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Does CBD Get You High?

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Will CBD get you high? The answer to this question is a resounding no. CBD oil doesn’t make you high. In fact, CBD oil is specifically produced to minimize what’s called the THC count (what makes a person high) all the while maximizing what’s called CBD count, i.e., what prevents a person from getting high.

Having established that CBD oil will not get you high, it’s important to understand the reasons why. As users of cannabis, it’s in our best interest to be informed on everything related to CBD and CBD oil.

Let us get started, shall we?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or what we refer to as CBD, is one of the several components found in the cannabis plant that’s known as cannabinoids. Another commonly known cannabinoids are THC. Other cannabinoids include CBL (Cannabicyclol), CBG (Cannabigerol) and CBT (Cannabicitran). These are what make up the chemical composition of a cannabis plant.

Scientists have gone further to classify cannabinoids such as CBD into three separate categories namely:

  • Phytocannabinoids
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Synthetic cannabinoids

Below are brief descriptions of what these categories are all about.

Phytocannabinoids

The prefix ‘phyto’ always refers to “of a plant” or something that relates to plants. When ‘phyto’ is added to chemistry, we get the word, ‘phytochemistry” which is essentially a branch of science that deals with plants.

As such, phytocannabinoids are chemical compounds produced in the cannabis plant and other plants as well.  That said, you need to keep in mind that genuine cannabinoids (such as CBG, CBD, and CBN) are only produced in the cannabis plant. Other plants such as liverwort, electric daisy, and Echinacea produce cannabimimetic compounds which can interact with the human mind and body similarly.

Endocannabinoids

These are cannabinoids produced in the body of a human being.

The chemical structure of endocannabinoids is similar but not identical to phytocannabinoids, and they names are quite different:

  • Anandamide
  • Noladin ether
  • N-arachidonoyl-dopamine
  • Virodhamine
  • 2-Arachidonoyl-glycerol

Just the thought of your own body being able to produce its own psychoactive high is exciting, but unfortunately, that’s where it ends (at the thought level) because things don’t work that way.

This is because the concentration level of endocannabinoids in the human body is so low that it cannot trigger a high and neither can it bring relief from PTSD. Besides, the human body will not intentionally produce enough endocannabinoids to make this happen. For a person to feel any of these effects, you will have to add phytocannabinoids to your system.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

These cannabinoids are created in a laboratory. Depending on what the chemist is looking to create, synthetic cannabinoids can take the form of phytocannabinoids or endocannabinoids.

Having understood the science of cannabinoids, let’s now focus our attention on phytocannabinoid CBD and get to know why it will not give you a high.

Why CBD Won’t Get You High?

The human brain is made of millions of neurons that interact and work hand in hand to help you function properly – from keeping senses active to triggering emotions etc. Depending on what’s happening inside the human body or what’s happening around you, these neurons can be active or inactive. This tells us that neurons are not switched on all the time and can sometimes lay dormant.

The battery terminal inside an electronic device operates in the same way neurons do. One of the terminals discharges electricity while the other receives electricity. The end that receives electricity is referred to as a receptor.

Once a battery is inside an electronic device, power will flow into the receptor and activates our device. Our brains act in the same way. When a particular chemical is introduced into our brain, it plugs in or connects with the receptors and turns on the neuron. The neuron that’s turned on also triggers something else within the brain or the body.

The Cannabinoid receptor (CB1) is one such receptor. THC (responsible for making you high) acts as a battery – using the above illustration of a battery in an electronic device, we will say it’s an AA type of battery. The THC fits compactly into the receptor and supplies the necessary stimulation to make the neuron active.  The psychoactive effects of consuming cannabis are then felt because of this active neuron.

With CBD, you’re taking an AAA battery and placing it into an AA space. The AAA battery may fit, but it’s no match, and it will not produce any power. In the same way, the CBD will fit but not supply the power needed to trigger the neuron. What’s more, CBD will occupy space inside the receptor and thwart any chances of the brain getting any THC in.

In doing so, CBD prevents any THC activity in your brain. CBD is also referred to as CB1 antagonist.  As with movies or books, antagonists here refer to substances that obstruct, hamper or hinder the physiological actions of other substances.

While in the process of preventing THC activity on the CB1 receptor, CBD also activates other receptors. Among the receptors that get activated are the adenosine receptor, the vanilloid receptor, and the serotonin receptor.

Adenosine receptors are responsible for regulating anxiety. Once introduced into the brain, CBD causes the receptors to function at their maximum capacity which in turn reduces anxiety. Vallinoid receptors are responsible for the regulation of pain and introduction of CBD lowers the intensity and acuteness of pain and inflammation. With serotonin receptors, the introduction of CBD makes these receptors work towards reducing depression and contribute to several biological and neurological systems.

What CBD Does

CBD has several benefits with more being discovered as days go by.

Some of the benefits of CBD include:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers pain
  • Kills or slows down bacterial growth
  • Obstructs the growth of cancer cells
  • Averts degeneration of the nervous system
  • Treats psoriasis
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Lowers risk of artery blockage
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Moderates blood sugar levels
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Aids sleep
  • Minimizes the severity of psychosis
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Stimulates appetite

Sounds too good to be true? These are, as a matter of fact, facts.

Many patients would consider gaining all these benefits without the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana as the epitome of success in medical treatment.

Does Scientific Research Exist?

Yes, there’s a lot of research that has been conducted on cannabinoids. As a matter of fact, CBD has recently become the trending topic of scientific inquiries due to its medicinal benefits and the fact that it lacks intoxicating effects.

Research has established growing evidence showcasing the ability of CBD to reduce the number of seizures that a person is suffering from refractory epilepsy experiences. This is especially true for children suffering from the Dravet syndrome.

Other studies show CBD’s ability to:

  • Reduce fear of public speaking
  • Lessen the intensity of damaging memories associated with PTSD
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Treat panic disorder. This is a severe form of anxiety that causes panic attacks

There’s also research that mentions CBD as an effective form of treatment for Schizophrenia although more research is needed to determine this conclusively.

Another study shows that CBD can reduce blood pressure in a healthy individual. Researchers have found evidence which proves that CBD can be substituted for opiates in treating chronic pain. Further evidence has our scientists stating that CBD can help treat liver damage brought about by severe alcoholism.

In spite of the many medical benefits associated with CBD, researchers face roadblocks. There are situations when the illegality of compounds such a CBD makes it impossible for the scientific community to carry out research that would otherwise benefit us a lot.

Why is CBD Illegal?

This is a really good question that should be asked over and over until it reaches the ears of those who can make the necessary amendment.

The truth of the matter is that there’s no good or worthy reason as to why CBD is illegal. Unfortunately, CBD remains classified as a Schedule 1drug by the DEA at the federal level.

Federal regulations define Schedule 1 drugs as substances that have no currently accepted medical use and have a high potential for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth as far as CBD is concerned since first and foremost, CBD doesn’t cause a high, and secondly, we have tons of research and evidence pointing to its medicinal benefits and applications.

The question still stands; why is CBD illegal?

Well, it’s highly likely that the DEA is not updated on the facts surrounding CBD. Up to the end of 2015, researching CBD was completely illegal. Restrictions have since been eased to allow for research to be conducted on CBD. However, it has only been a few years and certainly not enough time to gather the ‘mountain-full’ of conclusive evidence required to legalize CBD nationwide.

To worsen the situation, the DEA has continuously denied applications submitted by researchers who want to conduct more research on the medicinal properties and effects of CBD. The federal government confirmed that as of February 2018, there were 26 outstanding applications from marijuana suppliers and the DEA hasn’t approved any of them. This is clearly a paradox seeing as how the scientific study of CBD is technically approved, but applications are still being ignored. It effectively states that researching CBD is illegal.

Interestingly, marijuana is legal in several states. As a matter of fact, CBD has been legalized in 47 states. The remaining three, i.e. Idaho, Kansas and South Dakota still consider CBD oil to be an illegal substance. That said, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill in June 2018 that would see CBD legalized nationwide. The Senate will vote on the bill very soon.

Additionally, marijuana (which contains THC) is legalized in 29 states for medical purposes only. Other areas where it’s legal include Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia. Some states insist on a prescription to legally use marijuana while other states allow unrestricted use of CBD for as long as the concentration level of THC in the CBD is less than 0.3%.

The complexity of the laws surrounding marijuana and CBD is compounded by the fact that the former is a hundred percent legal for recreational use in 9 states namely Alaska, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Vermont, Oregon, and Washington D.C.

The population in the 9 states as well as the nation’s capital totals around 70 million people which translate to about a fifth of the entire American population. Essentially, what this means is that for every five American citizens, one is legally allowed to smoke weed recreationally yet at the Federal level, CBD still remains in the category of Schedule 1 drugs.

CBD Oil and the High-CBD Strains

Naturally, many in the cannabis industry have been doing their best to achieve a higher THC percentage. There’s also a minority group quietly striving to attain high CBD percentages. This minority group wants to minimize and if possible completely eliminate the psychoactive effects in marijuana while retaining the beneficial medical effects.

High-CBD strains include Sour Tsunami, Harlequin, Cannatonic, and Charlotte’s Web. The marijuana industry has seen the production of CBD Oil, which is, in essence, a concentrate, of the cannabis plant.

Where Does CBD Oil Come From?

The more well-known marijuana products are derived from the marijuana plant. These plants yield buds which contain 5-10% THC. The hemp is a member of the cannabis plant family and only produces 0.05-1% THC. These percentages are considered negligible by nearly all chemist standards.

Oil manufactured from the hemp plant is relatively high in CBD and low in THC. As a result, we are able to get the medicinal effects indicated above without attracting the “negative” psychoactive effects that come with regular marijuana use.

How is CBD Oil Made?

There are several ways that CBD oil can be made from the hemp plant.

In most cases, it’s made using CO2. Manufacturers create high pressure and low temperature and forcefully pass CO2 through the hemp plant. Once it passes through, the CO2 is allowed to escape leaving behind the CBD extract.

Another way CBD oil is made is by using olive oil. This procedure is quite popular because of the safety of olive oil and its nutrients which are added to the CBD extract. Using olive oil also ensures the product is free from unwanted chemicals.

