Among the greatest problems facing our industry is the lack of accessible, public information about what CBD is, how it is extracted, or from where its sourced. When consumers are unaware, they fall to conglomerates that put profit before standards. And when people buy products that “don’t work” repeatedly, trust is lost; belief is lost; even hope in a possible solution begins to fade. Then, public health and the integrity of our industry are put at risk.
What you should know about CBD products.
More is not always better. Many companies will deceive consumers with labels claiming dosages of “1400MG per bottle”. But this value describes volume rather than concentration leaving the customer to incorrectly inferring the latter. In other words, a bottle containing 1300 MG of oil and 100MG of CBD extract may still be labeled 1400MG per bottle. Deceptive! Moreover, and this is important to know, average doses for adults typically range from 25-50mg. Such labeling leaves consumers assuming they are getting a potent product that will effectively soothe their symptoms. In reality, they are receiving a fraction of what their body actually needs.
How to Pick what works for YOU
There are three types of CBD extract products: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, & Isolate.
Full Spectrum means that the extract contains the entire cannabinoid profile. This is often seen as the most therapeutic of the three. All Full Spectrum product in the US must contain less than 0.3% THC content. It is not mind-altering, however large quantities of full spectrum products over time may result in a buildup of THC in the system. Built up THC levels can result in a failed drug test. Always make sure your product is lab tested for bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides.
Broad Spectrum products have no THC content at all, but do contain the remaining cannabinoid profile. It is suggested for users that are concerned about constant use build-up of THC content in their system. Broad Spectrum is preferred over Isolate for many as Isolates tend to be heavily cut with other binding agents.
Isolate CBD products contain only one cannabinoid, CBD. Isolate products do not bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors, but have been observed interacting with various ion channels, enzymes, and other receptors that are “felt to explain its potential analgesic, anti‐epileptic, anti‐nausea, anti‐emetic, anti‐inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti‐psychotic, and anti‐ischemic properties” (Pertwee, RG). Be aware of the ingredients in your product, as many are often diluted with binding agents yielding less affective results. Some of these binding agents may include MCT, VGs, PGs, or any other type of fatty chain acid.
Overall, the literature on various forms of extracted products is continuously expanding and becoming more comprehensive. Several sources have sited full spectrum as having the most therapeutic implications in medicine and health however it is important to take into consideration your own personal limitations. If you find yourself hyper sensitive to THC or concerned about failing a drug test, isolates may be a good option for you. We will always vote in favor of full spectrum as the entire cannabinoid profile has synergistic effects on the body.
Pertwee RG. The diverse CB1 and CB2 receptor pharmacology of three plant cannabinoids: Delta9‐tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and delta9‐tetrahydrocannabivarin.