Using CBD Oil as a Safe and Natural Food Preservative

When it comes to consumer packaged goods, especially those with natural ingredients, preserving freshness and quality is a top priority. Unfortunately, many of the existing additives and preservatives currently on the market are incredibly unhealthy – toxic and cancerous really – so there is a definitive need for safer alternatives.

Researchers from the University of South Florida are looking at cannabidiol as a possible solution. According to their study published earlier this year in the Postharvest Biology and Technology, CBD oil can be used as a natural preservative to extend the shelf-life of food by inhibiting yeast, mold growth, and microbial load. So, how exactly does this work and is it a practical, cost-effective option?

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Medical Benefits and Applications of CBD Oil

CBD has been heavily promoted as an effective treatment option for numerous different health conditions, but the only one disorder to have government-backing for cannabidiol treatment is epilepsy. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number and intensity of seizures, and in many cases, stopped them altogether.

Last year, the medication Epidiolex was removed from the controlled substances list, making it the only CBD-based therapy to receive full FDA approval. Epidiolex, now being subscribe in the US, Japan, and 30 European countries. is used to treat two extremely rare and debilitating forms of childhood epilepsy that typically don’t respond to pharmaceutical antiseizure medications – Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gestaut syndrome.

Additionally, there is sufficient research indicating that CBD can be used to curb chronic inflammation and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of pain to treat. Chronic inflammation has also been identified as the root cause of many other ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed that even when applied topically, CBD could help eliminate pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.

CBD is also highly effective in the treatment of mental health conditions and sleep disorders. When compared to melatonin, CBD scored favorably in the areas of helping patients fall asleep, stay asleep, and achieve more restful sleep. CBD has also shown promising results when studied for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. As a matter of fact, Dr. Sue Sisley and the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona have been researching this topic since 2009, in hopes of offering military veterans with PTSD a safe access to cannabis oil therapies.

Other lesser-studied potential uses for CBD include skin conditions, digestive disorders, addiction treatment, cancer therapy, and neurodegenerative conditions. Because of legal roadblocks, it has been difficult for researchers to conduct full scale studies on the true capabilities of this or any other cannabis compound, but the anecdotal evidence is certainly there.

CBD Oil As a Natural Food Preservative

Food quality is a complicated matter. One on hand, there are farmers and industry stakeholders that obviously want to profit off food products, and adding preservatives is one easy way to make that happen. On the other hand, we have a growing number of health-conscious consumers who are reading the labels, researching the ingredients, and opting for the healthiest alternatives, typically meaning those without any artificial additives.

Extensive research has found that prolonged consumption of artificial preservatives can cause serious health conditions such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage and cancer. They are also known to weaken heart tissues, which can be especially dangerous for elderly people.

It can be hard to find that middle ground, which become evident at the grocery store when we’re stuck sorting through near-rotten produce or “fresh” ones coated in cancer-causing chemicals to make them last longer. Utilizing CBD oil as a food preservative can help on both sides of the fence by extending the shelf-life of food products using a healthy, all-natural compound. A recent study, published March 2021, found that adding CBD oil to strawberries increased the strawberries’ shelf life and reduced the microbial load found on the fruit.

“Strawberries were evaluated for visual quality and microbial load before and during storage,” researchers stated. “Results from this study showed that CBD oil was effective at maintaining the visual appearance of strawberries…compared to the fruit that was not treated.”

The study involved applying CBD oil to the surface of the strawberries after harvest, and storing them for eight days at 1-10 degrees Celsius. They found that the strawberries coated with CBD oil had a more pleasant visual appearance and vibrancy, and they had a lighter microbial load compared to the untreated strawberries. Since hemp itself is considered a superfood, using its extracted compounds to preserve other food products is a win-win for everyone.

CBD and Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are considered to be one of the greatest medical advancements of all time. If it weren’t for antibiotics, humans would still be dying of pneumonia and succumbing to deadly infections from a simple cut on the hand. However, bacteria are becoming immune to the effects of these medications which is leading to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality.

A study by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Superbug Solutions found that CBD killed all strains of bacteria to which it was exposed, including some that are very resistant to conventional antibiotics. Even after 20 days, the bacteria did not develop resistance to CBD. Which most other antibiotics, the resistance began in less than 3 weeks.  

In other studies, such as this one from 2008, researchers successfully treated MRSA with a combination of all five major cannabinoids – Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As far back as 1981, scientists discovered that CBC and CBG were effective at treating moderate antibacterial infections. Even further back in 1976, researchers found that dose as small as 1-5 micrograms per milliliter of THC successfully killed streptococci and staphylococci.

Final Thoughts

This is a very interesting and auspicious finding, but there are many limitations and unknowns. Even researchers who were part of the study remarked that they “still don’t understand exactly how it works” and that “there are still many uncertainties surrounding the use of CBD as a food preservative and the science and benefits behind using CBD in food formulations.”

