How to Choose Your CBD: A Quick Guide
There are so many interesting and crazy varieties of CBD oil, tinctures, edible goods, and extracts that have flooded the marketplace as of late. Since the legalization of hemp under the Farm Bill act in 2018, American consumers have had increasing access to all kinds of creative CBD remedies.
In case you don’t know, CBD – otherwise known as cannabidiol – is one of the major organic compounds found in strains of hemp and cannabis flower buds. Research has shown that CBD can act as an effective inflammation fighter, anxiety reducer, and pain mitigator.
Through delicate extraction processes and treatments, many different types of CBD with varying quality, price, and health effects can be crafted. Depending on whatever you need, there’s great options available for you at your price point.
Isolate Vs. Full Spectrum Vs. Broad Spectrum CBD Products
For new users, one of the most confusing distinctions between CBD refers to its spectrum. To put it simply, different CBD products have varying levels of cannabidiol itself, other cannabinoids, and healthy cannabis extracts like terpenes, flavonoids, or plant oils.
CBD Isolate products are the most pure form of CBD, since they contain 0.0% THC (the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis) and no other type of cannabinoid. Additionally, these products are typically the most widely legal throughout the world. Since it’s tasteless and odorless, many consider it ideal for cooking and making creative homemade dishes.
On the other hand, broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD both refer to supplements that contain a full profile of terpenes, fatty acids, nutrients, and flavonoids. Many users believe these products, although typically more pricey, boast more healthy benefits due to something called the “Entourage effect”: all the different cannabinoids work in concert to amplify the effects of the CBD.
The only distinction between broad and full spectrum is that broad spectrum CBD does contain some amount of THC. In states where marijuana is legal, Broad Spectrum can be found in dispensaries and may even be cheaper than full spectrum since more extractions don’t have to be performed.
Oils Vs. Tinctures
Another important difference that consumers often conflate are CBD oils versus tinctures. While both can be consumed sublingually (under the tongue) and in food, they differ in taste, price, and effect.
To put it simply, any product that directly extracts CBD from the hemp plant and combines it with a carrier oil, whether it’s sunflower oil or peppermint oil, is considered a CBD Oil. Usually, these products are very highly concentrated since they aren’t cut with other elements of the hemp plant or other alcohols.
By contrast, CBD tinctures are liquid solutions that host CBD oil combined with other ingredients. Carrier oils, terpenes, minerals, or other compounds may be mixed in, either to craft a healthier product or to cut down on the manufacturer cost of the product. If you’re considering a tincture, make sure to research into reputable vendors who hold consumer safety close to heart.
These are just some of the main distinctions between the major different types of CBD products. Of course, there are any number of body creams, drinks, food, soft gel capsules, and vaporizable liquids on the market.