The Main Cannabinoids in CBD Oil

Cannabinoids in CBD Oil
Cannabinoids in CBD Oil

There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified from Cannabis. However, these are not all included in Cannabidiol products. Cannabinoids start as cannabinoid acids which are the precursor to an active compound. For the most part, there are 8 main cannabinoids in CBD oil products. The 3 which immediately spring to mind are CBD, CBDa and THC. The 2 former compounds are linked to improvements in health while the latter is key for altogether different reasons.

Key Cannabinoid Compounds in CBD

It should come as no surprise, Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main compound of interest to most people who consume CBD oil. This is followed by CBDa which is the precursur to CBD. In short, when CBDa is exposed to heat (decarboxylation) it is then transformed into the CBD. CBDa also offers a number of health benefits. This compound is usually associated with the raw CBD oils and is dark brown or Green in colour. These raw CBD tinctures contain a combination of the CBD and CBDa.

The Only Psychoactive Compound

The next compound to look out for is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive element in marijuana. In the vast majority of CBD oil products, THC is only included in very small quantities. These trace amounts are not sufficiently high enough to cause impairment or leave users feeling ‘high’. In some cases, THC in small quantities does offer certain benefits. It is said that including even a trace amount of THC will have a positive impact on other ingredients. This phenomenon is called the ‘entourage effect’ and is found in the full spectrum CBD oil. It means the various elements (cannabinoids, terpenes) combine and the whole product works better as a result.

List of Cannabinoid Acids

Cannabis does not produce the compounds we are familiar with, such as CBD and THC. However, it does produce cannabinoid acids which have antibiotic and/or insecticidal properties.

CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)
CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid)
THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
CBCA (Cannabichromenenic acid)
CBGVA (Cannabigerovarinic acid)
THCVA (Tetrahydrocanabivarinic acid)
CBDVA (Cannabidivarinic acid)
CBCVA (Cannabichromevarinic acid)

List of Cannabinoid Compounds

When the oil extract has been processed and is fully decarboxylated, the cannabinoid acids are activated yielding the compounds listed below.

CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBG (Cannabigerol)
THC (Δ9–tetrahydrocannabinol)
CBC (Cannabichromene)
CBGV (Cannabigerivarin)
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)

The number may vary with some manufacturers or in specialist products. That said, on the whole, these are the 8 main cannabinoids you will find in most CBD oil products. The list of compounds will largely remain the same, but the quantities of each ingredient will vary on manufacturer lab test reports. After reading this article, you should now have a better understanding of the different cannabinoids in a typical CBD oil product.

Is CBD Non-Psychoactive?

Is CBD Non-Psychoactive
Is CBD Non-Psychoactive?

When people talk about Cannabidiol, you have probably heard it said that ‘CBD is non-psychoactive’. After all, it does not give you any intoxicating effects. While the majority of people would agree with this view, not everyone does. You see, there are people, well respected in the Cannabis industry, who point out a different opinion. It could be argued that CBD is psychoactive in some respects. Obviously, this contradiction causes confusion with new and existing customers. Is CBD non-psychoactive? This article will cover both sides of the debate.

CBD Oil – Psychoactive or Non-Psychoactive?

A high-quality CBD oil like our own 5% Hemp Drops tincture, contains approximately 0.03% of THC. This is a trace amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol that is not large enough to cause any adverse effects. We are confident in saying our product is non-psychoactive. It will not impair our customers or leave them feeling intoxicated. They will still be able to function normally after taking CBD oil. This is because there is no ‘high’ normally associated with Marijuana and THC.

However, it could be argued that CBD is psychoactive in some respects. For example, the definition of psychoactive is: “drugs that affect your mind” (English). If you are taking CBD for depression and anxiety issues, the extract does indeed have an effect on the mind, albeit a positive rather than a negative one. Of course, CBD manufacturers could not market their products as psychoactive, this would cause even more problems than it would solve.

So who is right? Well, both sides of this argument could argue their point and claim to be in the right. The vast majority of people seem to understand and have no issue with what ‘non-psychoactive’ means. The term is used to explain that CBD will not get you ‘high’. It should be remembered that people who use Cannabidiol come from all ages and walks of life. The most important point is they receive the information required to find what they are looking for.

