The Different Types of Terpenes & CBD Oil Explained

The Different Types of Terpenes & CBD Oil Explained

Here at Synergy Extracts, we have pioneered the first range of terpene infused CBD products – and are proud to have done so. Bringing their combined, and amazing, suspected benefits to everyone. But, just what are terpenes? What is CBD? What are the different types of terpenes and CBD? And lastly, what are the different effects between them all?

To put it simply, terpenes are a combination of naturally occurring carbon and hydrogen found in the trichomes (crystals) of the cannabis plant. They are responsible for the colours, aromas, and flavours produced not just in the cannabis plant, but in every plant. Such as herbs, fruits, and vegetables. They are also believed to be responsible for the many various differences in each strain as discovered in a 2011 study of the British Journal of Pharmacology (B.J.P.).

Whereas CBD (cannabidiol), is a cannabinoid. Which has only been found in the cannabis plant. Some of its suspected benefits range from physical (like reducing nausea) and mental (anti-anxiety). Before a 2008 study by the B.J.P., active cannabinoids like CBD were believed to be the only property to bind to the endocannabinoid receptors of our brains.

Both terpenes and cannabinoids like CBD have their own suspected benefits and purposes, as well as, amplify the other’s – creating the synergistic “entourage effect” as shown in some studies by the British Journal of Pharmacology. However, what about their specific, and various, differences?

 

The Different Types of Terpenes & Their Effects

There are over 100 different types of terpenes found in the cannabis plant, each with their own benefits, that are also found in various other plants as well. Depending on the plant, they could have any combination of terpenes, of varying levels. With the handful of terpenes that have higher levels, being the ones whose effects you see.

However, that all being said, there are 5 main terpene profiles that are commonly found in, and contribute to the effects of, high CBD cannabis. But, which ones are suspected to do what, with so little research into the subject?

 

Sleepy Terpenes VS Day-Time Strains

The terpenes found in the cannabis plant can be put into two main categories: “sleepy” terpenes, and “day-time” strains. And it’s exactly as it sounds. They either give you a sleepy, sedative, relaxed feeling – or a feeling of having your energy boosted, as well as, your mood and focus improved. Which ones are which? And what are their suspected effects and benefits that they bring to the table?

 

Sleepy Terpenes

  • Linalool – Will typically have a lavender-like aroma. And just like lavender, linalool has been suspected to show properties and effects such as: reducing anxiety and depression, provide pain-relief and act as a sedative, and more. In some cases, it’s suspected to also have anti-spasm, antibacterial, and anticonvulsant properties. Some people even use it in topical homoeopathic remedies for skin care to take care of issues like acne and other skin issues.
  • Mycrene – Has an earthy, musky, and lightly fruity aroma – sometimes clove-like even. In some studies, it theoretically can provide sedative, pain relief, muscle relaxing, anti-inflammatory, liver-protective properties. Making it a terpene with amazing suspected synergistic effects. When combined with THC, it can incapacitate you but, when combined with only CBD? Just gives you a nice relaxed feeling instead.

 

Hybrid Terpenes

  • Pinene – If this terpene’s name wasn’t a dead giveaway, it gives off a nice piney smell. This one can be either a “sleepy” or “day-time” terpene depending on a couple of different factors. One being if it’s an alpha-pinene (a-pinene) or a beta-pinene (b-pinene). The other on how much is really in the balance of the full-spectrum CBD you’re using. Some of the suspected benefits are: memory improvement. alertness, increase in general energy levels, improved focus, suppressed activity, and increased sleep duration. As well as being an anti-inflammatory and improving airflow to your lungs – making it great for those with asthma.
  • Humulene – This terpene has a hops or coriander smell to it. In some studies, it’s been suspected to suppress appetite. As well as, have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pain relief properties.

