Identifying Pure CBD Oil
Pure CBD, also known as CBD isolate, is credited with being a phenomenal addition to a daily supplement regimen because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving properties (among other therapeutic benefits).
CBD has been used by individuals to help with conditions ranging from menopause, to depression and anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, and diabetes, among many others.
Unfortunately, along with CBD’s growing popularity, there is also an influx of scam-artists who trick unsuspecting consumers into buying CBD that is synthetic, loaded with contaminants, that is not tested by independent third-party laboratories, and that is not healthfully beneficial in the long-run.
Full Spectrum CBD VS CBD Isolate
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant. It is one of many cannabinoids that is extracted from the cannabis plant that has become popular because of its medical applications and easy accessibility among consumers.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD or hemp oil is a product that contains CBD and other cannabinoids, often including THC. This may or may not be legal or ideal for your situation and use case.
Full spectrum CBD oil is minimally refined, which means that most of the cannabinoids and terpenes are left intact in the oil. This form of CBD oil is also called “whole plant” oil because the full plant extract is included in the oil. Research has shown that cannabinoids and terpenes can work together in a synergistic way. This is called the entourage effect and is commonly seen when CBD works along with THC to reduce the overall effects of a high while CBD continues to have a positive effect on the cannabinoid receptors inside the brain, tissues, organs, and body.
CBD isolate products are generally 99 percent or more pure cannabidiol. All pure CBD products, or CBD isolate products, are distilled down to just the CBD molecule. There are no other active ingredients in CBD isolate. Those who take CBD isolate products are simply seeking to receive the therapeutic dose of CBD that pure cannabidiol delivers.
Comparing the Two
Both CBD and other cannabinoids are therapeutically beneficial to our endocannabinoid system. While full-spectrum CBD products contain many different cannabinoids and terpenes that have a wider reach health-wise, CBD isolates allow users to receive large amounts of pure CBD into their endocannabinoid systems.
A recent study found that full spectrum CBD, with its terpenes and multiple cannabinoids, was better than CBD isolates at treating inflammatory conditions. However, with that being said, CBD isolate has been found superior at treating conditions such as anxiety, pain, inflammation, diabetes, depression, and others pain-related conditions.
How You Can Tell Your CBD Oil is Pure
There are many ways you can tell that the CBD oil you’ve purchased is pure. One way to discern pure CBD from synthetic CBD oil is to see where the oil was sourced. A high-quality product comes from high-quality ingredients. Hemp plants easily absorb anything that is present in the earth. So, if the hemp plant was grown in pure, rich soil, then the plant and the resulting oil will be of high-quality.
However, because hemp plants are “hyperaccumulators,” they can also absorb any pesticides and other chemicals that are sometimes found in the soil. Therefore, if a hemp plant was grown in soil that was laden with mercury and lead, the oil that is produced from that plant will also contain those same heavy metals.
In order to avoid low-quality CBD oil, you should look into where the CBD brand sourced their hemp from. A good rule of thumb is to only use brands who use US grown hemp because farmers in the United States are required by law to become certified by their states’ department of agriculture. You can find sourcing information on the manufacturer's website as well as through their support center.
Third Party Testing
Any company that manufactures high-quality CBD will provide their customers with access to third-party lab results. Independent third-party labs help to ensure that all CBD oil that is sold is pure and free from dangerous chemicals and heavy metals. Any kind of impurity in CBD oil can be harmful to consumers.
Reputable CBD brands will always have recent lab results available to their consumers on their websites, packaging, or both. Another sign that your CBD oil is pure is excellent customer service. The CBD company’s customer service should be able to direct you in finding all of the information that you seek about the company’s CBD products. Transparency is key.
Thoughts on CBD with Additives
Some CBD oils, like the ones sold at Rebel, are infused with other additives to boost the oil’s health benefits. For example, Rebel sells Revive+Refocus “Mighty Mint” Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Deep Sleep Formula in “Luscious Lavender.” While some CBD oil users are purists and prefer that their CBD oil not be infused with any other essential oils, other consumers enjoy the benefits that oils with additives can bring.
CBD oil that is infused with essential oil extracts uses specific blends of essential oils such as mint and lavender to help create a synergistic effect with the cannabinoids in the CBD oil. This synergistic effect can induce anything from relaxation, to invigoration, energy, sleep, and other sensations for consumers. While CBD oil comes with its own specific health benefits, essential oils can also benefit human health. For example, peppermint boosts energy and aids in digestion, while lavender induces stress release. Still, sandalwood calms nerves and helps with focus, and chamomile relaxes and alleviates stress.
Where you take your pure CBD oil experience is up to you. As long as you work hard to ensure the oil you purchase is pure, the possibilities are endless.