One aspect that is currently being studied is if THC’s ability to “unlock” cannabinoid receptors allows its counterparts (CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.) to more efficiently balance out the Endocannabinoid System. Some within the industry will argue you have to have the THC to receive the benefits of CBD. This is flat untrue and mostly used as a common sales tactic. In reality, you can read a plethora of scientific articles that debunk that claim. A good analogy of the difference is to say THC is like a good stretch before going on a walk. It may give you a little better range of motion and allow you to go a bit farther during your exercise, but it isn’t to say that there are no health benefits if you go for a walk without stretching first.
A Full Spectrum CBD product is derived from the whole hemp plant matter. That means taking the roots, stems, flowers and leaves and pressing, pulverizing, or power washing them to extract the oils from the plant. This will leave us with a full spectrum of cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, THC, etc.), terpenes (limonene, myrcene, etc.) and phytochemicals such as chlorophyll and other organic plant matter. The resulting oil will have a strong “hempy” taste and be dark in color. It will also contain 0.3% or less THC.
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What is this CBD people speak of? How does it work on such a wide variety of problems; from mental, to physical and internal to external? Does it have you wondering what’s the best type of CBD for you to take with so many available options? Let’s take a deeper look into the different types of CBD and how to choose the best option for you!
You also will want to be cognizant of the carrier oils in the products. Hemp seed oil is often used as a carrier oil and makes for a great delivery system for the CBD, but it can potentially cause false negatives on drug screenings. For this reason, KC Hemp Co. only uses USDA Certified Organic MCT Oil (fractionated coconut oil). In doing so, it also provides a much cleaner tasting product and clearer in color.
There are three main types of CBD products that are currently being manufactured. These forms of CBD are Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolates. Below is a breakdown of each one.
For the purpose of this blog we are referring to the cannabis sativa L plant, better known as “industrial hemp” or just “hemp”. The main difference between this plant and its more well-known Cannabis cousin (marijuana) is the percentage of THC. THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychotropic effects most associated with Cannabis. The law dictates that a cannabis plant containing less that 0.3% THC is considered “hemp” and therefore federally legal to grow. Anything over that percentage and its classified as Marijuana. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC and low levels of CBD while Hemp is bred to have very low THC levels but high CBD levels. This is what makes it the best source for extraction of your CBD supplements.
Making CBD isolate is much the same as making broad or full-spectrum products. However, once the cannabinoids are extracted, the CBD is isolated. It then undergoes a chilling process that removes all other chemical compounds.
When you first step into the CBD scene, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the wide variety of products. Not only are there CBD oils, tinctures, crystals, powders, salves, creams, and edibles, but there are also different kinds of CBD within those categories, as well as varying degrees of potency, among other distinctions. What does it all mean? We’ve got you covered.
OK, so CBD is a cannabinoid extracted from the hemp plant. But what’s full-spectrum vs broad-spectrum vs isolate?
All three categories of CBD can produce significant health benefits. The type of CBD product that’s best for you will depend on various factors, from your health and lifestyle to your location.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 cannabinoids, or phytochemicals, found in the hemp plant. The hemp plant is a type of cannabis plant that contains mostly CBD in terms of its cannabinoid content. Marijuana, also a member of the cannabis tribe, contains mainly THC, CBD’s more famous (and often misunderstood) cousin.
Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD is extracted from the plant’s stalks, flowers, and leaves. Hemp seeds don’t contain any CBD oil, although they do contain nutrients similar to flax seeds.
Full-spectrum is the only type of CBD product that contains THC. However, those from hemp only contain 0.3% or less. While this is enough to produce the benefits of the entourage effect (more on that here), it’s not enough to produce the characteristic “high” associated with THC-dominant marijuana. However, there is a slight chance that it could create a false positive on a drug test if you take a high dose of full-spectrum CBD every day for an extended period.