Cannabis is on the radar of everyone from consumers to researchers as states legalize marijuana and the other benefits of the plant begin making their way into the mainstream. One of the most talked-about cannabis products is CBD oil.
CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis (or hemp) plant but does not necessarily contain THC, the substance that produces marijuana’s high feeling. CBD oil is available in both full-spectrum and isolate forms.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-spectrum CBD oil is extracted from the stalk of the hemp plant. Minimal processing allows other beneficial compounds to remain in full-spectrum CBD oil including flavonoids and terpenes.
Flavonoids are compounds found in foods like fruits, vegetables, tea, and red wine as well as in CBD oil. They are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
Terpenes are highly aromatic compounds. It is terpenes that create the scent of oranges or lavender. Terpenes feature prominently in aromatherapy. In plants, they may act as a repellant for pests or attract pollinators, and some help plants heal or fight disease.
Some researchers believe that the terpenes in full-spectrum CBD oil help boost its beneficial properties. There is ongoing research into whether terpenes alone may serve as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, or have anti-anxiety properties.
Full-spectrum CBD oil also contains a small amount of THC, the chemical that produces the high in marijuana. The amount is very low, less than 0.3%, so is unlikely to have a psychoactive effect.
Some experts feel that full-spectrum CBD oil has what is called an entourage effect. What that means is that the benefit of the CBD is enhanced by the presence of the other compounds, making it more effective.
Proerba’s Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains full-spectrum CBD oil.
THC-Free CBD Oil
Two types of CBD oil contain no THC at all—broad-spectrum and isolate. Isolate is processed down to pure CBD, with no other compounds remaining. Broad-spectrum CBD oil also has all of the THC removed but leaves compounds such as flavonoids and terpenes.
Broad-spectrum CBD still has the odor and flavor of cannabis while isolate is flavorless and odor-free.
Some experts feel that broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate may lack the entourage benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil, but they are excellent choices for people who want to avoid even trace amounts of THC.
Full-spectrum CBD oil contains only a small amount of THC, but broad-spectrum and CBD isolate contains none at all, making them the THC-free choices.
Proerba’s Zero Hemp Oil is made with CBD isolate containing no impurities, pesticides, or chemicals.
Before trying any hemp oil or CBD product it is important to check with your doctor. Together you can make the decision which products are most likely to provide you the most benefit. CBD can also interact with some medications.
It’s also important to check local rules and regulations regarding hemp, CBD, and CBD oil products. The legal status of all cannabis products is evolving rapidly, and it’s important to know what’s happening in your area.