5 natural solutions to acne, and the reasons why they work

5 natural solutions to acne, and the reasons why they work

Acne can have an enormous effect on a person’s life, as they can seriously affect self-esteem and destroy an individual’s self-image. An abundance of advice and different approaches to fighting acne already exist and new information on how to treat acne-prone skin seems to emerge every day. It is not our wish to sound repetitive and we believe that you already know that fatty foods need to be avoided and that drinking plenty of water is beneficial. Instead, we’ve gathered a few facts that the majority of you is most likely not yet familiar with, but are nevertheless important when fighting acne-prone skin. Facts even people dealing with this nuisance for a while might not yet be familiar with.

The good news is that there are 5 natural acne solutions that can help you get rid of acne, pimples, and blackheads

Healthy skin is acidic
We wrongly believed that the balanced pH of the skin is 5.5. Recent scientific studies show that our skin is naturally more acidic, with the pH below 5.0. At this level, the skin seems to be covered with an acidic coating (the neutral value is close to 7) that successfully protects it from negative environmental effects. Because of that, the more ‘acidic’ skin seems to be healthier and more beautiful. Imbalance in the skin’s pH values is often the cause of acne-prone and impure skin. In addition to using aggressive skin care products, the water’s pH balance and hardness (in Europe the pH is close to 8.0) can also be the cause of imbalanced acidity in the skin.

The solution is simple: restore the skin’s acidity with various hydrolates after each washing, some even suggesting the use of apple cider vinegar. Even more importantly, make sure to find a face cream that contains natural and beneficial acids.

Oils can be good for acne, but only non-comedogenic oils

Oils are a natural way to feed the skin with fatty acids while raising the level of moisture at the same time. People with acne-prone skin have a lack of linoleic acid in the skin, and some natural oils provide an excellent source.

It is however very important not to use just any oil. The oil must have a non-comedogenic structure, meaning it doesn’t clog your pores while still cleansing them perfectly. Oils mentioned as most non-comedogenic are hemp, safflower, camellia and poppyseed oil as well as shea butter.

Acne-prone and oily skin lacks linoleic acid, of which Hemp oil is a rich source that is at the same time also non-comedogenic and doesn’t clog pores. Curious why your skin loves hemp oil?

Omega-3 and Omega-6 are crucial for healthy and beautiful acne-free skin

Two of the most important ingredients in any skin care product are essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 being at the top of the list. These tend to soothe irritated skin in areas where impurities accumulate most.

There is no place in nature where omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids would be more perfectly balanced than in cold pressed Cannabis Sativa oil.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is the new discovery in the fight against acne-prone skin
Clinical studies have shown that CBD cannabinoid or industrial hemp resin (Cannabis sativa), reduces the formation of tallow in sebaceous glands, while at the same time displaying a strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect.

The use of CBD in combating skin problems is already well established, with a growing number of scientists and manufacturers of cosmetic products dedicating time and resources to researching the substance at hand.

Acne can be a reflection of an internal imbalance

Our skin mirrors our well-being. It directly reflects any stress and hormonal imbalances our body might be going through. Our best efforts to eat healthy and avoid stress might sometimes still not be enough.

The use of CBD oil is recommended to harmonize our body and reduce our stress levels, as CBD stimulates intercellular communication and restores the internal balance of our organism. It also has a beneficial effect on our gastrointestinal tract, further contributing to the health of our skin.

Is acid really damaging to my skin?

Is acid really damaging to my skin?

Skin is our largest organ; it is our shield from the outside world, sensations and, last but not least, it is what gives us our appearance. We pay special attention to our skin, look after it, nourish it and protect it, and we think that we know it well. Among other things, a lot of us believe that acids are damaging to our skin, since they are too aggressive and they destroy its natural balance. In this blog we will write a few old truths and elevate acids to a place where they belong.

Healthy skin is acidic

In its natural, balanced state, our skin has a pH level of between 4.5 to 6.5. The term ‘pH level’ refers to the acid-based balance of skin, which is important for its defense from external influences. At these levels, skin is wrapped in a fine, slightly acid layer of film (the neutral level is 7). Therefore, the ideal pH level of skin is slightly acidic, which is also where the term acid mantle originates. The purpose of our skin’s acid mantle is to ensure its protective role is properly maintained, and that its general condition appears beautiful and healthy.

How can we therefore help skin to maintain its balance?

Usually when we hear the word acid we think of something corrosive that causes a burning sensation, in other words, far from something beneficial and nourishing. But is that really the case? Do acids also have positive benefits for our skin? Below we have listed some of the acids that are essential for maintaining healthy and beautiful skin.

Acids which are often found in skincare cosmetic products and for which your skin will be thankful

LACTIC ACID improves the condition and structure of skin. It works as a moisturiser and exfoliant, penetrating deep into the pores where it has a cleansing and mildly antibacterial effect. Lactic acid greatly enhances the repair of the epidermis, which contributes to more beautiful looking skin. It is particulary effective in products that are intended for combination and oily skin, and skin prone to abnormalities. Lactic acid also plays an important role in our Balancing face cream.

HYALURONIC ACID is a substance that the human body produces naturally, however, as we age, the amount produced decreases, which is consequently seen as skin ageing. Its important function is to stimulate the production of skin’s collagen and, since water binds to it, it has a moisturising effect. Hyaluronic acid is a key molecule in the process of ageing of skin. This exceptional substance also enriches the formula of our Nurturing Face Cream.

UNSATURATED AND SATURATED FATTY ACIDS are the main components of fat and belong among organic compounds. They comprise carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms, which form more or less long chains. Depending on the structure of the fat, they are divided into saturated and unsaturated. Plant butters and fats often have higher quantities of saturated fatty acids, they have a higher melting point and are solid at room temperature. The role of these fats is to nourish and soften skin, whilst they also play an important role in moisturising as they capture moisture in the skin. Hemp oil is the most complete source of Omega 3 and 6 unsaturated fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. Cold pressed hemp oil is present in all of our skincare products.

GAMMA LINOLENIC ACID (GLA) is an essential fatty acid, which the human body cannot, on its own, produce. It is appreciated for its numerous beneficial effects, as it protects and renews skin, ensures the ideal ratio of moisture, helps with acne, and preserves the skin’s elasticity. Oils containing gamma linolenic fatty acid are excellent for dry and itchy skin and have the ability to quickly absorb. Hemp oil is one among the valuable oils where this unique essential fatty acid can be found.

Therefore, after considering the above, we can reach a clear conclusion that not all acids harm our skin, they merely have an unfortunate name, which leads people to believe that they are unnatural and aggressive. Acids in cosmetic products have a very clear targeted task and are crucial in maintaining beautiful, clean and youthful skin – which is something we all definitely want, is it not?

CBD balm for mosquito bites

CBD balm for mosquito bites

The list of positive effects of CBD cannabinoids grows longer by the day. By applying CBD resin or drops under the skin, you will more successfully alleviate problems with insomnia, stress and chronic illnesses. When CBD is applied to the skin, it gets to work by focusing on balance, promotes cellular communication and soothes inflammatory processes. It is this latter activity that is important when talking about CBD cannabinoids and insect bites.

Why do mosquitoes bite?

Today it is relatively well known that it is only female mosquitoes that bite. They bite in order to be able to suck our blood which is rich in proteins that are crucial for the successful production and development of mosquito eggs. Since mosquitoes never know when they will successfully come into contact with a potential human host, they take their ‘meals’ very seriously! In just one feeding session they can consume up to three-times their bodyweight in human blood.

