By now you’ve heard a lot about it – CBD, THC, weed, marijuana, hemp. Will I get high? Is it safe? Will I sleep better? These and more are all common questions, and good questions, to ask when exploring the world of CBD. We’ve made it easy for you and put together a quick guide of key information anyone looking to try CBD should know.
CBD, THC, etc. – differences explained
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound in both the hemp and marijuana plants. While clinical trials and studies have just started to scratch the surface of the vast variety of medicinal and therapeutic benefits CBD can provide for humans and animals, here a few of the ways CBD has the potential to enhance your life:
● Pain relief
● Reducing anxiety or depression
● Help sleeping
● Improving mood disorders
● Improving gut health
● Lowering inflammation
● And countless more!
You’ve likely already heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) by now—the compound in cannabis (specifically marijuana) that gets you high. Too much THC, and you’re left staring at the wall wondering whether ketchup is considered a smoothie because tomatoes are a fruit. So, if THC and CBD come from the same family of plants, they both should get you high, right? Wrong. While CBD and THC come from the same family of plants, CBD itself does not get you high, due to a slight difference in their molecular structure.
First, let’s make one thing clear. Hemp and marijuana are not the same plant, they are different plants that both happen to be part of the cannabis family of plants. Oil derived from marijuana contains significant levels of THC, and can lead to unwanted side effects associated with THC related impairment (paranoia, anxiety, change in appetite), while hemp-derived CBD oil has negligible levels of THC (<0.3%) and is considered safe for most people.
Full spectrum vs. broad spectrum vs. isolate
Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains other cannabinoids found in the plant in addition to CBD (e.g. CBN, CBG, CBC, etc.) The compound is not extracted or isolated further. This medley of cannabinoids work together to increase the benefits of CBD and the accompanying friends that come along with it, including THC (0.3% or less from hemp-derived CBD) This is known as the “entourage effect.”
Broad spectrum CBD also contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant, except the THC has been removed, which might lessen the “entourage effect” but it has its place since pets are more sensitive to cannabinoids than humans. You don’t want to accidentally make Fido anxious about their status as a good boy or girl.
CBD Isolate is 99% pure CBD, in which all cannabinoids except CBD have been removed in the refining process.
So, since CBD isolate is 99% pure, it must be the best type to consume, right? Not exactly, as the other cannabinoids work together to amplify benefits overall. Think of it this way: would you rather have one super strong friend move all your furniture by themselves, or have over a hundred decently strong friends help? Chances are, you’d be done with your move in way less time with 100 friends.
Third-party lab testing
Finally, any legitimate CBD brand will always test their products with a third-party lab and make the results easily accessible and publicly available. Tests should at minimum include cannabinoid profiles (i.e. the amounts of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids), as well as metals and pesticides.
When shopping for CBD products, at minimum you want to ask these 3 key questions:
- Is the product derived from marijuana or hemp?
- Is the product full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate?
- Are there third-party lab test results for the product?
Make sure the product packaging clearly states whether it is a marijuana or hemp-based product, as this could be the difference between an unwanted psychoactive experience and a sober one of calm and relief. Packaging and product information should also indicate if the CBD used is full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate. Recent, up to date third-party lab test results should be readily accessible on the company’s website, or made available upon request.
And there you have it. CBD and other natural, plant-based solutions can be a great alternative to traditional, synthetic over-the-counter and prescription medication. For some, CBD has the potential to be life changing. Embarking on your CBD journey doesn’t have to be daunting so long as you are equipped with the right information and knowledge.
Choose full spectrum for yourself, choose broad spectrum for your furry friend, choose resolveCBD.
Information and products presented by resolveCBD are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment, nor is it intended to be a substitute or alternative for professional medical advice. Always consult with a licensed professional regarding medical treatment or possible interactions with prescribed drugs. Products are intended to be used as directed, by individuals who are 19 years of age or older.