While the use and availability of CBD oil is spreading rampantly, many of the people who are now open to the use of Cannabis and Hemp as medicine have never used the plant before and are curious as to what oil will work best for them. I would like to shed a bit of light on this question with both information rooted in scientific study and my personal herbal philosophy.
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in both Cannabis and Hemp that is showing powerful effects as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, as well as many others; helping to alleviate the symptoms and root causes of many of the ailments that are prevalent in today's day and age. I suggest CBD for most of my clients who are ill, as well as those wanting to use CBD as a preventative medicine for living a most vital life.
So, now, what is the difference between Full Spectrum Oil and Isolate? It's quite simple really.
Full Spectrum Oil contains not only CBD, but also all the other cannabinoids found in the plant; including CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol), THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), just to name a few. It also contains trace amounts of terpenes and flavonoids, which have been shown to have therapeutic effects as well. It is important to note that this oil may contain trace amounts of THC (under .3%) which results in very minimal psychoactive effects, but in some cases could still trigger a positive on a drug test. This is something to keep in mind if you are in a position that requires regular or random drug tests.
In Cannabis, there is a term known as the “Entourage Effect” which is based on the notion that all of the compounds found within the plant work together synergistically, creating a more powerful effect than if a single compound is to be isolated on its own. This rings true to both my logical and intuitive mind. Nature is an incredibly intelligent force and nothing is created without purpose. All of the compounds found in the plant are there for a reason. Using whole plant extracts provides a wide array of benefits that are just not possible when you isolate one single compound.
Which brings me to Isolates.
Isolates are exactly what the word suggests, an isolation of the CBD molecule by itself. Once oil is extracted from Cannabis or Hemp it is cooled until it forms crystals. These crystals are then pressed into a powder that results in a singular molecular compound, CBD, with the exclusion of any other compounds including additional cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, or fats.
It was once believed that CBD isolates were more potent than full spectrum CBD, however this belief was debunked in a 2015 study by the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. Researchers were able to prove that full spectrum CBD provided more relief in the test group of mice, especially as higher doses were administered.
There are TONS of products on the market today which can make it hard to know which one is the best for you. A few recommendations I have for choosing a product are: First, KNOW YOUR SUPPLIER. I cannot stress this enough. Where does the Cannabis/Hemp come from? Is it being grown organically? What is the condition of the soil it is being grown in? Cannabis and Hemp are both phytoremediators, meaning they pull up whatever is in the soil. If the soil is polluted with toxins, then your medicine will be as well. Do some investigating before purchasing a product from a company. What is their credibility? What is their philosophy? What is the feedback that other customers are giving? Second, and this comes from my personal herbal philosophy, seek herbal products that use a wide array of plant medicines. Cannabis and Hemp love to collaborate with other plants. The most powerful product is going to be one that doesn’t just focus on Cannabis or Hemp, but rather reaches out to other herbs within the plant kingdom to bring about a synergistic effect to help provide relief and long term healing for your specific ailment. Lastly, use your INTUITION. These days we tend to make health way more complicated than it actually is. Listen to your body. Different doses will work better for different people, and a lot of variables go into this. Start off with a small dose of 5-10mg and then listen in to your body to see how it responds, then adjust from there. The beautiful thing about CBD is that the side effects are extremely minimal, allowing you to experiment with what works best for you without causing harm to your temple. Be your own doctor/healer/mentor. You are the inhabitant of your own body vessel, you know what you need. Trust that.
If you have any questions about finding a reliable source for cbd oil, dosage, or what products would work best for you, please do not hesitate to reach out.