Yet another way to produce CBD oil is by using ethanol extraction or using high-grain alcohol extraction.  Ethanol contains acidic properties which end up destroying some of the hemp’s natural and beneficial oils during extraction. Because of this, ethanol is the least used method in the production of CBD oil.

Due to the nature of the production process including the high pressure, low temperatures are needed for CBD oil to be successfully produced. It’s advisable to buy a professionally-produced product instead of trying to make it yourself.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Fortunately, there are very limited side effects. Scientists will not admit it outright, but studies indicate that the greatest side effect of using High-CBD products such as CBD oil is a dry mouth.  

It’s worth noting that CBD interferes with the ability of the liver to metabolize any other pharmaceutical product and this interference can result in unintended consequences. If you are on medication, it would be prudent to consult with your physician before taking a CBD product.

Due to the limited side effects and extensive applications, CBD can be used to treat several disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

4 Things to Know About Investing in Hemp

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If you have been paying attention to various state elections recently, you have likely realized that industrial hemp has been able to generate a significant amount of legal attention. With each passing year, the hemp industry’s momentum towards legalization seems to be continuously increasing.

There is still a significant amount of work before hemp can be considered to have the same legal status as other commercial crops (corn, wheat, etc.), but the general progress of the industry remains quite clear. Even in the face of some legal ambiguities, the hemp industry has enjoyed increased levels of investment, increased access to public markets, and increased levels of research and development.

As is the case with any major industry, successfully investing in the hemp industry will require you to successful time the market. While investing in a hemp growing operation can earn you significant returns in a short amount of time there are still some operations that have difficulty getting off the ground. If you do hope to become a successful investor in the hemp industry, you will need to have a firm understanding of the variables making the industry unique.

In this article, we will discuss the unique financial factors affecting the hemp industry and how you could become a successful hemp investor. Though there are still many components of the industry that make it relatively difficult to navigate, with the right knowledge in hand, you can still earn a significant return on your investment.

Individual Firms are Volatile, the Industry as a Whole is Trending Up

At first glance, one of the reasons that many investors are hesitant to enter the hemp industry is that individual firms tend to be quite volatile over time. Of the firms that have access to public markets, it is not unusual to experience 10% value swings (both upwards and downwards) within the same week.

However, while individual firms do indeed demonstrate a relatively high amount of volatility, the industry as a whole has been generally moving in a positive direction. In fact, over the past ten years, there has never been a year where the hemp industry had a smaller level of working capital than it did the year before. The clear trend of industry growth mixed with individual firm volatility strongly resembles the tech industry in the 1990s (which is clearly here to stay). In order to become a successful hemp investor, it may be wise to diversify and invest in many different hemp producers at once—this provides you with the benefits of general growth while protecting you from firm-specific risk.

The Hemp Industry Faces Some Degree of Legal Ambiguity

Unfortunately, though there exists a significant amount of demand for hemp, there are still some legal obstacles that are yet to be overcome. In the United States—and elsewhere around the world—there are a variety of instances where the laws governing the manufacture and distribution of hemp are not entirely clear.

Technically, the production of hemp is something that is still illegal in the United States. However, in practice, the federal government has remained relatively “hands off” when it comes to hemp and has allowed the states to make their own rules. Ultimately, although the federal government reserves the right to use force against the hemp industry, this is something that seems unlikely to actually occur in practice.

Currently, there are many different efforts to promote the legal production of hemp within the United States. At the state level, all but two states have passed at least some legislation that can be considered “pro-hemp.” Typically, this legislation either decriminalizes certain enterprises, allows for the growing of industrial, or distinguishes hemp as a cannabis product with 0.3% THC content or less.

At the national level, the most recent Farm Bill is expected to help legitimize the industry as a whole. The bill has bipartisan support and broad appeals for a variety of different industries. Though the legislative process will certainly take some time, this clear pro-legalization trend (and general laxness of the government) is clearly something that will benefit those who are able to invest in the hemp industry early.

Conglomeration and Specialization are Likely to Occur

As time goes on, the growth trends that seem to affect nearly all other industries are likely to occur in the hemp industry as well. In general, this means that investors can expect increased levels of conglomeration, specialization, and globalization.

If the hemp industry is anything like other comparable industries, then investors should expect a few firms to emerge as dominant forces and eventually begin to buy out their competition. This trend has been observable in various other agriculture and personal wellness industries for quite some time.

On the other hand, while generic hemp production enterprises begin to conglomerate, it is likely that a number of boutiques (specialized) hemp firms will still remain independent. These firms will probably be the ones that are able to master a specific focus such as organic growing techniques, maximizing CBD content, or hemp that can be efficiently used as an energy source.

Due to these trends, it is clear that the firms that have already established themselves in the hemp industry will have a lasting first to market advantage. These companies will be able to effectively establish the necessary growing and distribution infrastructure before the industry has fully developed. Consequently, investors who can identify which firms are likely to last (high yields, high market cap, global connections, operational excellence, etc.) will stand to earn a significant return on their investment.

Hemp is Gradually Moving into the Public Trading Sphere

Due to widespread legal ambiguities and other complications surrounding the hemp industry, the industry as a whole has had an unusual amount of difficulty reaching public markets. However, over the past few years, an increasing number of hemp manufacturers are finding ways to issue IPOs and enter the public trading sphere.

Currently, several hemp producing companies are listed on the NASDAQ, OTCMKTS, and even the NYSE exchanges. Some of these companies have been able to enjoy significant increases in value over time. Between August and October 2018, many companies within the industry experienced growth rates exceeding 300%. Though some of these companies have since lost some of their gains, the prospect of entering into a lucrative position is clearly quite high.

Ultimately, what seems to be driving the generally high returns on investment in the hemp industry is the fact that it offers objective value. New research, new sources of technology (especially IoT), and improved operations are all reasons that hemp companies are able to improve their overall performance each year. Furthermore, the incredible usefulness of hemp—as a fiber, source of paper, animal feed, fuel, and wellness product—has allowed it to become considered as a viable option in many different industries.

Conclusion

It would be absurd to claim that investing in the hemp industry is easy—this industry is one that is in a unique situation where some principles of investing are difficult to apply. However, what remains abundantly clear is that within the hemp industry, there is an incredibly strong potential for you to earn a return on investment. By taking the time to do research, diversify your portfolio, and recognize which firms are likely to sustain their value, you can establish yourself as a successful hemp investor.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About High CBD Hemp Flower

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If you have been paying attention to the news over the past few years, then you have likely noticed that there have been a tremendous amount of changes in the cannabis industry. Though the industry itself was once entirely prohibited, 48 states have passed at least some legislation that can be considered to be “pro-cannabis.”

While the benefits of legitimizing the cannabis industry are obvious—individuals get access to the wellness treatments they need, taxes can help fund certain public projects, and power is shifted away from black markets—the industry itself can still be somewhat confusing. For example, there are many different terms, such as marijuana and hemp, which are often wrongfully used interchangeably.

Fortunately, as time goes on, the general public seems to be getting a better understanding of the cannabis industry as a whole. However, there are certainly many false “facts” about the industry that are still widely referred to. In this article, we will examine some of the most common things that people do not know about high CBD hemp flower.

  1. Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana are Not the Same Things

As stated, terms like “cannabis”, “hemp”, and “marijuana” are often used interchangeably. Though accidentally conflating these terms is certainly an understandable mistake, doing so ignores the important complexities of the industry as a whole.

  • Cannabis is a broad term that describes a family of plants. Both hemp and marijuana are different manifestations of the cannabis plant.
  • Hemp is a term that is used to describe any cannabis product that contains less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content.
  • Marijuana is a term that is used to describe any cannabis product that contains more than 0.3% THC content.

The differences between these terms will have various impacts regarding the ways these products are used, produced, regulated, and distributed. For example, while some states allow individuals to purchase high CBD hemp flower for their own consumption, these same states may still treat marijuana (which is still from the cannabis plant) as a controlled substance.

  1. CBD is Not the Component of the Cannabis Plant that Causes Users to Feel “High”

Clearly, the THC content of a cannabis product is something that you will want to pay attention to. THC is a cannabinoid—a naturally occurring chemical compound that can be found in cannabis—that causes its users to feel the sensation of being “high.”

CBD, which stands for “cannabidiol”, is another cannabinoid that has notably different effects. CBD does not have the psychoactive effects as THC, which is exactly why products that are low in THC (less than 0.3%) and high in CBD are often much more loosely regulated. While CBD is not psychoactive, many users still claim that is has a variety of different wellness uses.

  1. CBD is NOT the Only Medically Useful Cannabinoid

Naturally, when people are discussing the use of medical cannabis, products that are high in CBD content are typically at the forefront of the conversation. CBD, after all, has been claimed to help treat chronic pain, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and various other common issues.

However, despite the amount of attention that is directed to CBD, it is just one of at least 113 currently known cannabinoids. CBD, CBC, CBN, and various other cannabinoids may help individuals with a myriad of different issues. When combined with the effects of CBD (and even THC in some cases), these cannabinoids can create a sort of “synergy” that causes them to be even more effective.

  1. Hemp Also Has Many Different Industrial Uses

One of the primary differences between cannabis that has large amount of THC (marijuana) and cannabis with less than 0.3% content is that while marijuana is seemingly always grown for individual consumption, low-THC cannabis (hemp) has a variety of other purposes as well. In fact, it is its nearly universal usefulness that has caused the hemp industry to significantly grow over time.

Some of the potential industrial uses of hemp include fibers, rope, animal feed, fuel, clothing, and various others. As time goes on and the industry continues to expand, there is no doubt that other uses for hemp will continue to be discovered.

  1. Hemp has Been Used by Human Beings for Centuries

Many people assume that because there was seemingly no laws related to the cannabis plant until the 19th Century, the plant itself was not widely used. However, this assumption is simply untrue. In fact, according to historians, there is evidence that hemp has been used by human beings for at least 5,000 years.

