In February 2017, Business Insider reported that the sale of marijuana oil cartridges used for vaporizing, increased 400% from 2015 to 2016. The sudden increase in long streaming vape clouds among canna-connoisseurs is attributed to the ease of use, portability, cost, and the overall effect that comes with vaping cannabis oil. Also becoming more popular in the industry is vaping CBD rich oils and for good reason. In this article, we will dive into why vaping CBD has become so popular and why you might consider adding CBD vape products to your daily regiment.
How do Vape Pens work?
Through a heating system typically operated with a battery, when inhaled, vaporizers bring a CBD vape formulation, to a temperature just short of combustion, creating a stream of vapor, which is a gaseous state of a substance that is normally a liquid at room temperature. Unlike heating CBD rich flower or bud, the vapor produced is free of toxins, carcinogens, and irritants that are associated with smoking.
Benefits of Vaping CBD
To understand the benefits of vaping CBD, you must first understand the science of bioavailability, which is defined as the proportion of a substance that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect. In layman’s terms, bioavailability refers to the percentage of a substance that will actually affect your brain and body. Cannabidiol’s bioavailability strongly depends on how it is ingested. When ingested orally, the amount of CBD that will actually reach your bloodstream is only around 15 percent whereas, when vaping CBD nearly 50 to 60 percent of the compound will enter your circulation. When vaporized, CBD enters your lungs and circulates directly throughout your bloodstream. When ingested in other ways, CBD must pass through the gut and liver. Liver enzymes break down the concentration of bioactive compounds during an occurrence called the “first-pass effect”. When vaporized, CBD bypasses the first-pass effect, thus delivering the desired results faster and more efficiently.
CBD Vape Solution Options
There are several options for the vape solution used in CBD vape products each with advantages and disadvantages.
Triple distilled MCT is one option. MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) is a colorless, odorless oil that can be extracted from coconuts and contain high levels of Caproic acid (C6), Caprylic acid (C8), and Capric acid (C10). Through a precise distillation process, these triglycerides are isolated and easily converted into ketones, a substance produced when the body breaks down fat and converted into energy. MCT is therefore one of the fastest ways of administering CBD throughout the body. Also, compared to other vape solutions, MCT oil is completely natural, providing vapers with an all natural, healthy, vaping option. A disadvantage of MCT oil as a vape solution is some people with specific health concerns, like Type 1 Diabetes, are discouraged from consuming MCT oil. Luckily, there is an alternative solution for these people.
PG & VG Oil
Both VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and PG (Propylene Glycol) are two ingredients that can be used for vape solution. Both are also odorless and flavorless and can be mixed with CBD isolate to formulate a CBD vape solution. Although considered safe and acceptable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some people are concerned that these synthetic substances can create toxic nanoparticles when ingested.
It is up to the consumer to decide what they want to put into their bodies. There are advantages and disadvantages to vaping CBD products, and as always, we recommend doing your own research prior to deciding to purchase CBD vape products.
World Health Organization Makes Their Recommendation: CBD Should Not Be A Scheduled Drug
December 14, 2017 – After more than a month of deliberation, regarding the scheduling of cannabidiol, the World Health Organization announced their recommendation that CBD should not be subject to international drug scheduling. This is based on evidence related to the benefits and risks of CBD. Read the full article HERE.
Study: Nearly 70 Percent of Online CBD Cannabis Extracts Are Mislabeled
November 9, 2017 – Is your CBD company backing up their products? In a study of 84 CBD products sold online, only a third contained the amount of CBD listing on the label. Read the full article.
At The CBDistillery™, we consistently 3rd party test our products to ensure our customers are getting what they pay for. You can see all of our lab results for our products on each product page.
Industrial hemp industry still facing growing pains
November 20, 2017 – James Woolsey, the former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, spoke out this week about ending the federal prohibition and scheduling of industrial hemp in America. “It’s time to bring hemp back to America’s farms”. Woolsey went on to say, “today we are witnessing the renaissance of the industry. American farmers no longer have to stand by and watch one of the largest consumer markets in the world, industrial hemp products, be served by foreign providers.” Read the full article.
