While investigating the health and wellness potential of CBD products, you likely discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of many non-intoxicating cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. While this observation is essentially correct, many people don’t realize that cannabis plants don’t directly synthesize CBD.
Cannabidiol is actually the byproduct of another plant-based cannabinoid, cannabidiolic acid, CBDA. Since CBD begins as CBDA, it is natural to wonder if one cannabinoid might be better than the other. Knowing the similarities and differences between these two cannabinoids could help you make an informed, confident purchasing decision.
Cannabinoids are lipids that transmit messages to the receptors of your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), the system that regulates nearly every function in your body.1
There are two types of cannabinoids your Endocannabinoid System responds to. The first type are the cannabinoids made in your body, your endocannabinoids. Your body makes two main endocannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG. These cannabinoids are made as needed and quickly broken down by enzymes.
The second type of cannabinoids your body responds to are the plant-based cannabinoids found naturally in cannabis plants. Although cannabis plants contain more than 100 different phytocannabinoids, the two main cannabinoids in hemp extract are CBD and CBDA. Plant-based cannabinoids have a stronger, longer-lasting effect on your body than endocannabinoids.
CBD is the commonly used abbreviation for the cannabinoid cannabidiol, a plant-based cannabinoid (phytocannabinoid). CBD is the most abundant of the phytocannabinoids in hemp extract but is not produced in the plant itself. CBD is the neutral counterpart of cannabidiolic acid.2 CBDA converts to CBD when raw cannabis is exposed to heat or sunlight, a process known as decarboxylation. The decarboxylation process converts acidic compounds and “activates” the cannabinoid.3
Ideally, your body would create all the neurotransmitters needed to keep your Endocannabinoid System functioning at optimal levels. Under the strain of illness, stress, or injury, your body may not be able to generate enough endocannabinoids to relay vital information to essential systems. If your body is not producing enough messengers to interact with your ECS receptors, communication can falter, and essential processes may not function efficiently.
CBD mimics the effects of the cannabinoids produced in your body to keep critical processes functioning harmoniously. Through its interaction with key receptors, CBD is shown to have anxiolytic, analgesic, anti-emetic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-psychotic potential.4
CBDA is the acidic precursor to CBD found in raw plant material, essentially CBD in its pre-evolved state. While CBDA was once considered an “inactive” cannabinoid, current research suggests CBD and CBDA have similar health and wellness potential.
Since CBDA is found abundantly in cannabis plants, some people consider CBDA to be the more natural of the two cannabinoids even though cannabinoids are not considered “active” unless they undergo decarboxylation. Juicing raw plants, medical marijuana in particular, is one of the most common methods of obtaining a product high in CBDA. Once dried, the plant is no longer suitable for juicing.5
CBDA does not directly bind with endocannabinoid receptors but is believed to interact with the ECS by inhibiting the function of COX-2 enzymes and enhancing the function of serotonin-producing receptors. While CBDA is commonly found in raw cannabis, it can also be found in lesser amounts in full spectrum CBD tinctures, topicals, and CBD capsules.
While CBD and CBDA are chemically similar, they are not interchangeable. CBDA converts to CBD during extraction and processing as temperatures rise, changing the molecular structure of the cannabinoid. That makes CBD a byproduct of CBDA. CBD is easier for your body to utilize than CBDA.
While CBD is the predominant cannabinoid in full spectrum hemp products, the processes used to extract hemp oil do not convert all the available CBDA to CBD. CBDA is commonly found in small amounts in full spectrum products as a minor cannabinoid.
CBD and CBDA work together with the many other cannabinoids in full spectrum products and contribute to the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect explains how the inactive elements in cannabis combine to magnify and multiply the effects of individual plant components. It’s because of the Entourage Effect that many CBD users believe full spectrum products more potent than products made with pure CBD (CBD isolate).
When considering your cannabinoid options, it’s not quite fair to say that one cannabinoid is superior to the other, they each have unique potential. Each of the many plant elements in cannabis products works together synergistically to enhance the effects of the other. But if you were to find you had the option of selecting between a quality CBD tincture and a raw CBDA tincture, the CBD-dominant product would likely be the better option.
The processes used to extract hemp oil from the plant matter helps purify the extracted oil and ensure the final product is safe for consumption. Raw cannabis, whether sourced from hemp or marijuana, could contain any number of potential contaminants. For that reason alone, you may be more comfortable selecting a decarboxylated product, a product that is predominantly CBD.
