“Where does CBD oil come from?” or “What is CBD oil?” are common teasers on WWW or in magazines…most just get your attention with links to their own brand. You see an ad for CBD tincture, and it sounds great– all you would need to get rid of that pain, or help with anxiety, work related stress, etc. Don’t be deceived by looks—it’s what’s inside that bottle, salve or capsule that counts.
CBD—cannabidiol—can be an incredibly confusing market to understand and to purchase in. I hope you feel more at ease with your personal needs and ability to find products that work after reading this.
Glitzy websites with dazzling pop-ups can make their product look superior to others, but it does not make it easier to be an educated consumer. I guarantee if your keep reading thing CBD world and its products will become easier to navigate.
“Where does CBD oil come from?” or “What is CBD oil?” are common teasers on WWW or in magazines…most just get your attention with links to their own brand. You see an ad for CBD tincture, and it sounds great– all you would need to get rid of that pain, or help with anxiety, work related stress, etc. Don’t be deceived by looks—it’s what’s inside that bottle, salve or capsule that counts.
CBD “oil” can be extracted from the marijuana plant or the hemp plant, with the latter restored to “legal” status after being prohibited along with marijuana. Both plants look alike, but one has medical benefits, the other has an added feature you may not want—a “high.”
Perhaps the pot leaf brings back fond memories and gives some people a mental feeling of once again reliving those days or being young and rebellious or curiosity. Seriously, this is why you see so many brands incorporate that leaf as its logo. Yes, both plants do have a very similar leaf. Other than the obvious, a pot leaf it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick, and it works, but to what end? CBD companies do NOT incorporate a “pot” leaf into their branding that I’ve come across—and I recommend staying away from the ones that do. The capture their buyers with shadows, not substance.
Hemp has a nearly identical appearance to marijuana. Though the marijuana plant contains all the same ingredients as the Hemp plant, it’s important to note is the ingredients. If you smoke marijuana, you get all the ingredients found in hemp—save for THEC, one major difference between the two is simply the THC content. Marijuana’s level of THC will get you high. With hemp, scant trace of THC and no “high.”
What if, for arguments sake, there was a marijuana plant with no or extremely little THC? You will not get high. It’s like trying to get drunk with O’Doul’s. Yes, O’Doul’s is a beer, but the alcohol that gets you “drunk” is not in it. A 12-pack will only send you on more than one trip to the bathroom.
Hemp has been part of human history for thousands of years, renowned in its versatility. Those schooners with the billowing sails held strong with hemp rope. Clothing, window coverings and other household goods were made from it—including edibles for the nutritional value it offered. Sadly, it was banned because of its similar appearance to the marijuana plant back in the 1930’s. There are many theories including conspiracy theories as to why—one is that, at the time, cotton producers knew hemp was superior for many products and saw that if hemp was taken out of the equation the demand for cotton will go way up, which is exactly what happened. One thing most experts can agree on is that it was a strange and fool hardy decision.
If one was to take Hemp plant, and use one of the many extraction processes, it looks like goop. In that extract are over 120 cannabinoid compounds. This is also the process to extract THC from marijuana. The difference? A Marijuana pant can have between 8% and even up to 22% of THC–you will get high, there is no doubt about that. Conversely, Hemp extract will have a scant percentage-usually in the neighborhood of 0.1% – 1.5% of THC, enough to leave you pain and/or stress less, but not inebriated.
After extraction, the THC compound can be taken out completely, or left alone, as long as its lab tested to contain below .03% of THC, this sort of oil is aptly name Full Spectrum (or Full Plant) CBD, containing all of the cannabinoids without the high. Some consider this the “best” because the extract has all the good properties of the plant – the CBG cannabinoid which works to fight inflammation, pain, nausea and can slow the proliferation of cancer cells. Researchers document it significantly reduces intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. Strains high in CBG will be beneficial in treating conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s and many post-chemo negative reactions. Now that is just one of the many cannabinoids, there are many other ones with extremely beneficial effects.
