Understanding the difference between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD Powder.
While cannabidiol (CBD) is all the rage at present, it is often hard to understand what you are getting. Furthermore, with so many different CBD products on the market, it’s hard to tell which are full spectrum, which are not and which products are made from cannabis or hemp. In this article we will try to clear up any confusion, focusing the major part on Full Spectrum CBD oil from hemp and the water-soluble powder we create from it using our patent-pending process.
CBD has become quite popular over the last couple of years but despite what you might think, it is only one of over 100 compounds that have been identified in the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Full spectrum CBD powder, unlike CBD, isolate products, includes a wide range of cannabinoids present in the cannabis or hemp plant. Depending on the condition and what you are looking to achieve it can provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids work together in what is known as the entourage effect.
Full spectrum CBD also contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, and fiber. When referring to CBD in the hemp plant, it’s important to+6understand that Hemp contains a large number of cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compounds are CBD and cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, processors decarboxylate the oil. This process heats the oil and changes CBDa into CBD.
It is important to understand that CBD from Cannabis is only legal in Medical or recreational states, while CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states. While it may not be able to treat all conditions it has been known to assist with a variety of medical conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain.
The Benefits of the Whole Plant
One of the most important studies relating to full spectrum CBD oil took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School in 2015. It compared the performance of a full spectrum extract with one that contained CBD only. The study concluded that full spectrum was more effective when fighting pain and inflammation.
While CBD only is somewhat effective, the whole plant extract not only provided faster and better relief, the effects also lasted longer. This is why an increasing number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full spectrum CBD powder as a rule.
The aforementioned entourage effect is the main reason behind the efficacy of whole plant extracts. There are over 100 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to provide far better efficacy than any single compound, including CBD. Here are a couple of examples of conditions that benefit from the entourage effect:
Gastrointestinal Disorders: While THC improves your appetite, adding CBD to the mix can help with issues such as anorexia and nausea.
Anxiety Disorders: THC alone can make matters worse, but CBD counteracts the effects of THC to alleviate the symptoms of stress, PTSD, and more.
Neurological Disorders: Although THC can help patients with Tourette’s, the addition of several other cannabinoids can ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and more.
While full-spectrum CBD powder contains a huge array of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds; isolates containing only CBD are separated from these other compounds thus limiting their effectiveness. There is a school of thought that CBD is more effective by itself but the 2015 Israeli study has debunked that notion.
What Does Full Spectrum CBD Powder Contain?
While most readers are probably aware of the impact of THC and CBD on their health, there are many unheralded beneficial cannabinoids.
Also known as the ‘stem cell’ cannabinoid, most CBG is transformed into cannabinoids such as CBD and THC by the plant. As a result, most processed plants have a low level of CBG.
The degradation of THC leads to CBN. While there is usually a low amount of it in the fresh plant, the decarboxylation process typically raises the level of CBN. It offers a slight psychoactive effect and has a greater affinity for the CB2 receptor compared to the CB1 receptor.
It is probably the least studied ‘major’ cannabinoid even though it is rather abundant in certain marijuana strains. As such, there isn’t enough data available to suggest it offers the same remarkable benefits as THC and CBD. However, the research that is available suggests that CBC has antidepressant, pain relieving, and anti-anxiety effects.
Lesser known cannabinoids include:
Terpenes are chemicals that give the cannabis plant its unique scent. Even in tiny amounts, terpenes work extremely well with cannabinoids to help heal the body.
This stress reliever also helps boost your mood. You can even rely on it to assist with gastric flux issues.
It could potentially improve your memory and boost alertness. It is also anti-inflammatory.
This has a sedative effect and works to help patients with depression, insomnia, and stress.
This terpene is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps relieve the symptoms of pain. It is also
useful against insomnia.
This is another pain-relieving terpene which has antibacterial properties and also works as an appetite suppressant.
Vitamins & Minerals
Full spectrum CBD powder contains vitamins A, C, & E along with complex B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine. An increasing number of people don’t consume beta-carotene, but it is abundant in full spectrum oil. Crucial minerals contained in this powder include zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Essential Fats & Protein
If all of the above wasn’t enough, full spectrum CBD powder contains up to 20 amino acids including the nine essential ones. Essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6, which help promote better heart health, are included in the optimal 3:1 ratio. Hemp oil is even a good source of protein which helps repair and build tissues.
