You have probably heard about CBD in common culture now, you may not know exactly what it is but you have heard many people talking about it. How does it vary from E-liquid and why is everyone going on about it, why are you seeing it everywhere? You may have rad about the benefits of CBD, the dangers or ever wondered does it get you high? Have you wondered why it is legal to sell and why does it come in various forms? It is actually a rather interesting subject, from what CBD is and how it can help you. So Driphacks are here to explain fully and hopefully help you make your mind up on whether CBD is right for you.
What is CBD?
CBD is a natural substance that is derived from the cannabis plant that comes initially in oil form. The CBD stands for cannabidiol and it originates from the Cannabid Sativa plant, which is also known as hemp. How it works is that the plant has two substances that can be extracted from it, CBD and THC. The plant itself has up to 100 active cannabinoids but both CBD and THC are in the most abundance. In total there is up to 40% CBD in the plant itself, making it very plentiful. The CBD is the non high version of the plant that is being proven to help with various medical properties. The THC element is the currently illegal substance that is associated with a ‘high’ and is classed as a psychoactive element of the plant. In total, the CBD oil will contain at the very most 0.2% of THC which is EU certified so made legal for purchase. CBD can come in various forms from E-liquid to edible to oils themselves, it is important to establish that their different make ups means they are only safe for their designed use.
Is CBD legal?
On October 13th 2016, the law changed which allowed CBD to be legally sold as a medicine to the British public. Most other elements of the cannabis plant is still ruled by the drugs misuse act 1971 but CBD was deemed legal on the basis that it is EU sourced from verified companies. For CBD to be legal in the UK it must contain no more than 0.2% THC and contain the advertised amount of CBD as shown on the bottle, including correct packaging that provides a child lock style cap.
There is a further review currently taking place from the Food Standards agency asking for all CBD companies to submit a novel food authorisation application by march 31st 2021 to remain legal in the UK. This has been designed to further the safety and information about products on the market to keep the safe levels available.
What is a Cannabinoid?
There are two main types of cannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are produced within the cannabis plant (Phyto being the Greek word for plant). Endocannabinoids are produced within the body (Endo being a prefix from Greek meaning ‘from within’).
Endocannabinoids that operate within the body are clever little things that regulate our body in many different ways. For example if you are too hot, it will cool us down, if we are tired then they will give us an energy boost. They control all the little things in the body like that. They are endogenous ligands of the cannabinoid receptors in the body and can be found in both the nervous system (CB1) and in immune cells (CB2). The endocannabinoid system plays a large part in the homeostasis system, influencing the many checks the body does at any given time.
Cannabinoid receptors can bind to, and be activated by, the endocannabinoid (already present in our body), or external cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. How this works is that the external cannabinoids match perfectly with the internal endocannabinoid receptors and can influence those receptors in carrying out the work. In the sense of CBD, it can then deliver pain relief for example as it tells the receptors to do so.
The benefits of CBD
The cannabinoids found in cannabis have been proven to provide many health benefits through a therapeutic method that are connected to the body’s homeostasis system. However CBD has been found to influence far more receptors in the body from the brain to tissue giving it a far wider range of benefits than thought before. That is why you may see people refer to it as an ultimate medicine for all sorts of reliefs and some of the conditions It can be used to treat include;
- Anxiety and panic disorder
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Appetite disorders
- Crohn’s Disease
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Type 1 diabetes
There is further research taking place currently into the benefits of age related diseases such as alzhiemers which would be a big positive for fighting against currently untreatable conditions in elderly.
Research into CBD
There is a substantial amount of research taking place on CBD and has been over the past 20 years with many different symptoms being tested for the benefits CBD can bring to treatment.
One element of research focuses on pain relief as this study shows. It demonstrates the findings that CBD does in fact help with pain relief with further studies planned. Over in Canada this study found the benefits of CBD treating back pain in patients and mapping out how it has helped different types of patients, with further research into rural/urban patients required.
Additionally there is research into many mental health illness that is being proven to be positive. For example this study proves the benefit in treating schizophrenia patients with the research seeing a significant drop in numbers following a CBD treatment. In this study it was found that CBD does help with many other mental health issues and the therapeutic aspect of CBD in treating them.
