When it comes to buying CBD oil, there are generally three types of CBD oil to choose from. Each oil contains a cannabinoid profile that separates it from the other. Each oil provides a selective list of benefits depending on that cannabinoid profile. Before we explain how each CBD oil differs from the other, it's important to understand what cannabinoids are.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids refer to any chemical substance that combines with Cannabinoid receptors found in the body and brain. This applies to any substance, no matter its structure or origin. The most common cannabinoids are those found in the Cannabis Sativa plant that majorly produces two main cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
There are 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Each of those cannabinoids falls under five main classes of cannabinoids; those classes are CBD, THC, CBN, CBG, and CBC. Each Cannabinoid has unique benefits and works with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to provide health benefits.
The human body and other mammals contain an ECS, Meaning a cannabinoid system from within. Our bodies use CBD in correlation with our ECS. This system directs Cannabinoids to CB1 and CB2 receptors all over our body. These receptors are tied to our nervous system, organs, and immune system. These cannabinoids provide functions for assisting with muscle and joint discomfort, supports relaxation, aids with mood and sleep.*
What does each Cannabinoid do for the human body?
Cannabidiol (CBD): CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. It has been shown to support your body's naturally occurring endocannabinoid levels, allowing the ECS to function properly. The ECS is an incredibly important bodily system that helps maintain homeostasis for several critical bodily functions such as mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, the perceived sensation of pain and stress, sleep, and more.* CBD may support overall wellness, health, and wellbeing.* Click here to learn more...
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid found primarily in the Marijuana plant and in much smaller quantities in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Our ECS typically use THC in correlation with our brain and nervous system. THC can affect the way our body perceives mood, pain, stress, anxiety, and more.* Generally, with the feelings of comfort and calm. Adversely when taken in large doses, it will temporarily cause an increase in appetite, memory loss, and it may also cause one to get high or to hallucinations. THC is considered an illegal substance in most places. Here in the U.S., it is legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC.
Cannabichromene (CBC): CBC is one of the many powerful cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant and is mainly used to assist with pain and inflammation.* CBD and CBC are both highly effective when targeting the perception of pain found in our body's nervous system and organs. Click here to learn more...
Cannabigerol (CBG): CBG is also a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that generally assists our brain and nervous system when experiencing stress or anxiety.* An interesting fact about CBG is that other cannabinoids are formed from the breaking down of CBG. CBG is also found to possess benefits for supporting inflammation reduction.* Click here to learn more...
Cannabinol (CBN): CBN is often sold as a sleep aid.* Anecdotal evidence shows CBN could be a powerful sedative when taken in large doses. CBN is found in Cannabis in small concentrations. It is the most like THC, but without the psychoactive effect.* Click here to learn more...
With that breakdown of the different main cannabinoids, we can better answer the question.
What are the differences between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD oils?
What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
In order for a CBD oil to be classified as Full Spectrum CBD oil, it needs to contain a full cannabinoid profile. That means it needs to contain every Cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. As mentioned above, there are over 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Full Spectrum CBD oil is often claimed to be the most effective out of the oils because of its full cannabinoid profile. When all the cannabinoids are present in the oil, the entourage effect takes place. Each Cannabinoid has its unique effects and benefits, but its behavior may be enhanced or changed in the presence of other cannabinoids. This is how the entourage effect works. In a sense, you could say you would get more or better results with a Full Spectrum CBD oil over a Broad Spectrum oil.
The biggest distinction that sets Full Spectrum apart is the THC content. Because of the THC content, not all Full Spectrum CBD oils are legal to possess or use. Full Spectrum CBD oils that contain more than 0.3% THC are treated much like marijuana would be treated. If it contains less than 0.3%, it is federally legal in every state.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD Oil?
To be considered Broad Spectrum CBD oil, there needs to be more than one cannabinoid present. Broad means that it contains a wide variety of cannabinoids but not the full cannabinoid profile. Most Broad Spectrum CBD oils contain the Full Spectrum profile minus the exception of THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD oils can still have the entourage effect take place when the oil is taken orally. Just like Full spectrum CBD oil, Broad Spectrum CBD oil can be enhanced by the presence of other cannabinoids. When buying Broad Spectrum CBD, make sure it has all the cannabinoids present minus THC.
What is CBD Isolate oil?
In order to be classified as a CBD isolate oil, the oil can only contain one Cannabinoid. In this case, a CBD isolate oil would only contain the Cannabinoid CBD. Most other CBD forms contain additional cannabinoids and natural compounds like terpenes and flavonoids retained during the extraction process.
The extraction process for isolates begins in a similar way as Full and Broad Spectrum CBD oil. However, there are additional steps that isolates must go through before it becomes an isolate. At the end of the extraction process, you are left with fine crystals. These crystals are reduced to powder and are added then added to food, oils, or beverages.
Isolate is generally the most versatile CBD product, but it is considered less effective than Full and Broad Spectrum CBD products. This is because you are only getting the benefit of whatever Cannabinoid has been isolated.
Which CBD oil is the best option?
When it comes down to it, it depends on the individual. If you find that your body has lots of needs and you live in a state where THC isn't restricted, then Full Spectrum CBD oil would be best for you. If you live in a state with THC restriction, then Broad Spectrum CBD Oil would be the best option. If you want to target specific needs like mood or sleep, then an isolate oil would be the best option.*
Sum it up!
The only one who knows what's best for you is you. Hopefully, this blog helped clarify what to look for when starting your CBD journey. If you are still unsure which oil to try, then it's suggested that you do some experimenting. CBD oils can be expensive, but that shouldn't stop you from finding the help you're looking for.
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