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Everything You Need to Know About Hemp

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It may come as a surprise to some to learn that hemp has been used for thousands of years. The use of this non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana dates back to ancient China. Hemp is still being used today in industries for making medicine, clothing, food, animal feed, paint, biofuel, environmentally friendly plastic, and so much more.

Reversal of Laws
Before the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 and the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, hemp was widely used in the western hemisphere. However, with the criminalization of the plant, a lot of negative press began to spread about it, and slowly the world turned its back on it. However, today it appears we are doing a complete 360-degree turn on our position on hemp. With President Donald Trump’s passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, it is legal once again to grow hemp in the U.S. We cannot only grow hemp in the country again but also sell and transport it across state lines as well as process hemp into products for the public.

Apart from the U.S., many countries across the world have also changed their stance on hemp such as the UK, Canada, Australia, China, Russia, Spain, France, and Austria. There are at least 30 countries across the world with laws that are favorable to the cultivation and processing of hemp.

Hemp and THC
While hemp is now legal in the U.S. on the federal levels, many states are yet to ratify their laws and come up with a way to regulate the plant and license growers. It should go without saying that other strains of cannabis sativa with a higher concentration level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are still illegal. This has led to some confusion. Several people have been arrested for crossing state lines with cannabis when in fact they were transporting hemp.

Under the Farm Bill 2018, hemp cannot contain over 0.3 percent of THC. For those who don’t know, THC is the main compound in the cannabis plant that gives you the feeling of being “high.” Since hemp contains very low levels of THC, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effect. This is one of the reasons why it is preferred for industrial use.

Appearance
Hemp looks just like other strains of the cannabis sativa plant. The only way to differentiate them is through testing for THC levels in a laboratory.

Cultivation
Hemp is one of the most resilient crops known to mankind. It can grow in just about any soil type and does well in different climates. What’s more, it grows very fast and can be planted closely together. Unlike many other plants, hemp increases rather than depletes the nutrients in the soil. Hemp is known as “weed” because of its resilience. It can be grown easily without the need for frequent watering, herbicides or fungicides. Experts have even experimented with using this plant to combat soil pollution.

So, what does all this mean? Well, it is undoubtedly good news for farmers. Many farmers in countries where the cultivation of hemp has been legalized are already raking in huge sums of profit from it. It also means that we can expect more hemp products to pop up in stores in the years to come. The reversal of fortunes of hemp may even presage the same fate for some of its THC-high relatives.

Benefits of CBD Hemp E-Juice

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Many users have a number of misconceptions about cannabidiol (CBD) prior to trying it. Some think that CBD e-liquid was legal or at least on sale. However, other than that, not much information to none at all is given about it. Finding reliable information about CBD is not easy. Well, look no further because here are among the benefits of CBD hemp e-juice you will get.

What is CBD?

CBD is a short name for cannabidiol. It is one of the many compounds in cannabis and industrial hemp found from the cannabis plant. You’re probably familiar with its common names such as weed, ganja, or herb. CBD extracted from industrial hemp is non-psychoactive and has been found to promote many benefits. It does not contain THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) that gets you stoned. THC is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It is the most well-known compound in the cannabis plant, while the CBD is the second most abundant chemical. Other cannabinoids include cannabinol, cannabigerol, and cannibichromene.

What are the Benefits of CBD?

There are not very many human studies done on CBD since we are still in the early days of medical marijuana science. Consumers are taking advantage of the information from preliminary studies, animal testing, and surveys. They consider this information to supplement their day to day lives. However, it is best to always consult your doctor before you start any new dietary supplement program.

1.     Reduce Anxiety and Depression

CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression that affect human beings in many aspects of our life like social life, productivity, and health. CBD is a constituent non-psychotomimetic of Cannabis sativa with great psychiatric potential like an anti-depressant-like and anxiolytic-like compound. A study looked at the effects on social anxiety and general anxiety disorder. Compared to the placebo group, CBD treatment was effective at reducing anxiety around a simulated public speaking task.

2.     Relieves Pain

Another reason you may consider when using CBD for medical purposes is for the management of pain. THC is useful for pain when combined with CBD; but it seems that THC does a big role for the effects. However, some other evidence pointed out that CBD does a great deal for neuropathic (nerve) pain and other pain related to inflammation. Unfortunately, it won’t replace your pain medication unless you have specific types of pain. You must confer with your doctor about your options and the role CBD could play in your treatment. If you live in a place where cannabis is legal for medical or treatment purposes, you use a combination of THC and CBD to treat pain with medical advice from your doctor.

