Did you know? CBD is:
- completely natural and known for thousands of years
- has countless positive effects on the human body
- legal in Hong Kong if it does not contain any THC and CBN
We do not only live in the year of the rat but also in the year of CBD (cannabidiol). The rat is a fitting animal for the metaphor since the rat resides in nature and symbolizes intelligence and what could be more intelligent than using nature for your well-being?
Be it Kowloon, the Hong Kong Island, or the New Territories – CBD is becoming the new favorite everywhere in Hong Kong and around the world. People use it successfully for a host of purposes. Wouldn’t you love to lose those aching back pains? Maybe you just want to relax after work and sleep better? Or do you want to heal your skin from the typically poor air in Hong Kong? All that and more is possible with mother nature and her gift to us – CBD.
What is CBD actually?
“CBD” is the abbreviation of cannabidiol, a fully natural chemical substance. CBD is an extract of the female hemp’s flowers. Humanity knows about the favorable effects of hemp for thousands of years. Texts of traditional Chinese medicine already mentioned cannabis (hemp) as a cure 2.000 years ago. In Chinese traditional medicine, the hemp was called “Má” and used to help with various ailments, for example, malaria and rheumatism.
Today, science and practical use have uncovered that it is the CBD that leads to many of the marvelous effects of hemp. The CBD is extracted from the hemp plants by several specialized methods.
Pure CBD has a crystalline form and very potent. Therefore, it is often solved in a digestible oil (e.g. coconut, sunflower, or hemp oil) to make it easier to swallow and use the right dosage.
How does CBD work in the human body?
When you take the oil in your mouth, a part of the cannabidiol (CBD) enters your blood via the lining of the mouth (buccal mucosa). The rest of the CBD follows a bit later via your digestive system. Your blood is then filled with CBD and brings it to the brain, in particular the cannabinoid receptors of your brain.
The human body has a system that uses messenger substances that are very similar to CBD. Therefore, your body takes the CBD as the body’s substances and activates a host of positive functions and effects for your health and well-being.
Is CBD a drug? Will it make me high?
No, CBD is not a drug and does not cause any psychoactive effects. The confusion related to CBD stems from the notorious THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is generally also a part of the hemp plant but will intoxicate people when consumed. It is psychoactive and thus considered a drug in most countries.
When you take a CBD product (a high-quality one), it will not contain any THC, because that gets filtered out after the CBD extraction. Therefore, you will only ingest CBD and oil. There will be no psychoactive effect, just the positive effects of the CBD.
Ah, and by the way: another positive is, that CBD oil does not have any smell, so nobody will know that you consume hemp.
What positive effects does CBD provide?
Science and user reports alike suggest that CBD can help with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorders. It can also help with skin problems and better sleep. CBD can relieve pain, alleviate cancer-related syndromes, and has many other benefits. It is also used to treat severe forms of epilepsy. Even pets are reported to be helped by CBD.
Is CBD legal in Hong Kong?
Yes, CBD and CBD oil are perfectly legal in Hong Kong. In fact, the city at the mouth of the Pearl River is quite progressive and not a strict as other surrounding countries. That is only reasonable because CBD is not a drug but a wellness product. Therefore, Hong Kong opens its inhabitants the chance to live better, which is, of course, welcome.
Nonetheless, the local law states that CBD in Hong Kong must be completely free of THC and CBN. You already know what THC is (see above), but what is CBN?
“CBN” is short for “cannabinol”, which sounds very similar to “cannabidiol”(CBD). In fact, CBN is also a cannabinoid produced in the flowers of the hemp plant. However, the substance is only present in traces in the plant. CBN is known to be slightly psychoactive and therefore considered a dangerous drug by the Hong Kong authorities.
Due to that, residents of Hong Kong must be especially strict with their preferred CBD oil. Please keep in mind though, that most vendors use industrial hemp to produce their CBD. Those strains are bred to produce the maximum amount of CBD and only minimal THC as well as CBN to decrease the work needed to filter out those substances.