While there has not been enough research to identify the function of every cannabinoid in hemp extract, there is an increasing interest in the similarities and differences between CBD and CBDA.
Decarboxylation converts cannabidiolic acid to its active form. Hemp-derived CBD products contain CBD and CBDA alongside trace amounts of numerous other cannabinoids, including CBDV, CBG, and CBC. While full spectrum hemp-derived products also contain trace amounts of THC and its precursor THCA, there is not enough THC to cause intoxication, even if you were to consume large quantities.
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Imagine you have an important message to convey to another person, a message with crucial details. The person waiting for your message is responsible for relaying this vital information so each member of their team can make appropriate adjustments to their assigned task. Now imagine what could happen if your message never made it to your intended recipient.
This same type of communication breakdown can happen in your body. Nearly every essential function necessary for your survival is regulated by an elaborate system of messengers and receptors, your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). To understand the health and wellness potential of CBD, it’s helpful to understand the role of your ECS receptors and how they function within this system.
The receptors often referred to as CBD receptors, are technically known as cannabinoid receptors. These essential G-protein receptors are located on the surface of cells throughout your body, from your brain to your nerve endings. Your cannabinoid receptors receive information from your Endocannabinoid System messengers and use this information to initiate an appropriate response. Since cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid, a lipid that functions as a neurotransmitter, it interacts with the receptors of your Endocannabinoid System.
Your Endocannabinoid System is the largest system of neurotransmitters and receptors in your body. It’s your ECS that modulates your brain function, organ function, and keeps essential endocrine processes functioning efficiently. Your ECS is instrumental to so many important functions that many researchers today believe it is responsible for homeostasis, the processes that restore balance when functions in your body are disrupted by internal or external forces.1
The response initiated by your endocannabinoid receptors is dependent on the chemical composition of the message it receives. The interaction between the messenger and receptor will determine the appropriate response, and excitatory response, inhibitory response, or secondary message to other regulatory systems. Just a few of the many processes regulated by the functions of your Endocannabinoid System include:
Your sleep cycles are regulated by circadian rhythms, the 24-hour internal clock that regulates numerous essential functions.2 While your circadian rhythms are regulated by your exposure to light and darkness; it’s the function of your Endocannabinoid System that regulates your circadian rhythms and stabilizes sleep cycles, as well as numerous processes that can interfere with restful sleep.3
Your metabolism, also regulated by the ECS, is determined by the complex interaction of your gastrointestinal system, liver, muscle, and fat storage. The activation of CBD receptors modulates nutrient processing, appetite regulation, fat distribution, and metabolic pathways.4
The endocannabinoid receptors in your amygdala regulate emotional responses and memories. The role of the ECS and our emotions has been clearly established, affecting our feelings of happiness as strongly as depression or anxiety. The endocannabinoid receptors in the emotional centers of your brain influence the release of serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters that have a direct impact on your mood.5
Your Endocannabinoid System is believed to be the driving force of your immune system. The organs and cells of your immune system, including your mast cells, T-cells, tonsils, and lymphocytes are rich with endocannabinoid receptors. The ECS is believed to play a key roll in preventing immune system overactivity and balancing inflammatory responses.6
Endocannabinoid receptors are located in key areas in your body and brain that modulate pain perception and reward-seeking behavior.7 Your body also manufactures the neurotransmitters (anandamide and 2-AG) than interact with the endocannabinoid receptors to regulate pain.8 Activation of endocannabinoid receptors increases the production of these pain modulating cannabinoids or inhibits the enzymes that break them down.
You have a high concentration of endocannabinoid receptors in areas of your brain that play a crucial role in memory and learning, called the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Research suggests that your Endocannabinoid System directly influences cognitive processing by regulating synaptic plasticity11, the ability of your brain to adapt to information.12.
Thermoregulation refers to the processes that help your body temperature stay within established parameters. Your ECS maintains thermoregulation through involvement with your autonomic nervous system. When external temperatures affect your body, a response from your sympathetic nervous system modifies your heart rate, respiration, and vasoconstriction to help maintain essential balance. Endocannabinoid receptors also respond to signals from your immune system, raising your temperature to fight infection.13.