Conclusion

Many other conditions people claim were helped by CBD. Some evidence indicated that CBD could be an effective treatment for general psychoses and schizophrenia. CBD also could have positive effects on diabetes, the heart and blood vessels, and even cancer. The medical benefits of CBD could have a valuable approach and has become an increasing focus for studies and trials. These areas of ongoing research don’t tell us enough to determine whether or not a treatment would be effective or even wise in real humans. It is best to consult first your attending physician before further treatments.

How To Start Vaping CBD Hemp E-Juice

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Vaping is a better alternative to smoking. There are still unavoidable negative properties of smoke even if you smoke something that is good for you. To those who are not aware, e-liquid is called vape oil or vape juice. It is widely available with nicotine-free oils. Vaping works when you put an e-liquid into an electronic cigarette (e-cig), also known as vape pen, vaporizer, e-pen, or personal vaporizer.

Reasons for Vaping

Vaping is among the fastest ways to get cannabidiol (CBD) into the blood stream. The CBD does not have to travel through the digestive system. Vaping can also be among the most efficient ways of taking CBD. It is faster than other methods when you vaporize CBD e-liquid or use a high-CBD concentrate. You can just relax and enjoy vaping. There are still a few things you need to look out for when you shop for CBD vape oil.

Oil Potency

To know the potency of the oil, you should look at how much CBD there is per milliliters of vape oil. If you find a pre-filled 1mL tank with 250mg CBD and a 15mL bottle with 500mg CBD, you should choose the 1mL/250mg CBD option because it is more potent compared to the latter. This is because even if the 500mg option has a higher number, it actually equals out to about 33mg CBD per 1mL.

Full-Spectrum vs Isolated CBD

Some vapes are made with hemp oil that contains various nutrients, terpenes, cannabinoids, etc. This oil is robust and powerful. It provides better benefits to your body than the full-spectrum hemp oil. The hemp e-liquid is made from an isolated form of CBD. This means that the CBD compound is separated from the rest of the oil. You can usually get a very potent oil. If you are still new to vaping, you can experiment on it to see what works better for your body.

E-Cigarette

An e-cig looks similar to a cigar, especially its size. The vapor from e-cig provides the physical motion and senses of smoking. You can save time and hassle using e-cig because it is pre-filled with e-liquid. You just simply inhale through the mouthpiece for a couple seconds, then keep the vapor, and blow it out. It depends on you on the exact amount of time for each puff. Just be careful and take it easy to not burn the oil.

Vape Pen

A vape pen is another word of the e-cig. However, there are many different types of vape pens available on the market. Some are lightweight, while others are heavy and more complex but capable of enormous huge vapor clouds. With CBD hemp e-juice, a lightweight vape pen is preferred to use a low voltage. You will not also burn the oil. If you don’t want any hassle in filling tanks, you can go straight in a vape kit since all its necessary parts are compatible for your CBD hemp e-juice.

Conclusion

If you are not confident in the vaping company, do not hesitate to ask for a certificate of analysis (COA). This certificate is a lab result from a cannabis testing facility and shows the CBD content in the product. Don’t feel weird asking for any clarification. It is best you are armed with the basic knowledge about vaping and the options available out there.

What is CBD Hemp E-Juice?

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Many people are not aware what is cannabidiol (CBD) hemp e-juice, and a lot of people are already using it in many health and medical conditions. However, some are still questioning about it. So, as you read through this entire article, your questions about the CBD hemp e-juice will be answered. This is also in hopes that this article will help others who are looking for the same information.

Definition

CBD e-liquid is commonly known as CBD vape juice and cannabis e-juice. Like a normal e-liquid you buy either online or on vape shops, CBD e-liquid is used in an electronic cigarette or e-cig. The only difference is that it is a marijuana-infused product (MIP), instead of a nicotine product. However, both e-liquids are used as the fluid for e-cigs or vaporizers (vapes).

Properties

When you consume CBD e-liquid, you will not get high, unlike nicotine-based e-liquids. CBD e-liquid only delivers the healing properties of the marijuana. It is considered suitable and beneficial when you consume it. The active ingredient in CBD e-liquid is cannabidinol. This is used mostly for medicinal purposes. It has been used medically long before vaping became well-known.

