Not all CBD is created equal. To be a savvy buyer, it’s a good idea to know what to shop for. To be a smart CBD user, it’s absolutely critical that you know what you’re consuming.
That’s why we’ve prepared this CBD primer. You’ll learn:
Before jumping into the different varieties of CBD, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page as to what CBD is.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of at least 400 cannabinoids that’re found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant species. (THC is another cannabinoid; you may have heard something about it….) While CBD can come from the hemp or marijuana varieties of cannabis, it’s more abundant in hemp.
In addition to cannabinoids, CBD is chock full of other good stuff. Like terpenes and flavonoids. All of these compounds can produce therapeutic benefits. Studies, while limited, are continually finding new evidence showing how CBD may help with a vast array of mental and physical health conditions.
There are three types of CBD. Each kind has unique properties — like how much THC and other cannabinoids it contains. These differences result from how the CBD’s processed.
Its name pretty much gives you a huge clue about this kind of CBD. Nothing’s taken out. Full-spectrum CBD has a wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.
Most notably, in addition to CBD, full-spectrum contains a certain amount of THC. The amount of THC depends on the CBD’s source. CBD sourced from marijuana has more THC than its hemp counterpart. Because full-spectrum CBD contains THC, it could exceed the federal THC allowance of 0.3% or less.
One of the biggest benefits of full-spectrum CBD is that its effects might be more potent than other types of CBD. This is attributed to what’s known as the “entourage effect.” This is just a fancy term that suggests that your CBD may work better when teamed up with all the other compounds in the CBD.
Another positive is that full-spectrum CBD may be less processed than other forms of CBD. This is because the manufacturer is trying to preserve the THC (and other compounds) in the CBD oil. Minimal processing could also mean that your CBD is less adulterated and is closer to its natural form. (Processing often involves adding chemical or mechanical processes that can degrade the quality of the CBD or introduce other elements — like impurities — that you don’t want in your CBD.)
There are plenty of full-spectrum CBD products on the market. So, the sheer availability of this kind of CBD might be a good thing to you.
Remember all that lack of processing? Well, by not taking out other substances from the CBD, you’re also retaining the elements that can influence the CBD’s flavor and smell. Full-spectrum CBD can have a strong taste and odor — sometimes described as weedy, skunky or “natural” — which may be a turn off for some. It also means that full-spectrum CBD may be harder to disguise in recipes.
Plus, with the THC still in the CBD extract:
Again, the name kind of gives it away. Like full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD has a diversity and abundance of cannabinoids and other compounds. The major difference between the two kinds of CBD: the quantity of THC. Broad-spectrum CBD is manipulated to remove or reduce the amount of THC.
The absence of THC is an attractive feature for many consumers. Processing the THC out of broad-spectrum CBD is done for a few key reasons:
Additionally, broad-spectrum CBD is less processed than Isolate CBD.
The two main drawbacks to broad-spectrum CBD are similar to the cons of full-spectrum CBD. And, they’re somewhat subjective. Broad-spectrum CBD can:
Consumers who like the psychoactive effects of THC might also give broad-spectrum CBD a thumbs down.
All of Pure Craft’s CBD products are made with their nano-optimized (making the cannabinoids smaller for max absorption) broad-spectrum CBD. Our CBD comes from high-grade American hemp and is repeatedly tested for quality. This is a boon for you because you’re getting:
If all that weren’t enough, how about this? Pure Craft also offers great value for your CBD dollars, excellent service and generous policies. You’ll enjoy our great CBD products and your online shopping experience!
Isolate CBD is CBD all by itself. It’s the cheapest and easiest type of CBD to produce because only one compound is being extracted. Perhaps because of this, isolate dominates the marketplace.
With all the benefits of CBD’s fellow cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, you may wonder why anyone would choose the version with all that good stuff stripped away? Here are some upsides to isolate CBD:
Isolate CBD can be a good option for those who don’t want or can’t have other compounds found in full- or broad-spectrum CBD. CBD “beginners” sometimes gravitate towards isolate because it seems simpler.
The negatives associated with isolate CBD aren’t shockers. Isolate CBD:
Another thing to be wary of is false or misleading product labeling. You need to make sure that something tagged as Isolate CBD is truly devoid of THC and other substances. Also Isolate CBD being claimed as full or broad spectrum CBD.
There are three main types of CBD:
They differ in the amount of THC and other cannabis compounds that accompany the CBD and the extraction techniques used. These differences yield CBD that may be more or less appropriate or desirable for your unique needs and preferences.
In addition to THC content, the various forms of CBD diverge in other ways like:
Our recommendation for shoppers is to figure out what you want and need from your CBD, then look around the marketplace for best-of-class products. If quality focused, highly absorbable, broad-spectrum CBD is for you, give Pure Craft’s superior products a try — you’ll be delighted!
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