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CBD and Nicotine: Do They Interact Negatively?

When it comes to the relationship between CBD and nicotine, studies are scarce. What’s more, they don’t give consistent results that would provide real insight into the turbulent and potentially dangerous effects of CBD and nicotine interaction.

 

But that doesn’t mean that we know nothing about the interaction between CBD and nicotine. That would be ludicrous, especially since up to 70% of people who use cannabis also smoke or use tobacco. 

 

Of course, some CBD users don’t chase that particular cannabis high. Still, it’s safe to assume that there are many smokers among CBD users as well. Many people mix nicotine and CBD into one compound. That way, they achieve a synergistic effect we know little about. 

 

So, is that safe? Or is mixing CBD with stimulants actually tempting fate?

 

How Does Nicotine Affect CBD?

As mentioned, some users mix tobacco with CBD and other cannabis-derived compounds. They do so because, subjectively, they think it intensifies the experience. If the CBD product contains THC and other psychoactive compounds, users report that nicotine boosts the high.

 

The other side of the coin comes from testimonials of users that report that nicotine actually squashes their high. So, we can’t really tell how CBD and nicotine (as well as cannabis and nicotine) interact with each other just based on users’ testimonials.

 

Furthermore, many tobacco users smoke because they believe nicotine has a soothing effect on anxiety and stress. The reality is actually quite different, but it’s all about that placebo effect, right? 

 

Some users smoke while using CBD and cannabis to counteract the anxiety that sometimes comes with cannabis use. Others use them together to intensify the anxiety-soothing effects. As we know, CBD has an extremely beneficial effect on anxiety, so we can’t really fault people for this logic.

 

What About the Brain?

According to a study done in 2011, long-term cannabis use, as well as long-term cannabis and tobacco use, are linked to a smaller hippocampus. Of course, the effects both cannabis and tobacco will have on the brain as a whole and the hippocampus depend on the duration of use and dosages.

 

Still, the study provided strong evidence that long-term use of cannabis will result in a smaller hippocampus, which causes poor memory. But this is only true for users that pick products with high levels of THC and low levels of CBD. 

 

Now, the hippocampus is an area of the brain that’s responsible for memory, among other things. In children, big hippocampal areas mean great memory test scores. In adults, smaller hippocampi mean poor memory in most cases. We say most because studies show that smaller hippocampi in users who use both cannabis and tobacco were actually linked to better memory scores. So, the link between the hippocampus volume and memory-retaining abilities differs between cannabis users and those who use both tobacco and cannabis.

 

What Does That Mean?

Essentially, the studies so far show that there’s a definitive correlation between cannabis and nicotine and CBD and nicotine. Still, that doesn’t fully explain the dynamic.

 

Stimulants, psychoactive substances, and CBD are all linked. What’s more, they do interact with each other. Still, we don’t know if their effects are cumulative or if they negatively impact each other. 

 

They affect the complex neural network of stimulus and reward. The hippocampus is the main part of that network. What’s more, the hippocampus has high levels of nicotine, stimulants, and cannabinoid receptors, which makes it the main brain area responsible for processing these compounds and regulating our bodies’ responses to them.

 

The receptors are interlinked. For example, nicotine affects the nicotine receptors but also the opioid ones. 

 

But specific cannabinoid receptors, such as CB-1 ones, can stimulate nicotine receptors as well. That means that stimulants of these receptors can make us crave nicotine. That might explain why there are so many cannabis/tobacco and CD/tobacco users.

 

What’s the Bottom Line?

We can’t go through life thinking that stuff happens in a vacuum. All stimulants we ingest will interact with each other. That’s especially true because we only have one stimulus-reward system. Sure, it has different receptors for different substances. But those receptors act when stimulated with more than one type of stimuli.

 

So, the bottom line of CBD and nicotine interaction is that there’s a definite correlation between the two. What’s more, CBD use can increase our desire for nicotine. But concrete results that would explain both the causation and the correlation of the interaction are yet to come. 