Effectivity

E-liquids should be homogeneous in nature for effective use. The product should be well mixed and uniform and not separate into different layers. However, separation of CBD e-juice into layers is becoming a major issue in liquid vaporizers nowadays. We all know that CBD does not mix well with the most e-liquid base options. Once this separation happens, uneven dosages are added to the vape pen. Then, it would be too hard to gain control on how much CBD the user has consumed each time.

Liquid Options

There are many liquid options for consuming CBD. These two different products include CBD vape oil and CBD hemp oil. Both products are made from CBD that is derived from hemp.

1.     CBD Vape Oil

CBD vape oil is not a true oil; that is why it is intended to be smoked. Nowadays, it is referred to as CBD e-liquid or CBD vape juice that is designed to be used in e-cigars. The CBD vape oil made from hemp does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The CBD for vape oil from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3% THC are totally legal crops in the United States.

2.     CBD Hemp Oil

Meanwhile, the CBD hemp oil is not intended to be vaporized. It is made from the male marijuana plant and contains trace amounts of THC. However, it does not cause a psychoactive effect to let a person feel high. It is not intended for e-liquids. It is first made for oral tinctures.

Conclusion

Just like how regular e-liquids in different nicotine levels, CBD e-liquids are available in varying strength levels. This means that the effects are stronger as the milligrams of CBD rises. However, it varies from person to person and from ailment to ailment. For regular e-liquids, effects come out if you decrease the nicotine intake over time. For the CBD vape oils, you work your way up in strength levels to see the effects.

BEYOND CANNABINOIDS: FACTS ABOUT THE FLAVONOIDS

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The cannabis plant contains over 200 compounds. We’ve already written about some of the 80 cannabinoids found in cannabis and discussed the function of terpenes, but we have yet to speak about flavonoids. They account for around 20 compounds from the 200, so it’s worth learning a thing or two.

The word flavonoid comes from the latin word “flavus”, which means yellow. It goes hand in hand with their function in plants – they’re important plant pigments, producing yellow and red/blue colour in petals to attract pollinator animals like bees.

In cannabis, the flavonoids are called cannaflavins and their main function is to provide the unique smell, taste, vibrant colour and overall sensory experience of each cannabis strain. The distribution of cannaflavins depends mainly on genetics and growing conditions. It is now possible to extract them allowing for a more concentrated sample with stronger tastes and smells, that could be used to supplement your normal cannabis consumption. They do not add to the “high” as they are not psychoactive, but they have a relaxing effect similar to CBD.

Flavonoids play an important role in cultivation too. Various flavonoids are expressed during cannabis growth and operate in areas like UV filtering and prevention from pest and fungi.

flavonoidsGenerally, flavonoids are members of the largest nutrient family scientists know. There are around 6,000 flavonoids identified so far. They’re present in many foods that we consume every day, like citrus fruits, blueberries, cacao and herbs. For example “catechins” found in green tea and cacao, and “quercetin” present in fruit, vegetables and cannabis are known for producing antioxidants. It is important that the plant is grown properly to allow for the full range of flavonoids it can offer.

Cannaflavins are currently being researched and there is still a lot to learn. Scientists are discovering how the presence of common cannabis flavonoids like β-sitosterol, vitexin, isovitexin, apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin, luteolin, and orientin work in relation to cannabinoids and terpenes under the overall entourage effect.

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TOP 6 METHODS TO INGEST CANNABIS

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The cannabis industry is saturated with different products that allow the user to ingest cannabis in different ways. However, not everyone is aware that the way you ingest cannabis will influence its effect on the body.

We explained the function of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in this article already. To summarize – the effect of cannabis is always influenced by the receptors to which it binds to, and this is further influenced by the method of ingestion.

Smoking

cannabis ingestionWhen you smoke cannabis, you are heating it at a high temperature, which in turn, changes the chemical structure. When smoking, you make cannabis psychoactive, because the THCa in raw cannabis is changed to the psychoactive THC form. The process is called decarboxylation and affects all the acids, not just THCa.

However, smoking isn’t the healthiest way to consume cannabis, because the mouth tissues and lung cells are exposed to the smoke which can cause damage. If you need to consume a high dosage of cannabis regularly, there are many healthier alternatives to explore.

Vaporization

cannabisIf you like the immediate relaxation effect after smoking, but want to avoid the risk associated with combustion, vaporization is a good way to go for you! When you vaporize the herb, it is heated to a point in which it doesn’t burn, so carbon monoxide and toxic hydrocarbon intake is reduced. Vaporizing is also much more efficient than combustion, the smoke you inhale from vaporizer consists of approximately 95% cannabinoids, compared to 15 %  when you smoke.

