CBD Vape Pen – Should you use one?

CBD Vape Pen – Should you use one?

Should You Use a CBD Pen?

A CBD pen is a handy, portable device used for vaping CBD e-liquids and oil concentrates. Some come with refillable tanks, while others use disposable cartridges.

These devices work exactly like a regular e-cigarette. In fact, oil concentrate tanks (atomisers) are available for conventional e-liquid vapes.

The battery feeds power to a metal coil, which then heats up and vaporises the CBD mixture into an aerosol.

Vape pens carry several advantages. If you’re interested in vaping CBD, there are a few things you need to know.

CBD Pen Advantages

Ingestion is a very popular method when using CBD. Tinctures and capsules, for instance, are simple and discreet. Edibles, meanwhile, turn your daily CBD dose into a treat.

But pens have benefits as well.

CBD Loss is Offset

When you vape CBD oil, you don’t have to experience the loss that comes through ingesting it.  According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cannabinoids (like CBD) have lower peak levels when ingested. The study also reveals that these peak levels are lower than inhalation.

This is mainly due to the mode of delivery.  Edibles can take between 30 minutes to four hours before having an effect, Health Canada explains. The delay occurs because of the time needed for digestion.

Vaping, on the other hand, sends the CBD directly into your bloodstream via inhalation. This means the effects can be almost instantaneous, peaking at around 30 minutes.

Aside from improved efficacy, vaping is also quite easy. Although there are more advanced devices out there, a simple pen is all you need. These typically come in kits and can be quite cheap.

CBD Pens Are Very Discreet

It’s possible to vape CBD without awkward looks and uncomfortable stares from bystanders. That’s why vaping can be such a good option. Vaping is socially acceptable these days, so no one bats an eyelid when they see someone vaping. You can vape CBD discreetly without attracting unwanted attention.

Getting the Most Out of a CBD Pen

Stick to Vaping, as mentioned above, if you want the best experience. Ideally, use a high-density CBD vape.

Aside from lower longevity, vaping generates superior results compared to ingestion; however, this does not mean that every product is of high quality. In fact, the market is saturated with sub-par CBD liquids.

With this in mind, it helps to understand the basics of these liquids to benefit as much as possible.

E-Liquid vs. Oil

An important thing to keep in mind is the difference between CBD e-liquids and CBD vape oils. E-liquids are identical to the vape juices used in e-cigarettes, except the latter contain nicotine. These CBD products can work in a standard “vape”. Like their nicotine counterparts, CBD e-juices use vegetable glycerin (VG) and/or propylene glycol (PG) as carriers.

However, there is a marked difference between VG and PG that indicates quality. Low-end juices tend to contain the man-made PG chemical, which is known to cause occasional allergic reactions. VG, however, is derived from vegetable oil and is not associated with allergies.

Oil, on the other hand, does not use carriers like VG or PG. It is also incompatible with a standard e-cigarette tank. Fortunately, many pens work with both oils and e-liquids. If not, getting an appropriate tank for a basic vape pen is very inexpensive.

Synergy Extracts doesn’t like to use carriers like VG and PG, opting instead for a pure, full spectrum oil. Thanks to our manufacturing process, we’re able to design the oil to vaporise without the need for additional ingredients.

Isolate vs. Full Spectrum

There are two possible types of CBD vape extracts. Isolate is processed in such a way that any additional terpenes are filtered out, leaving up to 99% pure CBD. On the surface, this may sound great; however, it isn’t.

Cannabinoids like CBD rely on the “entourage effect,” where terpenes and other cannabinoids interact with the CBD (or THC) to maximise its efficacy. Isolate essentially cuts CBD off at the knees.

Full spectrum CBD is the opposite. Unlike isolate, the process does not remove additional terpenes, resulting in a stronger product. Make sure to choose vape juices or oils that are full spectrum.

Another thing to watch out for is how the item is manufactured. The finest CBD products are created through highly complex (and expensive) CO2 extraction process.

Always Check the Concentration

You need to know what you’re getting when you use your vape pen. That’s why it’s important to check the concentration. These can range from as little as 50mg to easily over 1,000mg. Higher concentrations are, naturally, more expensive.

