The Future Of Sports Recovery – Is CBD The Answer?

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CBD & Sports Recovery

Image: Right: Eddie Hall (World’s Strongest Man 2017), Left: Paul Manterfield, Owner of House of Gain Gym, Barnsley.

It seems barely a major sports tournament goes by without some athletes failing their drugs test.

Sometimes they are rightly busted, other times they were unlucky enough to consume a medication or supplement that contained even a mere trace of a banned substance.

Just to confuse the already hazy rules set by the World Anti-Doping Agency, CBD has been restored to the permitted list since early 2018.

The problem is that even the finest, purest product will inevitably retain a minuscule trace of THC (the still banned psychoactive component).

So what is a professional athlete to do? For most of us who do not regularly compete at the Olympics, it isn’t an issue, which is great news because there’s plenty of signs that suggest CBD may help athletes recover with even greater efficiency.

Plenty of professional athletes and bodybuilders are now advocating CBD as the future of sports recovery and athletic performance.

Athletes (including amateurs) are subjecting their bodies to constant wear and tear, high impact exercise that leads to fatigue and ever slower recovery times.

Can CBD really make the difference in speeding up recovery?

CBD May Help To Reduce Inflammation & Effectively Lessen Pain

We’ve all had those aches and pains after undertaking an especially thorough workout.

It’s one of the key factors that people give up undertaking a fitness program, believing that the pain is not worth the gain.

Truth be told, there are hundreds of chemically formulated products on the market that claim to reduce both inflammation and pain.

CBD is not just useful for supplementing these, but may also be good enough as a stand-alone alternative. It contains natural agents that may act as anti-inflammatories, helping not only to soothe aching joints but also speeding up their recovery back to a strong and stable platform.

Skin creams or balms are often used in this context although there’s no reason why oil drops or vape oils cannot be just as effective. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest vaping is actually more effective since it allows for a speedier entry in to the bloodstream.

When it comes to pain management, athletes need to be very careful as plenty of over the counter products contain ingredients that are not approved by the WADA.

Although CBD is not as emphatic for pain relief, it may help the body function in homeostasis which plays a considerable part in managing pain receptors. Again – it is an alternative or a useful additional supplement.

Faster Recovery Times

While potentially reducing inflammation and to help manage pain appropriately, we have so far only scraped the surface on the potential benefits people may find by using CBD to aid recovery times.

There is still plenty of research to be carried out, but there’s no doubt that the cannabinoids contained within these oils and lotions are extremely beneficial in supporting those naturally produced by our own bodies.

The strain inflicted by regular hard exercise does eventually lower the ability of our own endocannabinoid system to ‘keep up’ with the strain we are putting it under. By supplementing with an appropriate strength and high quality dosage extract, it stands to reason that recovery may be swifter.

Video: Alex Montagnani, a professional MMA Fighter, speaks about CBD for fitness recovery and endurance.

A Healthy Body Recovers Faster

The more stress we place our body under, the greater the recovery time needs to be. However, the problem of this is that by pushing ourselves physically we can become more exposed to infections and illness as our immune system is pushed beyond its limits.

CBD oil may boost the immune system considerably and may help with lessening the risk of falling foul to such debilitating illnesses. Anyone who has ever tried to push themselves at the gym while bogged down with the flu will know how awful it can be! Combine this with illness also comprising effective recovery times, and it’s a no-brainer why CBD may well play a very useful role here.

So Is CBD The Future Of Sports Recovery?

The important thing to remember is that everyone reacts differently to CBD.

Our bodies are all different and finding a suitable dosage of a quality product is not an exact science.

It certainly has never been easy to incorporate these products into part of a recovery method, and as mentioned above many professionals are starting to swear by it.

But in our case, perhaps it’s best to listen to the budding amateurs and their own personal testimonials such as these.

A growing number of workout enthusiasts are claiming that CBD makes a real and observable difference in aiding their recovery, so many that it would be churlish to ignore.

As further research is published there’s a very strong chance that CBD may indeed become a far more routinely used recovery aid than at present.

What Are The Best Times To Take CBD Oil?

