There is a high possibility that you have heard of cannabidiol (CBD) and are potentially curious about it. This is not an uncommon subject to be curious about. Why, you may ask? Because it is an up-and-coming item that has been around for many, many years and is just now getting the light it deserves. There is so much going on in the world of holistic health that you may have stopped to think “what even IS CBD?” We here at Panacea Life Sciences are dedicated to give you the most up-to-date information on the subjects surrounding CBD. This includes pure CBD oil. What is it? How do you look for it? What are the benefits and traits that you should look for while looking at CBD? This article will attempt to answer all of these questions and give our readers a bit more insight into CBD and beyond. First, let us start with the basics.
What is CBD? Will it get me high?
CBD is found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is what we call a cannabinoid. There are 113 known cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD is just one of them. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the other well-known cannabinoid. This is because THC has an inebriating effect on those who use it. This cannabinoid is a bit more popular with researchers because of this effect it has. The biggest misconception is that because THC and CBD are found in the same plant that they produce the same effects in the body. This is simply not the case. CBD has no inebriating effects whatsoever and it can be found with little to no traces of CBD.
In 2018 the United States legalized the growth and selling of the hemp plant with this bill titled the Farm Bill. Wait, the hemp plant? Yes, the hemp plant. This plant is a variation of the Cannabis sativa plant. It contains high amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC (less or at 0.3% to be exact). Hemp is federally legal everywhere in the U.S. The marijuana plant, however, is a different story. Marijuana is also a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. This one in particular has very high amounts of THC and therefore gets users ‘high’ or that feeling of euphoria. Because of this effect it is not legal in all of the states, but it is legal in a handful for recreational as well as medical purposes. So, it is important to know the laws in your state before you purchase a product that contains THC. But, to put it simply, CBD cannot get you high.
What is CBD oil?
So, what is an CBD oil? A CBD oil or as many calls it a CBD tincture, is a type of carrier oil with added CBD. Once the CBD is added to the oil it is then tested and packaged for your use. Generally, CBD oil is put into a dropper. The easiest and most recommended way to use the dropper/CBD oil is to place it under the tongue and from there it is absorbed into the bloodstream. This is one of the fastest ways to get CBD into your system. There are multiple types of carrier oils: coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, argan oil, etc. These are just some of the oils that can be used along with CBD to create a CBD oil or tincture. But what makes a pure CBD oil? Well, that depends on what you mean by “pure.” Pure as in pure CBD or pure as in an oil without any additives? Let us stick with pure CBD oil, in general.
Pure CBD oil: To understand what a pure CBD oil is we need to understand the different types of CBD there are. Isolate, full spectrum and broad spectrum.
Isolate: If you are looking for one cannabinoid and one cannabinoid only, this is could be your choice. A CBD isolate is CBD and CBD only. It has been isolated or purified from all of the other cannabinoids. In terms of CBD being a “pure” CBD, this is it. There is nothing else to interfere with the potential benefits of a CBD.
Full spectrum: This type of CBD contains all of the cannabinoids present in the Cannabis sativa plant. This includes the legal 0.3% of THC that is able to be in products marked as CBD. This gives you the benefits of CBD and all of the other cannabinoids.
Broad spectrum: Broad spectrum is very similar to full spectrum besides the THC part. This contains all the cannabinoids minus the THC. So, if you are worried about that small percent of THC (which you should not be) you can choose this type of CBD.
These are important to note as you continue your CBD journey. Make sure to try out all the options that you are interested in so that you may get the perfect type of CBD for you.
- Extraction process: The extraction process is of high importance when it comes to pure CBD oil and CBD in general. Why? This is because an extraction process that goes awry could leave your CBD bad. Here are three different extraction processes to look at.
- Steam distillation: In this process, the steam separates the CBD oil from the plant itself. The hemp is placed in a separate container while a boiler is full of water beneath the hemp. Once boiling, the steam from the water travels upward to extract the CBD oil as a vapor from the hemp plant. The vapor from the plant is then trapped in a tube and added to oil or water. After this is collected, the oil is extracted from the water to make an oil. This process works well but requires a lot of the hemp plant and if the steam gets too hot it may damage the CBD oil extract.
- Solvent extraction (hydrocarbons and natural solvents): This process is similar to the Steam Distillation extraction method. But, in this process one would use a type of solvent rather than water. The solvent and CBD oil are combined and then the solvent is extracted leaving the CBD behind. There are two types of solvents used: hydrocarbons and natural solvents. Some solvents that can be used include naphtha, petroleum, butane, or propane for hydrocarbon extraction. Natural extraction will use food-grade ethanol to extract the hemp oil. Following extraction, the ethanol is removed by heat leaving a rich solvent- free hemp oil.