A few more interesting facts about mosquitoes

There are around 3,500 different types of mosquitoes throughout the world. Despite their short lifespan (2 months), mosquitoes have one of the longest traditions in the insect world. Scientists date their beginnings to the period of dinosaurs; it is their small size and adaptability that have enabled the species to survive until today. Mosquitoes don’t bite just humans, they are also partial to the blood of various animals, such as frogs and birds. Did you know that mosquitoes are just crazy about CO2? Exhaled carbon dioxide is the reason that mosquitoes discover even the smallest slit in a window or hole in a mosquito net. Practice makes perfect and mosquitoes have had a huge amount of time to perfect their abilities! They now have a special organ for detecting the presence of carbon dioxide, which they are able to detect at distances of up to 50 metres.

What happens when we are bitten by a mosquito?

The main reason that mosquitoes are always on the list of ‘unwanted guests’ is due to the annoying itching that occurs in the place where we have been bitten. The itching occurs due to an inflammation which is caused intentionally by our immune systems. Itching, redness, and swelling are the effects of the insect poison reacting against the antibodies that are responsible for fighting poison in our body.

Why does CBD sooth skin after a mosquito bite?

When we are bitten by a mosquito an inflammation occurs in our bodies which appears as red, swollen and itchy skin. CBD cannabinoids have a strong anti-inflammatory effect and are therefore effective in reducing, or stopping, the itching which occurs after a mosquito bite. CBD balm that is rubbed into the effective area also works on the skin’s endocannabinoid system – this means that it accelerates communication between cells and the skin’s epidermis and alleviates excessive reactions which occur after a bite.

The results of applying Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm to the affected skin are:

  • Calming of itching
  • Calming of irritation
  • Reduction of local inflammation

What are the benefits of CBD cannabinoids over other remedies for insect bite?

  • CBD ointment is acquired from the green part of industrial hemp type Cannabis Sativa and is 100% natural
  • There are no side-effects (it cares for and nourishes skin)
  • There are no restrictions on use (CBD ointment can be used on any areas of the skin, as many times as required)
  • It is safe, healthy and effective
  • It is suitable for infants, pregnant women, and nursing mothers

Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm

Relieves, protects and revitalises acutely irritated skin.

  • A high concentration of CBD oil
  • 100 % natural
  • Made for sensitive skin
  • With cold pressed hemp oil
  • Suitable for pregnancy, motherhood and babies
Amiris - A sustainable alternative to the famous Sandalwood

Amiris – A sustainable alternative to the famous Sandalwood

Sandalwood has been recognised and valued for thousands of years and is used for a wide variety of purposes. Pure sandalwood essential oil is suitable for all skin types, especially for older skin, as it has rejuvenating, restorative and beneficial effects. Essential oil is extracted from the central part of the trunk of sandalwood trees. It moisturizes skin and helps to maintain its elasticity and suppleness. Sandalwood is also described as an aphrodisiac, which is certainly one of the important characteristics that ranks this exotic substance on the list of the most desirable fragrances in perfumery. Due to its warm, soft and yet lasting notes, it is often said that sandalwood gives fragrances soul and character.

Will the Sandalwood tree become extinct?

Unfortunately, the story of sandalwood, as with many other such woods, also has a darker side. Due to its exceptional popularity (it is used in perfumes, cosmetics and in religious rituals) and consequently its high price, sandalwood has become a subject of exploitation and rapid deforestation. If the sandalwood tree is not given protected status soon, this precious commodity could be lost forever from our planet. Unlike coffee and tea plantations, sandalwood requires a wilderness area in which best to grow and thrive.

Sustainable plantations like a ‘nursery of sandalwood trees’

In order to provide a much-needed solution to the rapid deforestation of sandalwood trees, in Sri Lanka a sustainable plantation programme has been established where tree felling is carefully monitored and controlled, and every tree that is felled is replaced by a new one. Younger and smaller trees are cared for in special plantations and when the trees reach a height of one metre they are replanted in the forest. Locals also refer to these plantations as ‘a nursery of sandalwood trees’. The fence around the plantation also provides protection from wild animals and possible theft. More than 40 people are employed in the programme, among them agriculturists, specialists in the sustainable cultivation of plants and others. This provides much-needed financial security for over 30 families, whilst opening new employment opportunities for the local population. The programme has been awarded a certificate for the protection and preservation of the environment.

Amyris – a sustainable version of sandalwood

All the active ingredients of amyris essential oil are the same as that of sandalwood, it is only the smell that differentiates it from the endangered version. Amyris is an evergreen tree with beautiful white flowers that grows on mountain slopes in Haiti. The trunk typically contains a lot of resin, which has an exceptionally lovely smell. Due to the large quantities of oil in the wood, it is often also called ‘torchwood’ or ‘candlewood‘. Amyris essential oil is obtained by distilling the bark of dried trees, and similar to sandalwood, it can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

Amyris soothes, protects and nourishes sensitive skin

Due to the sandalwood tree being an endangered species, we have excluded this essential oil from our products and instead added amyris essential oil. The fact the amyris is too frequently hidden in the shade of the more well-known sandalwood is, to put it mildly, wrong.

In addition to its exceptionally pleasant, intense and calming aroma, amyris also has a lot of beneficial effects for skin. It protects it from infections and effectively alleviates various skin problems. It nourishes, renews and protects skin from the formation of wrinkles, thus ensuring healthy and shiny looking skin.

Why do Hemptouch products not contain any palm oil?

Why do Hemptouch products not contain any palm oil?

How about a test? Next week, while you’re out doing your regular shopping, take a minute and check the ingredients list on the products that end up in your shopping cart. You’ll notice most of them have one ingredient in common – palm oil.

What is Palm Oil?

Palm oil is the cheapest vegetable oil to produce and refine that doesn’t contain harmful trans fats. Palm oil is currently the most commonly used oil in the world, found in industrially processed food (biscuits, margarine, chocolate, various spreads…) and body care products, as well as in clothing, plastics, and pharmaceuticals manufacturing. Palm oil is derived from palm fruits and while the tree originates from West Africa, it now thrives anywhere where there is enough rain and sun. Today, palm trees can be found in Africa, Asia, North and South America. As much as 85% of palm oil is now produced and imported from plantations located in Indonesia and Malaysia.

What effect does palm oil have on the environment?

The palm oil production industry is enormous and has catastrophic consequences on the environment, the most prominent issues being deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change and animal cruelty of species that live in the areas where the palm tree plantations are located. According to WWF – the World Wildlife Fund – an area equivalent to the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared every hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and if the industry use of palm oil continues at the same pace, orangutans could be extinct in the next 5 years.

Palm oil in skin care products

Palm oil is also very popular in the production of cosmetics and skin care products and as much as 70% of all cosmetic products contain palm oil. It is predominantly used as an emulsifier, an indispensable ingredient of water-based creams. As some of our creams contain water and hydrolates, a suitable alternative to palm oil was needed. While our aim is to use locally grown ingredients in our products as much as possible, the emulsifier of our choice is coconut oil, a natural emulsifier whose production is environmentally friendly.

There is, however, some good news. The increasing awareness of consumers about palm oil production and their resounding NO has “forced” large corporations as well as food and cosmetics manufacturers to slowly turn to sustainable palm oil use instead.

