If you want to learn more about CBD oils, we can help you out. It’s important to get informed because knowledge is power, and that’s certainly true here. Read on to find out answers to some of your most pressing questions regarding CBD oil.
CBD Oils – What is it?
First of all, what is CBD? It means cannabidiol, which is a constituent part of hemp and cannabis. It occurs completely naturally, so there is nothing artificial about it. CBD oil refers to cannabis oil, and it always contains cannabidiol. This is extracted from certain varieties of cannabis. CBD is entirely non-psychotropic, and therefore it doesn’t give you the highs that many people instantly associate with cannabis. It carries many benefits, and that’s why more people are beginning to use it all the time. See our range here.
What Are the Potential Benefits?
Many people believe that CBD can help them fight anxiety and stress. In general, though, it’s something that could make a user feel better as they move through life and take on daily challenges. The potential is to improve their general wellness, CBD becomes a staple of their daily routine. We all lead busy and stressful lives these days, and that can make maintaining a balance more difficult than ever before. Luckily, hemp extract and CBD can help you with that.
How is Hemp Different From Marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana are not the same things, and it’s important to highlight this distinction. They come from the same genus of plant, but that doesn’t make them identical because their genetic profiles are very different. These days, hemp is bred to increase the amount of terpenes and cannabinoids. Hemp is essentially for people who want to experience the benefits of marijuana but don’t want to have to deal with the euphoric highs that come with it.
How Safe is it to Use CBD?
Hemp is very safe, and this is something that there is broad agreement on. It doesn’t cause people to feel high in the way that marijuana does, and it’s not believed to cause any negative side effects that might be unpleasant for users of CBD and hemp generally. However, everyone experiences these products differently. And if you have any further questions or concerns, speak to a medical professional before taking your interest in potentially using CBD any further.
Is Buying Hemp CBD Oils Legal?
Hemp CBD oil can be shipped anywhere across the country legally. So, you don’t even have to live in a part of the world where cannabis has been legalised. And you certainly don’t need to have a card which certifies you as a user of medicinal cannabis. This oil is legal and easy to transport. CBD oil UK is easy to get your hands on, and you won’t have to worry about legal issues at all.
More and more people are turning to the benefits of hemp CBD oil, so it’s something you should consider too. Now you know more about it, nothing’s stopping you.
The first time I saw someone inhaling a dab of cannabis oil I thought it looked like they were consuming a more illicit substance. The process involved a blowtorch, a glass or titanium piece, and a thick, super sticky oily substance known as a “concentrate”. The concentrate immediately turned to clean milky white vapour upon meeting the heated glass and, as the water bubbled away, I inhaled a surprisingly clean hit with a herbal and super tasty piney aroma. It tasted like that beautiful smell you inhale when you open a fresh package of premium quality Hemp flowers, a smell that is often compromised during smoking because of the butane in your lighter and the combustion of the plant material.
I really didn’t fully understand what a dab was at the time, but I instantly knew it would replace vaping or smoking for me, as it just felt so healthy and clean, and probably the most flavourful method I’d come across. That was a couple years ago now, just before I started this legal CBD business. Since then, dabs have gotten only more popular, both in U.S states where it’s legal, like Washington and Colorado, and in the parts of the country that haven’t come around the corner yet. Illegal THC Dabs are being demonised as a dangerously powerful drug in those countries where THC cannabis is still illegal, while many smokers in legal states just scoff at dabbing as a stupid way to get higher than you need to, akin to chugging a beer, but the truth is dabbing is one of the cleanest and effective ways of delivering cannabinoids to the body.
Dabs are actually more interesting than they get credit for. Most evidence points to them being far healthier than the standard way of inhaling cannabinoids. There is no combustion of the plant material, no need for carriers like propylene glycol(PG) and vegetable glycerin(VG). The effects are quicker and cleaner than conventional smoking methods, and the bioavailability much higher than orally administered legal CBD cannabis concentrates (the substance that makes dabbing possible) Dabs promise more innovation than any other sector of the legal industry. And with the introduction of terpenes, it sure is a pleasurable way to enjoy CBD.
