If you're visiting this website, the chances are you've already heard of CBD. Popularity is growing; as are the claims of what this miracle oil can do. As popularity grows however, so does the vast amount of information available, making research something of a minefield. With miracle cure claims, horror stories and "buy the best CBD HERE" stated almost everywhere, it's difficult to know where to start. With a variety of strengths, forms and price-tags out there, it's best to start with the facts. You can then work out which product is going to be best for you.
We've compiled some basic information together below to help get you started. So let's start from the very beginning…
What to look out for
There are so many variations of products available, so here are some of the key differences to look out for:
FORM: You will find CBD offered in many different forms. The list is ever-growing, but the most common forms are oils, edibles, E-liquids, lotions & tablet form.
STRENGTH: The strength of each product will vary. Some products will display confusing or misleading strengths on the bottles, so ensure the company you are buying from offers full 3rd party lab reports.
SPECTRUM: Not all CBD is extracted equally! There’s a choice of Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate; each offering its’ own benefits, which is explained in more detail here.
EXTRACTION METHOD: The method of extraction makes a big difference to the quality of CBD product that’s on offer. This explains why there are some big price differences in seemingly identical products. Knowing your stuff will help you to get the best quality CBD product at the fairest possible price. The cleanest and safest CBD products will be extracted using the Co2 extraction method, but this won’t always be the cheapest on the market. Read more about extraction methods here.
PRODUCT SIZE: The strength quoted on the product bottle will often be the strength found in the whole bottle. So larger bottles will naturally contain less CBD per drop / dose.
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds that are found in both the cannabis plant and in the human body. There are over 113 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, each with its own unique properties. While you might not have heard of cannabinoids or CBD, you will be aware of cannabis; more commonly known as marijuana. Cannabis contains, along with others, the two most well known cannabinoids; CBD and THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component in cannabis that gives the user the feeling of being “high.”
Although Cannabis is often used for its psychoactive effects, or to get the user “stoned”, this isn’t the only benefit the drug carries. Many users will take cannabis in small doses to benefit from the other cannabinoids aside from THC. Marijuana is sometimes (although rarely) prescribed for medical reasons in the USA but it is still illegal in the UK due to its psychoactive properties.
CBD products, however, are legal in the UK. This is because the psychoactive element is only present in very small amounts or is removed completely, meaning the user can benefit from the positive elements, without suffering from the psychoactive short and long term side effects.
Where there is up to 0.2% THC in a CBD product, this is known as Full Spectrum CBD. Where the THC is removed altogether but other cannabinoids remain, the product is Broad Spectrum CBD. A product that contains only CBD is known as Isolate.
Cannabinoids work at their best together, and will usually have the best effect on the human ECS when combined. This is known as the entourage effect. So, while isolate CBD products will provide a dose of CBD, they may not prove as beneficial as broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD products.