Nevertheless, it’s an important discovery that, if cost effectiveness is taken into consideration, could have major implications for the food industry in the very near future.

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Live Resin – The Cold Cannabis Concentrate

As the cannabis industry gets bigger, new methods come out to extract compounds better, or create stronger concentrates. This is the case with live resin concentrate, the first concentrate to be made using the benefit of well-below-freezing temperatures.

There are so many ways to consume cannabis products, from live resin concentrate to shatter to delta-8 THC. While the first two are generally high in delta-9 THC, delta-8 THC products provide users with an alternate form of THC which causes less anxiety and paranoia, and gives a clear-headed, energetic high. Some might even say this makes it the superior THC. We’ve got really great delta-8 THC deals for you to try this new version of THC, to see if it’s the better THC for you.

What are concentrates?

Cannabis concentrates are all the rage these days, but what does this actually mean? A concentrate is the final product of an extraction process in which specific parts of the plant are distilled down to a condensed level. Concentrates are made to contain the trichomes of the plant, the part that holds cannabinoids and terpenes, (or just the cannabinoids and terpenes from inside), without the rest of the plant material. There are different kinds of concentrates that can be made from cannabis. Most of them are nearly the same except for small differences in texture, strength, and what solvent/extraction method is used. Examples of concentrates are:

  • Wax – An extract made by rinsing cannabis with a solvent like butane. It can be as high as 90% THC, and usually has at least 70% THC. Much like the name implies, the consistency is gooey, or syrup-like, and the color is opaque.
  • Shatter – Another concentrate made using solvents like butane or another hydrocarbon. (When butane is used, it’s called butane hash oil). The solvent is pushed through a container with the cannabis, where it strips the plant of its compounds like THC and CBD, and then is refined further if necessary. In the end, excess solvent is purged out using a vacuum chamber. The primary difference between shatter and wax, is in the consistency. Shatter is hard and brittle like glass.
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  • Hash oil – This term is for oils that are extracted using solvents. This can be done with alcohol, carbon dioxide, or butane – which creates butane hash oil. Depending on the consistency of the final product, and the solvent used, hash oil can fit into other categories of concentrates.

What is live resin?

Most other concentrates besides live resin are made in similar fashions, and sometimes vary from each other in nothing more than consistency. Live resin concentrate is a bit different, however, because the process to create it is not like the other concentrates. Live resin concentrate is made using cryogenic temperatures in a closed-loop system.

A closed-loop system is a system/device/set of devices, that can operate automatically to regulate a process to get to a desired result. It can do so without human interaction, which is the opposite of an open-loop system, which requires human input. It also indicates a loop structure, meaning the process ends at the same place it begins. Many concentrates are made on a closed-loop system, but what sets live resin concentrate apart from other concentrates, is that it is extracted in sub-zero temperatures, using the freezing temperature to help preserve plant constituents. Live resin is also created using a solvent like butane, but because of the low temperature, terpenes and other plant materials, are not ruined by heat.

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Live resin is generally dark yellow in color, with a consistency somewhere in between the more solid waxes, and the less solid oils, though the exact consistency will depend on the product and provider. Live resin, like other concentrates, is very sticky, and requires a dab tool in order to not end up being covered by it.

How is live resin made?

The process for creating live resin goes like this: freshly harvested plants are immediately frozen down to -292 F. This includes the entire plant, with no leaves, stalks, or branches removed. For this reason, it’s considered a ‘full spectrum’ process. Creating live resin is a more difficult and expensive process than creating other concentrates, because of the use of cryogenic temperatures.

To create live resin, butane or propane is cooled to a cryogenic level in one tank, and then pressurized and pushed through another tank which contains the cannabis. As with other extractions, the solvent dissolves the trichomes in order to bond directly with the terpenes and cannabinoids housed inside. It carries this material with it into another tank where it releases other accumulated material like waxes, fats, and lipids. From that tank it goes to another tank where its heated to remove the butane in a ‘purging’ session, which leaves behind a concentrated oil. Remaining solvent is filtered back through a tube to the first tank from which it started, ending the closed-loop cycle.

At this time, the resin has been left in a volatile state, meaning it has a high vapor pressure, with low water solubility. This makes it easy to vaporize. Remaining C02 molecules are vapored out, leaving just live resin at the end. The finished concentrate is often less than 4% of its original weight.

Why cold is beneficial

The idea of using cold to preserve things is hardly new at all. Everyone has a freezer, and we already know that nearly anything can be frozen and then thawed, like meat, veggies, bread, dairy products like ice cream, soups, fruit…and even batteries. (In terms of batteries, this only goes for NiCd and NiMH rechargeable batteries.)

