Cannabidiol, or what is commonly referred to as CBD, has quickly become the most sought-after natural medicine in the world. Known for a host of ailments it can help to treat, millions have begun a CBD routine that has put them on the path to whole-body wellness.
Despite the popularity of CBD, there are still some skeptics. Many people associate CBD with marijuana, and while CBD is found in the Cannabis sativa plant, the effects of CBD are not the same.
The Difference Between CBD and THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive chemical found in cannabis that causes the sensation of getting “high”. Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. CBD is psychoactive, but not in the same manner as THC, as it doesn’t produce the high. CBD is shown to help with anxiety, depression, and seizures.
If your new to CBD, you may be asking, “Wait! There’s more than one kind?” The answer to that is yes. Getting started with a CBD routine may be confusing and you will come across some terms that you won’t understand. Such terms will most likely include CBD isolate and full-spectrum. These terms refer to what part or parts of the cannabis plant are in CBD products. Allow us to explain.
CBD Isolate is exactly what you would assume…pure, isolated CBD. In order to produce CBD isolate, all of the other chemicals and compounds are extracted, including THC, leaving behind the CBD in crystal form. This step is completed through a filtration process. Then, the “winterization process” takes place. This process removes any leftover plant waxes or plant material that may still be present after the filtration process. The end result is a fine, white powder that is 99% CBD with no distinctive taste or smell, that is easy to consume. CBD isolate contains no THC, making it the best option for anyone who is sensitive to THC or is subject to regular or random drug tests.
Full-spectrum CBD is the exact opposite of CBD isolate. CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum CBD contains all of these cannabinoids. Full-spectrum CBD also contains all of the other beneficial hemp plant compounds such as essential vitamins and minerals; beneficial fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6; plant-based proteins and fibers; chlorophyll; terpenes (unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of the cannabis plant); and flavonoids (chemicals that are responsible for a plant’s color, smell, and flavor). Because full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids present in cannabis, this means that THC is included. In order for full-spectrum CBD to be sold and distributed legally, the product must have a THC content of less than 0.3%.
Research suggests that when all of the cannabinoids and plant matter work together, it is more effective than one cannabinoid working alone. This is what is referred to as the “Entourage Effect”. The Entourage Effect is the result of many components of the cannabis plant interacting with the body to boost the effectiveness of all the chemical compounds than any one of those components acting alone, making the overall plant material, and eventually the CBD, that much more powerful.
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