You also have more options with vaporizing as well. For example, there are many e-liquids infused with cannabinoids that you can choose from at different concentrations. Vaporizing delivers the compounds straight to the bloodstream and brain for a quick effect, in the same way smoking does; so in reality, you aren’t missing out on much by switching to vaporization from combustion!

HEMP OIL VS CBD OIL: THE NEED FOR CLARITY

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Confusion about the difference between hemp and cannabis oil has spiked recently due to the increase of cannabis-based products available on the market. Variety is a great thing considering every individual requires different concentrations and delivery methods. If you are new to cannabis vape oils or products, it can be difficult to know what is what.

In this article, we break down the differences between hemp oil (also known as hemp seed oil), cannabis oil and CBD vape oil.

Hemp and Cannabis: Whats the difference?

When trying to wrap your head around the differences between hemp and marijuana, it is essential, to begin with one simple fact. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant.

A Practical and Natural Taxonomy for Cannabis” published in 1976 explains:

“Both hemp varieties and marijuana varieties are of the same genus, Cannabis, and the same species, Cannabis sativa. Further, there are countless varieties that fall into further classifications within the species Cannabis Sativa.”

Their main difference, primarily in regards to oils, is in the number of cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) that they contain.

There are close to four hundred natural compounds in both marijuana and hemp. Understanding the two most prevalent, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), is the key to understanding the difference between hemp oil and cannabis oil. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for giving a high or ‘stoned’ feeling. CBD, on the other hand, is not psychotropic. Recently it has attracted a lot of attention from researchers, experts, and entrepreneurs.

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Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is an extract from the seeds of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is the only plant used in crafting this type of hemp oil. Hemp seeds are cold pressed, peeled or unpeeled, to create a delicious nutty oil.

There are no cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, present in hemp oil as the seeds are not psychoactive. Hemp oil is legal in most countries and found in food markets, together with more common types of oil, such as olive or coconut.

Hemp seed oil is known for its nutty taste and high levels of unsaturated fats, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. It is used in many different applications from lotions to soaps, as a base for plastics instead of petroleum, and in eco-friendly paints.

Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil is produced by extracting the resin of the female cannabis plant using a solvent. After the resin is dissolved in the solvent, it is evaporated leaving a concentrated extract behind. What is left is an extract with THC and/or CBD, that can be blended with hemp seed oil, olive or other types of carrier oils to facilitate ingestion. Cannabis vape oils contain varying levels of THC and can knock out even the most experienced of smokers.

CBD Oil

CBD-Rich Oil is a type of oil that contains CBD but does not contain THC.

CBD-Rich oil is extracted from cannabis flowers, mainly from CBD rich hemp strains. This extract can then be mixed with hemp seed oil, olive oil or other types of carrier oils to facilitate ingestion. CBD-Rich oil products are non-psychoactive and cannot be vaped, most often it is either added to food and drink or easily dropped under the tongue.

Cannabis Extracts: The Complete Guide

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History of cannabis extracts

Extraction of cannabis is a simple process, which people have used for centuries. There are many records of people using cannabis extracts as tea, hash or tinctures in ancient times. The first mention of hash dates back to the year 900 in Arabia, where people used to eat it rather than smoke it.

At the beginning of the second millennium, hash was spread all over the Middle East. It is likely that Napoleon and his troops brought hash to Europe from Egypt around the 1800s. A French doctor, Louis Albert-Roche, recommended the use of hashish in the 1840s. Later in Paris, the “Club des Hashischins” was established, where famous writers like Balzac, Baudelaire and Hugo enjoyed the exotic hashish which may have inspired some of their great masterpieces. People used cannabis tinctures up until 1942 in the USA and up until 1970 in the UK.

Nowadays, the science behind cannabis extraction has matured significantly, with more technologically demanding methods being used. The reason people carry out extractions is simple, and remains the same after centuries of practice – the final product is much more potent than the fresh herb, and there are more of the desired compounds present. Therefore it is easier to know the dosage. For example, fresh herb usually contains up to 30 % of THC and 24 % CBD, compared to concentrates which can be up to 99 % pure.

