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

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.

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.

 

Cannabidiol – the Correct CBD Oil Dosage

Cannabidiol CBD Oil Dosage
Cannabidiol – The Correct CBD Oil Dosage

When people first start taking CBD they usually have a number of queries. However, there is one question we get asked more than any other. That question relates to Cannabidiol and the correct CBD oil dosage. In this article, we will cover how much CBD you should be consuming. Furthermore, we will look at how dosage can differ according to specific factors such as the illness or health issue being treated. The duration of treatment depends on several factors.

Taking CBD Oil via the Sublingual Method

If you are taking CBD via the sublingual route (oral). Place the oil drops under your tongue and hold for 30 seconds. This method of delivery gives a high rate of absorption. We have included some dosage examples which can be used as a rough guide to get you started.

A Guide to CBD Oil Dosage

Low – A typical low dose of CBD would be 5mg to 25mg per day. This is recommended for general pain, sleep, headaches, nausea, stress and mood issues.

Medium – A medium dosage of Cannabidiol would be in the range of 25mg to 50mg. This would be recommended for chronic pain relief, inflammation, anxiety, depression and arthritis.

High – If a high dosage of CBD is required, the aim should be 50mg to 150mg. This amount of CBD would be for people with serious health conditions such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

Start Low and Increase CBD Dosage as Required

We all have an endocannabinoid system. On average, a dose of 25mg CBD per day is effective for most people. However, everyone is different and what works for one person with a particular condition, may not work for someone else. Some people will find relief with a dosage of 10mg CBD per day while others will require 30mg. The golden rule for beginners or those new to Cannabidiol, is to start low. This method allows the user to make small adjustments until the ‘sweet spot’ is found. Once a consistent level of relief has been found, that becomes the maintenance dosage.

A good starting point is to consume 10mg Cannabidiol per serving. For example, Hempstil 5% CBD Oil Drops contain 2.5mg of CBD per drop. Hence, you would need 4 drops to consume 10mg of CBD extract. All manufacturers should provide details of how much Cannabidiol is in each drop of oil. This enables the user to administer a precise dosage. Ensure you spread out your servings evenly throughout the day.

The effects of CBD can be felt instantly. Users report experiencing a calming, relaxing and soothing feeling. In contrast, health issues like pain & inflammation can take 1 to 3 days to improve. Please be aware, the delivery method may also have an impact on the effectiveness of the CBD. Some people respond better with oil tincture compared to softgels and vice versa.

If you are taking additional medication, we would advise consulting a Doctor before taking CBD. This is to safeguard against any possible interactions. CBD provides natural, non-psychoactive relief for a range of health issues. It may require a little patience to find your preferred delivery method, strength and dosage. However, when this is complete, you can enjoy the numerous health benefits. We hope you are now better informed about Cannabidiol and the correct CBD oil dosage.

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.

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 considered a good starting point for users who are new to CBD. This is because it is low to medium strength and allows the consumer to asses tolerance levels. If required, it allows the option to transition to a higher strength. CBD oils between 5% and 10% are considered as medium strength. This potency is recommended 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. The 15%, 20% and 25% CBD oils are high strength options for experienced users. These products are suitable for people who are most likely 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).

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 and can sometimes offer a somewhat unpleasant taste. This is the least popular CBD oil. That said, it still enjoys a loyal following.

Green (decarboxylated) has a distinctive colour in varying shades of Green and 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.

Gold (fully decarboxylated) is easily recognisable by its golden colour. It is highly filtered and processed to ensure 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 and 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 product and taking CBD oil for the first time. If you have any queries about Hempstil and/or CBD, visit our FAQ page for a list of common questions and answers.