CBD – The Friendly Cannabinoid The benefits of just this one cannabinoid are becoming known and popular. CBD has many medicinal properties such as ant anxiety, pain relief, reduction of inflammation and overall well-being. To give you some insight on its power, the FDA seems to be in the “know” about it, so much so, Epidiolex is the first drug produced with CBD for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Why? Because no matter what they did, they found nothing worked better than CBD. Before you write CBD products off as “hype, consider this: Of all the billions of dollars that the pharmaceutical industry has, CBD shown to be most effective treatment. Amazing, isn’t it? Even THC (the “bad boy”) is prescribed to some cancer patients. Because of its beneficent effect, CBD is being prescribed to patients over thousands of pharmaceutical products with too many life-threatening side effects. Keep in mind these are not medical statements, these are the realities being put out there by researchers and actual patients who have benefitted—and their numbers continue to grow.
Now that CBD is more easily understood, there are three major types you will come across. Full Spectrum, which was explained, is whole plants’ extractions. Next is Broad Spectrum CBD, which all the cannabinoids with the THC completely removed, and its popularity has risen due to containing all of the goodies in terms of cannabinoids except THC. Lastly, Isolate CBD—as the name suggests, the extraction of the Hemp plant was extracted even more just to have the CBD molecule only, nothing else, no CBG, CBN, nothing but pure CBD.
Your most important question is to find out what type of extract you are purchasing and the amount you need to achieve the desired result.
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Vaping your weed is one of the best ways to use your cannabis effectively. It is not only healthier than smoking, but it is also cheaper. Another advantage of using vaporizer that many cannabis users might not know about is that, you are able to reuse your already vaped bud. Vaped weed usually appears brownish and degraded. This gives the impression that the weed is no longer useful and should be thrown out but that’s not true.
Before we go further into the different ways to reuse AVB or ABV, it’s important to know what it is.
AVB means already vaped bud while ABV means already been vaped. This is the remains of the leftover that are found in your dry herb vaporizer after you’re done with a vaping session. This vaped bud are not supposed to appear too dark, this indicates that it is still good for reuse. But there’s a possibility for the vaped bud to appear very dark. This indicates that you didn’t have a healthy sesh and the vaped weed is no longer useful for other use.
The lighter the vaped weed also is, the more the cannabinoid content that is in it. But there’s no means to carry out any test to determine the THC/CBD content left in a vaped weed. So the only viable way to determine the usefulness of the vaped weed is by looking at the color. If the cannabis is vaped correctly, at the right temperature, it will have a roast look with a medium brown color. If the color of the vaped bud appears too dark, then you can safely discard it as useless.
Vaped weed usually contains some amount of cannabinoids that you can still put to good use. There are many ways to reuse your vaped weed and some of the common ways are water curing, making into edibles, tinctures, cannabis capsules, cannabutter, firecrackers etc. Many of these usages are discussed further in this article.
This is one of the commonest way to reuse the already vaped weed. It is a very simple process. It is a very necessary process especially if you plan to use the AVB in drinks or edibles. Water curing helps to take away the ‘weed taste’ from the weed. Water curing the weed might take a few days or up to a week. While some do it for just some few hours. It totally depends on how long you are willing to cure the weed. However, we don’t recommend that you water cure it for more than a week. Typically 4-7 days is ideal to water cure your weed.
Water curing is simply a process where you soak the already vaped weed in water for a period of time. The reason for water curing the AVB is to remove the taste and smell that the weed has after vaping. This smell and taste of the AVB isn’t usually pleasant, so it is advisable that you water cure the weed.
The process of curing is a very simple one. But for it to be more effective, it is advisable that you have a large amount of AVB first and cure them all at once. This is more ideal rather than curing them in parts and bits.
Directions for water curing AVB
• Grind the AVB well and put it in a cheesecloth. Make a teabag out of the cheesecloth by tying it together in a ball tightly. This will ensure that the AVB doesn’t escape.
• At room temperature, put the teabag cheesecloth in distilled water until it is fully submerged in the water.
• Leave the cheesecloth in the water until the water becomes fully discolored. Then strain the water from the cloth completely before placing it in another fresh water or simply changing the water it was in previously.
• Continue this process until the water is completely clear or whenever you feel the process has cured the AVB enough.
• Untie the cloth and bring out the AVB from it. The process would have cured the AVB by now and it’s now good for use in oil or butter.
