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How Long Does CBD Oil Last?

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How Long Does CBD Oil Last

Cannabidiol oil seems to be one of the latest and lasting trends to stay in the cannabis industry. Besides the buzz surrounding the plant, the numerous benefits that people claim to see and experience are more than enough to urge many others to try this miracle worker.

These days, many people take CBD products and cannabidiol oil-based items on the daily. Whether it’s to alleviate some of their chronic pain, to treat stress and anxiety, to help manage inflammation and other similar conditions, or to simply feel energized yet zen, there are tons of reasons why individuals are flocking to this product.

Because of the popularity and the recent surge of interest in cannabidiol in the industry, it appears that interested users and even seasoned players have a lot of questions surrounding this liquid gold. One of the most common questions about this is how long it lasts – whether this refers to its shelf life or its effects on the body.

This is certainly a great question. After all, a bottle of high-quality CBD oil is quite hard to come by, especially when it tends to command a relatively high price point. If you are not one to waste cannabis products and want to prolong your use of this oil for as long as you can, you might only end up using a few drops a day, thus taking a bottle a few months’ time or even a year before you can fully consume this.

If you are wondering the same thing, worry not. This article has got you covered.

CBD Oil – What is It?

CBD oil, short for cannabidiol, is a substance derived from the cannabis sativa plant. This is also known as marijuana. Although marijuana is known for its intoxicating and mind-altering substance thanks to the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC, cannabidiol is free from the psychoactive effects the plant is known for.

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How CBD Oil Works

Instead of giving users a feeling of intoxication or a sense of ‘high,’ cannabidiol works by inhibiting, interacting, and stimulating the endocannabinoid system of the body in order to produce more cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for controlling a wide range of bodily functions, including pain and pleasure reception, sleep, mood, memory, appetite, and many others.

Besides stimulating the endocannabinoid system to produce more cannabinoids, cannabidiol is also recognized for its ability to prolong the presence of cannabinoids in the body.

This compound also works by influencing non-cannabinoid receptors, meaning it can address and treat different conditions within an individual, such as managing psychotic disorders, treating pain and inflammation, and even address stress and anxiety.

Effects of CBD Oil on the Body

Highly regarded for its non-psychoactive properties, cannabidiol oil makes for an ideal addition to managing a wealth of conditions. As mentioned, this is used for managing stress, anxiety, and depression, and even treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One study even links the consumption of cannabidiol in the reduction of certain heart conditions, like those of heart attacks and strokes. It is also used in addressing different types of epilepsy as well as treating chronic pain and inflammation.

The effects of CBD oil on the body from one user to another. This can depend on the dosage taken by the user and how this was consumed (i.e. mixed with food sources, straight like a tincture, capsules, topicals, and the like). Other factors that may influence this are your body’s weight, metabolism, frequency of use,

In general, the effects of such products can stay in the body for at least two to eight hours. However, the effects can kick in as early as 15 minutes if this is consumed sublingually or via vaping. It may take an hour or two for effects to take place when edibles and topicals are taken.

Those new to the scene are advised to take it slow and small, meaning a low serving of approximately five to 10 milligrams. This way, you can ascertain the effects this compound has on you and your body. You can easily work your way up once you are accustomed to its effects.

Shelf Life of CBD Oil

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CBD oil products are said to have a shelf life ranging anywhere from 14 to 24 months. While those past its prime won’t necessarily turn bad or go rancid right away, the product may lose some of its potency over time. Past its date of expiration, the enzymes present within the product may oxidize and break down, making the product become less effective than before.

Some indications that cannabidiol oil has already gone bad are the presence of a funky and skunky aroma, or an otherwise assaulting odor, as well as rancidity and cloudiness within the oil. Moreover, oil that is already past its prime may appear to have a thicker texture and have some bubbling inside, thereby losing its smooth and silky consistency.

A change in color may also indicate that the product has already gone to a point of no return. Use this with caution. While this may not make you sick if you consume this in small doses, it’s best to toss bottles away that have been sitting in your shelves or storage spaces for far too long.

Just like the product’s effectiveness on the body, there are a number of factors that play in determining the shelf life of CBD.