Cannabis Extracts Tinture

Cannabis Tinture

Plant material

According to the method of extraction, you have to select the appropriate parts of the cannabis plant to use. You can make an extract from all parts of the plant using solvents except for live resin extract which will be discussed later. Ultimately, to make high-quality concentrates you should always use dried and properly cured cannabis. cannabis extracts plant

Plant type

The plant type you use depends on your goal. If you want to have high-CBD extracts with no THC, you have to use hemp or CBD-rich cannabis strains with low THC content. It is very important to use only organically grown cannabis for extraction to avoid pesticides, chemical fertiliser or any other chemicals, that could be present in dense quantities within the final product. If you don’t grow the plant or make cannabis extracts yourself, be very careful about the growing and extraction method the producer used. The goal of extraction is to reduce the cannabis plant in rich extract full of the active compounds, not to have an extract full of chemicals, which could be potentially harmful.

During extraction, the resin is removed from the plant matter. People make the extraction to get as many cannabinoidsterpenes, and flavonoids as possible. They provide the final effect, taste, and smell of the concentrate. On the other hand, we don’t want to extract waxes, fatty acids, and chlorophyll since they are dangerous for consumption or make the extracts taste bad. There are many methods to make extracts which can be confusing for the consumer. Cannabis extracts are becoming more and more popular in the industry, so it’s important to know what exactly you are getting.

Extraction methods

There are two main groups of cannabis extracts. Solventless extracts, which are produced with no foreign substances, except water (which technically is a solvent), however, these extracts are not considered as “solvent-based”.  The most frequently used solvents are alcohol, butane, and propane. CO2 is not a solvent, even though methods using CO2 are considered solvent based too.

Solventless cannabis extracts

As the name says it itself, when you produce solventless cannabis extract you don’t use any chemical solvent. All you need is water, heat, pressure and a sieve.

solventless cannabis extracts

Hash

Hash is one of the oldest cannabis extracts known to humans. You can make hash using several different techniques. The most common process to make solventless hash is to use ice water to separate the trichomes from the plant matter since the trichomes contain most of the essential oils. When separated, they stick together and after they dry, they are pressed and the hash is ready!

Another method of making hash is the dry sift method. People prepare it using frozen buds, which are further broken down into small parts on the screen. Using this process, the trichomes are separated from the plant, falling through the sieve and are pressed into a hash-like consistency. The most potent hash is made using solvents, which we’ll talk about a bit later.

Cannabis extracts HashKief

Kief refers to the tiny, sticky, white crystals covering the cannabis flower, otherwise known as the resin glands/trichomes. They contain the largest amount of the active terpenes and cannabinoids. The purpose of trichomes is actually to deter predators in the wild. Extraction of kief is a very simple process; A three chamber grinder does all the work by separating the kief from the plant into the bottom chamber.Cannabis extracts kief

Rosin

Rosin has become very popular recently. It looks almost like a shatter, which you need to make using solvents (see below), but rosin is easier to produce since all you need is heat and pressure. Together they make the juice run out of the bud, hash and/or kief. The extract is juicy and translucent. If made properly, it keeps all the aromatic terpenes, and the potency can rise up to 70 % of THC.Cannabis extracts rosin

Solvent-based cannabis extracts

With the rising demand for cannabis products, technologies used for extracts are becoming more and more sophisticated. Legalisation has opened the door to many innovative ideas and methods to make different concentrates, and producers are always finding new solvents to get the very best from cannabis. However, it starts to become a little riskier to make and use extracts when one doesn’t have the necessary information. Firstly, the chemicals can explode. Secondly, the residual solvent can appear in the final cannabis extract, which is not desirable and can be dangerous to consume. So in case you buy these extracts, you should ask for certificates of quality.
solventbased cannabis extracts


Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

The title speaks for itself, BHO is made using butane. Different hydrocarbons (propane, butane, hexane, etc.) have been used since the 1970s for food extractions (e.g. canola and corn oil). The final product can have a different consistency which is responsible for the name of the extract for example; wax, shatter, honeycomb, oil, nectar, etc.

The solvent is run through the plant matter, which makes the desirable oils come out of the plant. To remove the residual solvent, the solution is heated (butane evaporates in low temperatures) in a vacuum. Then we are sure that there is no solvent left and the cannabis extract is very potent! Thanks to using hydrocarbons, we can have up to 90% of the cannabinoids in the extracts.

