What type of CBD oil should I buy?
By “types” I’m assuming you mean Full Spectrum vs Isolate?
Unless you’re asking about brands, which is another story. But, I would lean towards full spectrum CBD oil over CBD isolate. The range of ingredients in full spectrum include THC (a very small amount) but, it’s possible (although not likely) to test positive on a standard drug test when taking full spectrum oil.
Here’s the difference between the two:
To understand the difference between full spectrum vs isolate, you really need to understand how CBD oil is made.
Basically, CBD oil is either made from the whole plant, or it is filtered so that only the CBD molecule is left in the oil vs a full spectrum of organic compounds, phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.
When CBD oil is made using the whole hemp plant, all of the above compounds and “ingredients” which naturally occur in the hemp plant, are present in the oil.
Is Full Spectrum That Big of a Deal?
Well, as incredible of a compound cannabidiol (CBD) is, the other compounds are incredibly useful. The research done on these is groundbreaking. For example, the terpene Myrcene is a potent analgesic that releases naturally occurring opioids (the body’s painkiller). In other words, it works as if an opiate would, except it doesn’t create an intoxicating “high” or addiction, and without any opioid stimulation in the brain stem, you can’t overdose on it like taking an opiate or narcotic. We haven’t even scratched the surface on the potential future applications of just this one terpene yet. And there are other terpenes that are researched to show properties of anti-inflammation, anti-anxiety, anti-depression and healthy sleep promotion.
If you’re isolating CBD from all of these other compounds, you’re not getting the above desired effects. Much of the research done on the anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, and sleep-regulating effects were done on full spectrum CBD oil, which includes these terpenes.
See: The Entourage Effect
So, if there is so much benefit to full spectrum CBD oil, why would anyone want to take CBD isolate? Well, when you extract the oil out of a hemp plant, you’re extracting the naturally occurring 0.3% THC out of it as well.
THC is the intoxicating compound that causes a “high” in marijuana. The 0.3% THC in hemp is not nearly enough to produce any kind of high, however if enough is taken it can produce a positive drug test. You would have to consume a fairly large amount, and odds are it would just barely cause a positive test.
The Bottom Line on Full Spectrum vs Isolate
If you’re worried about testing positive on a drug test, take CBD isolate. If you’re looking to receive the benefits of the entourage effect, then full spectrum is right for you.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum means that an oil or product contains all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. Quality full spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, and very low in THC (less than 0.3%). Despite these relatively low amounts, the overall composition is considered “full spectrum” and is synonymous with the “entourage effect” – which refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to the different cannabinoids working synergistically. Full spectrum products are commonly considered more effective than products that are CBD isolate derived. Products that are isolate derived will only contain the isolated CBD molecule.
Some users prefer full-spectrum products because they can trigger the entourage effect. With multiple cannabinoids and terpenes working together, the results and benefits experienced may be greater than the results of a CBD isolate. Terpenes are believed to play a significant role in the entourage effect – perhaps even more so than cannabinoids.
The choice between full-spectrum and an isolate is a personal decision. You might want to try both and see which one works best for you.
That depends on a few things. First why are you using it?
If it’s for stress or anxiety then you could look for a CBD oil that contains ingredients like lavender essential oil, holy basil, L-theanine, magnesium and so on. If you’re using it to treat pain and inflammation you may want to look for a product that also contains turmeric or rosemary.
If you’re wondering if you should choose a full spectrum, broad spectrum or CBD isolate, the main difference is that a full spectrum CBD oil will contain CBD, a maximum of 0.3% THC, various other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. A Broad spectrum will contain all of the same compounds as a full spectrum but with less to no THC at all. An Isolate will only contain CBD with no THC which would make it the best choice for someone that undergoes regular drug testing.
If you’re wondering what company to purchase from the best thing to do is check their COA’s, which are essentially lab tests, to verify that the claims they’re making about their product are actually true.
Hopefully this is helpful!
CBD FLUID works best . CBD oil is an oil. The human body is made up mostly of water. Oil and water don’t mix very well. In fact no matter what the strength is of the CBD oil the human body will only consume 5 to 10% of the oil. 90 to 95% of the oil does not get use by the body. CBD fluid is water based, because CBD Fluid is made up of water ,the human body can consume 95% of the fluid. For this reason CBD FLUID is a better buy.
