How Long Does CBD Stay in the Body?

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How Long Does CBD Stay in the Body?

When you are taking CBD, it should be considered as a long-term change to your lifestyle. Cannabinoids are used to maintain your internal balance (by supporting the Endocannabinoid System). But what happens if you forget to take your CBD? How long does the CBD actually stay inside of your body? Well, this is a question that we ask ourselves all of the time, so we decided to do a little bit of research and see what we could find!

So, how long does CBD stay in the body?

Absorbing CBD

There are lots of variables that will affect how long CBD stays in the body; one of which is the process of absorption. This can be affected by a whole load of different things, like the method of consumption, the type, and the quality of CBD that you take (does it contain chemicals, heavy metals etc.. or poor extraction method).

As our body is mainly made up of water, and CBD is found in the form of an oil, it is particularly difficult for us to easily absorb Cannabinoids. The compounds must go through a couple of processes before they can be fully accepted and interact with the Endocannabinoid Receptors, and this really depends on which processes the CBD has gone through before it enters our bloodstream. For instance, if you take your CBD in the form of a capsule, it must go through the digestive system which is significantly less effective than taking the CBD oil sublingually. Other aspects that can affect the bioavailability of CBD are your body weight, metabolic rate, and whether you have eaten (if you take CBD on an empty stomach it is metabolized quicker).

All types of CBD have different levels of bioavailability which can affect how long CBD remains in the body.

How much & often do you take CBD?

This may be obvious, but the more CBD that you consume, the longer it should remain in your system. It just depends on how quickly your body can get through the dose.

Secondly, as your body gets used to using phytocannabinoids it uses them more effectively. It is why we also suggest to start low and slow if you’re new to CBD. The longer that you use CBD the more you get from it! If you’re an occasional user of CBD it is more likely that it will clear from your system quicker.

So, how long does CBD stay in your system?

Honestly, it is hard to say. All of the factors above can have an impact on the length of time it takes your body to use the CBD. Some estimates suggest that it can take between 2-6 days for your body to use up all of the CBD but that may vary wildly. There is still a lot of research that needs to be done to ensure that we know exactly how long CBD stays in your system.

What is the Difference Between CBD & CBDa?

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What is the difference between CBD & CBDa?

What is CBDa?

CBD is one cannabinoid out of a family of 113, and much like everything else in nature, cannabinoids come in a whole lotta shapes and sizes. 

You may have noticed that we have started to launch full-spectrum CBD products, which contain weird and wonderful acronyms like CBDa, CBDv, THCa, THCv, CBG, CBGa etc… and on and on. To understand how and why these oils and pastes do what they do, you need to understand just a little bit about the different types of cannabinoids. There is an argument out there that including a mixture of ‘raw’ cannabinoids (the ones found in our Dina (5%), Diablo UK made CBD Oil (10%) & Tenedor (paste)) into your diet has a much bigger positive impact on your well-being.

Unless you have a chemistry degree, where all of these cannabinoids come from can get a little confusing. I will try and keep it as simple as I can.

We also must stress, that CBD & CBDa products are to be sold as a food supplement and should be taken as part of a balanced diet. We cannot make any medical claims or claims of medical benefit. Also read about the endocannabinoid system!  

CBD vs. CBDA -What is Raw CBD Oil?

Cannabidiolic acid, also known as CBDa, is one of the main cannabinoids that are produced on the leaves, stems and flowers of certain cannabis varieties; like Indica, Sativa or Hemp. In very simple terms, CBDa is the raw form of CBD that can be found in the plant. This is often why you will see CBD oils that are described as ‘raw’ – it is simply down to the fact that they contain CBDa.  

It is not until this CBDa is decarboxylated, does the compound turn into CBD (which is what all the fuss is about these days). Decarboxylation is a fancy word for when carbon dioxide and hydrogen are removed from the CBDa compound- thus slightly changing the properties of the cannabinoid. More often than not, this process occurs naturally as the plant ages, is exposed to light and heat from the sun, or when it is burned- like when it is smoked or put in the oven. The same process happens for almost all of the cannabinoids. 

The most amazing example of this change is within THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. The acid precursor of THC is…. you guessed it, THCa. While THC is known, and used, for its psychoactive properties, THCa is not psychoactive at all. The decarboxylation process must take place before you get any psychoactive reaction.

CBD & CBDa both share similar properties, but work slightly differently just as the differences between THC & THCa above. 

What does CBDa Do?

