WHAT IS CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of more than 100 naturally-occurring compounds found in cannabis plants, especially hemp. Millions of testimonials and mounting scientific evidence has shown it may be an effective treatment for a wide range of ailments. Because our CBD is made from hemp and has no THC, it produces no high and has no harmful side effects.
CBD has become a key ingredient in many mainstream sports nutrition supplements, beauty products and wellness products. CBD is widely used as a dietary supplement to help improve and protect the overall health of people and pets.
WHAT IS CANNABIDIOL OIL?
Cannabidiol oil is one of the most common approaches to taking CBD. It is made using hemp containing 0.3% TCH or less by either extracting the CBD from the plant, using the whole plant, or removing the THC only (see types of CBD below) and diluting the results into a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD oil may be taken via droplets under the tongue or by mixing it in a beverage. Another common method is to use CBD oil with MCT oil, the result is CBD + MCT Oil.
TYPES OF CBD
We’ve answered the questions, “What is CBD?” and “What is cannabidiol oil?” but there’s a little more to it than that. These are the three types of CBD you may run into.
CBD Isolate is CBD in its purest form. This is when the CBD chemical within hemp is extracted leaving behind all other compounds including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts and other cannabinoids. For years many believed this to be the superior option. However, research, countless tests and individual testimonials have shown pretty conclusively that this is not the case. The reason is, many of the other properties of the hemp plant, especially terpenes, create a synergy with the CBD that increases the benefits and potency of the end product. However, for those prescribed extremely high doses of CBD (usually in the cases of cancer or serious injury) this may be the most efficient way to get it all since it is so concentrated.
Full Spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds that naturally occur within the plant including the terpenes, essential oils and other cannabinoids. It creates what is referred to as the entourage effect. There is overwhelming evidence that Full Spectrum CBD is superior to CBD Isolate, beginning with a 2005 study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. This product contains a total delta-9-tetra-hydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry-weight basis. This means the product may contain three parts of THC per 1000 parts of oil by weight and is considered “THC-Free.”
Broad Spectrum CBD takes a middle approach. Broad Spectrum CBD uses the whole plant just like Full Spectrum CBD except for THC, which is removed almost completely. While on the surface, Broad Spectrum CBD may sound like the perfect compromise, it may turn out to be the case that the trace amounts of THC (too little to have any visible or experiential effect unless one is prescribed extremely high doses) could have a synergistic relationship with the whole that we simply haven’t discovered.