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If you are new to CBD, researching it has likely yielded an overwhelming amount of information. At Today I Am Well, we are committed to helping you educate yourself on all aspects of CBD.
Hemp vs Marijuana
Both of these plants are considered cannabis. However, marijuana contains THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) and is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects. It has a psychoactive effect of the body; it gets you “high”.
Hemp is NOT marijuana. The federal government considers hemp or industrial hemp to contain less than 0.3% THC.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp.
THC is another compound found in the cannabis plant. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. It does not “get you high”.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the natural phytochemicals found within the cannabis plant. There are 113+ identified cannabinoids — with CBD and THC being the most thoroughly researched.
Cannabinoids interact with the body’s natural ECS which controls biological functions in the body, such as pain perception, mood regulation, and immune response, just to name a few.
Other cannabinoids, such as cannabigerol (CBG) or cannabinol (CBN) have their own set of effects. The full collection of cannabinoids creates something known as the “cannabinoid spectrum.”
What is the ECS?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of cannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters located in the brain, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and immune system. It controls memory, cognitive performance, pain perception, stress management, mood regulation, and immune response on top of many others.
CBD isolate is a crystalline solid or powder that contains 99% pure CBD. It is the most concentrated form of CBD.
An extraction process removes all the active compounds from the cannabis plant, followed by a refinement process that strips away all other phytocannabinoids, including THC, and any plant matter, leaving behind nothing but the CBD chemical compound.
Since it does not contain any THC, there is no risk of “getting high” and you will pass a drug test. However, it does not offer the benefits of the Entourage Effect.
Broad Spectrum CBD
This product is taken from the Full Spectrum extract but with an additional process to remove the THC.
Broad Spectrum products contain naturally occurring cannabinoids, plant terpenes (see section on Terpenes), flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and plant proteins that work together to give you an Entourage Effect without the THC.
Broad Spectrum is less processed than the Isolate and there is also no risk of “getting high” since it does not contain THC.
However, broad spectrum is less researched and less available. And it may have a natural hemp flavor, which can be strong.
Full Spectrum CBD
Today I Am Well products are all Full Spectrum. It contains less than .3% THC. See our lab results here.
Full Spectrum products are made from full hemp plant extraction and contains naturally occurring cannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and plant proteins that work together to give you and Entourage Effect with the THC, which multiplies its effects.
This option could show up on a drug screening. However, it is the least processed and contains the most terpenes and flavonoids, and it has the ultimate entourage effect.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect refers to the synergy achieved by all the components in cannabis. These components work together to enhance the potential benefits of the plant. Each compound can amplify the properties of the others while mitigating their potential side effects.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are responsible for the unique aroma profile of plants, fruits, vegetables, and spices.
There are more than 200 terpenes in cannabis which, like cannabinoids, also bind to different receptors in the body.
Tips for Choosing What is Right for YOU
At Today I Am Well, we believe the Full Spectrum is worth a try because all the properties of the plant have a purpose. However, there are many factors that can lead you to choose one cannabis spectrum over another. Factors such as drug tests for or sensitivities to THC may need to be taken into consideration.
There’s still much research to be done to gauge the effectiveness of each spectrum, so for now it will require some trial and error to determine which option works best for your system.
See our Dosing CBD page for more info.