Is CBD Oil Allowed on Planes? Here’s What You Need to Know About Traveling With It
October 22, 2017. Can you bring CBD oil on a plane? A question we are often asked by CBDistillery customers. Here is some insight into traveling with CBD products and the complying the TSA requirements. Read the full article HERE. Continue reading “CBD IN THE NEWS”
Today, there is a considerable amount of information on the internet detailing the potential benefits of CBD. For the most part, these reports are incredibly encouraging, especially for those looking for a natural, alternative supplement. But as a consumer ready to take a leap into the cannabidiol market, how does one navigate selecting a reliable and safe product that is worth the investment? Through this article, we will provide guidance for what to look for when purchasing CBD oil or other CBD products as well as three options of where to purchase CBD extracts.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, Cannabis Sativa L, but are grown for different purposes. Hemp – also called industrial hemp- is one of the oldest plants known to man, dating back to 8000 BC. The plant itself is typically tall and thin and cultivated to produce food, oils, paper, other textiles, and high CBD extractions. Marijuana plants, on the other hand, are bred for their psychotropic properties.
The levels of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis plants, is what legally distinguishes which plants are considered hemp and which are considered marijuana. High levels of THC (3 -15%) is found in higher concentrations in marijuana plants, whereas industrial hemp status is given to cannabis plants with THC levels less than .3%. The molecule cannabidiol (CBD) is the same regardless of which plant it was extracted from (click here for more information on hemp CBD versus marijuana CBD). The two main differences between CBD derived from either cannabis plant is the legality and desired effect when combined with THC.
In compliance with Federal Law and the Farm Bill, under the Appropriation Acts of 2016, CBD extracted from industrial hemp (less than .3% THC) can be “transported, processed and sold” nationwide. Because of this law, consumers are able to obtain CBD products derived from hemp without acquiring a medical marijuana card or without living in a state where cannabis products are sold. CBD derived from marijuana plants are not federally legal, and are only accessible in states with pro-cannabis or CBD laws.
As previously mentioned, when derived from marijuana plants, CBD is regularly paired with a higher ratio of THC than when CBD is derived from hemp plants. When a CBD product has a 1:1 ratio with THC, consumers will often feel the psychoactive effects of THC. It is advised that when purchasing a CBD product, one is aware of how much THC they will be consuming and how it will affect the desired outcome.
These two differences distinguish where you can purchase certain CBD products, which is the topic we will cover next.
Three places to buy CBD
Again, in compliance with Federal Law, CBD derived from industrial hemp can be purchased nationwide. Reliable distributors such as The CBDistillery is one of the companies who offers a large variety of CBD oils, vape products, topical creams, and capsules which can be shipped directly to your front door. Unlike purchasing a product in a store, buying CBD online allows the consumer to read customer testimonials prior to making a buying decision.
Dispensaries are government regulated retail stores, in which a person can purchase cannabis and cannabis related items for medical or recreational use. Depending on your state’s legislature regarding the use of cannabis products, you may be able to purchase CBD products from one of these local dispensaries. In a medical cannabis dispensary, only patients who have received a medical marijuana card prescribed by their doctor are legally allowed to purchase cannabis products, including CBD oil or other cannabidiol supplements. Unlike medicinal dispensaries, recreational dispensaries are available to customers who are 21 years or older but are only able to sell CBD products containing some levels of THC. For this reason, recreational dispensaries do not sell pure CBD products, like 99% pure CBD isolate powder. This may not be favorable for someone looking to use a CBD product without ingesting THC. However, many consumers prefer to see and interact with any item prior to purchasing which is an advantage to buying CBD oil in a dispensary. Looking for a dispensary near you? Click HERE.