Cold Pressed or Refined Hemp Oil?

Cold Pressed or Refined Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is referred to as the most perfectly balanced oil created by nature. This is due to the perfect balance of unsaturated Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that cannot be found anywhere else. Hemp oil is also rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and other health beneficial substances. However, this only applies if the oil is cold pressed, as only unrefined hemp oil preserves all the nutrients contained in the hemp seed.

How is unrefined hemp oil made?

Unrefined, cold pressed hemp oil is obtained from hemp seeds with mechanical extraction at a low temperature that doesn’t exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Cold pressed hemp oil is not chemically cleaned or bleached and the sediments are removed mechanically using filtration.

The shorter shelf life of cold pressed oil

Due to the lack of chemical treatment and absence of high temperatures, the active substances found in the seeds of the plant are also preserved in cold pressed oils. Because of this, the oil has a shorter shelf life and needs to be stored in cold places, and the supply chain between the manufacturer and the end consumer needs to be shortened as well. Incorrect storage and irregularities in transportation can make the cold pressed oil go bad faster. The first sign alerting you to any irregularities will be an unusual odor. Properly stored, fresh cold pressed hemp oil has a strong green color, as well as a strong but pleasant smell that resembles a mixture of freshly mowed grass and nuts.

Why is unrefined oil better than refined oil?

Refined oil has a cleaner appearance, with a lighter color, and does not contain small particles. Refining is a relatively complex process that includes treatment with chemical compounds and at high temperatures, reaching up to 270 degrees Celsius. The process removes most of the vitamins contained in the oil, as well as other health beneficial substances. Also lost in the process are Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are the ingredients that give hemp oil the title of the most balanced oil. Refined hemp oil is primarily used in cosmetics, the production of various ointments and even plastics.

Two main reasons most cosmetics manufacturers decide to use refined oils

  • Refined oils last longer allowing for a longer supply chain between production and the end consumer, higher volumes of stock and lower risk for the manufacturer
  • Refined hemp oil is significantly cheaper than unrefined oil

At Hemptouch, we swear by unrefined, Cold Pressed Hemp Oil
All our products are based exclusively on cold pressed hemp oil. This is the only way to preserve all the beneficial substances that make hemp oil so popular in skin care. We realize this makes the shelf life of our products much shorter and that it affects the supply chain, which is a challenge in business, however, this helps us ensure our products are always fresh and of the highest quality.

Because we want to have full control over the ingredients used in our products, we make the cold pressed oil from our own hemp, grown on our field in Novo mesto, where we can observe its growth from seed to full-grown plant.

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ACNE AND OILY SKIN

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ACNE AND OILY SKIN

Our skin is our largest organ and I often say that it is a blank slate onto which we write using different pens. The first of them comes in the form of our genetic code, the second one is heavily burdened by stress, the third one smells like chocolate. Different people use different writing instruments, and we use them freely. The end result is skin with various problems and needs. The most common skin problems still pertain to pimples, blackheads, oily and impure skin.

Acne Causes

There are various reasons for the emergence of impurities on the skin but we consider genetic predisposition to impure skin and hormonal imbalances among the biggest culprits. Acne occurs due to an increased secretion of sebum from the sebaceous glands as well as due to various inflammations and excessive propagation of the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.

Other factors that can cause the emergence of skin impurities and acne

  • A stressful work and home environment
  • Poor and irregular diet
  • Polluted air in urban environments
  • Age (menopause, puberty)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Acne is most frequent in adolescence and in women after the age of 25. It often occurs during menopause and before women’s monthly cycles, and a growing number of researches also cite stress as one of the major triggers of acne

What can we do?

Fresh air and plenty of sleep

There is a lot we can do ourselves when fighting acne. Reducing our stress levels (meditation, yoga, walks in nature), plenty of exercise outdoors, a balanced diet (avoid processed and fatty or fried foods) and enough sleep can significantly improve your skin problems.

Suitable care

Choosing products for treatment of oily and impure skin should be done with great care. The most common mistake is treating such skin with aggressive cleansing agents. I frequently like to point out that we are not so dirty that we should be disinfected every night. Aggressive cleansing agents subject the skin to stress and dry it out. The skin responds with a further increase in the secretion of sebum, resulting in a skin that is even oilier than before we started treating it. I like to advise that oily skin should be cleaned every night with a gentle cleansing agent that will remove dead skin cells, bacteria and other impurities but will not deprive the skin of its own nutrients or disturb its protective layer.

What a skincare product for acne should contain?

Always choose a cream without any comedogenic ingredients, because these will cause clogging of the pores, preventing the skin from secreting the impurities that deposit themselves in your skin’s follicles. In cases of severe skin problems, I recommend a visit to the dermatologist who will be able to suggest a suitable skin care regime, based on the analysis of your skin’s condition. In cases with mild to moderate problems, I would advise using a cream that supports the natural self-cleaning functions of the skin and restores the skin’s natural acid-base balance. Based on Hemptouch’s long-term research and testing, we were able to create a hemp cream for oily and impure skin with natural ingredients that is achieving excellent results.

  • Brings balance to oily and mixed skin and supports natural self-cleaning functions of the skin
  • Formulated with a high content of cannabinoids (CBD) that target acne and other impurities
  • Non-comedogenic hemp oil and hemp-flower hydrolate narrows the pores and gives the skin a silky, mattish appearance
  • Refreshing tropical verbena improves the appearance of the pores while the chlorella algae give the skin back its natural acid-base balance and the plant acids have a beneficial cleansing action against acne and pimples

HOW CBD MAY HELP TO RELIEVE MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS

HOW CBD MAY HELP TO RELIEVE MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS

As women, our bodies can do some many amazingly wonderful things! We can grow human life and then, in turn, give birth to (hopefully) a beautiful, healthy baby. Although pregnancy and motherhood may not be for all, our bodies are equipped with the most prestigious organs to make this all happen. Because of this, over time our female organs begin to age and lead to the oh so wonderful time we call menopause! Menopause can be a real buzz kill and is unfortunately unavoidable but rest assured ladies you are not alone! There are several lifestyle modifications, medications, vitamins, and supplements that can help ease you into this transition. CBD oil is a great supplement that can help make this time in your life a little more manageable.

Before we can begin to understand how CBD can help to alleviate menopausal symptoms, we must first understand menopause itself.

WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?

The exact definition of menopause is considered “ovarian failure.” To understand what ovarian failure means, we must first understand the basics of female reproduction.

When females are born, they are born with a fixed number of eggs. As opposed to males who can regenerate their sperm cells almost daily, females are not able to regenerate their egg cells at all. I like to use the example of a bank that will only allow withdrawals and not accept deposits. Every time you go to this bank and withdraw money, your bank account decreases. Now imagine doing this every single month. Eventually, your money is going to run out! The same theory applies to a woman’s “egg bank.” Over time their egg supply decreases. At the time of birth, females have around 1-2 million eggs. Once young girls begin puberty and they reach menarche, age of their first menstrual period, this supply decreases to about 400,000.

Each time females go through a complete menstrual cycle and ovulate; their egg supply decreases even more. The average women will ovulate around 400 times during their reproductive life. Each time a women goes through a full cycle, they are losing several hundred eggs per month. Now you may be thinking how in the world is this possible to lose all those eggs if I only release 1-2 eggs each time I ovulate? The answer that question in simple terms is yes; unfortunately, this is correct.

