Cannabinoid Paste Vs CBD Oil?

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CBD Paste Vs CBD Oil?

If you have been keeping up with us, you will have noticed that we have recently added a CBD paste to our range; it has very quickly become a favourite of ours and is the most popular repurchased item!

A CBD paste seems kind of scary – it is in a tube/syringe, it is black and thick and looks as though it should be reserved for the CBD veterans out there. In fact – it is very easy to use and an amazing source of a wide range of naturally occurring amino-acids, waxes, terpenes and cannabinoids; we think that it can be used by beginners as well as those who like a powerful cannabinoid punch.

It may not be for the faint hearted, but it is for those who are serious about the benefits of hemp.

A paste is what we personally use here at CBDiablo and much prefer it to the more popular oil- but what is the difference between the Cannabinoid paste, and a CBD Oil?

CBD Oils & Tinctures

So, as simple as it gets: a CBD oil is made by infusing the Cannabinoid compounds with a carrier oil (like Hemp Seed, Coconut/ MCT or Olive Oil). This can be done by adding an isolated form of CBD, a THC free broad or full-spectrum distillate, concentrate or even the paste. For whatever reason, CBD oil seems to be the most popular CBD product in the UK and is usually the gateway that people use to start their CBD journey.

Oils can come in a very wide range of shapes and sizes. Some are lighter tasting, and thin so they are made specifically to appeal to those with a delicate palate. It means that the oils lots of the ‘good stuff’ has been stripped out and a lot of the natural goodness goes to waste.

Other oils are really thick, strong and contain a lot more of what the Hemp plant has to offer. More often than not, an oil is produced by using a pureed version of the Hemp plant.

We would wager that most of the oils in the UK market only utilise CBD as a cannabinoid, and the other waxes, terpenes and natural amino-acids are taken out of the formula (usually golden or clear oils).

This is something we didn’t like so have ensured that our formula takes advantage of CBD & the whole hemp plant– they may taste like hell but they work like heaven.

Most of these oils come in a little bottle with a pipette and you put drops of the oils underneath your tongue. The great thing about an oil is that it is versatile and the carrier oil also has its own well-being benefits. For instance, an MCT oil is a very effective delivery system and is one of the most health beneficial substances on the planet; olive oil is great for your hair and skin. So, depending on what you need from the CBD product, you can choose a carrier oil that complements the benefits of CBD.

Cannabinoid Extracts & Pastes

A Sativa hemp extract is a pure raw whole plant paste that has been produced specifically to retain the naturally occurring cannabinoids, amino-acids, waxes and terpenes. It is exactly how nature intended it to be.

Imagine a whole hemp plant that has been squeezed into a tube. There are many people out there, including us, who believe that the benefits of CBD & the Hemp plant are best when all of the naturally occurring chemicals and compounds are present- including a wide range of naturally occurring Cannabinoids that work to enhance and regulate each other; this is called the Entourage Effect.

Compared to oils, cannabinoid pastes contain a much wider range of cannabinoids, including the raw acid form of CBD called CBDa. CBD or cannabinoid pastes (down to the content of other health beneficial cannabinoids) tend to be much more potent and a little goes a long way– this is down to the entourage effect. Many customers find that the paste is much more cost-effective and lasts a lot longer as less works just as well as twice the amount of oil.

Pastes also come in a variety of shapes and sizes- some are thicker and darker, while others are lighter, softer and more liquid. Some taste very strong and bitter, some have a slightly floral note that makes them quite pleasant. This kind of pure hemp extract really sticks to the back of your throat and can put a few hairs on your chin! (not literally) so it may be best to wash it down with a little bit of water or veg juice.

You would usually take the paste in the same way as you would take the oil, but placing a pea-sized (or as you feel best) amount under your tongue. Otherwise, you can rub the paste into your skin, add the paste to food or to a carrier oil to make your very own CBD tincture.

Which is Better?

Well, you can be the judge of this! It is really which product you prefer and which you find easiest to take. The paste is a raw, effective pure product but comes with a very acquired taste – an oil is easy to take, can come in a variety of different forms and has versatility.

We personally turn our paste into an oil to get the best of both worlds, but how you take your CBD is down to you!

If you have come this far and CBD paste is not for you, then check out our 500mg and 1000mg hemp oils, & 1500mg and 2000mg MCT oil. Or read our blog, including information about Melatonin.

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What is CBD Oil Made From?

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What is CBD Oil Made From?

CBD oil is by far the most popular CBD product on the market, and it seems to the gateway that people use to start their CBD journey. I was asked the other day by my brother; ‘So, what is CBD oil actually made of?’

The question was phrased with the idea that CBD oil is an oil, rather than a number of constituents combined. It was a very interesting take because it is something we often overlook having been working with CBD for a while now… and after analyzing some of the adverts and product descriptions out there, I can see why anybody who is new to this would get confused

So, we have decided to go into a little bit more detail about what a CBD oil is, and how they are made. 

What is CBD Oil?

‘CBD oil’ (As in oil made from CBD) isn’t actually a thing – it is almost a brand named item like the ‘Hoover’ or ‘Epipen’. The name ‘CBD oil’ has become ubiquitous for any oily substance that contains CBD.

