The perception of its widespread medical benefits have made the chemical a rallying cry for legalization advocates.
The first thing to know about CBD is that it is not psychoactive; it doesn’t get people high. The primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But THC is only one of the scores of chemicals – known as cannabinoids – produced by the cannabis plant.
In late June, the US Food and Drug Administration could approve the Epidiolex, a pharmaceuticalized form of CBD for several severe pediatric seizure disorders. According to data recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the drug can reduce seizures by more than 40%. If Epidiolex wins approval it would be the first time the agency approves a drug derived from the marijuana plant. (The FDA has approved synthetic THC to treat chemotherapy-related nausea.)
CBD has been sought for its healing properties. Illustration: George Wylesol
While studies have shown CBD to have anti-inflammatory, anti-pain and anti-psychotic properties, it has seen only minimal testing in human clinical trials, where scientists determine what a drug does, how much patients should take, its side effects and so on.
Onyx + Rose sells both Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD Oil. Their all-organic oils come in mint or orange flavor, to cover for the pungent hemp flavor inherent in broad-spectrum CBD products.
As a consumer, if you are able to take full-spectrum CBD oil, a reason to consider doing so would be what is known as the entourage effect. THC and CBD are not the only cannabinoids found within the hemp plant. There are several others as well, and they all interact within the human endocannabinoid system differently. They produce individual effects, but when you combine them, they all complement each other and boost effectiveness. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Here are a few brands to watch out for.
Pure Kana offers an array of CBD Oils in varying strengths and flavors. Their special formula includes a base oil to help accelerate absorption and terpenes to enhance effect. This company recently announced that they were going to be acquried by HeavenlyRx, which shows the potential upside value of any entrepreneur getting into the space.
7. Onyx + Rose
Verma Farms sells an all-day CBD solution by offering morning (Focus), afternoon (Boost) and night (Chill)-targeting oils. They focus on high quality, starting with their domestically grown, certified-organic, pesticide-free hemp.
If you have spent any amount of time on social media in the past couple of years, you will inevitably have seen someone sharing their latest CBD brand. Even Dan Bilzerian recently unveiled an IPO for his CBD company called Ignite. If you’re a consumer shopping online for CBD oils, or an entrepreneur trying to get in on the action, your head may be spinning with confusion about the industry and competitive landscape. There is a vast array of different brands, and each brand features different forms. This article will help you understand the difference between CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD and full-spectrum CBD, and offer some valuable suggestions about where to look for the product that is right for you as a consumer or potential entrant.
Full-spectrum is the opposite end of an isolate. Full-spectrum CBD oils make use of the entire array of cannabinoids in the hemp plant. This means that they also include a small amount of THC. Since it is only legal in the U.S. to derive CBD from hemp plants containing .3 percent THC or less, then the resulting oils stay within those parameters. Generally speaking, these products are relatively safe to take and will not get you high, but you may experience a bit of drowsiness or fogginess as a side effect. Also, it is not a good idea to use full-spectrum products if you are regularly tested for THC use because of your job or for any other reason. If you’re a bootstrapped entrepreneur, this is a good space to enter into, and you can find a lot of manufacturers and partners to help develop your brand.
Charlotte’s Web maintains a close eye on standards in every step of the process with their CBD Isolate Oil. They test the soil where their hemp is grown to be sure there are no toxins before the first seed is planted, and they run lab tests all the way through production. Their final product is suspended in coconut oil and contains 20mg of CBD per serving.