Head Shops & Specialty Retail Stores
In addition to glass shops (head shops), specialty retail stores like nutritional stores or apothecaries carry CBD hemp oil or other hemp derived products. Similar to dispensaries, these types of stores give customers the opportunity to see the products in person as well as engage with the store associates about how to select the appropriate product for their own personal needs. One potential pitfall of purchasing CBD hemp oil from a store is that the retailer is able to sell whatever kind of product they consider “high quality”. Because of this, there are many stores taking advantage of the high demand for CBD products, and selling oils and other supplements that contain little to no CBD at all. For this reason, it is crucial to read labels and do additional research prior to purchasing CBD extracts from a nutritional store or head shop. Want to find a head shop or specialty store near you? Click HERE.
So now you know where you can buy CBD products, but what is important to know when selecting the highest quality product? We cover that next.
What is important to consider when purchasing a CBD product?
Some believe that just because you are purchasing a product from a plant, that is must be safe to use. That is not necessarily the case with CBD products. Here are four things to remember when choosing a CBD product that is safe for consumption.
It starts with the plant
The first thing to consider when selecting a product is understanding where the hemp or marijuana plant came from. Contrary to what some may think, cannabis plants grown domestically and internationally can all be safe for consumption. But, it is crucial only to choose products that are sourced from pesticide-free, NON-GMO, plants to avoid ingesting harsh chemicals.
Price does not determine quality
The FDA recently conducted a series of tests on so-called CBD oils sold on the internet. Despite manufacturer claims, many of these products contained little to no CBD. The best CBD companies are transparent about how much cannabidiol and other cannabinoids you are paying for. These companies will frequently conduct third-party tests on their products and publish the results on their website. Do some additional research on the business you are purchasing from and read their customer reviews. Are people satisfied with the quality of their products?
Not all extraction methods are safe
There are various ways of extracting cannabidiol from a cannabis plant, each with their pros and cons. CO2 and ethanol extraction are two of the most commonly used methods. CO2 extraction, for example, uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to extract, preserve, and maintain the purity of the CBD oil. According to ProjectCBD.org, ‘when well done the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll’. When choosing a CBD product, make sure the company uses a safe solvent and a verified extraction method.
Make sure the product will give you the desired effect
While cannabidiol is scientifically proven to be non-psychoactive, CBD products can be produced and sold with levels of THC that can get you high. If this is not your desired effect, it is recommended when selecting a product, to choose only those that have “non-psychoactive” effects.
Cannabis plants contain naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. CBD, which is short for cannabidiol is one of the many cannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants and is desirable among those looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Where is hemp grown?
As previously mentioned, cannabidiol products sold in the United States can be sourced from hemp or marijuana plants grown either domestically or internationally. For legality purposes, many CBD products (containing less than .3% THC) are sourced from industrial hemp. Fourteen states within the United States can legally grow and process industrial hemp and hemp seeds. These states include California, Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, and Tennessee.
Many CBD companies source their industrial hemp grown with organic practices, but hemp, in general, is not a USDA certified organic product. Moreover, it is recommended that you choose a CBD product made from NON-GMO, pesticide-free, industrial hemp that is tested consistently for contamination to ensure safe consumption. When selecting a CBD product, make sure the company uses a safe solvent and a verified extraction method.
Extracting CBD from hemp
CBD can be extracted from marijuana or industrial hemp plants. For legality purposes, many CBD products are extracted from the stalks and stems of industrial hemp plants which are cannabis plants with .3% THC or less so they qualify as “industrial hemp”. Once cultivated, cannabis plants are lifted from the ground and brought to an extraction facility.
Ethanol and C02 extraction are two commonly used methods for extracting CBD and are two of the cleanest ways to extract CBD for human consumption. CO2 extraction, a popular extraction method typically used when extracting smaller quantities of hemp, involves filtering plants through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. When different temperatures and units of pressure are applied to cannabis plants, this sophisticated system is able to isolate cannabinoids at a 90% efficiency.
