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The CBD category has regularly updated posts and articles. This group will provide knowledge on the subject of Cannabidiol (CBD). To be clear, CBD is the abbreviation for the Cannabidiol compound.

The Most Effective CBD Carrier Oils

CBD Carrier Oils
CBD Carrier Oils

As CBD oil usage increases, new products are emerging. There are a number of different carrier oils available to manufacturers. However, like any product, some base oils are better than others. In this article, we will cover the industry’s 3 most commonly used base/carrier oils in detail and highlight their respective benefits. These are what we consider to be the most effective CBD carrier oils.

Hemp Seed – Nutritious, Healthy Base Oil

Hemp seed oil comes from the same Hemp plant as CBD. That said, Hemp seed oil is made from pressing the seeds. It does not contain any significant amount of Cannabidiol. However, numerous CBD manufacturers have chosen Hemp seed oil as their carrier oil of choice. Once purified, Hemp seed oil has a pleasant, almost nutty flavour and a golden colour. It is among the healthiest of all the CBD carrier oils. This is because it contains high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is also abundant in other vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, it has a reputation for being a powerful antioxidant. Combined with CBD (Cannabidiol oil), the 2 ingredients work in synergy to produce a potent remedy. Indeed, we mix our own Hempstil 5% CBD extract with a Hemp seed oil base/carrier.

Olive Oil – An Effective Carrier for Cannabidiol

Olive oil is something that we find in many kitchens. It is a liquid fat made from pressing whole Olives (Olea europaea). This oil is thick with a strong, fruity flavour and is pale yellow in colour. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are the main type of fat in Olive oil. These are healthy dietary fats and will provide significant health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory and will reduce the risk of heart disease. Olive oil is probably the second most popular transport method for CBD oil tinctures. It has high levels of bioavailability. This means it enters circulation quickly when introduced into the body and is able to have an active effect.

MCT Oil – Ideal for Flavoured CBD

MCT is the abbreviation of medium-chain-triglycerides. The MCT oil is made via a process called fractionation. MCT’s come from coconut or palm kernel oil. Pure MCT oil has a thinner consistency, is transparent and has no colour, taste or smell. This makes it ideal for use with flavoured CBD oil tinctures. It is an extremely healthy oil full of medium-chain triglycerides. It will increase energy, promote weight loss, support appetite control and lower cholesterol. In recent years, MCT oil has grown in popularity as a standalone product.

When it comes to CBD products, the delivery method is key. Cannabidiol is a fantastic, natural substance that needs to be absorbed by the body in an effective way. In a side-by-side comparison, the aforementioned base oils are slightly different, especially when you examine the nutritional information. However, they all boast similar high levels of bioavailability. In summary, these are what we consider the most effective CBD carrier oils. Whichever product you choose, ensure you know exactly what is in your CBD oil.

The Difference Between CBD and Hemp Oil

CBD Hemp Oil
CBD Hemp Oil

There is a lot of confusion surrounding many CBD products. In particular, not everyone is aware of the difference between CBD and Hemp oil. In general, most people can correctly identify Cannabidiol. However, if you pose the same question with Hemp oil you would receive a range of different answers.

CBD vs Hemp Oil

There are those who consider ‘Hemp oil’ to be CBD while others see it as Hemp seed oil. In effect, some CBD and Hemp seed oil products are sharing the term ‘Hemp oil’. Both Cannabidiol and Hemp seed oil come from the same plant (Cannabis Sativa). However, CBD comes from the flower, leaves and stalk and stem. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, comes from cold pressing the seeds of the Hemp plant.

CBD Advertising Restrictions

Because Cannabidiol is a relatively new product, some advertising platforms and payment processors prohibit the use of the word ‘CBD’. This forces manufacturers of CBD to advertise and sell their products in a different way. Instead of ‘CBD’ on the box or bottle label, you may find ‘Hemp Drops’. To confuse matters further, CBD uses several different carrier/base oils. These include Olive oil, MCT oil and Hemp seed oil. This means you could have a 5% CBD extract mixed with a Hemp seed oil base. This would be a legitimate 5% CBD oil tincture.

How to Identify CBD Oil

Luckily, we have several ways to correctly identify the product. Always check the strength percentage on the label. A bottle of CBD oil will have the term ‘5% CBD extract’ or ‘5% Hemp extract’ or a similar description emblazoned on the front of the packaging. In contrast, Hemp seed oil will not have this on the label as it only contains trace amounts of Cannabidiol. If in doubt, always check the ingredients of the product before purchase. The nutritional information should quite clearly state what the product is and exactly what the ingredients are.

Check and Compare CBD Pricing

Another tip to remember concerns pricing. A genuine 10ml bottle of CBD oil will probably cost around the £30 mark. In contrast, compare that with a 250ml bottle of Hemp seed oil that usually sells for approx £7. Obviously, CBD oil is the more expensive of the 2 products. This is one way to avoid slipping up when you buy Cannabidiol.

We hope that after reading this article we have managed to clear up some of the confusion regarding CBD, Cannabidiol and Hemp related products. Going forward, you should now be aware of the difference between CBD and Hemp oil.

CBD Oil for Beginners

CBD Oil For Beginners
CBD Oil for Beginners

Welcome to this brief guide on CBD oil for beginners. If you are thinking about trying CBD, this helpful guide will ensure you understand the various options available. Key points to be aware of include strength, dosage and type of CBD.

Choosing the Strength

Before purchasing CBD Hemp oil, you need to determine which strength is the right one for you. Most brands offer products in the following strengths; 3%, 4%, 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 25%. Anything between 3% and 4% is certainly a good starting point for users who are new to CBD (Cannabidiol). This is because it is low to medium strength and allows the consumer to assess tolerance levels. If required, it allows the option to transition to a higher strength of CBD oil.

