Paul James

Paul James is a seasoned cannabis and CBD writer and expert. He is a mental health blogger who advocates CBD as a natural alternative to prescription medications. You can read more about this and other natural alternatives on his blog:"

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What are CBDa and THCa? - Explained!

As prohibition slowly comes to an end, our understanding of cannabinoids and how they affect the endocannabinoid system are becoming clearer. There are two cannabinoids which scientists have taken particular notice to - cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA).   Both of these are precursors to cannabidiol (CBD) and delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in the cannabis Sativa plant (as well as other cannabis strains) as acidic forms. Little is known of what these cannabinoids can do in and of themselves. Yet, more research is beginning to appear as to how CBDa and THCa may have therapeutic potential similar to the effects of cannabis found in other cannabinoids (such as cannabigerol acid [CBGa] or cannabinol [CBN]).   CBDa and THCa help develop a variety of major cannabinoids. Throughout this article, we’re offering a definitive guide into CBDa and THCa. In the end, we invite you to ask further questions.   What is CBDa? Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) is the cannabinoid precursor to cannabidiol (CBD) found in the raw cannabis plant. Through a process known as decarboxylation, when cannabis is heated or dries up, the compound turns from CBDa to CBD.¹ CBDa is non-psychoactive and is believed to have the following therapeutic benefits: Analgesic Anti-inflammatory Antibacterial Antioxidant Prevents cancer cells from spreading Reduces feelings of nausea and vomiting   CBDa works similarly to CBD in the sense that it doesn’t directly affect the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor in our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Rather, it inhibits COX-2 enzymes and produces 5-HT receptors which all play important roles in our ECS.²   Since it isn’t as popular as CBD, it’s rare you’ll find a product on the market containing isolated CBDa. However, you can give it a try by juicing raw cannabis plant and consuming. It should be noted, through juicing, you’ll obtain a full spectrum of cannabinoids besides CBDa.   What is THCa? Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) is the cannabinoid precursor to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in raw cannabis plants. Similarly to CBDa and CBD, THCa changes into THC through decarboxylation. When a cannabis bud is dried, the THCa develops into THC. However, since most marijuana (including medical cannabis) is smoked, THC is further released through the heating process associated with lighting a joint or bong hit.³   Also similarly to CBDa, the only real way to consume THCa is by juicing a raw cannabis plant. Many people are turning towards this form of consumption as it offers a whole new spectrum of therapeutic benefits not found in cannabis flowers. When it comes to THCa, there are no psychoactive effects and the benefits are believed to include: Anti-emetic Anti-inflammatory Anti-proliferative Antioxidant Antispasmodic Appetite stimulant Neuroprotectant Pain reliever   Research concerning THCa is very new and scientists still don’t have a complete understanding as to how it affects our ECS. THCa is believed to influence our 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) receptors, producing serotonin in our body. It’s also believed to inhibit COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes as well as boost concentrations of endocannabinoid 2-AG.?   What is CBDa and THCa Crystalline? If you’ve done research, you’ve probably come across the terms CBDa and THCa crystalline. These are ways to identify the way both cannabinoid molecules look on a microscopic level. Both CBDa and THCa look similar in this sense as they appear very much like snowflakes, compressed rock salt, or the tips of trichomes.   Furthermore, when CBDa and THCa are isolated to create products such as tinctures or topicals, they come out looking very crystallized. This crystallized form of the molecules is the purest you can find, with a potency of around 99.9%. This means, there’s none of the following in CBDa and THCa isolated products: Fats Flavonoids Lipids Terpenes Unfortunately, the process of getting CBDa and THCa into this crystallized form is both very complicated and kept highly secret. In other words, there are only so many people doing this and, in effect, it’s not viable for the average consumer to come across these isolated cannabinoids.   Still, we do know a little about the process.   How is CBDa and THCa Isolated? Since CBDa and THCa cannot be heated (or else they’ll turn into CBD and THC), the cannabis extract method works differently from decarboxylated methods, those currently well-known to the cannabis industry. It starts with a set of washes and separations that both isolate the cannabinoid and removes potential toxins (such as terpenes and flavonoids). The first of these washes are usually done through solvents as these are effective in purifying CBDa and THCa?   From there, the cannabinoids will be put through something known as “preparative chromatography”. This is used to separate molecules by passing them through different methods at various speeds. The last part of isolating THCa and CBDa removes the last bit of potential toxic particulars through solvents.   How to Consume CBDa and THCa As already mentioned, is CBDa or THCa is heated, the effects attached to those chemicals will no longer be active. Warning: If you heat up THCa, you’ll produce THC which causes the entourage effect of psychoactivity.   With that, one of the most popular forms of consumption is oral ingestions. You can take CBDa or THCa in a pill form or prepare it with food. However, if you do prepare it with food, keep in mind that you can’t heat the cannabinoid. A popular choice is mixing it with pesto as this is a cool condiment that goes great with a variety of dishes.   There are other ways to consume CBDa and THCa, such as placing it on the skin. However, you should be very careful when experimenting with other consumption methods as both cannabinoids are highly sensitive to heat. Even just leaving your crystallized CBDa and THCa in the sunlight too long can turn it into CBD and THC.   But more than anything, you’re lucky if you even have the opportunity to get crystalline cannabinoids. Both CBDa and THCa in their pure form are extremely rare and most cannabis connoisseurs will never get the opportunity to try them. Partly because there are so few cannabis products containing the phytocannabinoids.   If you’re really eager to try either CBDa or THCa, your best bet is finding someone with either a raw hemp or marijuana plant and juicing it. It should be noted, there are currently no known side effects for CBDa and THCa.   Your Questions Still have questionings concerning CBDa and THCa? We invite you to ask them in the comments section below. If you have any further knowledge or personal experience with these cannabinoids, we’d also love to hear from you.   Reference Sources ¹ PubChem: Cannabidiolic acid - C22H30O4 ² Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal: The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabinoids, and Pain ³ Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: Decarboxylation Study of Acidic Cannabinoids - Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: Affinity and Efficacy Studies of Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid A at Cannabinoid Receptors Types One and Two - CAT Scientific: THCA and CBDA - An Investigation Into The Realm of Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoids