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Best Times To Take CBD Oil

Not many people are aware that we all have our own endocannabinoid system within our bodies.

It’s increasingly believed that supplementing this with the cannabinoid (CBD) that comprises around 50% of the marijuana plant may provide a significant boost to our general health.

The Human Endocannabinoid System

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While cannabis itself is indeed still a class B drug in the UK, this is applied because of the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive component that makes people ‘high’.

When CBD is extracted from the marijuana hemp it’s entirely legal and leaves such a little trace of THC it becomes perfectly legal.

Before we get started, it’s worth just pointing out that everyone’s body is different and consequently will react differently to CBD.

Pinpointing A Dose That Works

Some people need higher concentrations, others much less to feel an effect.

For others, no matter what they take they will not feel any difference at all.

Either way, when setting out start with a low dose then gradually work up until you hopefully find that ‘sweet spot’.

When Should You Take It?

This leads us onto the topic of this article. Can the time of day make any difference to how effectively your body absorbs CBD?

As we shall see, it may make a difference – but so too will your individual biochemistry, size, weight and a host of other factors.

Times should be considered as important as these, and not a stand-alone ‘quick fix’.

Also, do not compromise on quality. There is a huge gulf between decent CBD oils. Only look for the purest products ever that should be 100% organic, natural, chemical free and employ a decent CO2 extraction method with a THC content of less than 0.3%.

Starting Out Sensibly

When you begin taking these supplements you may start to notice after a little while certain effects.

For some, it could be a sense of more wakefulness or cognitive speed, for others a relaxing and natural sedative. This will obviously play a great part in deciding how to take your dose.

Most people will find that they do not such a clear-cut reaction, and instead will be looking towards dosing two or three times a day depending on the strength of the dose.

Maintaining a sustained dose is really the best way to reap the potential benefits on offer.

The Food Debate

CBD With Food

The question is: Should you take CBD oil with food, without food or on a completely empty stomach?

Plenty of people find it easy to time their dose with a meal, perhaps with breakfast and dinner for twice a day dosage or incorporate lunch as well if needed.

Sounds logical, right? Well if only it were so simple! Your method for taking CBD makes a big difference here.

If you vape as your method of ingestion, eating makes no difference as it will be absorbed immediately into the bloodstream regardless of the digestive tract.

However, with capsules and oil drops, it takes longer to enter the bloodstream and some say it causes wastage as well.

This is called ‘bioavailability’ and while taking on an empty stomach may lead to faster absorption, it may not last as long because it will be so swiftly processed.

Yet with food, it can theoretically be longer lasting. The only way to find out what works best for you is to experiment.

A good proportion of people who take CBD orally find it best mixed into a beverage/smoothie. But once again – no guarantees!

How Long Should A ‘Dose’ Last?

It depends a great deal upon the strength more than the time of day/process.

Vaping a standard 200mg CBD e-liquid with an adult of ‘normal proportions’ can expect a deep puff to last between 4-12 hours. Quite a broad spectrum isn’t it!

This is one of the advantages and disadvantages of vaping. It’s great for immediate and swift absorption but may not linger around too long.

Plenty of vapers also supplement with a capsule routine and use their vape pen when they need that quick fix.

Committed users who are looking to the long-term will find that three doses a day are as close to ‘certain’ as it gets.

Final Thoughts

If you’re just starting out or concerned that you aren’t feeling any benefits from CBD, we’d suggest checking out the experiences from other people who have had successes with either your product or method of delivery.

Of course there’s the unavoidable fact that body differential is an unavoidable problem when addressing it this way, but it can’t hurt to try.

If we had to speculate the best way for most people, it would be one dose with breakfast and dinner, with a supplemental vape for the day if needed.

How Long Does It Take For CBD To Work?

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How Long Does It Take For CBD To Work?
The million dollar question for anyone interested in the potential benefits from CBD is how long it takes to have an effect.

The problem is we’re all built differently. There simply are no hard and fast rules besides very rough approximations. Some people will simply be naturally immune.

CBD oils can be a little frustrating for this reason when setting out, as it’s a case of finding a dose that matches your body chemistry and it may take a while to ‘set in’ anyway.

