CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant along with all other compounds and cannabinoids, except THC.
CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant along with all the other compounds and cannabinoids.
With continued research, a brighter, healthier, more natural future could be right around the corner!
Broad Spectrum CBD
In closing, I want to reiterate that any one type isn’t better than the others.
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.
To create a CBD product, the cannabinoid content is extracted from the Cannabis plant, using methods such as CO2 extraction.
Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids.
Research is still ongoing, but it is believed that the compounds from the entire cannabis plant work together synergistically to deliver even greater benefits. This is known as the ‘entourage effect’ and is a reason why broad-spectrum oils are the preferred choice for many.
Choosing the right hemp is just the start. The oil needs to be carefully removed from the plant (more specifically the leaves) to prevent damaging the delicate compounds within. The most common methods of extraction use liquid solvents such as butane or ethanol, but these can leave trace impurities and potentially toxic residue in the oil.
There are a few final enhancements to make the CBD products the best they can be. Healthspan adds olive oil to the High Strength CBD capsules to help absorption. The Super Strength capsules have a gastro-resistant coating that is better tolerated by the body, dissolving in the lower intestine. Finally, a hint of peppermint oil in the CBD Oral Drops improves their taste.
What are full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate CBD?
First, a quick reminder: cannabidiol, or CBD, is sourced from the hemp plant, a member of the Cannabis Sativa L. family. But unlike the marijuana strain of the cannabis plant, hemp contains very low levels of THC – the ingredient in cannabis that is associated with a ‘high’. As such, CBD is safe, legal, and has no addictive or psychoactive effects.
This is slightly different to ‘full-spectrum’ CBD oil, which has no cannabinoids removed at all, and therefore still contains noticeable levels of THC. As the name suggests, ‘CBD isolate’ is CBD when it has been separated from all other cannabinoid compounds. Although CBD isolate products contain the highest and purest levels of CBD, they are missing all other cannabinoids.
You may have seen the terms ‘full-spectrum’, ‘broad-spectrum’ and ‘isolate’ when reading about CBD. Healthspan’s CBD oil is defined as ‘broad-spectrum’. This means that as much THC as possible has been removed from the CBD, while all other cannabinoids have been untouched.
To make Healthspan CBD, an advanced process is used, called ‘supercritical fluid extraction’, which uses non-toxic CO2 as the solvent. This process is carried out at high pressures but a low temperature, meaning the desired cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are extracted intact. Unwanted plant matter such as lipids, waxes and chlorophyll are removed during this process, resulting in a clearer, more golden-coloured CBD oil. This is especially important for Healthspan CBD Oil Drops, as it removes the “yucky” taste you might experience with lower-quality oils, which are typically darker in colour.