• You can dry the AVB in an oven at a very low heat until it dries up completely.
• Cover the AVB in a foil and freeze it overnight.
Once you’ve carried out all of the above processes, the smell and taste of the AVB would have improved vastly. Ensure you store it in a sealed container for future usage.
Decarboxylation is an important process for preparation of cannabis edibles and vaping is a form of decarboxylation. In order to turn the THCA (cannabinoid acid) into active THC, you must heat the cannabis. This process typically takes a lot of time in the oven. To create your cannabis edible, you will be needing butter or coconut oil (if you are a vegan). The potency of your cannabis edible depends on how long you spend saving up the already vaped bud.
The first thing you have to do is to infuse your butter with the AVB.
• Put the butter or coconut oil in a saucepan with the vaped weed and some amount of water equal to the vaped weed in the pan. Heat the saucepan, to a point just below boiling point, over low heat.
• It takes about 2-4 hours for the infusing process to become very effective. But you can leave the saucepan for a while longer if you want to. You just have to ensure that it doesn’t boil, rather it simmers. Allowing it to boil will reduce the potency of the cannabinoid. You should also know that this process will likely create a smell that will pollute the air in your kitchen.
• After you are done simmering the mixture, strain it through a cheesecloth or mesh sieve. This will separate the lumpy parts of the mixture. Ideally, you would want to ensure that the amount of plant matter that you get is as little as possible.
• Leave the cannabis-infused butter in the bowl to cool before you place it in the fridge overnight.
• By the next morning, the water top would have a hardened layer of butter on it. Remove this hardened butter layer and add it to any recipe of your choice. This will give you a highness from the edible that can last as long as 4 hours at least and as long as 8 hours at most.
This is one edible that you can easily infuse your weed into. It also has a fat content that helps to carry the weed and ensure that you feel its effect as soon as possible. The chocolate adds to the great taste but also create a chemical euphoria that you feel. According to studies, chocolate causes endorphins to be released in the human brain. This release increases the production of serotonin, which is the happy hormone.
Chocolate brownies are a good choice of edibles to mix the AVB with. You can as well add the AVB to just the chocolate and skip the brownies.
This is another popular method of taking cannabis. You will need a dropper bottle to be able to administer the cannabis oil directly under your tongue. This is a fast way to see the effect of cannabis. You start to feel the effect of the weed as early as 15 minutes from the time you administer it. And this effect can last for hours. You just administer 2-3 drops of the oil under your tongue and hold it there for about 30 seconds.
You can also make cannabis tincture from the remains of your vaped weed.
• The first thing to do is to get an alcohol, add the weed to it and leave the weed to steep. Once in every while, shake the mixture gently. Leave the mixture for a few hours or a few days. The potency of the cannabis in the mixture depends on how long you leave the mixture alone. It becomes more potent when you leave it for a longer while.
• After leaving the mixture for a few days, strain it through a fine mesh, sieve or a cheesecloth. Store it in a dark container, away from the sunlight, in a cool place.
You can apply the mixture with a dropper bottle under your tongue. You get the benefit of the cannabinoids left in this AVB mixture within minutes of applying it under your tongue. And it is as potent as other high quality cannabis oils, especially if you leave the mixture for a longer while after adding the weed to the alcohol.
You can use your already vaped bud in a lot of ways once you add butter to the AVB. Adding butter makes it a versatile source of food, you can spread it on a toast for breakfast in the morning or you can bake it.
• To make the weed butter, the first step to take is to melt the butter. Then you add the already vaped bud to it.
• Place the mixture of butter and AVB on a low heat for a period of 40 minutes.
• Take it off the heat before straining the butter into a butter sieve using a sieve.
• In order to extract the cannabutter, you have to push the herb very firmly against the sieve you’re using for the extraction.
• At this point, you don’t need the cooked herb, so you can discard it.
Refrigerate the butter, and if you need to stock it up, you can freeze it.
It might not be a good idea to add the AVB into your morning coffee or morning tea directly. This is because of the taste and smell of the AVB. It might just spoil your tea or coffee for you. But you can add a little of your cannabutter into your morning coffee. It might not sound right taking butter with coffee. But it’s quite good and a lot better than directly adding the AVB into the coffee. Adding cannabutter to your tea might not have a taste as good as adding it to the coffee.
