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An In-Depth Look at Delta-8 THC Vapes

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An In-Depth Look at Delta-8 THC Vaping

As delta 8 THC continues to grow in demand, it’s becoming clear that a large chunk of delta 8 fans are simply seeking out vaping products over other delivery methods.  The delta 8 THC effects that have made this compound so popular are uniquely potent and fast-acting when we inhale delta-8 into the lungs, and the industry has responded with a rich array of exceptionally formulated delta 8 THC vape goods in a variety of strengths, flavors, strains and more. Read More

Is Delta 8 THC a Potential Aid Solution?

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Is Delta 8 a Potential Sleep Aid Solution?

Delta 8 THC effects are most commonly discussed in terms of its psychoactive properties.  Like all cannabinoids, however, delta 8 is a compound that has inherent value due to the way in which it works with the cannabinoid receptors in the body to help regulate specific functions of each bodily system.  Being a cannabinoid, delta-8 binds to cannabinoid receptors as part of the function of the endocannabinoid system which promotes homeostasis.  Therefore, delta8 can be used for various purposes, aside from its intoxicating effects. Read More

What Does Delta 8 THC Feel Like?

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What Does Delta 8 THC Feel Like?

Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid that is getting a lot of attention, primarily for its mind-altering effects that come from it being a psychoactive compound which produces a high that is milder than that of delta 9 THC found in marijuana.  But, despite acknowledging and even fixating on this aspect of the compound, we do not really talk about the “delta 8 THC feeling,” in terms of the specifics of how you can expect to feel after taking it. Read More

What Is The Difference Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?

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What Are The Key Differences Between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC?

We know that both delta 8 and delta 9 are forms of THC compounds, but as delta-8 is so new to the market, it’s natural that many people aren’t sure how they differ from each other.  If you are going to invest in a delta 8 product, it can be a good to know how it compares to delta 9, as many discover that delta8 offers some unique advantages over the latter.

Now, by taking a closer look at how these two cannabis-derived cannabinoids differ from each other, you can get a better gage for what to expect when trying delta 8 for the first time.  If you have also been wondering, “what is delta 8 THC?” it’s important to understand this cannabinoid as it relates to delta 9, a compound that many are familiar with.

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What is Delta 8 THC?

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Trending Topic: What is Delta 8 THC?

As we explore the hemp plant more closely than ever before, thanks to the many strides in legalization over the past several years, we uncover exciting compounds that are capable of addressing our goals in different ways.  One of the most talked-about cannabinoids of the moment is delta 8 THC, a compound that is widely misunderstood because it’s so new to the market, and because it shares such a close relationship to delta 9 THC.

Now you know why we aim to clear things up by giving a comprehensive explanation on what delta 8 is, how it works in the body and why it’s different from other cannabinoids that we’re used to, like CBD.  As you will see, delta 8 behaves quite differently from cannabidiol in the body, and many people are finding that it is the perfect addition to their hemp routines.

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Choosing Your Delta 8 THC Delivery Method

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How Should First-Time Delta-8 Users Go About Selecting a Delivery Method?

Delta-8 THC is new to the market, and people are noticing that delta 8 products look a lot like the CBD products that many are already taking.  Despite being two different compounds derived from the hemp plant, they can be administered in basically the same ways, in that they come in a variety of delivery methods.

So, how does one determine which delivery method is best for their goals and needs?  Let’s find out.

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Understanding The Spectrum of Hemp

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With the rising popularity of hemp derived CBD products, the number of choices and options for consumers can seem overwhelming at times. This article aims to shed some light on one of the key variables to help demystify the terminology of “spectrums” surrounding these hemp products.

You may have heard the terms full-spectrum, isolate, non-isolate and broad spectrum thrown around, but many customers don’t fully understand the significance of these descriptors.

The meaning of these variations is an important factor in choosing the hemp or cannabis product that is right for you.