Early use of the cannabis plant likely began in Asia, but it quickly spread all around the world. In fact, even President George Washington reportedly grew hemp as one of his many crops in Virginia. Though the 20th Century witnessed a significant amount of anti-hemp legislation, recent movements in many different countries are allowing us to return to a much more “natural” state of governance.

  1. CBD is Available in Many Different Forms

When people first begin to think about consumption of the cannabis plant, they likely picture someone smoking. However, smoking is just one of many different ways that cannabis can be consumed, meaning that—depending on your personal preferences—you are certainly not without options.

Within the CBD community, there has been an active shift towards the creation of high CBD oils. These oils are created using several different processes that help separate the components of the cannabis plant and help promote a greater degree of purity. By separating these components (through a process known as fractional distillation), it becomes much easier to create a substance with the exact distribution of cannabinoids you desire. Furthermore, these oils can be effectively converted into a form that can easily consumed via eating or vaporizing.

  1. Hemp is Actually Much Easier to Grow than Marijuana

One of the many reasons why the hemp industry has been growing at such a steady rate is that—at least when compared to THC-rich marijuana—hemp is relatively easy to grow. While marijuana usually needs to be grown indoors and monitored incredibly closely, hemp can be grown outdoors and offers its farmers a greater degree of flexibility.

Though cultivating hemp is certainly not “easy”, there is a bit more leeway in terms of temperatures, soil content, access to water, and various other factors. Furthermore, incredible advancements in smart technology have also made it much more possible for cultivators to closely monitor their crop.

  1. The Hemp Industry is Rapidly Expanding—and Improving

Because the hemp industry was effectively outlawed in much of the world, the implementation of new technologies was put on hold for decades. But now that the industry is able to operate much more freely and transparently, new innovations are constantly occurring.

The hemp industry has enjoyed an incredible level of investment and, in fact, some hemp producing companies have begun the process of “going public.” This means that quality, usefulness, and productivity of the hemp plant can be expected to increase while costs can simultaneously be expected to decrease. It seems that there is no doubt that the industry is here to stay.

Conclusion

Even if you are somewhat unfamiliar with the hemp industry, there are certainly a lot of things to be excited about. Educating yourself about hemp and various CBD products—whether you plan to ever consume them or not—can help you begin to be a part of the industry’s very bright future.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System

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If you’re reading this article, then you’re obviously curious to find out how long the effects of CBD last. Or do you perhaps want to know how long it stays in your system? If so, for what purpose are you asking; is it just to satisfy your curiosity or is it for medical reasons?

Either way, this article will cover a lot of ground on the effects of CBD on the human body in a way that will definitely give you answers to these and many other CBD-related questions.

We also know that there are some people who will read this article to find out how long CBD stays in the system so that they can pass a drug test.

Once again, we’ve covered all the bases here and should have an answer (and a bit of good news) for you in the end. 

How Long Will CBD Oil Stay in Your System?

Regardless of why you want to know the answer to this question, you’ll find an answer here.

First off, we’re going to start by giving you a detailed explanation of how CBD works, so that you can understand why it takes as long as it takes to leave your system. As you’ll soon see, the answer to this question is not as simple or cut and dried as you might think. 

Now, if you’re just here to find out how long CBD will stay in your system so that you can pass a drug test or for simple curiosity, then, by all means, move onto the section following this one because we’re about to dive really deep into this topic. 

It Depends

First of all, there’s not a single answer to the question of how long CBD remains in your system for. This is because everyone’s biology is different so everyone will experience a unique reaction when taking CBD oil.

Also, there are various factors that we have to keep in mind here.

For example, you’d have to take into account what your CBD dosage is, as well as the frequency with which you take it. Then, we’d have to consider the method of intake which differs from one person to the next too and includes options like vaping, oral ingestion and topical application.

Lastly, you have the more arbitrary factors that also play a role, including your metabolism, weight, age, gender, the lifestyle you lead and even the amount of water that you drink every day. However, for the most part, CBD typically takes about a week or so to exit your system on average fully, and that’s if you use it on the odd occasion. We’ll expand on this a little more on in the article.

Marijuana in Your System

Now, you may be wondering; does marijuana take the same amount of time as CBD to exit the system? First of all, it’s important that you do extended research when it comes to that aside from this article, but we’ll give you a general idea.

Essentially, marijuana works similarly to CBD when it comes to the way it acts in your system, and it has a half-life of about one week.

Keep in mind that this is not a completely accurate observation because there are simply too many factors at play that you’d have to consider.

Why Isn’t There an Easy Answer?

At this point, you’re probably thinking; why is the answer to this seemingly simple question starting to look like a never-ending maze? Well, that’s because there’s no single, simple answer to it.

This is mainly because CBD has only recently come into the public consciousness and gained acceptance as a viable form of medicine.

So, there just isn’t enough research and data available to tell us how long CBD will stay in the system. Additional studies need to be conducted over a long period of time to come up with conclusive results.

The closest thing to an answer that we currently have is that it takes the human body an average of three to four days.

On the bright side, there are ongoing studies which are looking for a more conclusive answer to this question. For example, one study was done involving a small group of patients who were given CBD in dosages of 700 mg per day for six weeks.

The results of this study showed that within just one week of stopping the treatment, the CBD had disappeared from the participants’ systems. This was revealed after they underwent a series of tests to see if the CBD was still present. So it literally took a week or less for the body to get rid of the CBD after they’d stopped taking it.

So far, the results we have available from the experiments that have been done show that CBD has a half-life of about two to five days, and you will experience the same results whether you’re a male or female.

Not only that but when the same participants from the study mentioned above were tested for THC, there simply wasn’t any to be found! While most CBD oil products don’t come with any THC or with a low THC content, it’s still good to know that you’re covered nonetheless.

Plus, what this tells us is that CBD, when taken in the recommended dosages, will be out of your system within a week after you stop taking it.

Will CBD Oil Show Up on a Drug Test?

Now, we realize that you probably have a very valid reason for wanting to know what the half-life of CBD is. For most people, it most probably has something to do with an upcoming drug test that they’re nervous about.

While you might feel insecure about your fears, you should know that this is a no-judgment zone. In fact, a lot of regular, well-meaning folks go through this conundrum. I mean, it’s a fair question and shows that you’re a responsible individual who cares about what you put into your body.

The good news is that most mandatory drug exams that employers perform are to test for THC levels, not CBD. That’s because THC is not only a major compound in the hemp plant but it also contains the powerful psychoactive effects that are responsible for getting you “high.”

So you’re right to be concerned. Because even though most CBD oil is sourced from hemp plants (which don’t have any THC), some of it does sometimes come from hemp plants, which often contain THC. 

Should the latter be the case, then the drug test could possibly pick the THC compound up. However, most times the people who test positive are those who have taken large amounts of CBD.

What’s a large amount of CBD, you ask? In a nutshell, taking about 1000 mg or more of CBD can lead to a positive test reading for THC, which would obviously be false, but it will be difficult to convince anyone about that. This is why the highest dosage recommendation for CBD that you’ll get from a registered health practitioner is 300 mg.

So, as long as you stick to that dose, everything should be fine.

Now, let’s move onto the second point.

CBD and Your Work Life

Most of the time, drug tests aren’t able to detect the CBD cannabinoid simply because this compound doesn’t have any psychoactive effects.

At the end of the day, employers just want to have a peace of mind knowing that their employees aren’t taking anything that will affect their productivity and output of their firm. So, since CBD doesn’t have any mind-altering effects, drug tests are not designed to seek out its presence in the bloodstream.

Instead, drug tests look out for full spectrum hemp and other “hard substances” with mind and behavior altering effects. This is good news for anyone that’s just taking pure CBD because it means that you’re unlikely to get a positive test result.

Besides, taking CBD will not have any influence on how you perform in your daily work life, and will instead help you relieve anxiety, stress and chronic pain among other conditions. In fact, CBD has even been proven to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, severe forms of epilepsy and Parkinson’s. 

How Long Does CBD Last?

Now, if your concern is to find out how long it will take for you to feel the effects of CBD, your best bet is just to be patient. Whether you fear that it’s going to take too longer to kick in or that the effects won’t last as long as you anticipate, your best response is to bide your time simply.

Like we mentioned in the beginning, the way CBD works is different for each individual and just because it’s taking long to kick in doesn’t mean that it’s not working or that it’s just not for you.

Most of the time, all you need to do is just wait and see. For some people, the CBD takes a while before it kicks in while others will experience almost instantaneous results. It all depends on how your system works, and there’s no benchmark to it. Being impatient with CBD will not help at all.

It will only serve to worsen your anxiety or cause you to give up on the treatment altogether. You’d be surprised to find out that for some people it can take up to a week to see results. A week! Now, for someone who’s after a quick fix that could seem like a lifetime. However, if you’re looking for a really sustainable form of treatment for your condition, then you will have to be willing to wait as long as it takes or even to adjust the dosage until you find the one that works for you.

The good news is that CBD almost always delivers on the promised results, especially when it comes to the diseases for which it has been proven to work.

The Effects of CBD Over Time

Researchers have noticed that when patients take CBD for extended periods of time, it starts to act more like a neuroprotectant. A word too fancy for you? We know. What this means is that the CBD interacts more synergistically with your body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids and neurons, which are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system.

That’s why the CBD will start to protect your brain the longer you use it, but this only applies to patients who take it for long periods of time. 

Now, how long do the effects last? Typically, it’s recommended that patients wait for a few weeks or months before they expect results. If you still don’t see any effects of the CBD at this point, then you’ll know that it really isn’t for you, or perhaps you’ll have to adjust the dosage until you find the one that works for you. Either way, it will take some time to see results. 

What we’re trying to say is that you may not experience any effects after you’ve taken the compound and it will take quite some time for the CBD to start working its magic and that’s okay.

Conclusion

As with any new form of treatment that you take, it’s only natural that you’d want to know what the effects of CBD are. Some people want to know how long CBD takes to work or how long it stays in your system for- so that they can be confident when undergoing a mandatory drug test at work. This is common, and it’s only natural for you to want to cover your bases.

The good news is that it takes about one week for the compound to exit your system, after which it won’t be visible on any test. Plus, CBD usually disappears from the saliva within hours of ingestion but can appear in your urine for up to two weeks max.