A CBD oil is a ‘carrier oil’ (usually hemp seed oil, MCT oil, coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil) that has been infused with the CBD compounds via an isolate, paste or distillate. CBD is a chemical/ that is found in the cannabis plant and doesn’t come in an oil form, but you can add this to any oil and create what has been marketed as a ‘CBD oil’.

So basically: Olive Oil + CBD (Cannabindiol Compound)= CBD Oil (The Dutch often use olive oil in their blends)

The same process goes for vape oils where Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are combined with CBD to create a ‘CBD Vape Oil/ Eliquid’.

When you are buying any CBD oil products, you should always check out the ingredients to understand what the base oil is. Each oil has its own range of benefits and works with the CBD differently – so, for example, MCT is known for being a very efficient energy source and is a superb delivery system for CBD, Hemp Oil is packed with naturally occurring omega fatty acids & olive oil contains powerful antioxidants.

CBD Oil that isn’t really CBD Oil

So, when does CBD oil stop being CBD oil? It is complicated because the name ‘CBD oil’ seems to now an umbrella for most ‘cannabinoid products’. CBD one of the two main cannabinoids in cannabis, but there are a range of different cannabinoids and acid precursors to CBD like CBDa. Each do different things and have their oil wide range of health and well-being benefits.

So technically, these products are ‘cannabinoid oils’ or ‘cannabinoid pastes’. While CBD is the main cannabinoid, it isn’t the only one worth noting! 

How is CBD Oil Made?

In our time in the industry we have heard some shocking methods of creating CBD products- including boiling Cannabis flowers in vats of vegetable oils or alcohol (why!?). Also heard of people being asked to stock murky bottles of ‘bath brew’ that have been made in brewing kits. In any case, these were most likely really bad for you or as an unknown quantity of anything. 

There are really three main ways in which you can make a CBD oil – two of these you can try at home. 

  • CBD Isolate – You can buy CBD isolates on the market that can be simply pure 99.9% CBD powders or crystals, or CBD crumbles, waxes which tend to be wider spectrum. You can add these to your base oils by heating the oil up to 60 degrees and stirring until the CBD has dissolved into the oil. We have done this before and it is quite easy. As per novel foods regulations it is not permitted to consume products created using Isolated CBD, but you can use it to create hair oils, skincare and topical ointments. There are however, some isolated products for sale in the UK and you should avoid them the best you can!
  • CBD Paste – For lower concentrations, it is really effective to create a CBD tincture using a CBD paste – this is what I do at home. You can simply add a measured amount of CBD Paste into a bottle and then add a carrier oil/ distillate CBD oil. Give that bottle a good shake and you have a fantastic full-spectrum CBD oil/ tincture. This way you can measure and refine your oil perfectly to your tastes, and get a powerful full-spectrum punch.
  • CBD Distillate – Much like CBD paste, a CBD distillate is a yellowish paste that contains a very high concentration of cannabinoids. This can be diluted into a carrier oil to boost the content of CBD- this is often used in combination with adding a paste to boost the content of CBD. For instance, anything above 1000mg using a paste is too thick, so it needs a base level content of cannabinoids before the paste is added. This is what is usually used when you have a high strength oil like a 15% or 20% CBD. 

What is a CBDeity? How To Have a Deity Mindset

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What Is a CBDeity?

If you have stuck around us for a bit, you may have seen our #CBDeity tags or talked about becoming a CBDeity.  

In short, a CBDeity is somebody who is always striving to be the best version of themselves and pushes a little further every day to constantly to improve, and maybe uses CBD in this endeavour… but that bit isn’t so important.

This is an ethos that we think is fundamental when facing battles and is a mindset that will get you through anything that life hits you with. After all the mind is the most powerful thing we possess. 

The Mindset

The Deity mindset is something we ourselves try to live by every day to ensure that we are always going a little furtherachieving more than we did yesterday and not giving up until the job is done.

It is about positive forward-thinking when stepping out into the cold rain of life and when the odds are against you; it is about taking control of your mind to rise up and complete a task when you’re on the precipice of giving up.

Whether you are striving to achieve something at school, work, at the gym, track, hills or overcoming the demons in your personal life, having a Deity will never fail you.

To us, this is really important in the battle for mental health and is something that we personally have found instrumental to where we are today in business, sports and life. 

Here are a few things a deity has: 

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Driven – Being driven is fundamental to this mindset. Give yourself a reason to get up in the morning and find the fire of ambition. Internal motivation is a very powerful tool when it is correctly tapped into.

Motivation comes from goals and ensuring that you keep working towards them little by little every day. Everest is climbed in 58,070 steps, one step at a time; at least one step closer to your goal every day is all it takes. You are the person who makes the first step so ask yourself: ‘What do I want, and what do I need to do to achieve it?‘ 

Planning your goals is essential, write this down in a journal and plan out your goal, and the journey. Goals give you something to focus on while you empower yourself against your demons.

If your answer was, ‘I don’t know’ – dig deeper!

E

Empowered – A Deity is somebody who is empowered by self-confidence that is fueled by an intimate understanding of oneself. The only person who can truly empower you, is you; after that, external influences can only empower you more.

Before anything, you must learn to empower yourself with self-respect and by letting go of pride. Low confidence is rooted in how you feel about yourself, rather than how others look at you and true power comes from inside, not others.