There are equally no certain rules or scientifically based facts as to what benefits/effects it may deliver.

But don’t lose heart! Here’s a discussion of the topic and a few pointers that everyone ought to consider.

Understanding The Endocannabinoid System

Everyone has a natural endocannabinoid system – a fact that was only discovered by scientists when researching the way marijuana affects the body a few decades ago.

Following further research, it was concluded that played an important role in balancing how many parts of our body work in balance (homeostasis).

Yet as with any kind of internal chemical process, it stands to reason that now and again it could use supplementary support.

CBD is believed to be the best way of helping achieve this.

In accordance with UK law, it must be extracted from industrial hemp and contain no more than a residual 0.2% of THC (the component that makes you ‘high’).

However, there are no restrictions when it comes to concentration of CBD which is why there is such a variation in strengths/purity.

One other legal note: it’s prohibited to make clear-cut claims regarding certain health benefits. So let’s just say plenty of people report back saying it has helped them with all sorts of ailments.

Consumption & Concentration

Starting out with the highest concentration you can afford/source is frankly pointless.

It takes a varying length of time (see above) for CBD supplements to settle into the body depending on your personal composition.

The best way is to start low and gradually taper on until there’s hopefully a noticeable difference.

Regarding consumption, it again varies. Whether you choose to take capsules, vape oils, sprays, oil drops or one of the other ways to ingest CBD is also a very personal matter.

The key is finding a suitable dose – how it is delivered shouldn’t make much of a difference providing top quality manufacturing and production methods have been used.

Can Your Choice Of Method Make A Difference?

Let’s assume that you have found a ‘sweet-dose’ that works for you.

Remember that unlike marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive so you won’t necessarily feel anything.

Instead, look for an alleviation of symptoms. Understanding this is essential when choosing the best format that will work for you in the longer term.

For the fastest possible way of taking CBD into your body then vaping is likely the most efficient. Unlike capsules, supplements and to an extent oral oils and sprays, it bypasses the digestive tract and immediately hits the bloodstream.

For people who use their CBD on an ad-hoc basis, and are OK with vaping (there’s no nicotine or nasty chemicals in any related e-liquid) this is probably the most useful.

However, for long-term consistent users, capsules or oils/sprays may provide a more convenient and steady routine.

Capsules have the advantage of being tasteless but will absorb slowly into the system, oils and spray applied directly underneath the tongue are relatively swiftly taken into the body.

Topical methods – primarily skin creams – are increasingly hitting the marketplace and come complete with plenty of healthy other ingredients.

Ensuring a consistent dosage with these can be awkward, but the skin is the body’s largest organ and can absorb nutrients well under the right circumstances.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article will have explained that there is no exact science in ‘making’ CBD work.

Even detecting the potential benefits can be tricky enough.

The best way forward is to follow the sensible advice of tapering on until a suitable dosage is found, and experimenting with a method of delivery that suits you best.

What Are The Most Popular Ways Of Ingesting CBD?

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Popular Ways Of Ingesting CBD

CBD has enjoyed quite a boom in popularity over the last couple of years, yet newcomers to the scene often wonder which is the best way of taking their ‘dose’.

It can certainly seem a little confusing at first – after all these cannabis plant derivatives (which will not get you high) can be consumed in a wide variety of ways.

Truth be told, there really isn’t a standout best way to ensure you may receive the best results from your CBD. It really does come down quite simply to personal choice.

So let’s take a look at the most popular ways to ingest CBD and factor in some pros and cons of each method:

Oils

CBD OilsThis is probably the most traditional way of consuming these extracts, but be aware that there is a wide disparity in quality.

Always look for CBD oils that use either organic olive or coconut oil as these retain the integrity of the CBD extract by far the longest – and taste better too!

Most bottles come with either a drip nozzle or in a spray format, and this needs to be applied directly under the tongue for the best and swiftest absorption into the bloodstream.

Remember that these are hemp extracts which aim to retain as little THC (the psychoactive part of the plant) as possible.

Top quality oils will retain less than 0.3% THC – indicating that the oil has been produced using the best hemp and finest quality extraction methods.

