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This category includes posts which seek to provide education and knowledge on the subject of Cannabidiol (CBD).

How to Take a Sublingual CBD Oil Drops Tincture

Sublingual CBD Oil
Sublingual CBD Oil Drops

If you have never purchased a CBD product you may not be aware of the most efficient way to consume this natural substance. If you don’t know how to take a sublingual CBD oil drops tincture then read on. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about administering Cannabidiol oil drops. Furthermore, we will point out why the sublingual gland is the fastest way for the compound to reach the bloodstream.

CBD Oil via Sublingual Absorption

There are a few ways to consume CBD oil including tinctures, capsules, edibles and vape. However, this is a product that is not cheap when you consider the cost of regular use. For this reason, many people prefer making the most of their investment. If you want to maximise your purchase, choose a CBD delivery method that offers fast absorption coupled with a high rate of bioavailability. A sublingual CBD oil drops tincture is the most consistent form of CBD. They start to work in minutes and can stay in the body for up to 6 hours. This allows the compounds to reach the bloodstream faster where they interact with the endocannabinoid system.

Sublingual CBD Drops Tincture

Taking Cannabidiol via the sublingual method is a simple and straightforward process. A CBD oil drops tincture comes in a small bottle which can be in 10ml, 30ml or 50ml sizes. The dropper bottles have a built-in pipette dispenser that allows for accurate, precise dosage of Cannabidiol. It is simply a case of taking the pipette and placing the required number of drops under the tongue (see image). This is where the sublingual gland is located. Furthermore, this part of the mouth will absorb CBD oil faster and more efficiently compared to the digestive system.

Efficient Form of Cannabidiol

Other methods of consuming CBD may be more convenient. However, they do not have the same high rate of bioavailability as sublingual CBD oil. Neither do they stay in the body as long when compared to CBD taken sublingually. The accompanying image illustrates where to place the oil drops. If you find this difficult, try touching the rear of the roof of your mouth using the tip of your tongue. Another tip is to administer the drops while standing in front of a mirror.

CBD with High Bioavailability

After reading this article, you should now have a better understanding of how to take a sublingual CBD oil drops tincture. Remember, to get the most out of your product you should look for high bioavailability and absorption. To ensure the body takes in the highest percentage of Cannabidiol, it is highly recommended to use the sublingual method.

Adding CBD Oil to Food and Drink

CBD Oil Food Drink
Adding CBD Oil to Food and Drink

We all have our favourite way of consuming Cannabidiol. CBD tinctures and softgel capsules immediately spring to mind. However, there are occasions when there is an urge to try something different. If you are considering adding CBD oil to food and drink, read on. This article will explain some of the do’s and dont’s. For example, the best practice of preparing recipes and the best time to mix CBD Hemp oil with food and drinks.

CBD-Infused Food and Drinks

The trend of Cannabis and CBD-infused foods and drinks are popular in London and other major cities. There is no shortage of restaurants and eateries selling dishes and beverages with a new healthier twist. The only downside is the amount of CBD these items contain. Sometimes the options are few regarding the amount of CBD for those seeking a high-strength dose. In that respect, you are placing your trust in the outlet to provide a fair and honest product.

Is Cannabidiol in Food and Drink Legal?

In some countries where the CBD is legal, there are restrictions on adding CBD oil to food and drink. We have seen instances of this in the United States. After the announcement of the Farm Bill, the FDA decided that CBD is illegal in food and drink. Luckily, in the UK there are no such problems or barriers with the consumption of CBD in food, drink or in isolation. You can easily purchase CBD products or buy food and drinks, freshly prepared with an infusion of Cannabidiol.

Prepare CBD Food and Drink

If your preference is to prepare things yourself, adding CBD oil to food and drink is straightforward. That said, it is important to note some limitations when it comes to cooking with Cannabidiol. This is because CBD does not react well to extreme temperatures. In some cases, it is already fully decarboxylated. In other words, CBD could degrade if exposed to extreme temperature and heat. Of course, this would be defeating the object and could reduce the health benefits.

Avoid Heating Cannabidiol

The best practice is to use CBD oil in the final stages of a recipe. This avoids any issues associated with exposure to prolonged heat. You can easily add CBD to salads, soups, dips and smoothies. This gives the aforementioned meals a healthy and nutritious boost. In fact, you could make your own chocolate or gummies taking care to add CBD as late as possible (after heat). In addition, many people like to add CBD to their drinks. CBD with coffee is extremely popular plus tea, green tea, matcha and other beverages.

Bioavailability of CBD Foods

The only thing to bear in mind is the rate of bioavailability. When CBD passes through the digestive tract, the rate of absorption is slightly lower compared to the sublingual gland. Even so, most barely notice the difference and are happy with this form of consumption. As the industry continues to grow, there will always be a demand for those who enjoy taking CBD oil with food and drink.

The Main Cannabinoids in CBD Oil

Cannabinoids in CBD Oil
Cannabinoids in CBD Oil

There are over 100 cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. 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 will support 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 cannabinoid of interest to most people who consume CBD oil. It is often pure, Gold with a distinctive smell and taste. The next compound is CBDa. This is the precursor to CBD. In short, when CBDa interacts with heat (decarboxylation) it becomes a CBD compound. CBDa also offers a number of health benefits. This compound is usually associated with the raw CBD oils. In most cases, it is dark to light brown or Green in colour. These raw CBD tinctures contain a combination of the CBD and CBDa.

The Only Psychoactive Compound

The next cannabinoid 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 or trace quantities. These trace amounts are not sufficiently high enough to cause impairment. In other words, they do not leave users feeling ‘high’. In some cases, THC in small quantities does offer certain benefits. 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 in CBD Oil

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. You can find the typical cannabinoid acids found in CBD oil below;

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, this activates the cannabinoid acids. This process yields 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 or differ to an extent with some manufacturers or in specialist products. That said, on the whole, these are the 8 main cannabinoids in CBD oil products. In general, the list of compounds will largely remain the same. However, 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. In some respects, you could say that CBD is psychoactive. 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 the psychoactive compound THC.

Does CBD Affect the Mind?

However, you could stress 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.

CBD Oil Is Non-Intoxicating

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. They have no issue with what ‘non-psychoactive’ means. The term explains that CBD will not get you ‘high’. It goes without saying that people who use Cannabidiol come from all ages and walks of life. The most important point is they receive the information required. This helps them 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, you have looked at all the facts. Therefore, you will be sufficiently informed to form your own opinion.

The Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD and Isolate

Full Spectrum CBD - Isolate
Full Spectrum CBD – Isolate

The market for CBD (Cannabidiol) 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 Spectrum CBD – Wide 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. The entourage effect comes into play and takes CBD to another level. 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 Isolate Oil

In contrast, CBD isolate caters for a specific customer. Isolate removes everything from the compound Cannabidiol. 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.

Potency or Purity?

The downside of CBD isolate oils are the effectiveness. This is especially true 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 have to deal with.

Full Spectrum versus Isolate

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, things change. In that scenario, you may be wise to use a CBD isolate oil instead. You may experience fewer health benefits, that’s for sure. That said, 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.