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Confused About CBD Oil?

Quote of the Month

“Hemp. The only plant that can feed you, house you, clothe you and heal you”   ~Bill Murray

With the legalization of Cannabis, I thought this would be a good time to provide a few definitions (and hopefully clear up a few things).

So here’s a quick overview starting with some definitions:

  • THC is known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (I can’t even pronounce this). It has some therapeutic effects, but also harmful ones.
  • Terpenes are parts of the cannabis plant that provide flavour and smell.
  • CBD is known as cannabidiol.

There are 2 basic types of CBD – CBD isolate and Full spectrum CBD. (to me, it’s like comparing whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate).

With an isolate, the so called active compound is “isolated” and everything else is removed.

Full spectrum still contains all of the compounds; such as, terpenes, essential oils and THC. However in the case of CBD, only a minimum amount (.3%) of THC is allowed to be retained.

Broad spectrum is a slight variation of the two, where other compounds are retained, but the THC is completely removed.

Here’s a quick summary of the differences between CBD isolates and full spectrum CBD products:

CBD Isolate:

  • Pure and more concentrated CBD
  • Doesn’t contain any plant compounds. e.g. terpenes
  • It’s more processed than full spectrum CBD
  • It has no THC
  • It has no cannabinoids

Full Spectrum CBD:

  • Contains CBD, but other naturally occurring plant compounds as well
  • Contains less than 0.3 percent THC (when derived from hemp)
  • It’s less processed than the isolate form
  • It works synergistically with all the other plant compounds, including THC because it’s ‘whole’

Just because the isolate is more concentrated, it doesn’t mean that the effects are better. Sometimes the full spectrum can work better because all of the compounds are working together.  It’s akin to saying eating an orange is better than just having the juice.

You don’t get ‘high’ from CBD or intoxicated either. There are also low dose versions available for your pets who may have pain as well!

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And here is my disclaimer… I’m not telling you to take or not take CBD oil. I’m only providing information to help you educate yourself. Please contact your doctor or other qualified health professional for further information.