full-spectrum oil is now available in pharmacies and can be prescribed to alleviate certain illnesses and as a supportive measure. The Sativex throat spray is also based on a full extract, but the extract is standardized and mixed with other substances, some of which lead to unpleasant side effects. The active ingredient content of Sativex is also relatively low.


RSO-style full extract (Rick Simpson oil)

Much more effective be highly concentrated full extracts Rick Simpson style.  

Cannabis full extract oil (RSO)

In contrast to CBD oil, cannabis full extract oil is very dark and viscous.

Image: Hans Grewe

Full spectrum cannabis oil (Rick-Simpson-Oil) The Canadian Rick Simpson by no means invented the oil, but he practically rediscovered it and made it popular. A well-made, neatly manufactured medical full extract with a high proportion of active ingredients seems to have proven to be a promising treatment among cancer patients. But - what does well done and clean mean? The patient advisor Hans Grewe said:

“It starts with the fact that only organic, biologically harmless products are used - from the soil to the fodder - and the water must also be constantly monitored, for example to ensure that it has a suitable pH value. The same is true of the earth. The use of pesticides or insecticides such as Vertimec for pest control is also strictly prohibited. Only organic pesticides that are harmless to humans are used, such as would be used by a conscientious organic farmer. [...] Anyone who wants to hold a reliable, hygienically perfect and controlled medical product in their hands cannot ignore certain standards: good raw material, i.e. potent, organically grown plants, and clean,
professional full extraction under laboratory conditions. "

Source: Cannabis-Oel.de, https://www.cannabis-oel.de/interview-mit-cannabisoel-aktivist-hans-grewe-2v2/

In combination with conventional medical measures, RSO produced in this way seems, according to user reports, to actively tackle cancer in most cases. Compared to other cannabis oils, RSO is the oil with the highest medicinal potential, especially for serious degenerative diseases such as cancer. Due to the still applicable limit values for THC, the oil remains illegal - to the annoyance and chagrin of many convinced patients. 

Note: A full extract cannot be "reproduced"! You can't just pour THC, CBD and salad oils together and assume that the effects are the same as those of a full RSO extract!

3. Official uses of CBD oil (without THC)

Compared to full cannabis extracts of the RSO type, CBD oil is only weakly medicinally effective. For some indications, however, it can make sense to treat with CBD - or rather: to support an existing therapy. The vast majority of CBD oils are not approved as drugs, they are dietary supplements.

Indications for CBD oil

First of all: Cannabis medicine is far from being properly researched. There is always a discrepancy between what users report and what is officially confirmed and possible.

Ongoing research suggests that
CBD oil can be useful in the following cases:

as an antispasmodic (e.g. in

  • multiple sclerosis)
  • as an immunosuppressive agent (e.g. for chronic inflammatory bowel diseases)
  • Because of its antioxidant properties, its effect on the CB2 and adenosine receptors, a neuroprotective effect is obvious.
  • For children: CBD is an orphan drug and is used to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy.
  • Further indications for which there is scientific evidence of a significant effectiveness of CBD are, for example, the Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.
  • CBD also appears to be effective in treating certain mental illnesses.



CBD oil has a significantly lighter color, is thinner and is otherwise very different from, for example, potent full extracts. Beware of generalizations!

(Image: Envato Elements)

Effectiveness of CBD using the example of cancer 

The mechanism of action of CBD has not been conclusively clarified. Therefore, the effectiveness in certain diseases is also uncertain. There is a lot of confusion around cancer. A recent study on 118 cancer patients has shown that CBD did have a medicinal effect on 92% of those affected. However, CBD alone is unsuitable for the treatment of cancer.

Important: CBD can have a positive effect on the course of cancer, but it is not suitable for specifically fighting cancer!


Taking CBD oil drops

(Photo: R + R Medicinals / Unsplash)

4. CBD Oil - Ingestion

The form and type of intake varies from person to person. It depends on the indication, the personal constitution, the quality of the oil and consumption preferences. The duration of intake varies: some use CBD oil as an on-demand medication, some short-term, others daily for years.


