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The CBDistillery™ named #3 Best CBD Oil in the World

We are honored and humbled to be awarded #3 in the world in the “20 Best CBD Oils for 2017” by Rave Reviews. Thank you for including us and congratulations to the other companies recognized!

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 Rave Reviews explains, they researched the 20 Best CBD Oil Products on the market, so their viewers can make an informed choice when purchasing CBD. The focus was on the 20 companies you’re likely to find when you search for CBD online.

In order to rate the companies from best to worst, Rave Reviews looked at four categories:

  • Value: how do their prices compare to the average?
  • Concentration: do they offer a wide variety of potencies, for customers with different kinds of needs?
  • User Experience: how easy is it to navigate their website and find the information you need? How is their branding? Do they provide helpful educational information for customers who might be new to CBD? Do they offer a risk-free warranty?
  • Quality: do they test their products to verify their quality and consistency? Do they make these results easily available to consumers?

So how did The CBDistillery™ Full Spectrum Tincture rank? Here is Rave’s review:

“With its geometric logo and masculine font, this company’s product line would be right at home in a skate shop. Tinctures all come in 15 milliliter bottles, with CBD content moving from 250 to 500 to 1000 milligrams per bottle.

Prices are quite impressive, ranging from $20 to just $60 for a whole 1000mg of CBD. It’s worth noting that all of their tinctures (as well as nearly every other item on the site) appear to be currently on sale. Unlike most other companies, they also include 3rd party lab results right on their product pages, so you know the quality you’re getting.

While the company’s tinctures contain full spectrum CBD, CBDistillery does offer CBD isolate in powder and crystal form. They also sell products compatible with vape pens, topical creams, capsules, dabbing options, CBD for pets, and hats and shirts.”

To read the whole article click HERE. Thank you, Rave Review for including us and again, congratulations to the other companies recognized.

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HAVE A VOICE: Share Your Story Using CBD

THE FDA IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on behalf of The United Nations, who is trying to figure out how to categorize cannabidiol (CBD), is asking for your help.

After declaring that CBD has been shown to be ‘beneficial’, now the agency is asking people to share their stories about using CBD products.

Do you or someone you know have a story to contribute? Please take the time to share your experience.

Click on the link to learn how you can make your story heard! 

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2017-N-4515-0001

The deadline for submission is on September 13, 2017.

 

 

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150 Grams of CBD Crystallization

 

The CBDistillery is known for beautiful CBD crystallization (hence the crystals in our logo). Our customers and followers on social media (@the_cbdistillery) have always been curious about these crystals and how they are grown. So on 7/25/17, over five days, we live streamed the crystallization of 150 grams of CBD.

The event was incredibly successful, reaching 1.5 million people on Facebook and was shared over 800 times. Don’t worry if you missed this event, here is a recap of the five-day crystallization as well as all of the answers to your questions about CBD crystals.

What Is A CBD Crystal and How Is It Different From CBD Isolate?

A CBD crystal is grown using CBD isolate or distillate, during the process known as “isolation”. CBD isolation is the method of forcing the CBD molecule to come out of a solution (in our case pentane) and allowing it to reform into a pure substance generally at 99+%.  Once the crystals have formed, there is a “mother liquor” left behind which contains the impurities that were removed during the isolation process. Crystallization can, therefore, be performed in order to remove impurities from the isolate or distillate.

How To Grow A CBD Crystal

DISCLAIMER: THE CBDISTILLERY DOES NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TRYING TO GROW THEIR OWN CBD CRYSTAL. IF IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ATTEMPT TO GROW A CRYSTAL, WE RECOMMEND USING THE PROPER LAB EQUIPMENT, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PROFESSIONAL, USING PROPER SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

As previously mentioned, a CBD crystal is grown using a CBD isolate or distillate typically with a 60-80% purity. Isolate is a powder form of CBD which is extracted from the mature stalks and stems of hemp plants. Under a ducted fume hood, the first step of growing a CBD crystal is to add the isolate to a graduated cylinder or in our case to a mason jar. Then, you slowly add your solution (pentane) to the CBD isolate to create a super saturation.

Once the pentane has been added, seal the container with a lid and place it in a safe location, away from any fire sources (pentane is a highly flammable solution). The now saturated isolate will slowly crash out of the solution, eventually isolating the CBD molecule.

What Do We Do With A CBD Crystal?

During a crystallization, smaller crystals structures generally have fewer solvents trapped whereas the larger crystals can end up with a lot of residual solvents trapped within them. This is the reason The CBDistillery does not sell the crystal formations on the website. After a crystallization, the formation is broken down, the majority of the residual solvents are removed in a vacuum oven, and the now purified isolate is turned into either slab or powder form which can then be shipped directly to your front door.

Here is a time lapse of the crystal growing over a 5 day period. At one point in the first 48 hours, our camera stopped recording, hence the gap in the video.

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Why Does Cannabis Affect People Differently?

We recently conducted a survey where we asked CBDistillery™ customers, “what is the primary benefit you received from CBDistillery™ products?” Not to our surprise, we received a variety of answers, no two entirely alike. What immediately sparked my attention, were the comments from customers stating something similar to, “I didn’t get any relief” and “it helped a little but not as much as I’d hoped.” The majority of the feedback we receive from CBDistillery™ customers on a day-to-day basis is how CBD has changed their lives for the better. So why does CBD impact some and not others? Why does cannabis affect people differently?

Cannabis Plant Study

Rafael Mechoulam. Photo Credit

To get some answers, I took to the Internet and found several studies about why cannabis products affect users differently. Apparently, I am not the first person to ask this question. Even the ‘father of THC,’ Rafael Mechoulam was curious about how this newly discovered molecule would affect different people. Thus, one evening he invited over a few of his friends for some cake, which little did they know, was laced with 10mg of pure THC. A few of his friends felt ‘strange, in a different world,’ while some couldn’t stop talking or giggling. While the scientist now understood the cannabis compound, THC does, in fact, cause different reactions, it wasn’t until years later that we would figure out why. Here is a look as to why all cannabis (marijuana or hemp derived) products affect people differently.