Women do only release 1-2 eggs per ovulation, but ovulate follows the rules of survival of the fittest. Only the healthiest of eggs get released from the follicle each month. Several hundred to upwards of a thousand immature eggs will die off due to a process that we call Atresia or natural cell death.

As you can see, the number of eggs women have drastically decreases over time. Between the ages of 30-35, females have as low 100,000 eggs. As women age, not only are they losing egg cells, but their remaining eggs are beginning to dysfunction and age as well. These eggs are starting to become resistant to a particular hormone called FHS, otherwise known as follicle stimulating hormone. In simple terms, a follicle acts as the mother and the household for the egg within the ovary. This specific hormone stimulates the follicle to mature the egg and eventually lead to its release, which is considered ovulation.

Again, we can compare FSH to the mother of the household. Once the mother nurtures and child and cares for it, it is then ready to be set free and travels on it own (or down the fallopian tube prepared for fertilization) When the eggs are older, they become increasingly resistant to FSH and the process of ovulation in general. We can call these eggs rebellious teenagers who over time, get themselves into trouble. The eggs no longer release a healthy level of estrogen, and in turn, FHS levels rise in the blood and estrogen levels decrease. Eventually, this leads to what we call “ovarian failure” or menopause.

As a woman, when your body starts to age and prepares for menopause, specific changes are to be expected. One difference to note is great variations in your cycle. These varieties are unpredictable and can be quite bothersome for women. Menstrual periods may become longer or shorter, heavier or lighter, and more or less frequent until eventually, they stop altogether. These variances can make planning and traveling a nightmare for women! Not being able to predict and track your cycle is inconvenient. Not only are cycle irregularities a common occurrence, but women can also start to experience typical menopausal symptoms.

This time is considered perimenopause. The average time a woman spends in perimenopause is four years; however, for some women, this can last for as little as six months or for as long as ten years. During the time of perimenopause, estrogen levels are gradually decreasing. Decreased estrogen is what leads to the many symptoms that women can experience during this time in their lives. Once estrogen levels hit an all-time low, we have the complete cessation of menses for a full 12 months. The termination of menses is then considered menopause.

When talking to patients, I don’t like to describe menopause as the absence of menstrual periods for a full 12 months. The reason being is some women go months to even years without getting a period. As IUD’s are becoming more popular for contraception, women are getting less and fewer periods. We also have some ladies who take continuous birth control, meaning they are skipping their placebo pills and going right to the next OCP pack. Some women do this for symptom control during their menses. In cases such as this, women are not getting a period each month. Therefore, if women are relying on tracking their cycles for menopause, this can make that very challenging. Never the less, menopause will occur at some point in a woman’s life.

MENOPAUSAL STATISTICS

  • The average age of menopause in America is 52
  • 95% of women will experience menopause between the ages of 45-55
  • With life expectancy increasing, women typically spend 1/3 of their life in menopause
  • 6,000 women reach menopause every single day in America
  • Each year there are over 2 million new cases of menopause in America

What a lot of women don’t know is that perimenopause and menopause have a strong familial linkage. Although this time in a woman’s life is so unpredictable and bothersome, there is a chance for some clarity! For those ladies who are reading this and are quickly approaching menopause, I urge you to talk to any older female veterans in your family. There is a very high chance that whatever they experienced during their journey through menopause, you will experience as well. Now, of course, some circumstances are excluded from this prediction. If your mother, grandmother, aunt, or older sister when through menopause early in life due to an unforeseen medical condition such as cancer requiring surgeries, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy, than this thought would not apply. Same goes for a woman who has had her ovaries surgically removed. As soon as a woman has both of her ovaries removed, she is automatically sent into menopause. However, for the typical healthy female in her mid to upper 40s, she can pretty safely rely on this prediction.

MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS

Now that you have a better understanding of menopause, in general, let’s move on to every woman’s favorite topic: The symptoms!

As stated above, the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause are due to a decrease in ovarian estrogen. The most common symptom women complain about is the ever so dreaded hot flashes! These can range from quick episodes or facial flushing and an overwhelming sensation of warmth to soaking night sweats. It is reported that 3 out of every four women will experience some degree of hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes can quite literally put a damper on things! Other common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, mental fogginess, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Other symptoms to consider is decreased bone mineral density leading to osteopenia and osteoporosis. Because estrogen helps to decrease bone resorption, when estrogen levels begin to decline in the blood, the bones start to break down at a faster rate. Increased bone loss is why it is recommended to start DEXA scans after menopause.

SEX AFTER MENOPAUSE

Lastly, let’s talk a little bit about sex after menopause. Sex is a topic that I know is on a lot of women’s minds, but nobody likes to talk about it. As levels of ovarian estrogen decrease in the blood, this leads to vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy (which is the thinning of the skin), pain with intercourse, and in some cases spotting after sex. I like to use the example of dry, damaged skin during the winter time. We all have experienced the skin on our hands became very sensitive and dry, leading to the small fissures and cracks in the skin that bleed. As we all know, this can become very painful and bothersome. The same concept applies to the vaginal canal during perimenopause and menopause. Not only does sex become increasingly uncomfortable and in some cases, painful, but women can also experience low sex drive. Decreased sex drive can cause tension in a relationship and leave women feeling upset and frustrated.

MENOPAUSE HELP

Rest assured ladies; there is help on the way! Several different treatment options can help you navigate your way through this journey in life. Because the effects of menopause are so widespread, I like to use a layered approach when treating women. When talking to patients, I always start with recommending lifestyle modification such as healthy diet, exercise, yoga, smoking cessation, and decreased alcohol consumption.

Next, I recommend incorporating vitamins into your daily routine. Magnesium is one of my favorite vitamins! Not only does it help decrease hot flashes, but magnesium helps to promote a healthy gut, contributes to decreased headaches and migraines, helps to reduce anxiety, and helps to combat insomnia. After recommending healthy lifestyle changes and magnesium to patients, I then tailor my treatment plans to each woman. If women are complaining of mood issues, we can consider trying an antidepressant such as an SSRI or an SNRI. If women are complaining of hot flashes, we can consider trying hormone replacement therapy. If women are complaining of vaginal dryness, atrophy, and pain with intercourse, we can consider trying a vaginal estrogen cream or suppository. And the list of pharmacological agents goes on!

Last on the list of treatment options is supplementation! Supplementation is one of my favorite conversations to have with women because of the effectiveness of treatment and the minimal amount of side effects. CBD oil is a fabulous option for women suffering during menopause.

CBD OIL AND MENOPAUSE1

CBD oil has gained a lot of buzz due to its benefits surrounding women’s health. It is essential to understand that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has an intimate connection with our endocrine system. The endocrine system controls the pituitary gland, which in turn regulates a female’s reproductive system and hormones. It should be noted that endocannabinoids can be found in the cells of the uterus and reproductive system.

As women enter menopause estrogen levels decrease. One of estrogens many jobs is calling on the ECS to regulate emotions such as anxiety and depression. If estrogen drops, so the does the function of our ECS. For this reason, many women experience insomnia, hot flashes, anxiety, decreased stress response, and reduced libido.

CBD oil taken orally stimulates the ECS. Once the ECS is stimulated, women usually experience a decrease in anxiety, hot flashes, depression, and insomnia. Did I mention perhaps even an increase in sex drive?

