With more than 20 states still debating on whether or not they should legalize marijuana for medical use, another 28 states only now trying to implement frameworks that will allow residents to apply for medical marijuana and only 8 states allowing marijuana for recreational use, CBD oil has become the latest trend and has slowly dominated the market.
Did you know, Forbes estimated that the CBD market is expected to generate $2.1B by 2020, with hemp-derived CBD to account for more than $450 million?
Over the last couple of years, CBD oil has penetrated the market with dozens, if not hundreds of companies selling various forms of extracts, tinctures, liquids, and oils online and offline. Dispensaries have cleared shelves, making room for CBD oils as they sell like hot cakes.
While CBD oil might seem like the miracle cure for many and placebo for some, lack of regulation is allowing CBD companies to cut corners, giving them the possibility to produce low-quality CBD oil that isn’t often third party lab tested and has been poorly manufactured. Steps, unfortunately, “needed” to increase profit margins and keep prices low. Worse, some of these products sometimes contain unrecognized chemicals or ingredients than those listed on their labels, which are at times harmful.
It’s important that consumers educate themselves about CBD oil and its different forms. In this article, we are going to try to explain the difference between the various oils available on the market, what to look out for when purchasing CBD oil and how CBD oil is best used, especially when vaping.
The Difference Between CBD Oil and CBD Hemp Oil
While CBD oil may seem like a straight forward topic, there is a lot of confusion on the subject, as the term CBD oil is often used as an umbrella term to describe many different oils available on the market. The truth is; there are hundreds of different oils on the market, and each oil is different from another. Some are CBD oils, some are hemp CBD, and some simply claim to be CBD oil when they are actually CBD hemp oil.
While CBD oil and CBD hemp oil are both individually good and can help treat a number of different medical conditions, they are extremely different. Standard pure CBD oil is made from the cannabis Sativa plant. CBD oil is normally extracted from the flowers, stalks, and leaves of the plant and contains high levels of CBD (2%-99%). Different strains are used to extract the oil including Charlotte’s Web, AC/DC and Harlequin. It’s important to note that CBD oil is only permitted in states that have adopted a medical or recreational legal approach towards cannabis. If you are thinking of using CBD oil, then it’s important to understand your state’s laws as some states specify that CBD oil can only be used to treat specific medical conditions such as epilepsy.
Medical card holders can legally access CBD products with different CBD/THC ratios, while those that live in restricted states can only obtain CBD hemp oil.
CBD hemp oil is typically extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant using a cold-press process, and most CBD hemp oils you see sold are extracted from industrial hemp, which is specifically bred for its stalk and seed. Industrial hemp, also known as the C. Sativa species of the cannabis plant, produces significantly low amounts of the cannabinoid Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), yet still has a fair amount of the cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD), if extracted correctly. While many claim that CBD Hemp oil is less effective than CBD oil that is far from the truth. Numerous studies have proven CBD hemp oil to be a good source of vitamins and minerals to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These vitamins include;
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3 & B6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
From a legal perspective, CBD that is derived from hemp is completely legal to import and purchase in all 50 U.S. states, without a prescription. The reason for this is because cannabidiol itself isn’t listed in the Controlled Substances Act like THC and marijuana.
Where is Hemp Grown and Why is it Imported?
In 2014, the Farm Bill Act legalized hemp farming in the U.S but “conveniently” granted only a few states with licenses for commercially cultivating hemp. The fast demand for hemp derived products forced producers to seek alternative solutions and import from countries such as China and eastern Europe. This solved the lack of supply but also opened a gateway of problems including transparency and quality control over the imported goods. This means that a patient has to be extremely cautious when purchasing CBD oil and it is advised to purchase oil from a reputable source.
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What’s the Difference Between CBD Vape Oil and CBD e-Liquids?
Now that you understand the difference between CBD oil and CBD hemp oil, let’s explain the difference between CBD vape oil and CBD e-liquids. Once upon a time, it was simple. You would buy an extract, place a few drops under your tongue and you were done. Nowadays there are so many different ways to consume CBD that it’s often hard not to get confused.
CBD vape oil, sometimes called CBD e-liquid or vape juice is often the general term used to describe a CBD oil that was specifically developed to be vaped.
E-liquids, aka vape juice or CBD e-juice, is the name given to pre-filled cannabis CBD oil cartridges and unlike pure CBD oil that you find in a bottle, they have to be made with Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycol. These cartridges are created typically using a CO2 extraction method and can be replaced over and over again with CBD infused liquid.
Both, CBD vape oil and CBD e-liquid are normally extracted from hemp, simply due to the fact that most of the U.S does not allow the use of medical cannabis for all conditions, and therefore the demand for CBD hemp is higher. In recreational states, you will find CBD vape oil produced from the cannabis plant. You may even be able to purchase pure CBD oil, which means there are no other cannabinoids in the mix. This is often made with a full-spectrum extract.
Once extracted these oils are usually mixed with different additives and isolates to make tinctures. Those who prefer the spliff style of smoking may add nicotine juice, but companies that sell CBD oil tend to mix vegetable glycerine (VG), which allows vapes to separate the oily CBD goodness from the oil, during the smoking process. This allows the smoker to maximize his/her experience from the CBD substance. It’s important that the CBD e-liquid or oil is homogeneous, as a 100% mix will allow maximum utilization of the oil.
