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Islamic Faith and CBD: Is CBD Halal or Haram?

Is CBD Halal?

A tricky one that, and as often is the case with religion, a question that can be interpreted differently depending on who you ask. 

However, there are some facts of the matter you should be aware of when determining if CBD is halal. Luckily for you, we’ve consulted several sources to help you decide.

So read on to find your answers!

Interested in the very best halal CBD products the UK has to offer? 

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First, What Is CBD?

To begin to understand whether CBD is permissible to consume in the Islamic faith, it is first important to understand exactly what CBD is.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound that will often be referred to as a cannabinoid, and is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Along with CBD, there are many other components found in cannabis and hemp plants such as terpenes. Terpenes are also found in many other aromatic plants and woods.

You can also find flavonoids. These are what give cannabis and hemp their taste and smell.

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CBD Products often contain many different vitamins and minerals

One of the most known and controversial cannabinoids found in cannabis plants is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the substance in Cannabis plants that causes psychoactivity, or what makes a person feel “high.”

Seeing that CBD comes from Cannabis plants, many people confuse it for a drug or psychotropic substance because of the THC associated with it. In order for any CBD products to be sold legally, they cannot contain any more than 1mg of THC or CBN.

Curious about CBD laws? 

Learn more in UK CBD Law: An In-Depth Analysis

CBD is said to have many different types of benefits, but none of these benefits have been clinically approved yet and research still remains in preclinical stages. Therefore, no one can say that CBD is going to help you in any way to treat, cure or aid in any medical issues.

However, what we do know is that CBD products contain many different nutrients, such as fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and in some cases terpenes and flavonoids; which can all be of great aid to a person’s daily nutritional intake.

Can CBD Make You “High”?

As mentioned above, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the sole component in cannabis that produces psychoactive effects on the body and creates that “high” feeling. This means that there is no chance of you experiencing any mind-altering effects associated with cannabis from CBD. This also rings true for any products that contain the 0.2% THC limit because of the negligible amount of THC.

As long as the CBD products have been purchased from reputable shops and sellers that can prove the THC content, you can rest assured that there is no chance of feeling “high”.

Many who are concerned about CBD being Halal will argue that any products with 0.2% THC would not be Halal because even any amount of THC would be wrong. If this is a concern to you, then you may want to look for products that are made from CBD Isolate (CBD that has been isolated), or that advertise having Zero THC.

Separating CBD from THC and other components is a tedious process that requires specialised equipment, operators and testing machines, to ensure the procedure has been done correctly. That is why it is very important to source your CBD from reliable companies and brands because they have the means and equipment to isolate CBD. Many of them will also do third-party lab testing to prove the contents of CBD and THC.

Any reputable CBD brand will have third party lab reports to prove the contents of their products. A third party lab report is when the product has been sent to a lab that specialises in testing CBD products and is not associated with any specific brand. This way there is no bias, and you can trust what is listed on the results.

Is CBD Halal?

CBD can be considered Halal, since it is similar to other plant extracts that are used in everyday life, such as essential oils (i.e. lavender oil) or cooking oil. This means it cannot be technically categorised as Khamr.

However, many believe that when choosing a CBD product to use, you should make sure that it is 100% free of THC and that you personally feel right about taking it.

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CBD Products often contain many different vitamins and minerals

When in doubt…

A very common teaching in the Islamic faith is that when in doubt, it is better to abstain. When it comes to CBD, it is best that you personally do some thorough research for yourself and talk to your local scholars about CBD. 

It is very important that taking CBD is in line with your personal beliefs and that you personally feel comfortable with it. We would never want anyone to take anything that interferes with their beliefs and values, so we won’t make any suggestions that would do so.

A great tip for finding CBD products which have no traces of THC is looking to trusted brands or shops; either of which can be found online or on the high street.

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Many of these products are made with CBD Isolate or are referred to as Broad Spectrum. CBD Isolate is as it sounds, the CBD compound isolated from any other components of the cannabis and hemp plants. While Broad Spectrum products will still have other compounds from hemp plants (i.e. terpenes and flavanoids) yet will still be THC free.

All of these products will also advertise themselves as THC free. Many will even have lab reports to prove so. You will find that there are many places which sell CBD free of THC, and you’ll be able to find the perfect product for you.

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Things to look out for:

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Are Certain Methods of CBD Consumption Haram?

The first thing we recommend to anyone looking for Halal CBD is to only buy lab-tested CBD. That way you can see on the report exactly what is in the product. It will list if there are any traces of THC as well as any solvents.

An additional concern has been raised when it comes to the many methods of consumption of CBD such as oils, sweets, edibles, tablet vaping and more. Let’s look at them one by one and work out what CBD consumption methods are Halal:

CBD Oils

For the majority of CBD Oils, you can be confident that they are Halal. Due to the main ingredients being a hemp extract that contains CBD (which is halal), plus a carrier oil. This is what we recommend purchasing if you want to be the most confident that you are consuming a Halal product.

