With the growth of the medical importance of CBD, there has been an increased misconception about how it compares with full spectrum cannabis extracts. The public focus on the CBD continues to soar amidst debates on whether it has the potential to treat numerous ailments as claimed. CBD is designed to be consumed in different ways, including tropical use, oral consumption and vaping. Today, two types of CBD exist on the market: full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. What many people do not understand is that these two have differences which may have far-reaching implications on the body of the user as well as the efficacy of the drug. As it is now clear, full-spectrum CBD is common among many people, and perhaps for a good reason. However, CBD isolates also come with certain benefits that may be attractive to other marijuana users.
Because of the increasing popularity of CBD, many health professionals and users have raised numerous questions about the mode through which CBD is extracted and administered. Full-spectrum CBD, which is whole plant extract (marijuana) and pure CBD extracts are the two common forms of CBD around. Clearly, most people who use marijuana would prefer full-spectrum form over the CBD isolate. On the other hand, the fact that CBD has come to be globally recognized as having medical importance has led to the innovation of ways of administration of the drug.
Over the years, different ways of administration have been developed, something that has put into question the efficacy of each method. Some of commonest methods of consuming CBD include topical, sublingual application and capsules that are taken orally. However, vaping has been appreciated as the most bio-available form of administration, a method that has caused a significant increase in the demand for CBD isolate.
The CBD isolate differs from full-spectrum CBD extract in the sense that it contains CBD only and does not contain any other cannabinoids, healthy fatty acids or terpenes, components commonly found during the extraction of in full-spectrum CBD natural or the whole plant. Cannabis contains over 100 active cannabinoids apart from the CBD which is commonly known to be the major component. It also features terpenes, a component that comes with anti-inflammatory properties, and which is known to increase the efficacy of marijuana. While all these components are not regarded as highly as the CBD, especially in the medical field, they have been found to carry certain beneficial properties as well. For example, the cannabinoids CBN and CBG found in marijuana (whole-plant CBD) have been found to contain anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and anti-bacterial properties. All these properties have a huge impact on the efficacy of marijuana in treating many ailments and conditions.
Whole plant extracts feature a moderated amount of THC, which is the most prominent component of cannabinoid. Medical research has shown that THC has some psychological effects on the user, which is why many countries, including the US and its states, have passed a law making a certain level of THC illegal. For this reason, it is important to know the amount of THC in marijuana before you buy or consume the product. When both are present, terpenes, CBD and the associated components are known to cause what is medically known as an entourage effect. The mode of interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes has proven to increase the healing power of each component in marijuana. This is because of the efficient synergy between the two components.
A study conducted by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research that sought to establish the efficacy of CBD isolate has confirmed the synergistic effect of cannabinoid and terpenes in creating a healing effect on the user. The research showed that the administration of CBD in an isolated manner was not as effective just as the cannabinoids was when applied independently. Further, the study showed that both were only effective with increased dosage and that the cannabis solution containing both components provided a better healing effect even at the lowest dosage.
THC is one of the cannabinoids known to contribute to the entourage effect, hence it is an ideal component that should be included in the processing of the CBD supplement. A recent publication noted that THC is a minor component in hemp and comes in traces below 0.3 percent. THC as one of the powerful cannabinoids mimics anandamide, a neurotransmitter that binds to the CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. When available in smaller amounts in hemp, THC is not only non-psychoactive but also considered a safe product for use by users of all kinds.
The numerous benefits of full-spectrum CBD extracts mean some marketers of CBD have either stopped selling or have simply scaled down the promotion of CBD isolate when compared to a whole-plant form of marijuana. Manufacturers are beginning to realize that marijuana (a full-spectrum drug) has more benefits than the CBD medically speaking. Therefore, this is assertion has caused heated debate as to whether this super plant should be included in the process of extracting the CBD for medical use.
In conclusion, this article has underscored the importance of understanding the concentration of various active ingredients in the CBD extract. Be sure to regulate the amount of THC in your CBD, especially if you are preparing your own CBD extract from home since levels beyond a certain limit (usually 0.3%) could be illegal. Remember that while you seek to gain from the medical benefits of marijuana, it is important to remain on the safe side of the law.