 

Day-Time Strains

  • Limonene – Has a citrusy-type aroma – from lemon to orange. Who wouldn’t love it? Allegedly the benefits of this fun terpene are mood improvement, heartburn and acid reflux relief, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant, nausea relief, anti-cancer, and helps the immune system. Which if you have an immune system disorder, this may be the one for you.
  • Caryophyllene – Will have a herby or peppery smell – just like oregano, black pepper and the other various herbs this one is found in. The most common caryophyllene found is beta-caryophyllene. In multiple studies by the British Journal of Pharmacology, they have discovered many suspected benefits of this particular terpene. Some studies have shown that this terpene theoretically has gastro-protective properties and attaches to the CB2 Receptors in our brains. Which is great for treating ulcers, inflammation, and even autoimmune disorders. It’s even suspected to be great as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety too. Making this another very synergistic terpene as well.

As you can see, terpenes have a lot to offer, and it makes a lot of sense given all the holistic aromatherapy options there are out there. But, if terpenes are the main cause of the various effects… what about CBD and the different types and forms it comes in? How do they play a role?               

The Different Types of CBD
and Their Effects

 

While further research is being done into terpenes – more specifically the ones from the cannabis plant – the CBD cannabinoid does have its own role and alleged benefits. Studies have shown it to have the potential for both mental, and physical benefits such as anti-anxiety benefits, pain relief benefits and more.

In theory, the type of CBD you use, and the form it comes in will play a major role in how well it will work. And it will vary from person to person even based off of each person’s unique endocannabinoid system. But, just what are the different types of CBD?

Full Spectrum VS Broad Spectrum VS CBD Isolates

There are 3 main types of CBD you will see out and about – full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolates. And it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to choose one. However, there is a major difference in their strength and effectiveness depending on which type you choose. To put it simply, 100 milligrams of synthetic, single-molecule CBD? Is not equivalent to 100 milligrams of a CBD-rich whole plant cannabis extract.

  • Full Spectrum CBD – Full-spectrum essentially means the product is derived from the whole plant. A full spectrum product typically contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant. Including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids – that work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid.

It’s suspected that this is going to be the best type to choose if you want as much of the benefits and effects as possible. Not singling out a single part of the plant, or eliminating a portion. However, in the UK and US especially, any legally sold CBD product will contain little to no THC – and be within the legal amounts. This way you avoid getting the “high” feeling you get from THC, yet still, get amazing benefits and the “entourage effect”.

  • Broad Spectrum CBD – Broad spectrum CBD products are a happy little in-between of Isolate and Full Spectrum. Just like full spectrum products, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract. However, just like in a CBD Isolate, the THC compound is completely removed.

Broad spectrum CBD products can produce the “entourage effect” as they contain as many compounds of the plant possible, without the THC. Just not to the extent a full spectrum product can.

  • CBD Isolates – A CBD isolate will be the purest form of CBD you can get. As, scientifically speaking, an isolate is the purest form of a compound. Which is produced by singularly extracting that compound from its environment. Then isolating it from all other compounds of course. However, you will not get the “entourage” effect by solely using an isolate.

Isolates, and other CBD products, are typically extracted from hemp as the hemp plant has basically 0 THC, although may contain some traces. Including full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products.

 

The Different Forms of CBD

 

Just like with CBD’s cousin THC, there have been many different ways to consume the supplement introduced over the years. We here at Synergy Extracts ®, have quite a few to choose from ourselves. When facing so many options, it can be difficult to choose. Let’s start with:

 

CBD Pens VS CBD Crumble

 

  • CBD Crumble Products – Also known as “Cannabinoid Crumble”, crumble products can be dabbed or vaped but, not added to foods. Our crumble options contain approximately 75%-85% CBD and 0% THC, and include terpene profiles.
  • CBD Vape Pen Products – Our CBD vape pen option contains 5%-50% CBD distillate, and 0% THC, and include terpene profiles. Depending on the cartridge chosen – you can even refill it with our CBD oil for vape pens (AKA CBD vape oil) when needed – or just interchange the cartridge. This makes this a very convenient product that can be brought and utilized anywhere.