Vaping

Vape Oils & E-liquidsNo CBD e-liquid will include any nicotine or other addictive components or nasty toxins, making this a realistic choice for those who may never have vaped before.

The advantage of vaping is that compared to any other method, it’s the most effective way of ingesting the active components right into the body with very little wastage.

What this means is that a little can stretch a long way. It’s a convenient, clean, and for many people, a tasty way of taking both occasional and regular dosages.

The vape scene can seem a maze to those completely new to the scene, but be aware that there is no need whatsoever for some super-duper setup.

A simple, basic CBD vape pen is all that is needed but of course, it may also be used in fancier kits as well.

For convenience sake, there are preloaded disposable CBD vape pens available. These are ideal for people wishing to take first steps in vaping CBD.

Alternatively, you may wish to check out ‘additives‘ which are concentrated e-liquids that can be applied to your current favourite e-liquid.

There’s even the possibility of ‘dabbing’, which involves melting a solidified concentrate and using a specialist pen to inhale with.

Capsules

CBD CapsulesThey may seem a little unexciting but for long-term, straightforward CBD use there’s certainly scope for considering CBD capsules.

Consider these two advantages they have other other methods.

First, they are pretty much tasteless and can be swallowed down just as easy as any other food supplement.

Secondly, while they aren’t super-fast acting they provide a slow release of the extract into the system, making them great for people who have found their ‘sweet spot’ dosage and wish to maintain it in the easiest way going.

Bear in mind that they are available in varying strengths and it’s best to taper on gradually as the body will develop resistance over time.

Pastes

CBD PasteTaken in a similar way to oil drops – right under the tongue – which means you will have to taste the product which not everyone likes, these are a specialist way of taking a regular dose.

Generally, they come either as a tube or via a pot which is then applied via a syringe for easy measurement.

There are even niche styles out there which are designed to be taken at night-time.

It may seem like an unusual way to take your dose, but it can be very effective with regards to absorption into the body.

Edibles

CBD GummiesReally dislike the taste of CBD but would still like to appreciate the potential benefits? Edibles may just be the perfect solution.

These usually come as sweets or “gummies” which are tasty, chewable and often rather delicious! Stick to the allotted dose and keep safe from kids.

While CBD is fine for children (as it is for adults) in appropriate doses, it’s never a good idea to take too much and we always recommend speaking with your doctor before consuming any form of cannabidiol.

Added To Food

There’s no reason why oil or paste cannot just be added to food or drink.

Plenty of people find that dropping their CBD into a smoothie or suchlike completely masks the flavour, and is an easy way to take it as part of a generally healthy daily routine.

Sure, the compromise is that it will take longer to hit the bloodstream as it needs to go through the digestive tract, but it’s a method to consider if oral dropping/spraying or vaping is not for you.

Topical Balm

CBD Infused BalmsThis is a very interesting solution for folks who just cannot stand any other way of taking CBD.

A growing range of skin balms integrate CBD into their formulas, which can be smoothly spread wherever you wish.

It’s an interesting way of absorbing cannabidiol, and it could be a perfect solution for those who already use such ointments.

Expect to see quite an expansion in this interesting option over the next couple of years as the potential benefits of this supplement become ever more mainstream.

Final Thoughts

We’ve covered all the main options for how to take CBD, and as ought to quite clear, there really is something for everyone.

The debate will likely never end over which is the ‘best’ as it really does depend on personal preference.

But if you’re interested in the potential benefits of this amazing extract, there’s a method to suit everyone.

Hemptouch CBD Spray 300mg

Hemptouch CBD Spray 300mgFew would argue that one of the longest-running debates on the CBD scene is where flavourings factor in.

For purists, many would argue that the slightly dank and earthy notes that ought to be expected from ‘pure’ oils, sprays or vape oils is part of the process.

But let’s face it, not everyone gets on with the taste.

The real issue here is finding a manufacturer that does not compromise the integrity of top-class CBD and only uses 100% natural flavourings to make it a little more palatable.

Which brings us to Hemptouch. For those new to CBD, these folks only use the finest production methods to deliver an extract that is as good as it gets.