The main difference between the two CBD’s is the level in which they have been researched. We know far less about CBDa than we do about CBD.

CBD was discovered in 1963, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that researchers learned how cannabinoids worked with the body. It is due to this, that we know very, very little about how CBDa works – there is also very little understanding as to whether the raw acid forms of any cannabinoid actually binds to either of the cannabinoid receptors. 

If you are going digging, try not to search for ‘CBDa but instead look for information on the Endocannabinoid System.

All I know is after trying both, I can certainly say that I like the food supplements which contain CBD & CBDa better and there are thousands of people who say the same. 

Where Do I Find CBDa?

CBDa can be found mainly in ‘raw’ CBD products. These include raw hemp extracts, raw CBD oils or ‘whole plant’ products like CBD flowers or whole plant juices.
 
It is safe to say that tinctures, oils and pastes with a mixture of CBD & CBDa are becoming more, and more popular by the minute. We are currently offering tinctures with 500mg, 1000mg, 1500mg & 2000mg of CBD & CBDa with free shipping across the UK (even in Glasgow or London – Available for Wholesale too).

Will I Build Tolerance To CBD?

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Will I Build Tolerance To CBD?

Our body is very special. We as a species have survived due to our ability to adapt to almost anything nature throws at us. Whether it is a change in environment, living conditions, or diet, the human body can adapt and overcome its challenges. It is why our body builds up a tolerance to a lot of substances.

An example being Coffee- our body gets used to the stimulation, so over time we need more to get that ‘Good Morning’ buzz. So does that mean that when we take a food supplement like CBD it becomes less effective over time, and we need to take more and more? You may now be asking ‘Will I build a tolerance to CBD? Let’s clear this up for you.

 

 

CBD Tolerance

Usually, building a tolerance to a substance is considered a positive thing and all of us experience our body’s ability to adapt every day.

Given how frequently CBD is consumed, it makes sense to assume that the body will react in the same way it does with substances like tea, coffee, or sugar. Factor in the various different ways that CBD can be taken (edibles, tinctures, oils, capsules, and topicals), and it is a perfectly valid concern. However, before we can answer whether the body builds a tolerance to the effects of CBD, we first need to explore how tolerance works.

Understanding How Tolerance Works

There are three main categories of Tolerance: Cellular, Metabolic and Behavioral.

Tolerance at a Cellular level suggests that the cells become less responsive to a compound. This is why our body gets used to a stimulant on a biological level- substances like coffee become less effective over extended use.

Secondly, Metabolic tolerance is where the body metabolizes the substance much more quickly and effectively. Metabolic tolerance is partly the response that enables the human body to get used to drinking alcohol- extended chronic use of alcohol actives enzymes in the live which metabolize the alcohol much more effectively.

Finally, behavioral tolerance is more of a psychological tolerance where we become attuned to the disruption a drug causes. For instance, it is very easy to get used to the feeling of intoxication and therefore it does not affect our performance so much. Tolerance can certainly be made up of one, or all of the tolerance levels- and the ability to adapt to a substance varies between person to person.

Cannabinoids & Tolerance

Cannabinoids are a strange one. It seems as though the two main cannabinoids (THC & CBD) are complete opposites in the way they work in our bodies. For those who are heavy THC users, they start to build up a tolerance to the compound- cellular tolerance and behavioral tolerance are very common with smokers. It is why many people have bad experiences when their tolerance to THC is low. Over time the cannabinoid receptors become almost desensitized and are less willing to bind with the compound.

Strangely, any evidence of CBD tolerance has not been found. There is some evidence to suggest that it accepted the same and can encourage the absorption of other cannabinoids. Although there is still a lot of research that needs to be completely, and there are a lot of variables that haven’t been taken into account, for now, it seems as though the body does not build a tolerance to CBD. Which is great because once you have found your sweet spot, you can keep that does steady.

It is suggested that the benefits of taking a regular CBD supplement improve over time and the longer that you take the supplement, the more able your body is using the cannabinoids effectively. So if you’re asking the question ‘Will I build CBD Tolerance?’- the answer right now is, no, quite the opposite.

The Benefits of Co2 Extraction

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The Benefits of Co2 Extraction of CBD

If you go onto a search engine and look up ‘CBD oil‘, there are thousands of companies selling ‘the best CBD oil’. Just because we say it is the best, it doesn’t mean that it is. While we may hesitate to wildly claim that what we provide is the ‘best’, we can certainly say that some production methods that are scientifically better than others; one of those processes is CO2 Extraction.