Genetics

About 20% of the population has good endocannabinoid genetics. These people were born with a genetic mutation that increases the level of endocannabinoids and levels of anandamide (the so-called bliss molecule) naturally occurring in their system.Cannabis Genetics As a whole, the endocannabinoid system is partially responsible for regulating sleep, appetite, mood, motor control, immune function, pleasure, pain, reproduction and fertility, memory and temperature regulation. When someone consumes cannabis, the cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, replace the naturally occurring endocannabinoids in your body. Thus, if you are among the lucky few that have this genetic mutation, you are most likely less inclined to feel the effects of CBD because your body already naturally produces a similar result.

Men vs. Women

Cannabidiol products affect men and women differently. Research shows that estrogen makes females more sensitive to cannabis. That time of the month? Washington State University found that women are impacted more by THC a day or two before ovulation, because of the peak in estrogen levels.

Men versus Women Cannabis Study

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Unique Biochemistry

Biochemistry, the study of chemical substances and vital processes occurring in living organisms is yet another explanation as to why people react differently to CBD products. No two individuals have the exact biochemistry make up, which affects the way substances metabolize throughout our system. The health of one’s endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in this. As previously mentioned, the human body naturally produces endocannabinoids. Things like diet, stress, and overall lifestyle influences endocannabinoid levels. When consuming cannabis products, you are increasing endocannabinoid levels. For individuals who have deprived levels, cannabis consumption will most likely produce a favorable experience, whereas someone with healthy endocannabinoid levels might not “feel” the effects of CBD or other marijuana products.

Overall Health

Man exercising upside down

Someone who is using cannabis products to treat symptoms for a disease or disorder is going to have a very different experience than someone using cannabis recreationally. When someone is fighting off an ailment or illness, that individual’s biochemistry and endocannabinoid levels are altered. Thus, when someone with Parkinson’s disease uses a product like CBD oil, the outcome may be feeling “normal” because endocannabinoid levels are replenished. The average person, on the other hand, may use the same product and feel nothing at all or very different effects.

Tolerance

It is relatively well-known that over time and continued use, one will most likely build a tolerance to THC. Yet, in one study conducted in 2011, findings suggest that one may not build a tolerance to CBD.  However, more research needs to be done to prove this theory.
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What Are The Side Effects Of CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 60 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in a cannabis plant. Unlike Tethrahydocannabdiol (THC), known for its psychoactive elements, CBD is non-intoxicating and can offer relief and 25mg CBD Capsules from Hemp CBD Oil at The CBDistillerybenefits without the disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria. The majority of information on the Internet today, highlights the potential benefits of CBD, but are there known side effects that users should be aware of and is there a limit to how much CBD one person can safely consume?

The Potential Side Effects of CBD

Multiple studies, published as early as 1980, suggest that CBD has minimal side effects and is overall safe for consumption. Nonetheless, consumers should be made aware of any known, potential drawbacks of something you are putting in your body. Below, we discuss the findings from each recorded study and review on the safety and known side effects of CBD.

1980 Study in Pharmacology

On January 3, 1980, Pharmacology published their findings conducted during a study in which they tested eight healthy volunteers and 15 patients with epilepsy, looking at the side effects of CBD when consumed daily for a month. Their reported conclusions were, ‘All patients and volunteers tolerated CBD very well and no signs of toxicity or serious side effects were detected on examination.’

International Journal of Neuroscience

In 1986, oral doses, ranging from 100 to 600 mg per day of cannabidiol were given to 5 patients with dystonic movement disorders. In addition to recording specific benefits, this study also uncovered mild side effects of CBD such as hypotension, dry mouth, psychomotor slowing, lightheadedness, and sedation. It is also noteworthy, that during this study 2 patients given CBD in doses over 300 mg per day seemed to aggravate their Parkinson’s symptoms. Yet in 2014 a separate paper described how CBD significantly improves the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease.

Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol

Most recently in 2011, a review on the safety and side effects of cannabidiol, found that CBD might interfere with the hepatic drug metabolism, alteration of in vitro cell viability, decreased fertilization capacity or the reduced activity of p-glycoprotein. Has a pharmacist or doctor ever told you not to drink or eat grapefruit while taking a prescription medication? Grapefruit and CBD have a similar effect on P450, an enzyme found in the liver, which metabolizes different kinds of drugs in the human body. If taken in large doses, CBD can inhibit the metabolizing properties of P450, temporarily neutralizing the effects of other medicinal products in the body’s system. This side effect is also responsible for why cannabidiol counteracts the effects of THC.

2006 Study Argentinian Study

In 2006 a group of scientist hypothesized that there are cannabinoid receptors in human’s salivary glands. In fact, their hypothesis was correct, which is most likely the reason that one of the previously discovered side effects of CBD is what’s commonly known as cotton-mouth. When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it inhibits the secretion of saliva, thus leaving some users with a dry sensation in their mouth.

Can you overdose on CBD?

Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids are known to be non-toxic, with no known fatal overdose levels ever reported. The previously mentioned study from 2011 indicated that chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans. The Department of Health and Human Services states, ‘no signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers (Cunha et al., Pharmacology 21:127-185, 1980), even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day (Consroe et al., Pharmacol, Biochem, Behav. 40:701-708, 1991).’

As you can see, there is evidence that supports CBD being a safe substance with minor side effects. We want to hear from you. Have you ever experienced side effects from using CBD? Please leave comments below.

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