CBD, or cannabidol, is the lesser known cousin of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana which is famous for its ‘high’ that it gives its users. Both are found in the plant cannabis sativa, which is widely known for its association with marijuana and marijuana culture.
While one might think that CBD and other cannabidols are in the same category as THC, the two substances differ fundamentally. While THC and marijuana are commonly sought after by its users for its psychoactive properties, CBD does not create nor cause this effect when taken.
CBD is more popular for its documented effects on anxiety. Researchers concluded that CBD has been shown to lower stress, and many individuals report that CBD helped them manage elevated heart rate levels caused by anxiety. The FDA has even approved a CBD derived product designed to treat childhood epilepsy syndromes like Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome.
CBD: Full Spectrum or Isolate?
The CBD market today is filled with all sorts of different products, from hand creams and moisturizers to even CBD dog food. But is all CBD equal? The short answer is no. Many different forms of CBD exist and all have varying advantages and disadvantages.
Isolate CBD is the purest form of CBD there is. It contains only CBD, and no other cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis sativa plant. The main advantage of this form is that isolate-derived CBD is completely CBD. There are no traces of THC or any other naturally occurring compound from the cannabis sativa plant.
However, a disadvantage of isolate CBD is that it is possible that higher amounts of isolate CBD are needed to compare to other forms of CBD. Additionally, the substance is separated from many of the other cannabinoids and terpenes found naturally in the plant, taking away from what is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect.’
Isolate derived CBD is best for individuals who have specific needs such as stringent workplace drug rules to keep in mind.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD, on the other hand, contains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavinoids, and other naturally occurring substances from the cannabis sativa plant. This also includes THC, as it is produced naturally by the plant. This means that all full spectrum CBD products have a small THC content. Typically, full spectrum CBD products have a THC content of less than 3% as anything higher would be categorized as a marijuana product instead.
Researchers have found that the ‘entourage effect’ provided by full spectrum CBD has beneficial effects for managing pain, anxiety, inflammation, cancer, epilepsy, and fungal infections. However, more research needs to be done in these fields and continues to progress as the scientific community takes an interest in CBD.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD is the compromise between full spectrum CBD and isolate CBD. CBD products categorized as broad spectrum CBD have all the cannabinoids and other substances found in full spectrum CBD, with the sole exclusion of THC. In other words, all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavinoids found in full spectrum CBD are present, without THC. Products that are classified as broad spectrum CBD seek to make full use of the ‘entourage effect,’ just without the THC.
This process still has its disadvantages. Because broad spectrum products are typically created in a process called THC remediation, possible degradation of the CBD could possibly occur. Additionally, some research shows the necessity of THC for the ‘entourage effect’ to fully take effect.
Which one is best for me?
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