However, like with alcohol-based medicine, if there is an alternative with no traces of alcohol, it should be taken. This means that Muslims seeking to use CBD should use CBD Oils that are made with CBD isolate or listed as Zero THC, and do not contain any traces THC. Here are a few products that we would recommend:

  1. Koi Naturals CBD Oil
  2. CUBID CBD Oil Drops
  3. CBD Asylum Pro Shot CBD Juice

These all contain no THC as they are made from CBD Isolate, and are also Vegan. This way, you can be sure that they are Halal!

Interested in the very best halal CBD products the UK has to offer? 

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CBD Edibles

Some CBD edibles are Haram due to the gelatin which has been used in them. Therefore we recommend staying away from CBD gummies unless you can be certain they are gelatin-free. For example, if they are listed as vegan/vegetarian. However, there are still many vegan CBD Edibles to be found that would be considered Halal such as CBD Chocolates.

CBD Tablets or Capsules

Again, with CBD Capsules gelatin is the main concern, so we would recommend buying vegan/vegetarian CBD tablets to be sure they are Halal and gelatin free.

CBD Vaping

CBD vaping is a complicated one as generally e-cigarettes are considered Haram due to the nicotine in them which makes them prohibited. However, the vast majority of CBD vapes and e-liquids are free from nicotine. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that vaping is seen as a Halal method of CBD consumption. Even if it is indeed free of nicotine and other harmful substances, you still should not smoke or vape it. This is because it is imitating sinners, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (4031).

CBD Isolate Crystals

You can buy CBD Isolate Crystals, however, you cannot do much with them, without working them into other products which contain oils or fats. This is the purest and most untainted form of CBD and is Halal. However, due to the extra work required to dose CBD Crystals and make them into a consumable form without vaping them, we wouldn’t recommend it to most people. 

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Our Top Tips to Ensure You’re Buying Halal CBD

  1. Buy Lab-Tested CBD which explicitly states it has no traces of THC
  2. Ensure it is vegan or vegetarian CBD or states that it is gelatin-free
  3. Buy CBD that states it is Broad Spectrum, made from CBD Isolate or is THC Free

Are you now ready to take a look at some top halal CBD products? 

Head to our Top Halal CBD Products of 2020 for the full lowdown.

The Entourage Effect: All You Need To Know

Did you know that there’s more to CBD products than just CBD?

A bit of a strange concept on the face of it, but dig just a little deeper and you’ll find that this theory holds true.

We’re not talking about the functional parts of CBD oils and vape juices, mind you, like the carrier oils needed to absorb CBD into the bloodstream or thinning agents needed in vape oils.

No, we’re talking about something else entirely. Something natural. Something pivotal to the intensity of your CBD experience.

We’re talking about the mysteriously named Entourage Effect.

So, What Does the Entourage Effect Really Mean?

It’s quite simple. The cannabis plant is considered greater than the sum of its parts.

CBD is just one compound from the cannabis plant. When it’s mixed with cannabis’s other naturally occurring plant molecules, the effects of CBD are thought to get stronger.

But hold on a second, cannabis is illegal, right? I don’t want to get high, I don’t want to break the law…

Don’t worry! Only a few of the 423 known compounds in cannabis are classed as a controlled substance in the UK, and even these are allowed in small quantities.

Genuine CBD products will not get you high and are completely legal in the UK.

What Are We Going to Cover in This Article?

In this article, we are going to go over the following topics:

Evidence for the Entourage Effect

The concept of the entourage effect was first proposed in 1998 in the European Journal of Pharmacology by a group of scientists investigating the effect of a naturally-occurring endocannabinoid.

You may not be aware, but endocannabinoids such as anandamide are produced naturally in the human body. These compounds are not the same as the ones that are found in the cannabis plant, mind you, but they do work on the same brain receptors.

Anyway, back to the experiment: these scientists discovered that other naturally occurring compounds increased the effectiveness of the endocannabinoid, just by being there, and when they were removed its effectiveness was reduced.

Since then, there have been a limited number of studies investigating the evidence for the entourage effect, although more research is needed.

Two such studies include:

Which Plant Compounds Contribute to the Entourage Effect?

Cannabinoids

Aside from CBD and THC, there have been over 100 different cannabinoids identified. These cannabinoids are all unique, but many share similar properties.

Pinene is a commonly occurring terpene in both cannabis and pine trees

These cannabinoids all interact either directly or indirectly with the endocannabinoid system receptors CB1 and CB2. When taken together, they are thought to enhance each other’s effect on the body.

