What is the difference? CBD is CBD right?
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Nano. Full Spectrum. Broad Spectrum. CBD Isolate. Winterized: Is there a difference?
Understanding CBD and all the “terms” can be very confusing. You see words such as hemp extract, hemp oil, full and broad spectrum, nano, isolates and many other terms. They all sound similar, but they are not all created equal.
So, what do they mean and how are they different?
Basically, they are used to define which type of CBD is used in a product. Each type presents important factors to consider, impact how they work for you and understanding the difference is essential for every person considering using CBD.
I want to start with what is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant, which is known as marijuana or hemp. Within the Cannabis plant, there is a classification of compounds known as cannabinoids. Among these classifications are two that you have probably heard over and over, CBD and THC. No CBD will not get you high. THC delivers the psychoactive effects associated with getting high. CBD does not, and is limited to containing only .03% THC. Cannabinoids come in a range or spectrum and can impact how the compound works for you and your body chemistry.
So, lets get to the meat of what you really need to know.
To create a CBD product, the cannabinoid content is extracted from the Cannabis plant, using methods such as CO2 extraction. Depending on the strain and classification used for extraction, the composition and cannabinoid profile will differ. Also what part of the plant extracted is critical. For example, I use hemp oil in my Soothing Hemp Lotion. Does the hemp oil or extract contain THC or CBD, no. Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds and leaves of the plant so the hemp oil has no benefits of relieving pain, inflammation, or helping with anxiety. That’s not to say that hemp oil isn’t excellent for the skin…it really is an amazing oil. What and how the plant is processed determines whether the CBD extract is full, broad, nano, winterized or CBD isolate. When you are looking to purchase a CBD product, you are looking for words like full spectrum, cbd, cannabinoid. If you see words like hemp oil, hemp extract you are not purchasing CBD. Just know, at the time that I am writing this Amazon does not sell CBD products so buyer beware you are probably just purchasing hemp oil/extract products.
What is CBD Isolate?
An isolate is the purest form of a compound, which is produced by extracting the compound from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds. An isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. Typically a CBD isolate is low in THC or in almost all cases non existent in THC content. This product is typically used in bath bombs, facial CBD products, and topical CBD pain balms. It is an excellent choice for these products because it gets the job done of helping relieve pain, inflammation, working as an antioxidant, and more. Usually an isolate, since it is THC free, will not interact with your medications. A product using an isolate usually does not show up on a drug test. But as always, consult your physician before using any CBD product or employer is concerned.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, other cannabinoids, and the natural essential oil. The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant work together to enhance the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. Perhaps you have heard the term “entourage effect”? That term simply means the sum of all the parts work together to create the most powerful results. In several studies, researchers found that test subjects administered with full spectrum CBD were provided with higher levels of relief, compared to other forms of CBD. I personally feel that the small amount of THC makes a huge difference. This product may interact with medications and it may show up on a drug test.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad spectrum CBD is a unique mixture between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like the isolate form of CBD, the broad spectrum is a product where the THC is completely removed. The unique mix comes in because the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract just like in the full spectrum product. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC. For individuals worried about passing a drug test, a broad spectrum or isolate product is the best choice. This product also has fewer opportunities in interact with medications. However, I feel it is not as strong as a full spectrum.
What is Nano CBD?
Nano CBD is a new type of hemp isolate. The extraction process removes the terpenes but leaves behind the purest form of CBD. It is the opposite of full spectrum CBD which retains the terpenes. In the manufacture of nano hemp CBD products, the process extracts oil through a CO2 process to eliminate impurities and toxins with no leave-behind chemicals. The extraction is as pure and clean as it comes in the world of CBD products. The oil goes through an emersion process which make each nano particle extremely powerful and potent. It is proven that because of how the compounds are processed they are able to enter your blood stream faster and work quicker. Another plus, you need to take less (if you are like me, I can’t stand all that oil under my tongue for 60 seconds) of this product. It does cost more, but on the plus side you use less.
What is Winterized CBD?
You may or may not ever hear this term when you purchase your CBD. It is how they process the plant. In short, winterizing the cannabis plant consists of soaking the CBD extract in alcohol and then freezing it. This helps to separate out the pure CBD from all other residual products, such as waxes, fats, and chlorophyll that is natural to the plant. By winterizing the plant, the CBD oil also contains fewer terpenes — and less of everything else in the plant, too, that’s not the pure CBD cannabinoids. However, one of the cons of winterizing CBD oil is that some people say removing the terpenes removes some of the health benefits of CBD oil. I personally look for products that do not use the winterized method of processing. It impacts the taste of the oil, smell of the product, and perhaps the effectiveness.
Now that you have a broad understanding of each type of CBD, you might feel better, be more confused, or wondering which one should I pick for myself. Every individual has different needs, and this determines which type of CBD is best for your unique conditions. The right type of CBD, the correct strength, and the process in which the product was created impacts how it will work for you.
If you have questions regarding if you should use CBD, please consult your physician. If you have questions regarding the best CBD route for you, the best strength, feel free to reach out to Soni’s Suds Soap. www.sonissudssoap.com.