Is all CBD Created Equal?
Updated: Dec 17, 2022
I’m sure many of you have heard the term “CBD” at some point over the last year, and maybe you haven’t even the slightest clue what it actually means.. “Is it a drug?” “Is it going to make me paranoid?” “Is it the same as cupping?” (I did get that question recently). OK, so first. What the heck is CBD?! For a much more scientific answer, Zakah Life does a great job at explaining it here. This is the company I trust for my clients as well as myself.
Basically, CBD is often used as an umbrella term for cannabinoids (there’s more than 113 different cannabinoids in agricultural hemp). This still does not mean all “CBD” you see on the market is created equal, and with so many different brands and info out there I know that it can get really confusing, really fast. So I will break it down for you to get a better understanding of what it all means. On the market today, there are 3 types of CBD. There is Full Spectrum Hemp, Broad Spectrum Hemp and CBD Isolate.
FULL SPECTRUM HEMP
Okay so, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract does contain Cannabidiol, CBD for short, BUT it also includes the full spectrum of other components in the plant, which the human body needs to attain optimal levels of wellness. Other components included in Full Spectrum Hemp Oil include trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, as well as other cannabinoids such as CBG and CBC as well as Terpenes. Now, you’re probably thinking this is all really confusing and you’re off to binge watch Netflix. But I promise this is all coming together so sit tight and put the remote down! (or take a look at the video above)
What exactly are all of these abbreviations I’m throwing around? Well, THC is the component in marijuana that produces a “high”, and marijuana typically contains 15-20% of THC. See where I’m going with this? The amounts of THC are so low in Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, it won’t produce a “high”. CBG and CBC are non-psychoactive cannabinoids. CBG works to fight inflammation, pain and nausea while CBC has been shown to encourage the human brain to grow by increasing the viability of developing brain cells. And lastly, Terpenes are aromatic molecules and are the last puzzle piece in creating the “Entourage Effect” (a phenomenon that results from the many components of the hemp plant interaction with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of the components or cannabinoid alone).
CBD isolate is just that, it is made of the CBD molecule and nothing else..which means its lacking all of those other great things I just talked about.
BROAD SPECTRUM HEMP
Broad Spectrum Hemp Contains everything that Full Spectrum Hemp contains, minus the THC. Broad spectrum hemp producers remove the THC through a CO2 extraction process. Because this is missing the very small amount of THC, it is not as effective in creating the “Entourage Effect”.
Basically, Full Spectrum Hemps purpose is to heal our bodies and bring us back to a state of well being. I started offering Zakah Lifes Massage Cream infused with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil and Magnesium (Muscles LOVE magnesium) a few months back and my clients can’t get enough of it. Some say it helps them relax more during the massage itself, while others reach out the next day to tell me how great they slept the night of their massage. Others report less to no pain in areas they had discomfort in before their massage. The benefits are plenty. Now that you know more about CBD and Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, consider to enhance your next massage and request a “CBD Massage” when booking!