Terpenes

Responsible for the smell of the cannabis plant, terpenes have their own unique properties and are thought to compliment the effect of cannabinoids.

While evidence suggests that terpenes do not directly impact the effectiveness of cannabinoids in binding to receptors, they are thought by many to “steer” the overall cannabinoid experience.

An article on the website Leafly indicated that you can predict how calming or energizing your cannabis experience will be by the terpene profile of the strain.

Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum and Isolated CBD.

When it comes to CBD products, each and every one falls into one of three categories: isolate, broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD. These terms are directly related to the cannabis components of the product and therefore the entourage effect.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the easiest of the three to explain as it is simply the CBD isolated from the other naturally occurring substances in the cannabis plant.

As you may have guessed, the entourage effect is not present in isolated CBD products and is thought to be less potent. This has the knock-on effect of CBD isolate often being less expensive than its full and broad-spectrum counterparts.

Full-Spectrum CBD

The other extreme to CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD is not just CBD – in fact, all the naturally occurring elements of the cannabis strain are still present in the product.

This allows for maximum entourage effect potential which is thought to increase the effectiveness of the product, and, therefore, the price point.

Full-spectrum CBD often contains small dosages of THC despite its status as a controlled substance. However, 0.03% THC is allowed in these products so as long as this number is not exceeded, full-spectrum CBD is still completely legal in the UK.

However, given the European Commissions’ recent comments that it may reclassify CBD as a narcotic, it may not be long before even CBD isolate may not be sold in the EU.

Take a look at our article looking at what the EU’s CBD U-Turn means for the cannabis industry for more information.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-Spectrum CBD falls somewhere in-between full-spectrum and isolated CBD. Although not all of the additional cannabis compounds have been removed from broad-spectrum products, some – most commonly controlled substances like THC and THCV – have been.

Although the entourage effect is restricted to some degree, broad-spectrum CBD removes the risk of consumers being flagged in drug tests for the likes of THC.

Conclusion

The entourage effect is a mysterious beast, and one we do not fully understand yet.

However, there is growing acceptance by the CBD community that the presence of additional plant compounds does impact the potency of CBD products, and many will continue to favour full-spectrum CBD over CBD isolate for this very reason.

Having said all this, more studies are desperately needed in this area of cannabis research, and indeed in cannabis research as a whole. Hopefully, with changing societal perceptions across the UK, US and around the world, this gap will be filled sooner rather than later.

The Dangers Of Buying CBD & Hemp Oil From Amazon

Is Hemp Oil on Amazon actually CBD? Should you buy Hemp Oil from Amazon? And what should you look for when buying CBD?

Amazon is one of the most trusted household names for online shopping globally. However, due to their marketing regulations and practices around selling CBD, they are one of the most unreliable and unsafe places to buy CBD oil online. This is a big statement to make but I seriously recommend you consider the points I raise before you buy CBD (Hemp Oil) from Amazon.

Full Disclosure: I run a competing online CBD re-selling Shop in the UK (BloomBotancis.co.uk). By observing the practises that sellers have to work around in the UK to sell CBD on Amazon, I feel it puts un-educated users in danger of being exploited and the transparency of the actual CBD contents in the products is dangerous and irresponsible and is overall bad for the CBD industry.

The Deliberate Loopholes of Selling CBD/Hemp Oil on Amazon

Wait, Amazon doesn’t have CBD sellers….

Well, it actually does.

Just search CBD and you will find over seven pages of ‘Hemp Drops/Hemp Oil/Hemp Vapes’ of sponsored and unsponsored listings coming up for the term ‘CBD’. However, these product listings will not list anything to do with CBD in their descriptions or titles. That is because they are listings made to dodge the ‘ban on CBD’, or at least the keyword ‘CBD’, that Amazon has in place to flag products. These are either genuine CBD products using this as a  loophole or products that are definitely not CBD and are trying to trick uneducated and inexperienced people looking for CBD into buying it.

CBD on amazon, even though it is banned

Many are breaking serious MHRA guidelines…

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have strict sets of guidelines surrounding promoting health products/ supplements in the UK. The forms of marketing MHRA consider suggesting to a consumer that a product is properly classified as a medicinal product are:

This means that marketers should not do these things when marketing health products or food supplements. As it may deceive customers into thinking a food supplement is a serious medical treatment, and not approach trained medical professionals for help when it could be needed most.

So considering these points, we can see that a significant amount of these listings are making improper and quite extreme medical claims:

hemp oil (CBD) With illegal medical claims

This shows that there are serious cases of false advertisements for these products. Which seriously break these regulations, here is one of the worst examples I have found in the product descriptions:

CBD Amazon - illegal medical claims

Basically, everything after and including ‘Miracle Hemp Oil’ breaks the MHRA’s guidelines

Amazon is a marketplace, they’re not to blame… It’s the sellers you should blame….