6 months ago

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A Dive Into Sabaidee's Good Vibes CBD Oil

SabaiDee products stand out amongst other CBD products due to the company’s mission - for every product a customer purchases, SabaiDee plants a tree in an effort to combat climate change. This mission is a reflection of the virtue SabaiDee offers its customers - all-natural, high-quality hemp extract. The company hopes that by selling a million products, they’ll be able to plant a million trees!   SabaiDee CBD products found its roots in cannabidiol after seeing how poor practices were plaguing the CBD industry. The company holds a strong conviction for the well-being of their customers and their right to natural alternatives such as CBD. Throughout this review, we’re going to take a deeper look into one of SabaiDee’s most popular products, Good Vibes, and give you more information about the company as a whole.   Shop Good Vibes CBD - 15% Coupon - CBDNERDS   SabaiDee CBD Oil - Good Vibes - What You Get For $48.95 (current price listing) you can receive a bottle of SabaiDee’s Good Vibes pure hemp extract and coconut oil. Or, if you’re looking for a bundle, you can also select one of the following deals:   2-pack - $40.97 each ($81.94 total) 3-pack - $38.95 each ($116.85 total) 6-pack - $34.95 each ($209.70 total)   This 250mg CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC and is made for easy consumption for people seeking out a natural alternative. Though the government doesn’t make any claims determining the health benefits of CBD, science has found the following potential benefits of CBD oil:¹   Anti-inflammatory properties Antioxidant Relief from stress Chronic pain relief Inhibiting cancer cells Promoting bone growth Seizures and convulsions relief   It should be noted that some people experience side effects when taking CBD. If you believe you’re in need of a stronger CBD tincture for the sake of serious relief, SabaiDee also offers other Good Vibes CBD products, properly named:   Super Good Vibes - 1,000mg Mega Good Vibes - 2,500mg   The ingredients for SabaiDee’s Good Vibes pure hemp extract is as follows: Pure Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, MCT Oil from Coconut, Peppermint Oil   SabaiDee CBD Dosing Recommendation: SabaiDee recommends people use their Good Vibes product 1 to 3 times daily for the sake of combatting ailments. They also believe using Good Vibes in the morning is the most beneficial as you’ll find relief throughout the day. However, the right dose of CBD varies from person to person. It’s important to remember your body weight along with the intensity of your ailment play large roles in determining how much CBD you should take.   We suggest you experiment around with the dropper - starting small and working your way up. This will give you an idea of pure Good Vibes has an effect on you.     How Can SabaiDee Good Vibes Help You? Many professionals agree there are a number of health benefits within CBD due to the way it naturally works within our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is a naturally occurring system formed by retrograde neurotransmitters found throughout the body.² It’s responsible for a number of different functions, including (but not limited to):   Appetite Combatting diseases Energy balance Female reproduction Immune system Memory Mood (including stress response) Pain regulation Sleep regulation   When we intake CBD, it indirectly balances out our ECS. For example, let’s a part of our body is facing inflammation. This natural response occurred because our ECS signaled it to. When we take CBD, our ECS rebalances itself and, in turn, the CBD becomes an anti-inflammatory.³   Whenever you take SabaiDee’s Good Vibes pure hemp extract, you’re allowing your ECS to naturally rebalance itself. And this rebalance can help with a large list of ailments.   Overview of SabaiDee The unfortunate truth is the CBD industry is very unregulated compared to other industries. Therefore, a number of CBD companies have appeared offering their customers poor quality products that sometimes contain contaminants dangerous for consumption. SabaiDee is aware of this unfortunate situation and has made it their goal to become a company within the industry people can trust. On their “About” page, you’ll find 9 ways in which SabaiDee counteracts this situation. The following are 4 of the 9:   Being Transparent on Their Labels One of the biggest problems in the CBD industry is a lot of companies mislabel products for the sake of reeling in more customers. Not only is this practice unethical, but it can put the customer at risk as they don’t truly know what they’re getting. SabaiDee makes sure to tell you exactly what you’re getting with each product you purchase.   Misinformation The CBD industry is filled to the brim with misinformation. We could write a whole article on the lies news outlets and even CBD blogs spread about cannabis and CBD products, but we’ll save that for another time. SabaiDee is just as aware of this misinformation and has made a prominent effort at becoming a reliable source for facts.   Bad Lab Tests All reputable companies will have their CBD run through a third-party lab test in order to determine whether or not the cannabidiol is filled with contaminants dangerous to the consumer. Unfortunately, not every CBD company follows through with this practice. Furthermore, some go to third-party laboratories that have a bias to find good results. SabaiDee is not only against this but makes the extra effort to always provide its customers with high-quality CBD.   Fake Products It’s fairly uncommon to run across fake products, such as synthetic hemp, but newcomers to this industry may be fooled. SabaiDee not only desires to be a company CBD consumers can trust but one all newcomers can turn to.   We can safely say SabaiDee offers some of the best CBD oil on the market. To get an idea of what it’s like shopping with SabaiDee, the following is an overview of the company as a whole and what you can expect when you purchase from them:   Shopping Experience SabaiDee offers fast and free shipping across the United States with orders typically arriving within 5 to 7 days. You also have the ability to return products within 30 days and receive a full refund. Though, if you do decide to return, you’ll have to pay the shipping costs. SabaiDee is extremely committed to its customers and this shines true in their customer service. They offer around the clock customer care either through email or call. To top it all off, SabaiDee has made it their mission to give back to the environment. For every product purchased on their website, they’ll plant a tree to combat climate change. Their goal is to plant one million trees.   Third-Party Lab Testing All reputable CBD companies will be transparent about their third-party lab testings. This is a way for you as a customer to know exactly what’s in the CBD you’re purchasing. Through their “Transparency” page, SabaiDee offers lab reports from all their extractions. If you’ve recently purchased a product from them, you can check out the exact lab report for the CBD you’re consuming. These lab reports will inform you of:   The cannabidiol potency The terpene profile Whether or not the CBD contains harmful chemicals (i.e. pesticides, heavy metals)       Reference Sources ¹ NIDA: The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol ² PubMed: Endocannabinoid system: An overview of its potential in current medical practice. ³ HHS Public Access: Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs

3 months ago

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How to Read CBD Lab Results

As you start exploring the cannabidiol (CBD) industry, you’re going to notice the term “Lab Results” be thrown around quite a bit. These are detailed analyses of third-party test results for CBD products and are vital to deciphering a reputable CBD company from the one you shouldn’t trust.   To put it simply, lab results (sometimes referred to as Certificates of Analysis) inform you of what’s in and what isn’t in your hemp-extracted CBD.   If you ever plan to purchase CBD, it’s important to understand how to read these results. This article will inform you of all the basics when it comes to lab testings and give you a comprehension of why they’re vital to this industry.   The Importance of CBD Lab Results There’s no denying CBD has captured the eyes of mainstream media. More and more people are becoming interested in this natural medicine and, with that, more are giving it a try for themselves. However, most don’t realize the CBD industry is still very unregulated.   Currently, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only approves of one CBD pharmaceutical, known as Epidiolex. Every other product available on the market has not been approved nor regulated by the FDA. ¹   Still, due to the peek of interest, thousands of brands have flooded the market. Many of which don’t care for the consumer and are only in it to make a quick buck. In turn, this has also flooded the market with a number of poor-quality and sometimes dangerous products.   The good news is companies leading this industry are keen to this fraud. And they’re taking it under their own wing to make sure you’re aware of what’s in your CBD.   How Do Companies Rest the Quality Their CBD? Through lab reports, they offer you the knowledge of what’s inside your CBD. Everything from cannabinoid content to whether or not it contains any contaminants, such as heavy metals or pesticides.   Still, even with these lab results at your disposal, it can be difficult to understand the text. That’s why we’ve developed the following guide to help you equip yourself with everything you need to know when reading CBD lab results.   The Different Composition of CBD It’s fairly well-known that CBD comes from the cannabis Sativa plant known as hemp. However, what’s less discussed are the different compositions of CBD that can be extracted from hemp. ²   Currently, there are two important differences you should be aware of:   Full-Spectrum CBD - CBD that contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, fatty acids, and other compounds from the hemp-plant it was extracted from. Sometimes referred to as whole-plant CBD, whole-flower CBD, and CBD extract.   CBD Isolate - By processing the CBD further, laboratories are able to produce a crystalline substance that’s the purest form of CBD (usually, around 95%+ pure). Products labeled CBD isolate will only contain CBD and other additives added later in the process. These products also tend to be 100% THC free.   It’s important to note that no two hemp plants will grow the same. Therefore, their contents will slightly differ in terms of cannabinoids and terpenes.   By learning to read lab results, you’ll be able to pick apart these slight differences. In turn, this can benefit you as you’ll be able to look for cannabinoids and terpenes that can cater to your needs.   How to Read CBD Lab Results When a CBD company runs their product through a lab test, there are a number of different screenings that can be given. Admittedly, since CBD companies aren’t inclined to run through any of these screenings, they may pick and choose in accordance with their preferences.   The following are the most common screenings you’ll find within a CBD lab result:   Cannabinoid Profile A cannabinoid is a molecule derived from the cannabis plant. As of now, scientists have discovered over 100 cannabinoids. The two most famous are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Still, all cannabinoids do have therapeutic properties in humans.   