Medium to High-Strength CBD

CBD oils between 5% and 10% are medium to high-strength. This potency is ideal for users who would not benefit from a low strength option. It is an adequate strength for people who require prompt assistance with health issues. Next is the 15%, 20% and 25% CBD oils. These are high strength options for experienced users. These products are suitable for people who are suffering from serious health problems and require immediate relief.

Choosing the Type of CBD Oil

As we know, CBD is enjoying a mammoth growth period. This means consumers, are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a product. In general, there are three types of CBD oil; Raw (non-decarboxylated), Green (decarboxylated) and Gold (fully decarboxylated).

Non-Decarboxylated CBD

Raw (non-decarboxylated) is very dark, almost Black in colour. It undergoes the minimum of filtration and processing. The major downside is it contains plant matter, fats and chlorophyll pigment. In some products, it can offer an unpleasant taste. This is the least popular CBD oil. That said, it still enjoys a loyal following.

Decarboxylated CBD

Green (decarboxylated) has a distinctive colour in varying shades of Green. It enjoys a moderate amount of filtration and processing. Besides CBD, it will normally contain a notable amount of CBDa. This type of CBD oil has an acquired taste. Some people like the earthy flavour while others do not. It is the second most popular CBD oil on the market.

Fully Decarboxylated CBD

Gold (fully decarboxylated) is easily recognisable by its golden colour. It is a highly filtered and processed extract. This ensures peak levels of quality and purity. As it is fully decarboxylated, this type of oil has the most CBD content. It has a pleasant flavour so there are no taste issues with this type of oil. It is by far the most popular choice among CBD oil users.

Choosing Your Dosage

After deciding on the strength and purchasing your product, you will need to establish the correct dosage. Most manufacturers should be able to tell you how much CBD is in each drop of oil. For example, a typical 5% CBD oil product would contain approx 2.5mg of CBD per drop. With this information, you can establish how much CBD you are ingesting. Then, adjust the dosage accordingly moving forward. Body weight is one factor that should influence your thinking when it comes to dosage. For instance, a small, slightly built person would not require the same dosage as a tall, well-built individual.

This concludes our guide on CBD oil for beginners. Hopefully, after reading this, you now have a better understanding of choosing a suitable product. Furthermore, you should now be confident in taking CBD oil for the first time. If you have any queries about Hempstil and CBD, visit our FAQ page for a list of common questions and answers. There, you will find the answer to many queries about CBD oil.

An Introduction to CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD Cannabidiol
CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is one of about 85 compounds found naturally in the plants of the cannabis family. Cannabis is the Latin name for both Marijuana (used recreationally) and industrial Hemp (used in paper, textile and biofuel production). CBD oil products are a growing trend. It is popular as a natural health remedy and has no serious side effects. As a matter of fact, these supplements offer a real alternative to standard medicine and treatments.

What Is the Difference Between CBD and THC?

Quite often, people wrongly think that CBD and THC are the same. In fact, they are different compounds with different characteristics. THC is a psychoactive component of marijuana, which gives users the “high”. In contrast, CBD is a non-psychoactive component. Cannabidiol oil is perfectly legal and has the opposite effects of THC. However, CBD still finds itself shrouded in misconceptions. Since it comes from the Hemp or cannabis plant, people often associate it (wrongfully) to marijuana and its recreational or illicit use.

What Is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically speaking, industrial Hemp and marijuana are the same plants. They share a species name of Cannabis Sativa. That is where the similarities end as they have a profoundly different genetic profile. Industrial Hemp always comes from a strain of Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana, on the other hand, can be from Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The fundamental difference is how industrial Hemp is bred in comparison to marijuana. In general, industrial Hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and almost no flowering buds. Marijuana strains of Cannabis Sativa will be bushier, smaller and full of flowering buds. This key difference is why CBD Cannabidiol oil products are legal in many parts of the world.

Does Cannabidiol Contain THC?

The legal definition of “industrial hemp”, means the plant Cannabis Sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. In other words, the Hemp plant contains only tiny quantities of THC. At the cultivation stage, this is around 0.3%. The flowers, leaves and stalks undergo processing to allow extraction of the oil. Finally, we are left with pure CBD Cannabidiol oil. This reduces any THC content left to around 0.02%. This amount of THC is so tiny it cannot cause any impairment.

How Does CBD Interact with Our Body?

CBD Cannabidiol interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The system regulates the body’s homeostasis (state of balance). It has an impact on functions such as pain, mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation and immune system response. The endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body. However, most people do very little to support the health of this system. Cannabinoids can regulate the ECS system and some experts recommend increased use. A specialized extraction process yields highly concentrated CBD oil or pure cannabidiol. This also contains other nutritious material such as omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. It also includes terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids, and other phytocannabinoids like CBDa and CBG.

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

We have an increasing number of research and anecdotes about how CBD can directly benefit health, lifestyle and illness. It has been shown to improve overall wellness. In fact, it can help achieve relaxation, pain relief, and calm without any psychoactive “high”. The list of health benefits reported by users of CBD oil and CBD products is extensive. Some of the most popular benefits reported include; improved mood, better sleep, appetite regulation, hormone regulation, pain relief, reduced anxiety, immune system function, blood pressure regulation and brain function. Furthermore, the people who take it suffer from serious illness and medical conditions. Hence, their experience, opinion and verdict will carry much weight.

In addition, CBD Cannabidiol is also used by pet owners who are able to treat their animals. This is because cats and dogs, in particular, seem to be equally responsive to the healing properties of this product. This should not be too much of a surprise considering that pets also have an endocannabinoid system. These Hemp products are still relatively new to the marketplace. However, the rising popularity of CBD looks set to continue as more people discover the medicinal benefits it has to offer.