Yes, Amazon is just a marketplace, and the sellers themselves are the ones selling misleading products. However, Amazon has left the term ‘hemp oil’ open for use as a way for selling legitimate CBD, or illegitimate CBD products which contain little to no CBD at all; due to them literally being just hemp seed oil. There is little to no way to be sure if the brands are trustworthy or not without doing your own personal research off-site. Which I’m sure many, if not most, people using Amazon will not do.

So, overall, we can see that Amazon’s ban on CBD has generated a home for illegitimate or miss-labelled products specifically designed to game this gap on the Amazon marketplace. Which the majority of people will perceive as reliable CBD products, and they may actually be!! However, due to the ban on CBD, the user will not actually know what they really are buying.

Demystifying the Product Descriptions and the Risk of Deception They Have

What exactly are the problems with Amazon Hemp Oil (CBD) listings:

They use common CBD marketing talking points but don’t mention the CBD content. For example: if you purchased a 15% hemp oil, you don’t know:

  1. If that is percentage/ mg count, CBD content or hemp extract amount
  2. If it is hemp extracts, how much CBD is in that extract? All hemp extract is not created equally in quality or concentration of CBD.

Technically, a CBD Paste with 14% CBD content is a hemp extract and a CBD isolate of 99.9% is a hemp extract (as they are both extracted from hemp). But, some people may say that hemp seed oil is a hemp extract which has a 0% CBD content. This alone creates a huge margin in error for the strengths of CBD content. Which is exactly what the purchasers of these products are looking for. So consumers looking for 15% CBD oil, will buy this and end up with anywhere from 0% to 15% depending on what they buy.

I feel this product is a good example of something which is actually CBD:

CBD Amazon - Simply Hemp Claims and info on contents

Is it 10% (1000mg) CBD or hemp extract? Well, it says that it is 46% hemp extract in the description. Which means that 4.6ml is hemp extract which is more than 1000mg so it actually can’t be that.

So they must be referring to CBD. Which means in this case the hemp extract is 21.74% CBD. So this product is most likely correctly showing its CBD content. But the listing is not saying it is 10% CBD. So, realistically, it could have literally nothing in it in regards to CBD.

However, due to the ban on ‘CBD’ as a keyword, there is no chance of finding a lab report for this product on Amazon, so we can’t be sure it’s reliable. And I can’t find this company online anywhere under its brand name or trace 3rd party lab reports on these products on or off of Amazon. which just throws up more red flags.

Next, a good example of something which is really just Hemp Oil, but coming up when I search CBD which will deceive those who don’t know or are new to CBD:

CBD Amazon - proto hemp oil makes customers think its high strength cbd

CBD is a quite pricey product so this product may look appealing to someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot on CBD. But it has 4000mg strength… strength of what? CBD or Hemp extract. Given the price, I would expect maybe that is the mass of hemp extract, but very weak hemp extract, with little to no CBD. So this again is strongly misleading customers. As 4000mg of CBD in 10ml of an oil carrier goes for around £270. Below is an example of a legitimate 4000mg CBD Oil bottle.

Love hemp 40% CBD Price

Why I Think Amazon Is Allowing CBD to Sold On Its Site Like This

Basically, so they can force any product related problems onto the sellers. Amazon has ‘banned CBD’ – ‘This product is miss-sold hemp oil and flew under our radar.’ This allows them to ban the sellers as they are the ‘bad people’. Saying that they did nothing wrong, and this is people exploiting the system.

How can we tell Amazon has properly assessed these products and should be aware of what they are?

In Amazon you can only have pictures in your description if Amazon has specifically given your brand the go-ahead to do so, this is for large sellers they trust. This means that these brands and products have been manually reviewed and approved by Amazon staff for extra detailed listings for something which is clearly CBD. For Example, this product description even talks about the CBI & CBII receptors, something which is fundamental to the interaction your body has with CBD.

CBD Amazon- Even mentions CBD related body receptors

If we look at the main heading of the product, we see outlandish claims to health benefits which breach MHRA standards, and indications and strengths which make this appear to be a CBD product.

CBD Amazon - Hemp Gummies break guidlines

Alot of these products have been sold on amazon so they have been there quite some time.

The review rate of buyers on amazon is 2-5%, this means that some of these products have moved anywhere from 3000-6000 units. So I think its easy to say that these have been exploiting this loophole on amazon for a while.

What I Think Amazon Should Do

Amazon should allow full transparent sales of CBD on their platform, and push for lab tested products to at least ensure their legality and legitimacy in the UK. This will also educate and let CBD users buy CBD in a safe manner so they can actually know what they are buying. Currently, they have just created an unreliable environment that will lead to their customers buying a low-quality product which may not even contain CBD; or buying CBD products while being unaware of the safety and legality of the product.

