What is CBD?
As more and more countries pass legislation to legalise the use of cannabis and cannabis byproducts, it’s time to understand the products out there, available to consumers that will vastly improve their lives.
For starters, let's look at the plant itself.
The cannabis plant contains a variety of phytocannabinoids, chemicals that affect both the body and the brain, of which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) both have medicinal properties.
Unlike its THC counterpart, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the user. However, it can produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have significant benefits.
While THC provides that plant’s famous “high” and stimulates the appetite, CBD acts more of an anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant. Hemp, the least processed form of cannabis, is where we’d find our medicinal CBD.
Are All CBD Products Created Equally?
Like other crops, farmers can selectively breed marijuana plants to produce varying levels of chemicals to get the desired effect when used or consumed. It’s important to know that there is a significant difference between CBD and a full-spectrum CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid products.
What's the difference?
You might be asking what the difference is? Many CBD products on the market don’t come from organically grown hemp. They come from low-dose THC marijuana strains which in order to extract CBD use harsh chemical solvents to isolate CBD and thus remove all other naturally occurring cannabinoids and other essential nutrients and compounds.
By using organically grown hemp, instead of low-dose THC strains of marijuana, the utilising of harsh chemical solvents is completely avoided. The proper way to extract CBD is to utilise a responsible CO2 extraction method to extract the CBD, as well as, other cannabinoids, nutrients, and compounds.
Many products on the market state the use of CO2 extraction, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is free of harsh chemical solvents like hexane and heptane. Low-dose THC strains can first go through a CO2 extraction method, but the problem is that THC limits far outweigh the mandated limits. To compensate for these higher than mandated THC levels, they isolate CBD by using harsh chemical solvents.
The result is residual traces of these harsh chemical solvents remain in their product, and because these traces of harsh chemical solvents are below federally mandated disclosures, you may be unknowingly ingesting these harsh chemical solvents.
Ideally, CBD companies want to use organically grown hemp, instead of low-dose THC marijuana plants, like the process that CDB4Me™ has adopted with a responsible CO2 extraction method, extraction retains not only a natural CBD product but all the other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and other essential nutrients and compounds, void from many other CBD products.
The Entourage Effect
The entourage effect is a synergistic effect that has shown to magnify the therapeutic effect of CBD hemp oil. When comparing CBD levels, one might think that 30-milligrams of synthetic single-molecule CBD is equivalent to 30-milligrams of a CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid extract, or a product with 50-milligrams of synthetic single-molecule CBD is superior over a 25-milligram mix of CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid extract.
It all works better when they work together. Keep in mind that it’s not just about the CBD molecule by itself, but the whole plant full-spectrum extract that retains the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, nutrients, and compounds which are lost in other extraction methods.
When CBD oil is extracted using best practices, securing a full-spectrum of molecules there is a retention of these beneficial terpenes and other compounds.
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