Understanding Cannabinoids: CBN vs CBD
While there are many cannabinoids that may enhance the therapeutic effects of hemp products, the most common renowned product is the phytochemicals in the Cannabis genus that contain the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This is the substance that is responsible for all of the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD has long been associated with the variety that offers up the best help benefits without offering up the high that the THC gives to users.
While the CBD may not be the feature that is in all of the hemp products, it’s a by-product of the THC. Hemp Genix, Wholesale CBD Oil in Bluffton, has 80% purity compared to competitors at 17%-40%. The CBN doesn’t bind to the body’s cannabinoid receptors like the THC does. It’s long been known to give a stronger sedative effect when it’s used in combination with the THC.
At Hemp Genix, all of our products are made with 100 percent USA, Zero THC and 80 percent purity Wholesale full-spectrum CBD oil in Bluffton. This is carefully derived from a variety of cultivars of hemp which contain an abundance of cannabinoids.
A lot of people are very familiar with CBD or Cannabidiol. This is found in highly concentrated amounts in a variety of products. However, there are lots of cannabinoids that are found in hemp. These have shown a variety of benefits in studies. All of our products offer you full-spectrum hemp oil. This also includes all of our cannabinoids that are found in the plant. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the benefits.
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This is the most abundant cannabinoid in the hemp oil. It makes up 90 percent of the content of cannabinoid. It’s non-psychoactive and the focus is on how it benefits the body via the hemp oil. It has minimal affinity for CB1 or CB2 receptors. The main focus on interaction is in the endocannabinoid system and it acts as an indirect antagonist toward the cannabinoid antagonists. This, in turn, may allow the CBD to temper the high that is caused through the THC. Wholesale CBD Oil in Bluffton from Hemp Genix are over 80 percent pure and CBD makes up the majority of the Oils weight. Industry averages and nearly all of the other products with cannabinoids and brands average in at 17 to 40 percent purity.
What’s The Difference Between CBD And CBN?
Cannabis has a number of cannabinoids in which the most abundant are the levels of THC. There are 9 tetrahydrocannabinol as well as CBD and CBN. This is the active ingredient that makes you high. The THC is in the plant and the CBD is the precursor and the CBN is the metabolite of the THC. As the cannabis ages, the THC level breaks down into the CBN.
This also leads researchers to believe that the CBD might give some protection against ecstasy-derived neurotoxins or long-term depletion of the serotonergic receptions. While this is still speculation, it’s investigating further. The CBD is usually present in significant enough quantities in such products as hashish or cannabis resins. However,r it’s also in the herbal cannabis referred to as skunk in smaller amounts.
Overall, the CBN is a great cannabinoid that offers up a varied range of therapeutic applications that work together with the rest of the “team” in order to offer up the best possible results. Clearly, more clinical trials are required to see how else it can benefit patients.
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The end of marijuana prohibition is coming. But how the federal policies will change could have a dramatic effect on the nation's burgeoning legal marijuana businesses, which could fall victim to the same scourge that has hampered so many other nascent industries: regulations.
At the end of this month, the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration will announce their decision whether or not to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. The agencies did not give a hint as to which way they are leaning, but there are a number of moves they could take--the plant could be de-scheduled completely like alcohol or tobacco; it could remain as a Schedule I drug (it's current classification) or some of the plant's active chemicals could be rescheduled while the whole plant could remain illegal.
The real concern among those in the industry is what happens if the FDA and DEA reschedule marijuana as a Schedule II drug. FDA regulation experts say if pot is placed in the same category as legal pharmaceutical formulations of opioids like oxycodone and stimulants like amphetamine the burden of keeping up with regulatory compliance might be too costly for many of today's small marijuana companies.
"Schedule II would be a nightmare for the cannabis industry," says Andrew Ittleman, a lawyer and partner at Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph in Miami. His firm helps companies navigate FDA's laws and regulations.
Right now, since marijuana is classified as an illegal drug with no medical benefits, the drug's prohibition is policed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies. But if it is reclassified as a drug with medical benefits, the FDA would lead the charge in regulating its manufacture, distribution, sale, and use.
What's more, under the Schedule II classification, every cannabis-derived product would be subject to the kind of scrutiny typically reserved for drugs like Adderall and OxyContin. If, for instance, a brand says its Cannabidiol (CBD) oil cures seizures or Tetrahydrocannabinol edibles (THC) relieve pain, the products will be targeted for testing. If the claims turn out to be unproven, that company could be charged with criminal misbranding, says Ittleman. So rather than just going back to the drawing board, a company's operators might face prison time or fines. Further, if a company's manufacturing facilities aren't up to FDA standards, the products made in those facilities would be considered an "adulterated drug," or impure and unfit for consumption, under federal law, says Ittleman.
To be sure, ensuring your products are viable and safe for consumers is a worthy endeavor. There are, after all, a great many reasons why many regulations exist in the first place. Additionally, this new classification could give marijuana something of a credibility boost--that is, it puts the drug in the same league as legal, but controlled substances that are regulated by the government, prescribed by degree-holding doctors, and dispensed by licensed pharmacists.
The trouble is, the marijuana industry as it exists today simply isn't prepared for the rigors of transforming into a pharmaceutical industry.
If marijuana becomes a Schedule II drug, the FDA would subject companies to intense inspections and testing. Companies would need to get their packaging and labeling approved by the FDA; the Federal Trade Commission would be there to ensure companies don't sink to unfair or deceptive marketing and advertising practices. If marijuana was de-scheduled, and placed into the same category of alcohol and tobacco, it would fall under the purview of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. That has its own maw of legal hoops to maneuver.
