Over the past several years, FDA has issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved new drugs that allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD). As part of these actions, FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain. It is important to note that these products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease. Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products.
The main reason for the popularity of full-spectrum CBD is the presence of 0.3% THC which is actually enough to produce the little to mild psychoactive effects. The most common such effect is called the entourage effect. The entourage effect is a synergetic effect of various cannabinoids in full-spectrum CBD working together to produce a much-pronounced effect.
A key aspect of this activity is that CBD does not fit the receptors perfectly as in a lock and key mechanism. The imperfect attachment means the receptors are not activated. Furthermore, CBD prevents and actively blocks other cannabinoids from activating these receptors.
In this article, we learn about CBD Isolate. We also delve into the uses, dosage, effects, side effects, and safety of CBD isolate in its various forms (slab, powder, and oil). Finally, we look into the key differences between CBD isolate and its competing CBD product, the full-spectrum CBD.
CBD Isolate vs Full-Spectrum CBD
Contrary to popular belief, CBD isolates do not come with any serious safety risks as it is well-tolerated, produces no intoxication.
CBD isolate helps coordinate how a person can feel and think. It subsequently impacts other body functions directly or indirectly as well. There are several side effects studied and associated with CBD usage and these can vary widely. It takes around an hour or longer to fully activate and the most common body response is a calm increase in activity and focus.
The effects and side effects may vary due to the gender, nutrition, health, tolerance, or genetic makeup of the individual consumer. They are particularly helpful for people whose body is unable to produce sufficient amounts of cannabinoids.
Another very common and widely recommended method to consume CBD is by placing it under the tongue (sublingual). This is the quickest method of delivery.
I hope this month’s CBD journey was enlightening for you. The more research and studies we do on CBD, the more we realize how valuable this chemical compound. CBD can truly help with the mental symptoms of many diseases and disorders.
During Hydrocarbon extraction, butane (a flammable hydrocarbon gas) is “blasted” through the hemp. Like an ethanol extraction, this method also uses a harsh solvent. This is a very delicate process. Extreme care must be used in order to make sure the plant isn’t destroyed in the process.
We have come to the last blog of our CBD series. Throughout the course of the month, we’ve discussed the myths about CBD. We’ve also covered the physical and mental benefits of this chemical powerhouse. To conclude this series, we want to dive into CBD formulation. This way you know what to look out for when buying CBD products.
Before You Buy
This is just code for someone that is using an isolate without actually using the word “isolate”. It’s more appealing and tends to imply better quality. But in reality, an isolate is just a CBD powder that has been processed using toxic solvents.
Being a consumer in today’s world is a little tricky. Marketing and advertising often use key and buzz words to draw consumers in. They also try to create a sense of calm and healing in their imagery. Here are some things to keep an eye out for.
Currently, there is no USDA certification for hemp. However, some companies like to market their product as if it does. Because of this, the consumer can be tricked into thinking he or she is consuming something certified organic. Some companies will use a loophole. <95% of the product is USDA organic (like MCT Oil) then they can call the product organic.
This method is beneficial because there is no possibility of residue from the solvents. CO2 is “tune-able”. Meaning changes in temperature and pressure can affect what it extracts. This gives more control to the extractor.