An alternative method is ethanol extraction which involves introducing the solvent ethanol to the hemp plant in order extract cannabinoids. Unlike CO2 extraction, you are able to produce a very high volume of full spectrum extract with this method. Ethanol also removes unwanted components such as chlorophyll from dried hemp when performed at very cold temperatures.
Once extracted, hemp undergoes an additional step known as chromatography, a mechanism used to remove unwanted plant phytochemicals from the extracted oil. Cannabinoids like CBD have a strong interaction with chromatography media, thus traveling slower than unwanted plant material like chlorophyll which has a weak interaction. Once divided, cannabidiol and other terpenes can be isolated and undesirable plant material can be disposed of.
Many CBD oil products also undergo what is known as decarboxylation. This involves heating the cannabinoids into a form that allows the cannabinoids to immediately interact with the endocannabinoid system making the compound more usable throughout the body. When the extracted oil is decarboxylated it is converted from CBDA to CBD, thus removing the acid form so it’s readily bioavailable.
Once decarboxylated, the CBD hemp oil can be consumed directly, however it may not have a favorable taste. Instead, this oil can be mixed with a carrying oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil, turned into CBD capsules, or processed into a powder or slab isolate form for consumer use.
Adding 99% Pure CBD Isolate Powder or Full Spectrum CBD Oil to foods and beverages is an excellent way of consuming CBD. CBDelicious is a cooking series of recipes combining delicious foods and CBD products.
Thanksgiving is just a week away, which means its recipe prep time! This year, mix things up by adding CBD to your Thanksgiving meal. Over the next several days, we will be sharing CBDelicious Thanksgiving recipes that you can incorporate into this year’s Thanksgiving feast!
CBD Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce
Add CBD to your favorite cranberry recipe for a delicious addition to this year’s Thanksgiving feast!
Directions: Over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, water, cranberries, salt, cinnamon stick, and orange zest to a saucepan. Stir cranberries occasionally and allowing them to soften. Once half of the cranberries have softened, add 99% pure CBD Isolate Powder. Continue stirring occasionally until cranberries have softened into sauce form. Remove from heat and serve chilled. Enjoy on top of your Thanksgiving turkey and sides!
Directions: Place a large mixing bowl into a freezer for 20 minutes to chill. Once cold, combine whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and 99% pure CBD powder. Using an electric hand mixer whip the ingredients on high speed, decreasing as the mixture becomes thicker. Be sure not to over whip. Serve on top of your favorite desserts!
16 cups premade mashed potatoes
4 tbs butter
½ cup whipping cream
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 tbs salt
1 tbs pepper
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In a large mixing bowl, combine premade mashed potatoes, butter, whipping cream, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, pepper, salt, and 99% pure CBD powder. Using an electric hand mixer, whip ingredients until pureed. Transfer the whipped potatoes to a large glass cooking pan (spray with non-stick spray). Evenly sprinkle 1/2 cup parmesan cheese over the potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees until potatoes are browned on top.
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CBD Infused Steak and Veggie Buddha Bowl
The sixth recipe in the CBDelicious Cooking Series, Cooking with CBD. Looking for a healthy dinner option? This incredibly delicious, and easy to make, CBD Infused Steak and Veggie Buddha Bowl is an excellent source of protein paired with the 99% pure CBD isolate.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and arrange sweet potatoes and onions on a bare baking sheet. Drizzle both with a bit of oil, making sure the flesh of the sweet potatoes are well coated. Roast for 8-10 minutes. While vegetables are roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and toss with seasonings. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp oil and chickpeas and sauté, stirring frequently. If they’re browning too quickly, turn down heat. If there isn’t much browning going on, increase heat. I found 10 minutes total at slightly over medium heat was perfect. Once the chickpeas are browned and fragrant, remove from heat and set aside. Remove veggies from the oven after 8 – 10 minutes and flip sweet potatoes and add broccolini. Drizzle broccolini with a bit of olive oil and season with a pinch each salt and pepper. Bake for another 8-10 minutes, then remove from oven and add kale. Drizzle kale with a touch more oil and season with a pinch each salt and pepper. Bake for another 4-5 minutes then set aside. Prepare sauce by adding tahini, agave, lemon juice and CBD Isolate to a mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Add hot water until a pourable sauce is formed. Set aside. To serve: Divide vegetables between serving bowls and top with chickpeas + tahini sauce. Top with grilled steak. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge. There will most likely be leftover sauce, which can be added to leftovers or other meals.