One of the main considerations you have to bear in mind is the manufacturing and extracting process. The hemp or marijuana plant it was derived from plays a huge role in its shelf life. Those that are grown in nutrient-rich soil and without the use of artificial preservatives may bring forth a more potent and healthier plant, which can help in producing quality results, especially when paired with quality and state-of-the-art extraction methods.

In contrast, plants that are placed in poor conditions and are extracted using industrial methods tend to have a shorter shelf life. In terms of extraction methods, the industry standard is said to be those that use C02 extraction method. This type of extraction helps the compound stay fresher and more stable than ever because it does not destabilize the compounds within.

The packaging of the CBD oil is also a factor in determining its shelf life. Tinctures or oil products stored in dark blue or amber bottles are protected against the sun, light and air, all of which break down the presence of cannabinoids and the potency of CBD oil extracts.

Your way of storing these items also play a role in extending your item’s shelf life. Those that are stored away from the sun, heat, and air tend to stay fresher for a longer period of time.

Prolonging the Life of CBD Oil

CBD oil can be quite expensive, particularly if you use it on a daily basis. Because of this, you want to ensure that your hard-earn liquid gold lasts for a long time. One way to do this is by storing these away from heat and sunlight, and instead, placing these in cool, dark places. These can be placed in room temperature on the shelf, just make sure these are not exposed to the heat of the kitchen or other similar environments.

Other people go the extra mile to prolong their cannabidiol oil by refrigerating it. While this can produce a cooling effect, this can slightly alter the consistency of the product, so be wary when trying this approach out for yourself.

For those directly using CBD oil under their tongue, make sure not to let the tip of the dropper touch any part of your mouth. This prevents contamination of the said products and hinders the production of germs within the bottle. Better yet, you can use a spoon.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know the answers to your questions, you can now practice these storage guides not only to prolong the shelf life of CBD oil, but also to help you get bang for your buck. With these steps, you can ensure that your miracle product won’t go to waste.

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Lemon Haze: Why it’s one of Canada’s Top Selling Strains

Jordan Webber

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For anyone who is a seasoned weed enthusiast, the Lemon Haze strain comes up in many conversations in cannabis circles and forums all over the globe. With its rich/aromatic smell, radiating tones of juicy lemon, and amped-up THC content, it is no wonder why people all over the world gravitate toward this particular strain. 

What is Lemon Haze?

Lemon Haze is a cleverly crossed hybrid type of cannabis derived from the Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk strains. With its 70:30 Sativa to Indica ratio, it’s one of the most potent Sativa dominant blends on the market today. Not only does it have a sweet aftertaste of citrus, but it also garners a yellow/green color which is similar to a lemon growing on a tree. It touts a 17%-22% THC and 0.38% CBD content.

Its psychoactive profile is uplifting and invigorating when consumed moderately; however, it can mellow you out if used in more significant amounts. Given that you can utilize both types of effects from one beautifully simplistic strain, it becomes even more popular as it’s a marijuana strain to meet many’s needs. 

Why Canadians Love Lemon Haze

In Canada, Lemon Haze has gained massive popularity after winning not 1 but 2 Cannabis Cup awards (in 2008 and 2009). With the pandemic in play the past year and a half, Lemon Haze and cannabis, in general, have seen a massive uptick in usage. Imagine being snowed in for days on end during the Canadian winter and enjoying some Lemon Haze in the comforts of your home. This strain could help you get some creative work done, fuel a high-powered workout or even help you get into some pre-Spring cleaning. If you need to bring yourself back to earth, a few more hits of it can bring you right back to a relaxed and euphoric state.

Those who seek to use cannabis for treating common ailments like Chronic Pain, Fatigue, and Migraines, Lemon Haze could do just the trick. It is also often used to treat nausea and depression. The strain is so heavily demanded that Canadian mail marijuana delivery services are at an all-time high. 

In Conclusion

If you can get your hands on this treat of a strain, definitely make a note of the effects you feel. Although creativity and happiness are common, many people experience increased drive both work and arousal-wise. This makes the Lemon Haze strain extraordinarily diverse and heavily demanded.