While that depends on a number of things, the most important one is for the company supplier being able to provide lab reports for their products, being organic and under GMP level production. Look it up, there is quite a few and give a few of them a try and see what works best for you 🙂
Like some others here, I tried CBD at the insistence of a friend who had been advocating the benefits of Hemp for years and how it was NOT a drug, and it was NOT marijuana! I also happen to be fortunate to live in KY where HEMP grows very well, and we have been at the forefront of legalization and awareness.
Here’s my story in a big nutshell.
I lost my adult daughter, quit taking suboxone, lost my job… deep depression, anxiety, mistrust, avoidance, insomnia, RLS, confusion, loss of time, etc., ensued.
I have custody of my daughters four children and was not giving them the attention they needed and fighting with my husband and keeping elementary teachers at bay.
Memory loss, PTSD, frustration, and anger ensued.
I started online classes to earn my BS in Human Services and after twenty years in a medical office developed carpal tunnel that was keeping me from my school work. I went to see a physician who diagnosed the double crushings which is nerve damage in the neck and the metatarsal in the wrist that connects and debilitates. Before discussing my pain which was evident without an exam, she insisted we discuss my mental state which was obviously showing signs of outward distress since I didn’t bring it up. She insisted on a prescription for my mental health. I tried to object. Anti-depressants affect my ability to “have my marbles cracked” or “ get my fadings” ( a little humor from the old old days), and that was all I had to look forward to, and I would not give it up! So, I left with a prescription for Wellbutrin, Steroids, and Physical Therapy.
I took the steroids… no relief.
Before finding a surgeon, I called my persistent friend for a sample of the CBD oil. She had not tried it!
I didn’t “feel” anything per se. The next couple of days go by, and I am surprised with a visit from “Aunt Flo.” Code Word SURPRISED! No crankiness, stress, cramps, bloating, backache, headache, urges to eat chocolate for all six meals that day! I usually have a 2–3-day warning from my body and then 3–4 days of misery follow every single month since I quit taking birth control almost twenty years ago.
Then it dawned on me. I had been in better spirits, more energetic, wondering about friends, I was sleeping at night and active during the day. Also, my RLS was becoming bearable, and my back wasn’t killing me in the morning when I got out of bed.
The chronic pain from the carpal tunnel took about two full weeks of CBD use. Slowly the numbing and tingling sensations were all but gone and so was the pain! No surgery, No PT. No opiates! Also, no ibuprofen for daily headaches since I was 12, no antacids, and no Buspar for anxiety!
I still hear the ridicule from some about my snake oil, but I will take it! Their loss, not mine.
I started with 500 mg full spectrum oil from Hempworx. Five drops in the a.m. and 5 in the p.m., 5 in the afternoon for any breakthrough. I started almost a year ago, and if I forget for a couple of days, I am quickly reminded by headaches and finger tingling to take it. It is not a cure, but it is therapeutic. In June after becoming a believer, I became an affiliate for HempWorx, but I don’t push it. People know I take it, I can get it, and it is made in my beautiful home state of KY. If they want it, they can look me up, and I am happy to help!
This is a very good question because it means that you want to make sure that you are giving your body only safe and effective CBD.
Here are some of the essential things to look out for when buying your first or your next CBD oil.
1. Find out the source.
Just because something like CBD comes from a plant doesn’t make it instantly perfect.CBD manufacturers can source hemp from many different areas throughout the United States and beyond. But products produced using hemp that is grown overseas may mean they are not following any state or federal testing.
Find out where the CBD product is grown to be sure all agricultural guidelines for that area are being followed and that the manufacturer is following the FDA’s standards for good manufacturing practices, so you know that you are getting a product that is actually safe and legal.
Along with where the hemp was grown, know if best cultivation practices are being followed, like maintaining the right pH balance in the soil and refraining from using pesticides, GMOs, and other synthetic practices.
2. Check the ingredients.
In case we need to be reminded: Anything and everything ingested or applied to the skin must be thoroughly checked, and CBD is no exception.
Expect transparency when it comes to CBD ingredients. There shouldn’t be any artificial ingredients, fillers, and synthetic cannabinoids. Instead, there should only be natural and organic content. Moreover, it’s worth knowing that for a CBD oil to be legal, it should only contain a specific amount of THC, no more than 0.3%. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is responsible for causing any psychoactive effects on the body, that’s why it’s important for a CBD oil to be within legal standards.
