CBD isolate is usually cheaper than other forms. It’s also legal in all 50 states. While no CBD products contain more than 0.3% THC, per federal regulations, isolate does not have any whatsoever, which can be beneficial for anyone allergic to THC or other cannabis compounds.
In its liquid form, isolate is often used for vaping. In crystal or powder form, it’s often taken sublingually. As with other types, you can use powder or crystals in baking and cooking.
These categories indicate what kinds of hemp compounds (besides CBD) are in the product. Basically, they tell you whether CBD is surrounded by its posse or going solo and, if it is with its pals, whether THC is there or not. Here’s a bit more detail on each.
There is ample scientific evidence showing CBD’s efficacy in supporting overall wellbeing, corroborated by countless anecdotal reports. Several studies currently underway aim to help us better understand how CBD, in its various forms, works in the body.
Today, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized industrial hemp nationwide, as well as evolving perceptions and increasing knowledge about cannabis, people all over the country are using CBD for a variety of purposes.
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.
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.
Isolates are exactly how they sound, a single isolated compound from the plant. This is typically done through a supercritical CO2 extraction. Through this process the oils, chlorophyll, plant material and all other compounds are removed leaving behind a 99% pure CBD product. The exciting thing about isolates is that you can now find other cannabinoids isolated such as CBG and CBN. As more research is conducted on the hundreds of known cannabinoids, we will be able to specifically target their interactions with the body and all health benefits associated with them. This makes it exciting to be able to customize cannabinoid profiles by combining isolated cannabinoids to form a new product based on your health and wellness needs. Basically, CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid that has the potential to provide major health benefits and the future only looks brighter for the cannabis plant!
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.
You keep hearing about it and seems about everyone you know is telling you ways CBD has given them relief. Maybe your co-worker is using it for anxiety and depression or an uncle who started using it for his neck pain. Perhaps your best friend started vaping CBD to relieve withdrawals from quitting smoking cigarettes. Has your grandma started using a pain cream to help calm her arthritis pains and back spasms? I know mine has.
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Another reason why someone might want to choose a broad-spectrum product would be due to having a job or are in a position for drug screens. Many people fall into this category from bus drivers, construction workers, nurses, and government employees. All have to be careful when choosing the right CBD products. When choosing a broad spectrum product for this reason, always make sure you are purchasing from a company that supplies third party lab testing or a COA (certificate of analysis) to verify there is no detectible THC within the product. With our KC Hemp Co. tinctures, you can easily scan the QR code on the bottom of every bottle for instant access to the third party lab tests showing the full cannabinoid profile in that bottle.
A broad spectrum CBD product is created from the same process as the full spectrum CBD product by taking the roots, stems, flower, and leaves. The difference is, after extraction, the THC compound is separated and removed entirely. This still leaves us with a great range of cannabinoids beyond CBD. Many people find themselves in a situation where they cannot have any THC in their system, so broad spectrum products are becoming the most valued form of CBD. A true broad spectrum will have no trace amounts of THC but will give you an otherwise full cannabinoid profile which will include CBD, CBG, CBN, CBDV, and other potential cannabinoids, allowing you to maintain the “entourage effect”. For many people looking to get the health benefits without the concern of the psychotropic component of the plant, broad spectrum CBD products are the most effective choice.
As briefly mentioned above, other commonly found cannabinoids are CBG, CBN, CBC, CBDV, and upwards of 200 or more all currently being studied for their own unique benefits. All of these cannabinoids including THC work symbiotically together to create an “entourage effect”. This entourage effects suggests that when all of the cannabinoids are present, they work best together. A full spectrum CBD product is going to cast the widest net when it comes to balancing out our endocannabinoid system.
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.