So, let us answer the question: what is CO2 Extraction and why does it produce a better CBD product?

 

What is CO2 Extraction

The process of Supercritical CO2 extraction uses pressurized gas (CO2) to extract specific compounds from a substance or its raw form; for instance drawing out a phytochemical from a plant.

CO2 is a “tunable solvent” which makes it extremely versatile for creating products by controlling temperature and pressure through a system of storage tanks, heaters compressors, extractors, and contenders. It allows manufacturers to extract light essential oils which are much more valuable than the heavier plant matter and lipid content.

In the cannabis world, this method can be used to extract Cannabinoids and terpenes, but otherwise, it can be used for producing coffee, teas, perfumes, and spices.

In very simple terms- this is how this process works (for the science geeks among you):

  1. A vessel is filled with plant matter (often called ‘biomass’)
  2. The system is pressurized (75 pounds a square inch) and the temperature is reduced to -69°C. The CO2, that we all know and love as a gas, turns into a liquid. After the gas is liquified, the temperature is increased to -32°C and the pressure is eased so to make the gas ‘supercritical’.
  3. The compounds are pulled from the biomass into another solution (in the separator). The solvent (CO2) is boiled out of the solution and evaporated so that the condensed liquid is stored in an accumulator. A sample is then taken to keep track of the extract quality
  4. The system is then depressurized and realized back into separator 2.
  5. The extract is collected

 

(Stolen from edenlabs.com)

 

Other Production Methods:

To give a little bit of reference to why CO2 is considered as superier, there are 2 other main production methods: Using a solvent & the Olive Oil Method:

 

The Solvent method

Solvent extraction methods involve the use of ethanol, propane, butane or another alcohol to extract the phytochemicals. The benefits of solvent extraction is that is fast, and easy to do and is very inexpensive. Which is great for a profit line, but not so great for the consumer. The solvents used are flammable which makes the process particularly dangerous. The method also only extracts cannabinoids and chlorophyll which gives some CBD products that really bitter taste. To add to this, the solvents dissolve the plant waxes which is a nutritious and beneficial ingredient in the hemp plant- therefore, the quality of the products are affected.

Not only are the products themselves of poorer quality, but the method can also be dangerous for a consumer. When the process is completed (you will learn more about the process in the next section below) the solvent leaves residue in the product which can be toxic. In a recent study- traces of petroleum residue and naphtha hydrocarbons were found in some CBD products produced by using the solvent extraction method. Now that is both scary and shocking!

 

The Olive Oil Method

The Olive Oil Method is one loved by those who create homemade CBD oils and is the most cost-effective and most simple. You can try this at home! You start by decarboxylating the Hemp Plants and flowers to turn the CBDa to CBD (or any raw cannabinoid into the active ingredient). This process was done traditionally with Olive Oil but you can add almost any oil you like. You would then add the plant matter to the oil and heat again over some time; this can be done over the hob or in a slow cooker for a couple of hours. The plant matter naturally infuses into the oil.

The issue with this method is that the oils created are not very concentrated and are often inconsistent; it is hard to measure the concentration of any cannabinoid. Plus the fact that the extraction is perishable and doesn’t last as long as alternative methods.

 

The Benefits of CO2 Extraction

If you have made it this far, well done. I myself writing this would have glazed over. But once you understand the benefits of a process like this, then it is easy to see why the CBD products that are produced this way are far superior.

Not any old cowboy can do this at home- Be safe in the knowledge that a professional who knows what they are doing is producing your CBD. All of this equipment, knowledge, and attention to detail requires a lot of skill and education. There are a few ways that you can make your own CBD oil at home – for instance, putting decarboxylated Hemp flowers into a slow cooker etc… but they are never quite right and the levels of cannabinoids are almost impossible to measure. It is fun experimenting but when it comes to serious CBD oils, it is always best to leave your well-being in the hands of a professional.

No Chemicals or Toxins- CO2 extraction does not use any kind of harmful chemicals that are flammable or petroleum-based solvents. It means that when the process is completed, the solvent (being CO2) turns back into gas and evaporates. It leaves no trace or residue which can taint the final product; meaning that what is left is cleaner and purer.