 

CBD Oral Paste VS CBD Oral Oils/Tinctures

  • CBD Oral Paste – This type of product must be taken orally, and cannot be dabbed. Our oral pastes (AKA CBD Extracts) come in a syringe and consist of 40% CBD oils, and 0% THC – as well as include terpene profiles.
  • CBD Oral Oils/Tinctures – Also known as “Oral CBD”, any CBD oil or tincture that can be taken orally – must only be taken orally, and cannot be dabbed or vaped. Ours contains: 5-10% CBD oils and 0% THC, as well as terpene profiles.

 

CBD Distillates VS CBD Crystals

 

  • CBD Distillates – Distillates are a form of CBD isolates. But, are more of a broad spectrum type product when dealing with us here at Synergy Extracts. As we incorporate a full spectrum of different cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBC into our distillate products. Distillates can be dabbed, vaped, or added to e-liquid. However, they cannot be added to foods. Ours contains 75% CBD and 0% THC. While this particular product may not be supplemented by our terpenes – they can be at the client’s request.
  • CBD Crystals – Also known as CBD Isolate. This is a CBD product you’re going to receive CBD in its purest form in as there are no other traces of cannabinoids besides CBD in it. Ours, in particular, contains 90% CBD, and 0% THC. Just like with the CBD distillate, CBD crystals can be dabbed vaped or added to e-liquid. However, cannot be taken orally.

Bringing it All Together and Which Ones Would be Best for You?

 

As you can see, utilizing terpene-infused CBD supplements have great, and varying alleged benefits. All depending on the cannabinoid and terpene profile of the product – and your own endocannabinoid make-up.

A day-time strain would be better for when you need to be awake and improve focus and alertness. While a night-time or “sleepy-time” strain would be best for night -time to help you relax or with insomnia. While a hybrid should theoretically do both.

So, what’s really the best one for you? The CBD supplement product with the cannabinoid and terpene profile, type, and form that works for your needs.

** Please Note: Depending on the manufacturer/supplier, of any CBD Product, the CBD and THC percentage levels may vary. All Synergy Extracts CBD products contain 0% THC and are infused with cannabis-derived, and cannabis-inspired, terpene profiles – featuring the same flavours and scents of your favourite cannabis strains. Or they contain the option to at the very least in cases of our CBD isolate products. Because they contain a full spectrum of different cannabinoids – including CBD, CBG, & CBC – they are ideal as high-potency supplements.

10 Things to Consider Before Buying a CBD Vape Pen

10 Things to Consider Before Buying a CBD Vape Pen

As CBD products gain mainstream awareness, you may consider buying a CBD vape pen online or at a local shop. In this article, we’re going to go over some things you should consider before you commit to that purchase.


 

Vaping CBD Is the Most Efficient Method

There is a multitude of ways you can consume CBD – either through smoking, ingesting, or sublingually. CBD can also be vaped, and some research suggests that vaping may be the most effective delivery method.

CBD Bioavailability is the amount of CBD that enters into your bloodstream. Once it’s in your blood, it can be utilised by your body. The amount varies depending on which way you consume CBD.  

Research has found that vaporizing CBD has a bioavailability of 34-46%. For comparison, ingesting CBD has a bioavailability of less than 10% and sublingually has around 20%. So this means that vaporising CBD is the most effective method of consumption.

 

Correct Vaping Temperature

One important thing to remember when purchasing a CBD vape pen is to make sure that it’s vaping at the proper temperature. Poorly constructed vape pens allow the heating element to become too hot, thus ruining the CBD product.

When CBD vape oil gets too hot, it can lead to the sublimation of the thinning agents or other materials in the vape oil. One recent study suggests that the ideal vaping temperature is 210°C, although the typical range is 180°C-200°C.

In any case, it’s essential to check if the CBD vape pen states at what temperature it operates at, or if you can control it yourself.

