EXPLAINING CBD & ITS EFFECTS
These days, CBD can be found in everything from CBD oil drops, capsules and topicals, to teas, gummies and skincare. CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of the naturally occurring compounds that can be extracted from the Cannabis sativa L. plant, more universally known as being either hemp or marijuana.
CBD can utilise the vast network of receptors that we have within the human body, communicating with cells to influence the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmissions are how CBD takes effect; they use the endocannabinoid system to help soothe and settle the mind, alleviate any physical pain or inflammation, and can even give your immune system a boost.
CBD ISOLATES & DISTILLATES
What is CBD Isolate?
Extracts from the hemp plant are put through a vigorous extraction and refinement process that creates CBD isolate. At 99% CBD it is essentially CBD in its purest form and can resemble either crystals similar to coarse salt, or a white powder like a confectionery sugar.
The stages of further refinement essentially remove the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and any other remaining components of the cannabis plant, leaving just the CBD compound with no detectable traces of THC to be found.
The benefits of CBD Isolate
No THC: By removing absolutely everything apart from the CBD, no detectable traces of THC will be left within the product.
A More Versatile Product: CBD isolate can be used mixed with liquids, carrier oils or added to other products, allowing for a variety of applications or usages.
No Unpleasant Taste or Odour: The process of refinement strips CBD isolate of that woody, earthy taste and smell that CBD has a reputation for. This makes it a much more palatable product for many.
More Controlled Dosage: Because this product is effectively 100% CBD, even if combined with something else, such as a liquid, it is still much easier to measure and control the dose of CBD that you are using.
What is CBD Distillate?
CBD distillate is also known as broad spectrum. Much like CBD isolate, CBD distillate has also gone through rounds of extraction and refinement, however this time the goal is to remove all other compounds, terpenes, and THC to become an oil containing just CBD.
Distillates benefits include its potency and versatility, and as with CBD isolate its dosage is also much more easily measured.
CBD distillate is very popular in the manufacture of ‘edibles’ as it can be included without also creating an earthy, plant-like taste. CBD distillate is often found in vapouriser pens advertised as including CBD.
HOW CAN CBD HELP ME?
CBD has multiple benefits to its usage, which is why so many people turn to it as a solution to a variety of problems. Extensive research has been conducted into CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits. The following is a list of issues that CBD is believed to help.
- Mood and mental fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Immune system booster
- Achy joints and muscles
There is continued investment into the medical benefits of CBD and the above health issues are only the tip of the iceberg. As scientists learn more about both CBD and THC and more trials are conducted, we could see CBD becoming a much more mainstream treatment in the future.
CBD vs THC
A common concern is whether CBD will also trigger a psychoactive response.
CBD is a separate compound to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive element which is found in the same cannabis plant. When CBD is extracted, it can still contain low levels of other compounds, terpenes, and THC - it is believed that the combination of these compounds working together help create ‘the entourage effect’ - a stronger, more effective reaction in the human body.
However, even with some THC still being included there is no risk that using CBD will produce the same psychoactive or enhanced dependence reaction that THC creates; in fact, recent scientific research has suggested that CBD may even produce an opposite reaction on the mesolimbic dopamine system, with anti-psychotic properties that may be useful for treatment in the future.
Need to Know More?
Our FAQ page answers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to CBD.