Alternatively, they shouldn’t be selling these products and nothing should appear when I search ‘CBD’ on Amazon. As it is misleading their customers and do a disservice to their customers and the CBD industry.

Must ReadUK CBD Law – An In-depth Analysis

What You should look out for when buying CBD

  1. Buy CBD which clearly states that it is CBD and it’s CBD content.
  2. You Should buy CBD which has been 3rd party lab tested to ensure:
    1. It’s legal in the UK (contains under 0.2% THC)
    2. It’s made to professional standards.
    3. It actually contains the CBD that the brand claims
    4. Additionally, the more open the brand is about their lab reports the more you can trust them.
  3. Buy from brands which use pesticide and herbicide free hemp.
  4. Research 3rd party reviews of the products you’re interested in, I find youtube is a great resource for this. It’s easier to tell who’s been paid to talk about it, and who is doing a genuine review.

At CBD Scanner we work hard to be as transparent about the products we review as possible providing all the information we can. This is to help you understand what you’re putting in your body, while being able to be sure of the exact CBD.

Can CBD Help You Stay Focused?

A lack of focus can be a big problem, no matter what circumstance. Whether it’s in an important conversation or in the midst of a career-changing project, the focus is essential. Truth be told, we’re all guilty of daydreaming or ‘zoning-out’ when boredom takes over. But the difference between feeling bored and struggling to focus is quite different. If focusing is proving difficult, it can begin to affect our daily lives. Absence of concentration should not be ignored if it begins to affect the way you go about your daily routine. Finding a solution should be a priority.

There are a number of chronic conditions that make concentrating extremely difficult, including: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, dementia, major depressive disorder, alcohol use disorder, concussion and more. For people suffering from these chronic conditions, focusing can be extremely difficult, which is why many look for a solution. There are a few major options for those looking to improve their focus and concentration, but many of these options include strong medication.

It’s been suggested that a more natural solution is CBD. Despite the limited amount of research on CBD, many people continue to think that CBD could be used as a focus enhancer. However, they are not without reason. There are a few major factors that make CBD a promising option for people looking for improved focus.

Can CBD Really Improve Focus?

Understanding how CBD works within the body is paramount. Without the stacks of information we now have, it’d be impossible to comprehend what CBD is capable of doing.

When it comes to CBD and the human body, the most important discovery is the way it works with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system that is active and present in the human body at all times. This system plays an essential role in maintaining our mental and physical health due to the fact that it is responsible for regulating functions such as mood, learning and memory, appetite, stress, sleep and other major processes. Without the ECS, our body would not be in a state of homeostasis.

Compared to other cannabinoids, CBD is capable of triggering receptors in the ECS in a unique way. CBD, for example, primarily targets and triggers CB2 receptors that are found primarily in the immune system, organs and tissues. THC, on the other hand, triggers both CB1 and CB2 receptors. Why does this matter? Well, CB1 receptors are responsible for causing psychoactive effects. Therefore, CBD is not capable of making you ‘stoned’, whereas THC can because of the way they affect the ECS.

Furthermore, CBD is known for affecting dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is in charge of our memory, mental awareness, and most importantly, focus. When dopamine levels are low, our concentration and attention levels drop. Essentially, the more dopamine the better, and that’s exactly what CBD can offer.

One of the primary factors that makes CBD a more promising option when compared to other cannabinoid options is its incapability of causing psychoactive effects. When smoking cannabis, for example, an excess of dopamine can occur because of its THC content, and can lead to the opposite effect: hindered memory and focus. So, CBD can in its own unique way improve focus. By working its magic through the ECS and triggering the right receptors it may be the ideal natural solution for people suffering from lack of focus.

Can CBD Oil Help you focus

How to Take CBD for Improved Focus

Now that you know that CBD may be capable of improving focus and concentration, you may be wondering just how exactly you can receive these effects. Well, the good news is that there are countless options to choose from. CBD is not a ‘one size fits all’ type of substance, meaning that each user can choose what’s perfect for them depending on their needs, preferences and tastes. There are a large number of CBD products that may help improve focus on a daily basis. Here are some of the most popular options:

Vaping – CBD vaping is now one of the most popular consumption methods on the market. It’s not only fun and unique but is also incredibly effective. When compared to other methods of consumption such as oral ingestion of CBD edibles, vaporizing CBD is faster and can possibly offer a higher bioavailability of CBD. This means that it can give you more of what the cannabinoid has to offer because of the way it is released into the body. When it comes to CBD for focus, vaping is one of the most recommendable options because of how fast it is able to exert its effects on the body. Vaping is also very easy and does not require too many complicated processes, meaning you can enjoy it fully without having to be a vape expert.