So, is CBD non-psychoactive or psychoactive? Well, technically in some respects, it is psychoactive, in a positive rather than negative sense. That said, CBD manufacturers do not want to confuse their customers for the sake of addressing a minor technicality. Many observers believe this argument is simply ‘splitting hairs’. The debate on this particular topic will continue throughout the Cannabis industry. At least, after reading this article, presented with all the facts you will be sufficiently informed to form your own opinion.

Terpenes Found in CBD Oil and Their Effects

CBD Oil Terpenes
Terpenes in CBD Oil

There are approximately 200 terpenes found in the Cannabis plant, but only a few of them are found in CBD products. In this article, we will cover some of the common terpenes found in CBD oil and their effects. When people talk about CBD, they often mention terpenes and the importance of them. Terpenes are oils that are secreted in the resin glands of the Hemp plant. When terpenes are combined with a number of Cannabinoids, a reaction occurs. This phenomenon is known as the ‘entourage effect’. In simple terms, it means the different elements combine and make the whole product even more effective.

List of Common Terpenes in CBD

Myrcene (Hops)

Aroma: musky, earthy.
Effects: relaxing, sedation, sleep, elevated mood.
Benefits: antioxidant, insomnia, anticarcinogenic.
Found in: mango, lemongrass, hops and thyme.

Linalool (Lavender)

Aroma: floral, sweet.
Effects: calming, relaxing, anaesthetic.
Benefits: anxiety relief, analgesic, sedating, anti-convulsant.
Found in: lavender, laurel and rosewood.

Caryophyllene (Black Pepper)

Aroma: wood, spice.
Effects: soothing, calming, anaesthetic.
Benefits: pain relief, antiseptic, anti-cancer, digestion.
Found in: Black pepper, cloves and cinnamon.

Pinene (Rosemary)

Aroma: pine, earthy.
Effects: creativity, energy, alertness, euphoria.
Benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic.
Found in: pine trees, basil, rosemary and sage.

Limonene (Lemon)

Aroma: citrus, lemon.
Effects: stress relief, elevated mood.
Benefits: anxiety relief, antidepressant.
Found in: citrus, juniper and peppermint.

Other terpenes of note include humulene and terpinolene which are found in hops and tea tree respectively. The terpenes in this article are the ones which usually feature in most reputable CBD oil products. This concludes the most common terpenes found in CBD extract and their effects. The next time you take a serving of your preferred Cannabidiol product, you will know the sort of terpenes it is likely to contain.

The Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD and Isolate

Full Spectrum CBD - Isolate
Full Spectrum CBD – Isolate

The market for CBD seems to be expanding by the day. With this ever-increasing demand comes a growing number of queries. People do not always realise there are different types of CBD oil. It is fair to say there is a lot of confusion around certain CBD oil products. This mainly concerns the difference between full spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate. The aim of this article is to clear up any confusion over the full spectrum and isolate oils. We will cover the positives and negatives of both tinctures. Hopefully, we will offer useful advice on which product would be more suited to your needs and why.

Full Range of Cannabinoids

Full spectrum CBD contains a wide range of cannabinoids. In short, this means that it contains nutrients from the whole plant. Furthermore, nothing of significant nutritional value is left out. This is when the entourage effect comes into play. The ingredients work in synergy and become more powerful. It is non-psychoactive and only contains trace amounts of THC. Full spectrum CBD oil has a reputation for being the most effective form of Cannabidiol. In particular, these extracts have the most impact when it comes to delivering improvements in health. Hempstil full spectrum tinctures are Gold in colour, potent and pure. They are the go-to product for people in need of relief for serious health issues.

THC-Free CBD Oil

In contrast, CBD isolate caters for a specific customer. Isolate is when everything apart from the compound Cannabidiol is removed. This means THC and a number of other beneficial compounds are not present in CBD isolate oils. There are pro’s and con’s when it comes to isolate tinctures. For a start, CBD isolate contains no THC. If you are subject to random drug testing in your job and cannot risk a false positive, isolate is a product that would meet those requirements. In those scenarios, a CBD isolate oil with zero THC, would tick all your boxes. Most of the CBD isolate oils range from pale yellow to transparent in colour.

