Is CBD From Hemp the Same as CBD From Marijuana?

Maybe you were wondering about this question in the past already. And maybe you have read some articles/opinions about it as well. This question has flooded the forums and blogs right after the CBD was found very helpful for some people and various companies started to sell products with CBD.

The answer

So, is CBD extracted from hemp (less than 0,2% THC) the same as CBD extracted from high THC strains (marijuana)? Let’s get back to school in the chemistry class we all loved the most, right? We will try to make is as simple as possible (we are not chemists either). The laws of chemistry and biochemistry remain the same whether the molecule is extracted from hemp or marijuana. Each molecule is made up of the specific arrangement of atoms with a particular bonding pattern. So no matter if you get the molecule from hemp or marijuana, the molecule will remain the same because – chemistry!

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From the physiological point of view, neither the body recognizes if the CBD compound was extracted from low THC or high THC strain. All the interactions with enzymes in our bodies and receptors’ reactions to CBD remain the same.

The most important thing regarding CBD products is the growing and production process. We mention it in almost every article, but really do the best you can before you pay for your CBD e-liquid or any other CBD product. Try to investigate what kind of hemp or marijuana is in the product you’re buying, if it was grown organically or not. Ask about the production method and certificates of quality. That’s how you get the best product, no matter if from hemp or marijuana.

Learn more: https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/is-cbd-from-cannabis-the-same-as-cbd-from-cannabis

CBD Terms Explained

If you are interested in learning about cannabis, it is essential that you understand the vast terminologies.  This glossary will help to clear any confusion you may have.

Cannabis Sativa: A species of plant in the cannabis genus. It’s used to produce hemp fibre and as a psychotropic drug. Cannabis can be consumed in many different ways: smoking, vaporisation, within food, or as an extract. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use.

Industrial Hemp Variety of the cannabis Sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% THC in the dry weight material, grown for industrial purposes. Industrial hemp is the only plant used to make hemp seeds oil. It is one of the fastest growing biomass plants, and one of the earliest domesticated crops known to humans.

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Industrial hemp field, Manitoba, Canada

 

Cannabinoids: The collective term for the various chemicals and active constituents of cannabis. There are 85 known cannabinoids, THC and CBD are just two of them. They are responsible for the effects of cannabis on the body.

CBD: CBD or cannabidiol, is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids found in the trichomes of the female cannabis plant and hemp. It is non-psychoactive, non-toxic and doesn’t have side effects. Growers have favoured high-THC cannabis for the most part, but recently CBD-rich cannabis and hemp strains are being grown to satisfy an increasing demand. There is a wide range of companies using CBD to make a large range of products ranging from cosmetics to e-liquids.

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Endocannabinoid System (ECS): The endocannabinoid system is present in all humans and many animals as well. This system consists of a series of receptors configured only to accept cannabinoids. The ECS regulates all sorts of bodily processes.

Terpenes: A large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants in nature including cannabis. Terpenes are synthesised by the secretory cells inside the glandular trichomes. They are responsible for the different aromas found in plants and fruits.

Entourage effect: It refers to the idea that biologically active compounds can be more efficient when administered in combination with other inactive compounds. The combination of multiple, or all cannabinoids, enhances the effect on the body, compared to one cannabinoid acting alone.

CBD oil: Also called CBD-rich oil, is a specific oil that contains high concentrations of CBD. It is obtained via extraction from the cannabis and hemp strains rich in CBD and low in THC, to create a non-psychoactive oil.
It is very important to ask for a certificate of analysis when purchasing CBD oil and ensure the products quality by choosing recognised company as CBD Brothers or Endoca

Hemp seed oil: Hemp seed oil is a hemp extract from the seeds of industrial hemp plants. There are no cannabinoids such as THC or CBD present in the oil. It is non-psycho-active.

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CBD oil: Also called CBD-rich oil, is a specific oil that contains high concentrations of CBD. It is obtained via extraction from the cannabis and hemp strains rich in CBD and low in THC, to create a non-psychoactive oil.

CBD e-liquid: E-liquid with CBD that is used in vaporisers or electronic cigarettes. Usually, they are made from hemp extract or pure CBD crystals mixed with a classic e-liquid base of PG and VG. The e-liquid goes into a cartridge or atomiser where it is heated and vaped. It is very important to ask for a certificate of analysis when purchasing CBD oil and ensure the products quality by choosing recognised company as  Harmony or Endoca

Why Vaping CBD Will Not Make You High?

Researchers are still working on the big question: how are cannabinoids, with a focus on CBD, is playing on the human system? One thing is sure: CBD is not psychoactive.

Why is CBD Non-Psychoactive?

We will make it simple: CBD is non-psychoactive because it doesn’t work with the psychoactive receptors of the brain.

Let’s explain: The receptors CB1 and CB2 are highly concentrated in the brain, and when THC ( Tetrahydrocannabinol) binds to it, the CB1 receptors are stimulated causing the psychoactive effect. CBD does not have the same binding affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors compared to THC.