Vaping CBD to help focus

CBD Oils and Tinctures – Out of the many CBD options, CBD oil and tinctures continue to be a preferred option for many. This is primarily due to the fact that CBD oil is considered the ‘original source’ of CBD. When extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant, CBD is extracted as an oil. This means that CBD oils that do not contain too many added ingredients are the closest you can get to pure CBD. The efficiency and quickness of CBD oil is what makes it such a great option for focus, like vaping. There are many CBD oil options on the market, but choosing a product that does not have too many unnecessary ingredients, and that has a high concentration of CBD may be the best for improved focus.

CBD Oil for focus

Final Thoughts on CBD for Focus & Concentration

In conclusion, CBD has been shown to be a promising option for improved focus and increased level of concentration. However, the majority of these beliefs are based on limited research done on CBD and the way it works in the body. This means that there is no actual major proof that can lead us to say that CBD is the ‘miracle cure’ for lack of focus or concentration. This is also the case with other believed CBD benefits.

This leads us to the point that using CBD for any medical purposes is not recommended, and that always seek the advice of a medical professional before using CBD is essential. Although hundreds of CBD users have shared their focus-improving CBD journey on social media platforms and other parts of the CBD community, there is no way to say that CBD is the perfect solution for everyone.

If you, however, would still like to discover for yourself how CBD can improve your everyday life, keep in mind that starting off small and finding the ideal dosage for your needs is more than important. Trying out different products, CBD doses and options is a great way to ‘test’ CBD out for yourself, and to discover what it can do for you, and your focus.

Can I Recycle My Vape Cartridges?

Recycle Vape Cartridges

Being conscious of the waste and trash you produce is always important, no matter what type of products you use.

Although in 2019, there has been a growing awareness about how much we impact our planet, it is still rare to see people encouraging recycling.

However, when it comes to certain types of products that produce a large amount of waste, it is always a smart idea to look for more ‘mindful’ options.

What Are Vape Cartridges? | Why Should They be Recycled?

Vape pens are made up of two main parts: a battery, and a cartridge. These disposable cartridges are usually filled with oil or e-liquids.

There are different types of cartridges, but the most commonly used are units that you screw on to a battery and throw away after use.

In these cartridges, users can choose oils that contain nicotine, THC, CBD and more, and enjoy their favourite materials in an easy way.

Although these cartridges are used to offer optimal vaporization and a stress-free vape experience, they are beginning to become a problem.

Due to the fact that vape cartridges need to be changed every few weeks, or more frequently depending on how much an individual vapes, the waste becomes scary.

Not only do vape cartridges create a lot of waste, but can also be incredibly harmful to the environment.

If vape cartridges that contain nicotine end up the landfill, they can leak into the earth they are placed on and do a lot more harm than expected.

Just like the millions of cigarettes that are incorrectly disposed of on a daily basis, vape cartridges and other vaporizer parts are beginning to become the same way.

Being aware of your vape products, where they go after you use them, and how to correctly dispose of them is something that all vape users should know.

Vape Cartridge

How to Recycle Vape Cartridges – The Easy Way

Although recycling may sound like a difficult, annoying process, if done properly, it’s more than easy.

Instead of spending lots of your precious time on recycling, if you know the correct way of doing it, you’ll be done faster than you think.

By simply following these 3 simple steps, you will be on the way to becoming a professional recycler.

  1. Rinsing: One of the most important steps for recycling vape cartridges is rinsing them. Although it may seem like a strange step, rinsing your cartridges will avoid environmental damage.
    Be sure to give your cartridges a good rinse, and make sure that all the oils or liquids are out of the parts before moving on to the next step.
  2. Separating: Depending on the types of materials your vape cartridges are made of, you are going to want to dispose of them in their respective places.
    Although most cartridges are made from plastic, there can sometimes be unique types of cartridges, depending on the brand you purchase from.
    Be sure to know the materials your cartridges are made from so you can then know exactly how to separate them and how to dispose of them properly.
  3. Get Rid of Them the Right Way: Now that you have rinsed and separated your used vape cartridges, simply throw away your cartridges in their respective bins.
  4. Some business will even take used cartridges for you. Take a look at your local vape shop and see if they do this. 

The best option is to look for recycling services near you. This way, once you begin to separate your cartridges into the right places, you will have a place to take them where they can actually be taken to the next step of the ‘recycling journey’.

Although at first, recycling may seem a little scary or overwhelming, making this decision and creating a ‘change’ will make more of an impact than you think.

Vape Pens

Are There Other Options?

After learning more about the recycling process of disposable vape cartridges, you may be asking yourself if it’s even worth it.

Well, the truth is that vape cartridges are not the only option, and you can choose from a variety of other vape products that do not make such a negative impact on the environment.

By simply choosing a vaporizer that can be refilled, and that is non-disposable is a great place to start.

