What is cannabis?

Cannabis Leaf
Cannabis leaf

Cannabis is a genus of a flowering plant which includes three different species within the “family” sativa, indica and ruderalis but all come under the Cannabaceae family.

For thousands of years this simple plant has been used for a multitude of applications (and no not just to get people high or stoned) it has been used for hemp fibres and oils for medicinal purposes, it has been selectively grown for various reasons and it continues to grow wild mainly in the Central Asian and Indian subcontinent and many tropical and humid parts of the World.

In this blog post we will focus on the three different species and how they differ from each other.

Cannabis sativa and indica are probably the best known of these three, with some studies suggesting that the sativa strain has higher levels of CBD (cannabidiol) and lower THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) whereas the indica variety is the opposite with higher THC (the pyschoactive compound which give that high feeling)  and lower CBD. There is a suggestion that higher CBD to THC strains are less likely to cause anxiety and in our previous blog post we discussed studies showing that CBD (such as the CBD used in our cannabidiol eliquid) can potentially help relive anxiety. Both strains are used for a variety of reasons, including industrial (hemp fibre etc), medicinal (medical marijuana) and recreational (for the feeling) use.

Cannabis Ruderalis is a lesser known and certainly less common variety, and produces only trace amounts of THC and is very rarely used for industrial, medicinal or recreational use, in fact is mainly used in Russian and Mongolian folk medicine for treating depression as it originates from Central Russia.

CBDeaze is a cannabidiol eliquid formulated in the UK, containing no nicotine. It’s main purpose is to give vapers an alternative choice of eliquid over current nicotine eliquids.

It contains 100mg of organic CBD so you can enjoy a tasty all day vape with the potential health benefits of cannabidiol without the high feeling.

Read our previous blog post where we discuss the differences of hemp vs. marijuana.

Marijuana plant
Marijuana Vs Hemp do you know the difference?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can CBD Help In Curing Anxiety?

Can cannabidiol help in curing anxiety?

Have you ever got anxious? Ever had that horrible, nervous, worried “feel sick to the stomach” feeling of anxiety? Maybe you have felt it before a big event, public speaking in front of people, a presentation to the boss, a first date, or a number of normal human interactions that can make us feel anxious. Now imagine having that feeling all the time. Anxiety disorders are incredibly common.

If you take a look at Anxiety UK’s website, a UK based National Charity that helps people who suffer from anxiety, they state the following;

“Almost one in five people feel anxious a lot or all the time, while nearly half feel more anxious than they used to.”

That is a lot of anxiety considering there are almost 65 million people in the UK alone!

If you look up the definition of anxiety on Google you will find this;

anxiety
aŋˈzʌɪəti
noun
 
  1. 1.
    a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
    “he felt a surge of anxiety”
    synonyms: worry, concern, apprehension, apprehensiveness, consternation, uneasiness,unease, fearfulness, fear, disquiet, disquietude, perturbation, fretfulness, agitation,angst, nervousness, nerves, edginess, tension, tenseness, stress, misgiving,trepidation, foreboding, suspense; More

     
       
     
  2. 2.
    strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen.
    “the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please”
    synonyms: eagerness, keenness, desire, impatience, longing, yearning

    “her anxiety to please”
Can CBD help in curing anxiety
Do you ever feel anxious?

While we make no claims that our CBD eliquid can help in curing anxiety there are studies and claims that show CBD or cannabidiol can help in relieving anxiety in sufferers.

Watch Dr. Allan Frankel discuss anxiety and cannabidiol in this short video or check out his YouTube Channel

There are various studies that show cannabidiol does have the desired therapeutic result in laboratory and clinical trials.

For example if you read this study it would appear CBD reduced anxiety in patients with social anxiety subjected to a stressful public speaking task.

If you are a vaper and fancy trying the new generation of vaping CBDeaze is a UK made cbd eliquid and is perfect for vaping all day.

CBDeaze contains no nicotine, in a 60vg / 40pg mix with 100mg of pure organic cannabidiol.

Why not try it now so you really can vape and unwind!

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

https://www.drugabuse.gov/

 

Cannabidiol (CBD) potentially has many benefits for pets

Dog walking can CBD help
Can CBD benefit your pets?

Marijuana, cannabis, ganja, weed, pot, grass, dope, call it what you want but cannabis and hemp and their hundreds of different compounds like CBD and THC are quickly becoming one of the most promising new treatments for many sicknesses and ailments in humans.

But did you also know that cannabis and in this instance cannabidiol, (or CBD) also has potentially many benefits for your family pets.

As with the many studies into the benefits of cannabidiol to humans there are also studies beginning to start on the effects of CBD potentially being able to treat health conditions in animals as well such as anxiety, arthritis and cancer in dogs

There are also companies who have included CBD products aimed directly at the animal marketplace, such as American dog treat and chew manufacturer Barkworthies® who offer within their extensive natural and healthy range, a pumpkin cannabidiol dog treat.

Barkworthies® pumpkin CBD dog treats
Barkworthies® pumpkin cannabidiol dog treats

As per Barkworthies® mission statement;

“At Barkworthies® we believe that simpler is better. Barkworthies treats and chews are completely digestible and contain absolutely no preservatives, chemicals, or additives. We only use the best ingredients and most of our products contain only a single ingredient. What could be simpler?”

