How Is CBD Made?

There are all different types of CBD products out there with all different types of fancy names. It’s hard to distinguish what you’re actually buying. To start, CBD is shorthand for Cannabidiol.  There are currently 3 different ways to turn it into the hemp-based CBD products you see in shops:

There are all different types of CBD products out there with all different types of fancy names. It’s hard to distinguish what you’re actually buying. To start, CBD is shorthand for Cannabidiol. There are currently 3 different ways to turn it into the hemp-based CBD products you see in shops:

  • CBD Isolate
  • Full-Spectrum CBD
  • Broad Spectrum CBD

CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol, produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant. When you see a CBD tincture or CBD oil, CBD Isolate has been mixed another organic liquid. Typically, this is propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin (PG/VG) or coconut oil (MCT). PG/VG used to be the primary mixer, but now these products are transitioning towards using MCT because of its fatty acid properties. The surplus of these fatty acids in the coconut oil create a stronger binding agent for cannabinoids and more efficient result in your body.

Full Spectrum CBD

If CBD Isolate is cannabidiol in its simplest form, Full Spectrum CBD is the more complex cousin. The idea behind Full Spectrum CBD is that it’s the sum of its parts. The thinking (and science behind it) shows that by including other non-psychoactive cannabinoids in the mix, a synergistic entourage effect is created. Oftentimes this includes adding some of the plant’s origin aromas, known as Terpenes.

Terpenes are all over the Hemp industry, but they’re probably foreign to people outside the of that inner circle… until now! You may see it advertised with CBD products but don’t really know what it means. Basically, Terpenes are aromatic oils in cannabis varieties that give it distinctive flavors and smells like citrus, berry, mint, and pine. Together with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes work to achieve specific health benefits – the entourage effect. Mounting evidence suggests that medical substances may be more effective in their whole and natural state because of this effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad Spectrum CBD products are somewhat similar to Full Spectrum CBD products, the primary difference being that there is 0% THC (Full Spectrum CBD has 0.3% or less THC). Broad Spectrum CBD uses the same methodology with the entourage effect by combining several rich phytocannabinoids and terpenes, but removes any risk of psychoactive effects.

So which one is best for you?

Everybody is different and unique (and not just from a motivational standpoint). Our bodies interact with things differently. That’s why we created simple tables to identify the pros and cons of each type of CBD.

CBD Isolate

ProsCons
• Purest form of CBD
• No risk of psychoactive effects
• Generally considered to be safe
• Tasteless and odorless
• Will not test positive for THC
• Doesn’t deliver the enhanced benefits of the entire cannabis plant

Full Spectrum CBD

ProsCons
• Offers the full benefits of the cannabis plant (entourage effect)
• Undergoes less processing
• May have psychoactive, sedative, and other possibly unwanted side-effects
• May show up on drug tests
• May have strong natural flavor and odor

Broad Spectrum CBD

ProsCons
• Offers the full benefits of the cannabis plant (entourage effect)
• No risk of psychoactive effects
• Less research and availability
• May have strong natural flavor and odor

Tables originally published on Medium.com.

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