CBD Vape Liquid or CBD Oil Drops

CBD Vape Liquid or CBD Oil Drops? Which is Better?


CBD Vape Liquid or CBD Oil Drops? We were having this debate in the office. what’s best?

This post won’t delve into the health aspects of vaping. Personally if I had to make a judgement call then vaping is better than smoking anyday.

This is just my opinion. I’m sure we all agree that it must be more harmful inhaling smoke into your lungs than vape mist?

Anyway I’m getting off topic, the question being asked is should I vape CBD or would I be better off using CBD Oil Drops under the tongue?

Which is better?

CBD Vape Liquid


It should be an easy question to answer right? One way MUST be better than the other?

It would seem the question it isn’t as clear cut…

Each way of taking CBD has it’s pluses and minuses. Ultimately you simply have to make the choice that works best for you in your own situation.

Before going any further due to the way CBD is regulated in the UK I am not able to give advice intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition.
CBD is sold as a food supplement.

Disclaimer out the way onto the content you’ve been waiting for.

From our debate in the office and conversations with our customers, these are the main feedback points we’ve been given.

CBD Oil Drops


When CBD is vaped the effects are felt pretty quickly, somewhere between 30 to 120 seconds. Effects tend to last between 2 to 4 hours on average.

CBD Oil Drops takes longer for the effects to be felt, somewhere between 30 to 45 minutes before making a difference. Effects however tend to last longer. Typically between 8 to 12 hours.

Everybody is different and every individual’s body responds differently. If you’re seeking quick effects then vaping CBD would probably be the right choice. If you would like the effect to last longer, oral ingestion would be the way to go.


I guess it boils down to this. A bigger serving spread over time equals a longer lasting effect when compared to smaller servings used more often for a quicker results.

To conclude I repeat – everybody is different.

There will be people out there that say they have a quick vape of CBD and it lasts 10 hours. People out there that take CBD oil drops and they notice the effects in minutes.

The information above has been provided by customers and our office debate.

Hopefully this has given you some information to consider which may guide you in the right direction to take on your own personal journey.

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Choosing The Right CBD Oil For You


The medicinal cannabis industry is growing extremely fast. Although there are a large number of CBD oils available today, this is certainly not a bad thing in itself. However it can make choosing the right product more difficult.

Here is what you should consider before purchasing your CBD Oil.

With scientific research on the therapeutic potential of cannabis mounting and cannabis laws in many countries becoming more relaxed, it’s not surprising that the medicinal cannabis industry is exploding. Experts estimate the market for CBD oils and similar cannabidiol products to soon reach £10 Billion GBP. Sure, more products to choose from are a good thing for the consumer, but it doesn’t necessarily make choices easier.

On one hand, you can now legally obtain CBD oils, be it online or in retail stores. On the other hand, it can be challenging to find a CBD oil that is right for you. CBD oils are available in different concentrations and differ widely in the way they are made.

Most importantly, the quality and purity of CBD oils, and therefore their effectiveness, varies from one manufacturer to the other. Here at Ideal CBD we have taken it upon ourselves to find reputable quality suppliers to make your task easier.


CBD oil products, such as those offered in dropper bottles or capsule form, come in a range of concentrations. The amount of CBD they contain per bottle or capsule can usually be found on the packaging. Some list the amounts in milligram, such as 250mg, 500mg, or 1000mg. Other CBD oil products may specify the concentration as percentages instead, such as 4%, 10%, or 20% cannabidiol (CBD), this can be confusing to some.

Here are the amount equivalents:

CBD % Equivalent Milligrams
2.5% CBD 250mg
4% CBD 400mg
5% CBD 500mg
10% CBD 1000mg
20% CBD 2000mg
CBD Chemical Make Up

You should also take the bottle size, the amount of capsules/edibles into consideration when choosing a strength of CBD.

When choosing CBD Capsules – you should divide the amount of CBD stated on the bottle by the amount of capsules to get the exact amount of CBD per capsule.