Using freezing temperatures does two different things that are both beneficial for food, as well as cannabis and extracts. The first is that it works to preserve food and the nutrient content therein. Food biodegrades over time, and this process starts right after a plant is harvested (or the animal killed), and can go pretty fast. Think about the short period of time it takes for your bananas to become brown. And then black. Sometimes only days. Freezing essentially stops things in motion, freezing a product into its current state, and allowing it to remain that way. This helps slow down or stop the process of degradation and maintain the nutrients in food.

Freezing also does another thing, it keeps pests and microbes from getting into your food. This is important when considering bacteria like salmonella, and the accompanying food-poison it can cause, or thinking about why bread gets moldy so fast. It’s also why I put honey in the refrigerator, so I don’t find ants crawling up the side of the jar. Freezing creates an unhospitable environment for these life forms, and allows you to keep your food longer without having them in it. It should be remembered that freezing rarely kills microbes, but puts them in a dormant state where they can’t cause harm. When thawed, they can come out and multiply again.

Fresh frozen cannabis

Much like the idea of freezing cannabis to create an extract with less damage to constituent parts, cannabis can actually just be frozen on its own to reap the same general benefits. The term ‘fresh frozen cannabis’ describes cannabis that is harvested, has its leaves, branches and stems removed, and then is put immediately into a freezer set at -38 degrees F. The buds are generally put in vacuum seal bags, and weighed out to a precise amount before storage. The idea is to get the plants in the freezer within an hour of them being cut.

This is very different from a standard harvesting process which includes cutting the plant, taking off stems, leaves, and stalks, and then curing it by hanging it for an extended period of time to dry it out, before storing it in an airtight container. During this process, light, heat, mold, and standard degradation can effect the cannabis, sometimes even ruining the product.

Frozen cannabis

Many producers choose to freeze their harvests right away now. This is beneficial considering that supply often exceeds demand, and producers are left with more product than they can immediately move. Keeping it frozen helps preserve the product until it can be sold, or processed into something else. The freezing process also reduces the amount of time necessary for harvesting, since the whole drying out part is removed.

Live resin brands to try

If you’re excited to try out this new concentrate, you have several options for companies and product types. Live resin can be vaped in a cartridge, with the following top companies offering live resin cartridges: Binske, MPX, AiroPro, Remedy, and Fuze. Then there’s live resin sugar, a delicious way to consume live resin, with companies like Apothecary Farms whipping up fresh frozen extracts in their Ambrosia Line.

Interested users should also check out the 2015 Oregon Dope Cup People’s Choice Award for Live Resin winner Dirty Ant Farm (also the 2016 runner-up in the same category). And for people who like their concentrates to come in gummy form, there’s PotMates, which produces Alien Food Gummies, a sweet live resin concentrate treat.

Conclusion

At this point, there are tons of ways to ingest cannabis, from the plant itself, to any number of extracts that can be gotten out of it. Live resin concentrate represents a new type of processing, and the employment of different technology to make it happen. Live resin and fresh frozen cannabis together illustrate well how cold can be used to create strong, less damaged concentrates, that contain more of the stuff we want from the plant.

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Delta-8 THC Delivery Methods: Best Way to Get It in You

We know there are a lot of ways to take different drugs, but that not every way works for every drug. When we think of something like a hypodermic needle, chances are, heroin will come to mind, and probably not cannabis. But should it? As we (thankfully) start moving away from smoking these compounds, other ways of ingesting them arise. When it comes to cannabis and compounds like delta-8 THC, here are some of the best delivery methods available today that don’t involve smoking or vaping.

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How is it usually done?

The most common way that cannabis has been used throughout history, is as a smokable product. Long before there were laboratories to create all kinds of high-tech vaping devices, and before there were cookbooks full of edible recipes, or the ability to make tablets, there was smoking. Even back then, vaping was a thing, although vapor would have been created the good old fashion way, by heating a substance over time until it vaporized.

There is plenty of evidence that cannabis was used in other ways through history. For example, as a topical treatment for skin ailments. But none of these other ways would have detracted from lighting the plant on fire as the primary way to consume it. And so, for something like cannabis, the idea of smoking it, goes hand-in-hand with the drug in general. This means that the majority of people using it, are subjecting themselves to the detriments of breathing in smoke, which is bad regardless of the material burning. While vaping is often weirdly demonized, and called unsafe, the sheer injury and death statistics of smoking vs vaping say otherwise.

After all, since the beginning of vaping back in the early 2000’s, right up until early 2020, there were all of 68 confirmed deaths related to vaping, and 2,807 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. The comparative number is the number of cigarette deaths per year, and that in the US is 480,000, also according to the CDC. Somehow, the CDC has turned this comparison into vaping being an ‘epidemic’. It seems the only ‘epidemic’ here, is an ‘epidemic’ of people choosing a safer smoking method, and causing themselves less harm. It’s an epidemic of people doing the generally smarter thing.