Another potential benefit for women entering menopause is the effect of CBD on bone health. Women who are underweight or anorexic tend to enter menopause early. One reason for this early onset of menopause is due to decreased endocannabinoid levels. It has been shown that women who are underweight or entering menopause are at an increased risk of osteoporosis. The ECS regulates bone loss. Yes, even your bones have cannabinoid receptors. CBD has been shown to positively benefit bone health by balancing out one’s endocannabinoid levels.

CBD DOSAGE FOR MENOPAUSE RELIEF

Most women see to respond to 5mg-100mg daily for menopause symptoms taken daily. It is always best to start slow and monitor your symptoms. Pay close attention to things like anxiety, sleep, and of course, decreased hot flashes! Like anything with CBD find your “sweet spot” serving size. I have noticed clinically, the serving amount of CBD varies significantly among women; some find CBD may energize them while others find it helps them sleep. The time of day and amount will depend on the individual. Please refer to our serving size tables for more information.

Lastly, if you are concerned that your hormonal levels are “off”, seek out the care of a functional medicine physician today. Instead of guessing what is high and what is low seek testing! Saliva testing can provide an excellent snapshot of active hormonal changes.

After reading this, I hope you found all the information helpful! If you feel as if you are suffering from a host of different perimenopause and menopausal symptoms, I urge you to contact your local health care provider today and start this conversation. As you can see, menopause is an unavoidable event, and the typical American woman will spend around 1/3 of her in menopause. Don’t suffer in silence! As you can see, there are several different treatment options available. I know the right treatment plan is out there for you!

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Can CBD for Athletes Speed up Muscle Recovery?

Can CBD for Athletes Speed up Muscle Recovery?

CBD oil is gaining a lot of popularity across the country, with people from different fields turning to it for its health benefits. It’s especially fast becoming the go-to supplement of many athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This is because of its ability to reduce soreness and inflammation caused by rigorous training and intense physical workouts. Let’s take a deeper look at CBD for athletes.

CBD for Recovery

During exercise, especially an intense one, muscle fibers rub against each other. This creates microscopic injuries or tears to the fibers, which in turn triggers an inflammatory response. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to muscle damage. They are eventually repaired, which allows the muscles to become stronger, but the pain will always be unavoidable. What you simply call a post-exercise soreness is actually an entire process that’s happening inside your body.

Now, to help them manage the pain occurring after a game or a mad session at the gym, athletes and bodybuilders (or even occasional gym goers) often pop ibuprofen to keep them going. But with the stigma attached to hemp-derived CBD beginning to lift, people are switching to CBD products, like CBD for recovery, which is a safer alternative to conventional pain medication. Apart from that, CBD oil doesn’t carry the same side effects that over-the-counter medicines have, a lot of studies have proven its anti-inflammatory benefits.

How CBD for Athletes Works

How does it work, you ask? CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an important system in the human body that regulates the function of the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. As such, CBD for athletes helps soothe aches and inflammation. It also helps you sleep better, which is actually when a great deal of muscle repair and recovery happen. It is when the body is asleep that it produces melatonin and human growth hormones. These are important factors in healing and recovery, and if you’re not able to get proper sleep (probably because of the pain, too), then muscles are not given enough time to recuperate.

In short, CBD for recovery helps in many different areas. It activates our ECS and this activation not only soothes sore muscles and joints, it promotes a sense of calm. When we are calmer, the quality of our sleep improves, and sleep is a crucial ingredient in a faster post-workout recovery. Regular activation of the ECS also helps minimize the experience of pain in the long term. Daily servings allow athletes to train harder and stay at the top of their game, making CBD for recovery a better alternative to traditional supplements.

Finding Your CBD Serving Size

Apart from recovery, the use of CBD oil also helps in the improvement of an athlete’s performance and can aid fitness enthusiasts in achieving their goals. While it does help you relax and sleep better at night, it also gives you an energy boost when you need to keep yourself awake, alert, and focused on your workout.

It all depends on the serving size you take. Usually, its calming effects are associated with higher serving sizes, while its stimulating effects are achieved when it’s administered in lower servings. Different people have different reactions to CBD, so it’s recommended to experiment and find out how much CBD you should take.

Other CBD Benefits for Athletes

Another thing CBD oil does, which is a big factor contributing to one’s physical performance, is that it helps you manage stress and anxiety. Game-day stress is very common, and high levels of distress and tension could greatly affect an athlete’s focus. CBD oil helps calm you down and improve your mood so you can concentrate on completing the task at hand the best way you know how.

Did you know that this product also helps with gut issues and nausea? You may overlook the fact that an upset stomach could ruin a game, but it does happen, especially to endurance athletes. CBD oil interacts with our endocannabinoid system which helps ease gut issues, and it also connects with our serotonin receptors to help reduce nausea.

Overall, CBD oil enhances one’s fitness routine and athlete’s performance and cuts their downtime by allowing faster recovery. All of these without the side effects and health risks that prescription medications often have. Again, different bodies have different reactions to the product, so the best way to make sure you maximize its benefits is to get the go-ahead signal from your doctor and find the perfect serving and routine which works best for you.

Our goal at Made By Hemp is to educate people about the benefits of hemp-derived CBD for athletes. If you still have questions, we’d love to talk! Drop us a comment below or contact us today!

5 Predictions for the Cannabis Industry in 2019

5 Predictions for the Cannabis Industry in 2019

Getting ahead on trends within the cannabis industry isn’t easy, especially considering the statewide legalization efforts and the general expansion in recreational and medical use markets. We do know that the future is bright as spending on legal cannabis is expected to reach at least $57 billion by 2027. The cannabis industry is a rising star with continued growth on the horizon. Here are some predictions for the cannabis industry in the coming years.

1. Big growth that will lead to more jobs.

We can’t emphasize just how much the industry will grow in the next few years. Estimates suggest that legal weed sales are expected to grow over 27 percent per year through 2022, resulting in over $22 billion in sales. That’s roughly quadruple the sales from 2017, while medical marijuana sales are expected to double by 2022.

Ultimately, that huge growth in sales also means more labor. Estimates suggest that job growth will expand by about 21 percent by 2022, which is huge compared to nearly any other current industry. Right now, the cannabis industry employs about 125,000 to 160,000 workers. By 2022, that number will be closer to 340,000 employees.

2. Growing legalization also means increased cannabis education.

Cannabis’ illegal status has been an obstacle in research, which has led to some skewed understanding of its effects and a heavy “anti-pot” curriculum in school. While that likely won’t change without more sweeping federal legislation, cannabis education, on the whole, is likely to loosen and mature given the push for legalization within states. Legalizing cannabis makes it easier for researchers to actually study cannabis, giving the average consumer much more information about cannabis in all its many forms.

Even more interesting, numerous institutions have actually begun teaching classes on cannabis. The University of California, Davis, has a Physiology of Cannabis course, while the University of Vermont has courses on cannabis biology and usage. The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has even begun to offer training for pharmacists and technicians looking to work in medical marijuana dispensaries.

More information and knowledge always tends to be a good thing. It helps consumers, brings peace of mind, and furthers new discoveries outside of cannabis usage.

3. Cannabis will spread to other industries.

From breweries to vegetable growers, brands have been eyeing cannabis as a new venture and a new product to add or incorporate into existing products. Some companies, like Johnson and Johnson, have already done their own research into medical marijuana and even signed deals with cannabis firms to develop new medical marijuana products.

