CBD: What you REALLY need to know!

CBD is becoming common place in many vape shops, and here at Sluice Juice, we are no different. It is also becoming more mainstream, with health food shops also starting to stock it.

BUT, many people are associating it with Cannabis (weed) and presuming it is dangerous, and that it is illegal.

Here at Sluice Juice, we have done a LOT of research into it, and we would like to share it with you all!

So ...

What is CBD?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol (Canna-bi-doil) and is a naturally occurring compound and one of 104 chemical compounds, known as Cannabinoids found in the hemp plant or cannabis sativa 1.
It is legal and non-intoxicating and has become hugely popular as a supplement.

What CBD is not?

A common misconception is that because CBD comes from cannabis, it will get you high. This is simply not true.

CBD is not psychoactive, which means it doesn’t affect the way that you think. The compound responsible for this in cannabis is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is still classified as a Class B drug in the UK, making it illegal.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called Endocannabinoids. CBD binds to receptors throughout the body. CBD simply promotes the normal function of the Endocannabinoid system present in all humans and mammals. THE ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune system responses and pain.

After many years of research, scientists have only now just begun to understand the importance of the Human Endocannabinoid Systems (HEcS). Research has revealed that HEcS is responsible for maintaining and controlling the body’s homeostasis through two receptors: CB1 and CB2.

  • Endocannabinoids: Endogenous-fatty-acid cannabinoids produced naturally in the body
  • Phytocannabinoids: concentrated in the oily resin of the buds and leaves of plants
  • Synthetic cannabinoids: manufactured by artificial means i.e. in a lab.

How to Use CBD oil

Using CBD oils and products is safe. There is a common misconception that CBD products get you high, however this is not the case. CBD products are non psychoactive.

It's always good to do some research on the company and the product. Ideally, look at where the product is grown. Ways we identify good CBD brands and products are as follows:

  • Does the product specify clearly the amount of CBD?
  • Are you able to see the lab reports and certificates of analysis?
  • Is the product certified and organic?
  • Has the CBD oil been extracted with CO2? This is known to be the best form of extraction as it separates THC and other volatile cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant.
  • Is the oil full spectrum i.e. rich on terpenes and other cannabinoids.  The more natural the product, the more beneficial it is for you.

How can I take CBD?

CBD is quite easily absorbed by the body, which means there are a fair few methods to choose from when it comes to using it.

Ingestion

CBD can enter the body through the digestive system, with a little preparation. Products such as  capsules, edibles and beverages are prepared in such a way that the CBD they contain can be easily absorbed by your digestive tract. This makes it nice and simple to get your CBD dose.

Sublingual

Sublingual administration is a fancy medical term which means holding something under your tongue. Your tongue has a lot of blood vessels, which makes it easy for things held under your tongue to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Pure CBD Oils, Tinctures and Extracts can all be taken by placing a few drops under the tongue and holding it there for about 90 seconds before swallowing.

Topical

Some products containing CBD are designed to be applied directly to your skin. This way the CBD does not enter the bloodstream, but rather is absorbed by the skin itself wherever it is applied. This is perfect for localised applications. Various products exist, but the most common of this type are creams and lotions. Some companies also include it in everyday products including body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and moisturising rubs.

Inhalation

Last but certainly not least, CBD can be inhaled using a vaporiser. A vaporiser will heat the CBD oil or infused E-Liquid just enough to vaporise it, avoiding the hazardous by products of combusting. CBD taken this way enters the bloodstream directly via the lungs. Since it doesn’t have to make its way through your stomach or liver, it enters your system much faster than by other methods and is by far the most efficient method of consuming CBD.  Various CBD Vapour products exist, from oil-based vaporiser systems to disposable pens, to E-Liquids which can be used in almost any E-Cig system. 

Dosage:

This depends upon the type and severity of the ailment and personal preference as to which form and strength would be suitable.

The majority of frequent users find that a dose between 10 & 20 MG administered twice daily may be enough to provide effective relief from a variety of ailments. It is said the for every 10lbs (5KG) of body weight, your ECS regulates between 1-6MG of CBD.

DO NOT EXCEED RECOMMDED DAILY DOSAGE!

If this is the first time you are trying out CBD, it may be better to start with 10mg twice a day. After 5-7 days, you can increase this to 20mg twice a day and see how this makes you feel. The oil can be taken 3-4 times per day but do not exceed the 200mg daily amount.

We have outlined an example of doses and strengths below.

Example 1:

Bottle size: 10 ml oil: 

250mg CBD, which equates to 2.5% strength. This will normally provide 1.25mg per drop. This 10ml bottle will hold around 250 drops of CBD oil. Therefore, if you want to take 10mg of CBD per day, you need to take 8 drops from this bottle with this strength.

Bottle Size: 10ml oil: 

500mg CBD which equates to 5% strength. This will normally provide 2.5mg per drop. This 10ml bottle will hold around 250 drops of oil. Therefore, if you want to take 10mg of CBD per day, you need to take 4 drops from this bottle with this strength.