3. Find out the Type of CBD Oil.
CBD oil comes in different types of products, including tinctures and topicals. Each one contains a specific concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plant. Here are the types you need to know:
- Full Spectrum CBD
A whole-plant hemp extract includes terpenes and other hemp plant compounds. It also contains trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less) and other cannabinoids.
- Broad Spectrum
This contains a similar full spectrum of cannabinoids, with terpenes, and natural compounds, but the THC is undetectable.
- CBD Isolate
This extract is made up of pure 99.9% CBD without containing any of the other compounds in the hemp plant and has 0% THC.
4. Beware of Big Claims.
There have been numerous studies that discuss the health benefits of CBD products. However, FDA monitors and regulates claims of medical efficacy related to any unapproved substance, so claims in treating diseases should be considered a red flag. Choose only brands that operate with integrity and compliance.
5. Look for Third-Party Lab Testing.
You’ll know a lot about the credibility of a product by the result of its third-party lab testing—or simply the fact that they have undergone one! Third-party lab testing benefits both the consumer and the company. The consumer can feel transparency, while at the same time, the company can take pride in its proven high quality.
If a CBD product has been tested, you should be able to find the lab reports readily available on the company’s website. If you cannot find any available results, it might mean that the manufacturer may not have had a third-party lab testing or the results they received were unfavorable. With no certificate of analysis, there is no way to confirm what is in a product or if it is safe to consume and use in the first place. To be on the safe side, opt for brands that openly share their lab test results.
Compared to other cannabis products, CBD oil is a little bit more expensive. This is because the process of obtaining CBD oils is way more meticulous and time-sensitive. To elaborate further, here’s the difference between weed and CBD oils:
Weed or traditional marijuana is made of the dried flowers of the cannabis plant. It’s commonly used in bongs, cigars, and pipes, and vaporizers. Weed is made by harvesting and drying the cannabis plant. Here’s a quick run-through of how traditional marijuana is processed:
- Flushing: Before harvesting, growers first “flush” their plants. Flushing means giving your plants just water and nothing else. Nutrients are also not allowed, and it’s recommended to do this process for up to two weeks before harvesting.
- Harvesting: The trickiest part of harvesting is identifying the perfect time to do so. Growers usually look at trichomes with a magnifying glass to see if they have changed in color. Once the trichomes turn milky white and look plastic, it means that the plant has the highest THC and CBD. Trichomes can also look golden, which means that they have less THC and are perfect for relaxation purposes.
- Trimming: Cannabis buds are usually trimmed for various reasons. One is for it to look appealing. Some users prefer trimmed weed as they perceive those as good ones. Two is to lessen its harshness. Cannabis leaves tend to feel stingy on the throat as you smoke, and trimming off the leaves can make buds feel smoother.
- Drying and Curing: Drying and curing means to let your buds dry slowly in an appropriate environment. This process makes your buds more fragrant and potent. Curing also improves the smoothness and taste of the product.
Traditional marijuana is cultivated, which explains why it slightly costs less than CBD oils. On the other hand, CBD oils are harder to obtain and usually need the use of machines. Here’s CBD processing and pricing explained:
- CO2 Extraction. Manufacturers get high-quality CBD oils through carbon dioxide extraction. This also turns out to be one of the most expensive ways to get good CBD oil. This process uses top-grade machines run by liquid carbon dioxide. This liquid also acts as a solvent for CBD oils. This process is proven to be safe so there’s no need to worry about any side effects. The downside of this process is definitely the cost. CO2 extraction produces only small amounts of CBD oil compared to other methods, which further adds to the expenses needed to procure materials and equipment. However, CO2 extraction can produce high concentrations of CBD oil and can be calibrated to produce different concentrations.
- Ethanol Extraction. Compared to CO2 extraction, ethanol extraction is way cheaper and can produce higher volumes of CBD oil. The equipment and machines needed are also less expensive, but the quality of CBD oil produced is not as good as CO2-extracted ones. Ethanol extraction however is favorable for beginner extractors the entire process isn’t as precise.
- Hydrocarbon Extraction. Solvents used in this kind of extraction process are usually butane, propane, hexane, acetone, and even isopropyl alcohol. These substances are called light hydrocarbons. They have low boiling points and are suitable for extracting CBD oil. While it’s really cheap, it is not ideal as it is inefficient and produces low-quality oil.
