There are Two Types of CBD Oil
This type of oil is extracted from Industrial Hemp and none of the properties and compounds in the oil are altered. The beneficial properties of the oil that are not messed with include Flavonoids, Minerals, Phyto-Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Vitamins. Full Spectrum also makes use of the “Whole Plant.” This is also called “Entourage Effect.” This means all different pieces within the plant interact with the human body and create a stronger influence than one piece alone. Evidence and research shows using whole plants in their natural state is more effective than using isolated components. Whole-plant medicine has been in use for thousands of years in ancient healing arts such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CBD Oil Review).
Since Full Spectrum uses all of the plant, it will have a small percentage of THC which helps to strengthen the health effects of CBD (but is too minimal for psychoactive effects). There are some products out there that remove the THC, for whatever reason, and these do not classify as Full Spectrum. Full Spectrum also has a more natural, earthy taste which people tend to like.
Full Spectrum is not easily manufactured. Full Spectrum CBD requires more time, effort, and expertise to properly extract while also preserving the integrity of the Hemp plant. (ENLITA FARMS). People who manufacture it are experts at the excruciating process. A full spectrum product will have a higher price tag because of this, but higher quality means greater benefits to the user.
The majority of CBD oil is created by only extracting a compound from the plant. The compound is cooled to form crystals which are processed into a fine powder. This results in a single molecule compound made of only CBD, losing the majority of properties and healthy nutrients. This process is easy to create, but due to the poor quality, it has a lot less health benefits. It is cheaper to purchase than Full Spectrum, but even in consuming higher quantities of isolate, you won’t receive the same health benefits. Due to the artificial process and loss of natural compounds, the taste suffers. In order to add back flavor to the oil artificial flavors are added.
Isolate CBD, due to it being only CBD, suffers greatly from the lack of backup compounds and is weaker in the long term with no ability to improve upon itself (ENLITA FARMS). Also, many isolate products may actually contain substances that are toxic and harmful to your body, having the reverse effect of full spectrum products. Some manufacturers use petroleum solvents for the extraction process (Try the CBD 2018). This process can lead to petroleum residue in CBD products, causing all sorts of problems.
Why do we have Isolate when Full Spectrum is more effective and useful?
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not really monitor herbal medicine products the way it monitors other medical products. Quality control is poor, resulting in potentially contaminated, adulterated, less effective, or even unsafe herbal products (CBD Oil Review).
- Potency can be erratic, due to environment and weather conditions changing each year’s crop of plants.
- Many botanical products do not have standardization models, because of a lack of knowledge and understanding of the components that are necessary for a therapeutic effect.
- Also, it is easier and cheaper for people to make Isolate CBD Oil. Many manufacturers only care about profits, not the benefits that can be had, or the consequences of a product full of toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides.
How to Find Quality CBD Oil
- Check for Full Spectrum
Check labels to make sure the CBD Oil is “Full Spectrum” or made from the “Whole Plant.” If it is not on the label or website, it is likely an isolate product.
- Review Labels for Levels of THC
The levels of THC should not exceed more than 0.3 percent. But, also make sure you check the levels of THC that are legal in your particular state or country.
- Check the Processing Method
CO2 extraction method is the safest. It uses high pressurized carbon dioxide at low temperatures to extract the CBD from the industrial hemp plant. The CO2 will evaporate when no longer under pressure. It is the most expensive method. However, other methods often use harsh solvents, which will likely cause chemicals to be in the CBD products.
- Check Ingredients
Look at ingredients to make sure there is nothing artificial. For example, Enlita Farms CBD is just CBD oil and coconut oil, that’s it, nothing else is added.
- Check Concentration
A quality product will start off with having 250mg to 1,000mg per fluid ounce. This matters because if you were to purchase a 4-ounce bottle that contained 250mg of CBD, your concentration would be a mere 62.5 mg of CBD per ounce – hardly enough to reap the full benefits of CBD (CBD Oil Review).
- Find out Where the Plants Are Grown.
The CBD hemp plant will absorb substances and components of the soil it is grown in such as fertilizers, heavy metals or pesticides. Make sure there is some information on where the plants were grown. U.S. grown hemp is a better choice, because U.S. Farmers are required to get certified by state departments of agriculture. Many CBD oil companies will import oils from Europe or use third party extractors. Check for information on whether oils are made entirely within the U.S. and not shipped out at any point in the process.
- Third Party Testing and Third Party Potency Tested
Check to see if a product has been tested by a third-party laboratory. A good, reputable product will make the results of the lab tests available to customers. Third party testing will test to see if a product has any chemicals, heavy metals, or other impurities. If a product has third party potency testing as well, that is good news. This will show the ingredients on the label are in fact what’s in the product.
- Consider the Price.
You get what you pay for. If the price seems relatively cheap, you are probably purchasing a product of low quality, which results in minimal benefits.
- Check Reviews.
If purchasing online, make sure the manufacturer has decent reviews showing high quality products, reliability, and good customer service. A company that is honest and of notable quality will likely provide a phone number where someone can actually be reached to answer questions. When shopping in-store check with sales people about the quality and reviews concerning the products.
- Review Company Claims. Make sure Product is Legal.
Look for a transparent company that has all the information you are looking for easily available. No company should be claiming their product can cure any specific ailment, or that it is a magic cure-all. This violates the FDA’s guidelines. If it just states research or people having seen positive results with these health conditions, then that’s okay.
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