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THC vs CBD: The Friendly Battle

Now you understood CBD doesn’t bind well with CB1 receptors, we can go to the next step:
CBD is an antagonist of CB1 agonists.

This means that it doesn’t act directly (activating or suppressing) CB1 receptors. Instead, it acts to suppress the CB1-activating qualities of a cannabinoid as THC. This process explains why CBD is known to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.

Since CBD has no secondary effects; non-psychoactive and non-toxic, it is legal in many countries and has less stigma, than THC, associated with it.

CBD products can freely be bought on website like CBD Brothers, Harmony or Synergy Of Nature

Tips to Getting The Correct CBD Dosage

If you are a CBD consumer, the question has already come to your mind: What CBD dosage is good for me?

CBD is coming in different forms and concentrations, you can vaporise it for example or ingest it, with different effects. CBD is non-psychoactive, no toxic and has no side effect and its benefits are coming at various doses. At any time you can easily stop a treatment without side-effects.

Concentrations vary between preparations, ranging from 1 mg per dose to hundreds of milligrammes. This makes it easy for consumers to get the dosages they need in a form they find easy to use.

We aim at presenting you a simple guideline or starting point for your CBD consummation.

Everyone Is Different

The first thing to understand is that everybody will react differently to their CBD dosage. The right dose of CBD varies with the person. Generally speaking, larger individuals may prefer a higher dose of CBD than smaller people. With CBD, you should be patient to meet your personal needs and scale up just a few milligrammes at a time.

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Start Small

When beginning CBD, it’s best to start with the smallest dose possible. As serving size or dosage of CBD differs for each person, it is best to start small and gradually increase until you experience the desired result.

As with any new product, it is important to become familiar with how your body responds to CBD before increasing the dose.

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Your body will build its tolerance level between 4 and 8 weeks.
After 4 weeks, you should be able to take the double dose to reach the same effects.
After 6-8 weeks you should be adjusted better to your body functions.
Results could be good after just 1-2 weeks, but you could also be with CBD for several years.

The recommendation we have regarding the increase of your CBD dosage is that it should be done every 3-4 weeks by 25mg until you feel it is working.And to decrease amount of CBD with any worsening of symptoms

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5 Rules to Choose the High-quality CBD E-liquid

If you read the article – why vape CBD – you are probably wondering how to choose the right CBD e-liquid. There are so many CBD e-liquids and CBD infused pens, that it might be confusing to choose the right one. These products didn’t exist 10 years ago, which makes it a big harder to keep up with it. This guide should help you to decide if the one CBD e-liquid you chose is good or not.

The rules around vaping CBD are developing as well and the whole industry is slowly becoming established. It means, that the quality standards are not set by the authority and us, the users of the e-liquids, have to choose the right e-liquid ourselves. How can you distinguish, the high-quality CBD e-liquid from the not so good ones?

Homogeneity

The liquid you are looking for should look the same throughout. If there is any separation into layers, it is not a sign of a good e-liquid. As we have mentioned before, CBD refuses to mix with the majority of liquids. It may cause the separation. However, when you make the e-liquid right, this issue should not occur. This is important mainly because when you put the separated e-liquid in your e-cig, you cannot control the amount of CBD you ingest.

Purity

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You should be able to see through the high-quality e-liquid. It doesn’t have to be clear as a water, it can be gold as well. But there shouldn’t be any clouds or stains in there.  The liquid shouldn’t be very thick and cloudy either. It should be appealing for you to look at it.

Label claim

There are many frauds in the industry, who take advantage of not very well informed people and lack of the regulations. The most expensive ingredient in the e-liquid is the CBD of course. Be careful, because what they claim doesn’t have to be always true. How can you find out? Ask the producer for test results. In case the producer is serious, they provide the third party laboratory test. It will be claimed there, how much of CBD is in the bottle. If the producer hesitates with sending it to you, or even admit they don’t have it, don’t buy the e-liquid.

Compatibility with your vaporizer

There might occur an issue with CBD e-liquids containing Vegetable Glycerin. In case the e-liquid is not homogenous the oily layer of CBD can separate from the e-liquid and can harm the vaporizer tank. Mainly these with a cotton wick to soak the e-liquid are prone to damage. There are two solutions to this problem. Either you buy vaporizer with a ceramic heating element in the tank or choose fully homogenous e-liquid, which is suitable for any kind of vaporizer. The good producers usually inform the clients about this.

One additional note! Be careful not to confuse vape pens with disposable cartridges with the classic e-liquid bottles. The first ones cannot be used repeatedly, you have to throw away the cartridge. On the other hand, the bottles will last several refills of your e-cig.  Generally said, the kit of vaporizer and e-liquid bottle are usually cheaper than the disposable cartridges with vape pens.

Source of the CBD

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The last, but not the least point – inform yourself about the source of the CBD present in the e-liquid. If the producer equivocates about the source, run away! Again, ask for the certification and if it not available, don’t buy the product. You should pay attention mainly to pesticides, solvents, contamination and heavy metals. In countries where THC is not legal to be careful about the THC content. CBD for e-liquids is usually extracted from hemp, therefore the level of THC should meet the laws.