In fact, when using words like ‘epidemic’, its best these organizations stick to where the problems actually are. Like opiates, which killed in the neighborhood of 50,000 people in 2019 alone – a trend which was started by our very own pharmaceutical companies and the government regulatory bodies that were supposed to look out for us. Or alcohol, which is essentially the leading cause of preventable death in the world, accounting for as many as three million deaths worldwide each year, and 95,000 deaths in the US alone from excessive alcohol.

Cannabis delivery methods

When thinking of cannabis in general, any relevant delivery method will be viable. However, when dealing with something like delta-8 THC, which is an oxidized version of delta-9 THC, only occurring naturally in very small amounts, the idea of how it can be consumed becomes more relevant. So, let’s check out delivery methods other then smoking and vaping.

Oral methods – pills, oils, edibles, and syringes

Apart from smoking and vaping, oral administration is most popular. However, there is way more than one way to do this. Let’s take a look at the options:

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Pills/tablets/capsules/soft gel capsules/tinctures – Like with any other medication that’s taken in this way, cannabis, and derivatives like delta-8 THC, can be taken in standard medication form – as a solid pill, or as a capsule containing decarboxylated flower or oil, that can be strain specific, full spectrum, or a specific cannabinoid like delta-8 THC or CBD.

The other option is for sublingual administration. Sublingual administration means putting an oil, tincture, or dissolvable tablet under the tongue for quicker uptake into the blood stream through the massive connection of blood vessels under your tongue and in your cheeks. This also allows a compound to bypass the digestive system, like it will have to do if it is swallowed down as an edible or pill. This digestive process turns it into C21H30O3, which is called 11-hydroxy-THC, whereas allowing it to absorb sublingually means a quicker onset, since it hits the bloodstream faster. Bypassing the digestive system makes it closer to the high obtained through smoking.

EdiblesEdibles are the other form of oral administration, and instead of looking like medicine, they look like food. Edibles can range from a batch of home-made chocolate-chip weed cookies, to well-portioned lab-made gummies. Regardless of what form the food takes, the main aspects of edibles are that they taste good, are easy to get down, and portioned specifically.

With more precise laboratory ways to measure portions, newer cannabis companies are creating edibles with very precise amounts, often segmented within the piece of food. I’ve had chocolate CBD bars where every square was exactly the same, and cannabis gummies that were segmented with each segment being 5mg. Edibles can be candy, liquids, baked goods, sauces, butter, and more. You can find edible products for whatever aspect of the cannabis plant you want most, in whatever form you want it.

Syringes – The idea of cannabis and syringes is a new concept, but it’s not exactly how it sounds. While the term ‘syringe’ might conjure pictures of junkies shooting heroin, cannabis syringes, which are one of the best delta-8 THC delivery methods, are simply large plastic syringes with no needles, in which oil can be put. Why is this method beneficial? Oils are often dense, and it can be hard to know the exact amount being used. The syringes don’t do anything particularly special, but they have a measuring scale so users can be more precise in their usage. Generally speaking, syringes are used for sublingual admiration, and make that process much easier.

Dermal administration

As the word dermal implies, these are methods that have to do with having the compound come into contact with – and be absorbed into the bloodstream through – the skin. Most people probably don’t think of it this way, but you can actually put a cannabis application on your skin, and have it absorb into the bloodstream.

skin delivery methods

Patches – Patches can be seen in medicine for different reasons and for different ailments. One of the predominant reasons is for pain management, though we’ve gotten very used to seeing them in today’s culture for nicotine administration as a way to avoid smoking. Most patches are a piece of plastic with an adhesive coating, which is infused with some amount of medicine in a specific amount. Patches allow slower release for absorption, meaning they can last a long time – all day, or all night. Though cannabis patches are often used for pain in a specific area, they can also be used for any other benefit of the plant.

Topicals – Creams/lotions/oils – Cannabis, and it’s derivatives like delta-8 THC are often used with skin delivery methods, using products like creams and lotions. Many of these products offer relief or benefits that don’t include psychoactive effects, as these products have not necessarily been decarboxylated to turn THCA into delta-9 THC. As with other delivery options mentioned, this is not a hard and fast rule, with some products containing high amounts of THC, and some containing other cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, or delta-8. Topicals can be used for medical benefits like skin rashes or pain, or simply to moisturize, and promote healthy skin.

Injections

Injections – IV and IM – You’ll most likely never do this, or maybe that’s me speaking to the truths of today, without considering the changes of tomorrow. Whether it will actually become a ‘thing’ to do outside of a medical setting, is hard to say, but it certainly gives a good option. To be clear, cannabis injections have been used for around 50 years, so it certainly isn’t anything new.

IV administration has been used mainly for delta-9 THC, and a major benefit of it is that it gets rid of the problem of variation in bioavailability between people. Active compounds are not always available for the body to absorb, even if in the body, and different people will have their own physiological aspects that can lower or raise bioavailability. With IV injections, everything is absorbed, and this is no longer an issue. In that sense, this is the most precise way to dose.