The wellness and beauty sector has fully embraced cannabis, particularly CBD oil, which offers a wide range of potential benefits to general health and wellness. Lotions infused with CBD are reported to support muscle recovery and reduce joint pains. From mascara to lip balm to edibles, CBD has been integrated into a variety of products without an end in sight.

The food industry isn’t far behind. Cannabis edibles have seen a huge rise in the last few years. In California, consumers bought over $108 million worth of cannabis- and CBD-infused edibles and drinks in 2017, accounting for 10 percent of total marijuana sales in the state.

Even construction is getting in on cannabis. Hempcrete is a material made from industrial hemp hurds, water, and lime. It’s lightweight, breathable, strong, sustainable, and easy to make. It fills the role of traditional drywall, insulation, and oriented strand board.

4. Cannabis will replace alcohol (for some).

People have claimed for years that cannabis acts as a substitute for alcohol, and those people might not be too far off from the truth. The past few years have seen an increase in binge drinking according to the CDC. However, reports show that binge drinking is on the decline in states that have legalized marijuana. States with legal recreational marijuana had a rate of binge drinking sessions per month that was 9 percent below the national average. These states also experienced 13 percent less binge drinking overall compared to states that prohibit marijuana.

5. The federal government will consider marijuana legalization.

Considering the growing legalization and decriminalization of marijuana at the state level, Congress will have to take a serious look at nationwide legalization. The latest numbers suggest that legalizing marijuana federally could bring in over $132 billion in tax revenue and more than one million new jobs. Studies suggest that legalization would lead to sales that would surpass that of cigarette and tobacco companies.

In addition to the projected revenue, public sentiment around cannabis legalization is also shifting. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, This growing support for cannabis legalization along with the forecasted growth of the cannabis industry is going to make it difficult for our federal leaders to ignore for more longer. Looking at new reports and data, it’s becoming more obvious that the federal government needs to establish new policies for cannabis, and that the case for change is becoming more compelling.

No one can truly predict where the cannabis industry is headed, but it’s definitely going into bigger and brighter places. We’re as excited as everyone else to see where the road will take us, and we’re hopeful for new discoveries along the way.

8 Tips to Make the Most of Your CBD E-Liquid

8 Tips to Make the Most of Your CBD E-Liquid

There is nothing as amazing as taking an enormous hit of delicious cbd e-liquid and watching it billow through the air as you luxuriously exhale. Vaping CBD e-liquids has transformed the smoking world, allowing smokers to enjoy their habit of choice without the stigma (and health risks) so heavily associated with cigarettes. Of course, vaping isn’t just a great way to quit smoking! It’s also incredibly enjoyable all on its own, even if you no longer (or never) order nicotine in your flavorful e-liquids. You can have all the joy of billowing clouds, great flavor, and trendy high-tech devices in a single delicious puff.

Of course, whether you’re just getting started or already have a beautiful collection of atomizers, flavors, and batteries, vaping isn’t a hobby you want to get wasteful with. Every coil and bottle of e-liquid is precious, and when you’re really enjoying yourself, it can be hard to make your favorites last. To help all our favorite vaping fans out there make the most of your delicious e-liquids and treat your coils (and throats) right, we’ve put together eight great tips to make your high-flavor hits last longer and leak less.

1) KNOW YOUR VAPORIZER

The first step is always to be familiar with the device you’re using. Every vaporizer design is different and not all vapes were created equal. Some are narrow, some are big. Some run hotter or colder than others. Some are made for very thick e-liquids, while others are made for thin. There will be instructions and recommendations for every model of vape, not to mention reviews from other users to guide you through the experience you’re looking for.

Once you have a vaporizer, get to know it! Know it’s temperature, the PG/VG balance it likes best, and how to take it apart, clean it, and put it back together as if you were a marine and the vaporizer was your rifle. Trust us – you’ll be rebuilding, cleaning, and assembling your vape a lot.

2) TIGHTEN EVERYTHING BEFORE POURING YOUR E-LIQUID

The saddest thing an e-liquid enthusiast can ever see is the sight of your liquid dribbling out the bottom or side of your vaporizer as you pour your favorite flavor into the tank. Vaporizer tanks are generally a combination of metal, plastic, glass, and rubber gaskets to keep everything sealed together. They work best when the liquid can soak into your coils and heat into vapor without leaking into the vent chamber or all over your hands.

To avoid this, always take apart, clean, and tightly reassemble everything between tanks. If you’re on the go and don’t have time to clean, just take a moment to make sure everything is tight before refilling. This will prevent tragedy.

3) SWITCH FLAVORS REGULARLY

Just like eating your favorite food over and over again, vaping the same flavor non-stop can cause it to lose its special-ness. When your tongue and sinuses get too used to a flavor, you may start to miss some enjoyment by losing touch with the subtle hints of your favorite accent flavors in each mix.

Keep a collection of soaked coils, each dedicated to your favorite flavor or your favorite mix of flavors. By switching out between them as the mood strikes you, you can make sure each and every billow of delicious clouds tastes as wonderful as the first time you vaped that particular flavor.

4) HIGH VG FOR MASSIVE CLOUDS

For many mad vapers out there the flavor is great, but a big part of the joy is the clouds themselves. It’s wonderful to watch the clouds billow in the air, blow them through shafts of light or intermittent shadows, and watch vapor swirl away from you. Some people delight in filling glasses with vape and some have the lung capacity and determination to fill whole rooms. But first, you need to be able to actually make clouds!

Look for e-liquid mixes that have a high VG ratio in comparison to the PG. VG is thicker than PG and will therefore create more viscous, enormous, and highly visible clouds.

5) AIRFLOW AND NARROW TIP FOR DELICIOUS FLAVOR

Once you have the perfect big-cloud e-liquid in a flavor that tickles the taste buds and delights your nasal passages, it’s time to optimize for flavor. Look for vaporizers that provide ample ventilation from underneath the coil, usually seen as an adjustable spinning vent. As a word of warning, this vent is also where any leaking from loose gaskets will become apparent.

The size of your drip-tip (mouthpiece) can also matter for getting big flavor and strong throat hits. A more narrow drip-tip will concentrate the vapor as it flows into your mouth, allowing you to taste more of your e-liquid before you exhale and fill the room with sweet-smelling clouds.

6) MIX UNFLAVORED LIQUID FOR FINE-TUNING FLAVORS

Of course, you don’t have to rely entirely on the flavors that you can buy pre-made. Many vapor connoisseurs fine-tune their flavors by mixing favorites until they find a few truly dreamy combinations. But not all flavors are created equal and some are surprisingly strong. If you find yourself with a mix or a premade flavor you think would be perfect if only it were a little milder, there’s a solution for that, too!

Grab a bottle of unflavored e-liquid and dribble a little into your tank or custom flavor bottle. This can lighten intense flavors and potentially increase your cloud capacity without putting your vaporizer at risk by using a non-e-liquid for mixing.

7) TRY A BOX MOD AND CUSTOM TEMPERATURES

If you’re really getting into customizing your vape experience for bigger hits, stronger flavor, or better conservation of your e-liquid, consider getting a box mod that allows you to set the exact temperature that your coil fires up to. This can give you incredible power to discover what temperature, liquid, and coil combination you like best.

That said, be careful with box mods. Most of them are capable of temperatures far higher than is safe to use with most coils. Always know your coil and the highest temperature it can tolerate before burning in order to avoid wasting both a nice coil and all the liquid in your tank by over-charging.