"If the FDA came out and said we are making cannabis Schedule II and the entire industry didn't change, the whole industry would be illegally trafficking a Schedule II substance," says Hank Levy, a CPA for marijuana companies, including Harborside, one of the largest dispensaries in the nation. Simply put, the industry as it stands today would not be legal under a whole set of other laws.
"I don't see Schedule II as being any help here for the existing cannabis industry at all," says Ittleman, who notes that the changes likely open the door to big pharmaceutical companies that have the experience manufacturing Schedule II controlled substances. "This is the red carpet for Purdue Pharma and Pfizer to enter the industry," adds Ittleman.
Even so, marijuana entrepreneurs remain undeterred. The cannabis industry is a $40 billion dollar market regardless of federal law and it's not going away.
Last December at a Meetup group event in New York City called High NY, marijuana entrepreneur Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Oakland, California-based Harborside, took questions from the audience regarding the future of the industry. DeAngelo, who started as an activist in Washington, D.C., now runs a $30 million a year dispensary. DeAngelo has battled federal law enforcement to successfully avoid commercial forfeiture and is currently battling the IRS in an effort to change tax code 280e.
One audience member asked: What happens if the industry loses the war? What if a new president comes in and orders the DEA to drop out of black helicopters and arrest every entrepreneur in all 24 states where some form of the marijuana economy enjoys state law protections? What if the DEA and FDA do the same thing to marijuana as they did with opium and outlaw the actual plant and only permit pharmaceutical pills? What would the marijuana industry do if suddenly pot was only legal in pill form?
DeAngelo smiled and said the marijuana plant cannot be stopped by a government, a new president, or a cadre of agencies.
"We'll take to the hills, like we always have," said DeAngelo, explaining that farmers in northern California have been growing in the isolated foothills of the Emerald Triangle since the 1960s. "It's a plant and it can grow anywhere. The only way they can take it away from us is if we give it to them."
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How Vaping Can Help You Quit Smoking And How To Get Started
Anyone that has ever been addicted to smoking cigarettes can tell you how hard they are to quit. Many millions of people have tried, many hundreds of times in their lives, and never been able to quit smoking. But as fewer people start, and the older smokers die, there are fewer people smoking all of the time, so they've become outcasts in many states, cities, and even families. In most public places it's now illegal to smoke, so smokers are all standing outside freezing in the winter and sweating in the summer, to get their fix. Nicotine has been called one of the most addicting chemicals known to man, worse than heroin. So, just how can vaping help a smoker quit, is it safer, and how does a person get started?
Vaping Has Been Around Awhile, But It's Getting More Popular
Believe it or not, vaping and e-cigarettes have been on the scene for quite some time. They have advanced, gotten more high tech, been investigated, and millions have used them to quit smoking, sometimes successfully. Many scientists have weighed in on the subject, some pro, and some con, but the bottom line is that some people have been able to reduce their tobacco smoking habits and become more healthy.
In the real world, there are actually very few quit smoking programs that have worked for most people. In fact, when you check the statistics, most people fail at quitting smoking at least 6 times before they win the battle, or stop trying. So, if you're talking to a smoker and have anything to offer that could help them quit, they're going to listen.
Vaping Can Be Far Less Expensive Than Tobacco
The government has really cracked down on smokers and tobacco, making it one of the most expensive habits in the world. The real wholesale price of a pack of cigarettes averages about 50 cents, the rest is all federal, state, and local taxes. Estimates vary, but nearly all research shows that vaping and eCigarettes are at least 40% cheaper.
If you don't mind buying your own vaping oil and mixing it carefully into usable vaping batches in small bottles, you can save about 60% to 70% over the price of tobacco. While they use "pack a day smoker" for their statistics, there are millions of smokers that smoke at least 3 to 5 packs a day. Everyone knows a smoker that smokes a pack an hour too. These people could save thousands and thousands per year by not buying tobacco and mixing their own vaping oil instead.
Researchers Say Vaping Is Bad For Your Health
But they have to say that when anything is bad for you, they can't come out in favor of it. The real stats show that up to 95% of the harmful ingredients in tobacco aren't in eLiquids at all. This is according to the UK Public Health Department in a study done in 2015. Now of course, if you're trying to quit smoking, you're going to take anything that is less dangerous than cigarettes because they're for sure going to kill you.
The biggest worry that regulators have is that vaping will become a fad and many young adults that wouldn't smoke a cigarette will try vaping if they think it's not as dangerous. So far, government statistics aren't showing that many young people are using eCigarettes as a gateway to tobacco. On the other hand, they are helping some people quit smoking either tobacco or completely quit altogether.
The Best Way To Use Vaping To Quit Smoking
There are actually several addictions taking place when a person smokes cigarettes. The number one strongest, of course, is the nicotine that's considered very addictive. But, in addition to that, there is holding the cigarette, puffing, and inhaling the smoke too. And finally, there is the flavor of the tobacco. An eCigarette can do all of those things, then you can lessen each one gradually until you quit.
The nicotine is the hardest, you can adjust the amount of nicotine easily yourself if you mix your own, or have a vaping shop do it for you. You can also reduce the tobacco flavoring, or switch to one of a thousand other flavors if you'd like. The flavoring is the least of your worries, the nicotine reduction is the first priority.
Once you've reduced the nicotine, then get rid of the tobacco flavor, that will still have some carcinogens in it. Most of the thousands of other flavors are very clean, almost no cancer causing agents, plus no addictive chemicals either. If you have to continue smoking, vaping is the best alternative, and it may save your life in the end.
New research is coming out daily on the pros and cons of eCigarettes and vaping, everyone has to do their own research. But by all means, take the time to read the studies and pick the far lesser of two evils if you have to, if not for yourself, for those who love you.