What is CBD? Learn What You Need to Know

What is CBD? Learn What You Need to Know

At the forefront of natural, alternative therapy stands cannabis with 120+ identified cannabinoids and hundreds of additional compounds. Their natural origin and their effective results are behind their growing popularity. Luckily, as research catches up with anecdotal information, we’re learning how to make better use of these plant-born molecules.

 Hemp legalization in the US caused a frenzy for the use of CBD, or cannabidiol, in various formulations today. People are eagerly buying and using CBD-infused products in an attempt to manage many disorders or to find relief from existing chronic health issues. If you’re considering CBD, it is vital to know exactly what CBD is and what it does. 

For those who aren’t yet familiar with the novel new ingredient, we’re going to fill the gap with important information through this blog. Let’s elaborate.

What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

CBD or Cannabidiol is a major hemp cannabinoid naturally occurring in the resinous flower of cannabis plants. Due to CBD’s potential benefits and multiple ways to consume it, CBD may be one of the most versatile active compounds discovered in recent times. However, the effects of consuming this chemical compound are unique to the individual.

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Unlike its counterpart THC, CBD causes no psychoactive effects for the consumer – allowing it to be used by patients without fear of impairment or “getting high.”

“Hi, My name is Mary Peck. I am a passionate blogger and love to write about cannabis and marketing. My other works include content marketing and SEO. I believe in the therapeutic power of alternatives like medical marijuana and educate people about it.”

Uses for CBD

Due to the way cannabinoids are metabolized in the body, CBD doesn’t always work the same for everyone. Therefore what works for one person may not work for the next, and trying several different CBD formulations may be necessary to achieve the desired benefits. Properly understanding how CBD works and the differences between the various consumption methods are the first steps to finding the right product for you.

  • Localized, Acute Pain – Lotions and salves are best for sore muscles and joints.
  • Internal Conditions – Try capsules or tinctures for headaches, mood or sleep conditions.
  • Quick-Onset – Inhalables are best for immediate onset; try smokable hemp or a quality vape device. 
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For Pain & Inflammation

One of the many reasons consumers use CBD is for chronic pain relief. Many people claim to use several different types of CBD oils, topical creams, tinctures, and inhalables to eliminate the painful symptoms of the severe disorders assaulting them.

As a natural anti-inflammatory, CBD may be able to reduce pain similar to NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and Tylenol. 

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For Neurological Conditions

Neurological conditions are some of the most promising cases for CBD. Multiple studies suggest that patients suffering from severe conditions like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis have experienced significant improvement in their symptoms. It is advisable to consult your doctor for best results – or find a certified MMJ physician for guidance.

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For Heart Health

Protecting heart health is another significant benefit that CBD users may benefit from. As a potent antioxidant and anxiolytic, CBD may help to reduce stress levels. CBD is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. Chronic inflammation can lead to coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. Animal studies suggest CBD may even prevent heart damage from heart attacks.

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For Depression

Many pharmaceutical antidepressants come with a long list of side effects that can cause more harm than good. Depression causes persistent sadness and loss of interest, as well as changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. This sadness bleeds into every aspect of a person’s life and can feel inescapable. 

CBD may be helpful for those struggling with depression. According to research, it can regulate the release of serotonin by interacting with the 5-HT1A neuro-receptor. Unlike THC, CBD does not activate CB1 or CB2 receptors. Additionally, CBD produces few side effects and has been found tolerable by most consumers.

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For Skincare

Another major industry positively influenced by CBD is skincare. Many studies are showing the exceptional skin-health-promoting properties of CBD. Besides the anti-aging benefits offered by the antioxidants, CBD may help control and manipulate the level of oil or sebum, effectively working to eliminate pimples and acne. 

Consumers can find many CBD products to incorporate into their daily skincare routines. The best part is that it is an au naturel form of skincare that will greatly enhance your regular regimen.

Should I Use CBD to Treat My Health Problems?

The answer to that question is as unique as you are. Start by consulting with your regular physician. However, don’t be surprised if your practitioner isn’t a wealth of knowledge. Most physicians haven’t spent much time learning about the novel new approach to cannabis. Be prepared to make your own decisions or seek a second opinion.

How well CBD works is dependent on several factors, including metabolism, overall health, desired results, and others. However, for the most part, it is known to be quite effective. This brings us to the final question, is CBD legal for use?

Is CBD Legal?

