CBD is an extremely popular product right now, and for good reason. But, because of its popularity, it can also be a very confusing marketplace. There are a lot of different products out there and a lot of terms and phrases that may be unfamiliar to those that are looking into CBD for the first time.
We want to help you make the right choice when it comes to the CBD you choose. Here’s what you need to know in order to make a good choice.
Before we jump in, the first thing you need to know is that CBD is just the name for one of over a hundred different types of cannabinoids. CBD is the most popular kid on the block right now but when it comes to these products, it’s more than just the CBD that matters–it’s how the CBD works with the other compounds in the oils. Within the oil itself, you’ve got phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes–and all these other nutrients that work together to give your body a better response to the product.
So, there are three types of CBD products you should recognize before you buy. There’s isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum. Let’s look at the difference.
This product only contains CBD. There’s no CBG, no CBA, and no phytocannabinoids. There are also no endogenous terpenes, meaning terpenes that come from the plant. It’s just CBD.
This is an oil that comes from the plant and contains everything that’s in that plant. So this oil will contain THC (one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis). This is the cannabinoid associated with psychoactive effects. In hemp products, there is less than .3%.
Depending on the plant itself, you’ll have different levels of those each cannabinoid. This oil will also contain terpenes and flavonoids and a bunch of other stuff that synergistically will give your body a better response to the product.
There is no THC in this product. Recently, they’ve successfully discovered a way to take out the THC without destroying the other good compounds in the plant.
When you’re buying any CBD product you want to look for products that are organic and non-GMO and that are certified by a lab. When it’s certified, they’ll tell you what’s in it, and what’s not in it. Remember, you’re going to get the amount of CBD you pay for, so be careful if your bargain shopping.
Some products are going to be better than others, that’s why it’s important to know what to look for.
Right now, you can find CBD everywhere, even in local gas stations and Family Video stores. But not every product is created equal. Some products are going to add minerals or herbs…people are going to get creative with CBD, just like they get creative with different other products out there. But what the research continues to show is that the more compounds and properties you have from the original plant, the better that product is going to be.
So, don’t just buy the first product you see. Do some research, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our products or about CBD in general!
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