Choosing a CBD product that will be effective for you is more complex then picking up some CBD oil at the gas station. Using a CBD Coach is the most efficient and cost-effective way to make sure you can sample professionally vetted CBD products from a certified CBD coach until you find a product that works. One thing to consider - should you consider a full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD or a CBD isolate.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD is a form of Cannabis (Hemp) Sativa extract. Research has shown that the cannabis plant produces hundreds of compounds and over 100 of them are cannabinoids, minor cannabinoids or phytocannabinoids. Aside from the well-known cannabinoids like THC and CBD, the hemp plant produces a myriad of other compounds like phenols, esters, terpenes, proteins, and flavonoids. A full spectrum extraction process aims to preserve all of the different compounds, which as a result, retains the synergy of their coexistence (entourage effect). Full-spectrum products do include the presence of THC, the active compound in marijuana. However, they are only present in very low concentrations. By retaining that small amount of THC along with the other compounds found in the plant, it's been found that together, they can actually enhance the way that CBD works in the body. When THC, CBD, and other compounds stay together in a full-spectrum extract, their interactions are referred to as the entourage effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum is a full spectrum product that undergoes a further extraction to remove more than the 0.3% THC legally allowed in a full spectrum product. The main advantage of a broad spectrum that has had all traces of THC removed is for those who undergo testing or want no THC present in their product. Although the entourage effect is best presented in full spectrum products, there are more than trace amount of THC legally allowed in a full spectrum product. Therefore, broad spectrum has less of an entourage effect due to a second extraction process. But there is enough minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids present to have an effect.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the isolated extract from the cannabis sativa plant. It is the purest form of CBD. It is isolated in a crystalline form and can be mixed into liquids including oils and vaping products. CBD isolate powder is the extracted crystals have been ground to a powder form, this often will get mixed for a topical product. The powder form is also easier to ingest than a crystalline.

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