THC is one of the cannabinoids involved in the “entourage effect” stated earlier so it is ideal for inclusion in CBD supplementation. A recent article on full-spectrum CBD demonstrates the importance of THC inclusion by stating, “In hemp THC is a minor constituent and appears only in trace amounts under 0.3% by dry weight, as required by the U.S. government for hemp products. THC mimics the action of anandamide, a neurotransmitter naturally produced in the human body, and binds to CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system found mostly in the brain. The extremely low levels of THC in hemp make hemp oil non-psychoactive and safe for all ages to use.”
The increased popularity of CBD has led many users to raise questions about the methods of extracting and administering CBD. The main question is which form provides the most effective range of medical benefits for the user. The two most common forms of extracted CBD found in stores are full-spectrum (whole-plant extract) and pure CBD isolate. Most users prefer the full-spectrum option. As CBD’s usefulness for medical purposes has become more accepted over the years, new methods of administering it have continued to evolve.
The public profile of CBD has soared in recent years, with users using it to treat all manner of ailments and conditions. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple oral consumption to topical use and even vaping. There are two main forms of CBD on the market. These are ‘full spectrum’ CBD and CBD isolate. There are a number of key differences between the two, which we will look at in this article. We will also look at methods of consumption, as this can have dramatic impact on the efficacy of CBD. As we will see, full-spectrum CBD is more popular, and for good reason, but isolate has certain benefits that might appeal to different CBD users.
The wide range of benefits contained in full-spectrum CBD extracts means some CBD merchants have either ceased to sell, or scale down the promotion of CBD isolate, in comparison to the whole-plant extract variety. Companies and individuals who extract CBD themselves are realising that cannabis has more to offer medicinally than just CBD or THC, and that there is little to no reason to not include all that this “super-plant” has to offer in the extraction process.
Cannabis, with its complex chemical structure, contains over 100 active cannabinoids aside from CBD. It also contains terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties, and are regarded as increasing the efficacy of cannabinoids. Although they are not rated as important as CBD when it comes medical benefits, some of these other cannabinoids have been found to have symptom alleviating qualities as well. The cannabinoids CBN and CBG for example, are found in most full-spectrum extracts and studies have shown that both contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pain relieving properties.
Ian Jones is a journalist based in Manchester, England. He specialises in technology and food, with a heavy focus on vaping, CBD and medicinal drugs. He began writing professionally over 15 years ago and is a regular contributor to New Scientist, Vice and the Daily Mirror. He is also the resident CBD expert at the respected vaping website Spinfuel. He began looking at CBD in detail after discovering that it cured his mother’s arthritis, and has since become a leading figure in the UK when it comes to educating people about the CBD extraction process and exploring its curative properties.
This has left some users concerned not just with which form of extracted CBD is most effective or what the proper dosage for them may be, but also with which method of supplementation gives the user the most relief in the right amount of time. Some of the most common methods include applying it sublingually, topically, or taking it in capsules. Vaping cbd is regarded by many to be the most bio-available way to administer, and as such, this has led to an increase in the demand for CBD isolate. This form of CBD is different from full-spectrum CBD extract in that it only contains CBD and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, or healthy fatty acids that commonly result from the whole-plant extraction process.
Cannabinoids are what certain parts of the cannabis plant are called. They are – simply put – chemical connections. These connections occur both in the cannabis plant and in every mammal. Therefore also in our human body. THC and CBD are the only two known cannabinoids out of countless others found in the hemp plant. Science has found that cannabinoids act on the human nervous system. Through our own so-called endocannabinoid system.
In addition to pure CBD isolates and full spectrum oils, there is a third term: Broad spectrum oil. This is basically a mixture of both oils. A broad spectrum product contains CBD, terpenes and other ingredients. As with CBD isolate, however, no traces of THC are to be found here. This is completely removed. Therefore, just like the isolate, it is particularly suitable for people who are suspicious of cannabinoids or for people with regular drug screenings. An ‘entourage effect’ cannot be expected with these products.
What are cannabinoids?
To produce a CBD productthe desired ingredients must be extracted from the plant. We at HERBLIZ only use the gentle CO2 method for this purpose. Besides CBD other contents such as terpenes and other cannabinoids are also filtered out. Only useful hemp plants from European cultivation are used for this purpose. This hemp naturally has a low THC content. For legal cultivation we only use plants with a THC content of less than 0.2%.
After extraction it is possible to isolate individual components. A hemp plant naturally contains much more than just cannabinoids. Terpenes and flavonoids are both interesting and helpful for CBD products. Among other things they are responsible for the aromat. Depending on which product is planned, the desired ingredients are isolated. The particular substances then also determine the name of the product.
Furthermoreany trace of THC is removed. This makes CBD-Isolates also interesting for athletes and competitive athletes. People who regularly undergo drug tests in their jobs make the safest decision with these products in the range.