Try and take the time to look at yourself objectively and pick out what you do well (or what makes you feel good), then more importantly what you don’t do well (what makes you feel bad). Write these down if you have to. Acquaint yourself with those demons, confront them, work on improving them and use them as armour (or see their irrelevance). The may serve as your drive. The more that you know about, and become comfortable with, yourself, the more empowered you become.

Particularly when talking about mental health for men, is important that you do not try to take this journey alone; find somebody to confide in, to open up to and let go of your fears. Open up about your demons, this way you will be able to make the inroads to becoming friends with them. This confidant can be a friend, parent, therapist or even your barber. The more you hide and internalize your demons, the more power they have over you. 

If you are working towards something at work or in sport, it is good to verbalise any concern and work on a solution with a coach, friend or mentor. This will keep your focus clear and keep you moving towards your goals and learning for the future. 

Relinquish your demons and make them your allies; get comfortable in your own thickening skin and know how amazing you can be, and what you can achieve.

I

Impenetrable– A CBDeity is somebody who is impenetrable. When you learn to love and empower yourself, you may find that less can hurt you; once you accept and understand your demons, the less pain they will cause you. When you love and understand who you are, you will start to realise that what others think pales in comparison to what you can achieve on your own stream.

Life cannot be controlled, and we will always be faced with challenges so it is very important to ‘get comfortable, with being uncomfortable’ (David Goggins) in respect to many things in life.

Being impenetrable does not mean that you can never be hurt, or that nothing gets in, it refers to the healing process that our bodies are all capable of. When our skin is cut, it hurts and we bleed. No matter how deep the cut, if we care for it properly it will heal into a scar of stronger skin over time. The healing and scaring process is important metaphorically as it represents a challenge we have overcome.

You become impenetrable by learning how to care for your wounds and understanding that with the correct mindset, what you are facing can, and will, be overcome in time. 

In reality, this is often done by speaking to somebody about how you feel and rationalising what is going on, by finding something positive to put your energy into and making those steps to move past your obstacles. At work or training, it is about moving past your setbacks, learning from your mistakes and moving forward with confidence that a lesson has been learned. 

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Tenacity – Being tenacious in life really does pay off.

The status of a #CBDeity is not about success or failure, it is about giving everything your all and having the motivation to keep going until you achieve what you set out to achieve. Through making hard decisions, roadblock after roadblock, setback or disappointment, an embarrassment or monumental failure, it is important to have dogged persistence. Afterall if you fall you, you can heal. Having tenacity also represents your ability to be impenetrable by learning from past failures to then push on with a fresh exuberance and determination. 

Always draw the positive from a negative. Even if you fail, the experience will have taught you a lesson which you can use for tomorrow, when you try again.

It is essential to remember that it is ok to give yourself a break. It is perfectly fine to have a down day and to look after yourself or to have yourself a good old cry. What counts is that you rechannel your energy to the mark with positivity.

Y

You – This mindset is about you. 

It is about taking control, it is about being open and honest with yourself; it is about understanding yourself and confronting your own demons; it is about knowing what you can achieve if you let yourself go for it. 

In all honesty, nobody is going to live your life for you. You are the one who can let go of fear, you are the one who can keep making those single steps, you are the one who can learn from your mistakes, open up and let your wounds heal. You are the one who needs to want to improve constantly. 

Whether your battle is with mental health, and or a lead-to a challenging race or, whether you have been working towards a promotion at work, whatever the outcome you must ensure that you remain driven to move forward, empower yourself to be impenetrable and tenacious, and finally remember; you are the person who can write the story you wish to read. 

This process should not be rushed and you should understand that changing a mindset takes time and will constantly need to be perfected- there is no easy way out.

CBD for Ultra Marathon Running

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CBD For Ultra Marathon Running

As more people start to take CBD, we start to build a greater picture and understanding of what the compound does. The body is a strange unique ecosystem so everybody reacts to things differently – just like some of us have allergies, some of us don’t, some of us get wired after half a cup of coffee and some of us need a boat of caffeine to feel anywhere near human in the morning. 

Those at the very, very top are professional sports people, athletes, lifters, body-builders, swimmers, marathon runners and anybody on the very cutting edge of human ability. When you are pushing your body to the absolute limit, a healthy support of the ECS may be able to give you the cutting edge you need to achieve more, push harder and overcome the demons of training. CBD oil for Marathon running is becoming extremely popular online as runners are looking to find something to limit wear and tear. 

Arguably the most extreme and intense activities out there is the ultramarathon runners. Seriously, these guys and girls are another breed!

If you are an ultramarathon runner and know first hand what it is, and how it feels, skip to the section about how CBD helps. 

Not only do we have an interview on our site with a CBDiablo customer who runs ultras for fun, our co-founder Sam also recently completed his first ultra-marathon, and CBD played a big part in his recovery after long runs, so we’ve got firsthand experience too.

Sam looking very tired during his ultra-marathon.
Sam looking very tired during his run.

So if you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of CBD for this sort of crazy stuff, you’re probably in the right place. As a quick overview, here is what seemed to work for Sam during his training and the run itself:

  • Paste in the morning before breakfast (with a pint of water)
  • The Ophanim Spray bottle (for during training runs & throughout the day)
  • Paste before Food and before bed
  • 50mg -60mgs of CBD per training day. 