A cannabinoid profile measures out how much of each cannabinoid can be found within the CBD product. In order to understand these various cannabinoids, it helps to do extra research on their therapeutic properties.   From cannabinoid content levels, you’ll be able to find: Potency - how much concentration of each cannabinoid is within the product (often measured as a percent of weight or mg/mL).   Non-Decarboxylated Raw Material - how much of a presence of acid forms to non-acid cannabinoid forms.   Spectrum - how much of each cannabinoid is within a product.   Referring back to the terms mentioned above, you can expect: Full-spectrum products to contain a variety of different cannabinoids with CBD being of the dominant cannabinoid.   Broad-spectrum products to contain a variety of different cannabinoid, but withholding THC - the cannabinoid that causes psychoactivity.   Isolate-based product - Containing only CBD and a bit of CBDV - the cannabinoid molecule CBD initially begins as.   Some products may label themselves as full or broad-spectrum, yet, only contain CBD isolate. This is usually because the hemp extract was tested rather than what was put into the final product.   Terpene Profile Terpenes are aromatic oils that are found in cannabis and come with their own set of therapeutic benefits. They can interact with certain cannabinoids and, in effect, produce further health benefits. For this reason, it also helps to do a bit of research on terpenes themselves.   All full and broad-spectrum CBD products will contain a terpene profile, even if the lab results don’t list them. When CBD is isolated, it is removed from its terpene profile.   However, you’ll sometimes run into CBD isolate products where terpenes were added in afterward. These products are sometimes referred to as “terpsolates”.   Heavy Metal Screening Hemp has the ability to soak up whatever’s in the soil around it. ³ Due to this behavior, the plant’s extract may have dangerous heavy metal contamination. For this reason, lab results should report whether or not their CBD product contains heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead.   Microbiology Screening Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of microbes, such as yeast, molds, E-coli, and salmonella.   Mycotoxin Screening Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of toxic substances such as fungus.   Pesticide Screening It’s important to make sure the hemp your CBD was extracted from was grown organically. An organic farm WILL NOT use pesticides as a means of yielding in more crops. Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of pesticides and grown only through organic methods in clean soil.   Solvent Residue Screening A common way to extract CBD is through various solvents. Unfortunately, these solvents sometimes leave behind a chemical residue which can be dangerous if consumed. Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of this solvent residue.   CBD has the potential to help a lot of people. It’s unfortunate the government hasn’t completely woken up to this and, in turn, leaves the industry completely unregulated. Still, we’re lucky enough to have entrepreneurs take the responsibility into their own hands.   By using a third-party lab test (or certificate of analysis), we as the consumer are given the chance to know just what our CBD contains. If you’re new to this industry, it’s important to understand the value of this knowledge.   By having a comprehension of what’s in the cannabidiol itself, we are given the right to decide which companies will continue to prosper.     Reference Sources ¹ FDA: FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD) ² Harvard Medical School: Cannabidiol (CBD) - what we know and what we don’t ³ Springer 3 Biotech: Comparative assessment for hyperaccumulatory and phytoremediation capability of three wild weeds

2 months ago

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