It’s the interaction between messengers and receptors that keeps your Endocannabinoid System working efficiently and effectively. There are two different types of endocannabinoid receptors in your body. They are easy to remember, CB1 and CB2. While both receptors are found throughout your body, they are found in different concentrations within specific areas. For example:
CB1 receptors are found most abundantly in your central nervous system, your brain, and spinal cord. The location of the receptor will influence its basic function. While the CB1 receptors in your amygdala regulate your emotional responses and memory, the CB1 receptors in your hypothalamus help regulate your metabolic processes.
The receptors found most abundantly in your peripheral nervous system are your CB2 receptors. Your peripheral nervous system extends from your spinal column to your organs, muscles, and other areas of your body. CB2 receptors are intricately involved in immune system function and inflammatory responses.
Soon after the discovery of your endocannabinoid receptors, researchers discovered that our bodies manufacture cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids made in your body (anandamide and 2-AG) are called endocannabinoids. In a perfect world, your body would make all the endocannabinoids needed to interact with the endocannabinoid receptors. But it does not always work that way. When there are not enough messengers to interact with the cannabinoid receptors, the message is lost.
CBD mimics the effects of the cannabinoids created in your body and interacts with the endocannabinoid and several non-endocannabinoid receptors. When you take hemp-derived CBD, the cannabinoids circulate through your body until they find a receptor they can connect with, attaching to neurons. Since so many essential functions are dependent on the messengers and receptors of your ECS, the effects are dependent on the system influenced.
Today, researchers understand that there are two types of cannabinoids that influence the receptors of your Endocannabinoid System. The first type of cannabinoids that act as ECS messengers are your endocannabinoids, the cannabinoids produced in your body. The second type are the plant-based cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) found in cannabis plants.
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You may have noticed that the dosing instructions on most CBD tinctures recommend taking a full dropper of CBD once per day. While this amount of CBD is a good place to start for many people, there is no benefit to taking more CBD than your body needs.
While taking more CBD than you need is not harmful, it can significantly increase the cost of CBD use. Your best option is to determine the smallest amount of CBD needed to achieve the results you are looking for, an amount you can easily determine with a method called microdosing.
Microdosing is a technique borrowed from the other side of the hemp family tree to avoid overindulging in THC, but the goal is the same.1 Microdosing starts with a very small amount of CBD, gradually increasing the dosage throughout the day until you find your minimum effective dosage. The end result is the optimal amount of CBD for your unique needs.
Everyone responds to CBD differently. Your ideal dosage will depend on your reason for using CBD, the product type, and the way your system responds to CBD. To find your optimal dosage with a CBD tincture, start with a single drop of CBD the first hour. If you don’t notice effects after 45 minutes, take two drops the second hour, three drops the third hour and so on, assessing your progress before the next dose. Keep track of how you feel, how much you take, and stay alert to any indications of the following:2
If you take too little CBD for your needs, you will not feel any effects. You may even start to wonder what all the fuss is about. If you do not experience any noticeable difference, continue taking more CBD as directed above. If there are no changes, continue to increase your dosage by one drop every hour.
Since you will be taking CBD in increasing increments, you may hit a point where you have taken more CBD than your body needs. Some people will notice adverse effects if they take too much CBD. These reactions are not dangerous, just a sign that you may want to cut back on your dosage.
Once you hit your optimal dose, you will know. You will get the effects you were hoping for. Microdosing allows you to experience the full health and wellness potential of CBD while saving money in the process. When you use fewer mg of CBD by determining your optimal dosage none of your CBD is wasted. Your tincture or vape pen will last longer, and you won’t need to purchase as often.
The key to microdosing is to start with a very small amount of CBD, one drop of a tincture or a single puff of a vape pen, paying close attention to how you feel. If you notice your desired effect 45 minutes after your last dose, stop. Then total the number of drops you have ingested during the previous four hours to calculate the amount of CBD in your system. Try sticking with that dose two to three times per day (every 4-6 hours) adjusting the frequency of your CBD use to your needs.
If you don’t notice results the first day continue where you left off the next. If your last dose on day one is 10 drops, your second day will resume with 11 drops. Before you begin, consider the following suggestions:3
The type of CBD you are using can influence your results. If you like vaping CBD but decide to switch to a tincture, it’s important to pay attention to the amount of CBD in both products. You may have to break the numbers down a bit. For example, a 200mg vape pen averages 100 puffs per cartridge. That’s about 2mg of CBD per puff. A CBD tincture, let’s say 1000 mg for example, has 33 mg per dropper. Since a dropper holds 40 drops, that’s 0.8 mg of CBD per drop.