For example a tub of 50 capsules that have a 500mg strength would make each capsule 10mg of CBD.
25 capsules at 250mg strength would also make each capsule 10mg of CBD.

For oils you should divide the strength by the amount of millilitres. For example a 10ml bottle of 1000mg would make each ml 100mg or a 100ml bottle at 10,000mg strength would also make each ml 100mg.

While higher doses of CBD will likely have a more pronounced effect, it is not recommended to start with a high concentration.

Start with products featuring a low to moderate dosage, then gradually work your way up to a higher dosage if needed. By observing the effects over the course of several days or a few weeks, you can make the necessary adjustments. If you don’t see the desired effect after this period, increase your dosage. Once the desired effect sets in, you will be able to establish what concentration of CBD is best for you.


Cost per dose is another factor to consider before purchasing CBD oil. Even though highly concentrated products might be more expensive outright, they often offer a greater value over the life of the product. So, once you have established your therapeutic dose of CBD, see if switching to a higher concentration saves you some money in the long-run.

For instance, a 1000mg bottle of CBD oil will likely cost you less than if you were to buy four 250mg bottles.

CBD Oil Drops


The two main types of CBD oils are those made from near-pure CBD isolates or crystals, and full-spectrum oils. The latter contains other active compounds in addition to CBD.

Until recently, pure CBD isolate was considered the standard for non-psychoactive cannabis therapy. But evidence is mounting that full-spectrum oils provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates.

Full-spectrum oils often contain other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBL, as well as terpenes (aromatic compounds such as pinene and limonene), and other substances like flavonoids. These compounds are said to work in synergy with CBD through a natural process known as the “entourage effect”.


Almost as important as choosing the right concentration of CBD oil is the method of delivery. Many CBD oils are available in dropper bottles allowing for sublingual delivery. This means dropping CBD oil directly under the tongue, makes for an efficient route of delivery. Capsules allow a discreet, controlled dose of CBD to be administered with ease.

Some individuals also inhale their CBD using vape devices. These products may all contain the same ingredients, but will differ when it comes to accessibility, convenience, and even effect.

Conduct some research on the different methods of intake to determine which works best for you.

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Before purchasing a CBD oil product, it really is advised to check out different companies and their offerings. Don’t just look at the price of your CBD oil, and DO NOT buy from untrustworthy sources.

Stick to reputable CBD oil manufacturers and you will be on the right track to incorporating the benefits of CBD into your lifestyle.

Can CBD Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms?

There is a growing body of evidence, clinical and anecdotal; suggesting that Cannabidiol (CBD) has the potential to help alleviate some symptoms of menopause. Let’s explore the ways in which CBD impacts the body and mind of menopausal women.

The symptoms of menopause are usually difficult to treat. The current pharmaceutical treatment options such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have considerable risks and are not effective in the long-term. Here is a look at the reasons why CBD may be a great option for relieving menopause symptoms.


At some point in their life, women will go through menopause. Menopause occurs when a woman no longer has a menstrual cycle. This experience results from the genetically programmed loss of follicles (structures that contain eggs) in the ovaries. The condition may also occur when the ovaries are removed surgically.

In either case, the cessation of menstrual periods indicates oestrogen hormone deficiency. Menopause does not occur suddenly. There is a phase called perimenopause that often begins a few years before the final menstrual cycle. The average age of menopausal women today is about 51 years. However, it can occur as early as 40 to as late as the early 60s.

Early menopause tends to occur in women who have never had children or those who smoke. Menopause is not a disease, but has a range of symptoms. These include hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, difficulty sleeping, mood changes, vaginal dryness, forgetfulness, decreased sexual drive and function, urine leakage, and joint problems.

Since the life expectancy of women today is over 80 years, most can expect to live around 30 to 40 years of their lives in the postmenopausal state. The symptoms of menopause can affect women for a significant amount of time. The beneficial aspects of CBD in regards to menopause should come as great news to women around the world.