A very stealth and easy way to take in THC is to take it in capsules, rather than smoking it. Making THC capsules on your own is a relatively easy thing to do. And it’s possible for you to reuse your vaped weed to make these capsules.
It is not right to throw raw AVB into a capsule. So the first thing to do is to infuse the already vaped bud into coconut oil. Add half teaspoon of lecithin into this coconut oil and AVB mixture before pouring it into the capsule. The dosage of the capsule will depend on the potency of the AVB and the ratio of oil. You can start with one capsule, then two, see how you react to it and determine what your dosage is.
This is another very easy way to make cannabis edibles and it requires little to no effort. All you need to do is to get some graham crackers and spread a little peanut butter on it. Then sprinkle some of the AVB on it before sandwiching them together. Wrap up the cracker in an aluminum foil and bake it in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, in a temperature of around 365oF.
You can also use saltine crackers with Nutella. You can add coconut oil to it to increase the amount of fat needed for THC metabolization to take place.
You have to realize that with these crackers, you can only eat more and not less. This means that you can have a very intense experience depending on how much you can tolerate. So it is advisable that you start eating it slow. Then wait for a while, maybe 30 minutes at least. See how you react to it before determining whether to eat more or not. Unless you are already familiar with the effects of the initial dose of crack that you took, it is not advisable that you eat more of it.
It is actually possible to still use the already vaped weed to make concentrates. But you have to know that you will be needing a large quantity due to the potency of the cannabinoid in the AVB which is lower than that of normal concentrates.
The best way to extract the remaining THC is by using a solvent like alcohol or a rosin press. After extracting the remaining cannabinoids, the next step is to dab the concentrates. You can do this using the wax pen or a vaporizer that is equipped with oils and vaporizing wax.
This isn’t something that you see every day but some people actually like to sprinkle their AVB on a pizza. If you don’t mind doing this, I recommend that you get a fresh and thin crust that would not require you to heat it too much, so that you don’t end up overcooking it. You can mask the AVB’s taste by adding some other flavorsome and more powerful toppings on your pizza and maybe some very strong cheese.
Coconut oil is a very versatile ingredient that is used regularly for stirring, frying, and baking. You can also add it to coffees and teas. It is not only versatile, it is also a very tasty ingredient.
Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits, including having natural saturated fats in it, which is good for the health of the heart. For this cause, the most important feature of coconut oil is the level of effectiveness it has in carrying AVB. It absorbs THC a lot better than other carriers with less fats. This makes the infusion of the AVB very potent. This is one of the reasons why many users prefer to use coconut oil. When making brownies, coconut oil can also be added as one of the ingredients that is used.
You can use the AVB to make your own rick Simpson oil. It will obviously not be as potent as the dry herb that has not been vaped at all. but it is believed that it still has as much as 40 percent of the original THC content present in the AVB.
You can extract the THC from the AVB but you will be using some alcohol in the process. It is not exactly a straightforward process and it might require you making some research before going through with it.
Most people prefer to use dry herbs so they can get the highest level of THC that can possibly get. But in the absence of dry herbs, the already used bud is still a very good and viable option. It’s definitely one you should try out.
If you’re someone who naturally enjoys blending and taking smoothies, then this should be an easy addition to the process.
Vaped weed are more useful than many people know them to be. These are ways you can use your AVB and still enjoy the THC left in it.Read More
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has seriously inhibited my life. Since I was diagnosed at the age of 8, I’ve been dealing with its symptoms for decades. Swollen joints all over, eventual TMJ in the jaw, restless legs and brain fog, among many others. I’ve also been given a large variety of medications over the years and have seen specialist after specialist in search of some way to ease my symptoms.
Because there is currently no cure for RA, you have to resort to managing the symptoms that come with it. Regardless of which medication I’ve taken to do so, there always seems to be some sort of downside that occurs. Whether it’s mood swings, painful injections, or simply liver toxicity as a result, treating RA has always seemed to require some type of exchange for feeling a semblance of relief.
This is why I was completely surprised when I was visiting California last year and decided to try some CBD oil that a friend was using. Though I had heard it could help with anti-inflammation, it had never actually crossed my mind to try it out.