Want To Try CBD Vape Pens? Read Review: Harmony Tempo Pods Review

Also, looking for companies and brands that craft their vaporizers form reused materials is another way to make a “positive vape impact”.

There are countless options for those looking to be more environmentally mindful, and if you are one of these people, find products and ways that make you and our planet happy!

CBD Edibles Vs Capsules: What’s The Difference

CBD is rapidly becoming one of the most diverse supplements in the world. It first hit the market in its herbal form before becoming popular as an oil. Today, there are dozens of ways to consume and enjoy CBD.

Notably innovative methods include vape e-liquids, topical ointments, shampoos and even candles. Of course, the tried and true methods remain some of the most enduring and popular forms of taking CBD. This is why consumables and capsules are often at the forefront of people’s minds when they think about CBD.

Which is better, though? Which method of consuming CBD offers the best results? Before we can answer these questions we have to consider the biological processes that allow our bodies to absorb and process CDB.

CBD and Bioavailability

You may have come across this term in CBD marketing. It is a relatively obscure physiological term that, in pharmacology, defines the measurement of the speed and amount a particular drug reaches the site of action. In other words, the bioavailability of paracetamol, for example, measures how fast-acting and effective it is at controlling pain.

When it comes to CBD, the nutritional definition is a better fit. This is because of the amount of CBD an individual needs to consume to notice its effects vary from person to person. In other words, bioavailability for dietary supplements can be defined as the proportion of the administered substance capable of being absorbed and available for use or storage. This variation is better addressed by nutritional science.

When CBD is consumed, it interacts with a system of receptors in your body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). These receptors can be found throughout your body, but the highest concentrations are found in the brain and gut. This means the CBD with the highest levels of bioavailability will target these areas to ensure maximum absorption.

In short, methods of CBD consumption that are internal (vaping, oilscapsules) ensure more CBD binds to your ECS than methods that are external (topical creams). Although there are other considerations to take into account. One is the form the consumable CBD takes. If the CBD is suspended in vegetable fat, it is more likely to be stored by the human body, reducing its bioavailability.

Entourage Effect

CBD and The Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is controversial in the CBD industry. While there is a pool of evidence that supports its existence, it has yet to be scientifically verified. In short, it describes how the many components in the hemp plant interact with the human body to produce an effect that is greater than the sum of its part. Essentially it is all the components of the hemp plant synergising with each other. One of the most striking pieces of evidence for the entourage effect is how CBD and THC interact with each other.

THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is frequently associated with the ‘high’ cannabis users chase. On its own, it can have a stimulant effect, this is what can lead to the paranoia associated with a ‘bad high’. CBD, however, seems to have a counteracting effect on THC, reeling in the worst of its excesses and promoting a more relaxing, mellow high.

Patients prefer the entourage effect of the whole hemp plant. In the 80s, the drug Marinol was invented. It was a synthetic THC drug that was expected to work as well as the cannabis plant. However, it was found that patients much prefered the plant. This may be linked to the fact that the whole plant has over 85 active cannabinoids that may work in conjunction with THC to produce a more beneficial effect.

Worried about the Psychoactive Effects from CBD? Suggested Read: Does CBD Get You High?

CBD Edibles Vs CBD Capsules

With these two topics in mind, we can now compare and contrast the efficacy of edibles and capsules. Both are certainly in the upper spectrum of bioavailability when it comes to the CBD market as a whole. On top of this, both are extremely convenient ways to consume CBD, they don’t require any fiddling with dropper bottles, vapes, or topical ointments.

Edibles

Edibles

CBD edibles come in a huge array of shapes and forms. From home-cooked brownies to store-bought gummy sweets, the choices are pretty endless. Whatever their form, edibles are products you eat that contain a certain level of CBD. These aren’t generally marketed as or intended to be a medicinal product. They are often simply confectionaries with a certain level of CBD.

It could be argued that CBD owes a lot of its popularity to a type of edibles. CBD coffee dominated the headlines in early 2019, with cafes across the world offering coffees infused with a few drops of CBD oil. Though these are drinks, their intention and composition are very close to edibles.

If you’re interested in finding some of the best CBD edibles available in the UK head to our CBD edibles page.

One of the main differences between edibles and capsules is how long the effects take to become noticeable. Edibles take a bit longer, around 30 minutes, as they have to be metabolised in the digestive system. Also, the bioavailability of the CBD in edibles can be compromised by the form the edible takes. A high-fat or high-carb edible could mean that the CBD is stored in fat cells, locked away from the ECS. However, edibles generally work with the herbal form of CBD, so you can expect the entourage effect to be present.

