Whole-Hemp CBD: What’s the Big Deal?
Although there are hundreds of CBD companies in existence, not all of them are producing the gold standard of CBD oil, based on whole-hemp plant extraction.
But why is this technique so important?
Although CBD, or cannabidiol, is the most well-known compound of hemp, there are many more beneficial compounds found within the cannabis plant, such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidivarin (CBDV), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), terpenes, antioxidants, and flavonoids.
Here’s the thing: Researchers in Israel have discovered that whole-plant extracts that contain these compounds have the potential to be more beneficial than isolated extracts that contain just CBD.
So how do you make sure you’re getting whole-plant CBD oil and the most bang for your buck? Here’s the different terminology you may come across in your product search and how to spot the true ‘heroes’ from the hype:
1. Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is extracted from the stalk of an industrial hemp plant, mainly for its CBD content and lack of THC (0.3%).
Buyer Beware: Many hemp oils are known to lack the full range of cannabinoids that are believed to act synergistically with CBD. This means that you may experience less of a benefit.
2. Hemp Seed Oil
What you really need to look out for are products labeled as or containing an ingredient called "cannabis seed oil" or "Cannabis sativa seed oil," which is the scientific name for hemp seed oil. This is oil that has been extracted from hemp seeds only.
Hemp seed oil, or cannabis seed oil, is high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, making it wonderful for skin. However, it contains zero or very minimal CBD and none of its astounding benefits.
Buyer Beware: Hemp seed oil contains little to no CBD and is instead extracted for its fatty acid content. It’s just a way for unscrupulous companies to cash in on the current CBD boom, without actually having CBD in the product.
3. CBD oil
CBD oil can be made from Cannabis sativa, which can include hemp. CBD oil extracted from hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC in order to be classified as industrial hemp, and thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, be federally legal.
As the name suggests, full spectrum or whole-plant CBD oil contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant. In addition to these compounds, full-spectrum CBD oil also contains essential vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Buyer Beware: Look for brands that test rigorously to make sure that the CBD content, as well as the terpenes and other cannabinoids, are up to standards. As a best practice, they should also publish a certificate of analysis, which will tell you what kind of compounds are in the CBD oil and in what amounts.
Bottom Line: If You Want the Whole of Hemp’s Healing Powers, Look for Whole-Hemp CBD Oil
At cbdMD, we pride ourselves on producing whole-hemp plant CBD oil that is both tested for its beneficial components and backed up by a certificate of analysis. From tinctures to gummies, you can rest assured you’re getting a full-spectrum product that contains not only CBD, but also an explosion of other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and antioxidants that may benefit the body and mind – all with absolutely no THC.
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