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What is Delta-8?

Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that has become popular because of its similarity to THC, the main compound in cannabis that gets you high, causing euphoria, happiness, sedation, symptom relief, and much more. Large amounts of THC are found in most cannabis strains.

The similarities between the two cannabinoids lie in their chemical structures and their names. THC’s scientific name is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-9 THC, or just delta-9. Delta-8 is short for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC can cause effects like regular delta-9 THC—but they will be much less potent.

Delta-8 and delta-9 are both forms of THC. In common usage when people refer to THC they are talking about delta-9 THC. (In this article, when we use the term “THC” without a modifier, we are referring to delta-9 THC.)

Currently, the legality of delta-8 is hazy. It can be extracted from either hemp or cannabis. Because of the 2018 farm bill, hemp can be legally grown and used for extractions all over the United States, making delta-8 legal in states where delta-9 THC is illegal—sometimes.

Nearly all delta-8 THC on the market today is manufactured from hemp-derived CBD, which makes it, in theory at least, part of a federally legal chain of origin.

People in states where THC is illegal crave cannabis products and are now looking to delta-8 because it may be legal in their state, even though it is less potent than regular THC. Many extractors are ramping up delta-8 production to meet this new demand and shipping it all over the US.

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Delta-8 vs. delta-9 THC: What is the difference?

Delta-8, like delta-9 (regular THC), binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system, which causes you to feel high. Chemically, delta-8 and delta-9 are similar in that they both have a double bond in their structures. This double bond is thought to produce the intoxicating effects that make you feel high.

The two THCs are chemically different in the placement of the double bond. Both cannabinoids have a chain of carbon atoms, but delta-8 has the double bond on the eighth carbon, whereas delta-9 has it on the ninth.

Delta-8 binds to the endocannabinoid system in a slightly different fashion because of the location of its double bond. This is what is thought to make delta-8 much less potent than regular THC. However, more research needs to be done on delta-8 and how it interacts with the body.

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Will delta-8 get you high?

Delta-8 will get you high, albeit not as high as common delta-9 THC. For those living in states where cannabis is illegal, delta-8 may be a legal way to experience some THC-like effects from cannabis.

Some consumers may even prefer cannabis products that are not as strong as common THC, even if they can legally obtain THC products. THC can cause negative effects for some, bringing on anxiety or paranoia. Delta-8 may offer a smoother, milder high.

Effects of delta 8

Delta-8 consumers report many of the same effects as THC, such as mild euphoria, happiness, uplifting feelings, and relief from some symptoms such as pain, although the compound is much less potent. Delta-8 can also help with insomnia.

Side effects may be like those of THC, including dry mouth, red eyes, getting the munchies, short-term memory, paranoia, or anxiety. It is important to note that delta-8 has not been studied extensively and more research is needed on the effects it has on the mind and body.

Delta-8 vs. CBD

Delta-8 has more similarities to THC (delta-9) than CBD, both in its chemical structure and because it gets you high. Delta-8 THC binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system more like delta-9 THC. CBD does not bind as readily to the endocannabinoid system, making it non-intoxicating, although CBD can offer medicinal benefits for the consumer.

If you are looking for effects like THC but with a reduced potency, delta-8 may be for you. If you seek relief from certain symptoms and do not want to get intoxicated, you may want to try a CBD product.

How to dose delta 8

For most people, especially moderate or experienced consumers, delta-8 will feel much weaker than regular THC. If you are new to cannabis, delta-8 could affect you strongly—it depends on your body chemistry.

To give a sense of delta-8’s potency relative to THC, delta-8 edible producers commonly measure and dose their gummies at more than twice the strength of THC gummies:

THC gummies often come in 10mg gummies—people may take half a gummy or a full gummy for a dose, either 5mg or a full 10mg.

Delta-8 gummies often come in 25mg gummies—so half of one would be 12.5mg, and a full gummy is 25mg.

In creating these standard gummies, producers are calculating that delta-8 is less than half as strong as regular THC, so a 25mg delta-8 gummy might equate to the effects of a 10mg THC gummy.

Again, it’s important to note that very little research has been done on delta 8. We do not know much about how strong its effects are, and how it affects the body. As with any cannabis product, the chemical profile of the cannabis, your body’s chemistry, your tolerance level, your set and setting, and the amount you take all affect how you will feel.

It is always recommended to take a little bit at first and then wait for the onset of effects before taking more. The consumption method will affect how quickly you feel those effects. If you’re vaping delta-8, you should feel the effects within ten minutes or less; if taking edibles, wait at least an hour or two before taking more.

Few state laws specifically address delta-8 THC at this time. Most state laws that pertain to marijuana or cannabis use language that covers marijuana, cannabis, THC, CBD, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. There are 11 states where delta-8 is believed to be illegal according to state law.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has, in a proposed rule, indirectly classified delta-8 THC as a Schedule I controlled substance, which would make it federally illegal. That rule is not yet final.