Safer & Cleaner Products- As you can imagine, a hemp plant that has been plucked out of the field may have spores of mold, residue or insects living in/ on the plant. No matter how hard you try, this is just part and parcel of growing something. The CO2 extraction process ensures that all of the unwanted bacteria, insects or other unwanted nasties are destroyed. So compared to

Greater control- You can either have as refined or as raw as you like. For instance, you can produce a raw plant matter rich paste (like our own hemp paste) or distill the product down to a distillate which only contains cannabinoids (which what our MCT blends use). By changing the temperature and pressure of the machines, you can have greater control as to how your product is produced.

 

The Benefits of Water Soluble CBD

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The Benefits of Water Soluble CBD

 

It is very clear that CBD faces some challenges; whether you are new to CBD or have been taking it for years, the same issues pop up time, and time again. The common issues are:

  1. CBD is considered to have relatively poor bioavailability (it’s hard for them to be efficiently absorbed by the body)
  2. The taste- we shall say nothing more
  3. Droppers can be fiddly and awkward to fit into your daily routine
  4. Lack of clarity around the dosage

 

All of these issues are faced by almost every single user of CBD- combine that with the fact that everybody’s experience using CBD will differ, somehow makes it a difficult well-being supplement to ever feel completely satisfied with. We’re not bashing the conventional ways of taking CBD, because they have their own charms and benefits, but we think that Water Soluble CBD is going to change things up a little bit.

 

CBD Oils & Bioavailability

Scientifically, one of the biggest issues with CBD is its ability to be absorbed into the body. CBD oil really should be taken sublingually (under the tongue), and that is down to the fact that this is the most effective way for CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream. But in this process, there is still a lot that is wasted and ingested via the digestive system/ liver (with is even less effective). If you do not take CBD correctly, at best you do not get value for money, at worst if it may do nothing for you.

The issue is that our bodies are made up of 60% water- and when CBD is extracted from the plant it is in the form of an oil which cannot be easily defused into our bloodstream (oils actually resist being absorbed-  which is why oil sits on top of water).

It is mostly an oil taken sublingually that is considered to be much more effective than a hemp seed oil capsule, or topical cream- or a CBD mattress cover (Sadly, those exist). Most of the CBD that you are ingesting is either damaged or wasted.

So, how can you overcome CBD’s natural resistance to being absorbed? Well, some bright-spark has produced a water-soluble CBD formula which bucks this trend!

 

Benefits of Water Soluble CBD

So, in theory, if CBD could be made water-soluble it can be way more effective, right? Yes. So long as the CBD is actually soluble in water. There are key players in the CBD manufacturing industry who produce ‘water-based’ products using what is referred to as a Nanoemulsion. Which isn’t particularly good for us. It isn’t actually water-soluble- more ‘water-compatible’. It is like Mayonnaise- the oil and water are held together by egg- rather than actually infusing together.

There are some who have actually cracked it and have produced a solution that is completely water-soluble. How this is done is currently under lock and key (usually to protect the interests of the company’s intellectual property). Once we know, we will share it with you.

But that is all well and good for a lab-coat, but what are the actual benefits of Water Soluble CBD in practice?

Greater Bioavailability (up to 10x more effective than traditional methods)

Down to the fact that the cannabinoid molecules are suspended in an active state in water they can be absorbed much, much more effectively. Water-soluble products are up to 10 times more effective than the traditional methods. This is not to say that they are any better or worse. During the process of production, a lot of the ‘other cannabinoids’ have been removed along with the natural plant matter. It means that the water-solubles do not have the same levels of natural plant matter than a whole plant oil, or paste.

Much better taste!

To be fair, some people don’t mind the taste of hemp- it lets them know that they are actually taking something (writing this, I am an avid paste guy and I am the same)! It is very easily foreseeable that there are many people out there that are put off by the taste, and can make the whole experience unbearable. Water-soluble CBD is very easy to consume and has a very slight sweet herbiness but almost unnoticeable in something that has a flavour (like juice or coffee). So, think away from the long face and get a water-soluble!

Easy to Use & Dose

A CBD oil with a dropper can actually be a little bit of a pain. Honestly, I could do without the dance in the mirror trying to count your drops, for it to spill down the side of your face, or on the side of the bottle. It takes a little bit of practice to count the drops and effectively dose the oil, hold it properly under the tongue and do it all while late for work. With the water-soluble CBD, you can simply get your drink of choice and drop 1-4 drops in without thinking about it again.

