With CBD Oils and products seemingly everywhere today and the different names and labels that go with them it’s easy to get a little confused as to what they’re all about or what is the difference between them all. So what are they? What are they all about and do they really help with pain and inflammation among other ailments?
I’m going to try and simplify it as much as I can here without going into long explanations of things just so you can get a good idea of what they’re all about. In coming articles I hope to dive deeper. So let’s begin.
Quick Note First…
First, and I’ll get into this a bit deeper in another blog but CBD oils and hemp products really are helping a lot of people with pain, inflammation, anxiety and other ailments. There are just too many testimonies of people being helped by these products to simply ignore. So in my humble opinion, yes they really are helping people.
So What are the Differences?
CBD stands for cannabidiol which is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. There are actually over 100 different compounds in the plant. Now the thing everyone wants to know is can CBD products get you high? The short answer is no, you don’t need to worry about that.
The cannabis sativa plant includes two main species. Hemp and marijuana. They both contain CBD and THC. The compound that will get you high is THC. Hemp and marijuana both contain THC but hemp contains only trace amounts of it which is why CBD is typically extracted from the hemp plant. Also known as hemp extract. So you needn’t worry about getting high with CBD oils but the trace amount of THC can have a psychoactive effect that can help reduce depression and anxiety.
Now that you understand that CBD is extracted from hemp and not the marijuana plant. Let’s look at the differences in CBD Oils.
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate. Huh?
Let’s tackle full spectrum first... It’s easy to remember what full spectrum is all about as the word “full” gives it away. This is the product that contains all the cannabinoids that can be extracted. It implies an extract from the “full plant” which simply means that along with CBD being extracted all the hemp plants other natural cannabinoids that are contained in the hemp plant are extracted too which includes flavinoids and terpenes. Flavinoids are plant pigments and terpenes are simply the aromatic components of the plants essential oils. But here’s the big thing about full spectrum and the part to remember. Full spectrum CBD oil also contains trace amounts of THC which is the component that causes the high in the marijuana plant. Remember in full spectrum CBD oil the THC is only in trace amounts. Not enough to get high but you may not pass a drug test if you take a full spectrum CBD oil.
So the big take away for Full Spectrum CBD oil is that it contains all of the compounds extracted from the hemp plant. One of the reasons people seek out full spectrum is for what they call the “entourage effect”. This is the synergistic interaction of all the components together which the claim is that it can lead to better therapeutic benefits.
What is Broad Spectrum?
Keeping it simple as I stated I would do my best to try and do… Broad spectrum CBD is basically the same as Full Spectrum but with all the traces of THC removed. It’s made for people who do not want or cannot take any product that contains THC. It’s used by people who must undergo occasional drug testing.
And finally… what does Isolate mean?
If you want nothing but pure CBD without the other components found in Full or Broad Spectrum then this is the product for you. It’s for CBD purists because all traces of flavinoid, terpenes and any THC are removed during the extraction process. All you are getting is pure CBD.
That’s the basic course 101 on CBD oils and what the difference are. There are other topics to talk about which I will be doing in this blog but for now it’s enough to know these terms and you’ll be on your way to understanding these wonderful products and how they can help you.
Author: Jimmy Slattery
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