The Hardware needed.
The traditional dab rig setup includes a water pipe with a nail, which are usually made from quartz glass or surgical grade titanium. You’ll also need a metal utensil to collect your concentrate and place it on that heated nail. The traditional setup requires a blowtorch to heat up the nail, but there are some very high quality battery powered devices now, which are known as E-nails (electric nails). As well as some small portable Dab pens.
To start off, you can buy an electronic nail, which plugs into your wall and heats itself to a specified temperature. These can be pricey, starting around £100 and getting more expensive if you want more control over the temperature. But it’s the easiest introduction into dabbing you can get.
“E-nail kits are a good investment. I have one at home, and you can really dial it down,” “You can do a low-temp dab on the e-nail to preserve more of the aroma compounds(known as terpenes) giving more flavoursome vapours which coat your taste buds. The other option is to buy a dab pen. They are similar to e-cigarettes or vape pens but have been modified to take single hits of CBD concentrates. Dab pens will run you £30 to £100 and will replicate most aspects of the traditional dab rig while also being portable and far more discreet.
So now that you have your dab setup, what are you going to put into it? That’s where things get a little bit more complicated.
What to look out for in a dabbing concentrate.
Not all co2 extracts on the current market are equal. Most aren’t suitable for dabbing as they contain an excess of naturally occurring plant waxes/lipids/oils which are picked up during the high pressure Co2 extraction. We covered this here (link) in a previous article. Basically anything under 80% CBD will contain lots of polyunsaturated fatty acids which you don’t really want to inhale. If an extract was say 50% CBD the other 50% will contain a bunch of waxes.
“What strain was used for this concentrate?”
The only way to produce a top-shelf concentrate is to start with good hemp material. It doesn’t need to be a picturesque flower—it’s all going to be ground up and shot into a pressurized machine—but the starting material will determine a lot of the final product.
“What solvent was used on this concentrate?”
Almost all concentrates use some kind of solvent to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the rest of the hemp plant material. The classic example is butter—heat crushed up hemp in butter, strain out the plant material, and you have CBD-laced butter ready to be baked or spread on anything. Butter is effective for the home concentrate maker, but the chemists working on modern concentrates opt for more efficient solvents like butane, propane, ethyl alcohol, or carbon dioxide.
Rosin is one of the solvent-free concentrates available on the market. It is made by heating and squeezing the resinous sap out of flower buds. This solvent-free process eliminates any need for more refining (see below). Don’t confuse rosin with “live resin” or “loud resin,” which do use solvents (see about that naming thing?).
“Was this concentrate refined or distilled?”
Extraction is usually the first of multiple steps when creating concentrates. If a petroleum-based solvent was used, like butane or propane, the lab will need to further refine that solvent out of the concentrate. Further refining or distilling of the concentrate will also increase its strength and certain flavor profiles.
When you look at the difference between your bottom shelf and your single malt whiskey alcohol, it’s the preparation that went into it. So when you’re looking at your distilled concentrates, they’re taking more time for the experience of the smoothness of your concentrate vapour. It’s something we have been perfecting here at Synergy Extracts®.
Don’t take to much
There’s some irony in dabbing—it’s a clinical way to administer good doses of CBD extremely quickly, but most of the people who dab regularly do so moderately. It’s common to see people taking small dabs, say 0.05g(50mg)or about the size of a hemp seed. If you’re using a 70 percent CBD concentrate, you’re getting 35 milligrams of CBD per 0.05(50mg) gram hit, or about three average dosed CBD capsules. Frequent dabbers will likely microdose , multiple dabs of this size, so they could ultimately be ingesting more than 100 milligrams of CBD per day.
If you are trying dabbing for the first time, you should certainly use restraint. A smaller dab will let you enjoy the smoothness and flavours. A lot of dabs that people get the first time are too big, so start small.