8) HYDRATE WHILE YOU VAPE

Finally, remember that while those clouds are made of vapor, that’s not water vapor you’re breathing. Enthusiastic vaping can cause dehydration which will, in turn, encourage you to vape even more for that nice cooling moist feeling in your mouth. Remember to hydrate with water or juice while vaping to make sure that you are truly savoring every puff and getting the most out of both your flavor and your clouds.

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Making the most of your CBD e-liquid is both a technical aptitude and an art form you learn to perfect along the way. Finding the best flavor balance, getting beautiful clouds, and taking good care of your vaporizers are all part of the delicate dance of delicious vape. For more tips and trick from the vape pros, contact us today!

vape coils guide

Vape Coils – The Ultimate Guide

Like anything, vaping attracts both those with a casual interest, often as a means to quit smoking, as well as keen hobbyists. For the former, there are plenty of starter kits and easy to use vaping gadgets but the latter need much more than a simple kit to satisfy their interest.

REBUILDABLE DRIPPERS  

The vaping industry has come to the rescue and have created a variety of mods, RDAs,RTAs and atomisers for vapers to build on to keep them entertained. Many major brands offer a similar experience with their kits and latest innovations. However, it’s become clear that the keenest vapers want to be in charge of constructing their setups with their own specifications.

WHAT IS A VAPE COIL?

The vape coil is a lot like the heart of your mod or e-cigarette kit, it’s the unit responsible for heating up the e-liquid and vapourising it. The coil resistance can be adjusted according to how many wraps of a wire there are, the gauge and type of wire. You’d then measure this resistance with the help of an Ohmmeter. Low resistance coils produce warmer vapour and larger clouds, whereas high resistance coils produce a cooler vape with less current.

Despite being so integral, the coil is a fairly simple mechanism. It’s constructed from a coiled wire or a piece of mesh and some wicking material (usually cotton). There are plenty of different wires and wicking materials to choose from and the best one for you really depends what you want to get out of your vaping experience.

DIFFERENT VAPE COIL TYPES

Whether you’re using a pre-made coil or are building your own, there are a few things to consider. Some brands will have both a ceramic and cotton option and occasionally use other materials including flax and wood pulp as a wicking material. Each of these have different effects on flavour and cloud production. The same rule applies when you build your own coils as different metals have different properties in terms of ramp up time, flavour and which mode they can be used in.

CERAMIC COIL

A ceramic coil material is porous, so air passes through it particularly well and offers a super smooth draw. Many reviewers find that the ceramic material brings out the flavour more than other materials. They tolerate high wattages well too so they’re a great addition to the more high-powered mods on the market. Ceramic coils have also been touted to last longer than cotton coils and help prevent dry hits.

STAINLESS STEEL COIL

There has been a lot of debate around what kind of stainless steel is actually stainless steel, mostly because there are multiple different “grades” you can buy. 430-grade stainless steel wire is known for its magnetic properties and for being durable and long-lasting, but most grades of stainless steel will be similarly tough. When it comes to building, stainless steel is one of the most versatile metals as you can use it temperature control mode or wattage mode. Apparently if you look after it very carefully, a stainless steel coil can last for 25 years.

TITANIUM COIL

Titanium wires are particularly soft and malleable making them easy to handle, twist and cut. This does make it slightly more expensive than its stainless steel equivalent, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming an increasingly popular material. Titanium provides an especially clean and crisp tasting vape but there has been a lot of discussion around how safe it is. Titanium is used in fireworks to create white sparks and is more flammable than other coil materials, so vapers need to handle it with care. It’s only compatible with temperature control mode so you need to consider the temperature carefully, but many mods offer a “TC Ti” mode especially for these coils.

KANTHAL COIL

Kanthal is a combination of iron, chromium and aluminium and is a popular wire used in both pre-made and home made coils. It has a super quick ramp up time and as such, creates impressive amounts of vapour. Kanthal coils are only suitable to be used in wattage mode. However, it’s a soft and easy to work with wire whilst also holding its shape nicely, making it a popular option to work with for many vapers.

NICKEL COIL

The number of nickel wires on offer can be dizzyingly confusing, so look out for Ni200 wire, which is a 99.6% nickel alloy. Many temperature control mods prioritise nickel coils over other materials because it’s great for low resistance. There are some things to be aware of though – nickel coils should never be dry fired for too long, and they’re not suitable for variable voltage or variable wattage kits either. Some people can have also an allergy to Nickel (the same way they can be allergic to Nickel jewellery).

NICHROME COIL

Nichrome is exactly what it says on the tin – 80% Chromium and 20% Nickel. This alloy heats up much quicker than Kanthal, offering a reliable amount of cloud production and a pleasant, warm vape. It also protects the heating element from oxidation, which can change the colour and even taste of your e-liquid. Nichome can only be used in wattage mode. This combined with its quick ramp up time makes it another popular choice with Sub Ohm vapers.

VAPE COILS – OHMS

As we all know, the Ohm level measures electrical resistance, which influences affects taste and cloud production. When you’re building your coils it’s crucial that you measure the resistance with an Ohmmeter for your own peace of mind, safety and to make sure you create the desired vaping experience.

A SUB OHM COIL

A lower resistance will provide warmer vapour, a slightly drier hit, and bigger clouds. The downside is that you’re going to use your e-liquid more quickly and typically you need to vape at a higher wattage meaning your battery will drain faster.

A PLUS OHM COIL

The benefits of a higher resistance coil are much more steady battery use, a cooler vape and less vapour. This of course is all a matter of preference. If you’re keen on big clouds then you can forgive draining battery life (or just keep a few spares on you). If you prefer a vape that lasts all day, you’ll probably be better off with a higher resistance coil.

WHEN TO CHANGE A VAPE COIL

Depending on the heat levels and the frequency of use, your coils won’t last forever. The PG/VG of your e-liquid can burn it out faster, as can the wattage and voltage that you use. If you’re a very frequent vaper, and you’re putting your equipment through the ringer, you’re obviously going to need to change the coil more often. High wattage, sweet flavours and a high VG e-juice (usually factors in cloud chasing) will burn through coils and wicking material faster. 

The best way to educate yourself on changing your vape coils is to use the various YouTube tutorials on the topic, because they offer a visual guide too.

HOW LONG DOES A VAPE COIL LAST?

Heavy vapers: A very heavy vaper should change their coils every week. This might sound like a lot, but it’s worth it. The flavour of your e-liquid, cloud production and functionality of your vape will suffer if you neglect it. This rule is especially relevant for Sub Ohm vapers as they typically use higher VG liquids which are thicker and gum up coils more quickly. 

Moderate vapers: Vapers who vape consistently throughout the day but only take a couple of drags at a time can get more use out of a coil as it isn’t getting as hot as frequently. Again, the type of juice you use and the power of your device will be a factor in this but the general rule here is about once a fortnight. 

Light vapers: Infrequent use, or a few hits here and there, suggests that your coils will only need to be changed every 3-4 weeks. If you’re using mouth to lung devices with the higher PG value this also helps extend the lifespan of your coil.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO CHANGE A COIL ON A VAPE?

One of the first indications is going to be a burnt or diminished taste in your vapour. The reason for this is that the tank is running too hot for the coil to manage it. Sometimes chain vaping can also affect the lifespan of your coil as it can get too hot and start to burn the coil. If you inspect your coil and wicking material more closely, you’ll see that the cotton is often discoloured and burnt.

