If you’ve ever purchased CBD products, then you’ve likely noticed that there are a lot of options out there, (which can be pretty overwhelming)! There is a lot to learn if you’re new to the world of CBD, and that’s where we come in. If you’re feeling unclear when you hear terms like “full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate,” then this article is for you. Today we will clear up some common misconceptions about CBD, and discuss the term CBD isolate so you can confidently understand what it really means.
So what exactly is CBD? Will it get you high? What does it taste like? How can it help? These are all very common questions that first-time CBD buyers ask. Here’s a quick overview on what CBD truly is:
Many people are unclear on the composition of CBD and how it relates to THC. THC and CBD are similar in that they are both components of the cannabis plant. However, THC is found in higher concentrations in the marijuana plant while CBD is often derived from hemp. CBD and THC are types of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant and interact with specialized receptors in the brain, nervous system, immune cells, and other organs to produce different types of effects. Some examples of cannabinoids include CBD, THC, CBN, CBG, and CBC. There over 100 different types of cannabinoids.
Phytocannabinoids are the cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant, while endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced in the human body.
Some of the common cannabinoids found in the human body include anandamide and 2-Ag. These cannabinoids are produced by the body’s endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is a specialized system composed of receptors, nerves, and enzymes. This system works in many ways to maintain homeostasis and balance inside of the human body.
When you take CBD, it actually helps your body more fully benefit from the effects of the naturally-produced endocannabinoids. By binding to the enzymes that would typically degrade cannabinoids and binding to the fatty acids that carry cannabinoids, CBD allows for a more abundant, free-flowing, supply of cannabinoids in the body.
Now that you have a general understanding of the composition of CBD and how it works inside the body, let’s talk about the different types of CBD and what distinguishes them. CBD isolate is one of three main types of CBD, the other types are broad-spectrum CBD and full-spectrum CBD.
Full spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids in addition to the CBD itself, including THC. Some people are reluctant to use full spectrum CBD since it contains THC but the small amount of THC in these products is highly unlikely to get a person high.
Broad spectrum CBD includes additional cannabinoids, with the exception of THC. This type of CBD is a great option for someone who is reluctant to ingest any THC but still wants to experience the powerful effects of CBD when combined with other cannabinoids.
CBD isolate is 100% pure CBD and nothing else. Although CBD isolate is often thought of as the more desirable option since it is more ‘pure’, this isn’t actually the case. CBD isolate is often stripped of the beneficial, natural components of the cannabis plant. Extracting the natural components from CBD involves more processing than other varieties of CBD, so CBD isolate isn’t always the better choice.
When taken together, cannabinoids like THC and CBD can work together to produce “the entourage effect.” Cannabinoids interact with different receptors in the body’s ECS and can complement the effects of one another. CBD complements the effects of THC, causing a more effective yet mild result.
For anyone who wants to fully benefit from their CBD products, we recommend trying a full or broad spectrum CBD oil. Cannabinoids truly work best when paired together. However, not everyone wants to ingest other types of cannabinoids, and that’s understandable!
Broad spectrum CBD oil may seem like the ideal choice for someone who wants to benefit from CBD but doesn’t want to take THC. However, every CBD product will be a little bit different and some broad spectrum CBD products may actually contain THC.
Even though CBD isolate may be more highly processed and doesn’t contain the other beneficial cannabinoids, it can still be a useful product. CBD itself is a very safe and useful product, when produced properly. If poorly extracted, CBD can obtain harmful chemicals like heavy metals during the extraction process.
The challenge with CBD and safety is that CBD is everywhere these days and users have to make sure to buy from a credible source. Always research the company that you are buying from. A credible CBD source should display safety certifications and independent batch results on their website. Don’t just buy CBD from the first place you can find it and definitely don’t buy it from a gas station or smoke shop!
When it comes to CBD, there is a plethora of information out there available for new users and it’s common to feel overwhelmed at first. CBD works inside of the body with specialized receptors of the endocannabinoids system, to offer targeted effects.
There are three main types of CBD and they vary depending on the cannabinoids that the products contain. Although CBD works best when paired with other cannabinoids, it is still okay to take CBD isolate. CBD isolate is a good choice for anyone who wants to experience the benefits of CBD but doesn’t want to risk taking any THC, whatsoever.
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