Monthly Archives: September 2022

  1. What Are CBD Topicals and Why You Should Use Them

    What Are CBD Topicals and Why You Should Use Them

    When one talks about using cannabidiol or CBD topicals, the usual ones that come to mind are those in the form of gummies, capsules, or tinctures. But in recent years, CBD topicals are becoming increasingly popular, not only because of their variety of uses but also because THC products are widely prohibited. Many people are now exploring the benefits of CBD topical products, especially for localized relief.

    But while it's true that CBD topicals are becoming more common in products such as creams, lotions, and gels, there are still lots of misconceptions about them. Not all are still in the know about how exactly topical CBD products enter your body and whether the benefits are the same as the ingestible variety.

    Before getting on the subject of topicals themselves, it's better to have a clearer understanding of CBD first.

    What Is CBD?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more than 100 compounds naturally found in the cannabis Sativa plant. These compounds are also known as cannabinoids. CBD is quite a common and popular cannabinoid used in the market. Cannabinoids are molecules that interact with the body's cannabinoid receptors. 

    The natural cannabinoids that our body makes are called endocannabinoids, which have special receptors that form the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is responsible for maintaining and balancing the body's homeostasis state. 

    Growers and manufacturers extract cannabinoids such as CBD from hemp plants that are specially cultivated to produce lower levels of THC, a psychoactive substance found in cannabis. Companies rely on this industrial hemp to produce CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the legal limit.

    The CBD extracted from hemp is used to make a wide variety of products, which include edibles such as gummies, oil tinctures, and CBD topicals. Since these products contain lower levels of THC, they don't produce the "high" sensations usually associated

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  2. What Is the Difference Between CBD and CBG?

    What Is the Difference Between CBD and CBG?

    When it comes to popular cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, CBD and THC are the ones that always come to mind since they are considered major cannabinoids. CBD is popular for its calming effect on the mind and body, while THC is known for the psychoactive "high" that it brings. But other lesser-known cannabinoids are gaining more interest, such as CBG. Hence, it is critical to know the difference between CBD and CBG.

    Research has shown that CBD and CBG share similar characteristics - these two cannabinoids have no psychoactive effects and provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.

    But there are specific differences too, which are something to consider when choosing which cannabinoid to use.

    What Is CBD?

    Cannabidiol, or CBD, is naturally found in high amounts in cannabis and hemp plants. Through the years, the therapeutic properties of CBD have been discovered, particularly its ability to provide relief for symptoms of pain, anxiety, and nausea.

    The sedative qualities of CBD are noted as well. It was also discovered that CBD could be used as a treatment for severe cases of childhood epilepsy.

    This compound can interact with CB1 and CBC cannabinoid receptors of the body's endocannabinoid system, influencing pain, inflammation, and even sensitivity to heat. 

    Because of this, CBD has become the cannabinoid of choice for many, especially given its non-psychoactive properties. This is its main difference from THC, which can make one anxious, paranoid, or get impaired cognitive function along with the benefits.

    What Is CBG?

    Cannabigerol, or CBG, is one of the minor cannabinoids found in cannabis plants and hemp plants. Cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, is produced by young hemp plants. CBGA breaks down into cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) as the plant matures. These two compounds turn into CBD and THC, while the remaining CBGA

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  3. What is CBG: What You Need to Know About the "Mother of All Cannabinoids"

    What is CBG: What You Need to Know About the "Mother of All Cannabinoids"

    CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) products are undeniably the most popular cannabis products on the market. But now that science is gaining access to the other cannabinoids found in the plants. We are getting to know more about CBG, or cannabigerol, one of the minor ones.

    With dispensaries introducing CBG products to customers, it would be great to get to know more about this minor cannabinoid. It has been around for years, and humans have been enjoying its benefits for a very long time already. It is referred to as the "mother of all cannabinoids, and here you'll know why.

    What Is CBG?

    CBG is a cannabinoid extracted from the cannabis plant. What makes it the mother of them all is it being a product of the precursor to CBG, which is an "early phase" cannabinoid called CBGA. This stage is where all the cannabinoids start. 

    As the plants develop and absorb more UV light, the CBGA breaks down and transforms into CBDA and THCA, which are the acidic precursors to THC and CBD, the most popular cannabinoids now. Only a very small amount of the cannabinoids will become CBG. 

    This is why CBG is derived from young cannabis plants, which contain higher amounts of CBG than fully grown plants. When the plant develops, most of the CBG will be converted to CBD and THC, thus leaving only small amounts of CBG. 

    Because it's difficult to acquire CBG, growers use genetic manipulation and crossbreeding to make cannabis plants produce more CBG. Also, certain strains of cannabis plants have higher amounts of CBG compared to other strains. These strains are cultivated specifically to produce more CBG.

    How Does CBG Work in the Body?

    Our body has an endocannabinoid system where you can find molecules and receptors that help keep our bodies in an optimal state, no matter what's happening in the external environment. The endocannabinoid system processes the CBG. The compound imitates endocannabinoids,

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  4. Delta 8 Concentrates: What You Need to Know

    Delta 8 Concentrates: What You Need to Know

    Delta 8 THC products seem to be everywhere these days - shops sell them in different forms, from cartridges to edibles. Many of these products use Delta 8 concentrates, a type of THC extract. And because Delta 8 is considered federally legal, more and more users are trying them out or switching to these Delta 8 products.

    Naturally, there are many questions about Delta 8 concentrates - what it is, how it's made, its effects on the body, how to use it, and the products that contain them. Getting the truth about Delta 8 concentrates is necessary to determine if the products are something you want to use.

    What Is Delta 8 THC?

    Before you learn more about the concentrates, you must first understand the source. Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, or Delta 8 THC, is a minor cannabinoid found naturally in cannabis and hemp plants. 

    Using it causes a psychoactive high similar to Delta 9 THC, the traditional marijuana's counterpart active cannabinoid. Delta 8, however, has a milder and more controllable high - which is why it is federally legal, while Delta 9 is not. In the U.S., it is legal to buy and consume Delta 8 as a hemp derivative.

    The "problem" with Delta 8 THC is that even if it's a naturally-derived cannabinoid, it comes in small quantities. Its scarcity in hemp is why manufacturers have to synthesize larger volumes of Delta 8 using processes such as isomerization. It involves taking more abundant cannabinoids such as hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, which is necessary to produce more Delta 8.

    This process makes it possible to create a wide variety of Delta 8 products that are abundant in the market right now. You can now find disposable vape pens, cartridges, pre-rolls, and edibles.

    What Are Concentrates?

    Think of how orange juice is made by distilling actual orange fruits. The source fiber is drawn out to get the desired part of the fruit. The same concept applies to cannabis. Removing the actual

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