Burnt wicking material won’t absorb the e-liquid properly and will negatively affect the quality of flavour and amount of vapour production. Another culprit of this is your e-liquid. Even if you aren’t chain vaping, high VG liquids are thick and naturally quite sweet and they sort of ‘caramelise’ on the wicking material. This stops them working effectively and means you’ll need a change. 

A leaking device is also worth taking note of. There are many reasons for this and they all need to be paid attention to. If it’s the result of a damaged coil you will find that the ramp up on them isn’t working properly and there may be a gurgling sound when you inhale. It also happens when the cotton can’t absorb e-liquid efficiently anymore so when you fire the device or leave it sitting around it can leak. 

If you ignore the signs or aren’t aware of them you might find that your mod or kit stops producing vapour entirely. You might even get some e-liquid spit-back in your mouth while you inhale, which doesn’t taste anywhere near as nice as the flavoured vapour does. As soon as you notice the signs of an old coil, check it out and replace it.

HOW TO CHANGE A VAPE COIL

Each piece of equipment varies. Some coils can just be pulled straight out and others need to be unscrewed. However, there are a few general steps you can follow regardless of which variety you have when you’re replacing an old coil.

  • Unscrew the battery from the tank.
  • Turn the tank upside down and unscrew the metal bottom cap.
  • Unscrew the coil head from the bottom cap and screw the new coil into it.
  • Put a drip of e-liquid onto each of the wicking ports on the new coil (the exposed parts of cotton you can see). This helps prime the coil and reduce the time needed before you can vape without getting a dry hit.
  • Reassemble your tank and fill with e-liquid. (Try to avoid getting e-liquid into the center airflow metal tube, this will affect the functionality and waste your e-liquid!)
  • Check for any leaks or spills and once you’re happy it’s airtight and clean, put the tank back on your battery.
  • Wait a couple of minutes for the e-liquid to saturate the wicking material inside the coil before vaping.

HOW DO I MAKE MY OWN COIL?

Making your own coil can be complex and may involve a degree of trial and error. However, there are some things that you need to be certain of before you vape on a coil you made yourself. One of the most crucial things you need is an Ohmmeter, it’s not advisable or possible to build your own vape coils safely without one.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BUILD A VAPE COIL?

  • An Ohmmeter
  • An RDA or RTA
  • Resistance Wire: Kanthal, stainless steel or NiChrome are popular options but make sure you choose the right one for the mode you vape in. E.g. if you want to use temperature control, make sure you’ve chosen a wire that’s compatible with TC mode.
  • 2mm screwdriver (this is included with most RDAs) or 2mm drill bit
  • Tweezers (preferably ceramic tipped), needle nose pliers, or forceps
  • Screwdriver or Allen key that fits your RDA’s screws
  • Small wire cutters or nail clippers
  • Butane or propane torch
  • Scissors
  • Wicking Materials: organic cotton (there are plenty of different brands to choose from)
  • E-liquid

GETTING STARTED:

Oxidise the wire: Cut a 4-5 inch piece of wire, hold one end with tweezers or pliers and heat the wire at the other end until it glows orange. Slowly move the flame down the length of the wire until it all glows orange. Then swap sides and repeat the same steps. This will make the wire much easier to work with.

Wrapping the coil manually: 
You’ll need your tweezers to do this because the wire will still be hot. Get your small screwdriver and start to wrap the wire around it, starting in the middle rather than the end. You need to wrap it tightly around the screwdriver 4 to 8 times. The number of wraps will affect the resistance, more wraps will result in a higher resistance. When you’re done wrapping, both ends of the wire should be pointing in the same direction. Count the number of wraps just to double check and don’t remove the coil from your screwdriver just yet. If you’re making a dual-coil built it’s important the coils both have the same number of wraps and equal resistance. 

If you don’t want to wrap manually, you can use the Kuro Coiler to create your own wraps easily.

Installing the coil: 
Loosen the post screws on your build deck, but don’t remove them entirely. Take your coil – which is still on the screwdriver – and place one end into the positive hole and the other into the negative. You can use your screwdriver to position the coil in the center of the RDA and it will help you be much more precise and delicate. Tighten the screws once it’s in position, but don’t tighten them too much as it could cut the wires. You want it to be firm and secure, without being too tight that it’s difficult to remove.

HOW DOES THE NUMBER OF WRAPS AFFECT MY COIL?

The more wraps, the higher the resistance, which goes on to affect flavour and cloud production. 8 wraps is a good starting point, but you can wrap your wire around more times if you want a different resistance. There are a lot of factors that go into this including the wire you use and the gauge. Experiment with an Ohmmeter to find the right resistance for you.

HOW DO I CHECK THE OHMS?

When your RDA has been got its coil installed and it’s looking good, screw it onto the Ohmmeter. This will read the resistance and let you know if you have any shorts. It’s normal for coils to vary a little bit when they’re measured, but as long as you get the correct reading within 0.2ohms, you’re good to go. To make sure your reading is as accurate as possible, make sure your RDA or atomiser is screwed in tightly when you’re measuring resistance. 

If your Ohms reader is giving you a different reading to what you want, and there’s a difference of more than 0.2ohms, you need to fix whatever the problem is. Unfortunately the Ohmmeter isn’t a diagnosing tool. It’s a lot like a guitar tuner – it tells you what the reading is but it’s up to you to adjust it. Most coil issues are easy to fix, but you might have to exercise a little bit of trial and error, or even rebuild the coil again from scratch. 

It’s essential that you pay attention to what your resistance reading is and address it if there’s any discrepancy. If it’s incorrect it could damage your equipment, and in extreme cases it could even set on fire!

HOW TO CLEAN A VAPE COIL

Depending on the VG and PG level of your e-liquid, your coils can get a little bit messy and build up a layer of what can only be described as gunk. One of the easiest way to clean this is called ‘dry burning’, and it’s a lot easier than it sounds.

First, remove the wicking material from your rebuildable coil. Then, heat the coil in 2 second bursts by “pulsing” the firing button on your mod until you can see them glowing orange. Vapour will start to form (this is the gunk being burnt on the surface of the coil) which can then be blown away. 

Once the gunk is all gone, let the coil cool down again, give it one last blow and you’re ready to go. Rewick and drip onto the coil and you can start vaping again. The first few hits might not taste entirely normal, but that’s just the coil getting back into the swing of things.

WHAT KIND OF TANK SHOULD I USE WITH MY COIL?

Unbelievably there was a time when you couldn’t change your own coils. More modern atomisers have made it possible and it opened up a world of rebuilding and customisation.

Top and bottom coil: Tanks have either a bottom-coil or top-coil design. If the coil is at the top, it requires less wicking material and is the design you usually find in rebuildable atomisers. Liquid is absorbed from wells or dripped directly onto the cotton to be vaped. Bottom-coil is more commonly associated with replaceable coils and absorb e-liquid from wicking holes in the coil.

Dual coil: Dual coil atomisers are another new one, using an equal amount of electricity to both coils, lowering the overall resistance. These use a lot of power, so the question is more ‘which battery do I need?’ rather than ‘which tank do I need?’. RDAs have different kinds of decks, some of them are equipped for dual or even triple coils allowing for even greater vapour production. 

Vertical coil: Vertical coils are starting to overtake dual coil because the coil is extended upwards, dramatically improving flavour and vapour production. One of the newest examples is the Aspire Cleito Exo vape tank.