Good vendors will diligently filter out all THC or at least the most since in some European countries CBD oils with 0,2 % THC are still legal. Of course, there are CBD oils available that do not contain any THC and CBN and are therefore legal in Hong Kong. You will find more information on that topic below.
Where to buy CBD in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, there are various ways to buy CBD oil. Firstly, you can buy it offline. Since there are not that many stores at the moment, it might be difficult to find one in your vicinity.
The modern and most comfortable way is, of course, to buy your CBD oil online. You can compare qualities and prices from the comfort of your home and your oil is delivered directly to you.
What are the best CBD oils?
The market is full of offers for CBD oils. Many are of good quality but as always there are also black sheep among the vendors. Buying some unknown CBD oil from a dubious importer may bring unwanted results. It is possible that your oil will not contain any CBD or has THC and CBN as ingredients (because of bad filtering by the producer) That may bring you in trouble with the law.
We have tested several CBD oils, so you don’t have to take any chances. Below, we present you with the three best BCD oils. Those are the ones we use and would give to our family and friends with good faith.
#1. The cream of the crop – Swiss FX CBD Oil
Swiss made CBD oil from the Swiss FX brand is a league of its own. The hemp used for the oil is grown ecologically with Swiss farming methods and harvested by hand. That way nothing is left to chance and the ultra-high-quality appeal can be felt in every aspect of the product. The oil is cold-pressed. It does not contain gluten and is vegan. Moreover, the oil is free of any coloring and preservatives.
Moreover, the pricing is quite fair for the Hong Kong market and the brand actually has a branch office in Hong Kong. Therefore, you won’t have to worry that your package will be held by customs and the delivery will be faster, too.
Finally, every single batch of Swiss FX oil is checked by the German TÜV Süd (you know the Germans and their precision, don’t you?).
As a Hong Kong resident, you can choose one of these oils which are available with 5, 15, and 30 % CBD and guaranteed to be free of any THC and CBN.
#2. The runner-up – CBDfx
CBDfx describes its mission as to provide the finest and purest CBD oils to customers. Indeed, the CBD oil from CBDfx is exceptional in quality. The hemp for the oil is grown organically in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, USA. Of course, the oil is pesticide-free and vegan.
CBDfx has a large offering of CBD products, spanning full- and broad-spectrum oils, CBD isolate, gummies, tinctures, capsules, and more.
Living in Hong Kong, you will want to order one of their CBD tinctures “Wellness” which is both free of THC and CBN.
#3. The bronze medal – Try The CBD
Another fabulous oil is the one from the brand “Try The CBD”.
The hemp used to produce the CBD is grown in Colorado, USA. The state of Colorado was originally the first US state to legalize Cannabis and hemp in the USA. Due to that, Colorado leads the way when it comes to regulations and standards. Therefore, you can expect your oil to be made from top-notch hemp.
Of course, the oil from Try The CBD is also tested by third-party labs to ensure that the customers get the best possible quality.
Hong Kong customers of course want to check the box with “THC FREE” on the order page to get the version with absolutely no THC and CBN in it.
What should I look for when buying CBD oil?
One of the most important things you need to check is a laboratory certification of the CBD oil you are going to buy. That is especially true in Hong Kong where a CBD oil with THC and/or CBN in it can bring you legal troubles.
Therefore, check if the vendor of the oil can provide you with a certification of a renowned third-party laboratory. Then, google the laboratory to find out if it is a prestigious one or not. Nonetheless, do your research and find reviews of the laboratory in question. If all is well, proceed to the next step.
Then check the certification. Does the oil contain THC, CBN, or harmful substances like pesticides and heavy metals? If not, it is a candidate for a buy.
Regarding the price point, we suggest “not to spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth of tar”. High-quality hemp and sustainable farming have their price, so do precise filtering and strict quality control. Overall, you usually get what you pay for, which is also true for CBD oils. Therefore, don’t save on your well-being and buy what is best for your body and well-being (and legal, of course).
As a Hong Kong resident, you can enjoy the effects of CBD, too. Just make sure to buy a good product free of THC and CBN and you are good to go. Enjoy!