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All do to the flower! It is amazing how much of a difference it is than taking medications.”
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Whole Plant CBD Oil Explained & Why It’s So Much Better
With so many CBD products currently on the market and very little regulation, do you actually know what you’re paying for? Is your CBD oil actually high quality, or is it snake oil disguised in fancy (or perhaps not-so fancy) packaging?
In this recent surge of CBD products entering the market, there has been a huge marketing push towards “pure” and “pharmaceutical-grade” CBD because pure is better, right? Well, not so fast. Let’s first talk about purity and when purity is a good thing, and when it’s not so good.
There are many different levels to purity as it relates to CBD oil.
Purity as it pertains to CBD products is absolutely crucial when it comes to things like pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, microbiological organisms such as E.coli and Salmonella, residual solvents such as hexane, and foreign material. Since the cannabis plant is a bio-accumulator, it will absorb toxins and heavy metals from the air, water, and soil. Later, when the cannabis oil is extracted, a solvent is typically used. So in this regard, a pure CBD oil should be free from all of these potential contaminants. A third-party laboratory test backed by a valid Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is the best way to determine if what you’re getting is “pure.”
If you’re worried about all of these potential contaminants or the common astringent taste of CBD oil, CBD isolate — also known as single molecule CBD — is the purest/cleanest form of CBD available on the market. CBD isolate is typically 99.5+ percent pure CBD, so it is often called “pharmaceutical grade.” CBD isolate is totally THC-Free, so it’s been a safe bet for those sensitive to or opposed to consuming THC, or someone who gets drug tested for employment. Yet it’s what the CBD isolate lacks that makes it the least effective form of CBD on the market. Even though it’s pure in the sense that it’s the cleanest form of CBD out there, CBD isolate is devoid of the other therapeutic plant compounds and phytonutrients that existed in the plant before the CBD was isolated from the plant material. These missing components can be divided into several different categories, including:
1) Other major / minor phytocannabinoids
2) Plant Flavonoids / Pigments
5) Lipids, vitamins, minerals, & other phytonutrients
All of these above constituents are found naturally in whole plant CBD oil and are thought to contribute to a phenomenon known as the “Entourage Effect.” In fact, studies have shown that when CBD is isolated from the other plant compounds, it is less effective than a whole plant / full spectrum extract.
Closely related to CBD isolate is another form known as CBD distillate. Distillate is made using a scientific process called ‘fractional distillation’ or ‘short path distillation’ used to remove the cannabinoids by their specific boiling points, especially THC. The CBD distillate then undergoes another process where the THC is mitigated so that it meets the Federal 0.3% THC guidelines for hemp derived CBD oil. In the end, CBD distillate generally has less than 0.3% THC and very little to no minor cannabinoid content, has a very mild flavor because the pigments/flavonoids/terpenes have been totally stripped from the material, and has a beautiful golden color because it’s been beautified and passed through special filters. In essence, CBD distillate is very similar to CBD isolate but it exists in an oil or semi-crystalline form rather than a true crystalline form. By the way, anyone who tells you that CBD isolate is “CBD oil” just because it’s blended into a carrier oil like olive oil or MCT oil is either grossly misleading you or is extremely uneducated. In sum, like CBD isolate CBD distillate contains very little to none of the list of whole plant enumerated above.