What’s the Difference?
Cannabidiol or CBD products are consumed by many people in many different ways. There are hundreds of CBD products to chose from and those products are administered in many ways including orally and topically. Most products are made from 2 different forms of Cannabidiol: Isolate and Winterized hemp oil. This article will highlight the differences and similarities between the two and outline the potential benefits and drawbacks.
Tinctures, vape juice, gummies, creams, and dog and pet treats are all popular products derived from Cannabidiol or CBD. These products come in different strengths and sizes but are usually derived from either CBD Isolate or some form of winterized hemp oil.
CBD Isolate is derived from hemp and comes in powder form. The CBD is first extracted from the hemp through a CO2 extraction machine. Unlike other machines that typically use harmful gases, such as butane, CO2 extraction provides a healthy alternative. CO2 extraction uses temperature and pressure to extract all Cannabinoids from hemp turning it into crude oil. This crude oil is then refined into winterized oil through another CO2 extraction process. Then finally this oil is further “isolated” to extract only the CBD isolate. Most CBD Isolate ranges between 98-99% pure. The CBD isolate is then sold and formulated into products. The material is not water soluble, so it is commonly dissolved in oil such as Coconut or Vegetable. Tinctures are usually blended with MCT oil, a highly refined coconut oil and vape juice is generally made with a blend of vegetable oil and flavoring. Other products, such as CBD gummies, are made with CBD Isolate to ensure that they are actually THC FREE.
If you are looking for you to avoid THC entirely then CBD Isolate may be the best choice for you. The reason for this is that CBD Isolate is just that, Isolated CBD. This means that the other Cannabinoids along with THC, including CBN, CBG, CBC are all removed and you just get Cannbidiol (CBD). This is a popular choice for athletes, parents, and animal lovers who may be concerned about even trace amounts of other Cannabinoids. The United States Food and Drug Association recently approved a drug called Epiodiolex to treat 2 different types of seizure disorders in children. The formulation of this drug is similar to CBD isolate.
Learn more about CBD Isolates here at https://anocbd.com/isolate/.
Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil
CBD oil is generally referrered to as full spectrum or winterized oil. Due to restrictions with advertising, products can be labeled differently, but when a milligram(mg) is specified on a label it is usually referring to CBD. Cannabidiol oil is extracted from hemp in a variety of ways. The CBD is first extracted from the hemp through a CO2 extraction machine. Unlike other machines that typically use harmful gases, such as butane, CO2 extraction provides a healthy alternative. CO2 extraction uses temperature and pressure to extract all Cannabinoids from hemp turning it into crude oil. This turns the crude into a black looking oil. This oils is further refined or distilled into winterized hemp oil or full spectrum oil. Unlike CBD isolate, full spectrum oil contains not only CBD but also the other Cannabinoids. These cannabinoids include THC, CBG, CBC, and CBN. These Cannabinoids have yet to be clinically tested, but preliminary findings show that when combined have potential health benefits. The combination of these Cannabinoids are referred to as the “entourage” effect. Cannabidiol oil is a better choice for individuals looking for a full cannabinoid profile. Due to this fact, it is important to make sure that your products are 3rd party tested to ensure that you are getting this multiple level cannabinoid profile. The company you buy your CBD from should post these results on their website. CBD oil now can also be made in a 0 THC option, which is great news for those looking to gain the benefits of the entourage effect without the THC.
As you can see the world of Cannabidiol can often be complex and frustrating. This is is why it is important to buy CBD from a reputable company with the lab results to match. Many companies claim to be “Organic, Natural, Sourced from local farms, etc.” but in reality be purchased from a lab with no quality standards. Just as we like to know where our beef comes from and our vegetables come from; it is equally as important to know where are CBD comes from. So challenge the company you purchase from to provide this information with the lab results to match!