The spectrum being described by these terms refers to the molecules derived from the hemp plant known as cannabinoids. While there are more than 100 known cannabinoids identified in hemp and cannabis plants, the spectrum which is most often analyzed and discussed focuses on a more narrow range of typically 10 cannabinoids.

These plant molecules, also known more specifically as phytocannabinoids, interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The human endocannabinoid system is one of the most important discoveries in recent medical history and it has been found to regulate multiple critical functions in the human brain and body.

The interaction of the exogenous phytocannabinoids with receptors of the internal ECS help balance and regulate any potential deficiency or excess of naturally occurring endocannabinoids (endogenous neurotransmitters such as anandamide & 2-AG) to promote homeostasis within the human brain and body. This interaction is a key reason why so many individuals experience benefits from hemp derived products across a wide range of issues.

When it comes to hemp derived products the key molecule to discuss is Cannabidiol – commonly referred to as CBD.

CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate refers to a single molecule product where the Cannabidiol molecule is extracted from the plant to remove all of the other cannabinoids and plant material to produce a white, crystalline powder that is as high as 99.9% pure CBD. This crystallized powder is then formulated into various products including gummies, tinctures, edibles, topicals and more.

Benefits of CBD Isolate include rapid absorption, consistent and accurate dosing and shelf life stability.

Full Spectrum
Full Spectrum CBD Oil usually refers to oil that contains a wide range of cannabinoids and plant molecules. Full-spectrum CBD Oil will typically contain anywhere from 15% to as high as 80% cannabidiol with smaller percentages of other cannabinoids such as CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), CBC (Cannabichromene) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

Many users find Full-Spectrum Oil to be more beneficial since there are multiple cannabinoids working together with plant molecules such as chlorophyll, vitamins and terpenes to produce synergistic effects commonly referred to as the “Entourage Effect”. Since each person’s biochemistry is unique, a wider range of cannabinoids can potentially offer a better potential outcome for a larger number of users.

To be legally defined as Hemp, the levels of delta-9 THC must be not more than 0.3% according to the 2018 Farm Bill legislation. Similar to CBD Isolate, the full-spectrum extract is formulated into various products such as tinctures, vape cartridges and topicals.

Broad Spectrum
A new terminology has emerged recently to describe a distillate oil that falls somewhere in between isolate and full spectrum, which is called Broad Spectrum CBD Oil. Broad Spectrum CBD Oil is similar to Full Spectrum, but it is further refined to remove the THC below detectable levels while keeping the other beneficial cannabinoids in the oil.

Broad Spectrum CBD oil typically contains somewhere between 70% to 90% Cannabidiol while retaining the other beneficial cannabinoids and plant molecules such as CBN, CBC, CBG and CBDv with no detectable THC.

Broad Spectrum is an excellent choice for customers who desire the benefits of the “Entourage Effect” but do not want any THC in their product. This is especially beneficial for people who may be subject to testing for THC for work or other requirements.

Broad Spectrum oil is used to formulate CBD oil tinctures, CBD vape cartridges, CBD topicals creams and other high quality products.

While there are many other factors to consider when choosing your CBD products, hopefully this explanation of the differences between isolate, full spectrum and broad spectrum will provide some insight into which option is the best fit for your individual wellness regimen!

6 Wonderful Terpenes For Wellness

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6 Wonderful Terpenes For Wellness

Terpenes are a large and diverse class of aromatic organic compounds that are found in the essential oils of plants.

The integral role of terpenes in medical cannabis research has led to increased interest and recognition of the potential holistic benefits of these compounds in recent years.

The unique scents from these compounds are not only distinctive, but also functional, protecting plants from predators and environmental stressors.

Terpenes Are Everywhere
Terpenes are produced by many species of plants and even some insects. Conifers (e.g. pine trees) for instance, contain high levels of a-Pinene while citrus usually contains high levels of Limonene.

Wine connoisseurs are also known to discuss terpenes as there are over 50 terpene compounds, including Linalool that have been identified in grapes and wine.