The downside of CBD isolate oils are the effectiveness, especially in comparison to other forms of Cannabidiol. While isolate can boast it has zero THC content, it is also missing other key ingredients. In a side by side comparison, there is little doubt, isolate does not provide the same level of relief or improvements to health that full spectrum CBD can offer. Unfortunately, that is the trade-off customers are faced with.

In summary, there is a demand for both full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Indeed, they both cater to a specific customer. If drug testing is not an issue, our advice would be to choose a full spectrum oil tincture. That choice would provide the most health benefits. However, if your employer carries out random drug testing, you may be wise to use a CBD isolate oil instead. You may experience fewer health benefits, but you would have the peace of mind knowing your job and career would not be in jeopardy.

So there you have it, hopefully, you now have all the facts and are better informed about the difference between full spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Whichever product you choose, enjoy your CBD experience.

 

Flying with CBD Oil (Cannabidiol)

Flying With CBD Oil
Flying with CBD Oil

We hear a lot of questions from people about flying with CBD oil (Cannabidiol). Hemp extract is the perfect supplement for travellers to promote calm and relaxation. Not to mention its ability to fight pain, inflammation and anxiety. It stands to reason that people would want to take it with them on long journeys. There is a lot of uncertainty around airports and air travel and whether Cannabidiol is allowed or not. Regular users of CBD ask if it is legal to take their oil drops with them through the airport and on board a plane. Well, there is no simple answer to this question. It depends on where you are flying from and your destination.

Travelling with CBD Products

In some countries, Hemp CBD is legal. This means you are free to take Cannabidiol with you on internal flights. However, for international flights, some countries still prohibit the use of all forms of CBD extract. Hence, you could find yourself in a situation where you depart from a location where the CBD is legal and arrive in a country where you are breaking the law. Let’s say you are travelling from the UK to Dubai in the UAE. In this country, Cannabidiol is illegal and if you are in possession, you would be breaking their laws.

In the United States, CBD is now legal (as of December 2018) and can be taken through airports and on aircraft for internal flights. However, it must be derived from Hemp and contain less than 0.03% THC. Nevertheless, this is a welcome change for American citizens who are flying between states.

Check The Product Label

It cannot be stressed enough, always check the label of your CBD oil so you know exactly what the THC content is. This will give you peace of mind and confirm the legality or otherwise.

Check Laws Before Travelling

Do your research well in advance before embarking on your journey. Plenty of accurate information can be found online. If in doubt, please check with the local authorities before travelling to avoid any confusion or uncertainty.

Keep CBD in Carry-On Luggage

If you are clear to take CBD on your flight, the best practice is to keep it in your hand luggage with any liquids, oils or lotions you are allowed to take on board. This means it will be close at hand while negotiating the security process and you will be present to assist airport staff with any queries they may have.

Hemp-derived CBD is now legal in most countries. However, because Hemp is sometimes confused with Marijuana, there is still some stigma towards Cannabidiol. In time, we anticipate there will be more widespread acceptance of this natural substance and fewer restrictions on travellers. However, for the time being, we would urge caution and research before flying with CBD oil (Cannabidiol).

The Health Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets

Benefits CBD Oil Pets
Health Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets

The advantages of taking a Hemp CBD oil supplement are fast becoming common knowledge. However, not everyone is clear about the health benefits of CBD oil for pets. It is true to say that animals can experience the same positive effects that humans are enjoying. As long as the Cannabidiol extract is non-psychoactive, it is perfectly safe for animals. Indeed, some of our customers use our 5% CBD oil on their pets with increasingly positive results.

Pain Relief and Arthritis

Just like their owners, pets can see a reduction in pain relief. CBD has analgesic properties and will help to ease chronic pain and discomfort. It is good to know that whatever the problem, Cannabidiol will help animals and alleviate their suffering. As our furry friends get older, one common complaint is the issue of joint health. Arthritis can be particularly excruciating for older dogs. Treatment with a Cannabidiol supplement can promote joint health. It can reduce inflammation, swelling and soreness.

Stress and Anxiety

Many of our pets are known to suffer from anxiety issues. CBD is very effective at reducing stress and anxiety. This is great news for anyone with a pet who struggles with separation issues. Hemp extract works fast to calm, soothe and relax the animal. It can also help with other phobias. In addition to the aforementioned health benefits, expect your Cat or Dog to see a marked improvement in sleep.