It’s also worth mentioning that he tried a CBD gel which he found online and didn’t feel too much effect from it. The CBD might not work for everyone in the same way, this is just what Sam found to work.

The CBD paste contains THC which may concern some athletes who are regularly tested: in that case we have a number of THC free oils & pharmaceutical grade MCT oil ‘angleic sprays’

 Let’s get into the rest of the guide now:

What is Ultra-Marathon Running?

Ultramarathon running simply refers to a race that is longer than the traditional marathon run of 26 miles. If a marathon wasn’t enough, some ultramarathon events span over 50 and 100 miles of continuous running, 24/48 hour running events (as many miles as you can do in that time) and consecutive days running of thousands of miles. Mental!

You’re not only looking at the event that is one of the most physically demanding sports devised by humans, but there comes a point when mental strength is all you have. We genuinely have the greatest of respect for anybody who even gets on the starting line. The tole that running 24 hours will have on your body is immense and there is a fine line between ultimate glory and a serious health concerns and injury.

Luke Hinds is an absolute beast- a true CBDeity!

The Body

Human beings have been running for millions of years. It is really only in recent history that the average mileage of a human has decreased significantly. Our ancestors ran to travel at speed, to chase prey and run away from predators. Our bodies are primed for running long distances – ultramarathon running is even pushing that pedigree to the limit.

For most of us, a single marathon is a once or twice in a lifetime achievement that is reserved for dedicated runners. In fact, a marathon is an afternoon training session for an ultramarathon runner.

On average, an runner can burn up to 600 calories an hour and once training session could last for 4 or 5 hours. The depletion in your bodies glycogen and energy system would be insane….

As you can imagine, a runner also lands on their feet on average 5000 times an hour – the wear and tear of the grinding impact on the feet, ankles and knees will be huge. You’ll 100% need an ice cold bath after that session. They also experience an extreme form of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) due to hours of eccentric contractions (leg muscles lengthening under impact while they try to contract). DOMS is no uncommon in distance runners.


When your body is running on fumes it is really important for ultramarathon runners to understand intimately what they are putting in their bodies to maximize the use of their energy, to help prevent injury and help to heal and repair before getting back in the trainers. Kit, nutrition and supplements are almost essential.

During a race, the impact on the heart, joints, muscles, heart, liver, kidneys and immune system can be felt for weeks afterwards. 

The Mind

A famous saying in the running world is ‘hitting the wall’. This is when you feel like your body is done and your race is over. Your breathing becomes difficult, your legs start to drop and your body starts giving up. If you focus your mind and just keep going through the pain you suddenly get a second wind and your body almost comes back to life. This represents the power of the mind over your body.
 
The single most important aspect of performance physically, is your mental capability to keep going way past what you think your body can achieve.
 
When it comes to ultramarathon runners, the body is exhausted, often broken, is sleep deprived (imagine for running for 24 hours) and needing rest- it is the mind that keeps your body pushing to finish the full 100 miles. You must be very determined and need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable!
 
If you follow anybody like David Goggins (Navy Seal & Motivational Speaker), Ant Middleton (SBS operative, SAS who dares wins & Motivational Speaker) or Eddie Hall (World’s strongest man/ Deadlift World Record Holder), their message is all about overcoming the limitations of the mind. Each have faced extreme hardship and have trained their minds to not stop until the job is done.
 
A study found that ultramarathon runners are intrinsically motivated individuals, who are not motivated by competition, but by adventure and achievements. Even though ultrarunning can be attribute to a wide range of potential health conditions, it is found that most runners would knowingly continue their pursuit of ultra running. I suppose that you need to be as hard as nails mentally to cope with extreme physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation. 
 
You may also be surprised to know that an unusually high percentage of ultra-runners have suffered from mental health conditions, and use running as an escape.
 

CBD for Marathons & Ultra Marathons 

As you can imagine, ultrarunners are pushing their bodies and minds to the limit. What if there was a natural compound that could support your body naturally? 

Every human being has an Endocannabinoid System which is a network of receptors which controls the bodies ability to achieve normal healthy bodily functions; its goal is to achieve homeostasis which is when the body’s internal environment is balanced perfectly, and everything is working as it should. 

So when the body is under stress, for example when you are hitting the wall, your body is out of balance internally.  So when you stop, your ECS goes into overdrive to start the body’s process of recovery and repair. 

Our bodies produce our own cannabinoids to do this but our bodies can also work with phytocannabinoids (like CBD & CBG), which are found in plants like Olives, Flax Seeds and Cannabis/Hemp. 

This is important to understand specifically when it comes to recovery. Just as you take electrolytes & caffeine to support your body, so do food supplements. 

One thing that ultramarathon runners often experience (particularly during training or after a race) is a lowered immune system. When the body is under stress it starts to pull blood away from the systems that are not important at that moment, and redirects it to the systems that are essential, like the muscles. You need to ensure that you have a balanced diet, and that you are looking after your well-being. 

What Do Ultra Runners Say?

This article has been inspired by a runner called Luke Hinds. He purchased one of our oils just as we were starting out and emailed us to let us know the impact that it had on his running. We were so completely in awe of the feats that Luke attempts that we wanted to support his running somehow. 