The Most Common Terpenes
In cannabis plants, there are over 200 known terpenes, and they are the reason why every strain has a unique smell and different effects.

Some of the most interesting and prevalent cannabis terpenes from a wellness perspective are briefly described below.

  • Myrcene, which is also found in mangoes is the most prevalent terpene found in cannabis, especially indica-dominant strains and it is known to promote a sedative, relaxing effect. β-myrcene is also unique in that it crosses the blood-brain barrier, increasing potency and rapid onset of cannabinoids and synergistic terpene action.
  • Beta Caryophyllene is another terpene with unique properties as it is the only non-cannabinoid plant molecule that interacts with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), illustrating the impact of terpenes on the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids.
    β–caryophyllene binds to the CB2 receptor found in the central and peripheral nervous system, and is thought to play a major role in managing inflammation [1].Caryophyllene is prevalent in cannabis plants as well as black pepper, cloves and cinnamon among other species.
  • Pinene has an aroma of pine and firs, with both α-pinene and β-pinene being primary constituents of pine resin. Often used to treat inflammation, α-pinene is the most commonly found terpene throughout nature.
  • Linalool has been isolated from more than 300 different plants and has aromatic undertones of floral and lavender. Users often report calming relaxing effects and it has been used for centuries as a sleep aid. Linalool is also a precursor critical to the production of Vitamin E in plants.
  • Limonene is the primary constituent of fruit rinds, as well peppermint, juniper, rosemary and many pine needle oils. This terpene with it’s citrusy, lemon orange aroma is reported to produce uplifting and mood enhancing effects in users. Limonene is also a natural insecticide to protect plants from predators.
  • Humulene is found in cloves, basil and hops and has an earthy aroma that gives beer its distinctive “hoppy” aroma. One of the distinctive attributes of Humulene is its reported appetite suppression effect. Humulene has been widely used for more than 1,000 years in Chinese medicine.

Entourage Effect
In addition to their own individual holistic effects, terpenes work synergistically with one another as well as cannabinoids like CBD to increase therapeutic potential, modulate efficacy and mitigate unwanted effects, a phenomenon referred to as the “Entourage Effect”.

Potential Holistic Benefits
When choosing CBD oil products, terpenes potentially offer a significant improvement in the overall experience for end-users.

Research On Terpenes
More research is need to understand the individual effects of terpenes and their synergistic interactions with cannabinoids and other compounds, but the early results are very encouraging for the future of terpene exploration!

 

 

 

[1] Russo https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946/

[2] Bonamin http://www.aromaticscience.com/the-effect-of-a-minor-constituent-of-essential-oil-from-citrus-aurantium-the-role-of-%CE%B2-myrcene-in-preventing-peptic-ulcer-disease/

3 Cannabinoids To Consider For Your Health

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3 Cannabinoids To Consider For Your Health

When it comes to cannabinoids, many people are familiar with the two most commonly known molecules, THC and CBD (and their respective variants).

CannabinoidsWhat many people don’t know however is that these molecules have many counterparts within the hemp and cannabis plant genealogy.

There are currently a minimum of 113 known cannabinoids that have been identified through research and independent studies.

Research has revealed that the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates homeostasis within the human body and these plant based molecules (phyto-cannabinoids) interact with the ECS and endogenous cannabinoids to deliver the myriad health benefits that have been reported by users and confirmed in numerous studies.


Below you will find a brief summary of 3 cannabinoids getting more attention recently for their potential holistic properties and health benefits.

CBN – Cannabinol

Cannabinol, or CBN may sound very similar to it’s relative Cannabidiol (CBD) but CBN displays its own unique array of medical benefits and effects that have researchers anxious to continue investigating this molecule.

