MIKKA CBD Glossy Lip Recover Review

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Over the last couple of years, the variety of CBD skincare products has massively increased.

Whereas these were once considered something of a novelty, the fact is that high-quality examples – such as those produced by MIKKA – have clearly helped a good number of people.

By incorporating only the very best organic hemp they are capable of delivering results where mass market knock-offs simply fall short.

When we heard that MIKKA had launched a CBD glossy lip recovery balm we simply had to check it out.

So many people are left feeling short-changed from the type of lip balms you can buy on the high street. We were intrigued to find out if one infused with luscious top-quality CBD would actually work.

Help Your Lips Recover

Let’s face it – there are dozens of reasons why you may be experiencing inflammation around your lips resulting in painful inflammation.

Chafing and flakiness can be caused by something as simple as dehydration or exposure to bad weather, or an issue related to nutrient deficiency, drug use or a host of underlying medical conditions.

Whatever the cause, getting rid of such an apparently straightforward issue can prove a nightmare.

Many ‘traditional’ lip recovery balms require repeat application throughout the day and simply stop working after a short while. So could applying CBD to your lips make all the difference?

When it comes to skin application, high-quality CBD infused balms tend to have a pretty solid track record. For legal reasons we cannot promise that they’ll definitely work. However, from anecdotal experience we can say that many people have found them great.

People are different and a host of factors (not least the quality of the extract) determine how well it may help supplement your body. But it may deliver success and visible results where everything else has fallen short.

Hemp has long been regarded for its various supplementary properties and is packed full of vitamins and minerals which are essential for maintaining healthy skin.

Top-quality CBD extracts such as those used in the MIKKA recover balm retain the vast majority of these nutrients.

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MIKKA also manufacture two other outstanding skincare products – a CBD Face Cream and an Eye Recover Serum.

Why MIKKA CBD Glossy Lip Recover Is Different

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This is without question one of the most ‘premium’ products that we’ve ever reviewed. The price tag is justified simply because MIKKA only use the most genuinely outstanding hemp extracts in their products.

When it comes to CBD it’s essential to use as much of the natural plant as possible without compromising its organic qualities. The best – and sadly only a small minority – of hemp plants harvested for this purpose will be entirely organically grown without a drop of chemical fertiliser or pesticides.

MIKKA only use extracts that have been produced by CO2 processing – resulting in the purest and richest source of essential cannabinoids minus the unwanted psychoactive THC.

This pure extract is then mixed with a host of other naturally sourced ingredients (primarily organic oils, waxes and butter) with food-grade binding agents.

As a result, the MIKKA range of products – including this lip balm – offers an ideal composition for delivering world-class CBD straight to your skin.

As with all CBD products, there are no negative side effects to be concerned about. This balm may be packed full of wonderful cannabinoids but falls well below the UK legal limit of 0.2%. Naturally, this means that there’s absolutely no chance that anyone using this product will feel/become remotely high, flag up on drug testing or be impaired to drive.


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MIKKA Skincare Skin Structure Face Cream with CBD & Collagen Review

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Not too long ago people had a limited choice when deciding how to take CBD – by capsules, by oil drops, or by vaping hemp-based e-liquids.

The CBD market has recently exploded with a huge variety of other products, with the beauty and skincare market being one of the largest growing sectors.

As with all infused consumables quality is key which is why we were very excited to learn of the new MIKKA CBD face cream, which is exclusively available at VSAVI.

Boosted by collagen and a host of other essential minerals and vitamins, could this finally be a hemp-based skincare product that’s worth its price tag? Let’s find out!

About The MIKKA Face Cream

The first thing to always look for in any CBD product is the organic qualities of the finished product as well as the environmental soundness of the manufacturing process.

It’s essential when producing a top-quality extract to ensure that the cannabinoids are as pure and uncontaminated as possible.

MIKKA Skincare Skin Structure Face Cream with CBD & Collagen

We’re delighted to report that the MIKKA CBD face cream is made from entirely organic, eco-friendly hemp extract that’s been processed using the best CO2 techniques going.

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When it comes to beauty products this is especially important as they are inevitably going to comprise many different ingredients, and it would be easy for less scrupulous manufacturers to slip in some nasty chemicals without many people being any the wiser.

THC is removed using the same process involved in removing caffeine from coffee beans and involves zero nasty chemicals at any stage.

Once this stage is complete, it’s then simply added to a carefully blended face cream comprised of entirely natural ingredients allied with food-grade binding agents. This is fortified with collagen, widely believed (and tried and tested) to help reduce the emergence of wrinkles and age-related blemishes.

