These days, with so many new herbal remedies being pushed–from CBD products to kava to kratom–It’s difficult to run into any health food store, pharmacy or online apothecary without being inundated with ads and promotions for herbal health products. Though it’s a brand-new industry, the CBD market is projected to reach $5 billion in U.S. sales by the end of 2019 and shows no signs of slowing down.
More people than ever before can take advantage of CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits, but accurate information on different types of CBD, and its uses has fallen far behind the popularity surge. One trip to browse or purchase CBD products can be confusing. Hemp oil? Cannabis oil? Full-spectrum CBD? What do all these different labels mean?
Though CBD lacks serious regulation, there are some labels and qualifiers that tell you a lot about the CBD before you’ve opened the bottle. Let’s learn about three of the most common types of CBD products and the pros and cons of each.
Learning About the Entourage Effect
We’re still learning more about CBD oil every day, but before you read into the different types of CBD oil and their benefits, it’s helpful to know about the entourage effect. In CBD, the entourage effect is the belief that different components of the cannabis plant like cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds work better together than by themselves. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Think of it this way, a guy named Bob can lift 10 pounds, Phil can lift 10 pounds, and Dave can lift 10 pounds. They can all lift 10 pounds by themselves, but together they can lift 50 pounds instead of 30. The product of their collaborative work is greater than simply adding their individual efforts.
The entourage effect is believed to work the same way in CBD oil. Each individual component is working synergistically with other components for greater potential benefits. There are benefits to terpenes, and benefits to cannabinoids, but more when they’re used together.
What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
Full-spectrum CBD oil takes full advantage of the entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD oil utilizes the entire cannabis plant from stems to leaves to manufacture CBD. With full-spectrum oil, you’re not only getting beneficial CBD, but terpenes, and other components that might make CBD more effective. Full-spectrum oil contains negligible amounts of THC.
What is Broad Extract CBD Oil?
Like full spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD uses the whole plant but removes all traces of THC. While broad-spectrum CBD is more normally more beneficial than CBD isolate, it is not likely to have the same effects as full spectrum oils due to the lack of THC.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is pure unadulterated CBD. In CBD isolate, all other cannabis byproducts like THC, terpenes, and other compounds are removed, leaving you with pure CBD. CBD isolate can come in wax, powder, resin, and more. CBD isolate has fallen out of favor for full-spectrum oils since isolate lacks the entourage effect.
Purchasing the Right Product
Now that you know about the entourage effect and how it affects different types of CBD, you know what to look for. Full-spectrum has all parts of the plant, broad spectrum has all parts minus THC, and CBD isolate is pure CBD. Match the product to your needs for the best potential CBD benefits.