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Hi, My name is Brandy Palmer and I’m with Green Wellness Life and I’m here to talk with you a little bit about CBD. It’s become a bit of a hot topic and we’ve written countless blogs and talked to countless people about what it is, so we thought, “why not put it together in video format?”
There are more than 100 different compounds that are found in both hemp and marijuana plants. The fancy name for those compounds are cannabinoids. The two big ones that we know the most about are THC and CBD. THC is actually tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD is cannabidiol.
The US government actually holds a patent on cannabinoids as neuroprotectants and components for anti-aging. That patent was established in 2003. A cannabinoid is really just a compound of the cannabis plant. A cannabinoid can be from one of three places: it can be an endocannabinoid (of the body), it can be a phytocannabinoid (of the plant), or it can be an exocannabinoid (of a labratory).
All of the cells in our body have a protective covering and cannabinoids have a lock and key mechanism that works within those cells. So, that’s what enables them to form receptors, attach to the cells and do some good. There’s two main receptors: cb1 and cb2. The cb1 receptors are primarily found within our nervous system and cb2 is found within our immune system. So, knowing that the lock and keys are found within our nervous and immune systems, it makes a lot of sense that the initial benefits for CBD really focused on anxiety and inflammation. Lots of other benefits have been found since then, but those two areas are still the areas that we talk with most customers about today. They’re definitely the big ones.
So, that’s our brief history on science and what a cannabinoid is. Next, let’s talk about the different types of CBD. People will call us and they’ll say, “I wan the one for anxiety” or “I want the one for pain.” CBD doesn’t really work quite that way, but there are definitely differences in CBD products and those have to do with the processing types. There are three big types: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. Full-spectrum simply means that all of the stuff growing in the plant in the ground ends up in your bottle, or box. Isolate is the opposite of that. For that type of product, the CBD is isolated and extracted individually from the plant, which then ends up in your bottle. So, all of those other 100+ compounds are left aside. Now, the third one is broad-spectrum. With broad-spectrum they isolate the THC instead of the CBD and remove it. To do this, you break everything apart, remove the THC, and put everything back together, but when you put everything back together, it’s not exactly the same.
So, what do these different processing types mean to you? Well, full-spectrum is going to contain all of the compounds that are found in the plant in the ground, including a tiny bit of THC. Legally, hemp cannot contain more than .3% THC, but it is present. Anyone that tells you that it’s impossible to test positive on a drug test with full-spectrum is not going to be accurate. If there’s a little bit of THC, it’s not likely, but it is possible.
Broad-spectrum and CBD isolate will both be 0% THC options, so that’s something to consider. We do tend to find better results for pain with full-spectrum. You want it as close as you can get to that natural plant in the ground if you’re dealing with chronic pain.
Now, the other end of the spectrum (isolate) works really well for mood. We see great results with isolate products and improving mood. Broad-spectrum is a middle man. If you’re looking for the benefits of full-spectrum, but you don’t want to chance that little bit of THC, then broad-spectrum is where you live.
So, we’ve talked science and we’ve talked processing. Now, let’s talk about products. You can get CBD in dang near anything. It starts as this super attractive and appealing paste. When it’s extracted full-spectrum out of the plant, that’s what you get. People do take it in this form. If you’re someone who has a lot of allergies and wants to steer clear of carriers, or if you’re someone who wants to make your own products, then that might be a good fit for you. That paste is going to be full-spectrum, so everything from the plant in the ground ends up there. It has a very grassy, earthy palette. So, when you’re taking a full-spectrum product, it will likely taste that way. Some products do cover that up better than others.
Here are some products that actually taste pretty dang good. Hemp honey is just full-spectrum hemp oil paste mixed in with raw honey…