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The Ultimate Guide to CBD

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The Ultimate Guide to CBD

You may already know what CBD is (spoiler – it’s a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis family of plants and is sometimes referred to as cannabidiol), but do you know all the different types of CBD that exist?

There are Three Main Forms of CBD:

CBD Isolate

When it comes to CBD isolate, the details are in the name. As it suggests, CBD isolate is an isolated form of CBD that usually exists as a white-ish powder. This form of CBD contains no other active compounds including terpenes or the other beneficial cannabinoids like CBN and CNV that you find in full and broad spectrum. 

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD is sometimes referred to as “pure” spectrum because it goes through the least amount of processing compared to other CBD forms. Full spectrum can be thought of as unrefined CBD which means it tends to be more strongly flavored and scented, and contains a wide range of active compounds like CBN, CBC, as well as THC alongside CBD. It is the inclusion of THC that predominately differentiates full spectrum CBD from other forms.

Broad Spectrum 

Broad spectrum CBD finds a happy balance between full spectrum and CBD isolate. Broad spectrum holds all the beneficial cannabinoids found in full spectrum – without the THC. In other words, broad spectrum is “refined” CBD because it is put through a filtration process that removes THC. It contains a milder scent and plant flavor than full spectrum.

Hempseed Oil

While hempseed oil contains beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants that skin loves – it contains zero CBD. Hempseed oil is derived by extracting oil from the seeds of hemp plants while CBD is extracted from the stalks and leaves of hemp. Many companies list hempseed oil as cannabis stavia oil which is where confusion stems from (get it, stems?)

Just remember CBD will most commonly be listed as the following: cannabidiol, hemp oil, PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) or PCR hemp extracts—not cannabis stavia oil. 

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