Estrogen Hormone Level


There is extensive research on the complex role of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in female fertility, including the onset of menopause. Current research indicates that some fundamental changes occur in the ECS and related biological systems during the menopausal transition.

The ECS is a biological network of endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptor proteins found in the central and peripheral nervous systems of mammals. This means that the network permeates the entire body and regulates a number of physiological and cognitive processes, including fertility.

The ECS controls the interaction of cannabinoids such as CBD with the body. Oestrogen is one of the hormones that facilitate proper ECS function. It achieves this by regulating fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) levels in the blood. FAAH levels fall when oestrogen production declines. During ovulation, oestrogen and endocannabinoid levels peak. FAAH facilitates the breakdown of the endocannabinoid anandamide.

Anandamide has an ovarian function whereby it helps in the maturation and release of the egg during ovulation. Another role of oestrogen is activating the ECS for the regulation of emotional response. These declining interactions between the ECS and oestrogen indicate that the symptoms of menopause may arise from reduced endocannabinoid activity.

The Stages of the Menopause


It appears that menopause disrupts the endocannabinoid system in women. For this reason, CBD could be beneficial in managing some of the symptoms of menopause, as detailed below.


Loss of bone density can occur in many women during menopause. If left untreated, this can lead to osteoporosis and other debilitating bone ailments. Oestrogen is responsible for regulating the process that replaces old bone cells with new cells.

A decline in oestrogen levels results in the bones becoming gradually weaker. Osteoclasts are the special cells involved in breaking down bones. Bone loss occurs when osteoclast activity is aggressive.

Osteoclasts have numerous GPR55 receptors. If these receptors stimulate the cells too much, excessive bone loss can occur, leading to osteoporosis. Research indicates that CBD can interact with GPR55 receptors and inhibit their action, thus prevent


This is among the most common symptoms of menopause. A woman experience hot flashes as an intense build up in body heat, starting in the chest and face, followed by sweating and chills. Some women report anxiety as the sensation builds.

The aforementioned anandamide, an endocannabinoid, helps in the regulation of body temperature. CBD is thought to increase the levels of anandamide in the body by inhibiting the action of FAAH. The overall effect is an improved ability to control body temperature.


Insomnia in menopausal women occurs as a result of the other symptoms such as migraines, hot flashes, and joint stiffness. If left untreated, lack of proper sleep often affects other areas of a woman’s life.

This may worsen the symptoms of menopause and lead to mood swings. CBD has been documented as being a very effective natural alternative to treating sleep problems. CBD has anxiolytic (anxiety-inhibiting) and relaxing effects that can help support deeper, more restful sleep.


The hormonal changes that occur during menopause can result in several painful conditions. These include joint stiffness, migraines, and muscle aches. CBD can be a very effective pain-relief agent. Many people currently use CBD for pain management in clinical settings.

Researchers have documented the beneficial aspects of CBD on muscle and joint pain. CBD inhibits certain cellular processes that can cause both swelling and pain. CBD’s anti-inflammatory action can help menopausal women engage in their daily activities more productively.


Mood swings during menopause are the result of oestrogen and progesterone fluctuations. The mood swings are often accompanied with anxiety. In fact, menopause and anxiety go hand-in-hand.

The stressful life changes that happen around this time can be the source of this anxiety. CBD has the ability to inhibit anxiety and improve mood.

Extensive human and animal studies have demonstrated the anxiolytic effects of CBD. This cannabinoid is being invoked for a number of mood disorders including anxiety and depressive disorders.


The body of research on the role CBD has to play in the treatment of menopause symptoms, overall, shows great promise for the cannabinoid as a natural alternative. Although further research will support these findings in greater detail, the future seems bright for CBD and the management of menopause.

Chronic Pain

Could CBD be the Solution to Inflammation?


