CBD is the shortened way of saying cannabidiol which is a naturally occurring compound in Cannabis Sativa which is also known as a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are only found in cannabis and most of the CBD that you’ll find on the market in Europe and in North America is actually extracted from Hemp.
Hemp is a type of Cannabis, and it contains very low amounts of THC with only .3% in the USA and .2% in Europe. Hemp is a very interesting plant. Not only does it have very strong fiber, but it also has incredibly nutritious hemp seed oil from its seeds and hemp protein. It’s also bioremediation which means that it sucks out contaminants from the soils. This is really important when you’re sourcing your CBD oil.
Ideally, your CBD should come from certified organic hemp because imagine if your hemp was grown on contaminated soil, it would be literally soaking up those contaminants, and then you’d be taking it in for your health which doesn’t make sense. CBD is non-intoxicating so you’re not going to get stoned. It is legal because it contains only very trace amounts of THC or sometimes none at all. The World Health Organization has declared it to be safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive.
For anyone new to taking cannabis or hemp products, it’s always a concern if you are going to get addicted. This is not going to happen with CBD. In fact, one of the areas that are being researched is using CBD to help people with cravings coming off their addictions.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil could be described as a hemp extract so what that means is you have CBD because that’s the most abundant compound but you also have a host of other naturally occurring compounds that are found in hemp. There are also terpenes which are the aromatic molecules that are found in nature so not just in cannabis, it’s in all aromatic plants and flowers. Cannabis has a very distinctive smell, but it doesn’t come from the cannabinoids, it comes from the terpenes.
There are terpenes that are in cannabis but are also in other plants. For example, lionel which is found in lavender is responsible for the relaxing effect. Limonene which is found in citrus fruits has an elevating mood effect. You will also find some flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants.
With full-spectrum CBD oil, you’ll get all these kinds of molecules together which create a synergy which is known as the Entourage Effect. So using the movie analogy, you have the protagonist the main actor but you also need the rest of the cast and supporting actors for the movie to work. The same goes for CBD oil. You’ve got the protagonist which is the CBD and then you’ve got its entourage of other players which are supporting its role and potentiating its effect.
Types of CBD oils
There is Full Spectrum, Broad spectrum, and CBD isolates. Full-spectrum has all the cannabinoids and terpenes intact, while broad-spectrum is exactly the same except all the THC is taken out. For those that are worried about coming up positive on a drug test, there is also a product called CBD isolate. CBD isolate has 0% THC and is essentially concentrated CBD. All the other cannabinoids and terpenes have been removed. Using this method, you will forgo the benefits of the Entourage Effect. If you are not concerned about taking a drug test then it is recommended to go with a Full Spectrum CBD oil.