WHAT’S THE BEST SOURCE OF CBD? We‘ve all heard of cannabis. The plant has been used for hundreds of years for industrial, recreational, and medicinal purposes. What makes cannabis so special is it contains active compounds called cannabinoids which produce a range of benefits.
There are more than 120 cannabinoids found in cannabis. The most well-known cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Another popular cannabinoid is Cannabidiol, or CBD.
The amount of each cannabinoid in a plant depends on its genetics. Each strain of cannabis has its own unique chemical composition. Over the course of time, cultivators selectively bred their cannabis plants to create strains with their desired characteristics.
Marijuana is often used to describe cannabis when it contains high levels of THC.
Hemp, on the other hand, is typically used to describe strains of cannabis that are low in THC.
Either marijuana or hemp can be used to extract CBD oil. The main difference between using one source versus another is that the end product, like the plant itself, will contain different levels of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.
Marijuana derived CBD contains varying levels of CBD and high levels of THC. Hemp derived CBD contains varying levels of CBD and low levels of THC.
So what is the best source for CBD?
Let’s start with what’s clearly inferior. People often confuse hemp seed oil with hemp oil extract. These are completely different products. The former comes from hemp seeds, which contain no cannabinoids whatsoever. Without CBD, THC or other cannabinoids, hemp seed oil has zero medicinal value.
Hemp oil extract, on the other hand, is made from the flowers and leaves of cannabis plant, where the cannabinoids exist.
When purchasing CBD oil, make sure the label clearly states the CBD content and don’t buy any products that omit this information.
Some hemp is grown for industrial purposes, used for making things such as paper and textiles. Because industrial hemp is bred for non-drug uses, these plants are low CBD strains that produce very little concentrations of cannabinoids. As a result, industrial hemp is a poor source for CBD oil extracts.
Quality CBD comes from high CBD strains of marijuana or hemp. When choosing between Marijuana derived CBD or Hemp derived CBD, consider how much THC you want or need in combination with the amount of CBD.
High THC strains could cause unwanted psychoactive side effects typically associated with using marijuana. The magnitude of the effects is specific to the individual’s response to the chemical. Furthermore, certain conditions may require some amount of THC to bring relief to the user.
Conversely, high CBD strains provide the benefits of cannabis without the intoxicating effects of THC. High CBD strains can deliver relief without the high, allowing the user to be mentally productive, clear-headed, and functional. High CBD strains are preferred by those who experience negative side effects with THC such as anxiety, lethargy, memory impairment, or dizziness.
Ultimately, you want to choose the product that best fits your needs. And remember that no matter which type of product you choose, double check that the CBD and THC content are listed on the label.
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