Since the recent surge in popularity of CBD being used by a growing number of people to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, if you look at some of the benefits CBD can have it all sounds a bit far-fetched.

The list of conditions that along with a healthy lifestyle CBD used as a food supplement can be used for include Alzheimer’s, IBS, Arthritis, Diabetes, Chronic pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis, this is naming just a few.

However modern science reports (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3492709/) that there seems to be an underlying cause involved with a wide range of conditions that affect us and this cause is inflammation. CBD is perhaps the most non-medicinal anti-inflammatory available to us. Specifically as shown in research by EMBO Reports which is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, it shows that we can turn to CBD for help with inflammation.

Sounds good doesn’t it? But how does it work? Let’s go back to the start.


Inflammation believe it or not is a completely normal and necessary cellular process. It’s how the body defends itself against infections and parasites. Through inflammation our body’s white blood cells effectively quarantine the infected area and flood it with toxic chemicals that take care of the infection. It’s pretty amazing when you think about what our body is able to do and under normal circumstances inflammation is a helpful and necessary thing.

However, in certain cases when inflammation is stimulated all the time and it becomes chronic it goes from a helpful friend to a powerful nemesis that can reduce the strongest of us to tears.

The toxic chemicals that were helping us before begin to negatively impact your own cells and tissues, and dependant on where in your body this happens different problems can begin to appear.  If it happens in your joints it can present itself as Arthritis. If it’s within your cardiovascular system then it can manifest as heart disease. If inflammation presents itself in your brain then it can lead to one of many forms of neurodegenerative disease. It’s no surprise that a quick search on Google will show many top experts now believe that inflammation may actually be the main cause of a hundred plus diseases that are negatively impacting our daily lives.

So why does inflammation go from being a helpful necessity to becoming chronic and hurting us? Well it all comes down to one thing it seems, modern life.


With today’s lifestyle we are constantly put in harm’s way with products and situations that stimulate inflammation. Sugar and processed carbohydrates is just a couple of things we are surrounded by in modern life that stimulate inflammation.    

Stress causes inflammation and ironically what do so many of us do when we feel stressed and under pressure? We eat chocolate or sugar filled foods with artificial preservatives that add to the epidemic of inflammation.

Fortunately there is a clean and natural food supplement available to us in the form of CBD that is here to help.


The potential for CBD to help your body to combat chronic inflammation is truly a welcome godsend. It’s important to know that CBD is not a medicinal product, no claims are being made but we at ideal CBD believe that these products should NOT be used as a replacement for traditional medicines but we believe there is a big part for CBD to play in our lives and used as part of a healthy lifestyle the possibilities are endless.

It may not be a miracle cure, but again a quick search of Google will show countless people that have found relief from CBD products, the sheer number of people is miracle enough.

From all of us at ideal CBD good luck on your journey and smile, for Mind, Body and Soul.

The Endocannabinoid System

Endocannabinoid System – 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know


The Endocannabinoid System – In school, you are taught that there are 11 major organ systems in the human body. They include the circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, and digestive systems. All these systems make up the human body.

But did you know you also have an endocannabinoid system (ECS)? You probably didn’t because unless you are a research scientist or work with medical cannabis, it is unlikely that you will ever hear of it. And yet, the ECS has been called “the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.

Major Organ Systems


We have known about the ECS for about 25 years. It was first discovered in the 1990’s, by L.A. Matsuda. Dr Matsuda was the first to describe the structure and functional expression of the cannabinoid receptor, CB-1. Scientists were trying to understand how THC, the primary intoxicating substance in marijuana, affected the body. What they discovered was a remarkably complex network of cannabinoid receptors (CBr) expressed in cells of both the central and peripheral nervous system

Since then other cannabinoid receptors have been identified including cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB-2), which is found primarily in the immune system, digestive system (gastrointestinal-tract), and many of the body’s major organs. But these receptors were only half the story. The discovery of CB-1 and CB-2, prompted a hunt for the body’s own cannabinoid-like chemicals that naturally interact with these newly discovered receptors. Why would the body produce receptors if there were no naturally occurring cannabinoids that would bind with them?

