As more CBD products come into the market, it’s important to understand what separates the good from the great. The most important thing to remember when shopping for CBD oil or CBD products is that not all CBD extractions or products are equal!
When it comes to CBD extraction, there are a lot of variables that come into factor that determine the quality of the final product such as the:
- Hemp plant used (the genetics, how well it’s been cured to keep intact more cannabinoids and terpenes, etc.)
- What extraction method was used (CO2, Ethanol, Butane, Hydrocarbon, etc.)
- The temperatures used during and post-extraction extraction
- How it was purified to wipe out the unnecessary compounds (this is important as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential fatty oils can be isolated away without intending to)
This is just some of the factors that come into play that differentiate the difference among CBD extracts.
One of the things that makes a huge difference with CBD products is if it contains terpenes. Terpenes itself have really good health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, stress and anxiety-relieving, helps with pain, promotes deeper sleep, & more. When a CBD product has terpenes intact, it’s better able to treat anxiety, ease pain, and improve depression – just to name a few of the massive benefits. As more research is being done about terpenes and their benefits, there’s growing evidence that to create CBD extracts without terpenes is to remove one of the most powerful components.
What is Whole-Plant Wellness & Why Terpenes Enhance CBD
When CBD and the other compounds, including terpenes, are combined together research from scientists has shown these compounds have a better and enhanced effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. Full and Broad Spectrum extracts are supposed to be whole plant extracts hence the name “Spectrum” essentially means containing other parts of the plant than just CBD.
Think of it like a basketball game that one team has only 1 player doing all the shooting, defending, and running and another team that has all 5 players in the game. Which team would win? Definitely the team with all 5 players.
To conclude, when choosing a CBD product to purchase it’s important to do some homework and look into the company, how they extract their oil, what makes them different from other companies, what standards and policies do they have within their facility to control safety & protocol. These are just some of the very important things that many CBD users are not educated about.