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      Cannabis – Oil, Tincture & Paste: What are the differences and which one is for you?

      Cannabis – Oil, Tincture & Paste: What are the differences and which one is for you?

      For anyone who stumbles upon cannabis and its healing properties, it can get confusing to make a choice. This is because the current cannabis market is replete with options and although this is an exciting thing, it can be overwhelming for a first timer. As the variety grows, so should the clarity. This is why we’re about to give you a complete lowdown of each medium of cannabis products – whether it’s full-spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate, we’re going to explain the various formats you can consume these in and this will help you gauge what’s best for you.

      Let’s get started with the most common mix up – CBD Oil vs. CBD Tincture

      Many still perceive CBD oil and CBD tinctures interchangeably. However, this is a common mistake (made by some brands too) and they do come with some differences.

      CBD tincture

      A ‘tincture’ became associated with a dropper style bottle. But this is not what differentiates the two as CBD Oil and CBD tinctures can come in dropper style bottles. Simply put – the main difference lies in the solvent used to extract CBD.

      CBD tinctures are an alcohol-based extract. High-proof alcohol the solvent used to extract the natural compounds of the cannabis plant and is also used in the finished product. This gives CBD tinctures a very bitter taste but a longer shelf life. The bitter taste is masked with additives like sweeteners, flavoring, or vegetable glycerin. Some companies might also add vitamins, herbal extracts, or supplements like melatonin, depending on the goal of the product.

      CBD Oil

      CBD Oil is often a blend of CBD Extract (or paste) and carrier oil like MCT coconut oil. CBD oil is usually made by extracting other compounds from the plant material along with CBD such as terpenes and flavonoids – both of which come with their own benefits. The method used to extract this is called supercritical CO2, a process which helps retain the bioavailability, sustainability and quality of the plant. After this paste is extracted, it is then mixed with the carrier oil. Sometimes, essential oils are also used for their own benefits and flavor. CBD oils are more commonly found and even the products labeled CBD tinctures or CBD oil tinctures are more often CBD oils.

      CBD Paste

      CBD paste is the most concentrated extract and in terms of potency is the most potent among the three. CBD paste is the form of CBD that is usually added to carriers like MCT oil for further consumption. CBD paste is for those who need to consume higher quantities of CBD for medicinal purposes. CBD paste is also more cost effective and can be used to make your own CBD edibles to experiment and have fun with your medicinal intake of CBD. However, pastes usually come in a syringe and it can be hard to dispense and figure out the dosage.

      We hope these differentiating factors help you make the right choice for your purchase. Another ideal way to do so is to consult with our doctors and make a purchase with their guidance.

      Tackle winter dryness with these Hemp Lotions

      It's getting colder each day, and winter can wreak havoc on your skin - making it dry, itchy and irritated. Dry skin occurs when our skin doesn't retain sufficient moisture — perhaps, because of frequent bathing or use of harsh soaps. Wintertime poses a special problem because humidity is low both outdoors and indoors, and the water content of the epidermis  tends to reflect the level of humidity around it. Dryness during winter results in problems like wrinkles, winter xerosis, eczema and so on.

      Keeping the skin hydrated is especially important during winter as it keeps the skin smooth and supple. Moisturizing is one important skin care routine to combat the winter dryness.

      Here are 3 hemp creams from our store which will help keep the skin hydrated throughout the rough winters:

      1. KENSHO VALLEY HEMP WITH GREEN TEA ,SHEA BUTTER AND ALOE VERA

      Consisting of various antioxidants and Vitamins, and having healing properties which is soothing for sensitive and irritatable skin.

      The catechins in green tea reduce irritation, redness, and swelling. Caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a miracle for treating puffy eyes and dark circles. The antioxidants present also slows down ageing. Shea Butter is rich in fatty acids and vitamins. It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties which is also soothing for sensitive and irritable skin. It conditions, tones and softens your skin. Aloe Vera is known to treat after shave razor burns and cuts. The enzymes in it can also help exfoliate the skin to make it smoother. It can help prevent future lines and smoothen wrinkles. It's one of the most natural remedies for sunburns or burnt skin.
      And last but not least, Hemp! It is anti aging. It stimulates natural production of collagen and retains elasticity, hence, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and stretchmarks. It regenerates skin’s protective layer and Improves oxygenation and hydration.

