Since the legalization of hemp derived CBD in 2018, the cannabis product has become increasingly popular in the U.S. Many people use CBD for a variety of common issues such as insomnia, but also to relax and destress. With lots of terms floating around, it can be difficult for consumers to differentiate between broad spectrum CBD oil and full spectrum CBD oil, or hemp extract vs hemp seed extract vs CBD extract. This article will leave you knowing all about CBD extract so you can make informed decisions the next time you reach for a CBD product.
Is hemp extract the same as CBD?
There is often a lot of confusion between hemp seed oil, hemp extract, and CBD. This is understandable since in order to fall under the 2018 Farm Bill and be legally sourced, most CBD products on the market are extracted from hemp plants. However, CBD can also be extracted from marijuana plants, though these plants naturally produce lower levels of CBD than hemp does. Therefore, CBD oil is often a hemp extract, though it is not the same as hemp seed oil. While hemp extract and CBD oil are made from the leaves, flowers, and stems, which contain terpenes and other lesser cannabinoids, hemp seed oil is created by cold pressing only hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD, but it is considered to have other health benefits such as helping to reduce cholesterol levels. Often used in cooking, hemp seed oil is very high in omegas, particularly omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid), and has no trans fats.
Will CBD get you high?
CBD is a non-psychoactive substance that will not give you the feeling of being high like THC or Delta-8 will. Those who use CBD will stay clear minded and alert, unlike people who consume marijuana. Mothers, working professionals, and others who need to remain in good judgement are able to use CBD extract without any issues.
You’ve probably heard all about the long list of CBD health benefits. While CBD is not a wonder drug that will cure all, there are quite a few scientific studies that have researched the potential health benefits of CBD. The most common are listed below:
- Control anxiety and stress
- Depression management
- Pain relief
- Help with insomnia and sleep disorders
- Possibly reduce acne
- Treatment for epilepsy and seizures
- Help with schizophrenia and other mental disorders
- Lower blood pressure
- Alleviate cancer related nausea, pain, and other symptoms
- Treatment for substance abuse
What is CBD extract?
CBD extract is most commonly found in the form of CBD oil. CBD oil is typically sourced from cannabis hemp plants. Extraction of CBD from the plant material is done in one of two ways, using carbon dioxide (CO2), or a solvent. The CO2 method involves having a closed loop extractor that pressurizes the gas enough to become a liquid. This liquid is pushed into a chamber with the plant material and removes the cannabinoids. When the pressure is reduced, the liquid turns back to gas and evaporates, leaving behind a concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. The second method uses a solvent such as butane, ethanol, or propane in the same way using a closed loop extractor. After extraction, the mixture is slowly heated or cooled to remove the solvent and leave behind the sought-after cannabinoids.
3 Types of CBD
- CBD isolate - Most people prefer to use CBD products that include other lesser cannabinoids and terpenes, however sometimes users want pure CBD. CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD and is tasteless and odorless. Since this type of CBD extract doesn’t contain anything else besides cannabidiol itself, you will not benefit from the synergetic relationship between chemical compounds known as the entourage effect. While still very much a mystery, the entourage effect is the theory that all active cannabis compounds such as essential oils, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes have their own effects on the body when consumed by themselves, but when combined, they work together to produce heightened, multi-dimensional effects.
- Full spectrum CBD - If you’re looking for the entourage effect, the most wholesome of CBD extracts is full spectrum CBD oil, which contains all essential cannabinoids including trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less). Full spectrum CBD goes through the least amount of processing and extraction so that all the naturally occurring chemical compounds from the cannabis plant such as CBN, CBG, or CBDA remain.
- Broad spectrum CBD - This type of CBD extract is exactly like full spectrum CBD, except that all traces of THC are removed. The additional level of processing allows the CBD oil to be 100% THC free. Athletes or anyone that may go through drug testing will not have any problem using broad spectrum CBD.
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