So there is plenty out there, this research is simply the tip of the iceberg that has proven CBD to be greatly beneficial to a whole host of medical ailments that people suffer from. This is why there is a difference in the view of cannabis as a drug and CBD as a medicine, it has been proven that without the THC components, CBD can be a very powerful treatment.
Does CBD oil have any negative effects?
Although there has been no actual evidence to negative effects to CBD, research is ongoing on the subject. There has been no reported cases of CBD affecting the nervous system or any receptors and adults have been shown to maintain a healthy tolerance of CBD when treating symptoms.
CBD E-liquid findings
Since 2016 we have seen a massive rise in CBD use in a vaping E-liquid as it is seeing a lot of different advantages. As CBD vaporises at 200 degrees, it makes it ideal for a vaping product and allows it to be taken much like a standard E-liquid. It is being theorised that CBD can help with the reduction of smoking in patients and without the nicotine making it entirely natural. Which means that CBD can help with both smoking cessation and medical issues at the same time. Research seems to show that people crave less nicotine when using CBD in a vapour form, which helps in reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked.
As you are inhaling vapour stemmed from a plant based form, it is being found to be the fastest way to get the CBD components into the bloodstream when compared to other methods of CBD use. This means it can be quite effective in getting to work within the homeostasis system in the body.
Types of CBD
Much like many other medicines, there are several ways in which you can take CBD that offer a different experience and speed in which they work. We will take a quick look at what is currently available;
Oil Drops- These are designed to be placed under the tongue and are absorbed via that method. You can find this in many places including on the Driphacks website if you want an alternative way to take CBD.
E-Liquid- This is what you more commonly associate with CBD, using a vape pen or a specifically designed product to inhale the CBD straight into the lungs. You are more likely to find this on vaping websites, with Drip Hacks offering a range with different flavours that are top quality.
CBD Dabs- This is the DIY version of CBD in the fact it comes not as a liquid form but a crystal or powder form. It can be vaporised via a specifically designed product or dissolved into PG if you wanted to make your own strength E-liquid version offering a more potent version of the standard CBD.
What strength of CBD oil should I vape?
When you quit smoking and start vaping, it is normally advised to try and match your nicotine level with the amount of cigarettes currently smoked. The advice for CBD is a little different as with any medicine in which you start at the lowest until you find the level that is right for you. CBD in theory works straight away so you can tell if it is the right level and if not then gradually move up to find that perfect amount.
So simply put, start low and work your way up until you start getting the medical benefits you are after.
How often should I take CBD?
Another question you may ask is how often should I take CBD? Simply put, treat it like any other type of medicine, by starting low and working up. Take 1-2mg of CBD every 6 hours for example and each day increase that amount until it starts to take the desired effect. CBD does not need to be used regularly as it will offer no more effectiveness if you regularly used it compared to using it as a medicine. If you find in time you need to take a higher dose more regularly (3-4 hours apart) then it is advised to find that naturally rather than feeling more is better. This is because the effects of CBD can last up to 3 hours after taking meaning you can get a good experience and provide a good measure of when you need to take another dose.
For CBD to be effective, it needs to be taken every day to build up an active working level in the body. Although it is effective, it works best with chronic pain for example to be regularly used rather than sporadically.
Does CBD get you high?
We have covered this previously but to answer that specific question, no CBD is not designed to get you high or offer any high effects. This is due to the absence of THC in the oil so the oil loses its high capabilities. It provides relief from a multitude of medical issues without giving you the feeling of the high that is associated with its cousin.
Is CBD E-liquid an Oil?
Something else that is regularly thought of is an E-liquid being an oil, more so when used to describe CBD. CBD E-liquid is not oil based and therefore proves to be no harm to you. The orally taken CBD will come in oil form as it is orally used rather than vaporised. However the CBD E-liquid form is simply PG based much like a regular E-liquid and therefore contains no harmful properties to the body.
Where to buy
The biggest problem with CBD when bought in stores is that you don’t really know what you are buying. It has been found in the past that bottles don’t always have the advertised amount or even any CBD at all, when given the prices, it makes a big issue retail wise.
That is why here at Drip Hacks we offer the top level quality of CBD in various different forms for your own use. All of our CBD products are of the highest quality, tested and advertised correctly. If you want to buy trusted CBD products then the best place to purchase from is here at Drip Hacks.