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CBD Rosin — Everything You Need to Know

There’s rarely a dull moment on the CBD market. Always in flux, it brings new things for enthusiasts to try out every single day. Today we’re looking into CBD rosin, all its benefits, and the differences between this particular concentrate and other options that we’ve already gotten familiar with (such as wax, resin, and shatter).

 

Not that long ago, the CBD market was tiny. Only a few connoisseurs enjoyed the benefits of this natural remedy. However, as the laws changed, so did the demand. Finally, in 2018, thanks to the introduction of the Farm Bill, people were free to try everything that hemp has to offer. One of those things are the concentrates.

 

What Even Is CBD Rosin?

Rosin is an extract. Legal rosin became a reality only when the entire cannabis plant (flower included) became legal for consumption and use. 

 

Rosin is a concentrated compound of hemp. Its main feature is that it has no solvents or additives in it. Other extracts have complicated manufacturing processes, which include solvents such as hexane, butane, or other potentially toxic materials. Rosin doesn’t, which makes it far superior.

 

What’s more, CBD rosin is also quite simple to make. All we need to do is apply pressure and heat to the plant. Rosin is usually made from the flowers or even the entire plant.

 

CBD Rosin vs. Resin, Wax, and Shatter

Rosin, resin, wax, and shatter are all forms of concentrates. Concentrates contain high levels of specific compounds (such as CBD or terpenes, for example). Due to that, they are far more potent than other CBD and cannabis products. 

 

The main difference between CBD rosin and resin, wax, and shatter is that rosin doesn’t contain high THC levels and other psychoactive substances. This makes it an ideal choice for medical marijuana users looking to reap the health benefits of CBD without necessarily enjoying the THC-induced high.

 

Furthermore, CBD rosin is easy to recognize, and it’s distinguishable from other forms of concentrate. 

 

  • Shatter has a glass-like consistency. It’s how it got the name, as it can shatter on impact if we drop it. It’s the most potent form of concentrates and can contain up to 90% of THC.
  • Wax also has high THC levels and a distinctive wax-like gooey appearance. It doesn’t have as long of a shelf-life as shatter does, though.
  • Resin is the naturally occurring crystal-like residue that usually clings to the base of the plant’s flowers. This residue is called trichomes, and it contains quite a few of the active compounds of the cannabis plant (such as cannabinoids and terpenes).

 

Unlike these three, CBD rosin doesn’t contain as many of the potent psychedelic compounds because the process of making it includes removing the THC-rich resin. It’s perhaps the least potent of the four concentrate forms, but it’s the safest one to use due to the manufacturing process.

 

Benefits of CBD Rosin

Generally speaking, CBD rosin has all the benefits that CBD has. However, it has specific advantages, at least to those of us who are looking more for health benefits than any other perks of cannabis concentrates.

 

  • No solvents — there are usually no residual chemicals in CBD rosin. It’s a pure, clean product that removes the possibility of ingesting toxic matter into your body.
  • Safe to produce — again, because CBD rosin’s production process doesn’t involve any chemicals, there’s no risk to making it.
  • Simple to make — all we really need to make CBD rosin is pressure and heat. We don’t really need any safety precautions or special equipment that goes along with making other forms of concentrates because the process doesn’t involve dangerous chemicals. We do need specialized equipment for making rosin, but it isn’t as complicated or expensive as the one for other forms of concentrates.
  • Won’t break your budget — because the equipment is so simple, even the high-end one won’t be too expensive. Then all we need to budget for is the plant, and we’re all set to make our own CBD rosin.
  • Highly concentrated and fast-acting — because it’s derived from non-psychoactive hemp, rosin contains no psychoactive compounds. However, it does contain highly concentrated CBD, which makes it more potent than other CBD products. And, due to that potency, it’s also very fast-acting.

 

A Few Parting Words

 

Overall, making CBD rosin is worthwhile for those who need a highly concentrated source of CBD. Because it’s affordable, safe, and simple to make, it’s an excellent choice even for those of us who are complete beginners.