The Buzz about CBD
It’s no secret that CBD is quite possibly the most popular natural health supplement on the market right now. Health and wellness advocates are continually proclaiming its amazing benefits, which seem almost endless. As many know, CBD has been shown to provide benefits like reducing acute and chronic pain, helping with effects of mental conditions that many struggle with like depression and anxiety, managing the symptoms of more chronic conditions like cancer and epilepsy, and even helping with common problems that many of us struggle with, like acne and sleeplessness. Understandably, then, there’s a lot of buzz about CBD in health and wellness circles.
Despite the continual buzz about CBD, because it is still relatively new to the market, there is still much curiosity about it and confusion as to what it is and what it isn’t. Various CBD terms are often thrown around by those who are familiar with them, and it can be understandably confusing for those just learning about CBD and all that it has to offer. Two terms commonly mentioned are CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. When you hear that a product is one or the other, how can you be certain which product is the best fit for you? Exploring a little bit more about what each product contains can be helpful.
The Difference between Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD
When you hear the term isolate CBD, that means that the supplement you are taking contains only CBD and that it has been stripped of any other byproducts of the hemp plant. By contrast, a full-spectrum CBD product is one that contains not only CBD, but also many other cannabinoids and other elements of the hemp plant. Why is this difference important to you, the consumer? The answer is relatively simple and straightforward.
In truth, hemp is somewhat of a wonder plant. For thousands of years, people have been using it for all sorts of helpful purposes – from making things like paper and textiles to making plastic and even fuel, and of course, hemp also has an almost endless number of nutritional benefits. Many people consume hemp-based nutritional products regularly, whether it be seeds, granola, baked goods … the possibilities are almost endless. And, of course, natural supplements like CBD are extracted from the hemp plant as well. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 cannabinoids produced by the hemp plant.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds produced by the hemp plant which, when ingested, interact with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining balance and regulating any number of important functions like inflammation, metabolism, and temperature to name only a few. When ingested, the cannabinoids interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system to produce positive results like reducing inflammation, managing pain, reducing symptoms of chronic conditions, helping relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and more. Certainly, CBD is one cannabinoid with countless health benefits, but as noted, the hemp plant produces more than 100 different cannabinoids as well as other helpful compounds.
A full spectrum product contains many cannabinoids beyond CBD, each of which have their own nutritional value and health benefits as well as other helpful elements of the hemp plant, including things like:
- Terpenes: Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give the hemp plant its distinctive aroma. They are secreted in the flowers resinous glands and have a number of nutritional benefits. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and create various beneficial health effects.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a phytonutrient also contained in the hemp plant. They often give the plants their vivid color, and scientists have found that they are strongly associated with many of the health benefits commonly found in fruits and vegetables. They are powerful antioxidants that have both anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Research has shown that diets that are rich in flavonoid-containing foods can have positive effects, including discouraging the development of cancer as well as neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
- Vitamins, Fatty Acids, and Proteins: Many of us are familiar with vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins and the necessary and important role they play in providing nutrition to our bodies. The hemp plant provides all of these necessary nutrients, and as a result, a full spectrum CBD product will pass them along as well. All of us can benefit from the beneficial nutrients and positive effects in our bodies that these important elements provide.
Why The Hemp Doctor?
At The Hemp Doctor, we are proud to offer a wide variety of full-spectrum CBD products. We believe that our customers are interested in truly pursuing the best for their health and wellness goals, and this means obtaining the greatest health benefit possible from the supplements they take. Full-spectrum CBD has been shown to be very effective in treating a wide variety of elements, and our products offer those benefits in a variety of forms. We offer premium products with a focus on quality from the time the first hemp seed is planted in the ground until the product finally reaches our shelves.
Whether a customer is interested in taking the CBD orally as a soft gel, a tincture, as an edible, or even as an energy drink, or if they’re more interested in using it topically as a salve, balm, or lotion, we have a product to fit their needs. At The Hemp Doctor, we even offer a full-spectrum line of products for those pets in your life who may need a health boost as well. After all, we know that furry family members are very important, too, and that you’re concerned about helping their health to be the best it can be.
Using full-spectrum CBD as a supplement to your daily health and wellness regimen has countless benefits. While it may take some trial and error to find the best product for your needs, talking to a knowledgeable associate about your individual circumstances and goals can help you to find the right product for you. At The Hemp Doctor, we look forward to helping you begin this very important journey toward a healthier, happier you.