Easy to slip into your routine

The last of the major gripes about CBD is that it can be a little difficult to slip into your routine. We’ve all been there- you’ve forgotten to take your CBD today. What is so fantastic about the water-soluble CBD is you can very easily add it to your morning cup or coffee, your water bottle at work, your lunch cup of whatever (soup if you wanted to), or your herbal tea in the evening before you head off to bed. Water-soluble CBD also only needs to be consumed once per day too! Easy peasy.

What is CBE (Cannabielsoin)

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What is CBE (Cannabielsoin)?

 

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of Cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant. So many in fact that we are finding new ones all the time. So, when we came across a little cannabinoid that we didn’t know about, we decided to do a little digging.

This cannabinoid was Cannabielsoin or CBE for short.

 

What is CBE?

In 1973, researchers found this compound but didn’t know anything about it. Although it had been mentioned, scientists didn’t even know its molecular structure until 1983. CBE is a cannabinoid which seems to be derived from CBD via a process of synthesis or metabolism. Although CBE is found naturally in the cannabis plant, Scientists used CBD to create CBE in a lab – this would be the first time a cannabinoid would be created by biotransformation. After a number of more years researching this compound, they found that CBE is a metabolite of CBD- this means that it is an end product of CBD. Much like CBD too, CBE is non-psychoactive.

As a side note – which isn’t really relevant but quite interesting – in 2008, Chinese archaeologists found a tomb said to be 2700 years old which was said to contain a large amount of cannabis (somebody’s mummy loved a joint… get it!?). Dad joke out of the way: when scientists tested the ancient cannabis, although CBC, CBL and CBN where the most abundant – CBD & CBE were also found.

 

What Are The Benefits of CBE?

There have been few studies done on CBE but there is still a lot we need to learn. In short- researchers found that CBE had a ‘negligible’ effect on the well-being of Mice, and did not seem to show at least the same potential as CBD or THC. In saying this, these studies were not very conclusive and there is still an awful lot left to learn about the actual role of CBE in the cannabis plant – or the human body. While you may have never heard of CBE, you are likely to have taken some if you take a full-spectrum CBD oil or product.

While science has not gotten to the bottom of the CBE mystery, the theory is that CBE is a part of what is known as the Entourage Effect; this effect in itself is somewhat of a mystery to modern science. The Entourage effect is a synergistic effect caused by all of the active ingredients in cannabis: from a wide range of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and healthy plant fats. When all of these active ingredients are combined, they work to enhance and regulate each other. It is a phenomenon not very well understood by science.

 

So, while we still can’t get to the bottom of this new cannabinoid, we know a little more than we did before. As research develops we are sure to find new cannabinoids and understand them more.

What are Terpenes?

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What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are the unsung hero of CBD products and their impact is often overlooked, or their benefits are attributed to cannabinoids.

Terpenes are a set of non-psychoactive aromatic compounds that are produced naturally within a very wide array of plants and are responsible for the colour and smell of the flowers, spices, herbs and fruits we enjoy (hopefully) every day. Although Cannabis has a bad reputation, Terpenes can be found in some very ordinary items.

Terpenes are used during aromatherapy and can be found in some surprising places: you may already have them growing in your home or garden, sitting in your kitchen, hiding in your soap, aftershave/perfume or in your essential oil collection. Terpenes are the reason why Cannabis has such a distinctive smell, and have the ability to alter the effects of Cannabis and give identifiable characteristics to different strains.

Terpenes can also have an impact on the way the body uses cannabinoids (part of what is called the Entourage Effect), and actually have their own array of well-being benefits: there is lots of research going into the possible benefits of Terpenes which is exciting, to say the least! Trust us when we say there is a palpable difference between a whole plant CBD oil or paste with Terpenes, and one without it.

There are over 100 different Terpenes, but the ones that are most commonly found in nature (and Cannabis) are Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene, Ocimene, Caryophyllene and Terpinolene. So, what are terpenes, where can they be found and why are they relevant to CBD oils?

Pinene

Just from reading the name you may be able to guess where Pinene gets its name? That’s right, from Pines. You may also find Pinene in rosemary, basil, dill, some citrus fruit peels & pine nuts. It’s aroma is famously woody, deep, rich and earthy. Grab a handful of Pines or Rosemary and rub the pines between your hands; that is the aromas you are looking for.

Myrcene

Myrcene is a terpene that is most commonly associated with the Indica strain of Cannabis, but it can be found in Bay leaves, Hops, Thyme, Mangos, Lemongrass and Cannabis. Its is identified by its musky, earthy and herbal aroma that is akin to that of Cardimans and Cinnamon.

