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December 3, 2020

What's the Deal with Broad Spectrum CBD Oil?


Dallin Nelson

A CBD tincture

CBD’s recent rise in popularity has people asking about the benefits of broad spectrum CBD oil. What is it? Why is it any different from regular CBD oil? Does hemp oil contain CBD?

For thousands of years, people used CBD and THC as a natural remedy. In the modern era, however, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that people started looking at cannabis as more than just a plant people smoked to get high.

As people started to notice more and more compounds that came from cannabis, science began uncovering amazing things about CBD’s role in wellness.

In this blog, we’ll talk about what makes CBD work and why broad spectrum supplements can enhance its effects. By knowing more about what you’re taking, you’ll be able to enhance your daily wellness regimen and enjoy the benefits of CBD as much as possible.

What Is the Spectrum of CBD?

A tincture dropper of CBD oilScientists first isolated THC from marijuana in 1964. It was the first real dive into the plant, and it revealed something that people didn’t know before—not all compounds in marijuana are psychoactive.

Later research about cannabis uncovered a variety of other compounds it contained. Known as cannabinoids, these compounds react with systems all throughout the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), affecting the brain, digestive system, nervous system, and other important functions.

All mammals have an ECS. It may even be one of our oldest evolutionary mechanisms, directly related to how your body maintains systems like sleep, appetite, memory, mood, and pain management. Each of the dozens of unique cannabinoids plays a specific role in getting your body to a place of balance and comfort.

The first medical treatment approved for regular use was cannabidiol (CBD) in cases of severe epilepsy. Patients would either take sublingual drops of CBD oil or receive a vape pen to use in preventing oncoming seizures. The drug given to these patients was a CBD isolate, meaning there was nothing else in the tinctures but cannabidiol.

Patients were happy with CBD treatments because it provided the relief many attribute to smoking marijuana, only without any of the psychoactive effects (getting “high”).

Discovering More Cannabinoids

The discovery of CBD as a viable, non-psychoactive remedy led to a frenzy of cannabis research. Scientists wanted to find out how to adopt cannabinoids into mainstream medicine so they could give their patients a powerful drug that wasn’t addictive.

That research led to the discovery of two cannabinoid receptors (CBR1 and CBR2) and two agonists (AEA and 2-AG). The more researchers learned about the ECS, the more compounds they discovered in cannabis that could affect it.

While more and more research has shown CBD’s effectiveness in pain management and problems with the central nervous system, the cannabis plant still remains in a legal gray area. Thanks to a bill passed in 2018, hemp farming is legal so long as the plant contains no more than 0.3% THC. Hemp oil was officially available for study.

Hemp & CBD Oil

A man taking CBD from a tinctureIt’s easy to think of CBD as a recent fad in wellness, but hemp oil has been used as a remedy for more than 5,000 years. By taking the hemp plant and extracting its essential oils, ancient civilizations could affect their ECS for pain management and sleep moderation.

Today, many people rave about the benefits of hemp oil and use it as a daily supplement. While hemp oil contains very little THC, it does leave a detectable amount in the bloodstream and fat stores of the body. This poses a problem for anyone who is randomly drug tested for work.

Broad spectrum CBD oil provides nearly all the benefits of hemp oil, but without any THC remnants leftover. While it can’t contain everything that a full spectrum hemp does, broad spectrum CBD oil contains the cannabis plant’s most effective compounds.

Why Terpenes Matter

Present in CBD oil and hemp oil are compounds called terpenes, and they directly affect how your supplement will interact with your body.

Why do plants make terpenes? Two reasons: to attract animals who will eat their flowers and spread the seeds elsewhere, and to protect the plant from insect damage. Terpenes and terpenoids interact with the air to get their flowers on the move.

Each terpene has a different profile and effect. Limonene, for example, has a citrusy aroma and is more likely to provide energy while reducing stress. On the other hand, pinene has a more earthy spice to it and works better as an anti-inflammatory.

There are at least 120 known terpenes in the cannabis plant. Each one can influence the way your CBD oil works and feels. Broad spectrum CBD oil will contain more terpenes than a CBD isolate, giving your body a more complete experience with the supplement.

Don’t Buy CBD from Just Anyone

A woman staring at the camera in front of her laptopBecause so much of CBD’s effectiveness counts on the quality of the plant from which it’s extracted, it’s crucial that you purchase only the highest quality supplements. And no, you don’t have to spend a fortune to know you’re getting the right stuff.

It’s important to buy from vendors who get their products from qualified organic growers. While organic CBD costs more, it is more likely to contain all the terpenes and cannabinoids that make for an effective wellness supplement. Organic farmers take their craft seriously, and it pays off.

Too many CBD vendors out there use the cheapest products they can find, slap it with a flashy label, and sell it at discount prices. By using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in their CBD, they alter the plant’s profile and weaken its effects.

When people get a bad supplement, they’re more likely to assume it’s all just a gimmick because it didn’t work at all.

Don’t let this happen to you.

How to Buy Quality CBD

As CBD becomes more and more popular, vendors are sprouting up all over the internet. Unapproved by the FDA, CBD is a less-regulated wellness supplement. This lack of regulations means that it can be harder to be sure about who’s selling what.

The best way around this is to find a reputable vendor with positive customer reviews. If their products really work, their customers will let you know. Plus, you’ll have confidence that they will stand behind their products.

Always buy organic. While there is a price difference between organic products and the rest, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that your products work as intended.

You should also check for lab reports on your vendor’s products. When there’s no government regulation on a supplement, it’s nice to know your CBD vendor does the testing on their own. A lab report will contain information about any toxins, solvents, and pesticides present in your product.

A vendor that tests their own products is more likely to care about quality control, ensuring you are getting the best supplement for the money.

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