A few drops of CBD oil later, though, and I was seriously impressed. It felt as though my symptoms went away entirely, like the tin man once he oiled up his joints!
However, having success one time wasn’t enough for me to be sure that it was actually the CBD. After all, how many times have I had the same reaction to other medications, only to find out that it didn’t work any of the times after?
This was the reason as to why I needed to investigate more and see whether or not CBD oil is actually helpful for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’m here to share my findings with you, so let’s get right into it!
Before I begin this article, it’s important to note that you should always consult a medical professional before introducing any type of substance or supplement into your diet. Because CBD oil can affect everyone differently and because everyone’s body is different, you should get the approval of your doctor before seeking out CBD. It also might not be legal where you live, so it’s always important to check!
Cannabidiol (known colloquially as CBD) is a compound typically sourced from cannabis or hemp plants. It is often referred to as a part of the plant that has no psychoactive effects, giving you a gentle sensation of calmness instead. It works by satisfying your body’s cannabidioid receptors which are naturally producing cannabidioids, giving the user neurological and physical effects.
Due to CBD’s legality in many US states, it has become somewhat of a trend recently, with many people beginning to use it in a variety of foods and health products. However, despite it being a trend, there are a handful of healthy benefits to using CBD, namely for it potentially being able to ease the symptoms that typically come with RA.
CBD is often administered in a variety of different ways, whether you want to take an edible gummy incorporate it into your vaporizer routine, or just use a tincture to take the oil. However, it’s worth noting that taking CBD oil is one of the most cost-effective and popular ways to take it, making the oil one of the best methods for anybody looking to try it out. I’ll be talking about CBD oil in this article because I find it to be the most effective method and a personal preference.
Whether or not CBD oil works for you depends on the circumstance and which type of product you’re taking. This is what I found out when researching CBD oils, as oftentimes many products aren’t regulated by the FDA and therefore don’t have accurate measurements listed on their labels. This is the most crucial part of the process as without a good product you will be wasting both your time and money, something that took me a long time to figure out. If you have a doctor who can recommend you to a medical program that allows you to get government distributed CBD, that is a great option too.
However, if you do your research and are able to find a product that works for many people, then you’re able to move onto the next step of the process: taking it. Taking CBD oil is typically just a matter of having a dropper (otherwise known as a tincture) that you administer directly to your mouth. You put anywhere between 1-3 drops underneath your tongue (specific measurement depends on the product) and wait 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing.
How long the CBD then takes to reach your system depends on your personal reaction to the substance. For my first time using CBD, I was able to feel noticeable results within 30 minutes, but sometimes it also took an hour.
After the CBD is absorbed into your system, you will likely start noticing many benefits. For example, it decreases inflammation very well on top of also decreasing your brain’s overall reception to pain. So, not only will you be feeling less pain overall, but you’ll also be having less pain to begin with.
Many people who have RA also enjoy using CBD due to it also being great for anxiety. As someone who deals with an anxiety disorder and RA, I appreciated being able to use one medication for both of my conditions. However, it’s worth noting that if you take too much CBD oil, you might feel a bit drowsy, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with a specific dose before you start using it regularly.
Another benefit that I love about using CBD oil is that it really helps reduce any restless leg symptoms I have. Having restless leg syndrome as a result of RA makes it incredibly difficult for me to go to sleep sometimes, making CBD a perfect solution to many different problems I deal with.
However, something I want to say about CBD is that it doesn’t work for everyone. Some people with high pain thresholds will not feel any effect when using CBD, while others will notice that it only helps temper their symptoms about half of the time. If you’ve done your research and think that it’s right for you (with the approval of a medical professional), it’s definitely worth looking into, but your mileage may vary.
Another thing to mention about CBD products is that it can be quite expensive if you’re paying out of pocket. Even if you were to get a medical card, it’s important to note that it is not covered under health insurance, so you’ll still have to pay out of pocket. That being said, if it’s a medication that works for you, it’s definitely worth the price, but this is why you should experiment with different brands and see if you can find one that doesn’t put too much of a strain on your wallet.
Having Rheumatoid Arthritis is not a remotely pleasant illness. This is why so many patients with the condition spend years looking for effective ways to manage their symptoms, often never finding something that doesn’t have some sort of trade off.