Limonene

Now, this one is for those who like the tang of citrus. As the name suggests, Limonene can be found in Lemon, Lime & Grapefruit Rinds (most citrus skins, actually), Peppermint, Rosemary, Juniper and Cannabis. It has a tangy citrusy aroma that is very identifiable. If you scrape a citrus fruit skin with a fork or take in the scents of a freshly peeled orange, then this is the aroma of Limonene. It is partly why adding Citrus rind to cooking or a Cocktail is so popular!

Linalool

Although Linalool is considered as a minor Terepene in Hemp and Cannabis, it is certainly the one you are guaranteed to be one of your all-time favourite scents; Lavander. Linalool is found in over 200 plants including, Mint, Nettles, Sage, Oregano & Thyme, Citrus Rind, Cinnamon, Rosewood and Cannabis. The aroma is distinctly floral in character- get yourself some Lavander oil to put in the bath. Glorious!

Humulene

Humulene is another minor Terepene that has a distinct aroma that IPA lovers will know well. It has a hoppy, woody and deeply earthy. This Terepene can be found in Corriander, Basil, Northern American, Asian and European Hop varieties, Gensing, Ginger, Cloves and Cannabis. Imagine a nice cold IPA on a summers day; Citrus bitterness and a floral punch.

Ocimene

Ocimene is most famous for its sweet, herbal and often woody aroma that is very similar to that of Myrcene. This Terepene can be found in a whole host of pungent plants such as Hops, Mangoes, Bergamot (a type of Citrus fruit commonly found in Northern Africa and the Gulf region), Basil, Lavender, Orchids, Pepper, Mint, Kumquats and Cannabis.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is a very interesting compound as it is the only Terpene to act like a Cannabinoid and interact with our Endocannabinoid System. It’s aroma is peppery, spicey and woody- imagine a handful of cloves. Caryophyllene is found in Cloves (surprisingly), Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Hopes Oregano, Rosemary and Cannabis Sativa (Which includes Hemp).

Terpinolene

Last, but certainly not least, Terpinolene is the really the key to making a Sativa CBD Oil different to an Indica Oil; Sativa CBD oils (like our Dina & Diablo) contain much higher levels of Terpinolene. The Terpene’s aroma is floral, piney and herbal, and it can be found in Apple Skins, Cardigans, Tea Tree Oil, Cumin, Lilacs and Cannabis.

 

Where Can I find Terpenes UK?

Other than in the natural spices, pines, fruits and whatnot that we have already mentioned in this blog post, you can actually purchase Terpene profiles from specific Cannabis strains online. Usually, they are found in tiny bottles and should be taken with caution- you will find that they are rather expensive.

Alternatively, you can find Terpenes in full-spectrum whole plant products, like our 500mg Dina & 1000mg Diablo and hemp extract El Tenedor Del Diablo.

Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil

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What is the difference between Hemp Oil & CBD Oil?

There is often some confusion around the different kinds of cannabis-derived well-being supplements that are for sale in the UK. It is quite easy to be a little confused as to the difference between CBD oil and Hemp oil. Particularly if you look for your cannabinoid fix on Amazon, or Ebay the line between the two is hard to draw.

Hopefully, this blog post will detail the difference is between CBD oil and Hemp Oil, and how to spot the ‘fake CBD oils’.

 

Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil

For a lot of people, CBD oils are those ‘cannabis oils’ people buy – hemp is cannabis so they must be also CBD oils? Right?

Well, a Hemp Oil (or hemp seed oil) is derived from the Hemp seeds which are made of up to 75% edible oil. They contain a fantastic array of healthy fats and in itself has a wide range of wellbeing benefits. Most of the time, Hemp seed oils do not contain a meaningful amount of Cannabinoids- it is simply a natural oil that is derived from the seeds of the plant. Hemp oil has been available in health food shops, and are now all the rage online. Hemp seed oils are sold as a food supplement (in capsules/ dropper bottles) or as a beauty product and are fairly cheap (at least much cheaper than a CBD oil)

‘CBD oil’ refers to a substance that contains a large amount of the Cannabinoid CBD– which is one of the main active ingredients derived from the Cannabis/ Hemp leaves and flowers. CBD oil can be produced using pretty much any edible oil, which is why there is so much variety. For example- our Dina (500mg/ 5%) & Diablo (1000mg/10%) are produced using an organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil, and our Dian (1500mg/15%) & Deity (2000mg/20%) CBD oils are produced using an MCT oil which has been derived from Coconut. There are other brands that use Olive Oil, Sunflower or Vegetable to produce their oils. Often ‘CBD oils’ require a process of Co2 extraction (to extract the active cannabinoids & other valuable phytochemicals) and decarboxylation (to turn the raw cannabinoids like CBDa, into CBD).

