All CBD is not created equal, so it’s extremely important to be an educated consumer.
As hemp-based CBD products are now legal in many countries, there are many retailers who boast high-end tinctures and infusions, but quality does vary.
CBD can be extracted from both the hemp and cannabis plants, although hemp-based products are the only available products being sold outside of a Licensed Producer (LP).
CBD extraction is an expensive and complicated process, with the two main avenues for extraction being CO2 and ethanol extraction.
CO2 extraction looks like a crazy science experiment. Hemp plants are exposed to different temperatures and pressures to isolate CBD and other cannabinoids such as terpenes and flavonoids. The set-up for this type of extraction is budget-busting, as it requires expensive equipment and a large space for set-up.
The results of CO2 extraction produce isolated cannabinoids, such as CBD, with 90% efficacy. This is not a good method for full-spectrum or large-volume production.
Ethanol extraction involves submerging the hemp plant in high grade ethanol, which extracts a full-spectrum of cannabinoids, including terpenes and flavonoids. Ethanol extraction is less expensive and is widely used for large scale production of full-spectrum CBD products.
THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
The Entourage Effect is defined as multiple cannabinoids working together to create an enhanced effect. Therefore, full-spectrum CBD products that include terpenes and flavonoids are expected to work better from an overall health perspective. Including a full spectrum of cannabinoids ensures that the CBD product is better absorbed and acts on all receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, isolated CBD products may be better suited to managing specific symptoms related to a disease process, such as ticks found in Tourette’s.
USE OF CBD PRODUCTS
The saying “to each their own” is very appropriate in this instance. There are a wide range of CBD products on the market including tinctures, oils, topicals, gummies, water and other infused edibles.
An individual needs to search for the product that is best suited to them. CBD Living provides a wide array of products and incorporates nanotechnology to aid in absorption.