The first cannabinoid-like chemicals to be discovered was Anandamide. Anandamide acts on both the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, modulating both the central and peripheral nervous system, respectively. Activity in the peripheral nervous system is essential in regulating the functions of the immune system.


We do not have a full and complete picture of what the ECS does but we do know that the ECS helps fine-tune most of our vital physiological functions. It promotes homeostasis affecting everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, and even reproduction. So in basic terms, the ECS helps modulate the regulation of homeostasis across all major body systems ensuring that all systems work in concert with one another.


As human beings, we like to think of ourselves as special, but we’re not special for having an ECS. All vertebrates and invertebrates are known to have an ECS. The most primitive animal found to express cannabinoid receptors is the sea-squirts, an animal which evolved over 600 million years ago.


The total number of Endocannabinoid receptors in the body is believed to be greater than all other neuromodulator receptors found in the body combined, including receptors for the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Anandamide alone has the most receptors in the brain and is critical for maintaining a healthy central nervous system.


The ECS helps bring balance to the body. As a result, it is no surprise that scientists have observed changes in ECS activity in a number of diseases. Everything from neurodegenerative disorders to rheumatoid arthritis and cancer has shown changes in Endocannabinoid levels and greater receptor expression. This suggests that the ECS may be an effective target for restoring balance in the body and promoting good health.

4. ECS Deficiency Syndrome may be a root cause of some diseases.

When the ECS is functioning properly, all our various body systems are maintained in a state of dynamic equilibrium, or homeostasis. But what happens when the ECS is dysfunctional or damaged? Scientists have found that certain conditions which are associated with hypersensitivity to pain or stimulus, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and IBS, the ECS is dysfunctional. This hypothesis, that the ECS may lie at the root of some disorders, is known as the Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency hypothesis. It is believed that by supplementing the body with naturally occurring cannabinoids from plants, we can correct this deficiency, relieve symptoms, and restore health.

5. ECS explains why natural cannabinoids in hemp and other plants have therapeutic effects.

Before cannabis prohibition, hemp and marijuana had been used for thousands of years to treat a number of ailments, including epilepsy, headaches, arthritis, pain, depression, and nausea. Traditional healers may not have known why the plant was effective but their experience demonstrated its effectiveness and provided the basis for later scientific inquiry. The discovery of the ECS revealed a biological basis for the therapeutic effects of plant cannabinoids and has sparked renewed interest in cannabis as medicine.

Research has shown that small doses of natural cannabinoids from hemp and other plants help support the ECS and enhance its signalling. This suggests that small, regular doses of naturally occurring cannabinoids from hemp and other plants might act as a tonic to our most central physiologic healing system.

6. Exercise and diet can also boosts the Endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Scientists have found that prolonged aerobic exercise increases levels of Anandamide, the “feel good” Endocannabinoid. Diet is also a useful target. Increasing your intake of the essential fatty acid, found in oily fish or healthy seeds like flax or hemp, can help support Endocannabinoid brain signalling.

7. Doctors know very little about the Endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Talking with your doctor about the ECS can be frustrating since the majority of doctors are not trained on it. This is beginning to change but for now it is helpful to come armed with good information about the ECS when speaking with your doctor.

A 2013 survey conducted by Medical Cannabis Evaluation in Sacramento asked medical schools in the United States whether the ECS formed part of their curriculum. The survey found that only “13% teach the ECS to future doctors.” This means that many patients will have had more training on the ECS than their doctors.


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CBD Isolate Crystals and Powder

Cannabidiol Isolate Versatile Pure CBD


Cannabidiol Isolate is a crystalline whiteish powder comprised of 99% or higher CBD content. Everything else including the THC and other cannabinoids, and plant materials like terpenes, oils, and chlorophyll has been removed.