For many people, CBD oil has profoundly helpful effects on managing Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms, making it ideal for those who are looking for a natural medication that doesn’t have any negative downsides. However, like I stated at the beginning of this article, you should always get the opinion of a medical professional before looking into using CBD oil. This is because not all treatments work the same and it might not be the best choice for you.
That being said, CBD oil has greatly helped me as somebody living with RA and I believe that it is definitely worth looking into and perhaps taking if you’re somebody still looking for a substance that actually works. If you’re somebody who deals with RA pain, look into CBD oil today to see if it’s right for you!Read More
This short guide intends to equip you with the most essential information about CBD, including how it works on the human body, the legality of CBD, whether or not it causes a high and how to choose the right CBD oil.
If you are looking to improve your health and overall well being, hemp CBD extract may well be the most important supplement for you to take.
While many herbs can be effective for a wide variety of conditions, hemp CBD extract is in a league of its own.
According to a list compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and PubMed (an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine), hemp CBD has been found therapeutic for more than 50(!) conditions ranging from acne and insomnia to epilepsy and seizures.
This is thanks to the plant’s numerous – over 100 – active compounds called cannabinoids.
In fact, our bodies also produce cannabinoids. And we call them endocannabinoids, from ‘endo’ meaning ‘‘internal’ in Greek.
Hemp phytocannabinoids discharge their beneficial action via the Human Endocannabinoid System (HES), which was discovered back in the 1990s.
The discovery of HES is arguably the most important discovery in human physiology in the late 20th century.
Scientists have found HES to be of the paramount importance in our bodies. Its receptors (called CB1 and CB2) are ubiquitous and are found in every organ of the body. It is responsible for maintaining and controlling homeostasis, or balanced regulation of each and every system in the body. HES regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much much more.
Scientists still need to understand a lot about HES, but as of today HES appears to be the system behind all the other body systems, thus, it sort of holds the key to overall health and well-being.
Already back in 2001, the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) was put forward by Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist and medical scientist.
Now imagine for a moment what would happen if you never took vitamin C in your entire life because the government made it illegal? Surely, after a while, all kind of problems and disbalances would arise due to vitamin C deficiency.
Luckily for us, the wave of hemp legalization, which has started a few years ago is rolling across the globe at full speed, with more and more countries are legalizing hemp for medical use and for research purposes.
Already in his 2016 research update, Dr. Ethan Russo defined criteria for the evidence of cannabinoid deficiency:
Without sufficient cannabinoids in our diet, the HES operates at less than optimum efficiency, resulting in a general decline in overall health. Supplementing our diets with full spectrum phytocannabinoids by consuming CBD oil may be an essential component to achieving optimal health and regeneration.
Some doctors go as far as to claim that “More people will be saved by the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery.”
As scientists are just starting to make sense of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, we cannot help but ask: What modern diseases could vanish altogether once the endocannabinoid system is better understood?
The legalisation of medical marijuana has caused a lot of confusion, and the current CBD market can be compared to the Wild West. There are no real rules or regulations as to what medical CBD oil is and what it can be called. There is a lot of misinformation floating around.
One of the main points of confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the term marijuana to refer to hemp and vice versa. This raises other issues, the most common of which are the legality of CBD oil and whether or not it causes a high. Now let’s set the record straight as to what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, medical CBD oil, THC and hemp seed oil.
Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. Marijuana is a colloquial name for the cannabis plants but is mainly used in reference to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, a so-called “high”. What is generally referred to as hemp plant, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive and has been used for centuries for to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, textiles, paper, etc.
In the UK, Europe and USA, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled substance. However, as of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate the cultivation of non-psychoactive hemp and allow its use as medicine. Some US states, as well as Canada, have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that causes a euphoric feeling. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC.
Medical CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. As with hemp, in order to be legally sold, it must contain less than 0.2% of the psychoactive component, THC. Thus, CBD does not cause a feeling of being “high” or “stoned”.
Another important distinction to be made is that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same product.
Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as hemp oil, is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil is generally used for cooking and as a dietary supplement as it is a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or other cannabinoids.