Delta-8 THC is commonly sourced from hemp, not cannabis, which is why it is currently sold in many states where cannabis is illegal. To be more specific, nearly all delta-8 THC currently on the market is derived from CBD extracted from federally legal hemp.

This can be a little confusing because hemp is, technically, a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. When we talk about “cannabis,” though, we are commonly referring to cannabis plants with THC content of 0.3% or higher. 

The 2018 farm bill, a federal act passed by Congress, legalized hemp in the United States. That act defines hemp as: “All derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent.” This language makes delta-8 legal because it does not contain any delta-9 THC.

However, some states have chosen not to adopt this specific language of the farm bill in their own state laws, making delta-8 illegal in certain states. Producers and retailers of delta-8 sell only to states that have laws mirroring the farm bill’s language. Even then, some producers may only sell to certain states based on their own interpretation of a state’s laws.

Additionally, in August 2020, the DEA released an Interim Final Rule (IFR), a document meant to update and confirm the differences between hemp and cannabis. That interim rule said: “All synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain Schedule I controlled substances,” which would make delta-8 illegal because it is a tetrahydrocannabinol that is extracted, or synthetically derived.

So, whether the farm bill’s language stands, which outlaws’ plants with more than 0.3% delta-9 THC, or the new IFR language is adopted, which bans all tetrahydrocannabinols, will determine the fate of delta-8. The DEA’s IFR is open for review until October 2021, and until then, delta-8’s federal legality remains hazy.

How is delta-8 made?

Delta-8 is found in trace amounts in cannabis and hemp plants, and as hemp is legal to grow anywhere in the US and more readily available, the cannabinoid is often sourced from that.

Commonly, CBD is extracted from hemp and refined into an isolate, and then CBD isolate is synthesized into delta 8. As such, delta-8 requires more processing and is more expensive to make than CBD, but this increased production cost is balanced out by the high demand for it.

How to find good, safe delta 8

As delta-8 is relatively new to the market, it may be challenging to find products that are what they say they are and contain delta-8. When shopping for delta-8 products, check out a producer’s website to see if they have information on how they source and create their products.

Quality, tested products usually have a QR code or batch number on the box that allows you to look up test results on the producer’s website. Stay away from products that are not tested or have questionable test results, as you will not know if they even contain delta 8, and they could potentially contain harmful substances.

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CBD Can Help You Quit Smoking, According to Studies

Discover why more smokers are turning to CBD for help.

If there’s one piece of advice that most cigarette smokers will give non-smokers, it’s “Don’t start smoking.”

As any smoker will tell you, quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do and can feel nearly impossible at times.

The numbers bear this out. According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about half of all smokers will try to quit in any given year. Only 6% will succeed in their attempt.

Most smokers who are able to quit, require multiple attempts throughout their lifetime before quitting permanently.

Even with these odds, cigarette smokers and other tobacco users shouldn’t give up hope.

Quitting smoking has countless long-term health benefits that pay off within hours and in the years to come. Giving up tobacco can extend your life expectancy by up to a decade.

There are a number of treatments for quitting tobacco products, from nicotine replacement therapies (patches, gum, and lozenges) that allow you to wean yourself off gradually to prescription drugs like Chantix.

While these treatments are better for your health than smoking, they still come with drawbacks. Prescription drugs can be expensive and have negative side effects. Nicotine replacement therapies only swap one craving for another and can end up being hard to quit.

However, there’s good news for those hoping to quit nicotine for their New Year’s Resolution.

A growing field of research as well as anecdotal accounts are beginning to show that CBD may also be an effective treatment for nicotine addiction.

Why Are Cigarettes So Hard To Quit?

Tobacco kills more than 7 million people per year, according to the WHO.

Nicotine, like other addictive drugs, forms a physical dependence by reprogramming the synaptic receptors in the brain. The nicotine molecule causes a surge of dopamine in the reward centers of the brain, leading to a sense of euphoria.

However, over time the molecule changes the dopamine and other neurochemical receptors to only accept nicotine, meaning consuming the drug is the only way to release dopamine.

When a tobacco user tries to quit, the brain can no longer make the same amount of dopamine. This leads to withdrawal symptoms, the list of which is long and includes: anxiety, depression, weight gain, headaches, problems concentrating, drowsiness or trouble sleeping, and feeling tense, restless, or irritable.

Symptoms of withdrawal can begin as little as 2 hours from a smoker’s last cigarette and can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months. The severity and duration of withdrawal depend on a number of factors that include how long someone used nicotine as well as their genetics.

And it looks like CBD may have a positive impact on that withdrawal process…

CBD Reduces Cigarette Consumption, According to Study

In 2013, researchers from University College London published results from a randomized double placebo controlled study with 24 people who wanted to quit smoking. Each person received an inhaler with instructions to use it every time they felt an urge to smoke.