Key to this is their adherence to not using any solvents or alcohol techniques during any stage of their process.

It’s legitimately a 100% natural, vegan and kosher friendly, made from the best hemp going.

When adding flavourings, they only use real ingredients. There are no industrial nasties used here. So, how do they stand up to testing? Rather impressively!

Peppermint

Hemptouch Spray - PeppermintLet’s cut right to the chase. This is absolutely delicious and a perfect ‘after dinner’ spray.

Usually, we’d recommend that people take a spray right before a meal because it aids integration into the bloodstream – but in this case, it’s ideal for after a meal.

Refreshing and sprightly without being acidic, it’s also not going to compromise all of those quality cannabinoids.

A fantastic choice and standout winner in our opinion.

Orange

Hemptouch Spray - OrangeJust the right side of tart without being close to overwhelming, this is lovely and a great choice for those who appreciate their citrus.

Hopefully, a little further down the line, Hemptouch may use this as a perfect base to combine with another fruit.

We’d like something to add a different element – rhubarb perhaps? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

As it stands, this is a lovely little spray with a universal appeal. Who doesn’t like orange?

Coconut

Hemptouch Spray - CoconutFancy something a little more exotic?

Coconut can be so difficult to get right, often ending up far too sweet.

Hemptouch has delivered the goods here. Totally natural and based on the finest extract, this is a taste of the tropics that is a little short of a pleasure and one of the best sprays we’ve tried.

As with all of their range, this is non-GMO, free from pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and parabens.

Absolutely lovely, and we’d love to see it as an e-liquid as well.

Chocolate

Hemptouch Spray - ChocolateThink of a Mars bar without the toffee and that’s about right.

There’s a certain milkiness but also a clear presence of proper cocoa bean.

The result is a luscious delight that would be a perfect complement with both a cup of morning coffee or an evening serving of ice cream.

Just as importantly, and as with all of this range, this is based on MCT oil.

Why does that matter? It not only considerably assists with the absorption of all the goodness, but helps considerably maintain the integrity and shelf life of the product.


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VSAVI CBD Vape Oil 300mg

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VSAVI CBD Vape Oil 300mgVSAVI has carved something of a name for themselves in the CBD vaping scene with a focus on delivering organic, ethical and high-quality oils to a marketplace that lurches wildly in quality.

CBD vaping oils are typically a fair bit more expensive than standard nicotine-based e-liquids, so it’s especially important you’re getting real value for money.

Before getting into the specifics of the VSAVI CBD 300mg, it’s worth just pointing out a couple of general rules of thumb when shopping for any vape oil.

Stay clear of any flavoured CBD oils – they not only dilute the potency of the product, but obviously add an element of the artificial to what ought to be a fully natural product.

Also, always take time to look into the manufacturing process as some (as we shall shortly see) are far more ethical and effective than others.

Is 300mg Too Much?

Experts in the field are quick to point out that oils claiming to be especially powerful may actually be less effective than their weaker counterparts.

Generally speaking, they believe that 300mg is pretty much the ceiling when it comes to vaping efficiently and without risking damage to your equipment.

VSAVI also offer oils at 50mg and 100mg (which are correspondingly cheaper) and they may be more appropriate for new/casual users.

Yet if you’re in the market for a relatively high strength CBD vaping oilthis is a real contender for being one of the best available.

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What Makes VSAVI 300mg Stand Out?

Using an olive oil base ought to be the benchmark for any CBD manufacturer. This entirely natural substance helps preserve the quality for an essentially indefinite period of time compared to other base agents.

All VSAVI vape oils use this technique so it’s no surprise to see it used here in their top of the line product, but it’s once again worth reiterating how important this simple factor can be.

Moving on to the manufacturing process, and this may as well be the blueprint for how a CBD oil ought to be produced.

Using CO2 extraction methods instead of using chemicals is not just environmentally sound but also allows for a much better overall quality. This lays the foundations for what is an entirely organic, gluten free, 100% vegetarian, organic and overall extremely ethical product.

If you’re looking for a CBD vape without propylene glycol, this is a fantastic product to choose.