Some examples of the form of administration:

Oral / sublingual

Here the CBD oil is dripped directly into the mouth or taken with the help of a carrier (drink / food). If the oil lingers under the tongue for some time beforehand (sublingual ingestion), some of the CBD is absorbed through the mucous membranes.


In theory it can
the oil can be drizzled on tobacco or herbs and smoked. Since smoking always has a medical disadvantage, we advise against this method.


The situation is different with evaporation. Ideally, users use a medical vaporizer for this, with which the exact temperature can be regulated in order to gently dissolve and inhale the CBD.

Care products: CBD skin creams & Co

CBD in care products has no noteworthy medical benefit, most products can be attributed to the lifestyle and beauty scene. In individual cases it can make sense to apply CBD directly to the skin to relieve certain symptoms, but internal use is usually more effective.

5. CBD Oil - Where To Buy


Online without a prescription, with a prescription in the pharmacy

Medical CBD oil can be obtained from pharmacies on prescription. CBD oils as dietary supplements are currently freely available for sale, with the legal situation being the subject of constant debate. There are plenty of suppliers of CBD oils on the Internet, and now also in some drug stores and discounters.

Beware of scammers! 

Unfortunately, what's on it isn't always included. There are two major problems with the legal and illegal marketing of CBD oils:


A. Illegal sales and excessive healing promises

There are a number of online stores that equate CBD oil with RSO (cannabis whole extract, see above). They suggest an excessive healing effect and sell their oils to inexperienced patients at sometimes horrific prices. The oils sold can usually be obtained legally for less money - but with less lurid advertising copy. So there is no reason to buy CBD oil on the black market or in legally questionable online shops and Facebook groups. The legal market is teeming with established providers. However, there are also black sheep here:

B. Incorrect information

The second problem concerns the actual CBD content in the oil - it does not always correspond to the value stated on the packaging. If you want to be on the safe side, you can for example based on the seal of approval of ARGE CANNAwho have tested CBD oils and published the results online.

High prices, inferior content, and false promises!

The cannabis oil business is often ripped off - stay vigilant, especially when it comes to offers on the Internet.

When does the cash register pay?

Unfortunately that is
nowhere clearly regulated. Patients who could benefit from the effects of the CBD described above should find out, together with an informed doctor and their health insurance company, whether it is possible to cover the costs. Pharmacy CBD is sold under the trade name Epidiolex.


6. Cannabis in cancer

On the Internet one often comes across testimonials from users who use cannabis to treat various cancers. But what is the perfect cannabis cure for cancer? There are no easy answers to this question. However, there are a few important points on which to base an assessment:

  • Active ingredient combination: Preliminary studies in the laboratory have shown that THC and CBD in combination work better than either of the substances alone. The results are even better if the other, sometimes little-researched active ingredients of the cannabis plant are also included, including around 100 cannabinoids and other plant substances such as terpenes. This is the case in authentic whole extracts.
  • Active ingredient content: While prescription medical cannabis products rarely contain more than 25 percent THC, a full RSO-type extract has at least 50 percent. Many users attribute their success to the high content of active ingredients. The ratio of THC to CBD should therefore be between 4: 1 and 3: 1.
  • Purity: Illegally traded cannabis in particular is often contaminated, contaminated with pesticides and fertilizer residues or even deliberately stretched in order to achieve a higher yield. Such pollutants are the last thing a cancer patient could use. The highest standards and a waiver of potentially harmful substances during cultivation and processing should be given if possible.

A professionally produced, naturally pure and highly concentrated full extract meets these criteria best. But due to the legal THC limits, patients who opt for such an oil are dependent on black market deals, which brings some risks - and that is why we make it clear here that we are by no means calling for people to possess or consume such a product if it is illegal in your country.

You can find corresponding patient reports on our website at https://hanfheilt.net/category/fallberichte/.

You can read more about the production, effects and problems of obtaining full cannabis extract (RSO) in our interview with patient advisor Hans Grewe: https://hanfheilt.net/2017/11/04/hans-grewe-im-interview /.