Another substance that is sometimes added to vape oil is called Propylene Glycol (PG). This substance thins the oil allowing the mixture to easily wick. Unlike Vegetable Glycerin, PG tends to have side-effects and may cause allergic reactions, irritations, and inflammation and therefore producers nowadays normally use PG.
What to Look Out For When Purchasing CBD Oil
1) The CBD Oil Milligram Catch
One of the main things to watch out for when purchasing CBD oil is the milligram catch. When written on the bottle 350mg it doesn’t mean that you are getting 350mg of CBD it means that you are getting 350mg of CBD Oil. There is a big difference. As we explained above CBD oil is a mixture of different ingredients. One of them is pure CBD. When purchasing CBD oil or CBD hemp oil, it is always important to understand the level of real CBD within the bottle. You will find that in written in percentage on the bottle.
We can all say that we have the best product on the market, but third party proof can’t lie. As we mentioned, the CBD oil market isn’t a monitored and regulated one and therefore it is often hard to determine the good oils from the bad. Established brands understand this and therefore use third party testing labs to review their products. If you are considering purchasing CBD oil from a brand, then always make sure that they use a third party lab to test their products and that they have no problem sharing the lab results with their customers.
3) Overselling with Popups
One of the major things that make us question a CBD oil brand is their marketing efforts. You can tell a lot about a company by the way they market. We don’t tolerate pop-ups or different promotions that try to get you to leave your details. The minute you enter your email and number, you are constantly spammed with promotions telling you to buy different CBD bottles or liquids that you don’t really need. An established and trustworthy company shouldn’t have to oversell its products. You should be able to shop around, view their products and make an educated decision, without them harassing you.
4) Free Samples But Take Your Credit Card
Free samples sound amazing, but sometimes they’re a trap to overcharge your credit card. Time and time again we receive stories of patients telling us that they received a free sample from XYZ only to be charged at a later date for the whole bottle, without their permission. Some CBD oil companies tell you that you are going to receive a FREE sample but ask you to pay for shipping. If you are receiving a sample from a reputable company, one that is trustworthy, then giving over your credit card details shouldn’t be a problem, but if you have never heard of the company, you should think twice. If a company is willing to give you a free bottle of CBD oil then they can definitely pay a few bucks for the shipping.
5) The CBD Oil Extraction Process
The extraction process will determine the quality and purity of the CBD oil. There are many different extraction processes but the most common one is called CO2.
CO2 extraction is a sophisticated method that uses pressurized CO2 to extract the goodness from the plant. At specific pressures and temperatures the CO2 acts like a solvent without really being one. The CO2 extraction method divides into a few sub-categories, and they include; Supercritical CO2 extractions, sub critical CO2 extractions and mid-critical.
Supercritical is a procedure that harms most terpenes but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids, chlorophyll, and waxes. Subcritical CO2 extractions take longer and produce smaller sized yields than super-critical. They retain the important oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. A perfect full-spectrum CO2 extract combines a sub critical extraction and supercritical extraction to create two oils and after that homogenize both oils into one. This is also known as a CO2 Total
How to Use CBD?
CBD can be consumed in many different forms. The most popular form is CBD oil drops, also known as tinctures. These tinctures also sometimes come in different flavors. A patient simply needs to place a few drops under his/her tongue to consume the oil. Dosage can range from 100mg-1000mg and is normally written on the label of the bottle. It is important that you do your own research on what dosage you need.
Another way to consume CBD is to use a vape. If you decide to use a vape, it is important to ask the CBD oil company if its products are suitable for vaping. Not all oils are alike and not all CBD products are good for vaping. Some are better for standard oral consumption, and some are good for both. If you recall, we mentioned that CBD Vape Oil should be mixed with vegetable glycerine (VG) so that the vape pen or e-cigarette can extract the CBD goodness from the mixture. Vape pens will heat the cannabis oil at a low temperature which creates a smooth vapor stream, rather than a harsh smoke. Pure CBD Oil won’t necessarily be good for vaping.
Apart from drops and vaping you can also consume CBD by chewing CBD gummies. Gummies tend to contain 10mg of cannabidiol per piece and are extremely easy to consume. There are a few different companies on the market including GreenRoads that sell CBD Hemp gummies. They are made without preservatives or artificial flavors and have even been shown to fight dental cavities and plaque.
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Where to Start with CBD?
Whether you decide to take CBD in the form of oil, edibles, vape it, use e-liquids or even chew it, you’ll find that CBD is helping millions worldwide and can probably help you. Below you will find a list of CBD oil providers ranked by quality, purity, and transparency. Some are good for vaping while others are excellent to take in the form of drops. It’s important to do your own research before purchasing any oil and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us through our Facebook page.
We hope you found this article to be informative and useful. Stay healthy.
- Full-spectrum Hemp extract
- No pesticides, solvents or chemical fertilizers
- 3rd party laboratory tested
- Price Range ($48.00 – $139.00)
- Maximum potency and purity
- Compounded by a licensed pharmacist
- Highly concentrated extraction process
- Price Range ($26-$169)
- Over 5 Years Experience
- 3rd party laboratory tested
- Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
- Price Range ($62.00 – $204.00)
- Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
- Available in Cinnamint & Natural
- Full-spectrum extract
- Price Range ($39 - $249)