What’s left are naturally-derived CBD crystals that are odourless and flavourless.

Lovehemp Crystal Isolate


Like many cannabis products sold today, Cannabidiol Isolate (CBD isolate) powder is made using an extraction process.

The two most common methods for producing the CBD isolate powder are ethanol and CO2 extractions.

METHOD 1 The first method of making CBD isolate uses ethanol as a solvent to separate the plant’s components.
METHOD 2 The second method involves pushing CO2 through the plant material in a series of filtration chambers.

Chemists then use a process known as chromatography to remove further plant materials. Finally, the isolate is activated by decarboxylation.

This involves heating the cannabinoids into a form that allows [them] to immediately interact with the endocannabinoid system, making the compound more usable throughout the body.

When the extracted oil has gone through the decarboxylation it is converted from CBDA to CBD, thus removing the acid form so it’s readily bioavailable.

the extraction process

You can read more on the extraction process of CBD on our post:
Extraction Process of CBD Explained – From Hemp to CBD


CBD Isolate is becoming more popular due to its versatility.

PLEASE NOTE: To dose accurately you need to weigh the crystals with micro weighing scales.

Once you have weighed the amount of isolate/crystals you require then you could try using them in the following ways.

Added to an E-Liquid
Vaping is one of the most convenient ways to consume your CBD crystals/isolate.

Mix up to 200mg of crystals per 10ml of e-liquid – they blend well if you aim for a 70/30 PG to VG ratio.

Next, heat the PG and VG to around 60 degrees Celsius then add the required amount of CBD crystals and shake until they are completely dissolved.

A quick and immediate way to enjoy your CBD crystals.

Blackcurrant Lemonade 100mg CBD e-liquid

Mixed with a Carrier Oil
Making your own oil tinctures is one of the most economical and popular ways of enjoying CBD crystals/isolate.

It’s easy to do and allows you to set the desired concentration. For best results, use olive oil, coconut oil or hemp seed oil.

For a standard potency of 10 per cent, simply mix one gram (1000mg) of your crystals into 10ml of your preferred oil.

Then seal the tincture and put it into a hot water bath at around 50 to 60 degrees Celsius for up to 10 minutes. This will encourage the crystals to blend with the oil so that it is ready for use.

We suggest making a batch of them at once so they’re ready when you want them.

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Baking for Edibles
Baking is one of the easiest ways to use your CBD Isolate/cyrstals – You don’t need to be a master baker, either!

Simply melt your butter in a pan on the lowest possible heat then add the desired amount of isolate. Stir slowly for five minutes until the crystals have dissolved.

Your CBD butter will now be ready to use – It’s great in chocolate brownies!

CBD Gummy Bears infused with Hemp Extract
CBD Infused Water


CBD products are becoming more and more popular. This trend is fuelled by the increase in studies demonstrating CBD’s therapeutic potential.

CBD isolate powder is a versatile and easy-to-obtain product for those looking for pure CBD. It is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant.

Cannabidiol isolate can be consumed in many different ways, including vaping, dabbing, sprinkled on food or added to your drink.

Sponsored by Ideal CBD - Boxer Michael McKinson

Boxer Michael Mckinson Sponsored Athlete

Boxer Michael McKinson

Today we welcome another athlete to our Ideal CBD team Michael ‘The Problem’ Mckinson, an up and coming Boxer in the welterweight division.

Michael has a record of 14 wins and 0 loses, ranked 10th in the UK. We are proud to sponsor the talented local 24 year old.

Michael ‘The Problem’ Mckinson  is just about to embark on one of his toughest fights yet – defending his World Boxing Council International Silver Welterweight Title against Sammy McNess.

The fight takes place at York Hall on the 26th of October and will be televised on BOX NATION.

Michael has already had success winning The World Boxing Council Youth World Welterweight Title beating the majority favourite Ryan Martin in Swindon.