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How To Read THC Content On Marijuana Label The Proper Way

Daniel King

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CBD-Infused Products in the Market

Marijuana product labels are created for 3 main reasons: to provide transparency, to certify the product is legal to be sold for public consumption, and to protect the consumer from being overdosed by cannabinoids like THC (tretrahydrocannabinol). That’s why state regulators enforce packaging laws for marijuana products to prevent uninformed and even children from inducing a medical-grade marijuana product.

Of course, labeling on weed products may be common for long-time users, but first-time buyers have to be educated with the nuances of understanding medical cannabis labels. So read more as we will tackle how to read THC content on marijuana label the proper way and prevent yourself from getting overdosed.

Regulations On Labeling Marijuana Products

Generally, marijuana product manufacturers are required to seal and secure weed in child and tamper-proof containers like pinch-and-slide mylar bags and push-and-turn caps. Aside from that, the labeling details vary by weed products from the dosage information, concentration of cannabinoids, ingredients, testing date at the lab, etc. Most importantly, the law prohibits manufacturers from using any images or illustrations that are appealing to children.

These rules are strictly implemented and marijuana manufacturers are retailers should adhere to these regulations or their licenses will be revoked.

Interpreting THC In Medical Cannabis Labels

When it comes to the question of medical cannabis, you will see that there are different ways that you can read the THC content in the labeling. In Canada, it’s mandatory for medical marijuana users to read the labels first before buying. On the other hand, in other states and some cities in the country, it is not. Even so, if it makes sense to you then it’s a must that you follow the rules for you and your family’s sake.

Labels on marijuana products typically display the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa). In essence, THCa is a naturally occurring, non-intoxicating acid in the marijuana plant. And as the plant dries out, the TCHa will be converted into THC, which makes you high.

Both THC and THCa are listed in percent to indicate the potency of the product. The higher the THC percentage, the stronger and more potent the product is. On the other hand, the higher the THCa percentage will mean that the product remains deactivated, stable, and has a fresher bud.

Adding the THC and THCa on the label won’t give the exact measurement of the potency of the weed product. However, it does give you an idea of the “high factor” that you’ll experience after ingesting the product.

Other Crucial Details On The Label

Aside from featuring the THC and THCa details, the label also includes the CBD percentage, which is a beneficial component due to its anti-inflammatory, stress-reducing, and anxiety-reducing properties, and the CBN percentage which is a molecular component that helps in decreasing inflammation and increasing appetite. Other than that, the label should also enlist specific terpenes or the essential oil that is responsible for the scent of the strain.

Lastly, the label should also include the pesticide portion, warnings, disclaimers, production, and processing dates.

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How to Get the Perfect Dosage with Cannabis Products

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No one talked about cannabis dosage back in the day since it was in relatively short supply, and few dealers knew the THC content or genetics of what they sold. Now, with the legal cannabis business booming, access to cannabis products is at an all-time high, and consumers can enjoy the benefits of knowing what is in their weed. Understanding how to dose your cannabis correctly can help you to feel your best while getting the maximum effects and benefits from the weed you consume. 

Common Problems with Cannabis Dosing

Even now, with commercial cannabis products marked with nutritional and chemical composition, few people know how much cannabis they should be using – or how to even figure that out in the first place. There are several common problems people face when they begin trying to research cannabis dosing. Knowing how many flowers you can smoke versus how many milligrams of edibles gets confusing. Since brands have little consistency between their products, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. 

Further, tolerance comes into play since some cannabis users find that they need far more than others to feel the effects. Differences in THC tolerance may be, in part, due to incorrect dosage, considering over-using cannabis can affect how an individual experiences THC in the future. Finding the proper dosage for you can help regulate tolerance and even save money by giving you more control over how much you consume. 

What Is a Proper Cannabis Dose?

If you want to know your dose and start managing how much cannabis you use, you can follow some basic guidelines. In general, with all cannabis products, the key is starting low and going slow. Start with a low dose of whatever you are taking, whether it be smoking a single hit from a one-hitter or enjoying a low dose of 2 mg. edible. By starting low, you’ll be able to tell how those low doses affect you and can increase your dose accordingly to satisfy your body’s needs. 