Luke recently ran a 100 mile event and managed 83 miles after running for 23 hours. Even though he was disappointed, this is an amazing achievement, and as testament to him, the next day feeling battered and exhausted he entered another, more challenging event! What a man! 

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We are really excited to send Luke the products we are testing out so that we can ascertain benefits that CBD has for people who are achieving amazing feats of endurance and overcoming unimaginable odds.

We cannot for sure sat that CBD will help with your running, and after doing some research there are quite a few people that don’t rate CBD at all. We put the question out on reddit (mainly US users) who said that they got some benefit, but more benefit from the Illegal Cannabinoid that we won’t mention…

We are all unique so it is hard to say if your body will use the CBD or not, and whether or not these runners were using products like oils, CBD pastes, creams or a bath-bomb. This can change the outcomes massively. 

What do You think about CBD oil for Running? 

We always like your input- if you are a runner, or ultramarathoner and would like to have your say, give us a share, add a comment or start your own debate!
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How Long Does CBD Take To Work?

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How Long Does A CBD Food Supplement Take To Kick In?

A very short answer to this is something my mother used to say: ‘How long is a piece of string?’

Sorry for being rather unhelpful, but it is true. The fact is, each of our body’s Endocannabinoid Systems works differently and therefore it depends on person to person. For some people, they may notice something immediately, for others, it may properly start to kick in within hours, days or weeks.

While we can’t determine when, how or what CBD is going to do, there are a couple of ‘best practices’ which can ensure that you are using CBD in the most effective way possible. A lot of it is about trial and error, listening to what your body tells you and understanding that CBD may need time to build up in your system.

Start Low and Low

The advise we always give is to start low and slow. If you drink a whole bottle at once, you’re not going to feel particularly well and you aren’t going to do yourself any good (please don’t try it!). Starting with a CBD oil/ or Paste with a low concentration (& dose) means that your body gets used to the compounds, and prepares itself to use the compounds effectively. It will take time for your body to work out what and how to use the cannabinoids. If you flood your body with a strange new thing, it will go into full panic mode.

By starting low, your body tips its toe in the water and thinks… oooh, this is nice… then will become used to accepting higher doses and can use the compounds where it needs them. As you start to increase the dose, it is important that you take note of how you are feeling; are you sleeping differently?

How Do You Feel?

Listening to your body is the most important thing you can do for your well being. Just like when you feel hungry, your body is telling you that you need fuel. When starting with your low dose of CBD, it is not unusual to feel nothing at all… that is because CBD doesn’t really feel like anything. Usually, it is very subtle things that start to happen, and those are the important ones.

If you’re feeling something, but not enough, you should increase. By trial and error you can work this out, you will work out what your body needs, and the best way to take the CBD supplements.

Another pro tip is to try our different products – for instance, your body may react differently to a CBD paste, Full-spectrum oil or even a vape oil!

Is CBD Oil Addictive?

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Is CBD Oil Addictive?

There is a long, and a short answer to this: Is CBD Oil Addictive? No. CBD oils are not addictive. It is not chemically or psychologically addictive.

The long answer to whether or not CBD oil is addictive:

Chemicals that are addictive change the way our brains feel pleasure & trigger physical changes to some nerve neurons in our nervous system. In short, they change the way our bodies work and can have lasting implications and side effects. CBD has not been found to change the way our body works nor does it produce a psychoactive reaction like THC, so it cannot be chemically or psychologically (if you become addicted to the high/ feeling that THC gives you) addictive.

After several studies, CBD was found to have no major side effects, no overt symptoms of overdose, nor was it susceptible to abuse. Which is fantastic news! CBD does not have an impact on our motor or psychological functions, and it does not have an impact on our blood pressure, heart rate or body temperature, in the same way, that THC does; THC is known to be somewhat addictive.

CBD, as a compound attaches itself to a network of receptors, called the Endocannabinoid System and supports your body during healthy bodily functions and helps your body achieve homeostasis. Consider it much like amino-acids which can be found in a balanced diet- they are amazing at supporting your body do its job, rather than changing the job entirely.

Can you get withdrawal symptoms from CBD?

As CBD is not addictive so you cannot suffer from withdrawal symptoms, and there is very little evidence to suggest that stopping suddenly will have any impact on you at all. Only that the well-being benefits of CBD may slowly start to disappear.

While CBD is not addictive, it’s ‘bad’ brother THC can be. THC has an impact on our motor and psychological functions which creates a ‘high’. Chemically, this high is caused by a flood of ‘happy chemicals’ that are triggered which THC attaches to our cannabinoid receptors. An addiction to the effects of THC are quite common, and there are withdrawal symptoms that follow a sharp stop if you consume THC regularly. Often heavy users report a dry mouth, nausea and vivid, lucid dreams along with a huge impact on their mental health. This is due to the way that THC changes our physical psychological functions. Is CBD Oil addictive? When it has high levels of THC in it, it very well could be.

Full Spectrum CBD and the Entourage Effect

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Full-Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & the Entourage Effect

If you have been doing a little bit of research into CBD products, you will quickly find that there are three main types; Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolated CBD products. The difference between the three can be huge.

There is a lot of debate about which of these three categories should be considered effective, legal or available for sale. So, what is the difference between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and an isolated product and why are they beneficial?