So, Does It Work?

OK, so what we have here is a truly premium grade CBD skincare product that’s fortified with plenty of additional goodness.

But will it actually work? Well, this is a perfectly valid question because as with anything in the beauty world you tend to get what you pay for – and this is most certainly a high flying face cream.

Having consulted with a few people who have already tried out the MIKKA skin structure cream, it does appear to have made a considerable difference. Bianca London (a columnist for the Glamour Magazine) for example has also reported a wide degree of success using this product.

Anecdotally – we hate to stress that word but it’s necessary – everyone who we spoke to who tried this cream did report a much smoother and silkier skin.

We found that it only takes a tiny little dab of this cream to entirely cover the face, meaning that the pot should last several months worth of daily use.

For us, that went quite a distance in justifying the admittedly quite high price tag that MIKKA command for this very high quality, very specialist product. It smells absolutely divine too!


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VSAVI Flavoured CBD Vape Kit

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VSAVI don’t tend to get anything wrong, so when we discovered that they were taking the plunge into flavoured CBD vape kits eyebrows were raised.

This wasn’t because of any concern that self-appointed ‘purists’ may have over their hemp extract being boosted with additional flavours.

It was far more because actually getting vape juice flavours ‘right’ is something which either works tremendously well or falls flat on its face!

Why would a company of VSAVI’s pretty much unparalleled reputation take such a risk?

After several days happily experimenting with the stunning assortment of juices that can be included in this brilliant little CBD vape kit – we’re happy to say we were very wrong to be concerned!

What’s In The Kit?

Let’s start by taking a look at what’s contained within the VSAVI Flavoured CBD vape kit.

The good news is that they have opted simply to deliver a simple 4.2V vape pen with a straightforward (some may argue old fashioned) replaceable mini-tank.

No fancy space-age gadgetry is necessary when it comes to enjoying vaping CBD. In fact, a simple device that simply delivers steady mouth-to-lung vape is actually better as it pretty much prevents wastage.

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When vaping CBD you want to be sure that all that goodness immediately hits your bloodstream without just needlessly floating away. VSAVI have – to their credit – acknowledged this and it also helps keep the costs down too. So top marks for that!

Also included in the pack is a USB smart charger and a user guide. Anyone who has vaped before will be familiar with this style of a vape pen, but for newbies, it’s a good idea to read this through as there are a couple of things that are important to get right (such as charging the tank on first use).

Oh, and did we mention it also comes with a flavoured CBD e-liquid of your choice?

Your Choice Of Flavoured Organic Vape Juice

By our estimation, this is the best CBD vape kit going when it comes to the range of not just potential flavours but also the variety of strengths and styles on offer.

Each e-liquid is entirely organic and comes in an 80/20 PG/VG mix, meaning that there’s not much in the way of unnecessary cloud production (you don’t really want this when vaping CBD as it burns through your supply!).

The active CBD content is the same that’s used across the entire VSAVI range. It’s derived from organic hemp and extracted using only the most careful eco-friendly CO2-based extraction methods.

The Flavours On Offer

Now let’s take a look at the flavours! We’ve tried each of these, and here are our thoughts. Personal tastes may vary of course!

Apple

Apple

Sweet initial notes with a slightly sour aftertaste – just like a real apple!

Zingy and refreshing.

Blueberry

Blueberry

So difficult to get this one right, but VSAVI have aced it.

Beautiful sweetness and probably our favourite.

Lemon

Lemon

Very refreshing with a zippy sourness.

Pairs very nicely with natural CBD extract.

Mango

Mango

Beautifully fresh and the perfect choice for those looking to vape after breakfast.

Orange

Orange

Straightforward orangey notes.

Our review panel concluded it was more akin to nectarine.

Peach

Peach

Decedent and with a slightly unexpected added spiciness.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Really minty without any of the menthol ‘feel’ that tends to upset similar juices.

Lovely stuff for all-day vaping.

Strawberry

Strawberry

Really rich and packed with flavour.

Probably our second pick of the bunch.

Vanilla

Vanilla

Like a splash of vanilla in your coffee?

This tastes exactly the same, just without the coffee!

Which Flavour Is The Best?

They all have their own merits and taken as stand-alone vape liquids they are certainly superior to a large proportion of other CBD e-liquids on the market.

You can read our full review of each of these flavours here. This guide may help you make a more informed decision.

The fact that these are infused with top-class CBD makes all the difference! Note that all of these can be combined with other liquids of a similar 80/20 composition without any crystallisation.

