In recent years, CBD, short for cannabidiol, has burst onto the scene as an alternative way to treat pain, anxiety and more. But CBD is unique in that, unlike products containing the full cannabis plant, it is not psychoactive. And because of this, this hemp plant extract is a great choice for those in states where medical marijuana is illegal or simply for those who want to treat pain and anxiety without any psychoactive effects. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of available CBD products.
Full-spectrum products contain not only CBD, but also THC. The term “full spectrum” means that a product contains the entire cannabis plant. Products like these may have some psychoactive elements — the lower the proportion of CBD, the greater the effect. However, full-spectrum products are not legal everywhere — make sure you check state laws before purchasing. That said, certain states allow a small percentage of psychoactive elements. Some states, such as Florida, only criminalize driving if you take CBD oil with a THC level of 0.3% or higher. Low amounts of THC aren’t noticeably impairing, so you can take some full-spectrum products and still feel normal. Be sure to check the THC levels of any CBD product before you drive.
If you live somewhere where cannabis is illegal, a broad-spectrum CBD may be right for you. Broad-spectrum products contain the entirety of the cannabis plant except for THC. Generally speaking, these compounds have magnified therapeutic effects. This is because full-spectrum products contain additional cannabinoids and oils. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why the presence of these other elements increases benefits, but the effect is well known enough to have a name — it’s known as the “entourage effect.” Because broad-spectrum CBD doesn’t leave traces of THC, this is an ideal CBD product for those who are regularly drug tested or cannot have THC in their system for any legal purposes.
CBD isolate contains pure CBD without other components from the hemp plant. Initial research into the therapeutic benefits of CBD concluded that isolate was better, as it is purer than full-spectrum products. And, while CBD isolate has definite benefits, these might not be as pronounced as the benefits of a full-spectrum product. Isolates are generally more affordable, though. If you are looking to venture into the world of CBD and aren’t sure if you want to spend too much yet, this might be a viable option.
If you haven’t used CBD before, all of the stigmas surrounding the subject can be intimidating. And then how do you decide which type to use? The term “CBD oil” includes a range of CBD products and so many options can be confusing and overwhelming. Before you buy, make sure you familiarize yourself with what’s available and do some research about what is best for you. When you know what you’re buying, you will be more likely to find the relief you need.
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