Under Federal Law, hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC is legal in all 50 states of the USA. However, this may not be the case based on ambiguous state laws. Some states, like Iowa, still ban hemp products because it’s difficult for law enforcement to recognize the difference between legal hemp products and state-prohibited cannabis products.

To avoid any legal miscalculations, consumers from each state should verify the full legality of hemp and CBD products.

Final Thoughts

Using CBD is only suggested once you’ve done your due diligence. Only you, the consumer, must make a conscious decision to use cannabidiol for health and wellness.

 

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The Delta 8 Deception

The Delta 8 Deception

The Delta 8 Deception

Without question, Delta-8 THC is a hot topic no matter what state you’re living in. With 11 states now banning the lab-made cannabinoid, the negative spotlight on the hemp industry is anything but flattering.

However, most of these products are not what they’re cracked up to be. In a recent study, Leafreport found that more than half of the products contained more Delta-9 THC than reported, with some up to 15% THC – far beyond the legally allowed limits. Additionally, about 63% of the products contained more Delta-8 than reported on the label.

In this podcast, I’ve invited Eloise Theisen, one of the authors of the report by Leafreport to discuss her findings and why the hemp industry so desperately needs to implement regulations on the production of Delta-8 and other THC isomers.

An interview with Eloise Theisen, one of the authors of Leafreport’s new research regarding Delta-8 THC.

Eloise Theisen is a board-certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapy. For over 20 years, Eloise has worked primarily with cancer, dementia, and chronic pain patients. In the last 6 years, Eloise has focused her efforts on cannabinoid therapies. Eloise is the president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

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Getting Organized with the Blazy Susan

Getting Organized with the Blazy Susan

Getting Organized with the Blazy Susan

You know what I hate? I hate having to look all over the house for something I need. The bong is downstairs, weed is upstairs, and God knows where the hell my lighter went. Concentrates are on the kitchen counter, dab straw is bedside, and the torch is under the couch. It never fails… UGH! Thanks to the folks over at Blazy Susan – I finally have a place to hold everything I need, all in one place. There’s never any question as to where our tools are… because they’re always on the Blazy Susan!

Disclosure: The products pictured in this video were sent to me by the PR Agency representing Blazy Susan. I do not promise coverage for products, nor do I take any monetary compensation for the content I produce. I choose the products to share based on how well they work for me. I only share the products that I feel are worthy of resharing with my elevated audience.

I am not affiliated with Blazy Susan and do not make any money from the company in any way.

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Marrying Elegance & Engineering: The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

Marrying Elegance & Engineering: The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

There’s an age-old joke in the world of cannabis consumption that says when you give a group of potheads some marijuana with nothing to smoke it with, they’ll turn into engineers. But what happens when you give a bunch of engineers some pot?

You get the next generation of cannabis consumption technology.

Now, I have always been a fan of GPen devices; I’ve reviewed the GPen Connect. I’ve used PuffCo, I’ve tried Dr. Dabber, I’ve tried off-brand e-nails and several sub-par wax pens and battery-operated dab straws. Most of them are sitting in an empty drawer in my desk, a virtual graveyard for technology that didn’t deliver.

A couple of months ago, as a podcast host of “A Tech Moment” on Cannabis Tech, I had the opportunity to interview B-Real, frontman for Cypress Hill and visionary behind the Dr. Greenthumb, California cannabis company.

An heirloom device, built with quality, design with elegance, the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah is the last bong you’ll ever need to buy.

As a perk for lining up that interview, Grenco Science, makers of GPen and the Stündenglass, sent over a care package of Dr. Greenthumb branded GPen devices.

And let’s just say – my mind was blown.

Good-Bye Cheesy Gravity Bong

Most old-school cannabis consumers have a story they tell about the gravity bong they built with nothing more than a bucket of water and a plastic bottle. The entire concept behind these contraptions is that the water does the hard work – all the smoker needs to do is light the bowl, slowly lift the bottle, and the suction created by gravity and the void in the bottle draws the smoke. Cooled by the water, gravity bong hits are smooth and generally quite powerful.

However, unless you’re still living in your mom’s basement or at a nearby frat house, no one wants to have an old trash can and an empty 2-liter of Pepsi sitting in their living room.

Allow me to introduce… the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah. As seen on several celebrity podcasts, including Seth Rogan, Wiz Khalifa, and B-Real, this device blows every other cannabis-consuming device out the window. Although a little on the pricey side, there is nothing about this feat of cannabis engineering that disappoints.