IV injections relate to sticking a needle in a vein. IM, or intramuscular injections, relate to sticking a needle in a large muscle for administration. If you ever had to take a shot in the butt, this is why.

Is it possible for people to do this on their own? Well, maybe, but it would have to become a much better process first. This reddit post was made by a guy who was able to self-inject cannabis kief. It is not a standard process, its not even advisable by the guy who did it, and there are probably better ways to do it. However, it gives an idea of what a person might expect from doing such an activity, and brings up the real possibility of cannabis injections being a more mainstream application measure in the future.

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Nasal sprays, eyedrops, inhalers & inserts

The idea of injections might still be too extreme for the recreational population, but there are already plenty of products for cannabis and delta-8 THC administration through other delivery methods like nasal sprays, eyedrops, and inserts.

Nasal sprays – Starting in 2017, with the release of Vera Wellness’s ‘nasal mist’ spray, it’s been possible to snort your cannabis products as well. It is said to increase bioavailability by being taken in through transmucosal (through the skin of the inner nose) delivery, and that some of the negative products produced from heating, like pyrolytics, wouldn’t be an issue. Dr. David Casarett, the palliative care chief at Duke University, explained how the nasal membrane has a lot of enzymes that can be deactivated by contact with CBD, which can actually halt the body temporarily from metabolizing other drugs like THC. For this reason, users are prompted to start with a low level and up the dose slowly.

Eyedrops – Much like IV and IM injections, eyedrops are not a common form of administration, and might not ever be. But they are great for specific ailments, like glaucoma. As a form of delivery that doesn’t involve inhaling a substance, it also ranks as a safer way to take the drug, so long as the eyes are not damaged. More than needles, this actually could become a popular way to get cannabis in the system.

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Inserts/Suppositories – What if you had a yeast infection, and wanted to treat it with a cannabis medicine? Or perhaps a herpes outbreak where an anal suppository might be useful? Well, these things are possible to. Cannabis suppositories can be found for the vagina, anus, and penis. And this isn’t anything new. Inserts have been used to combat yeast infections, herpes infections, vaginal infections, and a host of other diseases whether sexually transmitted or not. Now they can be done with cannabis.

Inhalers – Though these can go under oral administration, I’m putting them here. Cannabis inhalers are exactly what they sound like, an inhaler where a metered amount of cannabis, or cannabis derivative, is given per breath. Inhalers actually produce a vapor, which is inhaled, while not producing any other cannabis-related odor.

Conclusion

When it comes to how to get cannabis, or specific cannabinoids like CBD, delta-8 THC, or CBC in your system, there are several different delivery methods that don’t involve any sort of smoking or vaping. Not all of these are popular – though the popularity of all will likely grow. For anyone looking for alternate methods of consumption, these are some of the options to consider.

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Are Delta-8 THC Syringes the Most Practical Way to Medicate?

Dosing is one of the most important considerations when taking any type of product medicinally. With most medications, that’s pretty easy to keep track of, but when it comes to cannabis products, especially oils and some concentrates, product dosing becomes a nearly impossible challenge.

“Pucks” and different types of small jars and containers are most common for storing, transporting, and distributing cannabis oils and concentrates. Sure, you could freeze your shatter, then cut and weigh it into equal doses, but what about products that are more vicious and difficult to work with, like cannabis batter? In this case, Delta-8 THC Syringes would be the perfect option. It’s an all-in-one solution that can be used to store, move, and dispense cannabis products in the same dose every time.

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Unfortunately, syringes have a very negative reputation in drug culture, because of the obvious connection to intravenous use of harder substances. Much of our society lives with the preconceived notion that syringes either belong in the hands of medical professionals, only to be used for heavily regulated medications, or in the hands of heavy drug users.

Needless to say, if you were to pull a Delta 8 syringe out of your purse or pocket, you’ll probably get some strange looks from people. Despite the fact that Delta-8 THC syringes are used in a completely different manor than intravenous syringes, the illusion of syringes being bad is really hard to shake. Because of this, some users prefer the term applicator in place of the word “syringe.” Another reason to call it an applicator is because of the device at the tip. Although some opt to remove this portion, the term still applies.

Delta-8 THC syringes are one of the best tools for medicating with Delta-8 THC products. They can be used to store and administer oils, pastes, and other products that are difficult to work with by hand. Let’s take a closer look at this innovative new product.

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Medical Benefits of Cannabis

Before we get deeper into the conveniences of using Delta-8 THC Syringes, it’s important that you have a firm grasp on the many medical benefits of the cannabis plant. The reason cannabinoids are so effective and are able to target such a varied range of conditions is because of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a network of receptors that can be found throughout the bodies of nearly all living creatures including mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. We naturally create cannabinoids in our bodies – called endocannabinoids – which bond to these receptors to regulate different processes in our bodies and maintain internal balance and harmony.