Only you can determine the amount of CBD that’s right for you. Microdosing will help you determine that amount. Stop when you are pleased with your results and wait four hours before dosing again with the amount determine by your previous four hours. Trying to rush the process can skew your results. If you are unsure, you can always test your results again the following day to confirm.
While CBD tinctures are considered the gold standard for determining accurate doses, tinctures are not right for everyone. The advantage of CBD tinctures is that the effects can last 6-8 hours. If you are looking for a more efficient delivery method, consider a CBD vape pen. The effects of a CBD vape pen are commonly felt within minutes, but try to stick to the same basic microdosing technique you would use with a tincture.
If you have been using a fairly large amount of CBD during the time before your microdosing experiment, consider waiting 48 hours since your last dose of CBD so you can start fresh. If you are new to CBD, it may take a few days before your system responds to hemp-derived products. The following suggestions could be helpful:
Wait a full hour after taking CBD for the first time to see how you feel. Everyone responds to CBD differently so it could take hours, days, or even weeks before you experience noticeable results. This is where patience is essential. If you try to rush the process, you may end up taking more CBD than you need.
Chances are you’ve read one of the numerous reports that caution people about unscrupulous vendors selling products with little to no CBD. Maybe you have discussed CBD with someone who was disappointed by their lack of results. They may not have purchased a quality product. That’s why it’s so important to purchase your CBD products from a reputable company like CBDistillery™, a company that provides third-party verification that their products are as potent as claimed and contaminant free.
When trying to determine your ideal dosage, it’s important to experiment at a time you will not be using any other products that could alter the way you feel or interact with your dosage. That means you will want to avoid using alcohol, over-the-counter medications, or cannabis products containing THC. Using other substance with CBD could interfere with the results of microdosing, or your CBD could alter the impact of the other substances.
Experimenting with microdosing is one of the easiest ways to ensure you are not taking too little or too much CBD. Your patience will be rewarded. Microdosing will lead you to your optimal dosage.
Hemp-derived CBD tinctures and vape pens are an easy way to microdose with CBD. A CBDistillery™ Vape Pen averages 2 mg of hemp-derived CBD per puff. The amount of CBD in a drop of CBDistillery™ CBD Tinctures will depend on the total cannabinoid content in the bottle. If you divide the number of mg per serving by 40, you will know how much CBD is in each drop. Holding your tincture under your tongue 30-90 seconds before swallowing will allow the CBD to enter your bloodstream faster than if you swallow immediately or add your CBD to foods or beverages.
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There are many companies that focus solely on total CBD content and label their products accordingly. As a result, many CBD users believe they are getting more CBD than they actually are. Other companies are misleading customers who don’t understand the significance of CBD concentration by selling large bottles of tincture that contain little CBD. You can protect yourself from making an unfortunate purchasing decision when you know how to spot questionable sales practices and misleading product labels.
When selecting a CBD oil tincture, there are a significant number of variables to consider. It’s important to pay attention to how many milligrams of CBD are in the product and the amount of CBD oil in the bottle. Most CBD oil tinctures contain anywhere from 250 mg to 5000 mg of CBD per bottle. The concentration levels generally fall into one of the following tiers:
When you first start using CBD, it’s important to start with a low dose, increasing the amount incrementally until you find your best dosage. Since effectiveness depends on a variety of factors, a dose that’s right for someone else may not be right for you. While a full dropper (approximately 1 mL) is commonly recommended on product labels, you may find that amount to be more or less than you need. That’s why most novice CBD users begin with a low concentration of CBD. A 30ml bottle of a 250 mg tincture contains 8 mg of CBD per 1 mL dose, which is a great place to start.
The average daily CBD user is likely to move up to a tincture with medium CBD concentration, such as a tincture containing 1000-2000 mg of CBD per bottle. A 30 mg bottle of CBD oil that contains 1000 mg of CBD contains 33 mg per dropper. Once an ideal dosage is established, many customers prefer to purchase a medium concentration product for the overall cost savings and convenience of using less CBD oil per dose.
High potency CBD tinctures are most often purchased by experienced CBD users who prefer a higher concentration of CBD per dose. Tinctures of high concentration are not generally recommended for new users, but many customers eventually prefer highly concentrated tinctures to slash the cost of daily CBD use.
