What Is CBD?
If you are researching cannabis, you’ll quickly come to see it is a very complex plant. The cannabis plant produces over 100 unique components known as cannabinoids. Most of these that have scientific research behind them produce some sort of medicinal properties. However, the two primary cannabinoids that we are most familiar with are CBD and THC. CBD is seen as the medicinal compound and THC is the psychoactive component that makes you feel ‘high’. With CBD being all the rage across the country (and the globe), it can be a little daunting trying to figure out which product is right for you. At this point in time, you’ll hear people talk mainly about CBD oil. Although even something as simple sounding as CBD oil can be a confusing product to decipher.
Below we will break down CBD oils and share with you what you need to know before purchasing.
What Is CBD Oil?
The process of CBD oil is actually quite interesting. With two components to the cannabis plant, CBD and THC, one can actually be extracted without much of the other. Therefore, CBD can be extracted and concentrated on its own. The only issue with this is generally there isn’t enough CBD in the cannabis plant to extract, making this process a waste of time. Instead, companies use industrial hemp which has been bred to have lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD. This is also why CBD products are more welcomed and legal throughout North America, Europe and other parts of the world at the time of writing.
Generally speaking, once the oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, it is diluted and placed with “carrier” oils like hemp seed or coconut oil. With many products already being on the market; it is important to do some research to find a brand and product that you trust. With everyone responding to CBD differently, the goal is to find one that works best for you.
Here are the three main CBD oil components you can choose from:
Full Spectrum CBD
Full-Spectrum CBD contains the full range of cannabinoids and is often the most popular CBD oil on the market. The bigger issue with this product seems to be the THC, as it is unremoved in the process. However, federal law states CBD products are extracted from hemp whose THC level is generally less than 0.3%. The sameHempika article states that:
“We can mostly find Full Spectrum CBD Oils with low THC and high CBD content, including flavonoids, terpenes and other cannabinoids like CBN, CBDV, THCV, CBG, CBC, THCA, CBDA. Although their content is significantly lower than CBD, they play a crucial role in achieving the entourage effect (cannabinoids “working” in synergy).”
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad Spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes that are found in full spectrum CBD oil with the exception of THC. In the extraction process the THC is removed from the oil leaving it with 0.0% THC. CBDent oral care products, including our toothpaste, currently contain broad spectrum CBD oil.
Raw CBD Oil
Raw CBD oil sounds exactly like what it is titled, raw. The oil is extracted from the plant but does not use any heat or solvents, making it more of an untouched product. Not only are the enzymes and vitamins of the plant able to stay intact, but other important compounds of the hemp plant are able to stay untouched too. This actually can place Raw CBD into the full-spectrum oil category as well as it is completely unprocessed.
Seen as the most basic form of CBD, CBD Isolate is in fact not oil but is still something you should be familiar with. This product is often referred to as CBD crystals as it comes in a fine powder rather than an oil. This method additionally allows for easier consumption but is essentially a much more intricate process with extra steps needed to be taken. Unlike full spectrum CBD, Isolate does not or should not contain other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. Essentially, Isolate is purified CBD extract.
Hemp Oil VS CBD Oil
Hemp oil and CBD oil, although coming from the same plant, have a completely unique process and outcome. When put side by side, it is not uncommon to be confused by the labeling. Essentially, hemp seed oil has actually been on the market for a while due to the fact that hemp seeds contain little to no CBD. While CBD is made from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the hemp plant which comprise the only parts of the plant that contain CBD. If you are looking at purchasing CBD, make sure to read the labels and make sure you aren’t merely buying hemp seed oil (which is more for cooking).
Is CBD Oil For You?
CBD oil effects everyone differently and healthline.com suggests that it is “generally well-tolerated and safe to use.” Just like most new medicines to your body, there is a chance you may experience fatigue or digestive issues. Self-medicating with CBD is not uncommon, but it is critical you are investing in the right product from a trusted company. Make sure to do your research before purchasing. Don’t be afraid to consult your doctor, especially due to the fact that CBD oil could possibly interfere with existing medications you may be taking. Read the ingredients carefully, specifically what the carrier oil is, to make sure you suffer no allergic reactions to the product.
CBD comes in all sorts of products. With coffee shops including a drop in lattes and to massage therapists adding it to creams. The CBD industry is bursting at the seams and there is no shortage of what type of form you can take it in. Popular options are:
- CBD Oil, Tinctures or Capsules
- Smoking or Vaping
- CBD edibles like gummies or cookies
- CBD skin and hair products
- CBD toothpaste or CBD oral care
Although the research is ongoing, CBD has come to be one of the most up-and-coming medicines and for good reason because of its many incredible health benefits. To add, It is always important to understand what you are purchasing and how that product will affect your body. When it comes down to it, you should ways do your research on products and make sure you are purchasing a reputable product.