The most common process used in the industry is CO2 extraction, which explains why CBD oils are expensive. Compared to weed, CBD oils are carefully extracted and are tailored for medicinal purposes. You can even choose from various types of CBD oils: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates. Full-spectrum variants have a wide range of CBD compounds and include a little THC, while broad-spectrum ones are almost the same except that they don’t contain THC. Isolates, on the other hand, are pure CBD and are often in crystallized form.
Depending on your needs, you can consume both weed and CBD oils. If you want to relieve pain and reduce anxiety, CBD oils are much better as they’re specifically designed for medicinal use. For recreational purposes, traditional marijuana is the ideal choice.
Many people are anxious about taking CBD (cannabidiol) if they have had a bad reaction using weed in the past. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) often causes paranoia or increases anxiety if you use too much or choose a particular strain.
THC vs. CBD Oil: How Does it Make You Feel?
As most experienced weed smokers will attest, THC produces a euphoric effect that can be pleasing or make you a nervous wreck. However, CBD oil is a non-psychoactive and produces feelings of relaxation.
You WON’T feel high, paranoid, anxious, or anything else. You will just feel like yourself only relaxed.
Also, if you suffer from chronic pain then CBD oil can dramatically relieve or even eliminate your discomfort.
Remember, the human body has a very complicated endocannabinoid system that is made up of two receptors: CB1 and CB2. THC binds with CB1 receptors and CBD binds with the CB2 receptors so you will have a very different experience with CBD than you do with THC/CBD combos.
CBD’s Relaxing Effect on the Body
I have turned to CBD oil at the end of a stressful day to help relax, ease my aching feet, and gain a few restful zzz ’s.
In addition, I often suffer from gastrointestinal pain. When the discomfort strikes, I have found that CBD oil is a lifesaver. It does not act like a pain pill or even an NSAID. Instead, CBD creates more of a general loosening of the body.
You feel like you are wound up tight from fatigue and discomfort, but after using CBD oil, you can just feel your body unwind. It’s almost like taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it while concentrating on relaxing each muscle from your toes to the top of your head.
CBD can Also be a Pick-Me-Up
Some people feel energized after taking CBD. In fact, they choose to take a dose with their morning coffee as an instant pick-up or even to boost their energy levels while working out.
Everyone is different. The way that CBD affects one person might not be the same for another.
However, if you suffer from anxiety, insomnia, pain, or stress, then I encourage you to give the non-euphoric cannabinoid a try to see if it works for you. In general, most people find that when they use CBD oil that it is a pleasant experience that gives them the relief they need.
Hope this helps!
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“How can I know I am buying CBD oil from a reputable distributor?”
The only way to know if the CBD oil is quality, and of the content listed on the container, is by independent 3rd party lab-test results.
Here in Canada, where we’re foolishly claiming the toughest regulations in the world yet they’ve been poisoning patients for 20 years! Here in Canada, our Licensed Producers, LPs, sell “illicit” medicine (bought from the same gangs as before #FakeLegalization allegedly) with impunity, while we bust to the poor kid down the block, trying to get off of killer opioids, busted, for “illicit” CBD, a drug that dulls your emotions, doesn’t make you high, and isn’t fun at all, but it might make you well!!
Anyway, that’s it, lab testing, our LPs were mostly selling faux medicine, so imagine what the rest are doing?! I can’t find that article, it’s well buried but I’ll try to remember to post it, many of the oils our, “strictly controlled” LPs were selling wasn’t even activated. CBDA, needs to be converted by prolonged heat in order to become CBD, just like a cannabis oil, THCA, must first be converted to THC, and that requires heat, through vaporization, burning, or decarboxylation, prolonged heat.
As for reputable, in this day and age, when fake people are paid to write fake reviews, and promote stuff that doesn’t work, and they couldn’t care less? In our world where money means everything, if you can, if you won’t get arrested as a result, and of course it’s within your financial means, get the one that comes the 3rd party independent lab test report.
The “distributor” is not important, in my opinion.
edited Aug 22, 2019 – So sorry, you shouldn’t have asked me to answer the first time you posted, you should try to get all your friends to answer and avoid having your question seen by anyone like myself or Elle Hayes who also hates all the retailing going here. I’m not here to prop up your lame attempt at advertising here, I’ll just bet you’re one of those Multi-Level-Marketers, just selling, whatever, to whomever. Anyway, we’ll be watching for your crap and your stupid, made up, endless categories and planted questions, I can’t imagine why Quora permits that. It really takes away from the validity here, in my opinion.