After one week participants who received a placebo inhaler reported no change in the amount of cigarettes smoked, while participants with the CBD inhaler reported a combined 40% reduction in cigarettes.

The research concluded:

These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.

And it’s not just cigarettes. Scientists are finding that CBD could have widespread application for many substance addictions including cocaine and opioids.

Of course, tobacco is the big one here.

In 2015 researchers out of the University of Montreal published a review of all the current data on CBD as an intervention for addictive behavior, concluding:

The dreadful burden of substance-use disorder worldwide, combined with the clear need for new medication in the addiction field, justifies the requirement of further studies to evaluate the potential of CBD as a new intervention for addictive behaviors.

CBD and Withdrawal Symptoms

CBD’s role as an addiction treatment makes even more sense when you consider some of its other medical benefits.

One of those benefits is stress relief. Consuming CBD can help people who are trying to quit smoking by reducing the severity of the stress, tension, anxiety, and irritability associated with withdrawal that would normally have them buying another pack to relieve.

Additionally, the inflammation-relieving properties of CBD can also help reduce the associated headaches and body pain that nicotine withdrawal can cause in smokers. Without aching through the day, it’s much easier to concentrate and there’s less reason to reach for a smoke.

Finally, CBD can also help with the sleep disturbances caused by nicotine withdrawal. Studies have shown that increased doses of CBD can improve deep sleep cycles while smaller dosages improve wakefulness and alertness.

CBD Restores Brain Chemistry

It turns out CBD may also help prevent relapse.Furthermore, researchers are beginning to find evidence that CBD may even prevent relapse by repairing the brain’s chemistry.

As stated above, addiction to nicotine and other substances permanently alters the brain’s synapses, preventing them from releasing neurotransmitters like dopamine unless those chemicals are present. Preliminary studies have shown that CBD can return these receptors to their pre-addiction state.

In another study from the Scripps Research Institute on cocaine and alcohol-addicted rats, those administered CBD gel were not only less likely to relapse, but also less prone to display stress-induced or drug-seeking behavior. This was observed for up to five months after all traces of CBD were no longer in their systems.

It’s Never Too Late To Quit Smoking and CBD May Help

The health benefits of quitting smoking, and really all tobacco products, cannot be overstated no matter how many times you’ve tried.

While quitting smoking remains one of the hardest things to do, CBD may provide that edge that you need to finally give up your nicotine habit.

With the number of available CBD products growing every day, from oils to edibles to vapes, there’s no time like the present to make quitting your New Year’s Resolution, or whatever time of year it is when you decide to stop.

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Not All CBD is Created Equal

All CBD is not created equal, so it’s extremely important to be an educated consumer. The demand for cannabidiol (CBD) oil products is quickly growing as more people become familiar with the natural health effects and uses of CBD. While you explore the available CBD hemp oil products, keep in mind that not all CBD oils are the same. As the market expands and more products hit the market, it’s more important than ever that you find a trusted source for high-quality CBD oil. As hemp-based CBD products are now legal in many countries, there are many retailers who boast high-end tinctures and infusions, but quality does vary.

With CBD hemp oil being classified as a natural product and dietary supplement, rigorous testing practices are not required by regulators. The methods used to manufacture CBD oil directly affect the safety and quality of products you might buy. That’s why it’s important that you do research to get your CBD products from manufacturers that you can trust.

There are numerous global sources of hemp and each variety has its own set of characteristics, including its CBD content. High-quality CBD oil products are derived from hemp that is naturally abundant in CBD and cultivated using strict safety standards.

CBD Extraction

CBD can be extracted from both the hemp and cannabis plants, although hemp-based products are the only available products being sold outside of a Licensed Producer (LP).

CBD extraction is an expensive and complicated process, with the three main avenues for extraction being CO2, ethanol extraction, and nanotechnology.

CO2 Extraction

CO2 extraction looks like a crazy science experiment. Hemp plants are exposed to different temperatures and pressures to isolate CBD and other cannabinoids such as terpenes and flavonoids. The set-up for this type of extraction is budget-busting, as it requires expensive equipment and a large space for set-up.

The results of CO2 extraction produce isolated cannabinoids, such as CBD, with 90% efficacy. This is not a good method for full-spectrum or large-volume production.

Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol extraction involves submerging the hemp plant in high grade ethanol, which extracts a full-spectrum of cannabinoids, including terpenes and flavonoids. Ethanol extraction is less expensive and is widely used for large scale production of full-spectrum CBD products.

CBD Nanotechnology

A few CBD companies are using a proprietary extraction method utilizing nanotechnology. This process involves a unique extraction process that reduces CBD into small nano-sized droplets.