The only way to guarantee a negative test result is to take industrial hemp oil that only contains CBD extract with no THC, and makes sure you purchase it from a reliable and trustworthy supplier.

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

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The cannabis plant contains more than 80 natural compounds known as cannabinoids. One of the most important of them is Cannabidiol (CBD). Together with THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), these are two of the most important active ingredients contained in the cannabis plant, hence the most commonly studied ones.

Of the two ingredients, THC induces psychoactive effects. CBD, on the other hand, offers protection against the high often associated with marijuana. There are a lot of medical conditions, most of which have been untreatable, to which CBD has yielded promising results in as far as treatment is concerned.

How Does CBD Work?

All cannabinoids function by attaching to receptors in the body. This also applies to CBD. There are some cannabinoid compounds that are naturally produced in the body. For this reason, the body has its own cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2.

Most of the CB1 receptors are found in the brain. However, they can be found all over the body. The presence of CB1 receptors in the brain helps the body manage and coordinate moods, emotions, pain, movement, appetite, memories, and thoughts among other important functions. It’s to the CB1 receptors that THC attaches.

CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are commonly found within the immune system. Therefore, the role of these receptors is closely associated with pain and inflammation. Before recent information, researchers believed that CBD would attach to the CB2 receptors. However, there’s now proof that CBD doesn’t really attach to any of the receptors. In fact, CBD apparently instructs the body to use its naturally occurring cannabinoids.

CBD/Cannabidiol Health Benefits

  1. Fights Cancer

There are chemicals present in CBD that researchers have in the past proven to be effective in improving some treatments, especially fighting tumors. In some tests for cervical cancer, CBD helped stop the propagation of cancer cells.

The same thing happened in tests for colon cancer and leukemia. There were positive results for invasion and growth of the human glioma cells. Based on these results, it’s a worthy assertion that CBD can play an important role in fighting tumors.

One of the reasons why cannabinoids are presenting good results in therapy for prostate cancer and breast cancer is because they directly fight tumors. As a result, when taken with anti-tumor drugs, they help achieve positive results and also help patients feel less pain.

This works in the following ways:

  • CBD reduces the proliferation of cancer cells by blocking the signaling of CPR55
  • CBD supports the action of LAK (lymphokine activated killer) cells, making them more effective
  • CBD suppresses the ability of cancer cells to metabolize, making them die in the process
  1. Can Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases

CBD plays an important role in preventing the death of brain cells. This is possible because CBD can prevent the action of toxic substances like radical oxygen species (ROS) and neurotransmitter glutamate. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is one of the most important antioxidants in the body. However, scientists have proven that the antioxidant capacity in CBD is more effective than Vitamin C.

There have been studies for using CBD in therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. This is because CBD can also help protect the brain cells from beta-amyloid toxicity. In instances where there’s a reduction in blood flow, especially when the patient is suffering from ischemia, CBD can be used to protect the brain.

Studies that were carried out in patients with Parkinson’s disease indicate an improvement in their administered dosages when given CBD over a period of 6 weeks. While these results were promising, a different study didn’t yield any considerable results when a blend of CBD and THC were administered to patients suffering from dyskinesia or Parkinson’s disease.

Studies in animals, however, produced positive results, reversing the cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease. CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a promising option for the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or for prolonging the survival of the patients.

  1. Can Relieve Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Over the years, scientists have been able to prove a positive correlation between cannabis derivatives and multiple sclerosis. In the right quantities, a blend of THC and CBD is quite effective. The body also tolerates this mix, especially when treating pain, tight muscles, urinary incontinence, and sleep disorders for people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis.

  1. Therapeutic Potential for Schizophrenia

Experts suggest that CBD can be effective in treating psychosis. While CBD has a good potential for improving the symptoms of schizophrenia, there’s no consensus on the mechanism of action. There are suggestions that CBD might have the same effects as most antipsychotic drugs, perhaps with a lower risk of side effects.

  1. Helps with Epileptic Seizures

CBD has been touted as a promising form of therapy for epilepsy, especially the treatment-resistant kind. More than 84% of parents whose children had treatment-resistant epilepsy reported a decrease in the frequency of seizures when their kids started taking CBD.

Apart from that, the parents also noted an improvement in the sleep patterns, increased alertness and awareness, and improved mood. Even with these benefits, however, there were obvious side effects like fatigue and drowsiness.

When treated with a 98% pure oil-based CBD extract, 39% of children who had treatment-resistant epilepsy experienced a reduction in their seizures by 50%.

In another study, 8 patients suffering from generalized epilepsy received between 200 and 300mg/d of CBD for 4.5 months. During this test, 7 of these patients noticed an improvement.

  1. Reduces Anxiety

CBD has also been shown to reduce anxiety in patients who have a social anxiety disorder, and also in people who are healthy. More often, those who engage in public speaking tend to become uncomfortable and suffer anxiety attacks. However, CBD has helped a lot of these individuals deal with this issue.

According to research scientists, CBD can be an effective treatment for OCD, panic disorder and PTSD.

  1. Relieves Pain

There are successful studies that have proven in the past that cannabinoids might as well be the best drug for treating chronic pain. In lab rodents in which these tests were carried out, CBD resulted in a reduction of neuropathic pain and chronic inflammatory pain in the rodents.

When administered together with THC, CBD has shown some promising results in treating post-operative pain, pain as a result of cancer, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, and rheumatoid arthritis.

One of the sublingual sprays, Sativex which is a blend of THC and CBD, has also been used in the recent past to treat neuropathic pain in patients who have advanced pain, cancer patients and those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Together with opioids, CBD can provide pain relief in different situations.

  1. Beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis

CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, the result of which helps provide relief for swelling, joint pains, disease progression and slowing down joint destruction. Using CBD can help provide protection from severe joint damage, can help with decreased progression and in animal test models, and can help yield improvement in arthritis.

In a controlled study, the administration of Sativex for 5 weeks showed improvement in pain relief, inflammation, and sleep quality. In fact, there were no side effects observed from this study.

  1. Improves Appetite

When administered to rats, CBD helped provide relief from vomiting and nausea. Studies by experts have revealed that when administered in a very low dosage, CBD helps reduce vomiting and nausea, especially from toxic drugs. However, when administered in higher doses, CBD doesn’t have any effect on the animals, other than increasing nausea.

While THC is already an approved drug that can be used for the treatment of vomiting and nausea in patients, there are more clinical studies required to prove its efficiency.

The National Cancer Institute notes that CBD can help improve an individual’s appetite but only by binding to the cannabinoid receptors that exist inside the body.

  1. Lowers Diabetes

In a study of more than 4,000 men and women, researchers found that the subjects who were using marijuana had 16% lower levels of fasting insulin and smaller waist circumference, one of the risk factors often associated with the early stages of diabetes.

By administering CBD to young and non-obese mice, the result was a reduction in the development of diabetes to 30% from 86%. This is proof that CBD works by inhibiting and delaying the destruction of pancreatic cells that are important in the production of insulin and the production of inflammatory cytokines in diabetics.

  1. Promotes Heart Health

Administering CBD results in arterial dilation which protects blood vessels from damage in the case of test animal subjects. CBD reduces the infarct size in the brain and the heart. Infarct size is the size of damage as a result of clogging in blood vessels. It also helps reduce the frequency of irregular heart rhythms in animals.

When administered to patients who are suffering from anxiety or going through a stressful situation, CBD is effective in reducing their blood pressure and heart rate. This also helps the individuals to calm down. CBD can also be attributed to influencing the function of white blood cells, and aggregation of platelets.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to prove whether CBD can actually stop the development of disorders of the blood vessels and the heart in humans, though studies are currently showing promising results. Based on this information, therefore, CBD, which has for a long time been known to be safe for human use, can be used as a successful therapy agent for treating type 1 diabetes, especially in the early stages.

  1. Can Treat Depression

Research scientists have reported anti-depressant effects in mice that received CBD. Based on these studies, these effects were prolonged and very fast. In fact, the effects can only be compared to Tofranil, common tricyclic medication imipramine.

  1. Helps with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Studies into the use of CBD have also proven that it can prevent the development of IBD in animal test subjects. In fact, a combination of THC and CBD will help provide inflammatory relief and improve the symptoms of IBD. Some of the obvious symptoms that can be improved include reduced appetite, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Patients who have IBD can also consider using CBD given that it helps normalize their gut motility.

  1. Protects Against Bacteria

Studies have shown in the past antimicrobial activity in CBD, especially when administered against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This is a bacterial infection that usually results in infections that can be very difficult to treat.

  1. May Prevent Mad Cow Disease

The presence of CBD in the body can help inhibit the action of prions. These are proteins that usually cause neurodegenerative diseases like the mad cow disease. In fact, when administered to lab rats, this prolonged their survival by close to a week.

  1. Reduces Dyskinesia

Dyskinesia is associated with involuntary movement in the body. When administered in mice, CBD significantly reduced these symptoms.

This is possible through the following actions:

  • CBD prevents the production of inflammatory markers in the body
  • Reduces the number of enzymes that cause dyskinesia
  • Together with a TRPV-1 antagonist, CBD acts on PPAR gamma receptors and CB1 to reduce the expression of inflammatory markers NF-kB and COX-2
  1. May Help with Insomnia

People who suffer from insomnia are encouraged to take CBD before they go to sleep. This is especially true for those who either struggle to fall asleep or wake up in the morning feeling more tired than they were before they went to sleep.

  1. Can Treat Substance Use Disorders

CBD can also help treat substance use disorders. There are studies that have proven this, especially concerning the effects of heroin and morphine. Inhaling CBD for a week might also help individuals reduce the number of cigarettes that they smoke by up to 40%, and all this without increasing their craving for nicotine.

  1. Can Treat Acne

One of the other benefits of administering CBD is a reduction in the proliferation of human sebaceous glands, and lipid synthesis. As a result, this means CBD can act as an effective therapeutic agent in treating acne.

  1. Helps Deal with Psoriasis

CBD can also help reduce the growth of keratinocytes, playing an important role in treating psoriasis.