Final Thoughts on Full Spectrum CBD Powder
Although it is better to consume CBD isolate than nothing at all, it may not offer you the same range of positive effects as full spectrum CBD powder. You still receive an adequate amount of CBD, but you also consume dozens of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. As a result, your body will receive more than enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Not only will full spectrum CBD powder relieve pain, reduce stress and help you sleep, but it can also keep your body strong, fit and healthy. Forget about painkillers or the hundreds of prescription drugs on the market, full spectrum CBD powder is the real deal when it comes to attaining good health.
WATER BASED ULTRASONIC CANNABIS EXTRACTION
(How we do it)
Cannabis products have been consumed in various forms for thousands of years. The very first mention of medical uses for cannabis products dates back to the first century A.D. in Chinese herbal texts, where cannabis tea concoctions were prescribed to relieve pain and induce sleep. About 1840, cannabis and its therapeutic properties were introduced to the Western medical community; however, during most of the twentieth century, there has been little interest or advances in the medical use of cannabis.
Outlawed in 1937 in the United States, its usage has until now been legally prohibited. Over the past few years, however, cannabis usage has grown in popularity due to the legalization process that has recently been taking place worldwide.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Cannabidiol (CBD) Cannabinol (CBN)
In addition to flavonoids and terpenoids, cannabis also contains a number of therapeutically active compounds known as cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol (CBN). THC and CBD and CBN are the most widely researched and widely sought ingredients of cannabis. Cannabis Sativa has high levels of THC and low levels of CBD and CBN. Cannabis Indica has medium levels of THC and medium levels of CBD and CBN. Cannabis Ruderalis has low levels of THC and high levels of CBD and CBN. THC is considered the primary psychoactive compound yet it possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant and antiemetic properties.
CBD and CBN have beneficial properties of their own, and they also have a tendency to inhibit some of the adverse effects of THC. For example, high-THC strains may have many positive benefits, yet too much THC by itself, without other cannabinoids like CBD and CBN, can cause disorientation, lapses in memory and anxiety. In recent years, concentrated extracts of cannabis plants have become very popular because they allow for a wider range of delivery methods that are preferable to smoking the plant directly and enabling a smaller dose to be consumed in order to produce the same effects.
As the cannabis industry has expanded, the share of the market attributed to cannabis extracts and concentrates has grown exponentially as positive reviews published in the media by the medical and research communities have highlighted their benefits. These concentrates are significantly more potent, and they provide a purer therapeutic combination of cannabinoids and terpenes. Although smoking cannabis is still viewed as the traditional marijuana consumption, an increasing alternative is the consumption of extracts containing cannabinoids in the form of edibles, sublingual drops, body lotions and vapor inhalation. As the vaporized, smoked or eaten concentrates ideally have no plant matter left, the resulting flavors are cleaner and more pleasant.
Traditional methods of cannabis extraction are performed using harsh petroleum or alcohol-based solvents. No matter how much refining is performed on the resulting extracts, some trace of these poisonous solvents remains in the final product. We use distilled water in our extraction process which leaves no solvent residue to be consumed by the end user.
A vibrating ultrasonic probe immersed in a liquid (in our case H2O) will transmit alternating high and low-pressure waves. These fluctuations cause the liquid molecular cohesive forces to break-down, pulling apart the liquid and creating millions of micro-bubbles, which expand during the low-pressure phases and implode violently during the high-pressure phases. As the bubbles collapse, millions of microscopic shock waves, microjet streams, eddies and extremes in temperature are generated at the implosion sites and are propagated to the surrounding medium. Although this phenomenon, known as cavitation, lasts but a few microseconds, and the amount of energy released by each individual bubble is minimal, the cumulative amount of energy generated by the imploding cavities is extremely high. Because focused ultrasound extraction provides more than 100 times the radiated energy and thus produces higher reproducibility than those obtained with ultrasonic baths, it is ideally suited for the extraction of beneficial cannabinoids. This enhanced extraction is managed by exposing more surface area by reducing the particle size of the material being processed, thus disrupting the cell walls to release the desired compounds.
When extracted properly, the resulting concentrate is reminiscent of the cannabis strain it was extracted from – the taste, smell and effects are simply amplified due to a larger concentration by weight. On average, cannabis plant buds will yield about 15% of extracted concentrate. As expected, the quality of the extract and bioavailability will greatly depend on the amount and potency of the plant matter/trichomes (the crystalline hair-like structures coating the outside surface of the flowers) used.
BENEFITS OF ULTRASOUND-ASSISTED EXTRACTION
> Low cost
> High yields
> Water used as a solvent
> Rapid, safe and efficient
> Low energy consumption
> Neutralizes bacteria, mold, and fungi from extracted material
> Non-thermal: terpenes and cannabinoids are not denatured