Types of CBD Defining CBD Products
There are a lot of CBD products out there, I mean wow. It goes to show that the force of a new product in the hands of the public makes our work ethic great. Not all CBD is created equally, but that’s not what I want to discuss today.
Right now I’d like to inform you about the three types of CBD being sold. The pros and cons of each one and answer the claims of CBD needing THC to work.
With that being said let’s start with CBD Isolate. CBD Isolate is the isolated molecule of CBD from the hemp plant. The pros of this are no fear of THC showing up on a drug test for a job you love. Some people have histamine reactions to the abundant amount of terpenes inside other CBD products, not isolate. It tends to price a little cheaper in some areas, and it’s what oversea studies are using to conduct experiments. I’m assuming they use the isolated molecule so that other cannabinoids don’t interfere with their findings. Some cons to CBD Isolate. Even with winterization and CO2 extractions, CBD Isolate is chemically formed. Isolating any molecule takes a lot of chemistry so the process isn’t as straight forward as a full-spectrum oil would be. They extract the oils and then work on removing all but the CBD from the oil.
This could be a cause for concern to some people and I understand why. I remember my first experience with CBD was at a head shop and they had 99% CBD. At the time one gram was going for $100. Down the row was some 65% CBD and that cost around $35 so we bought that. Now there isn’t any 65% CBD Isolate on the market today and 99% isolate averages $30 a gram retail.
I can say the 65% purity was just gross. Whatever remained in the 35% that wasn’t CBD burned my throat and tasted like chemicals with a hint of cherry. It was soon after this experience I hunted for a CBD Isolate company I could trust. I found Infinite CBD, and they invited me to tour their facility. It was amazing, clean and I signed an NDA so I can’t so much more. I was very impressed with the company and they became my second company before I opened a store.
The Cons of CBD Isolate is more nuanced than anything. It’s obviously missing things like terpenes, though Infinite CBD actually adds terpenes to certain products to give more therapeutic relief. It’s missing the other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and small amounts of THC. Like I stated before it requires chemistry making the production of isolate not all-natural. Though all the plant products that they use are organic. When working chemistry, organic tends to become less over the course of the isolation process. Just some of the things that might sway someone to not chose an isolated product over the other choices. We did our due diligence and found a clean respected Isolate company that people do love.
Next on the list is Broad Spectrum. Whenever you see a product that says “Full Spectrum” THC Free it’s technically a broad-spectrum product. Broad-spectrum just means it has all the bells and whistles but they remove the THC during the extraction process. This method isn’t as in-depth as the isolation of the molecule. They can remove the THC as it’s being processed. On the pros list, this also won’t allow for a drug test fail. The pros go from having the extra cannabinoids like CBN and CBG. They also retain all the terpenes, so if you’re considering CBD but don’t like THC this is a great space to start.
The cons do come in as if you are allergy-prone, the terpenes can cause a histamine reaction. I’ve actually had to switch some products out for people who come back saying these products caused them to itch and such. In all reality, I’d say Broad Spectrum does have the least amount of cons or at least the same cons as both Isolate and Full Spectrum have. Some being the process to make it isn’t straight forward so you do lose some of that natural nutrients during the process of removing the THC. I did say some companies can remove the THC during the extraction process but this requires some machinery and knowledge.
A lot of companies take the oil and hit it with chemistry to remove the THC resulting in a product not so natural. Though the company I chose first was a Broad Spectrum company called CBD Living. They also utilize nanotechnology throughout their entire product line and you can’t read about that here. This process doesn’t stand for all companies. Pachamama released a THC Free line of Topicals and they still retain their clean label purity award.
If you have a chance check it out and just click The Clean Label Project. They take anyone who wants their product tested. They test it and grant an award if things like residual content are low and the products stated strength is right. Surprisingly enough some companies miss that mark by 700% so be careful. Anyway, my point is this company manages to make a Broad Spectrum without losing the purity award, an award only 3 CBD companies have obtained.
Last on this list is Full Spectrum. Full Spectrum is easy to explain, easy to make, and by far the most natural process of extraction. Some pros include all the extra cannabinoids, rich and healthy in terpenes, and little to no chemistry involved. I specifically went after companies using CO2 extractions. CO2 dissipates from the by-product fast and effectively leaving little to none behind. I wanted to stay away from Ethanol extraction due to residual by-product and the fact that Ethanol breaks down chlorophyll and isn’t great for precise extractions. The first Full Spectrum company I worked with was NuLeaf Naturals. This brings me to the cons of Full Spectrum Oils.
Almost all reputable companies making and selling Full Spectrum products have something patented. For NuLeaf it was the plant itself. They worked for years reverse-engineering the genetics of the plant to come up with a plant that was as close to original hemp as possible and they hold a patent for it. It’s good because you can try the small 240mg and if you like and want more 5 months later and buy the 1450mg bottle, it’s the same oil.
Pachamama uses single source origin meaning they don’t use different farms when the supply is running low but they also have patents pending for how they extract. This company sold me when they told me they extract the CBD without any solvents. Considering water is solvent this impressed me and the reviews were very promising. My favorite topical product is the Pain Cream and Icy Muscle Gel by them, these are Broad Spectrum products and they do carry a Full Spectrum topical called Athletic Rub, I use that from time to time and I really do like it. I just like the cooling effects produced by other products containing other things like licorice roots, arnica extract, peppermint oil, etc.
Cons on Full Spectrum again if you suffer from allergies the terpene content can cause a histamine reaction. If taken in large amounts for a long time it’s certainly possible to fail a drug test for THC and the biggest con is the hole in the wallet. Due to all these patents, single sourcing and trying to keep the product as clean as possible drives the prices up. For instance, a commonly sold Salve that’s an Isolate product is roughly half the price for twice as much CBD. This is usually the biggest deterrent to a full spectrum product. The same can apply to Broad Spectrum companies, mostly the price reflects the work they put into being natural, and overall good products.
Why do the types of CBD really matter? Some companies insist that Full Spectrum has a better effect due to a study in Israel comparing the types of CBD but mostly due to people saying it works better. I know for a fact CBD works fine without terpenes CBG, CBN, and the small amount of THC.
I also know that in Britain where a lot of studies are being done to substantiate claims of CBD are being done with just CBD Isolate. They can’t have any of the other cannabinoids or terpenes interfering with the results. Posted results from The European Journal of Pain have shown that in dogs CBD Isolate helps with Arthritis. They also have proof it helps with blood flow to the brain and says it could help to mitigate the effects of vascular dementia. So the claims of the entourage effect have some merit, but in my opinion, are mostly here say. Most people are referencing to one study versus 100s done with just CBD.
I found it important to give an in-depth look at all three types of CBD and let you decide what might work for you the best.
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