Medical CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s flower clusters and contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other active compounds.
Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of hemp CBD for your health, the question arises – how to choose the right CBD oil for your condition or improving general well-being.
Note that, it is not about choosing the right hemp CBD oil to treat a specific condition. The oil works holistically on the whole body and can universally treat all conditions via the human endocannabinoid system. It is rather about choosing good quality hemp CBD oil.
While all bottles in the industry may be labelled “CBD”, not all hemp CBD oil is created equal. Here are the 8 most important things you need to consider to avoid disappointment and make an informed decision about the health product you are going to select.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study which revealed that nearly 70%(!) of hemp CBD oil products sold online were mislabeled. “Only 30 percent of CBD products purchased contained an actual CBD content…” stated in the press release about the JAMA study. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported similar findings about the hemp CBD products in 2015.
Given the overwhelming degree of misinformation in the new unregulated industry, look for independent third party test certificates to ensure that the hemp CBD products contain what they claim to.
Hemp is known to be one of the most highly-absorbent plants. It means that contaminants such as pesticides, chemicals, metals, etc. may ultimately end up in your hemp CBD oil.
The best course of action is to select a hemp CBD oil, which was grown and manufactured in the EU. European regulations regarding hemp are very strict and ensure the highest-quality organic farming standards.
Reputable manufacturers usually state clearly where their hemp CBD oil is sourced from. And again, look for third-party lab test results, which is an indication that the manufacturer takes its quality standards seriously and guarantees that the product is free from contaminants.
Often less expensive hemp CBD oils may use harmful solvents such as butane or propane. While this extraction process is cheaper, the question is do you really want to compromise the health benefits of your hemp CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances.
Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating hemp CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.
Raw hemp material can be put through a series of filtration and distillation processes to extract only one cannabinoid compound (out of over 100), namely the CBD. This extract is then called CBD isolate. In its pure form at room temperature, it looks like solid crystals almost without any smell and colour. CBD isolate is devoid of the benefits of other cannabinoids and active ingredients present in the plant.
Full-spectrum CBD is an extraction of all the active compounds present in the plant and contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp. The evidence is mounting that other cannabinoids naturally contained in the plant provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates, thus making full-spectrum CBD hemp oil the best choice. These compounds seem to work in synergy with CBD, creating a powerful entourage effect.
Another type of oil is broad-spectrum hemp CBD. Broad spectrum is made by combining CBD isolate and other isolated cannabinoids and active ingredients. Oftentimes, broad-spectrum oils are less expensive to produce, but they lack the intelligence of the original nature-intended synergistic balance.
And finally, there is synthetically-produced CBD. While it may be the cheapest type of CBD, it is also the least effective and can produce unwanted side-effects.
Hemp CBD oil is available in various concentrations, which are expressed in milligrams (mg) or percentage terms. To compare different products, express CBD concentration in percentage terms by dividing the CBD amount in milligrams by the total amount of liquid in the bottle. A 10 ml bottle is 10,000 mg. Thus, 500 mg of CBD per 10 ml bottle equals 500/10,000*100=5%.
While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 5%.
Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up.
Note, that as a natural holistic remedy, CBD oil/tinctures may not necessarily produce desired effects immediately after taking as pharmaceutical drugs do. Most pharmaceutical drugs act chemically in a very targeted way with the purpose of alleviating symptoms rather than mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal.
It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using hemp CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.
THC is one of the active compounds of cannabis, the one that gives a feeling of euphoria and a high. As of the beginning of 2019, only products with less than 0.2% THC are illegal. 0.2% is an extremely low dosage and does not generate any psychoactive effects. Check the packaging to make sure that there is no unnecessary THC in the product.
CBD oil can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil or hemp seed oil. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is the by far best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3 : Omega 6 for long term human consumption.
In its original form, hemp CBD oil has a grassy, astringent taste, which some people may find unpleasant. Companies try to mask it with the use of artificial flavourings. Ask yourself, if you would like to get a dose of potentially harmful ingredients every time you use your hemp oil supplement to improve your health and well being.
Bear in mind these 8 points and you will be able to make a good choice of your hemp CBD oil.
To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing natural medicine to see what it can do to improve your health and wellbeing?