So, Hemp Oil can be a CBD oil, so long as it actually contains CBD. Most of the really cheap ‘CBD’ oils may just be hemp oil

CBD Oils on Amazon!

One of the most common tactics used by a lot of brands (the CBD oils on Amazon are a perfect example) mock-up their brands/ bottles to look as if they are a CBD product. For instance, with a big ‘20%’ on the bottle – and the ingredients show ‘20% hemp extract’. To the untrained eye, it is really easy to confuse this with a CBD oil.

The fact is ‘hemp extract’ can refer to almost anything from the plant so it does not need to contain any form of cannabinoid… and often they don’t. Some of these products do contain Cannabinoids, but are at a much lower level than what you would expect. Amazon do not allow CBD products to be sold on their platform, but they do allow hemp oil products to be there. So, if you find a 10% oil on amazon for £20, you’re more likely purchasing an expensive hemp oil. A lot of companies get around this by adding fake reviews (there are facebook groups dedicated to this) and asking/ answering questions pretending to be a customer. If you look through all of the amazon ‘CBD oils’ then you will see the same marketing formula.

We have also found more than a few examples of ‘CBD’ oils which are purposely misleading customers. We recently came across a company that is selling what is labeled as a ‘2000mg CBD oil’. For most people, this would be seen as a very strong oil, and the price was very cheap compared to the competitors. After some digging, we found that the oil was ‘2000mgs of hemp extract’, which actually contained just over 4% of CBD.

What is CBG?

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What is CBG?

There are rumblings in the Cannabis world about a new cannabinoid well-being trend, an exciting Cannabinoid called CBG. In actual fact, this Cannabinoid is not new at all and can be found in almost every true full-spectrum CBD oil or CBD Paste (lots of Cannabinoids & Terpenes) product out there, but it is fairly exciting for us ‘Cannabinoid Geeks’.

The theory is, that CBG will explode in popularity in the same way as CBD has… and after posting a couple of probing questions on Reddit CBG seems very popular.

So, what is CBG? What does it do, and where can it be found!?

The Endocannabinoid System

Before we can delve into the specifics of the compound, it is very important to understand the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS in short, is a network of receptors that are woven throughout our body and interact with Cannabinoids; those we create inside our bodies (Endocannabinoids) and those from plants (Phytocannabinoids). The ECS plays a vital role in our bodies ability to achieve Homeostasis; this is the process of bodily self-regulation, where biological systems maintain internal stability and adjust to deal with external conditions to ensure optimum survival.

The ECS is part of our body’s ability to ensure balance and function properly. Cannabinoids (like CBD, CBDa, THC, CBC & 108 more) attach themselves to cannabinoid receptors!

It is always essential that you have an understanding of the ECS before learning about CBG. We all have an ECS and it is this network of receptors that unlocks our well-being potential. If CBG is to become the next CBD, it will undoubtedly be followed by some degree of misinformation and exaggeration, so it is important that you know the internal systems that CBG operates with.

 

What is the Difference Between CBD & CBG?

So, what is CBG? Cannabigerol, like CBD (Cannabidiol), is a Phytocannabinoid which means that it comes from a plant; mainly the Cannabis family of plants. Much like CBD it is non-psychoactive and has been associated with a plethora of well-being outcomes.

In all fairness, it only makes up a tiny amount of the plant, but it is the precursor for the most abundant Cannabinoids; CBDa, THCa & CBCa. Cannabis produces the raw acid compound CBGa which is broken down (by Synthesis & Decarboxylation) into the other Cannabinoids when exposed to heat and ultra-violet light. So in most cases, CBGa is almost immediately broken down into CBD or THC.

In more recent years, scientists have been experimenting with genetic modification and cross-breeding to create strains that has a naturally high concentration of CBG- along with creating products (like oils) by extracting the CBG from the buds just before the Cannabinoid is synthesised into something else. You can actually start to see dedicated CBG oils &Isolates.

 

What are the benefits?

Currently, there are clinical trials ongoing to further understand the benefits, and potential of CBG so it is hard to say for certain what the benefits are. Research is in its infancy so we have an exciting wait to understand what CBG/CBGa can do for us.

