Everything you need to know about CBD
What is CBD?
CBD is the short form of the chemical compound cannabidiol. Though CBD is found in the cannabis plant, it is not psychoactive like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound which creates the euphoric “high”.
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Is CBD actually cannabis?
Though it’s common to hear the word cannabis in relation to the recreational drug, it is in fact a genus in a small family of flowering plants called Cannabaceae. In that genus, there are several strains of plants, including hemp and marijuana. CBD is extracted from legal hemp whereas marijuana is illegal in the UK.
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Is CBD legal?
Yes. In the UK, as long as hemp contains less than 0.2% of psychoactive THC, it is perfectly legal and has many uses, including paper, textiles, rope and in CBD production. Any more than 0.2% THC, hemp is considered marijuana, which is a Class B controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Will CBD get me high?
No. CBD is not psychoactive like THC. In fact, CBD decreases or eliminates the psychoactive effects of THC. Cannabis plants high in CBD are naturally low in THC. All our CBD e-liquid range is certified THC-free.
What is CBD for?
In the UK the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) forbids CBD merchants from making medical claims or linking to any such claims about CBD. Read more about that here. We recommended conducting your own research to see if CBD is suitable for you.
Is vaping CBD better than oils, capsules or other edibles?
Yes. It’s all down to the question of bio-availability. Bio-availability is the rate and degree that a substance is absorbed into the blood and determines how much of a substance you need to take to achieve the desired effect. As such, you want the highest bio-availability possible.
When a compound is ingested, it is subject to first-pass metabolism in the liver before entering the blood, therefore reducing the bio-availability. Research suggests that CBD is not absorbed well when ingested. Bio-availability for ingested CBD can be as low as 6%. Even placing CBD under the tongue, i.e. sublingual administration, can reduce its bio-availability to 30% due to the effect of saliva.
Vaping CBD, however, is the most direct and unhindered method of administering CBD (outside of an injection). In its 2018 report on CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) states, “Aerosolized CBD has been reported to yield rapid peak plasma concentrations in 5–10 minutes and higher bioavailability than oral administration.” Bio-availability of CBD through vaping can be as high as 60%.
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Do I need to do anything special when vaping CBD?
To achieve the highest bio-availability you should hold the CBD vapour in your lungs for a little longer than you usually would do (up to 15 seconds). Otherwise, you can vape CBD in the same way as any other e-liquid.
What’s the daily dosage of CBD?
The daily dosage of CBD varies from person to person and is dependant on the condition the person is suffering from and the strength of the CBD.
Learn more about strengths and dosages of CBD below.
You say your CBD is 1000/2000mg strength, but other companies say their CBD is 5%, what’s the difference?
Our CBD Calm range is sold in 50ml bottles. If you choose 1000mg strength it will be 2%, 2000mg in 50ml will be 4%. For example, the calculation for 1000mg in 50ml strength is:
1000mg = 1g
1g CBD in 50ml
1/50 = 0.02 x 100 = 2%
Though a lower concentration than 5%, the important consideration is the TOTAL amount of CBD you are purchasing for your money.
If a company sells 5% CBD in a 10ml bottle, you are only getting 500mg CBD in total. Our CBD Calm range is 1000mg or 2000mg total CBD in one 50ml bottle. As such, you are getting much better value for money for that amount of CBD.
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What strength of CBD should I choose?
Due to rules set by the UK’s MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), we unable to offer advice on dosages of CBD. Actually, there isn’t actually any official CBD dosage as a number of factors such as tolerance, body mass, bio-availability and the actual condition the user is suffering from all play a role.
You can then use this chart as a rough guide:
You purchase 1000mg CBD Calm and you would like 27mg CBD per day. If you fill your e-cig tank to the max. 2ml, it will contain 40mg CBD so vaping just over half your tank per day would technically provide sufficient CBD. However, due to bio-availability and pre- and afterburn, you probably want to vape the whole tank as not all the CBD is absorbed into the body.
You purchase 2000mg CBD Calm and still would like 27mg CBD per day. Again, with a full tank at 2ml, it will contain 80mg CBD so vaping just over a quarter of your tank per day would technically provide sufficient CBD. But again, due to bio-availability and pre- and afterburn, you probably want to vape half the tank as not all the CBD is absorbed into the body.
Learn more about bio-availability and why you should vape CBD here.
Can I overdose on CBD?
In its 2018 report, the WHO states that CBD has low toxicity and a good safety profile. It is also generally well tolerated. That said, as CBD products are relatively new, abiding by the dosage guide above would be prudent.
Do I have to vape nicotine with my CBD?
No. Our CBD Calm shortfill e-liquids are supplied nicotine-free. As with other shortfill vape juices, if you choose nicotine, it will be supplied in separate shots for you to mix yourself.
Can I mix CBD e-liquids with other e-liquid flavours?
Yes, but we recommend choosing a flavourless CBD e-liquid such as CBD Calm Natural if you are intending to mix it with another flavour. Be aware that the strength of the CBD will be affected by mixing and will require some calculation.
What is the PG:VG ratio of CBD vape juice?
Our CBD Calm range of CBD-infused e-liquids are 50%VG/50%PG.
What e-cig is Vapoholic’s CBD e-juice suitable for?
CBD Calm can be used in all types of e-cig, including tanks, drippers and pods.
Why should I buy my CBD from Vapoholic?
Our CBD Calm range is fully MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) compliant and manufactured under strict Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) protocols in a state-of-the-art 500 sq. ft. IS0 7 clean room.
We are also a member of the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) UK and we have passed all the rigorous checks and meet the high standards set by the CTA. Find out more here.
What is CBD isolate and how is it different from full-spectrum CBD?
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD available. It also has no odour or flavour which makes it ideal to add to e-liquids and edibles. Because there are no other compounds present in CBD isolate, you can be certain the potency is exactly what it says on the bottle. Our CBD Calm range is made from 99.9% pure CBD isolate.
A study released in 2017 conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that out of the 84 CBD products tested, 69% were mislabelled with 26% containing less CBD than labelled, and 43% containing more. THC was also found in 21% of samples to the degree that could intoxicate children.
With such inconsistency in the CBD market, CBD isolate has emerged as the best way to standardise the dosage and ensure that no THC is present.
Learn more about the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD here.
Will I fail drug tests if I vape CBD?
No, not if you vape CBD Calm. Because we use 99.9% pure CBD isolate you can be certain you are not exposed to the THC found in the recreational drug.
What is the Cannabis Trades Association?
The Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) UK is the only cannabinoid trade association in the UK and Europe. It has the largest membership base of any hemp and cannabis association in the world. It promotes good practice, provides practical advice and ensures consumers of legal cannabis and hemp products have access to accurate information and quality products.
The CTA also works closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as recognised stakeholders to the official guidances issued by both authorities. And to ensure the industry has proper and effective guidance, the CTA collaborates with many local council and law enforcement agencies throughout the UK to establish legislation. Find out more here.