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You’ve heard the stories of all the benefits CBD has to offer and now you want to give it a try, so you’re off to find your first ever CBD oil. We’re glad you’re considering using CBD, and we think you’ll reap some pretty exciting benefits!
However, if you’re just beginning your CBD oil search, you’re probably a little confused. What is “pure” CBD oil? What is isolate oil, and what in the world does full spectrum or broad spectrum mean? Is hemp oil even the same thing? These are all good questions, and if you feel a little lost, that’s completely normal. Understanding what CBD is, and what it isn’t, can be tricky enough on its own. Add clever marketing and some creative manipulation of terminology to the mix and you’ll feel like your head is spinning.
We’ve been working with CBD oil and CBD oil products long enough to understand it’s frustrating for people when they feel they don’t know what they’re getting. Most everyone just wants a good, high-quality CBD oil product from a brand they can trust. QULCBD is that brand.
Before we even began our company, we met with skincare and CBD specialists who have decades in the business to help us decide what we should offer our community. We source only the highest-quality CBD and plant botanicals for our wellness and beauty products and stand behind them with a money-back satisfaction guarantee.
We also strive to be a source of trusted information to you. We know the CBD industry and we know the tricks of the trade, like the fact that some manufacturers market hemp seed oil as CBD oil. The two are not the same, as we will discuss below. Another marketing trick is to convince a consumer that CBD isolate oil is “pure” CBD oil, indicating that other types of CBD oils (broad and full spectrum) are not pure. The reality is, broad spectrum and full spectrum oils are superior in every way to CBD isolate oil!
We know. Your head is spinning. Let’s work on straightening it all out.
We’ll talk about what CBD is (and what it isn’t), including where it comes from and how it is different from marijuana (because we know you’re wondering). We’ll also discuss the three different types of CBD oils: isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum. We’ll also talk about the differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, and why they are not at all interchangeable.
By the time we’re done, you’ll have a clear understanding of these oils, their differences, and the benefits they can each bring to the table.
Cannabidiol, or “CBD,” is one of over one hundred naturally occurring chemical compounds found in a particular species of the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis sativa plant has many species, but two, in particular, are used for medicinal and health and wellness purposes. One of these plants, the marijuana plant, produces large amounts of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC.” THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid and the ingredient responsible for giving a marijuana user the “high” they feel when using a marijuana product.
The other species of the cannabis sativa plant, which we will refer to as the hemp plant, produces only a very small amount of THC, but a very large amount of CBD. As such, commercially manufactured CBD is extracted from this plant. The Farm Bill of 2018 made the commercial manufacture and distribution of CBD legal, but there are different laws that govern these practices that differ from state to state.
Regardless of whether CBD is “hemp-derived” or “marijuana-derived” doesn’t really matter. CBD is the same regardless of which plant produces it, although commercially delivered CBD will always be hemp-derived.
People use CBD for different reasons. One of the most popular uses for CBD is as an all-natural soothing agent. Taken orally or even used in a topical cream, CBD can provide temporary relief to joint and muscle pain from the wear and tear our bodies face on the day to day.
CBD is also used to support mental wellness. CBD is said to have a calming effect on certain receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors trigger our “fight or flight” response, and it is thought that CBD interacts with these receptors to help reduce the restlessness and jitteriness they produce.
Most commonly though, many people prefer to use CBD topically in their skincare routine. There are numerous benefits of CBD when applied to the skin. From intense hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, soothing skin irritation, and supporting an overall firmer and smoother appearance, CBD is a virtual skincare miracle product.
Some users simply add CBD to their wellness routine as an overall quality supplement that can enhance their overall health. Regardless of the reasons a person decides to take CBD, it’s important the CBD supplement they take is high quality, and always third-party lab tested to ensure the ingredients are included in the amounts the manufacturer states they are.
CBD is extracted into oil form from the hemp plant in one of three different ways: as an isolate oil, a broad spectrum oil, or a full spectrum oil. How a CBD oil is extracted determines the overall quality, effectiveness, and cost of the CBD product you are buying. Here’s how these three oils differ.
CBD Isolate Oil. The lowest-cost CBD oil available, CBD isolate oil is sometimes marketed as “pure CBD oil.” This is because CBD isolate oil has been extracted from the hemp plant by itself; this oil contains only CBD. No other parts of the hemp plant have been extracted along with it. Now, you may think this is what you want-you’re only looking for CBD after all. However, there is evidence that CBD, extracted by itself, is less effective than when it is extracted with all the other plant parts (such as terpenes, flavonoids, fibers, nutrients, minerals, and vitamins).
Isolate oil is the cheapest to mass-produce and manufacture. If you come across a product that is “value sized” and “value-priced,” you can almost be certain the oil included in the product will be an isolate oil.
Broad Spectrum CBD Oil. Broad spectrum CBD oil is CBD that has been extracted along with all other usable plant parts, except any amount of THC. As stated previously, the hemp plant produces a very low amount of THC, unlike the marijuana plant. Broad spectrum oil contains all plant parts except that trace amount of THC the plant produces. Broad spectrum oil is a great option for users who wish to get more results from the plant and a better overall CBD experience, without consuming or being exposed to any amount of THC.
Broad spectrum oil is a great product and a product that many rely upon for their CBD usage. While it cannot produce the entourage effect in total, it is definitely a much better option than using an isolate oil.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil. Full spectrum CBD oil is the true Cadillac of CBD oils. This oil contains CBD, all usable hemp plant extracts, and a small amount of THC. The amount of THC is so low it is unable to produce any kind of psychoactive effect in the user. It is simply included so that the oil is capable of producing the entourage effect. The amount of THC present in a commercially manufactured CBD oil must be less than .3% per federal law.
You’ll see some clever marketers attempt to sell a CBD product by tossing “CBD” onto a label of hemp seed oil. While hemp seed oil is an oil extracted from the hemp plant, it does not contain CBD.
Hemp seed oil is an oil that has been cold-pressed and extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. While it is definitely a great oil that can be beneficial for both internal and external use, hemp oil is comparatively the same as avocado or almond oil; in fact, you can even cook with it.
Hemp oil contains no CBD, although some CBD products (especially skincare products) may include both hemp oil and CBD. These are a really great combination of oils that are incredibly beneficial to your skin.
CBD is a great product with numerous benefits for your health when used both internally and externally. CBD is available in three different forms, and the form that is included in the product you use will determine that product’s effectiveness, quality, and cost. Hemp seed oil is not the same thing as CBD or CBD oil, although it is a beneficial extract of the hemp plant. Always make sure the CBD product you choose has been third party lab-tested to ensure quality and quantity!
Directions for how to use QUL Wellness Tinctures: Shake well before using. Using provided dropper, take desired amount daily. Repeat as needed at home or on the run as a powerful hemp extract facial oil.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.