How Does It Perform?

A vape oil of this strength may be overkill for some people who simply don’t need this level of strength.

Finding the right personal dose is the big headache when it comes to using CBD oil as everyone’s body chemistry and natural tolerance varies.

Some will find that regular vaping on just a 50mg oil will be plenty good enough, yet others may need the sheer strength of the VSAVI 300mg oil or even higher to feel any benefit.

People who enjoy the taste of CBD will find that this is noticeably richer than lower grade options. That’s not to say it’s unpleasant – just a little richer and perhaps ‘earthier’ than what current users may have experienced before.

Considering also that this is only a 10ml bottle unless you are lucky enough to be made of money this oil does not economically lend itself to sub-ohm style vaping.

That being said, it would be a great choice for people who look to take a dose three or four times a day and want to be certain that they are receiving a ‘full hit’ straight to the bloodstream.


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CBDLife Hemp E-Liquid 300mg

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CBDLife Hemp E-Liquid 300mgThis 300mg e-liquid is currently the strongest concentration offered by CBDLife.

Unlike CBD oil drops where it’s generally recommended to start with a low dosage and work up to that ‘sweet spot’, CBD e-liquids are a little different.

The key advantage of vaping is that it allows for the quickest and most comprehensive absorption of the oil, and it’s the most effective means of ingestion.

As this makes dosage generally less structured than sticking to a regular oral drops routine, it makes sense to use an e-liquid towards the stronger end of the scale.

A Premium Quality CBD E-Liquid

CBDLife is one of the leading companies out there when it comes to manufacturing natural, organic and high-quality CBD e-liquids.

Their production method is strictly solvent-free and instead they employ a far more environmentally sound CO2 extraction process (just like used to decaffeinate coffee beans).

Once this has been full-spectrum extracted, it’s combined with a natural flavouring (more on this below) and a combination of vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol which are both used widely throughout the food industry. In all essence, it’s identical to a typical e-liquid just with the nicotine substituted for CBD extract.

An important consideration and testimony to the quality of this e-liquid is that it has been very carefully designed to prevent any excessive crystallisation.

A common bugbear in earlier releases and still an issue with lower quality CBD e-liquid is that it had a tendency to ‘gunk up’ tanks and atomisers at an alarming speed.

CBDLife have perfected a method that prevents this while still carrying a hefty amount of the active ingredient.

Is Flavouring A Good Idea?

Plenty of purists will undoubtedly be up in arms at the very notion of adding flavourings to a CBD based e-liquid.

While they claim that their flavourings are ‘natural’ if anyone can explain how ‘Black Ice’ is a naturally occurring flavour please write in on a postcard! What they mean of course is that these artificial tastes are formulated using natural ingredients, so it depends on your perspective how much this may be considered to compromise their claims for being 100% natural/organic.

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Our opinion is that standard e-liquids all use these anyway, so what’s the big deal? It’s something worth being aware of though.

At the time of writing this review, they offer Natural Hemp, Strawberry, Spearmint and the mysterious aforementioned ‘Black Ice’. What is also worth noting is that these high PG e-liquids can be blended with your favourite standard e-liquid, although we’d recommend only pairing with zero nicotine e-liquids.

Value For Money

Make no mistake this isn’t a cheap e-liquid. As with all CBD products, the price leaps incrementally depending upon the strength of the concentration and as this is one of the highest on the market, it’s understandably pretty expensive.

For this reason, it would be a sensible idea to keep your vaping kit/set-up separate from your standard daily vape. Not only will this substantially lengthen how long it lasts, but it makes it easier to keep track of dosage and limit unnecessary consumption.

It’s also worth noting that this e-liquid will work perfectly fine with pretty much any CBD vape pen. There’s no need to splash out on high powered units or complex box mods.


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Mountain Fox CBD E-Liquid 200mg

Mountain Fox CBD E-Liquid 200mgWhen it comes to the most effective way to take CBD, vaping is the king of the crop.

Sure, it may not be ideal for everyone, but physiologically speaking there is no more effective way.