Technical

  • CBD activates the 5HT2A and 5HT1A receptors, helping fight the effects of appetite loss, addiction, anxiety, sleep disorder, vomiting, nausea, and depression.
  • CBD, through the 5HT1A receptors, helps keep the brain safe from oxygen deprivation.
  • By activating the TRPV-1 receptor, CBD helps with inflammation and pain perception.
  • CBD can block the anandamide reuptake, helping the body fight depression and anxiety.
  • CBD can also help reduce the frequency of seizures through modulating neuron excitability.

What You Need to Know About Full Spectrum CBD Extracts

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CBD extracts have become not only one of the fastest growing products in the hemp industry, but they have also become one of the fastest growing consumer goods in the United States as a whole. As legislation continues to become more relaxed and as producers continue to keep finding new ways of innovating, the popularity of CBD extracts is something that can be expected to perpetually increase.

Because the production of CBD extracts is a relatively new phenomenon, there are still many things that consumers—and even sometimes producers—are trying to fully understand. Fortunately, this well-researched industry is fully prepared to provide answers. This article will examine the most important components of the full spectrum CBD extract industry including its processes, its various forms, and how the industry works to satisfy consumer needs.

What are CBD Extracts?

The hemp plant is one of the oldest domesticated crops in the entire world. Initially, hemp varieties were admired for their usefulness in clothes, paper, and other fiber products. However, eventually it became known that the plant offers numerous physical benefits when consumed. While some individuals admired the psychoactive properties of THC, others admired the wellness properties that could be derived from CBD and other cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found directly in the industrial hemp plant. Currently there are 113 known cannabinoids in existence. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most well-known cannabinoid and has distinctive psychoactive properties. CBD (cannabidiol) has much less of a psychoactive effect on its users but is still very highly demanded because of its potential wellness purposes.

As time has gone on, scientists have become more capable of deciding which particular cannabinoids to include in a given product. Similarly, and just as importantly, they have also learned how to control which cannabinoids are excluded as well. CBD extracts are products that come straight from the industrial hemp plant and focus on achieving optimal levels of CBD. CBD extracts come in many different forms and can be used for both wellness and recreational purposes.

Fractional Distillation

Fractional distillation is a process that begins by taking the hemp plant (in the form of hemp) and turning into a liquid form. Because the various cannabinoids that can be found throughout the liquid have different boiling points, the mixture will then be gradually heated up in an effort to separate them. Then, once these cannabinoids—or in this case, fractions—have been successfully separated from one another, producers will have be able to deliberately make products with various combinations of cannabinoids.

Isolates versus Distillates

An isolate is a hemp product that attempts to focus on one cannabinoid in particular. Distillates, on the other hand, may include many different cannabinoids. For example, in the recreational marijuana industry, consumers frequently look for products with the highest levels of THC they can possibly find. THC isolates are particularly concerned with purity. As time has gone on, producers have come closer to yielding the pure THC molecule in isolation.

Similarly, CBD focus on maximizing levels of CBD to the greatest extent that they possibly can. Though other cannabinoids, such as CBN or CBC, may still be found in these isolates to some degree, their effect is minimal and their presence is not a primary focus. Isolates are considered particularly valuable for individuals who may be just starting out using hemp extracts and want to know which cannabinoids can best satisfy their needs.

THC Free Distillates

Due to their comparatively high costs, 100% THC-free distillates are usually not the most popular. However, for individuals who believe that the absence of THC is the most important quality you will find in a hemp extract, THC-free distillates may be exactly what they are looking for. Though the amount of THC that you will find in CBD isolates and other variations of non-THC hemp extracts will usually be quite low, it will still likely be present to at least some extent. THC-free distillates require a few extra steps in the distillation process in order to make sure that the cannabinoid is completely removed.

Full Spectrum Distillates

Over the past few years, full spectrum distillates have been increasing in popularity at a tremendous rate. The producers of full spectrum distillates—which contain a “full spectrum” of complementing cannabinoids—realize that each of the 113 known cannabinoids has distinctive properties. Consequently, when different combinations of these cannabinoids are used, consumers can experience a wider range of benefits.

There are many different ratios of full spectrum distillates that are currently available. Some will focus on THC as the primary cannabinoid while CBD, CBN, and CBC are included only for the sake of enhancement. Others will feature CBD as the base ingredient and include a variety of other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Though it is possible to create a full spectrum distillate with minimal levels of CBD and THC, at least one of these cannabinoids will almost always play an important role. CBD, generally, is the cannabinoid that is considered to be the most important.

Legalities

Regulation of the hemp industry originally began at the federal level. However, numerous different local initiatives have gradually caused the regulation of these industries to be shifted to state-level decision makers. Whether the product you are considering buying contains THC, CBD, or any other active ingredients, it is important to be aware of the laws that will directly affect you.

In general, marijuana based products that contain significant levels of THC are typically subject to the widest range of legal restrictions. Currently, only 9 states (AK, WA, OR, CA, NV, CO, ME, MA, and VT) allow the recreational consumption of THC-heavy strains. Several additional states allow the consumption of THC-heavy marijuana for medical use. Full spectrum extracts and other low-THC, hemp-based, products are currently legal in a much wider range of states. For the time being, this means that the number of farmers will be allowed to grow hemp will be greater than the number of farmers who are allowed to grow marijuana.

Benefits

There are many different potential benefits of choosing full spectrum distillates and numerous reasons why more people have been choosing these distillates over comparable alternatives.

  • Full spectrum distillates offer users the benefit of the “entourage effect” which makes the sum of the product more valuable than its individual components
  • Full spectrum distillates usually have an acceptably low level of THC, meaning they can often avoid expensive or restrictive regulations
  • Full spectrum distillates cost less than hemp extracts that are 100% THC free, meaning that they can be more reasonably accessed by consumers

Overall, the future of the full spectrum distillate industry is something that seems to be quite bright. As time goes on, scientists, farmers, and distributors will continue to refine their skills and will be able to offer consumers a much wider range of options.

Complete Guide to CO2 Hemp Extraction

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Most recreational and medical users of cannabis prefer to inhale the cool and instantly rejuvenating vapor that’s infused with cannabinoids instead of harsh smoke. 

If you’re someone who prefers a purer, cleaner, tastier, healthier, safer, and a truly high-quality hemp or cbd concentrate, read on. We have a treat for you, and that’s the Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extraction.

But that’s not really the treat, actually. Instead, it’s an awesome way of removing all those toxins that make the hemp great coming from the plant matter where it resides. In doing so, there’s no longer a need for you to burn your marijuana to reap the medicinal and mind-altering benefits.

Best of all, those health conscious cannabis users out there would be pleased to know that the process of extraction will not leave any trace amounts of toxins on the finished product. That is something worth taking notice of.

In this article, we’re going to break down information regarding the basics behind the supercritical method of extracting fluid, including the biochemical benefits that come with carbon dioxide extracted CBD concentrate. This article will also include instructions on the simple process of extracting your own Kief crystals at home with the use of dry Carbon Dioxide ice.

The Added Value of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extraction

The supercritical extraction of CO2 is used increasingly as a recyclable, cheap, and environmentally safe way of producing high quality:

  • Hemp distillate oil
  • Coffee
  • Fragrances
  • Fruit and nut aromas
  • Fruit and nut extracts
  • Hop-oil extraction for beer
  • Oil extractions from algae for use as an alternative energy source
  • Omega-3 oils
  • Perfumes
  • Tea
  • Tobacco extractions used for e-cigarettes
  • Vanilla

When you look at the list above, you might find yourself pleased at the fact that CO2 extraction can be used for various products. But do you know exactly why it’s deemed so popular? Read on to find out.

  1. Our bodies produce carbon dioxide (CO2) naturally. When we breathe, the CO2 will be considered a natural product in comparison with chemicals like the CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons.
  2. The Food and Drug Authority or the FDA, believe it to be safe and this is why CO2 is being used for various things and that even includes keeping our soda fresh.
  3. The CO2 is not a toxic substance, and the process of CO2 extraction won’t contribute towards the increase of carbon emission in the atmosphere.
  4. CO2 extraction will not trigger any flammable petroleum-based solvents such as butane to get into contact with your medications. As such, any danger of explosion resulting from the extraction of CO2 will be prevented.

Now that it’s clear why the carbon dioxide extraction is a great process let’s dig deeper into the science behind how it works.

What You Need to Know About Supercritical CO2 Extraction

The following explanation might seem a bit complicated if you’re not an industrial chemist, but here it goes.

The carbon dioxide extraction machines work by essentially freezing and compressing the CO2 into a state where it becomes supercritically cold.

What does this really mean?

In a standard pressure and temperature, the carbon dioxide usually works as a gas. This gas will be changed to solid without exerting too much effort. The solid state is what they call the dry ice, and these are the two most common phases of the Carbon Dioxide that appears out of a lab.  

Using a special type of equipment, you should be able to transform the CO2 gas to liquid by increasing the pressure up to 75 pounds for every square inch and by maintaining the temperature to less than -69 ℉. This is the starting point for the CO2 extraction process.

From the liquid state, the temperature and pressure will have to be increased past a certain point. We don’t need to dig deeper on the numbers here as it will turn out to be very complicated to understand but you need to know that if you’re going to increase the pressure and the temperature of the liquid Carbon Dioxide, the fluid will end up being super critical.

What this means is that it could adapt to properties midway in between liquid and gas at the same time. It sounds mind-blowing, right? The supercritical fluid is well capable of filling a container such as gas and still maintains its density similar to the liquid.

The supercritical property of the Carbon Dioxide is ideal for the process of chemical extraction since it’s gentler when compared to the other compounds. Thus, it will not cause any damage during the process. And since the solubility of the carbon dioxide varies according to pressure, the supercritical CO2 can be used in extracting a selection of compounds instead of a combination of all compounds with just minor adjustments.

So now that you have a bit of an understanding regarding the supercritical CO2 let’s now talk about how it can be used to produce hemp extracts.