The difference between full-spectrum, Broad-Spectrum & Isolated CBD

Like with most topics in the CBD industry, the distinction between the three types is up for debate, and the answer seems to change depending on who you speak to. We’re all learning in this industry so we have done some extensive research into the three types and have tried to understand as many perspectives as possible. 

Full-Spectrum

 

There is a little debate as to what actually constitutes a full-spectrum CBD oil. Some say it is merely the presence of THC in the formula, and others (including us) say it is when an oil contains a sizable amount of other cannabinoids/ phytochemicals too). 

In simple terms, a full spectrum product contains a wide range of phytochemicals & Cannabioids including CBDa, CBG, CBC, THC, or THCa. You may find that a lot of true full-spectrum oils are called ‘raw’ which means that they contain a mix of CBD & CBDa (the precursor for CBD that is found in high concentrations in the raw plant- this changes into CBD when it is decarboxylated or combusted). 

A full-spectrum product is usually much thicker, has a really strong flavour-profile and has an immediate punch as it contains the raw terepenes, waxes, flavoids and fatty acids naturally found in the hemp plant (each have their own well-being benefits). These oils are often considered as preferable to other oils as they are deemed more effective. We all react differently to cannabinoids so this may not be true for everyone. 

The downside of these products is that they contain THC, which may put many off.

Our CBD Paste, 500mg (Dina) & 1000mg CBD oils are all true full spectrum- so you can really feel the power of the entourage effect. 

 

Broad-Spectrum

Similarly to a full-spectrum CBD oil, a broad-spectrum oil does contain other cannabinoids but they will be found in smaller concentrations, as a trace amount or there is an absence of THC in the product.

They do include a range of cannabinoids, but in a small amount compared to other types of oils. Our 2000mg Deity and 1500mg (Dian) are true broad-spectrum products as they contain trace amounts of THC, CBD & CBG (alongside our THC Free range). This is quite common with the high strength CBD oils. We have therefore put them in an MCT oil base to give them the boost the cannabinoids need!

These oils are generally produced using a distillate, or CO2 extracted version of the plant. This means that generally, they are lighter tasting and smoother- they don’t have has much burn in the back of the throat. To many, this is a perfect middle-ground. 

Top Tip: Some broad-spectrum oils are sold off as full-spectrum oils. To spot the ones that are certainly not full spectrum, if you look at a cannabinoid graph from a lab report and there is a big spike for CBD, tiny amounts of other cannabinoids, and a THC amount of less than 0.02%, then it should be considered a broad spectrum.

 

Isolated CBD

An isolated product only contains CBD in its formula; usually, the CBD has been added by using a concentrated 99% CBD isolate. Often found as a white powder or crystals. CBD powder/ isolate uses CO2 extraction techniques draw the CBD out of the plant and the other cannabinoids are lost, or thrown away. These can be purchased so that CBD can be added to any kind of product or carrier oil, and can be used to produce your own CBD infusions. We have previously made ourselves Soaps, Castor oils, Coconut oils and olive oil for our own home infusions. 

This process means that the only Cannabinoid in the oil is CBD which is great if you are requiring a targeted dose of CBD alone (for children for example who should not take an oil containing any THC). Studies have found, however, that this kind of oil is less effective than the alternatives.

The issue really comes because isolated products can be produced very quickly and completely defeat the abject of taking a CBD product. A lot of the cheapest products brought over from the UK are isolate products and (are in our opinion) a complete waste of money! You may fall into the territory of rubbish products that have zero benefits. 

 

The Entourage Effect

All cannabinoids attach to the two types of receptors which make up the Endocannabioid System; the CB1 & the CB2. There are 113 cannabioids and each of them interact with the ECS. 

The Entourage Effect simply refers to the way in which cannabioids work together to regulate & boost the effectiveness of each other. The Entourage Effect can boost the well-being benefits that cannabinoid’s support.

 
For example, CBD & THC regulate each other- THC is psychoactive and causes the ‘high’ associated with Cannabis. If you are high, then taking CBD will bring your ‘high’ back down as CBD regulates the effects of the compound. This could unlock huge potential for future natural remedies as CBD can mitigate the ‘negative’ effects of THC. So, even if you take a 25% THC & 75% CBD oil, you may not get high yet still consume a large amount of THC. Interesting, right?!
 
Another example will be the way in which CBD & CBDa work together. CBDa is the raw form of CBD that is produced in the plant itself. When it is combusted or decarboxylated, it turns into CBD. CBD can be used by both the CB1 & CB2 receptors in the body while CBDa only attaches itself with the CB2 receptors. Although CBD has been associated with having more well-being benefits, when CBDa is added, they seem to support each other and boost their effectiveness.
 
Some say that a CBDa & CBD formula is a much more effective product than a CBD alone and honestly, I can say that I would agree. By taking on a range of cannabinoids, you are getting the plant exactly how nature intended it to be.  
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How To Dose Your CBD Oil & Which Strength is Best?

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How To Dose Your CBD Oil & Which Strength is Best

How do I dose CBD Oil? Which strength should I take? To start with, this may seem completely like guesswork. Not to worry though, because this is easier than you may thing. 

As you can see, we currently have a range of CBD strengths: Dina (which is a 5% CBD oil), Diablo (10% CBD Oil), Dian (15% cbd oil) and Deity a super strength 20% CBD oil. Each support your  Endocannabinoid System in a very similar way. 