So far, researchers have been able to identify two separate endocannabinoids: 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA), as well as two main receptors: CB1 and CB2. 2-AG is a full agonist of both the CB1 and CB2 receptors but it has a more direct association with the CB2 receptor. Because of this, 2-AG is thought to have a substantial influence over the immune system. Anandamide – The “Bliss” Molecule of the Endocannabinoid System Anandamide – or AEA – is frequently referred to as the “bliss molecule” and it has a major impact on our state of homeostasis.

AEA can help manage things such as appetite, sleep wake cycles, pain response, and then some. Our bodies continuously cycle through anandamide. It breaks down very easily, so it doesn’t stay in the body for long. However, our bodies create it on-demand to maintain homeostasis. There is a condition referred to as ‘cannabinoid deficiency’, characterized by a body’s inability to produce endocannabinoids. Some experts theorize that many illnesses we suffer from, stem from this shortage of endocannabinoids. This is why medicating with phytocannabinoids, or plant-based cannabinoids, can be so effective.

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Common medical conditions that cannabis is used for include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Irreversible spinal cord injury
  • Terminal illness requiring end of life care
  • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder
  • Hydrocephalus with intractable headaches
  • Intractable headache syndromes
  • Neuropathic facial pain
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spasticity or neuropathic pain associated with fibromyalgia
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Irreversible spinal cord injury
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Terminal illness requiring end-of-life care
  • Uncontrolled intractable seizure disorder
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Why Delta-8 THC Syringes Make Sense

So now that you know the benefits of medicating with cannabis, let’s look at the benefits of doing so using cannabis syringes. Starting with the obvious, with the cannabis syringe (or applicator), you are able to dispense whatever volume of product that you need. Many have their volume indicated in marks on the body of the syringe, giving you relative measurements for dosage, making it much easier to experiment with dosing. That way and you can more easily keep track of which doses worked for you and at what times.

Another benefits regards the packaging aspect of Delta-8 THC Syringes. When using a syringe or applicator, very little oil is lost in the application process. When using other dispensing methods for products with an oil-like consistency, one of the most common complaints is loss of product while it’s in use. There are numerous techniques to get your concentrate or oil out of puck when it starts to get to thin or sticky to manipulate, but with Delta 8 syringes you don’t have to waste your time with any of that. With these applicators you get all of the concentrate in the exact portions you want.

How to Use

Well, a syringe is a syringe, so let’s start with the basics. You have a product in there, you push on the plunger on the back of the syringe, the product comes out. Pretty basic. Many oils are meant to be dispensed into a beverage or directly into the mouth, while concentrates and other products can be dispensed top of a bowl or into some type of dab rig or other device.

Some syringes come with a metal tip applicator but many choose to discard that. Not only does it make the application process slightly easier, it makes the whole set up look just a tad bit less like a syringe and needle. It’s a small victory but a victory no less, especially if you’ll be utilizing your Delta-8 THC Syringes in a public place.

Delta-8 THC Syringes – Final thoughts

By utilizing cannabis syringes, you’re helping to normalize product that can help people achieve more accurate, effective, and safe dosing. A huge part of the legal fight against cannabis comes down to public perception, so if we continue to normalize everything cannabis, we continue to strike back against the ridiculous notions that cannabis is bad, “stoners” are no different than hard drug users, and there are no medical uses for cannabis – because we all know none of that is even close to being truth.

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Cooking With Cannabis 101 – Critical Kushmas Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas is only four days away so for this week’s segment we’re going to be making some delicious holiday treats! For this special holiday segment of Cooking with Cannabis 101, we’ll be making critical kushmas gingerbread cookies using cannabis oil. For this recipe of critical kushmas gingerbread cookies we’ll be using Organigram’s cannabis oil. Alternatively, […]

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Popular Cannabis Products You Probably Want to Try

The legalization of cannabis in several states and countries paved the way for it to be available mainstream. For this reason, it is now easier to acquire the cannabis products that you need to aid your medical treatments or simply for recreational purposes. Alongside this, there has also been a boost in the emergence of […]

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Fall Asleep Faster with Cannabidiol Life’s New CBN Oil

Between 50 and 70 million Americans report having difficulty falling asleep at night on a regular basis. Sleep treatments vary, from CPAP machines to sleeping pills and even surgery. But often, the best cure comes with a change in lifestyle and wellness routine. 

Cannabidiol Life, a wellness and education company dedicated to providing consumers with CBD education alongside high-quality cannabinoid products, recently released a CBN Oil, created with the intention of helping people fall asleep faster. 

CBN is short for Cannabinol and is one of 100+ known cannabinoids naturally found within cannabis and hemp plants. Recent CBN studies have indicated that it may be beneficial for sleep, thanks to its sedative side effects. 

Cannabidiol Life’s CBN Oil is the company’s first dedicated sleep product. While the research surrounding CBN is limited, Cannabidiol Life’s CEO Chris Visser explains the difference between CBN and CBD on a basic level. 

