Shopping for CBD online can be a daunting task but it really shouldn’t be. Granted there are tons and tons of brands out there and to understand what CBD is and why you should use it takes a bit of science. At Santtam CBD our mission is to share with you our knowledge and experience so finding the right CBD or hemp product online is a snap.
What is the spectrum?
Something you can’t miss when looking at different CBD products is that they often refer to a spectrum, either full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate. To understand what this means you first need to understand that most basic principle of CBD. Cannabis plants contain over 100 cannabinoids, a type of phytochemical native to the cannabis plant. Ok, there are some pretty big words in the last sentence, one more time in English. Cannabis plants contain numerous chemical compounds that have different effects, maybe the most famous is THC, which has a psychoactive effect, giving users a feeling of being high. Another CBD, Cannabidiol, is the key ingredient to all those wonderful CBD products. Although these two are the most well-known there are tons of cannabinoids that online CBD consumers seek out for a range of purposes.
The hard science of CBD is in a state of flux because it was only recently declassified as a controlled substance by the FDA, there are countless studies underway, but these take time. What we do know for sure is that these special compounds in cannabis (cannabinoids) interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and are understood by many to be beneficial for a range of purposes.
The three classifications of CBD products as full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate refer to the range of compounds present. It’s not our place to definitively say which one is good or bad or even better or worse. Our job is to share with you the knowledge because the best CBD consumer is the well-informed one!
Full Spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids found in the originating plant strain, when the CBD oil is extracted, nothing is removed. Here are some key points to understand:
· THC is present in full-spectrum CBD products; however, it will not get you high. Federal law mandates that all hemp used in CBD production must contain less than 0.3% THC
· Terpenes and other essential oils are included as well. Terpenes specifically contribute to the flavor and aroma of the oil. CBD shares some specific terpenes that can be found in everyday food items such as black pepper and oregano, a rich, earthy flavor.
Broad spectrum CBD products are essentially the same as full spectrum minus one key compound – THC. Some consumers prefer, for many perfectly logical reasons, to use CBD products that do not contain CBD.
· The entourage effect occurs when the various cannabinoids in a product interreact and enhance the overall performance of the CBD, this synergy is a key reason why many choose full spectrum because THC contributes to this as well.
· Although CBD is the most well-known cannabinoid and the namesake for these types of products there is a range of compounds that are sought after such as CBDV, CBG, CBC, CBN, CBDa, CBGa. Explaining the different properties of each of these would require its own blog post, actually probably a book.
Isolate refers to CBD oil that has been purified and refined to an extent where all that is left is pure CBD. The popularity of isolate CBD tends to vary, many studies attest to the importance of the entourage effect which CBD isolate is not able to deliver.
· Purity is one of the main aspects of isolate which many people find attractive, because of the highly precise process used to produce it, CBD isolate contains 99% CBD
· Dosage level is the result of the high purity of THC. For users who want CBD specifically, compared to full and broad spectrum products, 1 gram of CBD isolate is basically pure CBD, a much better value, if that is what you are looking for.
Key points from the CBD pros
There is currently a lot of evidence pointing to the legitimacy of the entourage effect, where the range of cannabinoid compounds will create a synergy making the product perform better. Furthermore, as the CBD market develops, growers are selectively breeding strains of hemp to have unique spectrums which will in turn deliver more value to consumers. We are not ruling out isolate however, CBD isolate has been and will be responsible for big developments on the medicinal aspect of CBD. If you are ever curious about this spectrum that generates so much conversation, make sure to check the COA (certificate of analysis) of all products that you use. We at Santtam CDB provide COA for all of our products right on our website! Not everyone can say that.