So, you’re new to CBD and you do not know which one do you take? Read on!

CBD is a food supplement and cannot be sold as a medicine and should not be used to treat or cure any health issues. If you have a medical condition and you’re unsure what dose to try, then the advice is the same. Start low & slow – that way your body can get used to the cannabinoids and you can increase the dose if needed 🙂 

How Cannabinoids Work

In short, our Endocannabinoid System is a network of receptors that helps to maintain our internal environment to ensure that our body is working properly. Our body is constantly fighting to keep this essential stable internal balance; this process is called homeostasis in science. 

When there is an unbalance, our body synthesizes endocannabinoids / uses phytocannabinoids which attach to our ECS which in turn attempts to return the body to its happy medium. Just as we are all unique, each of our ECS networks also work uniquely and need differing levels of Cannabinoids to support our body. 

It is why taking more CBD, doesn’t always mean more results. This is why it is difficult to suggest which oil will work for any one person It is based on what your body needs… you may need one drop of the weakest oil, or you could need a bucket of the strongest. There is only one way to tell… by trial and error. 

Therefore, as a very general piece of advice we always suggest that if you are new to CBD, then you should start low & slow. This means starting with a low/medium strength oil and then increasing if needed. It means that your body will get used to the cannabinoids and use them more effectively.

CBD is not a magic wand, and is only a small part of a better, healthier lifestyle. It works best over time!

Dosage Guidelines You Can Use:

There are plenty of variables when it comes to CBD, so here are a few things to consider:

  • Which type of CBD do you need?: CBD products come in a wide range of forms: from the oil the CBD is suspended in, to capsules, to vape oils, skin balms and even bath bombs. You have to consider what you are using the CBD for and choose an appropriate product – capsules are good if you hate the taste but absorb slower and less CBD is absorbed, skin products are great for localized application. Oils are quick delivery products but can be tricky to dose and sometimes have an acquired taste. It depends on what works for your tastes. 
  • Find your ratio. Cannabis products have varying amounts of CBD and other Cannabinoids. Some products are full spectrum (contain lots of terepenes and cannabinoids which may have different affects on your body) or pure CBD oils which only contain CBD.
  • Begin with a low dose: ALWAYS start low and slow. If you decide to jump into the deep-end with a powerful oil, there may be unwanted outcomes which could put you off using the oils again. Start with one drop or two of a low % CBD oil and work up from there. Your body will do the work for you.
  • Pay attention to your body. It is imperative that you pay attention to how you are feeling. Listen to your body. Take the first week to feel how you are reactive and weigh up whether your current dose is enough.
  • Don’t overdo it & Be aware of the possible side effects: As you are increasing, try not to over do it. If you start feeling an sleepy, have a dry mouth or feel off it may be time to reduce your dose to find a sweet-spot. Other side effects can include nausea & diarrhea. 
  • Seek trusted medical advice. It is essential that you proceed with caution, especially if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness or if you are taking perscription medication. By having an open dialog with a medical professional, they will be able to give advice if you are concerned or need their specialist advice. Do not take CBD if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
 

What is the difference between % & MG

There are two ways in which the content of CBD is displayed; in a percentage or via milligrams.
 
Don’t worry if you find this a little confusing. You just need to get your maths brain on. Some companies are a little sly in the way in which they display the concentration of their oil. 
 
So, in general 5% just lets you know how much CBD is in the bottle compared to the volume of carrier oil. In a 10ml bottle, 5% of CBD is 500mg. So in a 10ml bottle containing 1500mg the concentration will be 15%. 
 
Some products have higher volume bottles: so a 30ml bottle that contains 500mg CBD oil is three times weaker than 500mg in a 10ml bottle. So a 30ml bottle containing 3000mg of CBD is not 30% concentration, it is equivalent to a 10% CBD oil as it contains 1000mg per 100mls of oil. A true 30% CBD oil in a 30ml volume will contain 9000mg of CBD.
 
 
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3000mg & 4000mg CBD Oil | What is the Strongest CBD Oil I Can Take?

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3000mg & 4000mg CBD Oils

What is the Strongest CBD Oil I Can Take?

Despite a lot of demand for 3000mg (30%) and 4000mg (40%) CBD oils, there are not very many manufacturers producing these strengths. While for many manufacturers, these strengths will be quite easy to produce, most stop at strengths of 750mgs or 1000mgs (or max up to 1500mgs or 2000mgs).

To answer the question of what is the max strength you can take, there is no real answer in science, however, the Food Standard Agency has stated that the recommended daily intake should be no more than 70mgs. In all honesty, most people do not need as much CBD as they may think.

Cannabis extracts have been considered to be harmful and illegal for as long as we can remember; now suddenly they have the potential for a mind-bending array of well-being outcomes. If you read the news- it is littered with stories of people whose lives have been changed by a humble compound known as CBD. Research is currently underway to understand the medical benefits of cannabis products and which conditions they can impact.

So, let’s get into why 3000mg & 4000mg CBD oils are popular, and why we ourselves do not offer oils at this strength.

 

Explaining the Popularity

For most of us, we have a perception that a higher dose of something, means more benefits. This thought process explains why some customers are searching out the strongest CBD oil that they can find as they feel that they require lots of CBD.