But once you have a feel for dabs, I’d recommend finding a time when you have absolutely nothing you need to do and nowhere to go. Sit down on the couch and inhale a good-size dab of top-shelf terpene infused concentrate—and you’ll be as relaxed as you have ever been.
There has been a huge boom in the UK CBD oil market, and quite rightly so, it’s a fantastic 100% legal cannabinoid and we are all hard wired to respond positively to phytocannabinoid supplementation. It’s great to see so many entrepreneurial companies popping up, with an aim in helping others and spreading the word on the healing potential of the cannabis sativa plant family, for everyone, young and old. The problem is they all have their own ways of describing their product which we have noticed, creates immense confusion for some new to the industry. For first time buyers it can be a total minefield, trying to get their head around all the talk of MG(milligrams), CBD concentration in %(percentages) and ML(millilitres). So we will try to clear up a few things here in layman’s terms, and the 3 most important things to look out for when buying CBD oil products in the UKNumber 1- THE CANNABIDIOL(CBD)CONTENT
Most companies with CBD hemp oil for sale in the UK make it tricky and very hard to work out how much CBD there is in milligrams(MG) in their products. The amount of CBD in milligrams is the most important thing to look out for. Don’t get to hung up on percentages when it comes to oral CBD tinctures, look at the price first and then the CBD content in MG. If they don’t list it, don’t buy it. Some sneaky manufacturers are wording there bottles with statements such as, 5000mg of (10% CBD oil or 10% FEHO), this would lead the average newcomer to believe the product contains 5000mg of cannabidiol(CBD) when really it contains 500mg(a big difference). Once you hunt out the CBD content in MG, you can then compare from one seller to the next who is giving you the best value CBD content for your hard earned money.
Number 2- LABORATORY TESTING
It’s important that you see an analysis of your product that has been done AFTER the hemp CBD extract has been formulated and blended with the CBD supplement manufacturer’s chosen carrier oil. Most CBD oil suppliers are using one of a handful of large co2 extraction facilities across Europe, using one(or a few)of the legally approved strains of low THC non-psychoactive cannabis, otherwise known as “HEMP”. These suppliers will provide a detailed and highly accurate laboratory analysis of the CBD hemp pastes they are selling. But it’s important that CBD manufacturers have their CBD products analysed once again AFTER they have been formulated into their CBD E-liquids, CBD tinctures and CBD cosmetics. Otherwise there is absolutely no way of guaranteeing the CBD content they have listed.
Number 3- TERPENE CONTENT
With the medical cannabis community starting to look deeper into the extreme importance of these little aromatic molecules, it’s becoming clear, CBD or THC alone, purified and without terpenes is…. not so effective. High quality Co2 hemp extracts rich in CBD tend to be void of the pleasant smelling medicinal “monoterpenes” such as alpha-pinene, d-limonene, linalool and myrcene, and mainly have an abundance of terpene’s known as “sesquiterpenes” such as beta-caryophyllene and humulene. Beta-caryophyllene is a plant terpene capable of working on the endo-cannabinoid systems CB2 receptors, it’s a fantastically healthy addition to the diet of anyone, with or without cannabinoids, and is also found in black pepper(piper nigrum) as well as many other plant’s throughout nature. The problem we find is that terpenes behave similar to a pure alcohol, and tend to completely evaporate slowly when left out at room temperature, or extremely quickly when exposed to moderate to high temperatures. High temperatures are fundamentally important in converting CBD in its acid form “CBDA” to its not acid form“CBD”, so the CBD molecule can lock onto our endocannabinoid systems receptors and work their magic. So again it’s vital for the CBD oil extracts to have terpenes to be effective, so if you want the best quality CBD oil in the UK make sure the manufacturer has either processed the oils at low temperatures or reintroduced monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes after the product has been decarboxylated. Not only will this increase the flavour, but also the effectiveness. Here at CBD Synergy HQ we like to say. Flavourful = powerful.