When we first heard about CBD oil and the myriad of health benefits provided, there was limited scientific research behind the claims being made. We weren’t sure how to start with the selection of the product and more importantly the dosage required to be effective.
We tried a few different brands in the beginning as some didn’t seem to do anything, and when we did find a brand that did, the next time we went back that same brand wasn’t always available.
It wasn’t until more research was available that I came to understand there are different “spectrums” of CBD oil, and because of that there can be different and/or varying benefits achieved.
The difference between the spectrums is determined by the amount of amount and variety of the cannabinoids occurring in the cannabis plant itself. This knowledge actually helped us immensely in understanding what strain of CBD oil worked for what and why.
There are multiple names for the well over 100 different cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, so depending on your needs, you will have some choices to make in regards to your selection of CBD products.
THC and CBD are the major cannabinoids, however there is a healthy list of the less present cannabinoids present that research shows have several positive effects on the human system.
Let’s begin with what is referred to as “Full Spectrum”. As the name eludes to, a product listed as Full Spectrum contains the complete list of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. This means that there will be a small amount of THC present. Although the amount is low at less than 0.3%, anyone who doesn’t want THC present in their blood stream would want to stay away from any product listed under this category.
It is important to note that even though there is a trace amount of THC,the amount present is not enough to produce the high that a THC product with a count over 0.3%.
With that said, however, the benefits of a Full Spectrum product are considered to be of an increase in the effectiveness of the product and the results experienced by the user.
Next would be products labeled as “Broad Spectrum”. Simply put the products under this category are 100% free of THC when the CBD oil is put through a distillation process. The products still have all the other cannabinoids present, and benefits will still be experienced. However, the user will not have to worry about failing a drug test for THC.
Some of the other minor but notable compounds are:
CBC – also known as Cannabichromene, is classified as a phytocannabinoid, creating psychotropic effects with the benefits being therapeutic to the mental state of the user. In effect helping to calm anxiety and enhance moods for example.
CBG – also known as Cannabigerol, acts as a precursor to three main cannabinoids. The cannabis plant breaks down CBG, which in effect turns it into one of the three lines:
CBCA (Cannabichromenic acid)
CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid)
THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
CBN – also known as Cannabinol, has and is undergoing research into the relaxing effects it produces on the user. The sedative effects are shown to be beneficial for anxiety and insomnia to mention just a couple.
So, when it comes to which spectrum of CBD oil or products that will be your choice, consider what it is that you want to achieve by its use.
We always suggest starting slow. Monitor your daily dosage and follow up with the effect experienced. With CBD oil there is no fear of overdosing as it will not get you high.