When making your purchase on the VSAVI website you can choose which of these liquids you wish to be included in your starter pack. Some are only available (at time of writing) in 100mg CBD content while others can be 300mg or even 500mg.

Lemon and Orange are fortified with additional terpenes – something which we would like to see extended across the entire range. In fact, a little more uniformity would be nice here and we expect VSAVI to be on the case formulating stronger versions of those limited to 100mg which – in our opinion – may be on the light side for most people.


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Does CBD Make You Hungry?

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Does CBD Make You Hungry?

Worried about what effect taking CBD may have on your appetite? Scared of becoming a slave to crisps, pizza, and chocolate? Well don’t worry, you’re not alone!

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is whether taking hemp supplements will to lead to the famous ‘munchies’ associated with regular cannabis users.

No doubt you know the character from countless examples in movies and so forth. The typically long-haired guy wearing an obscure metal band T-shirt blazing away next to a pile of empty junk food containers…

Well, in all seriousness, it’s a valid question as CBD is well known to have zero physiological side effects thanks to being naturally benign.

But could it cause a psychological impulse to goggle down sweet and fatty foods? Let’s see what science has to say.

Understanding Cannabinoids

Marijuana is known to contain well over 100 various cannabinoids, of which THC (the one that gets you high) and various forms of CBD make up the majority. Note that the oils/liquids that we enjoy have the THC removed for legal and practical reasons – only products containing less than 0.2% THC are legal in the UK.

The question is how these various cannabinoids bind with our body’s endocannabinoid system (yes we all have one!).

Our system is based upon multiple receptors that are found throughout the body from head to foot. When you ingest a supplement the theory is that it binds to these receptors and causes all sorts of physiological effects within the body. The effect of this depends on where there’s a deficiency and could influence anything from mood through to reducing inflammation.

Scientific understanding of exactly how these processes work is dim at best – largely because it has only recently become a focus of research.

One aspect of research which is ahead of the rest has focused primarily on the CB1 receptors and how taking hemp/marijuana may stimulate ghrelin – often regarded as the ‘hunger hormone’.

Generally, this is found within the brain and digestive tract which when released stimulates the desire to eat and in larger quantities prompts a desire for fat and sugar. An even more troublesome aspect is that it also encourages the body to store fat.

It’s believed that THC is the cannabinoid that’s mostly responsible for stimulating the appetite and releasing this excess ghrelin. Considering that all but a trace of this is removed during the manufacture of CBD products, it should mean that the munchies will not occur.

Will Using CBD Products Make Me Extra Hungry?

It’s highly unlikely that you will experience anything close to the munchies compared to regular cannabis users who intake large quantities of hunger promoting ghrelin.

That being said, by far the most overwhelming research into cannabinoids has been focused on psychoactive THC – which is why we still don’t know much about how CBD ‘works’. Remember that there are several dozen other cannabinoids which have barely been examined at all.

It’s important with all aspects of CBD to remember that people are physiologically different. Some people are simply far more ‘receptive’ to cannabinoids than others, which may go some way towards explaining why a very small number of CBD users report experiencing enhanced hunger.

Whether or not the tiny UK legal limit of 0.2% is really enough to stimulate this hunger is seriously open to debate, especially considering that the vast majority of products on the market contain far less than that amount.

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One thing’s for sure – you’re not going to be as hungry as Mr Bean here!

I’m Using CBD – So Why Do I Feel Hungry?

Of course, there could be many other reasons why people are experiencing a more stimulated appetite. Anxiety, stress and all sorts of other conditions are well known to have hunger-pangs as one of their symptoms.

One aspect that may potentially explain why a few CBD users experience such symptoms could relate to the type of CBD extract that they’re taking.

‘Isolate’ CBD is where the manufacturer has taken extra measures to eliminate as much THC as possible from their product – often destroying the vast majority of other cannabinoids in the process.

On the other hand, ‘Full Spectrum’ CBD products look to retain as many of those dozens of additional cannabinoids during extraction as they are thought to aid the efficiency of CBD in absorbing effectively into the body.

It’s an interesting theory, but remember that full spectrum CBD must still fall within the legal THC limits – and once again – usually contains way below that threshold.

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Speaking purely from anecdote, we are unaware of anyone who has really experienced munchies that can be explained by using CBD.

Khan Dry Herb Vaporizer Review

We’ve been looking forward to getting out hands on the Khan for a little while now – and finally, it’s here to review!

To be fair ‘Khan’ is a great name and we were expecting something a little bit special, especially in regards to power output.

As one of the latest offerings from the highly regarded Mig Vapor team, this promises to be an ultra discreet pocket-sized device that offers a performance level akin to much larger vaporizers.