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The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah – The Specs

So before we talk about how it works, let’s talk about the overall design and how it ships. The Stündenglass Gravity Hookah ships in a specially designed case that fits all the little pieces and parts. I won’t lie; when I unboxed this bad boy – I was a little intimidated. This is the first bong I’ve ever owned that actually came with a schematic.

Fortunately, the Stündenglass ships with everything you need – just in case. Not only do they send the schematic that shows you how it all goes together, but they also send all the little O-rings, plastic pieces, and things that ‘could’ go bad over time. The device is mostly assembled; all you have to do is put the major pieces together and add water.

Assembly is quick and painless. All of the pieces and parts are either threaded and screw into place or – in true Grenco fashion – they are magnetic, so they simply snap into place.

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Get ready to impress everyone.

Versatility is the Name of the Game

One of the biggest benefits of the Stündenglass is its ability to smoke just about anything. In the box, the device ships with a glass bowl for smoking cannabis flower and a sheesha bowl that allows consumers to smoke tobacco – if you genuinely want to use it as a hookah. If you are a concentrates consumer, then you’ll have to spend a little more money to order the GPen Connect but believe me when I say – you won’t be disappointed, it’s worth it.

Made out of anodized metal with a 10-year warranty, the Stündenglass is an heirloom device that brings elegance and sophistication to cannabis consumption. You will want to keep this gravity bong on display, but be prepared to answer, “Oh my God – what is THAT?!” every time someone new walks into your house.

Then you can really blow their minds…

The Design and How it Works

When I saw how the Stündenglass works, I immediately thought, “Wow, the design IS the technology!” Per their website, the 360-degree rotatable mechanism “uses kinetic motion activation, cascading water and opposing airflow technology to deliver the most powerful and unique smoking experience.”

In other words, after lighting the bowl, or activating the Connect, when you rotate the globes, gravity pulls the water through the percolators into the lower globe. The rotation allows air to pull the smoke or vapor into the upper globe. Rotate it one more time, and the airflow forces the smoke collected in the globes through the up-stem, through the hose, and right to your mouth.

Because the device does the draw for you, the consumer can control just how much they inhale. By holding your lips away from the end of the mouthpiece, you can take as much or as little of the vapor/smoke as you want. On the flip-side, if your goal is to get wrecked, put your lips on the mouthpiece and breathe in deeply to take in all the vapor.

Be aware, during my conversation with B-Real – Dr. Greenthumb himself called the Stündenglass “The Devastator.” In fact, he said, “If you want to test your level of ‘stoner’ – this is the device that will do it.”

Please… Drink the Bong Water

While most people are learning about the Stündenglass from celebrity podcasts, I learned about the device when a PR rep sent me a video of a mixologist using the Stündenglass. In the video, he “smoked” alcoholic beverages by burning wood chips through the globes.

Immediately, my mind started racing – what if we could infuse mixed drinks with cannabinoids using the Stündenglass? So, during our annual 4/20 week celebration, we put the Stündenglass to the test with “Smoked Margaritas.” Let me tell you – we were all impressed.

Rather than filling the globe with water – we filled it with margarita mix, tequila, and triple sec. Then, using a high-quality Clementine Live Resin – we used the GPen Connect to do a few dabs. Each hit and each rotation of the globes, the vapor from the Clementine filtered through the alcohol.

Now let’s think about this from a physics perspective. Essentially, you’re taking a solid (the extract), heating it to a vapor (using the GPen), then cold-filtering the vapor through a blend of alcohol where it re-condenses. Once everyone has had their dab, remove the globe, pour the thoroughly blended margaritas on ice and watch your guests light up when they realize what just happened.

What’s the result? You end up with dabs that taste like margarita and cannabis-infused, drinkable ‘bong water.’ Our test used high-terp, Clementine resin – the orangey, sweet flavor came through in the blend, and you could actually taste the cannabis in the glass. Not only that, but you could also feel the wax on your lips as you drank.

We quite literally smoked our Margaritas and drank our weed.

Mind. Blown.

The Bong You’ll Love to Clean

As a well-versed cannabis consumer, the first thing I think about when we shop for a new bong is – “How easy is it to clean?” I know that if it’s hard to clean or a pain-in-the-ass to take apart – it’s not going to happen very often. Nobody wants to smoke from a grungy bong. Eww.