Capsules and drops can be fabulous, but they tend to be seen more as a longer-term kind of supplement.

E-liquids (zero nicotine/toxins of course) help provide a more instant sense of calm. There’s a lot to be said for taking a draw on a vape when it comes to stress management, which is one of the reasons CBD e-liquids have become so popular over the last year or two.

Yet there’s always that big question which should be asked. Which is the best?

While it’s easy to rely on favourites, the Mountain Fox CBD range is well worth a look.

Yes, they flung us some samples – and typically speaking, we shy away from flavours with CBD. But when it’s done this well, it’s quite the head-turner!

Here’s a selection of the best flavours:

Mangoes & Cream

Mangoes & Cream

The universal winner! Even those without a sweet tooth found this just fantastic.

The initial inhale delivers the sweetness, and on the exhale there is that sense of fresh shortbread.

Quite how this was invented is beyond us; an absolute delight and a visionary way of the future of CBD vaping.

Blackcurrant & Menthol

Blackcurrant & Menthol

Lovely stuff.

The menthol aspect may sound less than ideal for former smokers, but when combined with the tart – and it is deeply so – aspect of blackcurrant it’s a proper mindblower!

Not sure if it’d be the kind of thing to last over a vaping session, but without question as a quick draw or two while on the go, this is a fabulous option.

Cannabis Sativa L

Cannabis Sativa L

Ex-smokers need look no further!

All the taste with none of the high, this is a beautiful, rich, and very dense draw.

As to be expected, there is no scent left over. The inhale skips the pungency as well.

Ideally served with coffee or mint tea, this is ideal for an after dinner vape.

Strawberry & Watermelon

Strawberry & Watermelon

All the taste without the pips!

A lovely combination for those who like sweetness.

Could maybe use a little more watermelon.

It’s full-bodied on the sweetness side, but still a delicious pairing.

Perfect for a morning vape – just do so before brushing the teeth!

Why Does Mountain Fox E-Liquid Stand Out?

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As a range and variety, they’re one of the best in the business.

It’d be great if they packaged the above four flavours in to a package, but hey we can’t have everything!

What we do have here is an ensemble that matches their ethos.

All these e-liquids are 100% vegan, contain nothing nasty, vape beautifully and are sourced from the best hemp going.


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Love CBD Indica CBD E-Liquid 250mg

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At first glance, it may seem a little unusual for a CBD e-liquid containing zero THC (the psychoactive agent of the cannabis plant) to specifically market itself by being infused with a specific cannabis terpene.

If the e-liquid isn’t going to get you high, then what’s the point in stressing that this liquid is infused specifically with Indica?

For those unaware of the difference, Indica strains of cannabis tend to be more mellow and relaxing compared to Sativa which is characterised by being more upbeat and energetic.

So does having these specific additional terpenes make a difference to the overall quality of the e-liquid or is it just a marketing gimmick?

The Indica Is Genuinely Noticeable

You may have rightly guessed that we weren’t expecting a great deal from this e-liquid even though it has been developed by Love CBD who have a reputation of only releasing very fine products.

After a couple of days of regular use (a few deep draws three times a day), it was clear that there’s something about having that additional Indica boost.

It certainly did feel like it had a kind of edge compared to more generic CBD vaping e-liquids that delivered a little more in the sense of relaxation.

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To qualify this – everyone experiences different effects from this kind of product and we’d certainly not guarantee similar results across the board.

Is this a psychosomatic reaction? Honestly, it’s impossible to say for certain.

Love CBD does claim that they have formulated this liquid in order to mimic the effect of Indica strains of cannabis, but quite how that works without THC is beyond us!

So all we can say for certain is that there is indeed something different about this e-liquid, and the added Indica does certainly work well with vaping.

A Natural & High-Quality E-Liquid

The Love CBD Indica e-liquid contains 250mg of CBD within the 10ml bottle.

Other than the active ingredients and the additional terpenes, the only other ingredients are the standard PG/VG mix just as you’d see in a standard vape liquid.

It does not come with any kind of artificial ingredient or flavourings, so be aware of that if you struggle with the taste of pure oils. There’s no reason why it couldn’t be mixed with a flavoured e-liquid should you wish, but we’d recommend not blending with nicotine.

