In this article I would like to discuss the differences in CBD oils in the market! In recent years CBD(Cannabidiol) use has skyrocketed. The ways you can ingest it are as diverse as the myriad of products out there!
The most popular medicine In 1870
You can take it sublingual which was the accepted way for centuries. In 1870 the most popular medicine on the shelf in the Apothecary was Cannabis Oil and it was prescribed for a plethora of reasons. In today’s world you can eat your CBD when infused into edibles, you can vape the oil, which is becoming more and more popular as you can vape it and mix the CBD oil with Nicotine vape juice, you can use it topically in creams or patches, and I have even seen an Anal delivery method! Along with that there are several kinds of oil. There is Full Spectrum, Multi Spectrum and Isolate. We’ll go over them later in the article. Each one has its own set of benefits and will vary from person to person.
New methods of delivering the CBD to our system are always being experimented nowadays as everyone is looking for the best method to deliver. As I mentioned there are different types of oil. The industry standard for centuries, Yes centuries, lol, was the Full Spectrum Extract known as Cannabis Oil. In the Old West in the USA it was referred to by many a traveling salesman as Snake Oil! “Good for what ails ya”. The full spectrum Cannabis oil extracted with solvents can be made from RAW cannabis or Activated Cannabis. More on that later. For all intents and purposes you can consider the full spectrum oil to have all the compounds in the plant you are extracting from. For centuries this was considered the the Holy grail of medicine as it had effects on so many discomforts and ailments.
Then there are the Multi Spectrum extracts which are done with varying types of extraction, most of which use pressure and heat. The amount of heat and pressure determines which compounds are being extracted. They have some of the compounds that come out at the same pressure and heat, typically Terpenes. These are used for different purposes and usually is dependent on individual tastes and comfort.
And finally we have the “Isolate” This has become very popular as the extraction processes have become better and better. In 2014 the best method of extraction was CO2. It is very efficient and you can pinpoint the exact pressure and temperature to isolate the one compound. The problem with pressure extractions is some of the molecules are broken. Even though they will test as being there say 1000 mg of CBD. Only 50% of it might be Bio-available. Bio-availability is the most important thing! This my personal favorite of all. I combine the CBD isolate with my medical marijuana increasing the health benefits of using cannabis as a healing medicine.
So people are not only confused about which kind of oil will be effective for them and what to buy but which oil which way? You can consume any of the oils in any of the delivery methods. What you need to be careful with is that you get the CBD differently with each different method and oil. Sublingually by vaping is considered the best and most Bioavailable method to deliver the CBD. This seems to be better than sublingual oil as most people end up swallowing half or more of the oil then digesting it which you get it much slower to your blood system thru your digestive tract.
Actually, medicinally under a doctors care, intravenous delivery is possible. But back to us. The only problem with vaping is not everyone wants to vape all that much all day. Some people use upwards of 100 or more mg of the oil sublingual a day and the proponents of vaping say vaping is eight times more bio-available. That would mean you only have to vape 12 to 15 mg as opposed to 100 mg of sublingual oil. For a smoker that is nothing but if you don’t already vape it’s a lot! And now there are full spectrum vapes, multi spectrum vapes and isolated vapes LOL. The choices can be daunting. Keep in mind that isolated CBD is different from full-spectrum CBD extract or multi spectrum in that it only contains CBD and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, or healthy fatty acids that commonly result from the from the whole-plant extraction process.
Beware of all the vapes on the market. Make sure it is a reputable company and is being reviewed by third parties as there is a lot of junk out there right now!
100’s of active cannabinoids
Cannabis, with its complex chemical structure, contains 100’s of active cannabinoids aside from CBD. It also contains terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties, and are regarded as increasing the efficacy of cannabinoids. Kind of like an enhancer. 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. So a few years ago I was sure I wanted Isolated CBD but now as the science gets better I for one am going to try a full spectrum oil.
Whole-plant extracts typically contain a carefully measured amount of the cannabis plant’s most prominent cannabinoid, THC, and it all depends on the plants DNA. In many countries, a certain percentage of THC is illegal, so it is vital to know the amount of this cannabinoid when manufacturing products that contain full-spectrum CBD. When present together, CBD and its cannabinoid colleagues, as well as terpenes, produce what is known as an entourage effect. The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes has been shown to increase the healing properties of each. In the US the threshold is .3% THC in the live plant. This is how the law reads but you will still see oil on the market that says the oil contains less than .3% THC which is bending the regulation a bit!
A study published by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research,(https://providahealth.com/2018/03/23/cannabis-study-full-spectrum-cannabis-extracts-medically-effective-cbd-alone/) which aimed its focus on the effectiveness of CBD isolate compared to full-plant extract, supported the concept of full spectrum extracts, stating in its summary that “in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered. The results all indicate that CBD is only effective against swelling and pain at a certain dose, and that cannabis solutions containing a full range of cannabinoids will continue to provide corresponding effects as the dosage is increased.” Given the results of this study, it would seem to confirm that full-spectrum extract is preferable over CBD isolate for most CBD users, but CBD isolate is still frequently used and believed by some to be more effective than full-plant extract.
This belief is led by the idea that CBD is the only medically sought after cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, aside from THC. Many CBD isolate users are under the impression that by consuming only the CBD cannabinoid and no terpenes or any other “unnecessary” components of the plant, they are getting a more powerful or effective dose of CBD. When vaping a CBD extract, which as stated previously, is considered to be the most efficient and quick-acting method of administering CBD, isolate users may feel that they are taking the most efficient route to CBD consumption. While this method might be efficient, the lack of entourage effect means the benefits are reduced when compared to full-spectrum CBD consumption. This is all new and I am an ISOLATE user so here I go PRACTICING again.
CBD Isolate Does Have Something To Offer
However, CBD isolate does have something to offer CBD users that full-spectrum extracts does not. The fact that full-spectrum extracts invariably contain low levels of THC means that some users prefer to play it safe and stick to pure CBD by itself, out of fear of failing a drug test or experiencing a form of “high”, although both of these occurrences have been found to be fairly unlikely.
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 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.
Healthier You and Me
With all that said there is a lot to be benefitted from the THC free variety of cbd hemp oil. Isodiol has developed a way to make a full spectrum extract that has even the trace amounts of THC removed. Many people have an aversion to any kind of THC. So industrial hemp and the new science may be the way to a healthier you and me!
CBDA and THCA
Going back to something I said earlier that I would like to explain. The difference between raw cannabis CBDA and THCA and activated CBD and THC. There are NO psychoactive properties to RAW Cannabis. It is considered a Super Food! In order to change CBDA to CBD and THCA to THC it must be heated (decarboxylated) in order to activate either compound. So if you are a healthy person and just looking to pump up your system go for the Full Spectrum Raw Cannabis Oil.
Constant Evolving Market!
This all serves to underline the importance of testing CBD extract for the various levels of active ingredients. If your homemade CBD extract contains a high amount of THC it could be illegal in your country and require you use either a different method of extraction, or more likely, the need to find a source of hemp that has lower THC. As more scientific literature emerges supporting the entourage effect, and increased benefits of full-spectrum CBD compared to CBD isolate, we can expect the manufacture and sale of CBD goods based around isolate and the other spectrums to be a constant evolving market!
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I really hope that I have helped explain the differences in CBD oils!