Edibles

Edibles are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis, but knowing how much to take can intimidate novice stoners. THC edibles are among the easiest types of cannabis products to dose since commercial edibles list their exact THC content right on the packaging. For example, THC Malt Balls from Punch Edibles are carefully formulated to have 10 mg per piece, allowing you to take the same dose every time reliably.

To find your dose, start by taking 1-2.5 mg edibles, then waiting a few hours to see how you feel. The waiting period is critical – most edible overdoses happen because people don’t wait and think they need more. Here is a standard THC edible dosing guide: 

  • 1 – 2.5 mg. edibles: Microdose, great for beginners
  • 5 – 10 mg. edibles: Mild pain relief, mild relaxation
  • 15 – 20 mg. edibles: Recreational dose, moderate pain relief, mild euphoria, mild impairment, good for sleep
  • 25 – 50 mg. edibles: Strong euphoric effects, impaired coordination, strong pain relief, best for experienced users and individuals with issues absorbing cannabis edibles
  • 60 – 100+ mg. edibles: Best for individuals with high tolerance, or individuals living with chronic pain or inflammation

Flower

The OG method of getting high, smoking flower remains the most popular method of consuming cannabis, partly due to how quickly smoking flower gives the body access to THC. Unfortunately, knowing exactly how many THC milligrams you consume per gram of dry buds is difficult since each strain (and each crop) varies slightly in content. A significant amount of the cannabinoid is burned off in the process of smoking or vaping. In general, follow these guidelines for dosing flower: 

  • 1/16 g. flower: Standard one-hitter capacity, great for beginners, low dose
  • 1/4 g. flower: Standard bowl, good for moderate or occasional smokers, mild pain relief, mild relaxation
  • 1/2 g. flower: Standard joint, good for experienced and regular smokers, mild euphoria, moderate pain relief
  • 1 g. flower: Strong euphoric effects, impaired coordination, strong pain relief, best for experienced users
  • 2+ g. flower: Best for individuals with a high tolerance, or individuals living with chronic pain or inflammation

Extracts

Cannabis extracts are vaporized, delivering the strong effects of pure suspended THC as quickly as smoking the bud. Cannabis extracts come in different potencies, so be sure to check how strong yours is before you begin testing to find your dose. Most commercial extracts sell in .5g and 1g cartridges. The products will list their THC content so you can determine how many milligrams you’ll get with each puff. 

Because extracts have a higher THC content than cannabis flower, fewer puffs will deliver more THC. An individual with low tolerance to THC may be able to take a single hit from a vape and enjoy the full effects of the product. Others with higher tolerance could smoke up to .5g a day, with some individuals experiencing chronic pain smoking up to 1g, though this is on the extreme high end.

Can You Overdose on Cannabis?

It’s impossible to ‘overdose’ on cannabis in the way we think of overdosing – meaning consuming too much cannabis alone is not enough to kill a human. While an overdose of cannabis won’t end in death, it can alter mood, cause adverse emotional reactions, trigger paranoia, cause heart palpitations, or even induce vomiting. For people with low THC tolerance, overdosing on cannabis can be stressful and unpleasant and should be avoided. 

Someone experiencing a cannabis overdose may feel sweaty, cold, clammy, nauseous, anxious, paranoid, or confused. In these cases, the symptoms often disappear on their own as the high diminishes, but it can take several hours to come down from the experience’s peak. To avoid overdosing, experiment to find out how much cannabis your body enjoys. Start slow, then gradually increase how much you take until you feel like you have reached your desired effects. 

Should you accidentally overdose on cannabis, be sure to find a comfortable environment in which to wait for the effects to wear off. If you are experiencing paranoia or anxiety, talk to a friend, family member, or loved one to help orientate yourself. Try enjoying a relaxing hobby like watching TV, doing some artwork, or playing a game. Remember to stay hydrated and to ask for help if your symptoms become worse. 

Final Thoughts

While there are few risks involved in consuming cannabis, knowing how much to take is still essential if you want to get the most out of the experience. Everyone is different, and our unique tolerance levels reflect that. But, once you know your dose, having a great time with cannabis is easy. Whether you prefer bud, edibles, extracts, or anything else, you can find your perfect cannabis dose with a bit of experimentation and patience. Once you find that sweet spot, you’ll feel confident knowing that you have complete control of your cannabis experience. 

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