Featuring a rather stylish snake squiggle on the front of the unit and an interesting glass mouthpiece (we don’t see these every day), how did the Khan stand up to expectations? Read on to find out!

What’s In The Box & First Impressions

No need to bore you with the details here as the kit comes with everything you need to get up and running – and for a change without any tiresome gimmicks.

Our first impressions were that this really is pocket sized with the aluminum unit (available in either Thunder Red or Onyx Black) also being surprisingly light.

You can see why this has been clearly designed for the dry herb vaper ‘on the go’, but with that being said it grips nicely in the hand and by no means could be considered as feeling cheap.

Also included are all the bits and pieces you actually need to enjoy your loose leaves.

The glass mouthpiece (more on that shortly) fits nicely into the toploading unit right above your herb oven.

The kit also includes a cleaning brush, tweezers, water filter, alcohol wipe, USB charging cable, and a user manual (a digital copy of this can be found below). This is all you’ll need to get going apart from your own grinder of course!

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Controls & Settings

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Overall, this is pretty intuitive and once you get to grips with it there’s no reason why you couldn’t turn on or even change the settings in your coat pocket.

You’ll need to charge the 2500mAh internal battery before use and that takes somewhere between 2-3 hours, so that’s a little longer than some other options out there.

Rather annoyingly, it doesn’t offer USB pass-through vaping either, so it’s going to be essential to keep the device charged up.

Controls and power up are all performed using the high quality LED screen with temperature control capable of being managed in either single or in 50 increments.

Performance

You can fit up to 0.5g of dry herb into the ceramic top-loading tank which is a surprising amount for a device of this size. By our estimation, that’s perfectly adequate and remember that larger tanks are more liable to lead to wastage – and we don’t want that!

One of the places where the Khan really stands out is power and temperature. As mentioned during the intro we were hoping for something powerful but this offers more than the vast majority of larger big-name dry herb vaporizers on the market! You can set your temperature between 150° – 240°C and it powers up pretty fast regardless of which temperature you choose.

Thanks to an isolated air path the vape production is absolutely spot on. Obviously, we want maximum vape for the lowest possible amount of herb, and here the Khan really did stand out.

As tempting as it is to use the highest temperature we’d not recommend you do so for too long (it will drain your battery fast!).

The glass mouthpiece that comes as standard allows for really clean vaping and is peaked in such a way that you only really need to power the device for a second or two to get a proper lung full with next to no wastage. Compared to the more standard ‘wide-mouth’ format this was a feature that we really enjoyed about the Khan.

By our reckoning, the ‘average’ dry herb enthusiast ought to comfortably expect a good evening’s session with just one charge, and the Khan ought to last most people having more occasional blasts a full day.

Just remember that the charge time is a little longer than usual and there’s no pass-through option. So that means it’s important to keep an eye on the battery life and we’d suggest the lower temperatures if you’re having a ‘pass-around’ session at home.

Technical Specifications

Temperature Range 150° – 240°C (302F – 464F)
Chamber Capacity 0.5g
Battery Capacity 2500mAh
Oven Diameter 14mm (0.55 inches)
Material of Mouthpiece Thick pyrex glass
Material of Heating Chamber Ceramic
Charging Time 2 -3 Hours

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VSAVI Full Spectrum CBD Vape Kit

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VSAVI is well known for being one of the best names in the CBD business.

Renowned for using only the best fully organic hemp – extracted by eco-friendly CO2 techniques – they’re a superb option for those who really want CBD of the highest order.

One product that VSAVI specialise in is their full spectrum CBD oil – which retains many additional components of the plant that are typically lost when manufacturing isolates.

But let’s face it – tincture oils aren’t for everyone – which is why their release of a full spectrum vape kit has caused something of a storm!

But is it worth the money? We’ve put this specialist vape kit thoroughly through its paces, and here’s what we found…

What’s In The Box?

Let’s begin by taking a look at the product itself. VSAVI have released this very much with brand new vapers in mind – so don’t expect a futuristic looking device belching clouds of unnecessary vapour!

Truth be told – to enjoy vaping CBD you simply don’t need a high profile/expensive device either – a simple vape pen will do, and that’s what’s provided here.

The device provided is a discreet, pocket-sized 4.2V pen which is extremely easy to use. All you need to do is screw it together, turn it on and you’re basically ready to go.

The pen itself is nicely designed with a sleek polished finish. So far so good in our estimation!

Moving on, the rest of the kit comprises of a USB smart charger, an instruction guide and a 10ml bottle of CBD-infused full spectrum raw vape juice.

