How to determine what balance of Hemp is right for
It’s an exciting time to be a CBD enthusiast. Whether you are just beginning your journey with this herbal supplement or have been an advocate for some time, there’s no shortage of options for ingestion methods. While CBD E-liquids and their portable “vaporizers” have seen some popularity, recent illnesses have called into question how safe CBD E-liquids really are. Now, with the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is legal in the US for the first time since 1937, and a new artisanal whole flower hemp experience is booming. To help clear some confusion, here are some of the major differences between e-liquids and hemp flower buds.
A silent killer?
Several reports have taken media attention recently discussing the deaths and illnesses that may or may not be related to vaping e-liquids. These reports are mostly related to the underground economy of modified e-cigarettes flavors, black market CBD hemp e-liquid products, and build quality of the e-liquid vaporizers themselves.
There are two key areas that are currently lacking quality control:
- The extraction methods and additives placed in e-liquids
- The build quality and potentially hazardous fumes they give off when heated.
Additives and Heat Terrorists
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
These additives can prove to be harmful carcinogenic compounds when heated and inhaled. PEG, PG, and even pesticides become stronger toxins when introduced to higher temperatures that vape pens reach. These thinning agents and flavoring additives have been safety tested for CBD hemp ingestion and topical application but not for inhalation as heated compounds.
The difference between e-liquid vaporizers and dry herb vaporizers:
There is a serious problem with how vaporizers are being categorized in the market today. Primarily because the term has come to represent both e-cigarette vaporizers and herbal vaporizers by the same term when both of these technologies are inherently different.
E-cigarette vaporizers are often small and compact and work by heating an e-liquid via a hot coil called an atomizer. These atomizers burn the liquid at 482°F, usually via direct heat, and create an aerosol that has been shown to be carcinogenic.
Dry-herb vaporizers are often larger and even come in desktop plug into the wall form factors. These dry-herb vaporizers heat herbal material in a heating chamber via in-direct convection or conduction heating.
This heating method allows for precise control over how hot the heating chamber gets. This triggers the boiling point of the compounds inside the plant without combusting the plant material itself. This creates a smooth “vapor” of the boiled cannabinoids versus e-liquid vaporizers that directly burn the liquid to create an aerosol.
- Often small and compact
- Heated via direct heat on an Atomizer
- Creates aerosolized vapor that may be carcinogenic
- General low-quality control on hardware.
Dry Herb vaporizers
- Often small and compact
- Heated via in-direct heat using either convection or conduction heating.
- Creates a natural vapor of the boiled plant material compounds
Overall, dry herb vaporizers are not only safer for consuming CBD, but also provide a more pleasant vaporizing experience by not directly heating the materials ingested.
Not your HBO Entourage
CBD isn’t the only positive element of the hemp flower to offer benefits. There are currently six identified cannabinoids in hemp flower and a myriad of terpenes that make the plant special. How these hemp flower compounds act synergistically is known as the “entourage effect”, which is the school of thought that the full spectrum of the plant is more beneficial than the isolated compounds themselves. Research is finding that it is the combination or synergy of the “entourage effect” that allows the maximum effects of the hemp flower.
After all, it is proposed that there are over 120 cannabinoids that have yet to have standards created for, meaning we are only in the infancy of understanding the science behind hemp flower. This brings us to the inherent problem with extraction and e-liquids, they all cut away the parts of the hemp flower that they are not extracting for. This means that unless you purchase “full-spectrum” oils you are missing out on all compounds other than the CBD being extracted from the hemp flower. Going back to the source means back to the full flower, and there’s not getting closer than just using the flower itself.
The search for CBD
Hemp flower is an attractive alternative to e-liquid because it is all-natural, leverages the entourage effect, and avoids the potential harm of e-liquid additives and poorly constructed e-cigarette vaporizers. We encourage you to give hemp flower a try, and if you like it, create a hemp flower regimen that suits your needs. In the search for CBD, we think going back to the source, the flower itself is the way to go.