1. Preheat oven 400° F. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, jack cheese, and CBD Isolate until well blended. 2. Roll out the crescent rolls and using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into long pieces lengthwise. 3. Fill each jalepeño half with the cheese mixture. Wrap each jalapeño half with the dough, leaving a space for the eyes. Use two pieces of dough if necessary. Brush with egg mixture and place on baking sheet. 4. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and press the eyes into the cheese where the opening is. Serve and Enjoy!
The fourth recipe in the CBDelicious Cooking Series! Adding tasteless, odorless 99% Pure CBD Isolate Powder to food like these delicious Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs is an excellent way of consuming CBD.
4 mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into 4-5 even pieces each
Combine all sauce ingredients in slow cooker and stir. Set to high and cover while making meatballs, or for 30 minutes. Combine all meatball ingredients except the mozzarella in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix until fully combined. Take a golf ball sized piece of the ground beef mixture and place a piece of mozzarella in the middle. Press meat around the piece of cheese, fully enclosing it. Repeat until all meat is used. Place meatballs in slow cooker and submerge in sauce. Cover and cook on high for 2-2½ hours, or until meat is fully cooked. Serve over pasta. Enjoy!
The third recipe in the CBDelicious Cooking Series!
Gluten-Free CBD Energy Bites
Incorporate these delicious Gluten-Free CBD Energy Bites into your morning routine for a healthy breakfast alternative. These bites are an excellent source of protein, anti-oxidants and the perfect morning dosage of 99% pure CBD isolate to start your day off on the right foot.
In a saucepan, combine Almond Butter and Agave over medium heat. Stir until clump-free. Add 1 gram of 99% pure CBD isolate Powder to the mixture and continue stirring until powder is dissolved. Reduce heat and add Gluten-Free Oats. Stir. Add Chia Seeds and stir until evenly spread throughout the mixture. Remove from heat and transfer mixture to a glass bowl. Put the glass bowl in a freezer for 30 minutes or until cooled. Add Dark Chocolate Chips to cooled mixture and stir. Using a tablespoon and clean hands, form mixture into bite-size pieces and place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Bites should be stored in a cool place like the refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!
Directions: In a large saucepan, heat .5 tablespoons butter until melted. Once melted, add 1.5lb chicken, .5 teaspoon salt, .5 teaspoon pepper, .5 teaspoon oregano, and .5 teaspoon basil to the mixture. Stir and cook on medium-low heat until chicken is fully cooked. Transfer to a bowl and place in a warm area. In a new or same emptied saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium-low until melted. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic and half of the flour. Cook until the garlic begins to soften. Add the second half of the flour and 2 cups of milk. Stir. Add .5 teaspoon salt, .5 teaspoon pepper, .5 teaspoon oregano, and .5 teaspoon basil to the mixture. Add .5 cup parmesan and stir until melted. Add .3 grams of 99% pure CBD Isolate Powder and mix until dissolved. In a separate pot, bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and add penne pasta and cook fully. Strain pasta and pour into a mixing bowl. Add CBD infused cheese sauce and cooked chicken. Add .5 cup shredded parmesan cheese, garnish with parsley and enjoy!
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. In a bowl, mix butter and sugar until very fluffy (about 10 minutes). Add vanilla and half of the flour. Mix. Add the rest of the flour. Mix. Stir in potato chips, and roll dough into 1” balls. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges turn brown. In a saucepan, melt the caramels with the heavy cream. Add 1 gram 99% Pure CBD Isolate Powder. Stir until powder is dissolved. Drizzle over cookies, and immediately top with coarse sea salt.