He then Stopped the well respected former EBU European Super Lightweight Champion, former British Welterweight Champion and former British Super Lightweight Champion Colin Lynes at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, picking up The World Boxing Council International Silver Welterweight Title for his well fought display.

Michael McKinson vs Colin Lynes

We visited Michael down at the Moneyfields Boxing Gym in Portsmouth, training hard with his brother and trainer dad, he seemed excited and focused on the job at hand.

Michael explained he was probably going into the fight the underdog but this was nothing new and he was ready to prove everybody wrong again.

Michael also told us he was very happy working with Ideal CBD and sees the benefits that CBD products can offer not only boxers and athletes but to people in general.

We wish Michael luck on the 26th October in York Hall and we will be there to support him on his journey.

Follow Michael ‘The Problem’ McKinson:

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CBD vs THC | Non-Psychoactive vs Psychoactive

CBD vs THC – (Non-Psychoactive vs Psychoactive)


As the legal use of marijuana and other cannabis products grows globally, consumers are becoming more curious about their options – CBD vs THC. This includes cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus. CBD is legal in the UK with a THC content maximum of 0.2%, all products Ideal CBD offer adhere to the legal guidelines.

Predominantly found in the hemp plant,  CBD can also be found in the cannabis plant. CBD can be taken and found in Oils, Creams, Vape Liquids, Edibles, Extracts, Capsules and many more.

THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, and is primarily found cannabis plant but can be picked up in the hemp plant.

When CBD is extracted scientists will monitor the exact content insuring the THC content is under the legal guidelines.

Both compounds interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system but they have very different effects.

Chemical structure

CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. A slight difference in how the atoms are arranged accounts for the differing impacts on your body.

Allowing them to interact with your cannabinoid receptors both CBD and THC are chemically similar to your body’s own endocannabinoids. The interaction impacts the release of neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals responsible for relaying messages between cells.

CBD vs THC Comparison

Psychoactive Components

CBD vs THC – Effect.
Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. That means it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with THC.

THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. It produces a high or sense of euphoria, the ‘high’ people experience when taking cannabis. 

CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. In fact, it can interfere with the binding of THC and dampen the psychoactive effects.


Even though CBD and THC are made up of the same chemical structure they both carry very different psychoactive effects, always read the products packet to find out what exactly what you are taking as the experience can be very different.

the extraction process

Extraction Process of CBD Explained – From Hemp to CBD


The extraction process of separating cannabidiol from other plant material effectively is both complex and expensive, requiring professional equipment and experts overseeing the procedure.

Cannabidiol or as most people know it CBD are found in both marijuana and hemp – two different forms of the cannabis plant. Marijuana is less favoured for making CBD oil because it contains high amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Industrial hemp plants are preferable because they are widely legal and bred to emphasize high CBD content.

The CBD in these plants can create concentrated oils via extraction. We will explain over the next 3 paragraphs different oil extraction methods.


cbd extraction process explained


Organically grown hemp that has been dried and cured to avoid pesticides, chemical fertilisers or heavy metals


CO2 extraction allows for clean high quality CBD concentrate to be created that is safe to produce and consume


Always ask for certificates of quality when purchasing CBD extracts

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CBD products give you safe and easy access to the full potential of cannabinoids, anytime, anywhere.


The carbon dioxide extraction process employs a closed-loop extractor, a machine with 3 chambers.

One pressurised chamber holds solid carbon dioxide, or dry ice. Another chamber contains the dry plant material, and the final chamber receives the extracted product.

The solid carbon dioxide moves into the second chamber with the plant material.

Temperature and pressure change inside the second chamber to turn the carbon dioxide into a liquid.

The liquid CO2 runs through the dry plant material and separates cannabinoids from unwanted plant material. The mixture then moves into the third chamber where it exists at a higher temperature and lower pressure.

This change lets the carbon dioxide turn back into a gas and rise to the top of the chamber.

The CBD oil extracted from dry plant material stays at the bottom of the chamber.