CBD Capsules

Capsules

CBD capsules don’t have the tasty appeal of edibles as they generally come in the form of gel-caps that contain a carefully measured dose of CBD. Capsules should be a familiar sight to anyone who has taken health supplements. Generally, the CBD in the cap is dissolved in coconut oil or hemp seed oil. They have a much faster absorption rate than edibles, with users being able to feel their effects within a few minutes. Their dosage is easy to measure and very consistent when compared to edibles.

If you’re interested in finding some of the best CBD tablets and capsules available in the UK head to our CBD tablets page.

When it comes to bioavailability, capsules tend to come up on top – the gel-cap dissolves quickly, releasing the CBD to be absorbed directly. When it comes to the entourage effect, it really depends on the product in question. If a capsule is made with full-spectrum CBD oil, then you can expect the entourage effect to be present.

In short, if you are looking to enjoy the effects of CBD in a more measured and controlled way that you can work into your daily vitamin routine, look no further than capsules.

How to Make Your Own CBD E-Liquid with CBD Crystals

What are CBD Crystals?

CBD crystals are simply a form in which CBD can be presented. It gets its name from its resemblance to actual crystals, yet the consistency itself is nothing like crystals, and you needn’t worry about them being hard.

There are 3 different types or forms of CBD crystals, and these are CBD Crystal Isolates, CBD Crumble, and CBD Shatter. These are all different due to the method of extraction, and the different types of solvents used to get the CBD from the hemp or cannabis plants.

CBD crystal isolates are white and powdery in consistency, and these are usually around 98 – 99% pure CBD, with the exception of traceable amounts of other components in the cannabis or hemp plants.

CBD shatter is thin and has an appearance like that of glass, for it usually comes in sharp pieces, and will shatter when dropped or hit. CBD wax shatter is usually not clear in colour, for it is not a pure isolate, but it is very clean and is preferred for many different types of DIY CBD products thanks to its malleability.

CBD wax crumble is waxy and smooth in appearance, and as its name suggests, looks like large crumbs or crumbles off a larger piece. This type of CBD crystal gets its appearance from both the way it is extracted and the components it has within it. Normally, wax crumble is more of a full spectrum CBD, meaning that it has many of the natural oils and terpenes which the cannabis or hemp plant produces.

How to Make Your Own E-Liquid with CBD Crystals?

Vape Parts

E-liquids are actually very simple and easy to make. Especially when you want to make one just to your liking, or to cover certain preferences or needs of yours.

The best way to start out is by purchasing high-quality food grade Propylene Glycol (PG), and Vegetable Glycerin (VG), both are found easily on Amazon. Then, you need to purchase high-quality CBD Crystals of your choice. Make sure you are getting CBD Crystals that are an Isolate to get the most out of your products and to be able to make a more seamless and smooth e-liquid.

After you purchase your 3 main ingredients, you will also need an airtight container or bottle in which you can mix your e-liquid and store in. This needs to be airtight because you will be warming your mixture up in a pot of warm water, and you don’t want any water whatsoever getting into the mix. Make sure it is heat-safe and airtight.

If you want to make a flavoured E-liquid you will need to purchase a high-quality E-liquid Flavour Concentrate in the flavour of your choice. You can get these on Amazon or from any Vape Shop.

Now, to begin making your own CBD e-liquid you must first know that the most E-liquids have a PG to VG ratio between a 60:40 and 70:30. Meaning it is made up of 60% PG (Propylene Glycol) and 40% VG (Vegetable Glycerin).

Love Hemp suggests 200mg of crystals to 10ml of E-liquid for best results, so based on their professional opinion we suggest the same. This would make an E-liquid with a strength of about 2%.

Right below here you will see the step by step method we find the best:

  1. Measure out 6ml PG and 4ml VG and pour the mixture into your airtight container (This is to make 10ml of E-liquid).
  2. Measure out 200mg of CBD Crystals (this is best done with a scale) and mix into the airtight container.
  3. Pour about 3 – 5 inches of water into a pot and set on medium-high heat. This water should reach approximately 60 degrees Celsius. This is basically very hot, but not boiling. Be sure to not go too far over this temperature.
  4. Once the water is the correct temperature, put your sealed contained of e-liquid into the water, and set your timer for 10 minutes. Note: this is just so that all the ingredients in your e-liquid can fully melt and merge into one another.
  5. After the 10 minutes is up, you can take out your e-liquid, let it cool, and even mix in a few drops of flavouring if you choose to do so. You can also add it in before the mixture goes into the hot water, for it does not change much in terms of the outcome.

Now you know all about how to make your own CBD infused e-liquid. We hope you like the way yours turns out. Making vape juice really is a simple task, and only takes around 15 minutes or so. Many people are starting to make their own because they like the control they have. This is a great way to make a non-addictive E-liquid free of nicotine.

Let us know if you’ve made E-liquids before and how they’ve turned out!