Example 3:

30ml oil tincture and 500mg active CBD

This would equate to only 16.6mg per ml and hence 1.66% concentration. Because it’s a 30ml bottle, the amount of CBD is diluted in the oil which is 3 x more than the 10ml bottle. Therefore, you would need to take more in order to get the required dosage

Example 4:

30 ml oil tincture and 1500mg active CBD

This would equate to only 50mg per ml and hence 5% concentration. This would be the equivalent to a 10ml oil tincture with 500mg active CBD at 5%.

How quickly is CBD absorbed and how long does it take to feel the effects?

People use CBD in many different ways, from oil drops taken sublingually, capsules, vaping, edibles, topicals in creams and balms. Research has shown that vaping CBD offers the fastest means of CBD delivery to the body. It enters the bloodstream directly through the lungs and the majority of people feel the effects within 5-10 minutes. Another way to feel the effects quickly is by taking CBD sublingually, under the tongue, with CBD oil drops. This is absorbed by the mucous membranes and then directly into the bloodstream. The effects of CBD take longer if it is absorbed through the digestive system or liver to be metabolised.

CBD Vs THC:

Unlike its cousin THC, Cannabidoil does not provide a psychoactive effect. This is because CBD does not affect the same receptors in our system as THC does. 

Is CBD Safe and/or Legal?

CBD products are perfectly legal in this country and have no psychoactive effects. CBD is non addictive.

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Cannabidoil is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plants extract.

Unlike isolated or synthetic cannabinoids, Full Spectrum hemp oil refers to pure hemp oil that features all the same cannabinoids present in the original hemp plant, providing all natural CBD, that allows the cannabinoids to work together in what is called the entourage effect.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are hydrocarbons, the primary constituents of the essential oils of many types of plants. Terpenes are the essential oil building blocks used in the production of resins and are responsible for the variety of specific effects, tastes and smells unique to each strain.

Glossary

Talking about CBD brings up a lot of terms that you may not have heard before, so here are some simple explanations to help if you get confused.

CBD

A helpful compound derived from the cannabis plant.

CBD Oil

The raw, unprepared form of CBD. Can be taken by placing under the tongue for 90 seconds. Can also be used in preparing edible CBD products.

CBD Tincture

CBD dissolved in another liquid, often pure alcohol or MCT oil, which is derived from coconuts. These help to make CBD easier to absorb for the body and, in the case of MCT oil, can provide additional health benefits. Tinctures are usually taken by placing under the tongue for 90 seconds.

CBD Isolate

An extremely pure, crystal form of CBD. Highly concentrated, this form of CBD is normally used in the preparation of other CBD products, and is not normally consumed on its own.

E Liquid

A liquid designed to be used in an E-Cig vaporizer. These liquids are made of Vegetable Glycerin, a neutral substance that can be vaporised and inhaled. E-Liquids are a useful method of ingesting various substances, often nicotine for those trying to stop smoking, but also CBD.

CBD Edible

A food or drink product that has been prepared with CBD. Eating or drinking these products administers CBD via your digestive system.

CBD Capsule

A pill like product containing CBD, designed to be swallowed whole. Swallowing these products administers CBD via your digestive system.

 

FAQs

Q: Will CBD get me high?
A: No. CBD is not psychoactive, like some other cannabinoids such as THC. It may make your feel slightly more at ease than usual, but it won’t have you away with the fairies!

Q: Is CBD legal?
A: Yes! Once CBD is separated from the cannabis plant and made safe to use, it’s a perfectly legal supplement.

Q: If Cannabis is illegal, how is CBD made in the UK?
A: The UK is home to a large industry of legal hemp growers, regulated by the government, who farm Cannabis under strict rules for medical and textile use. So you can relax, everything is above board here!

Q: Can CBD cure cancer?
A: We’re not sure... but probably not. Research into this field is only just beginning, and while CBD shows promise to help cancer patients in a number of ways, it’s probably not a cancer curing wonder drug.

Q: Why is CBD so expensive?
A: Testing, testing, testing. Legally grown cannabis plants can be expensive to acquire in the first place, and on top of that reputable CBD companies do a great deal of processing, research, development, and testing on their products to ensure that the CBD you receive is as effective as you expect. Some of these costs are, inevitably, passed on to the consumer. In time improvements in manufacturing and testing processes will bring that price down, but for now the market is still young and prices are set fairly to pay back all the hard work these companies are doing.

Q: Does CBD really work?
A: Absolutely yes! CBD is an excellent, natural health supplement! Different doses will be needed to achieve different effects, and different people will react in different ways, but rest assured: The effects of CBD are very real.

Q: What do your customers think to CBD?

A: We have been selling CBD for a while now, and with customers ranging from their 20's to well into retirement age, we have had great feedback!
From those with anxiety, to tennis Elbow to Arthritis, etc, we have had great feedback so far from our customers!
They have all commented on how well it has worked for them, but you need to try it for yourself! So come and have a chat with us, and we can help you find what is right for you!

While we cannot and do not claim any specific medicinal benefits from CBD, a number of studies are being carried out into the potential applications of CBD in medicine. We urge you to research the possible capabilities.

Team Sluice Juice
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