Let’s now have a look at the quality of the juice provided.

Excellent Quality Vape Liquid

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The liquid itself is an 80/20 mix of Propylene Glycol (PG) to Vegetable Glycerin (VG). For those new to the vaping game, these are ingredients used across the food industry and are perfectly safe to enjoy.

That ratio provides only light clouds which by our estimation is perfectly right for enjoying CBD. After all, what’s the point in needlessly wasting your liquid? It’s a sensible blend – again geared towards newcomers – which is smooth on the throat and by no means overwhelming.

Buyers can choose which strength they’d like supplied with their kit – either 100mg/10ml bottle or a more powerful 300mg/10ml bottle.

The CBD itself is a true full spectrum variety that’s packed full of additional cannabinoids, minerals and carries a very impressive 34% terpene rate. You just don’t find much better quality organic CBD e-liquidson the market, and that’s the real attraction of the VSAVI CBD vape kit. It really is ‘the real deal’.

Which strength should you opt for? Well, that comes down to personal taste, but we’d say that 100mg is a little on the light side. Quality matters more than strength when it comes to full spectrum e-liquids, but we’d recommend that the 300mg option actually delivers superior overall value for most people.

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Why Vape CBD?

You may wonder what the advantages are for vaping CBD when you could take capsules, slather on balms, or enjoy the classic tincture drops instead (alongside many other options).

It all comes down to wastage. Vaping offers quite simply the best way of making sure that your dose immediately and fully hits the bloodstream.

There’s little to no wastage whatsoever compared to the other options available, for instance, capsules must pass through the digestive tract and may lose 20-50% of efficiency depending on which report you believe.

Tincture oils have to be held under the tongue and inevitably some will be swallowed causing the same problem.

By our estimation vaping offers a fantastic way to dose CBD and it’s good to see VSAVI producing such high quality kits which help introduce newcomers to the advantages that it may offer.

Even people who already vape may simply not to mix up CBD with their daily go-to device, making this kit a viable way to have a second carry.


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XEO CBD Clearomizer Starter Kit

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Are you looking to get started in CBD vaping but have no idea where to begin? Funnily enough, you’re not alone!

Take a look at some of the devices out there and not only can they look rather daunting, but they can also be eye-wateringly expensive.

The good news is that it’s extremely easy to get started CBD vaping, and you don’t need a high-grade device to do so effectively.

The XEO CBD Clearomizer Starter Kit offers everything you need to get to get started, is easy to use and ought to last for years.

What’s In The Box?

When it comes to effectively vaping CBD you don’t need a lot of power.

In fact, most people prefer the discretion that a handy smaller kit such as this offers instead of a great big heavy battery. Lower powered batteries mean that your CBD e-liquid will last longer too and cause less wastage.

The XEO Li-Ion Battery (280mAh) provided with this kit is pocket/handbag sized, very lightweight and provides a straightforward and accessible way to enjoy your dose. As a Lithium-ion battery, it will last longer and retain charge much longer than those supplied by bargain bucket ranges. The kit also comes with a USB charger.

The clearomizer is straightforward and screws precisely into the top of the battery. If you’re completely new to vaping, this is what holds and heats your liquid into vapour. While these do have a limited lifespan, if you’re only using it a few times a day it ought to last you a fair number of months.

All day vapers will probably need the clearomizer every 2 to 3 weeks. Replacements are easily found thanks to the popularity of the XEO range and cost very little.

How Does XEO Perform With CBD?

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Perhaps the most important thing to remember when vaping CBD is to avoid wastage. This is what is referred to in vaping circles as a mouth-to-lung device which basically simulates a conventional cigarette (without any of the nastiness of course!).

All you need to do is take a draw into your mouth and then inhale. Doing so without exhaling – and it can be tempting to play with the rich clouds this kit produces – allows for the CBD to pass directly into your bloodstream.

Make no mistake – vaping is without question the best way of ensuring your full dose goes immediately into the system.

CBD e-liquids perform just like any other, with the exception that 99.9% of those on the market contain zero nicotine. It’s entirely non-addictive and comprises of the extract, PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin) – both of which are commonly used throughout the food industry. Some liquids are now available in a variety of flavours which in no way impede the quality of the actual CBD.

Regular vapers of standard e-liquids will benefit from this as a device to use exclusively for their dosing – and therefore avoiding pesky tank changes and cross-contamination.

Newcomers and especially those who do not vape nicotine-based e-liquids will find it light and easy to enjoy because most CBD e-liquids provide very little in the way of a ‘throat hit’.


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