The oil extraction process is the method of choice for many home extraction projects.

It’s a simple extraction method whose use dates back thousands of years. Oils like olive oil soak hemp plants for up to a couple weeks at a time.

After soaking, heating the mixture helps remove any remaining compounds from the plant from getting into the oil.

Since infused oil is delicate, it must be kept in a cool, dark place.

The imprecision associated with this extraction process makes it hard to establish exact concentrations of active compounds in the finished product of CBD oil.

growing hemp plants


During the solvent extraction process, the plant material resides in one chamber with a liquid solvent.

Ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, butane, and hexane are examples of the solvents this extraction process can employ. These solvents mix with plant matter to suspend the active cannabinoids in solution.

The liquid then evaporates away from the mixture, leaving only concentrated oil.

This extraction process requires minimal equipment. It’s a cheap and simple way of extracting CBD oil, but there are some downsides to keep in mind as well.

One of main issues is that the solvent chosen can remind behind in the oil.

Solvent extraction is affordable, but is less desirable because of the solvents it leaves behind. The right solvent and meticulous processing can reduce this residual content slightly, but the extraction process is not flawless.

All the products available on the Ideal CBD website use Carbon Dioxide Extraction or the Co2 extraction method, The safest cleanest and most preferred way. 


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Over 300 Certified Members & 1200 Registered Sellers, selling ethical, safe products.

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History and Rediscovery of CBD and Cannabis


Not only have we lost access to the use of cannabis as a medicine but also as food, for humans and animals, as nature’s strongest fibre, as a building material and as a crop that has immense ecological and environmental benefits.

It has been an enormous mistake, a failure of policy for which we are only now beginning to understand the consequences.

It’s only 30 years ago that the endocannabinoid system was discovered and we now realise how important cannabinoids are in our diet.

Some researchers now believe that the removal of hemp from our diet has led to an upsurge in disease, possibly caused by endocannabinod deficiency.  It is thought that this could be at the root of an increase in autoimmune conditions such as MS and Crohn’s.


For hundreds of thousands of years, cannabis has been one of our most valuable crops.

Throughout recorded history in the UK and Europe, hemp has been at least as common as wheat, barley or any other grain crop.

Around 100 years ago, for reasons that are now known to be misguided, governments started to introduce a ban on the plant that has led to exactly the same problems, divisions in society and criminal activity that we saw with alcohol prohibition in the USA.


In times gone by, cannabinoids from hemp would have supplemented our endocannabinoid system and helped to keep us healthy.  Thankfully the new CBD industry is now reintroducing cannabinoids as a food supplement and, just as you take vitamin or mineral supplements, you can now use CBD oil to help in maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

Historically, hemp was fed to cattle, sheep and poultry.  By eating meat or other foods derived from these animals, humans would have benefited from the cannabinoids they had ingested.  Hempseed was also a staple food ingredient for humans, often milled into flour or pressed for oil.  In the 20th Century all this was taken away from us.


So with the history and rediscovery of cannabis explained you can now consume hemp, containing CBD and other cannabinoids, as a food supplement.  Ideal CBD offers a variety of different products which can be consumed in various ways. These can help support your endocannabinoid system and in turn contribute to the stability of all bodily functions and overall good health.

Take a look at Ideal CBD’s product range and think how you can introduce CBD as part of your health and fitness regime. All our products are manufactured from legal, low-THC varieties of cannabis that are grown under licence, either in Europe or the USA.  All our products are backed up by certified laboratory test results which demonstrate their cannabinoid content and the absence of contaminants.

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The Hemp Trades Association UK Limited trading as The Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA UK) is the only UK centric trade association for the UK, working with all sectors of the hemp and cannabis industry to promote good practice, provide practical advice and ensure consumers of legal cannabis and hemp products have access to top quality information.

Over 300 Certified Members & 1200 Registered Sellers, selling ethical, safe products.

Members of the CTA