“Think of it as a side effect type deal,” Visser said. “CBD’s side effects are that it’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. CBN is sleep enhancing, and it enhances the side effects of any other cannabinoids that are present, like THC.”

According to Visser, studies performed on CBN show that it’s the most potent sedative of all the cannabinoids they’ve tested so far. CBD can help you stay asleep and get that important deep sleep needed in order to feel rested, but it doesn’t actually help you fall asleep any faster.

While one of CBN’s side effects is sleep-inducing, this doesn’t mean users can expect to drink a cup of coffee, take some CBN, and have no problem falling asleep. 

“It’s imperative for people to know that for any sleep product to work, you have to stop drinking caffeine 5-6 hours before you go to bed,” Visser said, adding that incorporating healthy habits is an important part of setting yourself up for a good night’s rest. 

CBN Night-Night Boosters

Cannabidiol Life’s new CBN Oil for sleep is quite possibly one of the strongest CBN oils for sale online, with 1,000 MG of total hemp extract (800MG of CBN and 200MG of CBD). As mentioned above, having a high CBN content enhances other cannabinoids, and this includes terpenes. 

Taking this into account, Cannabidiol Life collaborated with an herbalist to create the ambition-specific formula for their CBN Oil.  The new formula is made with a proprietary blend of all-natural, organic ingredients, including sedative herb extracts. Visser says they call this combination of ingredients “Nature’s Night-Night Boosters.”

The CBN Oil has a gorgeous golden hue and is made from a full-spectrum CBN distillate. It’s also homogenized perfectly with organic MCT oil, and the following hemp and herb extracts:

  • Broad Spectrum Hemp Extracted CBN Distillate
  • Full Spectrum Cherry Wine CBD-Rich Hemp Extract
  • Sedative Terpene Blend
  • Proprietary Blend of several sleep-promoting organic herb extract

Cannabidiol Life’s sleepy time formula is another example of how the company is always working to take their products a step further and uphold their mission of helping as many people as possible.  

“If you think about our mission, it’s people first – we’re trying to solve problems and issues through our all-natural product line,” Visser said.  “This CBN Oil holds true to our values and mission because we are trying to create the best product out there for anything someone could be dealing with.” 

While research is still limited around CBN, Cannabidiol Life is excited to enter this new frontier and be a part of the solution in helping people from all around the world fall asleep at night.  

“People who once hated cannabinoids and the plant are now coming around with the mindset that this could be good for me,” Visser said. “Just thinking about the possibility that we can help 50 million Americans is awesome to think about – with just one of our products.”

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A great natural way to get some extra sleep, Cannabidiol Life’s CBN Oil is packaged in 30mL bottles, perfect for at-home or on-the-go. Get yours today.  

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5 positive testimonials on medical marijuana benefits from real patients

We’d like to shine a light on a few patients in this article, to share their insights and experiences on how medical marijuana has benefitted them throughout their illness. Please take the time to read through the list of 5 testimonials from real patients who have had positive outcomes from using the herb for their […]

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Germany Leads EU in Cannabis Oil Imports…and Exports

In 2019, Germany led the EU in both cannabis oil imports and exports, and not by small numbers. The Germans are proving themselves to be big cannabis users, and big cannabis producers as well.

When it comes to the cannabis market, the EU is a large and growing market of consumers which doesn’t produce as much as it uses. It also still has several parts which haven’t legalized cannabis under any circumstances, medical or otherwise, leaving the door open for future expansion as laws loosen up across Europe in the next few years.

Right now, while some European countries like Slovakia, Sweden, and Denmark are still pretty rigid with their cannabis laws, other countries like Spain, Italy, and Portugal are not. As of 2019, the biggest importer of cannabis oils of the EU member States was Germany, as well as being the biggest exporter of cannabis oils to other countries.

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Cannabis oil imports 2019

Truth be told, no other country is even remotely close to matching the US in terms of cannabis oil imports. According to worldstopexports for the year of 2019, the US imported in the neighborhood of $893 million worth of cannabis oil which was followed in second place by Germany at $240 million worth imported. Third place went to South Korea which only instituted its medical program in 2018, but which is picking up the slack with $207 million worth of imports of cannabis oil for 2019. The next European country to show up on the list is France, which clocked in at number five, with $152 million worth of cannabis oil imports for that year, nearly $100 million behind Germany.

According to the same report, the total spent internationally on cannabis oil for the year of 2019 was $3.1 billion, which is an increase of 38.6% since 2015. Though the US took the top spot for a single country importing, the whole of the European Union amounts to $1.1 billion, which is 35.9% of the total, which eclipses the US’s 28.7% of the market. Germany, for its part, accounted for 7.8% of the cannabis oil import market last year.