Before purchasing a CBD oil tincture, it’s important to be aware of some of the common product labeling practices used to take advantage of inexperienced customers. Some companies will place a low concentration of CBD in a large bottle to prey on those looking to get more for their money, while others will leave out important product information like product content. To protect yourself from purchasing a disappointing product, pay attention to the following:
Many companies still rely on placing the total CBD content on a product label rather than breaking the numbers down by dose. This can lead customers to believe they are getting more CBD per dose than they actually are. After all, 250 mg of CBD in a small bottle sounds like a lot of CBD. Many people are used to purchasing products like beer or wine where the 5 percent alcohol concentration remains consistent regardless of bottle size, but CBD does not work that way. A 1000 mg tincture contains 1000 mg of CBD in the entire bottle, whether that bottle holds 15 mL of tincture or 30 mL. It’s important to understand the amount of product as it relates to the amount of CBD.
When you are comparison shopping for the best price, it’s important to consider the cost per dose to identify the best value product. If you are finding a comparatively low-cost product in a large bottle, consider how much of the product you would need to take in order to achieve the concentration of CBD you are looking for. To determine the amount of CBD per serving, divide the number of total mg of CBD in the bottle by the amount of CBD you want per dose. Let’s use 30 mg as an example: A 1000 mg bottle contains 33 30 mg doses (1000 ÷ 30 = 33). You can calculate the cost per dose by dividing the price by the number of doses in the bottle.
If you don’t know the concentration of CBD in your product, you have no way of knowing how much CBD you are taking. Even if the CBD concentration is specified, you will want to look at the third-party test results to confirm your tincture is as potent as the manufacturer claims. Not knowing the CBD concentration could have significant consequences, including:
Not knowing the CBD concentration of the products you select places you at risk of purchasing a product that may not be right for you. If you are taking less CBD than you realize, you may wonder why you are not noticing any effect. If you are unknowingly purchasing a higher concentration, you could be taking significantly more CBD per dose than you realize. Taking too much or too little can be a waste of money.
If you are not paying attention to the cannabinoid content you could be wasting your CBD by using more than you need or buying products more often than necessary. You could also be wasting CBD if you are simply taking the dosage recommended on the product label without taking the time to determine the best dosage for your needs. Once you know the specified CBD concentration and your ideal dosage you can avoid wasting CBD.
Since CBD comes in varying concentrations; if you don’t know the concentration you could be taking the wrong dose. If you normally take a full dropper of a 500 mg tincture, a full dropper of a 250 mg bottle is not an equivalent. To get the same amount of CBD from a 250 mg bottle as a 500 mg bottle, you would need to consume two full droppers for the same effect.
To protect yourself from purchasing an inferior product, it’s essential to stay away from CBD tinctures labeled in vague terms like “high concentration,” or “extra strength.” If the amount of CBD in the bottle (either per dose or per bottle) is not specified, the CBD oil tincture is not likely to have enough CBD to be of any value.
When you select a hemp-derived CBD oil tincture from CBDistillery™, you will see the concentration of CBD per serving clearly indicated on each product label. You can also find the total CBD content per bottle on our site. In general, each serving of CBD tincture is one full dropper (1 mL), and each bottle contains 30 mL of product, which equates to 30 servings. Multiplying the number of mg of CBD per serving by 30 will also tell you the total CBD content.
At CBDistillery™, we clearly state the CBD content per serving on all of our CBD oil tincture product labels, and the total cannabinoid content per product on our site. When you know what to look for on the label of a CBD oil tincture, it’s much easier to find the right product for your needs. It’s also much easier to determine the best value for your money. The higher the CBD concentration, the less CBD oil you will need per dose.
Understanding the significance of CBD concentration and the importance of detailed product labels makes it easier to find the best product for your needs. For full spectrum CBD tinctures, 0% THC tinctures, CBD topicals, capsules, and vape products, visit CBDistillery™. All CBDistillery™ hemp-derived CBD products are tested by an independent lab to ensure the consistency, purity, and potency of the products we offer.
Throughout the ages, herbalists have supported the notion that whole plants provide more benefits to our bodies than individual plant components. Since CBD is just one of the many components found in industrial hemp, it makes sense that many CBD users want to use full spectrum products, the products that contain all the health and wellness potential hemp has to offer.
Full spectrum hemp oil contains more than 400 potentially beneficial plant elements. Knowing the significance of full spectrum oil, and how we make CBD products from full spectrum extract, could lead you to the hemp-derived product that’s right for you.