How Much Should I Take?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s usually sensible practice to keep your CBD vape entirely separate from your daily vape (if indeed you use one).

“This is a very interesting e-liquid and one that we’d certainly recommend for people who use CBD.”

While there’s no reason why you couldn’t just vape on this around the day – there is no toxicological limit on how much CBD you can safely consume – bear in mind that it will become rather expensive!

Keeping this style of vaping separate makes it much easier to monitor consumption and regulate your dosage, although as ever vaping is much more difficult to quantify/measure compared to oral sprays and drops.

It’s also worth quickly noting that vaping is probably the most effective means of ingesting the goodness within these e-liquids.

Whether using a mouth to lung or straight to lung technique, vaping ensures that the CBD goes directly into the bloodstream rather than having to be processed by the digestive tract.

These liquids are 100% natural, organic and nicotine free.


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Love CBD Sativa CBD E-Liquid 250mg

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One of the most common questions asked concerning CBD e-liquids infused with the terpenes from the marijuana plant is whether or not they are legal.

As odd as it may sound, adding terpenes – in this case, Sativa but there also Indica varieties available – is perfectly above board and can significantly improve the overall quality of any CBD product.

In this case, we’re looking at the Sativa 250mg e-liquid – and we can expect that the addition of these specific terpenes should provide a more uplifting ‘punchier’ effect compared to standard oils and e-liquids.

This addition does come at a price; and make no mistake – this is a premium product that’s truly designed for the connoisseurs out there!

So does the addition of Sativa justify the price tag? Let’s find out.

A Quality CBD E-Liquid

Let’s start with making one thing very clear – even without the additional terpenes this is an outstanding standalone e-liquid.

Love CBD has garnered an excellent reputation for producing as natural and organic CBD products as possible. You can read our full review of this company here.

Refreshingly, this is also the case with this e-liquid, which is comprised of just the active ingredients, additional terpenes and a 50/50 Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin base.

Just in case anyone is totally new to vaping, the latter two ingredients may sound like nasty chemicals but in fact, they are entirely benign components used across the food industry and are 100% safe.

“one of the best CBD e-liquids currently on the UK market”

The base cannabis used is grown on ethical farms that do not use pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilisers or any other dangerous chemical at any stage of the growing process.

As these are Sativa based, the plants grow tall and lanky (Indica tend to be shorter and wider) until the time of harvest.

Reassuringly, the Love CBD team use a CO2 extraction process which uses pretty much nothing other than warm air to cultivate the desired cannabinoids.

So to put it bluntly, when it comes to developing a CBD e-liquid this is basically the template for how to do so in the most effective, healthy and environmentally friendly way possible.

Enjoying A Sativa Based Vape

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All this is well and good but it’s time to ask the million dollar question – does it work?

First of all, we need to qualify that just like oils/drops/sprays not everyone is going to be receptive to vaping CBD. This is just a fact of life – people have different body chemistry!

What we can say for sure is that this is a quality and high strength e-liquid, and assuming that an individual is receptive to the goodness we can say with a good dose of confidence that this product is going to impress.

What About Dosage?

Love CBD suggests that in regards to dosage people just use it ‘as needed’.

Personally, we prefer a little more of a structured dosage routine but it’s easy to see why such vague advice is appropriate for this product.

Vaping allows the CBD to instantly hit the bloodstream (it’s why it’s the best method for ingestion in our opinion) with very little wastage.

We’d highly recommend maintaining a separate set-up dedicated for your CBD rather than vape on this like you would a standard e-cig. There’s nothing stopping you from doing so (there is no toxic level of CBD ingestion) but you’d better have deep pockets!

Can you notice the Sativa terpenes? In absolute honesty, it’s difficult to say for sure.

What we have already is an A+ CBD e-liquid so distinguishing the additional Sativa effect is actually quite tricky.

There’s no doubt that there’s something there, and even if it makes only a slight physical difference the truth is that its inclusion adds even more cannabinoids to an already potent mix. Let’s just say it certainly doesn’t do any harm!


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