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When it comes to cannabidiol, or CBD, products, it can be tough to know where to start. One visitor recently asked God’s Greenery: If I am new to CBD, do I want a full spectrum CBD, a broad spectrum, or a CBD product that is an isolate? What’s the difference?
When you choose a high-quality full spectrum CBD, you are choosing the whole hemp plant. What we mean is you are not only getting the single cannabinoid CBD, but also you are getting the other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Scientists and medical researchers have identified more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, and CBD is just one of them. Full spectrum means you are getting the full benefit of everything found in the plant of origin. In addition to cannabinoids, hemp contains vitamins, minerals, plant protein, chlorophyll, terpenes and fatty acids, which together with cannabinoids can produce what is referred to as an entourage effect. The entourage effect means these compounds may work in your body better together than they do alone.
When God created plants with medicinal benefits, He put all the compounds in it. When researchers discover that one piece of a plant has a medicinal benefit, they often start to single out, or isolate, the one beneficial chemical without considering how it works in synergy with the other compounds found in the plant. Full spectrum gives users the full benefit of all that is found in the hemp of origin. In a 2015 study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School, a comparison of full spectrum CBD to CBD only found that full spectrum CBD outperformed the isolate in combating inflammation and pain. When the whole plant was used, subjects got more relief. Relief also came faster with the full spectrum oil.
For potential relief without feeling a euphoric effect or “high,” make sure you use hemp-based CBD. Hemp-based CBD contains only trace amounts or no THC. If you use a marijuana-based full spectrum CBD, the full spectrum would also contain the full THC found in the plant of origin.
Broad spectrum CBD is another popular term for CBD. It means the CBD product contains most of the compounds found in the plants of origin, but not all. Broad spectrum means the THC has been removed. The product contains the CBD, plus the fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids; but the THC has been taken out. Broad spectrum is a term widely used for hemp-based CBD, and many users say it helps their conditions more effectively than CBD by itself. It also relieves the worry for many consumers that the small amounts of THC found in hemp-based full spectrum CBD could cause them to fail a drug test.
CBD isolate means that the CBD product contains the cannabinoid CBD from the hemp plant and nothing else. The other cannabinoids, waxes, flavonoids, terpenes, vitamins, and the like have been removed; and the CBD is now the main compound in the product. For conditions such as anxiety, some users say CBD alone helps them the most. Isolates are considered the purest and most concentrated forms of CBD. The theory is that when other compounds are extracted and the CBD is left alone to do its job, it can be more potent, and therefore more effective for users.
In Genesis 1 when God finished creating the world, He looked over everything and pronounced it “good.” He specifically gave all plant matter to the first human being, Adam, for his sustenance. When choosing a CBD product, do your research on which kind might best help you. Especially dig into your product’s history and origin. It is always best practice to ask for independent laboratory, third-party test results. Know what they look like and how to read them. Choose your CBD carefully. Pray, and ask God to help you make wise decisions for your body’s health. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) instructs, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And, as always, seek advice from your medical professional before making any changes to your health routine.
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