Understanding The Types of CBD

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Understanding The Different Types of CBD

If you’ve shopped for CBD, you’ve heard the terms isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum.

Understanding their meanings will help you choose the best product for your needs.

Industrial hemp plants contain over 100 cannabinoids including CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, and less than .3% THC. The different names for CBD products refer to how much of what is in the container.

All three types of CBD have their place and benefits, depending on what you’re looking for. First, we’ll explore the differences, and then we’ll discuss the best choice for you.

CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate lives up to its name. It’s 99.5% pure CBD that’s been isolated from the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plant through an extraction process.

Isolate is adaptable. It can be placed directly under your tongue, made into capsules, added to joints and pipes or dabbed on its own. You can use it to boost the strength of CBD tinctures, make your own edibles, infuse body, and hair care products; you’re only stopped by your imagination.

While isolate can be used in many ways, it’s essential to pay attention to dosing. Scientists report single-molecule CBD is effective only within a specific range of milligrams. Therapeutic value drops significantly when doses don’t meet or exceed that window. The best way to determine the most effective dose is by slowly and incrementally, increasing the amount you ingest until you feel relief. This process is called titrating.

When dosed correctly, isolated CBD can help reduce pain, inflammation, and insomnia, among other things. Its versatility makes CBD isolate a valuable addition to your medicine cabinet.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full Spectrum CBD products are rapidly gaining popularity and rightfully so; people report great results.

A study from Israel published online in the February 2015 Pharmacology & Pharmacy, compared single-molecule CBD with full spectrum CBD. It concluded that, unlike isolate, the beneficial effects of full spectrum CBD increase with the dose, and it doesn’t lose its efficacy if more than needed is taken.

Made from the whole hemp plant, full spectrum CBD gives your body the benefit of a cascade of endocannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils that work together to provide a more well-rounded effect than isolated CBD alone.

A product made with full spectrum CBD oil delivers measurable amounts of CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, and less than .3% THC. In what is dubbed as The Entourage Effect, the endocannabinoids in Full Spectrum products work together to go deeper and last longer, with less needed for relief.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Take the .3% THC out of Full Spectrum and you have Broad Spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum is the name for CBD products that have all the cannabinoids except THC. Broad spectrum works well for people who are regularly drug-tested for their jobs or for other reasons are uncomfortable ingesting any amount of THC but still want to receive the other cannabinoids.

Which Should You Choose?

Selecting the CBD product that’s right for you depends on what you’re looking for and why you’re taking it. All threes types provide benefits; one is only better than the other based on your needs.

CBD Isolate

Choose isolate to experience the feeling of pure CBD without any additives. It’s also recommended if you require high doses of CBD.

  • Advantages
    • Flavorless
    • Versatile
    • Can be used to boost full spectrum products
    • THC free
    • No risk of psychoactive side effects
  • Disadvantages
    • Studies are showing full spectrum products to have more efficacy

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD is the right choice if you’re not concerned about ingesting THC, and want to experience the wide range of benefits that products rich in cannabinoids offer.

Choose full spectrum CBD to help with pain, inflammation, headaches, anxiety, and more.

  • Advantages
    • Delivers a range of cannabinoids generating the entourage effect including less than .3% THC
    • Does more with less intake

Broad Spectrum

Choose Broad Spectrum CBD when you want as close to full spectrum as you can get, but without the THC. Meanwhile, keep in mind, studies are showing that having THC in the mix increases the efficacy of the CBD molecule. Of the three types, broad spectrum is the least researched to date.

  • Advantages
    • Delivers a range of cannabinoids generating the entourage effect without THC
    • Does more with less intake
    • No risk of psychoactive side effects

No matter which type or types of CBD you choose, experimenting with dose, repetition and intake method is the ideal way for you to determine what works best for your body. It may take a bit of trial and error, but once you fine-tune your dose, you’ll be sitting pretty!

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