What we can certainly say is that research has shown that CBG primarily attaches itself to the CB2 (found in most places in the body) receptor of the Endocannabinoid System and appears to be able to block compounds attaching to the CB1 (brain & nervous system so can alter the way we think… THC attaches to this receptor network), and can contribute to our well-being in a similar way as CBD does. It interacts with the Endocannabinoid system to achieve that healthy balance we talked about earlier.

It is certainly well known that CBG is part of the ‘entourage effect‘ which is when multiple cannabinoids regulate and enhance each other. It just means that rather than taking CBD, or CBG as an isolate, it is much more beneficial to enjoy them in the way that nature intended; together!

 

Where to find it?

Fantastic question, I am glad that you have asked. Please do indulge us in a little section of promotion. You can find this special compoud in plenty of full-spectrum CBD oils as it is becoming an essential cannabinoid alongside CBD. While there are more dedicated products coming out of the woodwork, it is yet to be seen how effective they are.

The formulas for our 500mg & 1000mg oils specifically include CBD, CBDa and CBG, with a trace level of CBC to ensure that they take advantage of the true-entourage effect. Our 1500mg & 2000mg oils have been boosted with CBD & CBG in an MCT Oil base!

Although there is no science backing the inclusion of CBG right now, we know that it is something special! Watch this space!

What is Homeostasis?

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What is Homeostasis?

You may have already read all about the Endocannabinoid System and the role it plays in your body’s ability to achieve Homeostasis

Don’t worry if you are not aware of what all this means for your well-being; that is what we are here for!

 

Basically

Homeostasis is the process of bodily self-regulation, where biological systems maintain internal stability and adjust to deal with external conditions to ensure optimum survival. Our body is a delicate ecosystem of chemicals, fluids, processes, and signals that keeps us functioning as we do. Put it this way, if Homeostasis is successful then life continues; otherwise, disaster or death will occur. If our internal balance is stopped or disrupted beyond repair our body cannot function correctly and therefore we will die.

We often refer to homeostasis as a ‘happy medium’, our body systems work to achieve a state of equilibrium, which is a balance that resists outside influences. So when there is an environmental change (internally or externally), our bodies kick a regulatory response into gear and works to achieve a new balance; these changes in the body are achieved with the nervous system, hormonal systems and the activation/deactivation of cannabinoid receptors.

An Example of Homeostasis at work

The easiest example of this regulation is something us in Scotland (or the UK in general) know very well; when you shiver in the cold. Internally, our body works optimally within prescribed a core temperature range (usually around 37 degrees) and a change in this can signify something is wrong or can be catastrophic for your internal workings. This process is controlled by the Hypothalamus region of the brain, which detects a change in temperature via information from the bloodstream, change in breathing rates, level of blood sugar and metabolic rate.

As your body’s thermostat detects an imbalance in the form of body temperature (heat loss: reduction in insulin, decreased circulation to the skin), it triggers an involuntary response to shiver in an attempt to increase your body’s temperature back its ideal temperature range. An opposite reaction would be our body producing sweat to cool us down. If your body gets too hot or cold, the body stops working properly – if we cannot maintain our core temperature, we will get sick or die.

There are thousands (if not millions) of examples of self-regulation; if there is even a slight imbalance it can have an impact on your well-being. To enable us to unlock the optimal internal balance, we need to be our bodies best friend.

How To Ensure Healthy Homeostasis?

Healthy body function often happens/ doesn’t happen on its own. There are millions of factors that can affect your body’s ability to achieve homeostasis, and most of them are out of our control.

It is, however, our responsibility to ensure that all of these vital systems are able to work correctly. We need to monitor our own bodily functions and take note of when something doesn’t feel right. Even slight changes to your lifestyle could prevent future (or correct current) imbalances.

If you are wondering how you can help your body achieve optimal homeostasis then have a look at a couple of lifestyle changes that will help your body out:

  • Regular Exercise (For Body & Mind)
  • A Healthy Balanced Diet
  • Maintain Your Endocannabinoid System
  • Drinking Lots of Water/ Keep Hydrated
  • Ensuring a Healthy Sleeping Pattern
  • Practice Mindfulness (Mental Health)
  • Listen to your body’s needs. 

We simply need to ensure that we are looking after ourselves and giving our bodies the best opportunities that we can. If we live an unhealthy life, there is more chance that something would go wrong- do everything in moderation and keep an eye on what your body is telling you! Prevention is better than a cure!

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