August 8th is National CBD Day. The holiday was created in 2018 by cbdMD. It’s a day to recognize the molecule that 14% of Americans use on the daily. Reportedly mostly for medical purposes (2019 survey from Gallup). It’s the 2nd most prominent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and it’s use has been on the rise due to it’s array of health benefits without intoxication or weird side effects.
So… How do we celebrate? Discovery. Learn how CBD can better your health and environment. CBD is very versatile and can be applied in multiple fashions. This lovely molecule can be swallowed, smoked, vaped, rubbed on topically, and even bathed in. I mean really, I sky is the limit. But you should know that there are different formulations of isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum.
Isolate. It’s just like it sounds. It’s an isolated molecule. The single molecule is quarantined leaving no other chemical components from the cannabis plant. It is simply a stand alone. Isolate is the purest form of CBD and may be a suitable product for first-time CBD users looking to investigate into its potential health benefits without the other cannabis compounds. However, this may alter the affect of the product.
Broad Spectrum. There is more going on here than the isolate, but it isn’t complete. In a Broad Spectrum product, the entire chemical composition is present minus the THC molecule. This makes the products more appealing to those that may be either chemically sensitive, fear THC, or experience frequent drug tests. So, this is all but one.
Full Spectrum. This is a complete extraction, the entire chemical composition is present including the THC molecule. This makes the product more effective if the consumer is in need of the entourage effect. This is when the cannabinoids all work together complimenting each other’s affects. In many cases full spectrum products have high success rates with ailments. However, full spectrum products should not be used by those who wish to avoid THC for personal or professional reasons.
Something else that you should be aware of… The claim that it is not psychoactive. This is incorrect. CBD IS psychoactive, it’s just not intoxicating.
Does it get you high? Well, no it’s not a sedative. But many confess that cannabidiol leaves them with a calming affect. Some have reported at higher doses feeling more alert. I think whether you’re up or down, this is changing things. Don’t you think?
A psychoactive drug is a chemical that affects both the brain and nervous system. This in turn will alter brain function, which will change mood, and overall behavior. Is this not what’s happening here? Whatever the reason one might be taking a CBD product, it is to overall increase their wellness. They’re changing things about their body and their mind. Wouldn’t it just be more honest to say something like “It’s not the same effects as THC”?
And lastly but certainly not the least… Always make sure that your products are coming from a reputable source. Multiple research entities like Harvard have looked into the authenticity of many CBD products that are available to consumers. Only about 1/3 measured up to what they were claiming. Some actually had more than what they were claiming; while many others fell under the claim and some didn’t have any at all. In a few cases it was reported as being even worse as some actually had high traces of Delta9 THC. Imagine that surprise… And in a few cases the companies were using a synthetic version of CBD 4-CCB which actually made some people ill.
So how do we protect ourselves? Transparency is honesty, ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from a third party. This is a document that shows you exactly what is in your product and what isn’t. This report will give you the measurements of each cannabinoid, like CBD or THC; as well as providing information showing that the products are free of pesticides, heavy metals, pathogens, and other things that could impair your health. This can normally be found in the form of a QR code on the packaging. A reputable company will be able to provide a COA – because they have nothing to hide making the products and the company honest. The rest can keep their snake oil…
So now that you know the some of the differences and how to be safe about it, give it a try.
I’m sure you want to do more research on the subject before getting started.