CBD: A love-hate relationship?
Some love it; some hate it.
Be honest, how often have you heard someone say, ignorantly:
"CBD is fake weed. It doesn't work!"
Well, that's not true...
CBD does help; in more ways than you could ever think of!
And that's not all!
These benefits are actually backed by scientific research, which will be discussed in this article.
Let's start with the convenient misconceptions about CBD.
The 5 worst misconceptions about CBD:
(1) CBD gets you high?!
To answer this, we must first know what gets you high and what being high feels like.
For the former, the molecule THC (which most of you are familiar with) causes the feeling of what people describe as being "high" or "stoned".
The latter is, in short, a rapid and intense alteration of perception characterised by exacerbated laughter or emotionality.
Many people describe being high as having a "psychoactive" effect.
Again, another misconception.
Now, we might get technical here, so hold on.
(2) CBD is not Psychoactive?!
If a substance has a psychoactive effect, it passes through one's blood-brain barrier. Still, it does not affect perception or cognitive function. Whereas a psychotropic effect affects purely one's central nervous system and stimulates behaviour and mood, hence the illegality of THC in many places.
So technically speaking, CBD is psychoactive, but as we established, psychoactive doesn't actually mean mind-altering, in turn not making one "high."
I hope that has made things clearer- let's move on.
(3) CBD has no effect on me, and CBD doesn't work!
Off the bat: every body and individual endocannabinoid system reacts differently, depending on many confounding factors such as height and weight.
So the reason why you might feel nothing is...that you took too little!
Lucky for you, we have configured a CBD dosing chart for your preferred usage:
One factor which might also vary dosages is the contingent health patterns of users. For example, people experiencing heavy back pain need a higher dosage to relieve it than those without.
Other than that, not all effects are felt consciously. For instance, supplements are widely popular, but an improved conscious feeling after consumption is not apprehended- the same also goes for CBD.
(4) There is only one type of CBD
There are actually a lot of different types of CBD. The three most prominently known sorts are the ones discussed in this article. However, if you are interested in more detail about the different types of CBD, click here.
What is Full spectrum CBD oil?
This CBD oil contains multiple cannabis plant extracts, including essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol. These, however, also contain up to 0.3% THC- still can't get you high.
How does Full spectrum CBD oil taste?
Full-spectrum CBD oil is often more rigid in its characterised taste, very bitter (due to chlorophyll), and tastes more like weed.
What is CBD isolate oil?
Alternatively to Full spectrum CBD oil, isolate CBD oil is the pure, chemically secluded form of CBD.
It does not contain cannabis plant extracts, including essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol.
Why should one buy CBD isolate oil?
CBD isolate oil, in our eyes, is a suitable product for first-time CBD users who wish to experiment with the potential health benefits without the interference of other cannabis compounds like terpenes
How does CBD isolate oil taste?
Since CBD is isolated, it goes through many more refining procedures than full-spectrum CBD oil causing a less discernible taste. The CBD oil we offer is guaranteed to taste neutral.
(For more information on the battle between full-spectrum and isolate oil, click here)
What is broad-spectrum CBD oil?
Broad-spectrum CBD oil is the exact same as Full-spectrum CBD oil. The only difference is that broad-spectrum CBD oil goes through one more refinery process where small traces of THC are extracted from the sample, which still would be found in full-spectrum CBD oil.
We at CBD Essentials always recommend CBD isolate oil. CBD is found in its purest form without any other cannabis compounds, and it tastes the best compared to other CBD oils.
(5) The extraction process of CBD is the same
Here the differentiation is mainly between industrial hemp extraction and organic hemp extraction.
Industrial hemp extraction
There are several different methods for extracting compounds from industrial hemp, including:
- Solvent extraction: This method involves using a solvent, such as ethanol, to extract the compounds from the plant material. The solvent is then evaporated, leaving behind a concentrated extract. This method is efficient and can be scaled up for large-scale production, but it can be expensive. It can also introduce unwanted impurities into the final product.
- CO2 extraction: In this method, supercritical carbon dioxide is used as a solvent to extract the compounds from the plant material. This is considered a "green" extraction method, as CO2 is a safe, non-toxic, and non-flammable solvent. The CO2 can be recycled and used again, making the process more efficient and environmentally friendly. It is also considered the most efficient and pure extraction method.
- Steam distillation: This method uses steam to separate the essential oils from the plant material. This method is used primarily to extract essential oils from plants. Still, it can also extract CBD and other compounds from industrial hemp.
- Mechanical separation: This method involves using mechanical means such as grinding, pressing or squeezing to extract the oil from the hemp seeds.
There are many factors to consider when choosing an extraction method, such as equipment costs, production scale, purity, yield, etc. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of which method to use will depend on the specific requirements of the product being produced and the regulations in the country or state where the extraction is being done.
Organic hemp extraction
Organic hemp extraction is the process of extracting compounds from industrial hemp grown using organic farming practices. This means that the hemp plants have been grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilisers and that the soil and water used to grow the plants are free from harmful chemicals.
The same extraction methods used for conventional industrial hemp can also be used for organic hemp. However, there are some additional considerations when extracting compounds from organic hemp.
- Solvent extraction: Organic solvents, such as ethanol, can be used to extract compounds from organic hemp, but care must be taken to ensure that the solvent is free from any contaminants that could compromise the purity of the final product.
- CO2 extraction: This method can extract compounds from organic hemp and is considered a "green" method. However, the CO2 used in the process must be certified organic to ensure that the final product is truly organic.
- Steam distillation: This method can be used to extract essential oils from organic hemp and can also be used to extract CBD and other compounds from the plant. Care must be taken to ensure that the steam used is free from any contaminants that could compromise the purity of the final product.
- Mechanical separation: Similar to the above, the equipment and the environment should be clean and free from contamination.
When extracting compounds from organic hemp, it is essential to use gentle methods on the plant material and not introduce any contaminants or impurities into the final product. It is also important to use organic solvents and other materials throughout the extraction process to ensure that the final product is truly organic.
Organic hemp products have more value and are sought after on the market. Still, the certification process and compliance with the regulations can make it more costly. The lower yields obtained from organic farming methods can also affect the cost and availability of organic hemp products.
We hope this article has helped you to gain further knowledge on the insights of the CBD niche for any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact formula on our website!