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

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.

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/

What is CBD e-liquid?

What is CBD?

CBD, standing for Cannabidiol, is one of the non-psychotropic cannabinoids in industrial hemp. The last couples of years have seen growing interest in CBD since it is one of the cannabinoids found in the highest concentration. CBD is non-toxic, has no side effect and is not psychoactive.

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What is CBD e-liquid?

CBD e-liquids are most commonly made up of four basic parts: VG, PG, CBD and flavouring. You can find CBD e-liquids with nicotine-based. Be aware that, unlike nicotine based e-liquid, CBD concentration can vary massively in strength from 25mg, 50mg, 100mg to 250mg, 500mg and even 1000mg per bottle.

VG stands for Vegetable Glycerine and is also commonly used in foods. It gives the thick sensation to the vapour. PG stands for Propylene Glycol. It’s been around for a long time and is used in many things, such as use as a food preservative and sweetener. It provides the “throat it” and flavour. If you prefer vapour over flavour, you should look for a high VG e-liquid. The big cloud enthusiasts should look for high PG ( over 60%) e-liquids.

At the end of the day, your final choice will depend on your personal requirements, smoking habit and flavours preferences.

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Why should I vape CBD?

CBD is becoming a popular alternative for users looking to quit nicotine e-liquid for their electronic device like e-cigarettes.

Vaporisation is an effective way to ingest the beneficial components of a plant like Hemp. It allows combustion at a much lower temperature, avoiding irritation and burning effects in the throat.

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Buying tricks before buying a CBD e-liquid

  • The CBD dosage you need. Remember the CBD concentration is measured in milligrammes.
  • The frequency of your vaping habit. Will you vape only at home, or home and any other place of your choice
  • Where is the CBD contained in your e-liquid from? Many producers seeing the demand growing for CBD product are spreading bad qualities items on the market. Make sure your seller has lab tested CBD reference.We believe you will find quality CBD products with the following companies:
    1. Harmony
    2. Green Remedy
    3. Endoca

 

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5 Myths About CBD

CBD is naturally occurring compound found in cannabis. In the past decades the cannabis strains were bred mostly for its THC content, therefore the CBD was almost bred out of the cannabis. CBD came back in the people’s mind after its relaxing effects came out.
The most popular CBD products are vape liquids and juices, oral tinctures and salves.
Let’s take a look at the five myths now:

1. All CBD is equal

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Dr. Allan Frankel found out that high-quality CBD can be more than 100 times more effective than low-quality CBD. However, a lot of today’s retailers sell the low-grade CBD, which mostly comes from China.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t spot the difference and buy the low-grade CBD. Companies nowadays try various marketing techniques to sell their low-quality product. We have tried to research the market and find some reliable companies.

  1. CBD Brothers
  2. Harmony
  3. Elixinol

CBD extracted from organically grown hemp is always safe to consume. Ask the company if they have their own field, where they grow hemp themselves. There’s better chance, the hemp was grown for consumption. On the other hand, if the company doesn’t grow the hemp themselves, there is a possibility they repackage low-quality CBD from China.

2. You cannot fail a drug test from CBD consumption

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Unfortunately, CBD falls in the group of legal compounds, which can end in a positive drug test. When one consumes CBD regularly in high doses (around 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil a day), it can show a positive result in the test. In case of a simple urine test, the first screen might flag positive. It is because of the metabolite THC-COOH, which is under the review when the drug test is done. When a lot of CBD is taken, it might influence the first screening of the test. However, the more accurate test called GC/MS can differentiate between CBD and THC so in case you don’t consume THC, you can stay calm.

3. The dosage of CBD is the same for everyone

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The majority of people consume somewhere between 15-30 mg of CBD/day. However, the whole range is roughly 1-100 mg. The best dose is the lowest which gives you the desired result. In case you take any medicals which are metabolized in the liver, then you should take your CBD 1,5 hour before the medication. CBD blocks the pharmaceuticals to be metabolized. It may cause the pharmaceuticals building up in the system, which can cause their increased side effects.

4. CBD is good, THC is bad

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There is a lot of stigma around THC. Due to the strong diabolization in 30’s a lot of people still see THC consumption as immoral or life threatening. However, no-one has died from marijuana consumption. THC has several health benefits as well. It is because THC reacts with endocannabinoid system, we have in our body. Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of receptors located throughout the body. ECS regulates several bodily processes like mood, metabolism, pain, reproduction, and immune functions.

5. You can’t feel the effects of CBD

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Of course, you are not gonna be high, as if you smoked a joint, however, you will probably feel the effects. Moreover, CBD e-liquids are an amazing tool to stop smoking or vaping nicotine bases. CBD is nontoxic, in contrary to nicotine, so it is a much healthier way for you to enjoy the huge clouds of vape.