Heart Health and Cancer

CBD can promote cardiovascular health in your pet by clearing arteries and blood vessels. It can also help reduce and regulate blood pressure. This would be a welcome improvement to the overall general health of your pet. While it is still early days, there are numerous instances where CBD oil has demonstrated the potential to combat cancer. These are backed up by serious examples of scientific research. Cannabidiol can help stop the growth of tumors and kill cancerous cells.

Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in cats and dogs. You may be surprised to learn that approximately 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. These are particularly difficult to treat and usually require specialist medication. Unfortunately, these medications can cause severe side effects. In contrast, CBD is a natural remedy and displays no negative effects. It can reduce the frequency of seizures and sometimes eradicate them altogether.

Diabetes Conditions

Middle-aged to senior animals are most likely to develop diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes is something that cannot be cured. However, when detected, it can be controlled with diet and exercise. CBD can be used to treat type 1 and 2 diabetes. It can fight inflammation and reduce insulin resistance. Cannabidiol activates the endocannabinoid system in animals and regulates the CB1, CB2 receptors. It has shown promise as an alternative remedy to traditional diabetes medications.

Now that CBD is becoming popular, we see a new range of pet-specific products. These are Cannabidiol products which have been specially formulated for animals. They use some ingredients and vitamins, which cater 100% for the health of your pet. That said, most CBD products are safe for use with animals (please check the label). You can share your Cannabidiol oil tincture with your cat or dog, or buy a custom CBD for pet supplement. Whatever your preference, you now have a better understanding of the health benefits of CBD oil for pets.

CBD for Fitness – Add It to Your Supplement Regimen

CBD for Fitness
CBD for Fitness

It may come as a surprise to some, that CBD is gaining a huge following among fitness enthusiasts. The health benefits of Cannabidiol are numerous and well documented. These benefits are delivering a distinct advantage to those athletes who use Hemp CBD extract supplements. If you are considering using CBD for fitness, read on and discover why you should add it to your supplement regimen.

Effective Pain Relief

Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a professional athlete, pain is one aspect of physical training that you will become familiar with at some point. Chances are, if you train hard, the next day you will experience some muscle soreness. CBD is an excellent remedy for all types of pain relief. Regular ‘gym goers’ report that soreness, aches and pains associated with high-intensity training, simply vanish when taking a Cannabidiol CBD supplement. This is significant as when it comes to relieving pain, there is nothing like CBD in the supplement marketplace.

Reduced Inflammation

For those serious athletes who have trained for a long period of time, the emergence of CBD oil is most welcome. Niggling sports injuries can be difficult to treat, especially when the symptoms involve internal swelling. Luckily, these issues can also benefit from CBD supplementation. Research shows that Cannabidiol is highly effective at reducing all types of inflammation. This is particularly useful for those complaints involving inflammation of the joints. CBD is non-addictive and an all-natural alternative to opioids and anti-inflammatories.

Faster Recovery

Fitness experts often say, the hard work starts in the gym but the actual results come afterwards during periods of recovery. CBD is very effective in helping recovery in a number of different ways. Cannabidiol is known to improve the quality of sleep for regular users. As we know, getting an adequate amount of rest is key to reap the rewards of hard work in the gym. In short, CBD can enable users to recover faster from periods of strenuous physical activity.

Weight Management

When it comes to fat loss, CBD also has a positive effect on the metabolism. It stimulates genes and proteins which lead to the oxidisation and breakdown of fat. Furthermore, the process of ‘fat browning’ is where white fat cells turn into brown fat cells. This makes them easier for the body to use for energy instead of being stored as fat. Appetite control is another benefit of taking Cannabidiol. CBD is effective at blocking the body’s CB1 receptor which results in appetite suppression.

The aforementioned health benefits are being enjoyed by many fitness enthusiasts, sports fans and athletes. In fact, mixed martial artists now use CBD for MMA. Regardless of how serious you take your training, Cannabidiol has a lot to offer. It will allow you to train hard (pain-free) and recover faster. Consider the positive aspects of this product and how it can help you achieve your goals. CBD for fitness is here to stay, add it to your supplement regimen and enjoy the results.