It is important to point out that this is not the case with CBD. Cannabinoids work to maintain a network of receptors that we know as the Endocannabinoid System (which is part of our body’s ability to achieve homeostasis). It seems as though our ECS only uses as much CBD as it needs and for some people, 1mg works just as well as 100mgs. The required dose varies from person to person.

We are finding out, that most people do not need any more than a regular dose of a couple of milligrams a day (especially if the tincture is full-spectrum)- which means that for most people, 500mg or 1000mg will do the job. You do not need to splash out on a £200 bottle if a full-spectrum CBD oil at half the strength has the same effect.

In fact – most 3000mg & 4000mg CBD oils are often ‘broad-spectrum’ and do not contain THC (which helps your body use the CBD) so are arguable not as effective as their ‘full spectrum’ counterparts. So is it really worth spending over the odds for something that your body doesn’t need?

 

Dangers of High Doses of CBD

In medical studies, the doses that are being used can be up to 500mgs per day. What these medical trials are looking at is not only the potential benefits of massive CBD doses but also looking into what harm it can potentially cause/ interactions it may cause. While there currently is no evidence of harmful overdose or negative side effects, we simply don’t know the short/long term impact of this amount of CBD. There is a worry that large amounts of CBD can build up toxicity inside our bodies, or fundamentally changes the way that our body works. Particularly if you are taking regular medication, then it may be a worry that a huge dose of CBD can have a potentially nasty outcome.

As it stands, the Food Standards Agency state that you should not consume more than 70mgs a day (down from 200mgs). A lot of the super-strength 3000mg & 4000mg CBD oils take you dangerously close to this threshold. Most bottles are 10mls with 200 drops. 5 drops of a 3000mg CBD oil will take you over the threshold, and 4 drops of a 4000mg CBD oil will do the same.

 

Should I Buy a 3000mg or 4000mg CBD Oil?

If you ask us, no. As we have mentioned above, most people do not need any more than 1000mgs of full-spectrum CBD or a 2000mg CBD oil. If you are looking for a huge dose of CBD, then we would recommend that you start low and work up to it. There is no evidence to suggest that more CBD is better than a small amount so you really just need to find out what works best for you- in the long run, this could save you a huge amount of money and time!

Can I Take CBD While Taking Prescribed Medication?

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Can CBD affect Prescription Medication?

A very short answer to this is yes, CBD can affect some that you may be taking

CBD is also currently classed as a ‘food supplement’ and there is  lots of research going into fully understanding the potential of cannabinoids.

The issue is that like many other natural substances, CBD may alter the way in which some medications are processed by the liver.

*The general advice is to not take CBD while on prescribed medication. If you are considering CBD it is imperative that you talk to a trusted medical professional before adding any food supplements to your diet.*

What is the Cytochrome P450 System?

Almost substances enter your body after being metablized into the bloodstream by the Liver. This is a fundamental process to understand when producing or administering medications; so that doctors can work out an appropriate dosage of any drug, they need to work out how the drug is broken down in the liver. 

Every drug is broken down by enzymes and there are over 50 enzymes in the liver, but we are going to focus on one very important one; the cytochrome p450.

The body produces CYP450 to break down drugs into the blood stream however, there are some substances which affect the production and enzyme effectiveness. There are many ‘normal’ every day ingredients and natural remedies which can have an impact on this system, including St Johns Wort, Watercress, Grapefruit and Cannabidiol! 

These ingredients cause the Enzyme to react in unexpected ways so some drugs may be absorbed much quicker and remain in the blood stream for longer (making the medications more potent and risking overdose/blood toxicity) or could slow, or completely inhibit the absorption of a drug meaning that they will no longer be effective (potentially making your health conditions worse!).

This poses an issue for doctors as a dosage of medication is carefully calculated for your needs – if anything were to stop the drug working, or make it work too well, it could have a long term impact on your health and well being. 

So if you are on prescribed medication, you are advised not to take any CBD products. If you are considering going against the advice, always speak to your doctor as an open dialogue with them is essential to ensure that you are getting a healthy dose of your current medication.

It is always best to be safe than sorry so if you are in doubt – do not take a CBD supplement. 

Medications which may be impacted by CBD

  • Steroids
  • HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Antihistamines
  • Prokinetics
  • HIV antivirals
  • Immune modulators
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Antiarrythmics
  • Antibiotics
  • Anesthetics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-epileptics
  • Beta blockers
  • PPIs
  • NSAIDs
  • Angiotension II blockers
  • Oral hypoglycemic agents
  • Sulfonylureas
 
 

CBD and the Contraceptive Pill

Uh oh! Are you taking CBD and on the pill? Well, you may need to exercise caution here. Particularly for pills which are oestrogen-based, CBD can limit the absorption of the pill in the liver and could potentially make them less effective. Be very careful if you are using the pill alongside St. John Wort, cigarettes and alcohol as each decrease the effectiveness further. 

It may be best to use other forms of contraception, like condoms, to make sure that there are no unexpected surprises!

 

In conclusion…

We at CBDiablo are not medically trained or medical professionals. It is important that you seek trusted medical advice if you are considering CBD as a natural alternative. It is essential that you do not stop taking any medications and replace them with CBD.

It is better to be safe so if you are in doubt do not take CBD…. otherwise we have some amazing CBD oils and CBD pastes for you!

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