Cannabis products have flooded the internet and mainstream media, with thousands of users attesting to their recreational and medical efficacy. As popularity increases, you should understand the three main cannabidiol types available on the market. They include CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD oil.
Any Full spectrum CBD product contains all compounds that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. These compounds include:
- Cannabinoids – cannabis plants contain CBD, THC, and over 100 cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the main compounds behind the psychoactive and therapeutic effects of cannabis formulations.
- Terpenes – the plant contains over 150 terpenes, which are responsible for the plant’s fragrance or smell. Terpenes also have therapeutic effects.
- Flavonoids – the cannabis plant has 20 flavonoids. Like terpenes, flavonoids have therapeutic effects and are anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-cancer.
Because of this composition, full-spectrum CBD oils are more potent than pure CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD, lengthily known as cannabidiol, is a prominent cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. CBD is among the over 100 chemical compounds or cannabinoids in the hemp and cannabis Sativa plants. Nearly all CBD products are manufactured from help species of Cannabis Sativa plant.
The two widely used cannabinoids are:
- Cannabidiol (CBD) – is derived from the hemp plant and doesn’t have a high feel.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – is the psychoactive compound responsible for the high/euphoric feel of cannabis plants.
Hemp and marijuana species of cannabis plants contain CBD and THC. However, hemp plants have less than 0.3% THC, while marijuana has high THC levels.
Does CBD Get You High?
CBD is one of the two main active compounds of the cannabis Sativa plant. However, unlike THC, CBD won’t get you high. However, it slightly alters your consciousness, you experience less pain and feel comfortable and mellow. It is worth noting that some CBD products contain minimal amounts of THC.
What Are Full-Spectrum CBD Products?
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain low levels of THC, usually less than 0.3%. However, you should be wary as THC levels, and concentration of hemp-derived CBD products can increase as they are converted into concentrates during manufacturing. You should research and check independent agencies’ results before purchasing CBD products.
Hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD products have various applications, which include:
- As a pain reliever
- Treatment of seizure symptoms
- Relieves muscle spasms
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Anxiety relief
What Are Broad-Spectrum CBD Products?
Broad-spectrum CBD products closely resemble full-spectrum CBD but slightly vary in their formulation. Broad-spectrum CBD products contain very low or zero THC amounts. However, they are more effective than CBD isolates because they have more compounds responsible for causing the entourage effect.
What Are CBD Isolate Products?
CBD isolate products are the purest form of CBD. They are a good option for first-time users looking to experiment with the potential benefits of CBD without the effects of other cannabinoids found in cannabis plants that can alter results. Isolates are refined, have no discernable odor or taste, and don’t appear in a drug test.
Where to Buy Full-Spectrum CBD Products?
The best place to buy full-spectrum CBD products and other approved nonprescription CBD products is from cannabis dispensaries. These are legally licensed stores that sell marijuana. Buying from a reputable CBD retailer is safe because they are regulated and highlight the exact amounts of CBD and THC in the product. Generally, you should avoid nonprescription CBD products.
The entourage effect makes full and broad-spectrum CBD more potent. While more studies should be done to ascertain the health benefits of all CBD types, preliminary studies have linked CBD with several health benefits. First-time users should try CBD isolates. You should also shop carefully to avoid scams and fake products in the current competitive market and consult a healthcare professional before using them.
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