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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.

What are Cannabinoids? 

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.

What is CBD? 

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  

How CBD Works 

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

What is CBDA? 

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

How CBDA Works 

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.

How CBDA Differs from CBD

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).

Which Cannabinoid is Better?

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.

Select Full-spectrum Hemp-Derived Products from a Reputable Source

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.

For a quality assortment of hemp-derived CBD products, visit CBDistillery™. CBDistillery™ relies on CO2 extraction, a food-safe extraction method that preserves the cannabinoid content of our naturally cultivated crops. All CBDistillery™ products are tested at an independent third-party facility to ensure the purity and potency of every item we offer.

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Many first-time CBD users feel slightly overwhelmed when trying to narrow down their product options. That’s understandable; there are numerous products to choose from and a significant number of factors to consider before making a purchase.

Since your first experience could determine if you are likely to continue using CBD products, we thought it would be helpful to let you know the types of products popular with other first-time CBD users and a few of their reasons for selecting those products.

What is CBD? 

CBD is the common abbreviation for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. There are two potential sources of CBD, hemp and marijuana. 

How Does CBD Work?

CBD interacts with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network of messengers and receptors that regulates essential functions within your body. CBD mimics the effects of the Endocannabinoid System messengers produced in your body and interacts with your endocannabinoid receptors to keep this essential system functioning efficiently.

The Top 5 CBD Products for Beginners 

CBD products generally fall into one of three main categories, ingestible, topical, and inhaled. When selecting CBD for the first time, it’s essential to find a product you will be comfortable using. Of the many product options, many first-time CBD users select from one of the following products. 

#1 CBD Oil: 500mg Full Spectrum Tincture  

A hemp-derived tincture is a blend of hemp extract and a carrier oil. Full spectrum CBD tinctures contain all the plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals found naturally in hemp plants. CBDistillery™ 500mg Full Spectrum Tincture provides a moderate dose of CBD, ideal for those beginning their journey with hemp-derived products.

Why Full Spectrum Tinctures are Great for Beginners

The additional cannabinoids in a full spectrum tincture allow you to experience the fullest extent of CBD’s potential. CBD tinctures can be added to beverages, used in recipes, or taken orally. Many new CBD users appreciate the simplicity of the sublingual method, holding the tincture under their tongue 30-90 seconds before swallowing.

Our 500mg CBD tincture contains 17 mg of CBD per 1mL dropper. This is a relatively low dose of CBD, but high enough to see how CBD affects you while you determine if you might benefit from a higher CBD concentration in the future. 

#2 CBD Isolate: CBD Pure CBDelicious Powder  

New CBD users who would like to include CBD into their favorite recipes tend to prefer starting their journey with a CBD isolate. CBD isolate is pure CBD. All the other cannabinoids and plant compounds, including the THC, are removed during extraction and processing. CBDistillery’s™ CBDelicious Formulation Cooking Powder is a tasteless, odorless powder specifically formulated to dissolve easily.

Why CBDelicious is Great for Beginners 

CBDelicious can be used in small amounts while delivering big results. A single gram of CBDelicious contains nearly 1000 mg of cannabidiol and is one of the most inexpensive ways to try CBD.

CBD Delicious Formulation Powder can be added to your morning coffee, breakfast smoothies, or used to create your own CBD candies and baked goods. Since isolate products contain 0% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), they are popular with CBD users who want to avoid ingesting the trace amounts of THC (.3 percent or less) found in full-spectrum products.

#3 CBD Edibles: 30mg CBD Gummies 

Of all the types of CBD edibles available, CBD gummies are one of the most popular. When selecting CBD gummies for the first time, it’s important to pay attention to the CBD content. If your gummies contain too little CBD, you may need multiple pieces to get the effect you’re looking for. CBDistillery™ CBD Gummies, contain 30 mg of CBD per piece, are vegan-friendly, and contain 0% THC.

 Why CBD Gummies are Great for Beginners 

Some people say CBD gummies are popular with first time CBD users because they are familiar and delicious. While that could very well be the case, we also know that many CBD users are attracted to our gummies for their convenience.

Each flavorful bear contains a pre-measured, consistent dose of CBD. When your dose is pre-measured, you never have to worry about filling droppers, messy spills, or broken bottles, even while traveling. CBD gummies are easy to take with you when you are on the move.

#4 CBD Vapes: 200mg GG#4 CBD Vape Pen 

Disposable vape pens are a fantastic option for first-time CBD users familiar with smoking or vaping. Of all our vape products, CDistillery’s™ 200mg GG#4 Vape Pen is one of the most popular with new users looking for a neutral, natural flavor. The vape liquids in CBDistillery™ Vape Pens are formulated with hemp extract, terpene-derived flavor, and TEC Temper oil, a natural, organic liquid ideal for vaping. 

Why CBD Vapes Are Great for Beginners 

CBDistillery™ Vape Pens are ready for vaping right out of the box. Since they are disposable, you will never have to worry about recharging a battery or refilling a cartridge. Vape products are popular because they are the fasted method of CBD delivery. Most people feel the effects of vaping CBD within minutes.

Experienced vapors appreciate our use of state of the art vape technology. CBDistillery™ vape pens are equipped with CCELL technology, a wickless atomizer system that ensures the last puff of a cartridge is as flavorful as the first.

#5 CBD Topicals: CBDefine Skin Care Cream 

The health of your skin is directly influenced by its ability to discard tired, old skin cells and generate healthy new cells. Since these functions are regulated by your Endocannabinoid System, many first-time CBD users are interested in the skin-soothing potential of CBD skincare products. CBDistillery’s™ CBDefine Skin Care Cream contains 500mg of full spectrum hemp-derived CBD in every jar.

 Why CBDefine is Great for Beginners

CBDefine is a great introduction to the health and wellness potential of hemp-derived CBD. When selecting a CBD-infused moisturizer, you are investing in a familiar product that many people use every day.

New CBD users who are looking for a natural skincare product appreciate that CBDefine is made with skin-friendly ingredients. In addition to a generous amount of CBD, CBDefine contains olive oil, apricot oil, coconut oil, frankincense, lavender, and rosemary.

Tips for Choosing Your First CBD Product 

While knowing why people choose certain products can be helpful for beginners, there are a few more details to keep in mind before making a final selection. Consider the value of the following suggestions:

Beginning Your CBD Journey with CBDistillery™

When beginning your journey with CBD, it’s important to choose a product you are comfortable with, a CBD product that suits your lifestyle. Once you have narrowed down your product options, it’s essential to purchase those products from a reputable source.

At CBDistillery™, we want our new CBD users to feel confident about the quality of the products they select. That’s why we post our third-party test results. You can use those results to verify the purity and potency of CBDistillery™ products. The product reviews and user testimonials on our site are posted through a review verification service, so you can be confident that the more than 30,000 reviews on our site are posted by actual CBDistillery™ customers.

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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.

The Different Tiers of CBD Concentration 

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:

How CBD Labels May Prove Misleading

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:

The Effects of Not Knowing the Correct Concentration

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:

Choosing Properly Labeled Products

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.

Verifying CBD Concentration with CBDistillery™

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.

What Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

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. 

The Cannabinoids in Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

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:

The Entourage Effect of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

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.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Essential Fatty Acids

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:

How to Extract Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil

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:

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Products from CBDistillery™

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.

For full spectrum CBD tinctures, capsules, softgels, vape pens, and topicals, visit CBDistillery™. Our quality products start with non-GMO hemp seeds grown using natural farming methods. To verify the purity, potency, and cannabinoid content of CBDistillery™ products, click on the third-party test results located within our product images or scan the QR code on your product label. 

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