Further Info

  • Vaping CBD does not involve combustion, so there is no exposure to hydrocarbons and carcinogens from burnt herb.
  • Our CBD vape liquids are 100% Legal in the UK, as the CBD is derived from industrial hemp and terpenes are also 100% Legal.
  • Synergy Extracts’ vape oils are so effective that a few puffs are all it takes to get a normal dose of CBD.

Browse our full range of Cannabinoid Distillate Vape Pens, with refill cartridges and refill vape liquids here

CBD Oil – What is it? and what does it do?

CBD Oil – What is it? and what does it do?

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.

An introduction to “Dabbing” (inhaling CBD concentrates)

An introduction to “Dabbing” (inhaling CBD concentrates)

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.

dab blog image 2I 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.

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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.

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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.

Learn About hemp CBD oils, so many brands, what do I look out for?

Learn About hemp CBD oils, so many brands, what do I look out for?

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 UKWe will never compromise on the safety and quality of our 100% natural and organic productsNumber 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.

 

The Psychoactive Substances Act

The Psychoactive Substances Act

Where does that leave cannabidiol (CBD) and essential oils (and many other food items in our cupboards!)

The Psychoactive Substances bill 2016, which came into effect on the 26th of May 2016, has left some of us puzzled and scratching our heads. The act completely bans psychoactive substances or “legal highs” in the UK. But when you look at the definition of a psychoactive substance by the bill it could technically be considered anything. Herbs, spices, fruit, flowers, essential oils and even chocolate.

A psychoactive substance is defined in the bill as written:

‘ For the purposes of this Act a substance produces a psychoactive effect in a person if, by stimulating or depressing the person’s central nervous system (CNS), it affects the person’s mental functioning or emotional state; and references to a substance’s psychoactive effects are to be read accordingly.’

It was immediately clear to us that this would not include CBD because… It defines a psychoactive substance as:

-one that has an effect on the CNS causing a change in emotion or mental functioning

AND

-one that is not a food

CBD is always listed as “non-psychoactive” in medical literature. CBD doesn’t directly effect the CNS, it effects peripheral systems not the CNS. This is backed up by an abundance of literature.

CBD is also listed as a food product and is found in small amounts(0.1-0.2%) in the hemp “seed” oil readily available across UK supermarkets and independent health food stores.

So now we know where CBD stands in the law we can breathe a sigh of relief that this amazing plant molecule will remain available (legally) in the UK. But what about terpenes?..

Flowers, herbs, spices, fruit, coffee, perfume, beer and even spirits like gin, absinthe and whisky contain aromatic molecules called terpenes. Terpenes are what gives them their unique aroma and flavour. When terpenes are inhaled they trigger your CNS and effect your emotional state so could this mean the sheer joy experienced when smelling some freshly cut flowers makes the flowers illegal?!?

The National Institute of Health defines aromatherapy as “the inhalation of the scent that are extracted from plants. When the terpenes are nasally inhaled, they cross the blood-brain barrier into the olfactory bulb where nerve pathways allow chemical reactions to travel into the limbic system. This primitive brain structure can regulate emotion and mood”

Could the burning of frankincense resin in churches now be an illegal practice? Could aromatherapy essential oils be banned? Or drinking fresh, handmade and zesty lemonade?  Surely not. That said, the definition of a psychoactive substance is so broad that currently all of these groups are caught by the Bill.  So, in line with other legislation that has been introduced without giving thought to the actual impact, a list of exemptions is being drawn up and we can only hope aromatherapy is given a pass along with the tea, coffee, alcohol and any other food, fruit, plant or flavouring containing terpenes. To ban terpenes you are essentially banning nature and pleasure.

Our initial feeling is the bill was introduced to completely outlaw the trade in “legal highs” especially the new generation of chemical “designer” drugs that are synthesised to mimic the effects of traditional illicit substances including LSD and ecstasy. However, they really need to make it more clear what is, and what is not, exempted.

Current news reports suggest that aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies will be exempted but until we see it in writing we will remain uneasy.

We will update the blog as soon as the Home Office clarifies the situation. In the meantime, keep calm in the fact CBD remains legal in the UK .