After all, it is your responsibility to choose the right high-quality e-liquid and we think these 5 steps will help you to do so.

The Five Vaping Commandments

Nowadays, the vaping market is full of different type of e-cigarettes and the trend won’t last to hit you if it’s not already the case.

We want you to have the best vaping experiment so we draw the five commandments of the perfect vaper.

1.Your material you will complete.

An e-cigarette ready to be vaped has:

  • A power source (usually a battery or wire that draws power from a USB port)
  • An atomiser (the part containing the heating element)
  • A cartridge (the part containing the liquid storage material)
  • A tasteful and pleasant e-liquid

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2. Savings You Will Make

Smoking €10 cigarettes pack a day for a week will cost you €70. The price of e-liquid varies greatly but €10 buy you a bottle that could last you anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks allowing some people to save about $100 per week.

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3. Educated You Will Be

An e-cigarette replaces 4000 chemicals of the classic cigarette with 4 known components that make e-liquids:

  • Vegetal Glycerin – natural chemical, derived from vegetable oil
  • Propylene Glycol –  It carries flavour more effectively than VG
  • Flavoring
  • Nicotine or CBD. Some companies offer different concentration of nicotine/CBD to be able to switch to one to another easily, check here.

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4.Security you won’t forget

Because e-cigarettes are high technology devices working with combustion, safety is a major concern. It is very important to follow your e-cigarette instructions and to do a proper usage of the battery- especially when using sub ohm atomisers on mechanical and unregulated mods. Forums are also a great way to ask questions about safety and learn through other people’s experiences.

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5. Vaping you will learn

The first e-cigarette puff is often a surprise for beginners. The technique is much different than smoking a tobacco cigarette. DON’T WORRY, we’re here to guide you!

  1. Before starting vaping, make sure it is allowed in the place you are. Not all the public places will accept you to vape.
  2. Hit the fire button ( If there is one ), put the mouthpiece to your mouth, and inhale;  Keep in mind that you’re not going to have to inhale as hard as you do with a traditional cigarette. Many smokers like to do a “primer puff” to warm up the atomiser of their device. To do so the first puff you will take will be quick to heat up the coil but without the intention of pulling everything.

WARNING: You will maybe not be able to notice when you had enough of your vape.Unlike a cigarette that is done when the cherry reached the butt, the battery of an e-cigarette won’t shrink as you’re vaping. You have to rely on your body that will notify you the nicotine rush and let you know when enough is enough. The general rule of thumb is that higher nicotine concentrations should be vaped in shorter bursts than lower nicotine concentrations.

Why vape CBD?

There are many ways how to ingest CBD – sublingual sprays, smoking high CBD strains, ingesting oil, dabbing and our favourite vaping! Each of the methods has different effects, which not everyone knows.  There are solid reasons why we love it the most, so let’s take a look at them.

CBD Bioavailability

Generally said, not the whole amount of CBD you consume will affect your body. Only a fraction of the amount will be able to enter the systemic circulation and effect your body. The percentage received by the body is called “bioavailability”. The bioavailability of CBD depends on the way how you consume it. In case of oral ingestion, it is around 15 %. Logically it means, that from each 100 mg of CBD consumed orally, 15 grams will get into your bloodstream. It is because of 2 reasons.

Firstly, CBD is hydrophobic, which means it is not water-soluble, therefore it doesn’t easily mix with blood. It rather diffuses from the blood and gathers in the fat tissues. It reduces the bioactive CBD which enters the systemic circulation. Secondly, when CBD enters your gut, it has to go through the liver before it circulates. However, the liver will reduce the amount of bioactive CBD – either through absorption or through a chemical breakdown. This phenomenon is called “first-pass” effect.

How to increase the bioavailability?

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There are few ways how to do it. The first one is putting CBD into a form which is more hydrophilic/water-soluble. However, achieving this requires demanding chemical equipment such as cyclodextrins or liposomes. Therefore the more practical solution is to vaporize it.

When you vaporize, CBD gets into your lungs and goes to the bloodstream directly. It doesn’t go through gut and liver at all, therefore there is no first-pass effect. In comparison to oral consumption, vaporization allows four times higher amount of CBD to enter the systemic circulation. Moreover, the bioavailability is maximized and is 50-60 %. It means you don’t need so much CBD to consume!

That’s not all! When you vape, the CBD will have a much quicker effect than when you consume it because it doesn’t go through your gut.

One last thing – CBD was found to help people addicted to nicotine. People switched their nicotine bases for the CBD ones. It is extremely beneficial for them because CBD is not toxic in contrary to nicotine. We recommend you to do so as well if you smoke cigarettes or vape nicotine bases.

Now, do you understand why we love CBD vape so much? It has quicker and stronger effect and it is tasty!

Learn more: http://meetharmony.com/2017/01/20/what-is-cbd-vaporisation/