Hemp oil is extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of industrial hemp. It’s the plant extract that contains the cannabinoid CBD. While CBD is found abundantly in hemp oil, the plant extract also contains small amounts of other potentially beneficial plant elements including vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and additional cannabinoids.
A cannabinoid is a lipid that functions similarly to a neurotransmitter.1 Full spectrum hemp oil contains numerous plant-sourced cannabinoids shown to interact with key receptors throughout your body. Just a few of the many cannabinoids you will find in full spectrum hemp oil include2:
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most abundant of the cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp oil. All other cannabinoids are found in lesser amounts. Of all the cannabinoids found in cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, it’s CBD that has generated the most attention.
CBDA is the precursor to CBD. Full spectrum hemp oil often contains CBDA, but most of the CBDA is converted to CBD during the extraction process, decarboxylation, or when hemp is exposed to heat or sunlight.3
Full spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC; the cannabinoid that causes marijuana’s intoxicating effect. To be classified as hemp, the extract must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. This is not enough THC to cause intoxication, even if you were to consume large amounts of hemp extract.
Cannabigerol is the non-acidic form of cannabigerolic acid, essentially the parent cannabinoid from which other cannabinoids are formed. While CBG is considered the molecular foundation of both CBD and THC, it appears to have health and wellness potential of its own.4
CBN is a cannabinoid created by the breakdown of THC when exposed to oxygen and UV radiation. While CBN is a byproduct of THC, it does not cause intoxication and has much of the same health and wellness potential as CBD.
While many people are aware of the concept of synergy, far fewer are familiar with the theory of the Entourage Effect. Synergy explains how the active elements in a compound combine to create a greater effect than each element has on its own. In mathematical terms, synergy explains how 1+1=3.
The Entourage Effect explains how the inactive components in cannabis combine to create an effect from elements that are individually inactive, enhancing the effects of synergy. It’s because of the Entourage Effect that full spectrum hemp oil is believed more potent than 0% THC (CBD isolate) products.
In addition to the combined potential of numerous cannabinoids, many people prefer full spectrum CBD products for their nutritional value. Hemp-derived CBD contains all the plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals found in the original plant, including:
Your body uses B vitamins for numerous functions, including the production of neurotransmitters, nerve function, and converting food to energy. Vitamin D is essential for bone health and other important functions.5 Full-spectrum hemp extract is a good source of vitamin D, several B vitamins, and also vitamins A, C, and E.
Like vitamins, minerals are essential to good health. For example, calcium is essential for healthy teeth and bones, iron helps transport oxygen, and zinc helps fortify your immune system.6 Full-spectrum hemp oil contains calcium, iron, and zinc, plus, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that your body cannot produce on its own. These essential fatty acids are obtained through your diet. Omega-3s play an important role in cardiovascular health, reducing inflammation, and supporting mental health. Omega-6 fatty acids are primarily used for energy.7
Before the cannabinoid-rich oils from the hemp plant can be used to make full-spectrum tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topical products, the oil must be separated from the plant matter. Since many products made with hemp extract are ingested, it’s crucial that the oil is extracted using a food-safe extraction method. The two methods most-often used include:
CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide to separate hemp oil from the plant matter through a series of temperature and pressure-controlled chambers. Commonly used for smaller quantities of hemp, CO2 extraction isolates about 90 percent of the available cannabinoids. CBDistillery™ full spectrum hemp oil is CO2 extracted.
Ethanol is the clear, colorless byproduct of plant fermentation commonly used in alcoholic beverages.8 For hemp oil extraction, ethyl alcohol works as a solvent to extract the oil from the plant matter. Ethanol extraction commonly yields a higher volume of full spectrum hemp oil per than CO2 extraction.
Full spectrum hemp-derived CBD products contain all the additional cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids found naturally in hemp. While CBD is the most abundant of the cannabinoids in full spectrum extract, the trace amounts of additional cannabinoids, plant terpenes, and flavonoids contribute to the Entourage Effect. It’s the Entourage Effect that explains how the additional elements combine to magnify and multiply the effects of the others.
When selecting a full spectrum product, it’s important to know how the cannabinoid-rich oil was extracted. It’s essential that the extraction method produces a safe, potent, quality product. That’s why we rely on CO2 extraction for our full spectrum CBD products.
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