While I feel like you’re going to think I’m just trying to play up the device, so you’ll buy one – I can honestly say, I look forward to cleaning my Stündenglass. This is quite simply the easiest device to clean that I’ve ever reviewed. As I mentioned earlier, everything either screws together or snaps into place with a magnet, so taking it apart is super simple.

I use a 9 x 9 glass baking dish; put all the stems, percolators, and removable pieces in the dish and cover the items with isopropyl. While they soak, I use a cotton swab and alcohol to clean the mechanism in the Stündenglass. Then, I use a little more alcohol and a paper towel to wipe out the globes.

*Pro Tip: Rather than using massive amounts of alcohol, after I clean all the individual stems and pieces, I will use the alcohol in the baking dish to rinse the globes. Then, rather than simply dump it, I will use a funnel and pour the alcohol into a container I have labeled as “dirty.” Now, obviously, you won’t want to use this to disinfect anything – but it can indeed be reused to clean your pipes and other smoking accessories.

Very Few Drawbacks

The Stündenglass is versatile, well-built, and above-average in the design and functionality department. But, like all things – there are a few areas to note when you’re considering making a substantial purchase like this.

  • The Price – Ok, I get it – not everyone has an extra $600 laying around to buy a cannabis smoking device. It is an investment, no matter how you look at it. I’ll be the first to say that had Grenco Science not sent me the device, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. But now that I have it – I won’t give it up, and I would likely replace it if something happened to it.
  • The Reclaim – This is my only complaint about the GPen Connect. When smoking concentrates, the reclaim drains from the device and into whatever device you’re using. In this case, the reclaim pools in the channel and, so if you’re using it regularly, plan to clean it out no less than once a week, or the entire thing will get gummed up.
  • The Hose – I do not recommend using the hose with any kind of ‘smoke.’ The vapor from dabs is fine, but smoke tends to adhere to the hose and leave a nasty smell and flavor. If you plan on smoking flower or tobacco, I recommend removing the hose and simply inhaling right from the up-stem.

The Long and Short of It

The pros far outweigh the cons of this device. Although it’s a significant investment, this device will likely last you a lifetime. Sure, you may need to replace a few pieces here and there, but the simplicity of the design and the versatility of functionality make it well worth the price.

Don’t want to spend the money without trying it first? Book your Colorado cannabis vacation at SKOL Ranch today, and come try ours!

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Cheeba Cheeba Cheesecake

Cheeba Cheeba Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 Box Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed (1 box, minus the number of cookies my husband pilfered out of it when I wasn’t looking)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 gram THC distillate

Cheesecake Filling

  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature (important!)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 gram THC distillate
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • Pinch of Salt

Candied Bacon

  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cannabis Kief

Instructions

Caramel Sauce Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a double-boiler, add the THC distillate and whisk thoroughly.
  2. Mix in the brown sugar, half-and-half, and salt and heat over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker.
  3. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar. Allow to cool. (It will thicken as it cools.)

Candied Bacon Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Layout the bacon on a bacon baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle with cannabis kief. (Decarbing isn’t necessary – much of the kief will decarb during the baking process.)
  4. Generously cover with brown sugar.
  5. Bake until crisp. (25-30 minutes)
  6. Place on parchment or a plate to cool. The melted brown sugar will stick to a paper towel.
  7. Crumble and set aside.

Cheesecake Instructions

  1. Select a pie pan whose inside top dimension is at least 9″, and whose height is at least 1 1/4″. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the butter and add the gram of distillate to the melted butter and whisk thoroughly. The better you blend it the better the THC will be dispersed throughout the crust.
  3. Make the crust by stirring together all of the crust ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, making a thicker layer on the bottom than on the sides.
  5. Make the filling by mixing together the room-temperature cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, again mixing until smooth. To avoid beating too much air into the batter, use a mixer set at low-medium speed. To avoid lumps, make sure the cream cheese is softened, and/or at room temperature.
  1. Set the pie pan onto a baking sheet, if desired; this makes it easier to transport in and out of the oven, and also protects the bottom of the crust from any potential scorching. Pour the filling into the crust.
  2. Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, then add a crust shield; or shield the crust with strips of aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). A digital thermometer inserted into the filling 1″ from the edge should read between 165°F and 170°F; the filling won’t look entirely set in the center.
  3. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, and set it on a rack to cool. Once the cake is cool, refrigerate it, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.

Serve cheesecake in wedges, topped with the bacon crumble, drizzled in caramel. Store any leftovers (there probably won’t be any, just sayin’) in the refrigerator for several days; freeze for longer storage.

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