Using Supercritical CO2 to Produce Hemp Extracts

The process will start with the liquid CO2, which is at the top left corner. You will then increase the pressure of the liquid carbon dioxide using a compressor, which is located at the top middle and then uses the heater at the top right to increase the temperature.

The supercritical carbon dioxide will then be passed into some high-grade industrial hemp that’s contained in the extractor located at the bottom right corner. During this stage, the CO2 will pull out all of the essential terpenes and trichomes oils and waxes from the plant material.

The solution, which consists of the supercritical CO2 that contains all the ganja good stuff, will then be passed into a separator, which is located at the bottom middle and is then broken down into constituent parts.

The terpenes, trichomes, and some other goodies will then be sent into a collection receptacle while the supercritical CO2 will pass into a condenser before it’s turned back to a liquid. Such liquid will then be sent towards the storage tank where it will be used to start the process over again.

If you’re wondering about the residual CO2 that’s left over in the extract, then there’s really no need to worry. Lowering the pressure of the CO2 after the process of extraction is completed should be enough to allow for the liquid molecules to turn back to a gas and eventually evaporate to the atmosphere.

Perhaps, this is the simplest part of the entire process – leaving the extracts in room temperature.

This is pretty much the same reaction that triggers the soda to go flat right after you open it and once it starts to warm up. There are supercritical machines that can help simplify the process by recycling, recapturing and reusing the carbon dioxide gases that are produced after the process of extraction is completed.

Dry Ice Carbon Dioxide Extraction

The price of custom-made carbon dioxide weed oil will vary greatly. As we delve deeper on the above, the price of an industrial and state of the art supercritical carbon dioxide extraction system could run up to $39,000.

Sure, you may not have this much money to spend, and your local bank will most likely not loan you that amount of money without a business plan. Nevertheless, it’s still possible for you to make your own potent, environmentally safe, solvent-free, and concentrated CBD at the comfort of your own home even if you would rather choose not to spend a small fortune in an industrialized supercritical carbon dioxide extraction machine. However, without proper training, you could risk blowing your entire home up when you experiment with the butane methods.

Fortunately, it’s fairly common, easy, and safe to use the CO2’s solid form or the one that they call dry ice when it comes to producing your own high-grade kief hash.

This is what you will need to get started:

  • 3 lbs. dry ice
  • 3 Mason jars made of glass to be used in storing kief hash.
  • 6 oz. industrial hemp flower
  • Bubble hash mesh bags, size 220, 160, and 73.
  • Clean food grade bucket, 5-gallon capacity.
  • Heat-resistant thick gloves
  • Large mirror or Plexiglass.
  • Paint scraper, putty knife, or any laminated card used for gathering kief hash

It’s important that you follow the dry ice precautions when making your own CO2 hash:

  • Always wear your gloves when handling dry ice. Dry ice is often colder compared to regular ice and has the tendency to burn the skin similar to frostbite. You don’t want to suffer from freezer burn, right?
  • Never eat the dry ice. Having frostbite on the fingers is already bad enough. However, suffering from frostbite on the esophagus is far worse.
  • Wear safety glasses for protection. When you’re cutting or chipping, make sure you put a face shield on.
  • Avoid storing the dry ice in an airtight container. The carbon dioxide that will be released could build up causing the container to explode. It’s best to store the dry ice in a thick cooler made of Styrofoam in order to slow down the process of sublimation.

Dry Ice Hash-Making Steps

The process of producing your own ice hash at home is fun and easy to follow.

Here are the steps:

  1. Wear your gloves and put on eye protection.
  2. Select your hemp strain and chop into pieces using a marijuana grinder.

If you’re serious about altering your perceptions, go for a high THC strain. Otherwise, if you’re using it for medical benefits, then opt for a high CBD strain. The more surface you’re able to create, the better for the dry ice to extract all the medicinal and mind-altering goodies from the cannabis plant. Make sure not to reduce your ganja into dust. Instead, give it a few more turns through the grinder to produce small pieces.

Both the single and two chamber grinder are capable of producing the exact results you’re after. You don’t really need to use the three-chamber grinder for this since you don’t want to separate the bud and kief yet.

  1. Next, place the hemp flower into the bucket. Make sure you use the plastic bucket that’s food grade, or you could end up leaching harmful compounds in the final product.
  2. Cover with dry ice and leave for three minutes. You don’t necessarily need to fill the bucket entirely. As a matter of fact, it may be better to fill the bucket just halfway through. The extra room in your bucket will give the dry ice more room to move, making the next step incredibly easier.
  3. Place the micromesh bags in the opening of the bucket and shake the content for up to 4 minutes. As soon as the hemp gets into contact with dry ice, the trichome resins will freeze as a result of the low temperatures. Once the bucket is shaken, the dry ice will move against the plant matter, knocking the frozen trichomes off.
  4. Lift up the bucket, turn upside down over the Plexiglass or mirror and start shaking it as much as you can, extracting as much cold powdery resin into the mesh bag.
  5. Make sure you give the bucket a thorough and good shaking to displace as many resins as possible.
  6. Next, use the scraper to scoop out the kief hash and place it into the Mason jar. An ounce of the hemp should be able to produce up to 3.5 grams of kief.
  7. You should get about 0.5 grams of the high-grade stuff in a smaller micron bag and around 3 grams of the lesser grade in a large bag.
  8. Repeat the previous steps for the bubble hash bags that are sized 220 and 160 to collect varying grades of pure and solvent-free CO2 hash.
  9. Finally, it’s time to dab it, infuse it, vape it, bake into edibles, or do whatever you wish! The sky is the limit when it comes to consuming this marijuana extract.

Ethanol vs CO2 Extraction: Pros and Cons

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Over the past decade, there has been an increased interest in the market for CBD extracts and other products derived from the (once illegal) cannabis plant. Though cannabis has been used by different civilizations for thousands of years, it wasn’t until recently that the science could effectively revolutionize the way in which the plant is consumed.

As time has gone on, cannabis producers have found ways that consumption can be more efficient, effective, and accessible than ever before. There is still certainly a significant amount of research that needs to be done regarding cannabis and its potential uses for consumers, but there is no doubt that we certainly live in some exciting times.

One of the biggest evolutions that can be seen in the cannabis industry is the increased use of CBD extracts. As the name might imply, an extract is something that makes it possible to isolate the portions of the cannabis plant that consumers want. For example, individuals who only want to consume CBD now have the unique ability to actually do so.

In this article, we will explore the different components of the ethanol and co2 extraction processes and weigh the pros and cons of each. Whether you are a consumer, a producer, or are simply interested in the industry as a whole, understanding how the hemp extraction process works can be quite valuable.

What is the purpose of ethanol or CO2 extraction?

The cannabis plant has been consumed by human beings and used in a variety of different forms for quite some time. The consumption of cannabis has been claimed to provide a variety of different benefits including mental well-being, pain relief, and many others.

Unsurprisingly, the cannabis plant has been discovered to be quite complex. In fact, scientist have discovered more than 100 different cannabinoids existing in the cannabis plant and each of these cannabinoids has a distinct set of chemical properties associated with it. While many consumers prefer the cannabinoid THC (due to its psychoactive properties), others prefer to focus on less psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, CBC, and others.

One of the primary purposes of cannabis extraction is to help isolate the cannabinoids that consumers want to consume while removing the ones that they prefer to avoid consuming. The extraction process makes it significantly easier to create customized extracts, which has resulted in consumers having more options than ever before.

In order to create a cannabis extract—whether it is primarily consisting of THC, CBD, or anything else—producers must first choose a specific solvent. Over the past few years, there have been several new types of solvents introduced, and each of these solvents has various pros and cons associated with it.

What are the different types of extraction processes currently available?

The cannabis extraction process from hemp seeks to exploit the different boiling points characterizing each cannabinoid in order to effectively isolate them. Then, once the cannabinoids have been effectively isolated, it becomes possible for producers to create customized products.

Currently, most cannabis extract producers use one (or multiple) of three different processes:

  • Butane extraction
  • CO2 extraction
  • Ethanol extraction

Butane extraction was originally the most popular due to it being a relatively simple and highly available process. Butane was further made popular due to the fact that is relatively non-polar, which makes it much easier to isolate specific cannabinoids. Additionally, butane is recognized for having a relatively low boiling point.

However, despite the long-standing popularity of butane, its significantly higher combustibility has led some producers to search for other (relatively safer) options. The emergence of CO2 extraction processes—followed by the more recent emergence of ethanol extraction processes—have given both producers and consumers considerably more choices.

What are the pros and cons of C02 Extraction?

Despite the fact that carbon is typically considered to be a pollutant, CO2 extraction is recognized by many in the cannabis industry for having an incredibly limited environmental impact. This is especially important in this particular industry due to the fact that many cannabis producers use environmental friendliness as an essential marketing point.

Additionally, when compared to butane extraction, CO2 extraction is quite safe. However, despite these apparent benefits, CO2 extraction is still not without its drawbacks. When compared to other alternatives, CO2 extraction takes a considerably longer time—this can create problems for some producers who are hoping to maintain their bottom-line without increasing prices. CO2 extraction may also yield lower cannabinoid profiles than some of the alternative processes, which is one of the reasons why some producers have begun trying to use new systems.

What are the pros and cons of ethanol extraction?

Ethanol extraction is one of the newest methods for creating cannabis extracts, though it has quickly become among the most popular. With each passing year, a larger number of cannabis producers have decided to change their methods.

Generally speaking, ethanol extraction is recognized for having the efficiency of butane while maintaining the safety if CO2. It has been frequently referred to as offering “the best of both worlds.” In fact, in terms of safety, ethanol has been recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for being “General Regarded as Safe (GRAS)”, meaning that ethanol alone is actually safe for human consumption.

However, despite the myriad benefits of ethanol mentioned above, it is important to note that no extraction process is necessarily perfect. Ethanol’s high level of polarity makes it difficult to separate the product into a state of perfect isolation. Furthermore, though still perfectly safe to consume, ethanol extracts are recognized for having a significantly darker coloring and an occasional “grassy” flavor.

Weighing Your Options

Ultimately, there are many different things that will need to be considered when designing a cannabis extraction process. The process that makes the most sense for a specific producer will depend on the content they are trying to create and their various operating constraints.