BHO Cannabis Extracts

BHO Cannabis Extracts

Honeycomb Cannabis Extracts

Honeycomb Cannabis Extracts

Shatter Cannabis Extracts

Shatter Cannabis Extracts

Wax Cannabis Extracts

Wax Cannabis Extracts

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

RSO is also known as Phoenix Tears. Rick Simpson came up with the production method himself. To make the extract using this method, you need to soak the whole plant in pure naphtha or isopropyl alcohol, which draws out the cannabinoids. After the solvent evaporates, the final extract is like a tar. People usually administer RSO orally or apply it to the skin.

WHAT EXACTLY IS CBD & ENDOCANNABINOID DYSFUNCTION?

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The cannabis plant secretes hundreds of chemical compounds, among these are cannabinoids. There are 85 cannabinoids that have been discovered so far, and two of them are produced in greater quantity: THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).

What Is CBD ?

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids found in cannabis. It can be found more specifically in the trichomes, the resin glands of the female cannabis plant.

CBD concentrations tend to vary among different plants; cannabis grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD. However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis growers have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero THC levels (the psychoactive component of cannabis). Also, industrial hemp legally grown in most of Europe contains naturally from 1 to 5% CBD.

How CBD Works?

The difference in effect between CBD and THC is due to the different cannabinoid receptors they bind with.

THC activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors, while CBD does not directly stimulate them. Instead, CBD indirectly stimulates endogenous cannabinoid signaling, by suppressing the enzyme “fatty acid amide hydroxylase” (FAAH), the enzyme that breaks down anandamide the endogenous analogue of THC.

Less FAAH means more anandamide remains present in the body for a longer duration which results in a greater CB1 activation. So overall, CBD enhances endocannabinoid action by suppressing FAAH.

These receptors, CB1 and CB2, are part of a larger network called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) with receptors that spread throughout the brain and body.The CB1 receptor is expressed mainly in the brain (central nervous system or “CNS”), but also in the lungs, liver and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the body, immune system and in hematopoietic cells.

Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia. CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.

Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, users may be better off exploring cannabis with higher levels of CBD.

When the user ingests CBD, the CB1 and CB2 receptors are stimulated to produce its own cannabinoids which enhance the overall effect on the body. So, when we take in CBD, terpenes or any other compound that can bind to the receptors within our ECS, we are supplementing a naturally occurring system.

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What Is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency?

The endocannabinoid system is present in all humans and many animals as well. This system consists of a series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids.

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) was coined by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004, to characterise symptoms found when there is not enough endocannabinoid system signaling. They found that the ECS regulates all sorts of bodily processes, including mood, metabolism, pain, reproduction, and immune functions. Furthermore cannabinoid receptors and the biochemical machinery necessary to synthesise and generate cannabinoids are present in areas of the brain known to control emotional behaviour.

Why isn’t the ESC more well-known?

Recent research has begun to highlight the potential role of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in many situations. Unfortunately, research on the endocannabinoid system is sorely lacking despite the fact that cannabinoid receptors are found in abundance on all types of cells in different parts of the body.

Endocannabinoid Dysfunction

“There are more cannabinoid receptors in the brain than there are for all of the neurotransmitters put together” Russo declared.

The fact that we can find these receptors in such high concentrations and in crucial areas of the body like the brain, should mean that the ECS plays an integral part in our well-being.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE INVESTING IN CANNABIS

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With every niche on the market, the new opportunity to invest comes up. We consider cannabis industry as a novelty and a huge opportunity, which is hard to ignore for any investor.

There are two main possible ways to go, when desiring to invest in the industry. Either you can invest in producers, processors and retailers, who are directly connected with the plant or into the ancillary businesses as software engineers or consultants. The way you go depends on your risk awareness. The professionals connected directly are obviously riskier choice. However, with such a positive expectation of growth in the US, it seems like the investments will be in the right hands.

Changes can also be seen in Europe. Cannabis is decriminalized or legal in more than 10 countries already. It brings an opportunity to invest in European growers of legal marijuana, producers of legal hemp products or of course the auxiliaries as well.

The most important rules to invest in cannabis are following:

1. Know the industry
The fact, that you might be smoking cannabis, doesn’t make you any more informed about the industry itself. As any other investor, you need to keep up with the news and know what is going on.

2. Do your research
You should know which branch of the industry you are most interested in and how is the company performs on the market.

3. Know your risk tolerance
As mentioned before, only you know how risk-aware you are. Maybe you don’t feel like investing in the grower or producer for the first time, and rather go for consultant or marketing specialist in the cannabis industry. Based on that, you’ll find the right company to invest in.

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