 

CBD Vape Pen Cost

Luckily, CBD vape pens are not all that expensive, and many affordable options exist. Going with a vape pen starter kit is usually a reliable strategy. However, if you like to spec things out for yourself, you can browse different models.

If you’re thinking about going for a CBD vape starter kit, then Synergy Extracts can provide a premium quality CBD vape pen kit. Even vape enthusiasts will be impressed, and possibly surprised, by the quality of these kits.

On the high-end of the spectrum, you have tank style vapes with voltage control. The middle range has pens that are generally refillable. On the lower end, you have one-time use or “disposable” pens.

Typically, voltage controlled tank style pens can cost up to £80. The best bang for your buck is the refillable pen styles, which usually cost £50-£60. Disposable CBD vape pens can cost £25 or under but can’t be re-used.

Vaping Discretion

Except for tank style vapes, CBD vape pens are typically very discreet. This is because they look pretty much the same as other e-cigarette vaporisers. If you’re looking for a discreet option, then using a CBD vape pen is the best way to go.

Ease of Use With CBD Vape Pens

Depending on which model you go for, CBD vape pens have effortless operation. Many times it’s just a push of a button, while others only require you to inhale to fire up the coils.

Tank styles and some pen vapes have adjustable voltage and temperature settings. While not overly complicated, it adds a bit of depth to the functioning of the vaporiser. Also, these types of vape pens need to be refilled with CBD vape oil.

If you don’t care too much about configuration, then disposable CBD vape pens are an excellent option.

Typically they’re ready to start vaping straight out of the package. These don’t require a setup process, and instead, just press the button and inhale.

Reliability

In general, keep an eye out for high-quality vape pens. Higher prices don’t equate to a superior product, so it’s imperative that you review every aspect of the vape pen or vape kit. Read reviews and the experiences of other users and make sure it’s from a reputable company.

Typically, tank or pen style CBD vape pens are more reliable than disposable vapes.  However, if you don’t take proper care of your vaporiser, then it may not function well. So always maintain your vaporiser to keep it operating smoothly.

 

Cost Effectiveness

So which is the most cost-effective CBD vape you can buy? Generally speaking, tank style or pen style CBD vape pens are the best bang for your buck.

Buying your own CBD vape oil and refilling your device or replacing parts is much cheaper than buying a disposable. Although tank and pen CBD vapes cost 2-3 times the price, not including the oil, they’re still less expensive in the long run.

 

Convenience

If convenience is a concern for you, then disposable types of CBD vape pens will be right for you. With disposables, there’s no need for charging, refilling or changing any settings.

Everything is ready to go right out of the box, you only need to pick up the pen and puff.    

 

CBD Vape-Oil Quality

Not all CBD vape oils are created equally, and at Synergy Extracts, we only use the highest quality extracts and oils. To get the most out of your CBD vape pen, you need to purchase only the best quality CBD vape oil.

Trying to do this is not as easy as it may first appear.

Make sure that the CBD vape oils are free from any thinning agents like propylene glycol (PG). A study has found that the PG found in many vape oils can cause respiratory problems. So do extensive research on the CBD vape oil that you purchase or is being pre-packaged in a CBD vape pen.

Vape the Right Oil

First of all, you need to make sure that you can obtain CBD vape oil meant for vaporising. Many CBD oils are for sublingual use and can’t be used in your CBD vape pen. The problem is that there are cuticle waxes that end up in the oil. Usually, these aren’t a problem if using sublingually, but they can cause a buildup in the lungs if vaped.

So always make sure that you’re using a CBD vape oil that has been winterised and all other plants parts removed from the liquid.

 

Making the Right Choice when selecting a CBD Vape Pen

There are many reasons why buying a CBD pen will improve the quality and experience of taking CBD. Now that you know about the various aspects of CBD vape pens, you’ll be much more confident when investing in a new CBD vape pen product.

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 .