In summary, here are the pros and cons of the different processes available:

  • Butane extraction: highly efficient, low polarity, relatively high risk
  • CO2 extraction: low efficiency, low level of risk, environmentally friendly
  • Ethanol extraction: low risk, high efficiency, low polarity, significantly darker byproduct

As you can tell, there is no system that is without its flaws. However, as time has gone on, an increasing number of hemp extraction facilities have decided to use an ethanol-based system.

Conclusion

As science continues to advance forward, both cannabis producers and consumers have discovered that they have more options available than ever before. The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving and, consequently, scientist everywhere are discovering new ways to create cannabis extracts in accordance with their customer’s needs. Though, as a producer, there are certainly many things for you to consider before deciding on an official process, it is important to recognize that you are not without options.

For more information on ethanol or CO2 extraction for hemp, contact Blue Forest Farms the processing and farming experts.

What Does CBD Oil Feel Like?

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Are you interested in the medicinal benefits of cannabis, such as reducing inflammation, without getting
high or dealing with red eyes, cottonmouth, and/or sleepiness? Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as
THC, is the main chemical in cannabis that actually gets you high and causes these symptoms. On the
other hand, CBD oil, a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis, can’t get you high but
still benefits your body in similar ways.

Cannabis growers are constantly searching for ways to increase concentration levels of CBD in the ultra-
potent strains. The race to produce even more powerful strains of hemp is becoming more intense each
day, and with it, a new vital chemical in this plant is having its moment; cannabidiol, or CBD.
Cannabidiol is available in different forms such as oil/extracts, as well as mellow strains that have been
bred to increase its presence and also reduce the effects of stress on the body.

It’s recommended that you find out the effects of CBD, regarding how it may or may not make you feel,
before deciding to make your way to the market to buy CBD products.

Calmness and Relaxation

Unlike THC which has been proven to modulate the neurotransmitters that are involved in fight-or-flight
responses, hence triggering panic attacks, CBD has been shown to have the complete opposite effects. It
eases anxiety and reduces the likelihood of “freaking out.”

To compare the effects of both THC and CBD, a study was carried out which revealed that THC activates
the parietal and frontal areas of the brain, causing anxiety. On the other hand, CBD reduces autonomic
arousal, which is the involuntary response by the nervous system that suddenly increases the heart rate or
respiration.

Less Nausea

There are quite some ways through which cannabis can be used to fight the symptoms of this disease, and
the National Cancer Institute has released quite an impressive list of these methods. A unique finding is
that THC and CBD both help reduce nausea, a common problem among patients.

The National Cancer Institute reports that the “emetic circuitry” – used for regulating nausea – is, in part,
influenced by our endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors that spans the body and the brain, and
it reacts with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. When we consume weed, we inevitably absorb these
chemicals. By interacting with various receptors in the body, they prevent vomiting.

Relieves Inflammation and Pain

By interacting with other endocannabinoid receptors, CBD also reduces pain, swelling and the
inflammation and science has shown that cannabidiols have some analgesic properties. This is the reason
behind the huge number of topical creams and salves that have been infused with CBD, and they have
been designed to be applied directly to the skin.

There is an infinite number of painful conditions CBD can bring much-needed relief to. Enthusiasts of
this chemical have been able to identify some of the main targets of CBD, including headaches, menstrual
cramps, itchiness caused by psoriasis, dermatitis, arthritis, and even the plain old soreness of the muscles.

Improved Mood

When compared to THC, CBD is said to be nonpsychoactive. This means that CBD lacks the euphoric
and intoxicating aspects of a high caused by THC. For this reason, one might assume that, at a threshold
that’s noticeable, CBD has very little or zero cerebral effects but causes relaxation and improves your
mood. This doesn’t mean that CBD will change your mood completely, but it may have antidepressant
effects.

A study that was conducted on depressed rats (no kidding) found that injections of CBD benefited the
rats. They became more “alive” as they even looked for a place where they could live as opposed to
merely surviving. The same scientists also discovered CBD didn’t cause any effect on the motor functions
of the rats and the antidepressant effect was primary influenced by CBD.

Control Your Mental Health

As CBD is explored more, the conversation about the effects of CBD also continues. This is especially
focused on how CBD works together with its counterpart, THC. With the information above, however,
you might have noticed the whole conversation about how CBD “feels” depends on what you don’t feel
when you take it, such as depression, inflammation, pain, anxiety or nausea. This is the main point of
comparison for both chemicals. They may have similar advantages regarding therapeutics effects, but
they also carry some other effects, which are not all predictable or benign.

Compared to the regular marijuana, which contains THC, you might look at CBD as the “safer”
alternative. With the micro-dosing practice in mind, it may not be possible to notice the effects of CBD
easily. If you strictly follow the prescribed dosage of CBD, you will most probably know it’s working due
to the gentle fading away of the condition that ails you.

Here’s What Happened When I Took CBD Oil to Get Rid of Anxiety

Let me first admit that I was a bit skeptical when I got to learn about hemp oil. The first thought in my
mind was weed and all the bad experiences I had in college with it. I am a person who’s already
predisposed to much thinking and as such, being exposed to marijuana, in whichever form, would
automatically result in my mind going into overdrive and consequently lead to a common side effect that I
have grown to dread: paranoia.

Just a little bit of online search leads me to discover that a good hemp oil with contained CBD as the main
ingredient. For testing purposes, this is the product that I had been offered. Compared to the other vital
compound in marijuana and hemp plants, THC, which will make you feel high, CBD actually has the
opposite effects.

I must admit that the science that supports the use of CBD served to calm my nerves. However, it was the
inspiring story given by many users of the product that did the job. One of the users Charlotte, who was
only 6 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy identified as the Dravet Syndrome. She was
then placed under hospice care and order not to resuscitate her was given as her parents were very
desperate and also frustrated that the pharmaceutical medications weren’t working. That was when they
considered medical marijuana. As we’re speaking, Charlotte is now 99% free of seizures since she began
supplementing her medication with CBD oil. The brand was actually named after her, Charlotte Figi.

I was left in complete awe at the powerful effects of CBD oil. This was especially after I got to learn that
CBD oil could be used to treat ailments that have a tendency to occur every day. This includes nausea,
pain, migraines, inflammation, and anxiety. This is in addition to more serious diseases and conditions
like Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and cancer. Given this information, I was satisfied that CBD
was quite safe to use and I asked for a sample. For seven consecutive days, I added a full dropper of CBD
oil in my morning mint chocolate flavor.

My First Impression

I had recently been to California, and the bad bout of jet lag that resulted from the trip was what inspired
me to try out CBD oil. My reservations about weed-based products had understandably kept me away
from trying it out for a few months. Knowing that the CBD oil had helped some people deal with their
sleep issues, I confidently squeezed a full dropper of the CBD oil, with full adherence to the instructions
that I had been given, on to my tongue. Then, I waited.

Half an hour later, the effect was surprisingly subtle. I expected that there would be an effect similar to
that of melatonin where it’s usually hazy, but the CBD oil went way off my expectations. My body just
relaxed ever so slightly. My mind slowed down, my legs went silent beneath my sheets, and my heart
ceased its constant heavy pounding against my chest. I was feeling calm. I can’t tell for sure if it was the
late hour or the effects of the oil but as time faded away, physical relaxation lead to mental relaxation, and
before I could realize it, I was fast asleep.

As I woke up the following morning, what surprised me the most was the fact that there was not a single
moment in which I felt high. It simply never happened. Similar to anti-anxiety drugs or pain medications,
I can feel it now. Since for it to work completely, you have to wait a bit with the right dosage as well as
consistency, I kept on taking the oil each day for the next six days. I only took it once a day.
Here’s what I felt:

● My anxiety levels went down
Under normal circumstances, I would feel heavily affected by simple things like lots of stuff in my work,
or a crowded subway car. However, the CBD oil seemed to have eased my anxiety to a great extent.
Instead of thinking too much about an email whose wording is extremely stern or even overanalyzing a
social interaction, I found it to be quite easier to recognize how irrational these thoughts are and just let
them go (as opposed to ruminating on these situations). In some specific ways, I felt like I was coming
back to myself once more. That said, I have gone through some social anxiety, especially when meeting
new people. I would definitely be interested to know what would happen if I took the full dosage.

● I’m now more focused when working
I have discovered that I’m now more productive when working under pressure. However, I have become
less productive due to being extremely busy at work. There are constant distractions at work, especially
from emails, the people around Slack and me. This goes on up to a point where it gets difficult to
complete my work. However, this week has been different. It has become easier to block out all
distractions (especially social) and also putting my blinders on is much easier than before. I am also able
to focus on a particular task at a time. I’m of the opinion that this is thanks to the reduced levels of
anxiety. I’m always off my tasks, and I feel frazzled each time my anxiety runs high. There’s a new calm
and sense of clarity that enables me to focus.

● I’m falling asleep faster
The eased anxiety might also be responsible for this effect. It’s now taking just about 20-30 minutes to
fall asleep rather than the normal 45-60 minutes. I am not only able to keep my mind off the constant
overthinking that keeps me up, but I am also able to shorten, or entirely skip, the tossing and turning
phase. I obviously can’t tell if anything will disrupt this wonderful bliss, but I rest my mind on it being
helped on a day-to-day basis.

Conclusion

I certainly wouldn’t say that CBD oil has changed my life fundamentally. ‘It depends’ is the typical response from anyone who has ever taken supplements on how long it takes for the effect to be felt.

Given this information, I am curious to see the effects that will arise if I take the recommended dosage of two droppers each day of the 30ml bottle for one week. I also take some comfort in the fact that CBD oil is a natural treatment that offers promising therapeutic effects. It’s important to note, before taking any CBD, a hemp-derived product, it is important to consult with your doctor.

What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?

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CBD (cannabidiol)

So what exactly is CBD and what can it do? In this detailed guide, you’ll learn about CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, which is one of the most important and fascinating compounds of hemp.

It should be noted that not all the cannabinoids are the same. One of them, the CBD or cannabidiol, has
many therapeutic and medicinal benefits hemp is known to offer.