      2. CANNAEASE SKIN PROTECT VIJAYA LEAF EXTRACT

      Their Full-Spectrum oil is brought to in it's natural form with maximum benefits. It reduces dryness and keeps the skin hydrated. When mixed with Virgin Coconut oil provides a calming effect to the skin.
      It can reduce the excess sebum production in the skin, and provides soft and supple skin. Virgin Coconut oil with hemp extract is a perfect for acne prone skin as it prevents human sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from producing too much of the oil. It aids with skin conditions marked by redness, itchiness, and scaly. Cannabidiol is known to have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, including the ability to reduce the production of inflammatory cells of the immune system called cytokines. Cannabidiol may help those experiencing pain, by reducing pain perception when Cannabidiol interacts with cannabinoid receptors (CB2 receptors).

      3. CURE BY  DESIGN HEMP BODY BUTTER

      Contains the richness of Hemp Seed oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, Almond oil and Avacado Extract, what more could you ask for!

      Mango Butter prevents wrinkles, eliminates itchy and dry skin and protects from UV rays. Shea Butter treats acne and blemishes the skin. It also reduces skin inflammation, is anti ageing and restores the elasticity of the skin. The naturally extracted Jojoba oil Soothes sunburn and is deeply hydrating. The Almond oil reduces puffiness and under eye circles. It also reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks, improving the complexion and the skin tone. Avacado extract calms itchy skin, heals chapped skin and replenishes dry skin.
      Hemp Seed oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-acneic, fights ageing and reduces dryness. Hemp oil is also non-comedogenic; it does not clog your pores while moisturizing your skin for smooth texture. It works with all skin types!

      So wanna make your skin look flawless during those winter festivities? We're here to help you with that!

      Does Hemp Help Enhance Joint Health? Let’s find out!

      Does Hemp Help Enhance Joint Health? Let’s find out!

      There’s an old adage that goes “youth is a gift of nature but old age is a work of art”. How healthy you will be in your old age has a lot to do with the practices and habits we indulge in when we’re younger. Although the aging process is gradual, we don’t feel like we’re ever getting older when we’re in our 20s and 30s. However, these phases have a hige impact on our health as we age. We feel invincible when we’re younger, which could be the reason for some neglect on the health front. 

      When it comes to health in old age, joints are an important indicator of it. They are incredibly important when it comes to mobility. The cartilage that surrounds the bone is what tends to degenerate as we age and is the key component of mobility. It is responsible for reducing friction between the bones and also produces synovial fluid as we get older. Synovial fluid helps keep the joints lubricated and the functioning smoothly. If your joints do deteriorate, you may feel stiffness, pain and/or swelling.

      What is essentially happening here is inflammation.  And this is where CBD comes in. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System – the part of the body that is responsible for maintaining general homeostasis and other general functions such as appetite, sleep, and physical pain. CBD interacts with this very system to support joint health, in every stage of life. CBD works with two receptors – CBD1 and CBD2 while supporting joint health. CBD2 receptors are specifically responsible for supporting the inflammatory response associated with joint issues. The scientific studies are still ongoing but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the claims that it helps with healing join health as well as reducing pain caused by unhealthy joints – temporary or more permanent conditions like arthritis. 

      cbd products, CBD for joint health

      Joint care is relevant no matter your age. Healthy eating, exercise, and hydration go a long way in keeping your joints healthy. A Mediterranean diet is best to keep your joints healthy and reducing the habit of smoking is also essential. In order to increase joint healthy significantly is to consume full-spectrum hemp oil or apply it topically regularly. The hemp plant consists of more than 110 cannabinoids and 120 terpenes that are being studied and increasingly being discovered to have a plethora of incredible effects which include anti-inflammatory properties and pain reduction. 

      Browse our product line and choose a product to get started on your journey to maintaining joint health or consult our doctors to help you get acquainted with our products.