Cannabis oil exports 2019

It’s a different story when it comes to cannabis oil exports for 2019. Germany leads the EU, coming in at fourth place with approximately $230 million worth of exports, or 8% of the exported cannabis oil for the year. In this category, China tops the list by even more of a margin, exporting just under $1 billion worth of cannabis oil, accounting for 33.4% of the exported oil for last year. India came in second, exporting around $320 million for the year, followed by the US which exported $309.7 million for 10.7% of the total cannabis oil exports. Germany beat out Spain, the next EU country on the list, by $40 million in sales.

The global total for cannabis oil exports for 2019 was $2.9 billion, which is a 23.3% increase since 2015. It should be remembered that these analyses – both imports and exports – are only concerned with cannabis oil, which does not include other cannabis-related products, and they are looking at the legal market only.

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Who really exports the most?

Legal markets show part of the story, but much of the cannabis story takes place below board. In fact, it is the size and scope of this black market that gives hope to its legal counterpart. As recreational legalization becomes more of a thing, taking hold of that illegal black market will be a big part of the total legal cannabis market, but for now, most importing and exporting is done for medical cannabis only.

When it comes to all exports of cannabis, legal and otherwise, Morocco is the leading provider for Europe, and the leading exporter in the world, even dwarfing China. Morocco’s illegal cannabis export market is worth approximately $8.8 billion. While an illegal market should never be compared to a legal one, as it’s essentially comparing apples and oranges, it does show just how much this industry is worth, and just how much can be made if this income stream is redirected to a legal one.

Cannabis in Germany for residents

As the lead cannabis importer and exporter of the EU, its implied that Germany allows for cannabis production and that it also allows for cannabis use of some kind too. Let’s take a closer look:

According to the German Federal Narcotics Act, possession of cannabis is illegal and comes with up to five years imprisonment. On the other hand, using cannabis is not stated as an offense, and therefore people caught using are generally subject to some kind of programming over prison time if caught with small amounts. Germany has a slightly different approach then other countries in determining what a ‘small amount’ is, and actually judges the size of the amount based on the amount of the intoxicating agent THC, not just the quantity of the drugs. A ‘small amount’ also has a different definition in different parts of Germany, and can account for anywhere from 6-15 grams.

Cultivating and supplying cannabis are both illegal for private residents. Supply crimes can earn an offender anywhere from 1-15 years depending on the severity of the crime, and any extenuating circumstances like minors being around or supplied to, the quantity of the cannabis, if weapons were around, and other factors.

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Cannabis in Germany for business

In 2019, upon realizing the economic value of growing cannabis, Germany legalized the production and export of cannabis and cannabis products for medicinal use. As of early 2019, as many as 79 bidders were already submitting their offers to grow medical marijuana. The structure to govern cannabis cultivation in Germany includes the following:

  • Under the Federal Ministry of Health is the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfarM), the regulatory body to govern licensing and procedure for cultivating cannabis in Germany.
  • Cannabis is grown on behalf of the Cannabis Agency, which operates as part of BfarM.
  • Cannabis must be cultivated under the guidelines of “Good Practice for the Collection and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants”, and in accordance with any other relevant guidelines.
  • Private companies will carry out cultivation after receiving a contract and licensing.
  • The Cannabis Agency will purchase cannabis from said private companies in accordance to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961, and set a manufacturer’s selling price.

In order for a company to export to Germany, it must comply with the following:

  • Cannabis can be imported by countries that grow medical cannabis under state control, where there is a guaranteed pharmaceutical quality, and the product meets the legal requirements of the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961.
  • As per EU regulation, products being imported to Germany cannot have above .2% THC.
  • Companies that want to import cannabis to Germany can apply to BfarM which will make sure the country that the company comes from is compliant with the UN Convention.
  • The exporting company is required to follow all EU GMP requirements (Good Manufacturing Practices).
  • Exporters must obtain the correct export licensing for their location.
  • Exporters must comply with Germany’s provisions concerning irradiation of products containing cannabis, the same as with pharmaceuticals. Companies must hold the correct licensing for treatment of products with radioactive or ionizing radiation.

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That’s a lot of medical cannabis

After having a medical program since only 2017, and since only just starting to legally grow, Germany managed to skyrocket to the top of the EU market for cannabis oil sales. Considering there is no importing or exporting for recreational use, that’s a pretty strong medical program. In fact, according to BfarM, Germany imported approximately 6,700 kg of cannabis flowers in 2019, most of which went directly to pharmacies. In 2018, about three tons were imported making for over double that amount a year later.

Conclusion

Germany is the biggest EU market for medical cannabis, and is growing rapidly. With the initiation of private companies providing the supply chain within the country, it will be interesting to see where Germany falls in the years to come concerning their cannabis imports and exports.

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Thailand launches full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil – take notes, Canada

Thailand on Monday opened its first two full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil for medical treatment, a step forward in the government’s policy of promoting the licensed use of cannabis products to relieve the symptoms of a range of ailments. About 400 patients, many of them with cancer, were given the oil for free at a […]

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