- Carbon dioxide extraction: Carbon dioxide is used to extract the CBD from the plant by using “supercritical” which, in simple terms means, using both carbon dioxide liquid and gas properties to extract. This is why carbon dioxide extraction is often known as Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE). In the beginning of the extraction, two different pressurized chambers are used. One, with the carbon dioxide, while the other contains the hemp plant. Then the chamber filled with carbon dioxide is pressurized and cooled to create liquid CO2. This is then pumped into the second chamber containing the hemp, where it infuses the hemp plant to solubilize the hemp oil allowing separation of the oil from the plant matter. The CO2 hemp oil mixture is then pumped into a third chamber where the carbon dioxide is evaporated, leaving behind pure CBD oil.
This may not be on your top priority list when it comes to CBD, but it should be on the list of the company you are looking at to purchase CBD from. Making sure that the company has a correct reputation and that shows which process it uses is of high importance. Keep that in mind as you look for a CBD company.
Why use CBD then?
So, why should one use CBD? Now that you know how to find the right CBD for you, what are the reasons that you should use CBD?
- Skin health: CBD topicals usually will not reach the bloodstream. However, this does not mean that they cannot assist in skin health. In this study they explain that those with and without skin conditions had improved skin health after the use of CBD topicals. They used several tests to test before and after the use of a CBD topical. Their evidence was enhanced by photographic evidence.
- Promote a sense of calm: Promoting a sense of calm in those who have feelings of anxiousness is just the beginning of the potential CBD has. In this study, they used brain imaging to test subjects who have SAD (social anxiety disorder). Those who were given the CBD showed a decrease in their SAD via brain scans. Those who did not receive the CBD did not have any decrease. Another similar reason is for the anti-inflammatory or joint health benefits.
- FDA approved medications: There are several FDA approved medications that contain CBD. There are a handful of medications that assist those going through anti-cancer treatments and the nausea it may cause. These are called Marinol (dronabinol), Syndros (dronabinol), and Cesamet (nabilone). These medications can only be prescribed by a healthcare professional. Epidiolex is the most well-known. This medication helps those with two severe types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
- Antibacterial properties: In this study they concluded that CBD had the capability to kill certain types of bacteria. Therefore, CBD hand sanitizer was born. This is a great product to use that has less chemicals than normal hand sanitizer.
CBD products to use
Now that you know why people use CBD. What are the types of CBD that they chose to use? Here is a list (besides the tinctures/oils that we have already explained):
- Tablets: Sublingual tablets are similar to tinctures or oils. These tablets are placed in the mouth and dissolved from there. As they dissolve in the mouth the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream from there.
- Topicals: CBD topicals are used to promote skin health. Topicals come in salves, lotions and even creams. The CBD added into these topicals usually will not reach one’s bloodstream. However, they have been described to give benefits from the pores of the skin. These work best when used liberally and often. CBD hand sanitizer is also available to do what hand sanitizer does best, kill bacteria.
- Vapes: Panacea Life Sciences does not advocate for the use of CBD vapes. With this being said, it is an option. After being inhaled the CBD reaches the bloodstream through the lungs.
- Soft Capsules: Soft capsules or soft gels are CBD in a pill-like form. These are swallowed and then go through the digestive system to reach the stomach. This is where it is broken down and the CBD is absorbed through the stomach lining and into the bloodstream.
- Edibles: Edibles come in various forms and are similar to soft capsules. But instead of swallowing the product you chew the candy-like gummy. From the stomach, like the soft capsules, it is absorbed into the bloodstream by the stomach lining.
Where do I get CBD?
There are many types of CBD that are available, but, where do you get them? Can you buy them online? What about in the store? The answer is yes! There are several stores and online locations where you can purchase your CBD from. It is important to look at reviews on products and companies that you may be interested in. Companies should explain their extraction process, testing process and give a full ingredient list to be a company that you would deem worthy of getting CBD from. If you are purchasing from a dispensaries that has legalized marijuana make sure that the CBD you are getting has the correct amount of CBD you are looking for as well as the correct amount of THC (if any). As dispensaries often gear toward THC forward products.
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We have given you so much information in this article that you must be a CBD expert now. There is still so much to learn about CBD, and we are keeping on top of the research and everything that we should let our customers know about the CBD industry as a whole. As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at [email protected].