What Is CBD

The CBD Molecule

What is CBD All About Anyway?

As more and more states pass legislation to legalize the use of cannabis and cannabis byproducts, it's time to understand the products out there, available to consumers that will vastly improve their lives.

cannabis plant

For starters, let's look at the plant itself.

The cannabis plant contains a variety of phytocannabinoids, chemicals that affect both the body and the brain, of which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) both have medicinal properties.

Unlike its THC counterpart, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the user. However, it can produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have significant benefits.

While THC provides that plant's famous "high" and stimulates the appetite. Hemp, the least processed form of cannabis, is where we'd find our medicinal CBD.

Are All CBD Products Created Equally?

Like other crops, farmers can selectively breed marijuana plants to produce varying levels of chemicals to get the desired effect when used or consumed. It's important to know that there is a significant difference between CBD and a full-spectrum CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid products.

CBD is Organic

You might be asking what the difference is? Many CBD products on the market don't come from organically grown hemp. They come from low-dose THC marijuana strains which in order to extract CBD use harsh chemical solvents to isolate CBD and thus remove all other naturally occurring cannabinoids and other essential nutrients and compounds.

By using organically grown hemp, instead of low-dose THC strains of marijuana, the utilizing of harsh chemical solvents is completely avoided. The proper way to extract CBD is to utilize a responsible CO2 supercritical extraction method to extract the CBD, as well as, other cannabinoids, nutrients, and compounds.

Many products on the market state the use of CO2 extraction, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is free of harsh chemical solvents like hexane and heptane. Low-dose THC strains can first go through a CO2 extraction method, but the problem is that THC limits far outweigh the federally mandated limits. To compensate for these higher than mandated THC levels, they isolate CBD by using harsh chemical solvents.

The result is residual traces of these harsh chemical solvents remain in their product, and because these traces of harsh chemical solvents are below federally mandated disclosures, you may be unknowingly ingesting these harsh chemical solvents.

Ideally, CBD companies want to use organically grown hemp, instead of low-dose THC marijuana plants, like the process that CDB Drip has adopted with a responsible CO2 supercritical extraction method, extraction retains not only a natural CBD product but all the other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and other essential nutrients and compounds, void from many other CBD products.

CO2 supercritical extraction

By retaining these naturally occurring cannabinoids and compounds, users not only receive a natural product void of harsh chemicals, but these naturally occurring compounds have shown to play a crucial role in the efficiency of CBD, which is also known as the "entourage effect."

Entourage Effect Diagram

The Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is a synergistic effect that has shown to magnify the therapeutic effect of CBD hemp oil. When comparing CBD levels, one might think that 30-milligrams of synthetic single-molecule CBD is equivalent to 30-milligrams of a CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid extract, or a product with 50-milligrams of synthetic single-molecule CBD is superior over a 25-milligram mix of CBD-rich whole plant cannabinoid extract.

It all works better when they work together. Keep in mind that it's not just about the CBD molecule by itself, but the whole plant full-spectrum extract that retains the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, nutrients, and compounds which are lost in other extraction methods.

When CBD oil is extracted using best practices, securing a full-spectrum of molecules there is a retention of these beneficial terpenes and other compounds.

Breaking Down Cannabis Terpenes

These are some of those essential terpenes potential users will want to look for when considering a CBD oil:

Limonene

Carene and Pinene

Myrcene

Caryophyllene

Look for the Most Natural Way

Natural Hemp

When using low-dose THC strains and isolating CBD, the process ultimately removes CBG, CBGA, and other beneficial properties from the end product, and thus may not be as beneficial as a true full-spectrum CBD product.

Another benefit to using organically grown industrial hemp, as CBD Drip does, is that testing of industrial hemp has found to have much higher levels of CBG than most strains of cannabis. Testing has shown that levels of CBG can be up to nine times as high, as well as, maintaining a low THC level; which is lower than federally mandated limits.

Too many studies suggest the benefits of terpenes and other cannabinoids found naturally in industrial hemp, that isolating CBD using harsh chemical solvents isn’t the best and possibly most beneficial end product. With so many CBD products on the market, it can become a daunting task to chose a regimen that will work best for you and your specific needs. The best rule of thumb is to look for the most natural process of extraction, providing a true full-spectrum CBD product.

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