They claim on the Barkworthies website that their pumpkin cannabidiol dog treats are;

 “a great alternative snack for dogs who need a little something more. From mood disorders and pain to cardiac health and cancer, there are many reasons why these treats can benefit your special family member. These non-toxic, 100% legal treats contain a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, Cannabidiol (CBD). This plant extract is highly therapeutic, and can help relieve many common symptoms that affect dogs, including inflammation, lack of appetite and anxiety.

Barkworthies Pumpkin Cannabidiol Treats are made from all-natural ingredients, and are 100% safe – we hold our treats to human quality and safety standards. Our goal is to bring calm and vitality to your home by bringing happiness and health to your pets. Barkworthies Pumpkin Cannabidiol Treats are an ideal addition to the diet of your four-legged friend, and we feel confident that you will see the benefits for yourself.”

Will Vaping CBD E Liquid Affect Drug Test?

Some of you may be wondering if vaping on a CBD based e-liquid will cause you to fail a standard workplace drug test (which are becoming more and more common these days). No surprise there – if you do, you lose your job!

However, rest assured – failing a drug test because of CBD will not happen! While smoking marijuana is likely to put you in trouble, using cannabidiol only products does not lead to the same results.

The main psychoactive compound of cannabis is considered to be THC, and this is what drug tests look for. In fact, to get technical, it is actually the main metabolite of THC, THC-COOH, which urine tests normally screen for – through a process of immunoassay screening. These tests tend to have a cut-off point of 50 ng/mL, and anything above this will return a positive result. Once this positive result has been achieved, tester will often verify the finding using a much more sensitive GC/MS test, which will flag positive for anything above 15 ng/mL.

Fortunately, the urine drug screen for THC-COOH is known to have very little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are not psychoactive, such as CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and others.

Now, its important to discuss the presence of THC in hemp.  As you may or may not know, the amount of THC in most hemp grown and all legal CBD Hemp products currently being sold in the United States is .3% or less, with most being at or below even .1%.  This is such a negligible amount of THC that its virtually impossible for anyone to get any sort of ‘high’ or euphoric effects from hemp.  Most people are using CBD Hemp Oil products in such a way that they are taking in between 1mg of CBD and 40mg of CBD per day.  At these levels, the relative amount of THC is so low that any THC present in that person’s urine would be low enough to report a negative test result (or passing, if you will), meaning the person would “pass” the drug test.  Now, the only other thing to consider here is that, if someone were to take ultra high amounts of CBD daily, say, in the 1000-2000mg per day range (information provided from: Leafly.com ), then it is possible that their urine would return a positive (or failing) test result.

For this reason, if you use CBD (and use a lot of it!), and think you are going to be subjected to a drug test at work, the best thing you can do is ensure that you are buying lab tested, high quality CBD products. These are more likely to contain much less THC, and will have a lab proven reading on content for you to look at. If you use small quantities of CBD, then you don’t really need to worry.

Difference Between CBD And THC

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two types of cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa & Cannabis indica).

Both, THC and CBD interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body, but the types of effects brought about by these compounds couldn’t be more different! Mood, motivation, memory, cognition, perception, and psychomotor performance are most affected as they have the most receptors for cannabinoids.

In recent years research has revealed THC and CBD have opposite actions on the brain and body. This factsheet highlights the main differences between these two cannabinoids.

Psychoactive properties 

The main difference between these two cannabinoids is the extent to which they are psychoactive or ‘mind altering’.

Essentially, THC is known to have strong psychoactive properties – it is THC which gives the ‘high’ feeling and the reason most people use cannabis. CBD on the other hand, is believed to have an anti-psychoactive effect which appears to moderate the ‘high’ and some of the other negative effects experienced with THC, particularly on anxiety and psychosis.

Doctors usually prefer treatments with minimal side effects, which has been a major barrier to the acceptance of medical marijuana. Likewise, CBD has been used to treat younger children with various ailments.

Anxiety

Cannabis is known to provoke feelings of anxiety and paranoia in some people, especially when used in high doses or by inexperienced users. This effect can be attributed to THC. CBD has been shown to alleviate the anxiety caused by THC, and may even reduce anxiety when administered on its own. In fact, studies show that CBD works to counteract the anxiety caused by ingesting THC. A number of studies also suggest that CBD can reduce anxiety when administered on its own.

Antypsychotic

Evidence suggests a link between the use of cannabis and the onset and exacerbation of psychosis, and again it seems THC is responsible for triggering these adverse symptoms. CBD appears to have anti-psychotic properties, therefore researchers believe that this cannabinoid may be protective against the psychosis-like effects of THC. Taking that into consideration, CBD is currently being investigated as an antipsychotic treatment for patients with schizophrenia.

Sleep

One of the most common uses of marijuana is as a sleep aid, and indeed sleepiness or drowsiness is often a reported side-effect of cannabis. On the other hand, studies suggest CBD acts to promote wakefulness, making CBD a poor choice as a sleep medicine. While existing research on the role of cannabis on sleep is unclear, some suggest it is THC which has this ‘drowsy’ effect, and in contrast, CBD facilitates a state of ‘wakefulness’.

Legal status 

While THC is classified as a controlled substance in the UK, CBD is 100% legal in most of the parts of the world.

While the differences between hemp and cannabis are quite vague and borderline non-existent in nature, in relation to UK and EU law the differences are quite clear.

Cannabis is considered to be unregistered strains of cannabis sativa with a THC content regularly over 0.2%.

Hemp is classified as European registered cannabis strains with a THC content below 0.2%.