If you walked into any vape, head or CBD shop nowadays, you have sales people asking you that one question you may not know how to answer: “Are you looking for full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate-based products?”
A while ago it was “Of course, here are our CBD products” and that was that.
Nowadays you need to know about the Entourage effect, what’s best for illnesses, which has the most amount of Terpenes, Cannabinoids and other constituents of the hemp plant?
So let’s start with what most people are looking for nowadays – Full-Spectrum CBD. What this means to you, the consumer, is first and foremost, the Entourage effect which makes every ingredient work to it’s highest capability in tandem with your endocannabinoid system. Full Spectrum means you are getting a product that is made from the entire hemp plant including THC but only less than the federal maximum of THC allowed for those States where recreational marijuana usage is still not allowed. That level is less than %.3. this amount of THC will not set off drug tests UNLESS the drug test or tox screen is testing for Cannabinoids where anyone who uses any type of CBD would fail but since the farm act of 2018, most people have stopped that form of testing.
So besides the amount of psychoactive THC in full spectrum CBD products, you get terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, plant proteins from the original hemp source and of course, CBD. If the company that makes the product stands behind their product, they will provide for you a full lab report which includes the amount of CBD, CBD products like CBN, CBG, etc, cannabinoids, terpenes and tests for heavy metals and pesticides if any. If you buy your products online, look for any “Lab Report” links and read it over. You want a diverse mix of constituents to get the full entourage effect.
Next we have broad spectrum CBD. Basically broad spectrum is full spectrum without the THC, no THC at all through the distillation process. However you still get the sought after entourage effect with broad spectrum products.
Finally we have CBD isolate. Personally since I add my item terpene and Cannabinoids like CBG, I prefer CBD isolate simply because of its utter flexibility for making creams, balms, salves, edibles, your own tinctures, etc. CBD isolate is usually processed so well from full spectrum CBD that THC and all other molecules besides CBD are removed so it’s more than 99.5% pure with most products being quite close to 100% pure. Due to it being anhydrous, without water, it’s in a powder form that is easily absorbed in everything requiting no carrier oil like MCT products like coconut oil.
I make our soon to be sold pain cream with Isolate simply due to the amount of cannabis products already added to it such as CBG (cannabigerol AKA the mother of cannabinoids), very specific cannabis and botanical terpenes designed for specific ailments such as Myrcene or Pinene for pain and pain alone and other ingredients that will stay private until you read the label! Terpenes come in over 10 thousand different types but you can get away with knowing about the most popular 75-100 most used terpenes though time by medicine men, shamens, etc..
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