CBD produced via nanotechnology is highly bioavailable, with the body absorbing up to 90 percent of the CBD, compared to only 10-15 percent for CBD products manufactured without using nanotechnology.

Lab Testing

It is important that the hemp and CBD Oil undergo rigorous 3rd party lab testing in order to identify the presence of bacteria and any other unwanted elements. It is important to verify that independent lab testing is conducted to inspect oil to make sure it has the ideal concentration of cannabinoids, including CBD.

Ideally, labs should be inspecting for any presence of the following unwanted elements:

•             Mold

•             Mildew

•             Fungus

•             Yeast

•             E.coli

•             Salmonella

•             Mycotoxins

•             Heavy metals

•             Residual solvents

Packaged for Clarity and Preservation

CBD hemp oil products should be packaged to optimally preserve the cannabinoids and other natural constituents of the CBD hemp oil. This helps slow CBD oil’s expiration, and protects it from degradation caused by exposure to air, light, and heat.

Along with an accurate, complete listing of ingredients, product labels should provide information on standard serving sizes and storage recommendations so your CBD oil doesn’t expire or spoil too quickly.

The Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is defined as multiple cannabinoids working together to create an enhanced effect. Therefore, full-spectrum CBD products that include terpenes and flavonoids are expected to work better from an overall health perspective. Including a full spectrum of cannabinoids ensures that the CBD product is better absorbed and acts on all receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, isolated CBD products may be better suited to managing specific symptoms related to a disease process, such as ticks found in Tourette’s.

Use of CBD Products

The saying “to each their own” is very appropriate in this instance. There are a wide range of CBD products on the market including tinctures, oils, topicals, gummies, water and other infused edibles.

An individual needs to search for the product that is best suited to them. CBD MED provides a wide array of products and incorporates nanotechnology to aid in absorption.

CBD Med offers capsules that are a great choice for consumers who are on the go. They provide easy, consistent dosing and can be added into an already established vitamin regimen.

CBD oil offers the ability to tailor the dosage to the user’s needs. If CBD is being used to manage pain, oil is a great solution, as the dosage can be adjusted according to pain level throughout the day.

CBD topicals offer the ability to externally assist the body with pain, skin irritations, and other ailments. This is a great solution to target certain areas of the body.

CBD water is a great health and wellness product as it keeps the consumer hydrated while providing beneficial amounts of CBD to maintain overall health. The use of nanotechnology improves the bioavailability and absorption of CBD and will help a consumer achieve maximum benefit.

TYPES OF HIGH QUALITY CBD OIL PRODUCTS AVAILABLE

Recognizing the importance of finding a high-quality CBD hemp oil product that meets your lifestyle, wellness needs, and financial considerations, CBD MED offers a wide variety of products that range in price and potency.

We offer an array of products to choose from, including pure CBD oils, CBD capsules, CBD tinctures or liquids, and CBD topicals.

Whether you’re looking for the greatest CBD concentration or value taste and convenience, you’ll be able to find a CBD oil product that works best for you

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CBD Explained

What is CBD? How does interact with your body?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a trending ingredient the natural products industry and is the focus of a new area of cannabis research. CBD is one of many cannabinoids, or molecules produced uniquely by the cannabis family. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the primary psychoactive element in marijuana), CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity and doesn’t cause the “high” associated with marijuana.

Every variety of the cannabis family produces cannabinoids, including hemp. While CBD and THC are the most well-known cannabinoids, there are many different types. Our brains have specific receptors designed to accept cannabinoids, known as CB1 and CB2. These receptors are responsible for the assimilation of cannabinoid molecules into your system, resulting in the psychoactive and immune responses correlated with cannabis consumption.

In the last few years, there have been many advances in cannabis processing and consumption methods. Concentrated products such as oil and rosin (a sap-like product extracted via heat and pressure) have allowed for cleaner ingestion methods, such as vaporization, to become more widespread. These new technologies have brought more consistent, identifiable dosages to patients and enthusiasts alike, while potentially enabling safer methods of consumption. 

 

Quality of Products

When it comes to the quality of any CBD product, you have to be very careful. CBD companies must be researched to understand where the company is acquiring the hemp used for manufacturing, what type of extraction process is being used, and potency of the product.

Hemp: Just like with vegetables, identifying where a company gets the hemp used for producing CBD is important. Make sure the company has performed testing for pesticides. Ideally, organic is the way to go. 

Extraction: CO2 as an extraction method is ideal for botanical extracts. Although it is laborious and expensive, it is regarded as the best way to extract hemp oil due to its gentle action and high yield. 

Potency: The purity of the CBD and what is paired with matters. Ask for testing for purity of the CBD and if the product has THC. In addition, how is the product manufactured. Some process helps with absorption of the CBD into the body. 

When extracted correctly and verified for correct potency, CBD can provide the desired effect.