Some of the benefits already discovered include:

  • Pain relief [1]
  • Anti-insomnia [2]
  • Promotes growth of bone cells
  • Antibacterial [3]
  • Anti-inflammatory [4]
  • Anti-convulsive
  • Appetite stimulant [5]

One of CBN’s most interesting and noteworthy attributes is the sedative effect it has on users. According to a study by Steep Hill Labs, 5mg of CBN is as effective as a 10mg dose of the pharmaceutical sedative diazepam.

CBN does not induce a psychoactive effect and has shown no negative side effects.

CBC – Cannabichromene

Cannabichromene is another lesser known cannabinoid that has some amazing potential medical benefits for users.

Recent studies have suggested that CBC may contribute to the overall analgesic effects of medical cannabis.

Here of some of the most noteworthy findings so far about CBC:

  • Promotes Neurogenesis (Brain Growth) [6]
  • Antidepressant [7]
  • Anti-inflammatory [8]
  • Pain relief [9]
  • Antibacterial and antifungal [10]

CBC has been found to interact with many receptors in the brain. While it is common for most cannabinoids to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD interacts with other receptors as well.

CBC in particular is known to interact with the TRPV1 and TRPA1 receptors as well, which may result in some of its medicinal properties.[6]

CBG – Cannabigerol

CBG is a cannabinoid that is known as the building block for many compounds in cannabis, including THC and CBD.

CBG is non-psychoactive and can be thought of as the “stem cell” or “parent” of other cannabinoids. However, CBG is not found in high concentrations in most strains. Certain strains of hemp may have higher CBG content.

CBG is important because of its numerous health benefits, especially for people with disorders affecting the central nervous system, including neurological diseases, skin disorders, chronic pain, and others.

The medical benefits of CBG are still under investigation, but the list thus far is impressive and growing.

  • Stimulates bone formation and healing [11]
  • Slows tumor growth [12]
  • Antifungal and antibacterial treatment. [13]
  • Relieves pain [14]
  • Reduces inflammation [15]
  • Overactive bladder treatment  [16]
  • Psoriasis and skin treatment.  [17]
  • Glaucoma treatment. [18]
  • Depression and anxiety treatment [19]
  • Neuroprotective effects. [20]

CBG can also affect the body by increasing anandamide levels. Anandamide is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid that helps regulate many biological functions, including appetite, sleep and memory.

The effect of CBG on GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid – a brain chemical that regulates the activity of neurons) uptake was found to be greater than both THC and CBD in one study.

CBG has been shown to block serotonin receptors as well, which suggests a role for CBG in treating depression.

It’s important to note that much of the evidence comes from pre-clinical studies, meaning that the safety and efficacy of most cannabinoids has yet to be proven in humans. That being said, studies on CBN, CBC and CBG have revealed a wide range of possible benefits.

HealthSmart CBD offers full-spectrum hemp oil CBD products that include all three of the amazing cannabinoids and a more comprehensive array of medical cannabinoids than you can find anywhere in any other product.

U.S. CBD Sales Projected to Reach $2.1B by 2020

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New Report: U.S. CBD Sales to Reach $2.1B by 2020 With $450M From Hemp Industry

The Hemp Business Journal (HBJ), the hemp industry’s authority on big data and market intelligence, has released The CBD Report showing cannabidiol as one of the fastest growing market categories in the U.S. hemp and legal marijuana industries with a compound annual growth rate of 59%.

Partnering with market leading consumer data experts SPINS and BDS Analytics, market modeling experts and hemp insiders with years of experience and sales data, Hemp Business Journal estimates the total U.S. CBD market will grow to a $2.1 Billion market in consumer sales by 2020 with $450 million of those sales coming from hemp based sources. Projections to date for 2016 indicate the hemp-derived CBD market is poised to grow to $115 million by the end of the year.

The hemp-derived CBD market grew from a market that was barely noticeable a few years ago to $90 million in 2015 for consumer sales of CBD products. Hemp Business Journal shows another $112 million of marijuana-derived CBD products were sold through dispensaries in 2015, for a total CBD market size of $202 million in 2015 across all hemp and legal marijuana markets.

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