So read on to find out why CBD is so important and why we should actually care about it. This is
especially important if you’re using hemp-derived products.

What You Should Know About Cannabidiol

Perhaps, one thing that’s more complex in the hemp plant’s biochemistry is its pharmacology. The
way the weed interacts with the body is extremely intricate. The truth is that we don’t really know as
much as we want to about these interactions, or perhaps, not yet.

Yet, we do know the basics. So here are some important things you should know about cannabidiol.

It’s Not Psychoactive

One of the most important things about CBD is that it’s not psychoactive. In simple terms, cannabidiol
won’t give you that feeling of being high. Unlike the THC, the cannabinoid that has the legendary power
to give you euphoric sensations, the Cannabidiol is inert.

When taken, users will not experience that feeling of getting stoned.

Is Legal Almost Everywhere

Since CBD will not give you the feeling of being high, medical products that have cannabinoid could
possibly pass the marijuana ban. Technically, it’s the THC or cannabinoid that will get someone high, and
this is what’s illegal. If you’re going to undergo a drug test, the process will detect the presence of THC in
your body and won’t look for CBD. So basically, if you used a hemp-derived product without any THC,
then you’re not violating any law. Smoking weed without THC is known as hemp, and there are
separate rules governing the use of hemp and these rules are a bit different from the rules imposed on
the use of hemp-derived products.

As a matter of fact, some states in the US that are yet to legalize the use of marijuana for medical
purposes have created a law which allows people to use CBD-only products or products with no THC
for therapeutic or medical purposes. In most cases, this could mean obtaining cannabidiol from the hemp
instead of the flowers with THC. In places that have legal programs imposed for medical marijuana, CBD
products are widely available to purchase and can be acquired easily.

Can Be Obtained from Hemp or Marijuana Plants

The CBD can be obtained from two main sources – marijuana and hemp plants. Where a certain product
comes from will depend mainly on the legal status of the use of industrial hemp in a given state.

If the use of medical marijuana is illegal in a certain state, the THC level can help determine whether a
particular CBD product is illegal or not. In most places, the limit set is very low, usually around 0.3 percent. If this is the case, then the only source that
can work is the hemp and CBD products derived from industrial hemp.

The limits can be higher in some other places. For instance, the state of Delaware allows CBD oil that
contains up to 5% of the THC.

The general consensus is that the CBD obtained from marijuana is both more effective and more
powerful.

This is attributed to a phenomenon known as the entourage effect or a theory that one cannabinoid will be
able to do a better job when it works alongside its cannabinoids companion. Extracting the cannabidiol
from the hemp flowers can help keep the other cannabinoids intact, and this is why most people
would prefer it more compared to the hemp-derived products.

The source greatly matters, and the buds tend to have a wider and richer complement of
the cannabinoids, unlike the hemp leaves.

So while we are already on the topic, let’s do a quick rundown of the CBD-dominant strains and CBD-
only strains.

Specialized CBD-Dominant Strains

The increasing requests for medical-grade cannabidiol have driven growers and breeders to develop new
strain genetics that will promote the production of cannabidiol. These strains don’t necessarily try to get
rid of the THC but what they will do instead is increase the CBD: THC ratio and allow for the effects of
the cannabidiol to be able to shine through.

  • ACDC – This is the most widely available strain and consistently tops 19% of cannabidiol.
  • Cannatonic – With a perfect ratio of 1:1, this strain is capable of giving medical patients an
    optimal ensemble effect that’s also seeking to reap the benefits of the THC.
  • Charlotte’s Web – Interesting enough, this strain is not at all marijuana. Instead, it’s a proprietary
    hemp plant capable of producing buds that contain just the cannabidiol cannabinoid.
  • Harlequin – This is a legendary medical strain having a ratio of 5:2.
  • Katelyn Faith – This was named after an 8-year-old for whom it was particularly created. It
    boasts a ratio of 34:1 Cannabidiol to THC, making it one of the strains with the most CBD all
    over the world.
  • Remedy – As the name implies, this is a powerful healing strain that has an impressive
    cannabidiol ratio of 15:1.

If you’re looking for a high-quality medical CBD strain that puts emphasis on the cannabidiol, these
are the six strains that will get you started.

What Does Cannabidiol Do?

We have already told you what cannabidiol is and where it’s obtained. Now, we will see what this
powerful compound can actually do.

For a good reason, the cannabidiol currently dominates the discussion about the hemp plant’s medical
applications. However, this doesn’t mean that CBD is not valuable to recreational users. As a matter of
fact, CBD comes with some special qualities making it an important aspect of the recreational experience.
First, let’s talk about the medical side of things.

How Does Cannabidiol Interact Affect the Body?

From more than 60 cannabinoids, cannabidiol is unique to the genus hemp plant and interacts with our
body thanks mainly to a network of neurons known as the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system travels all throughout your body, and it’s filled with receptors that combine
with the cannabinoids that you have introduced to your bloodstream whenever you consume weed. It’s
the chemical interactions of these bonds that pave the way for the unknown series of responses that your
body creates.

Without having to distort science too much, it’s easy to say that humans are hard-wired for weed. The
endocannabinoid system will touch your body’s major systems. This is why weed is capable of doing so
many things for us, whether that’s regulating or altering our mood, and even stimulating our appetite and
minimizing pain.

Although cannabidiol doesn’t have any toxicity for humans and won’t make you feel high, it reacts
extremely well with the endocannabinoid system. To put it simply, CBD is capable of making things
happen. Once it combines with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, CBD can stimulate various
different changes in your body.

Most of these changes are highly beneficial, and researchers are slowly uncovering the real, potential
medical uses for each of them. We will not bog you down with all these technical terms. Instead, we will
let you in on some of the major studies and most promising findings regarding the use of CBD.

Here’s What CBD Can Really Do

There’s no other way to learn what a cannabidiol can do than by looking at the exciting researches behind
it.

CBD Can Prevent Epileptic Seizures

One of the most significant studies done on CBD was for its efficacy as a treatment of epilepsy. In 2012, a
group of researchers from the British Epilepsy Association published a report regarding this. They
presented strong evidence proving CBD as a therapeutic candidate for a wide range of epilepsies.

CBD Can Treat Neurological Diseases

Researchers are yet to determine the exact mechanisms surrounding the neurodegenerative diseases
including Alzheimer’s. We do know that these diseases have something to do with the protein pathway
and this is the exact pathway that the 2006 study investigated.

Looking at the molecular level, the researchers discovered that CBD is actually capable of protecting the
nerve cells against degenerative diseases. The scientists would call this the “neuroprotective effect,” and
this is one of the most promising characteristics of the cannabinoid.

CBD Can Relieve Pain

Medical CBD is fast becoming the “go to” alternative to the more addictive and more dangerous
prescription painkillers such as opioids that are known to cause an epidemic of deaths due to overdose in
the United States.

Most of the pain killing power of the weed comes from its psychoactive cannabinoid, the THC. However,
cannabidiol is also an effective pain reliever. In 2015, an important study was done to uncover CBD’s
pain-relieving effects. In this study, researchers compared the use of cannabidiol to morphine
Surprisingly, the CBD worked well alongside the morphine and counteracted its risky side effects. This
proved that cannabidiol is indeed effective in treating acute pain conditions aside from providing long-
term benefits.

CBD Can Fight Cancer

CBD’s ability to fight cancer may sound too good to be true. However, pre-clinical trials show that the
cannabidiol has an anti-tumor effect that’s really powerful.

The most important study that has revealed these powerful anti-tumor effects was done in 2015. As a
matter of fact, the study took a closer look at the wide range of non-psychoactive cannabinoids that
included the cannabidiol.

As a landmark of the medical CBD research, the study concluded that CBD is indeed effective at
slowing down the progression of various types of cancers including lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast
cancer, and colon cancer.

The way this works is truly incredible. Cannabidiol has actually made it difficult for cancer cells to be
able to develop. In some instances, this could increase the possibility of killing the cancer cells.

CBD Can Reduce Inflammation

THC and CBD are both highly prized treatment for inflammation. However, the
cannabidiol comes with its own special type of anti-inflammatory properties.

Specifically, the cannabidiol works by combining with endocannabinoid receptors to trigger a response
that could minimize nerve inflammation. This is just one of its neuroprotective qualities and one of the
main reasons why CBD is a truly effective treatment for neurological diseases.

CBD Can Treat Mood Disorders

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects almost 8% of Americans in their entire lifetime. Women
are twice as likely to suffer from it than men. Looking for an affordable, reliable, and safe treatment for
PTSD will surely have a profound impact on the lives of millions of people each year.

A path-breaking study in 2013 found that cannabidiol can help greatly improve one’s ability to forget
traumatic memories. The findings are incredibly necessary and could be the key to figuring out how the
cannabidiol can help treat disorders related to stress and anxiety.

What Can CBD Do for Recreational Users?

The topic about treating anxiety and stress has brought us to talk about the importance of CBD for the
recreational users of marijuana.

One of the best things about cannabidiol for recreational use is its ability to counterweight the THC. It
serves as a passive Yin to the active Yang of the THC.

CBD Can Produce a Smoother High

While recreational users complain about the negative experiences they have had with weed, the problem
often has to do with the feelings of anxiety and paranoia. The weed of today is incredibly powerful
regarding the THC, not to mention the concentrates.

Taking high doses of the THC could trigger negative alterations of the mood. There are also some people
that are more sensitive to THC than others. For those who have accidentally become too high, the CBD
can help hit the brakes as it inhibits some of the THC’s toxicity.

This is such a unique mechanism. However, if you’ll take a closer look at the dispensary products, you
will find various edibles, strains, and concentrates that contain a healthy dose of CBD, aside from the high
amount of THC.

The reason behind this is that the CBD is like an antidote for the THC. It will counter the THC’s stronger
and stress-inducing effects, which leads to a smoother and more balanced high. Thus, 1:1 strains and
other products that have a balanced combination of CBD and THC are very popular among recreational
users.

For more resources on CBD, industrial hemp or hemp related products, contact Blue Forest Farms at (303) 962-8250.