CBD & The Human Body
Science & Health
Choosing the Right CBD Product
Choosing the right CBD oil that is right for you is not an easy process. There are many brands and formulations that differ in not only what they are made of, but how they are made, and what ends up in the final product. This is because some companies are small and don’t have the technology needed to ensure a pure product, whereas others simply cut corners to manufacture a sub-par product more cheaply for a higher profit margin. Botanima organics’ process of organic growing hemp and extracting CBD from it is best-in-class.
In this article, we will give a broad overview of:
- CBD Oil Categories: broad-spectrum and isolates (read more detail about the categories.)
- Synergetic Compounds vs. Purity: The various synergetic compounds that may also be found in CBD oil (e.g. terpenes, flavonoids)
- Nanoemulsion: A form in which CBD is suspended
- Lab tests
- Quality of Other ingredients
CBD Oil Categories
Hemp Derived vs. Marijuana Derived
CBD can either be derived from the hemp plant or the marijuana plant but hemp and marijuana are not the same things. Both hemp and marijuana fall under the Cannabis plant genus. So while hemp and marijuana are two types of the same species, they not only look different, but they have different chemical compositions, effects, and legal statuses. Most importantly, they have different uses. Because they are related, hemp and marijuana have some of the same chemicals, but in vastly varying degrees. The two major compounds at play are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Because hemp contains less than 0.3% THC it is legal federally and therefore it’s the best source of CBD, making the extraction process is simpler, which means more of the beneficial compounds remain in the product.
Full-Spectrum phytocannabinoid rich (PCR) hemp oil is a raw extract from the hemp plant that includes cannabidiol (CBD), THC (usually in very trace amounts), and all the naturally occurring compounds including other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. PCR contains as much as ten times the concentration of CBD as generic industrial hemp and negligible amounts of THC. It does not cause a “high” and is therefore not considered a drug.
Broad-Spectrum hemp oil contains all the beneficial compounds in PCR full-spectrum hemp minus the THC. (Buyer beware, here, since some broad spectrum oils use CBD isolate and synthetic compounds, which Botanima Organics never does.)
CBD Isolates contain only pure CBD; all the other compounds that occur naturally alongside CBD in the cannabis plant are removed, as are any impurities. (Note: Keep in mind isolate products do not produce the entourage effect, which is the beneficial synergistic effect some believe to occur when all the naturally occurring compounds that accompany CBD in nature are included in the CBD product, as is the case with full- and broad-Spectrum Oil)
Synergetic Compounds vs. Purity
One might choose a broad- or full-spectrum oil because keeping all those compounds together may create what is known as the ‘entourage effect.’ The interaction of these substances, which include all of the hemp’s beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, may enhance CBD’s benefits, as opposed to CBD in isolation. If you want the entourage effect then you will want to choose a broad spectrum oil.
If you don’t want any amount of THC in your oil, no matter how infinitesimal, be sure to look for the “0.0% THC guarantee” written in black and white.
Last, if you want authentic plant-derived pure CBD with all the potential benefits of the entourage effect, then it’s best to go phytocannabinoid-rich and broad spectrum.
CBD Isolates are favored by those who don’t value the entourage effect and because they offer a pure form of CBD, which is colorless and tasteless, a plus if it's being added to food or topical applications. Also, of course, no THC is present in isolates.
One property of the CBD molecule that has proved challenging is that it is insoluble in water and the particles are too big to be directly absorbed by the body at a cellular level. This means only about 10 percent of the CBD can actually be ingested and the rest goes to waste.
A new technological process, however, can convert CBD into a water-soluble nanoemulsion. With this method, the CBD can now be delivered as an oil-water mix with droplet sizes that can be absorbed by the body more fully and more quickly. This means less waste since the CBD particulates can enter into the bloodstream at high absorption rates because they don’t have to be broken down first by the stomach. The average size of the hemp oil droplet is 25 nanometers, compared with an industry standard of 100-5000 nanometers.
Be aware that many CBD products out there do not include the nanoemulsion process that Botanima Organics’ products do, so if that matters to you, again, check the labeling and the product description online.
Some of the higher quality CBD manufacturers have their oils independently lab tested to maintain certain quality standards such as ensuring their CBD oil is free of solvents and other unwanted waste products. Most critically, reputable CBD companies promising 0.0% THC will have their products independently lab tested to guarantee there is absolutely no THC present. Always look for lab results on a product website or request them if they are not there.
For many people who choose broad-spectrum products, their biggest priority is the reliability that there is no THC in the product. However, trace elements can be found in many CBD oils since the law is that they must contain less than 0.3 percent, not zero percent. So, if that is important to you, make sure to read the fine print to ensure “no THC” actually means none.
Quality of Other Ingredients
It’s pretty likely that unless you’re buying a pure extract, the CBD has additional ingredients so it’s important to take note of what those are as well since you are putting them into (or onto) your body. Some CBD oils contain essential oils for the smell, or some type of food derived oil such as vegetable, olive, or coconut oil to act as a base for the CBD. If any of these are in your CBD oil, you want to make sure it’s a high-quality food grade product, preferably organic.
Although raw and refined pure hemp extract is available, the vast majority of CBD oil products contain additional ingredients such as vegetable, coconut or almond oils as nutritional additives, or essential oils for scent or even flavors for taste. Check the label to make sure all of those ingredients are to your standard. It’s usually a good rule of thumb to look up any ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce. There can be ingredients besides the oil that are not natural or even harmful. Always, always read the fine print on the label of whatever product you are considering buying.
Also, if you’re gluten intolerant, make sure your CBD oil is gluten-free.
Botanima Organics’ Product
Our phytocannabinoid-rich broad spectrum no THC CBD oil goes through a purification process that guarantees exactly 0.0% THC ends up in the broad spectrum CBD oil while maintaining the full plant profile of all the other cannabinoids, 30-plus terpenes, sterols, and flavonoids to enable the potential for the entourage effect to take place.
Independent labs test the phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil to ensure quality standards are met.
Also, the cold, enclosed, and continuous manufacturing process during extraction and purification prevents the degradation of natural molecules.
Our nanoemulsion oils are the only formula in the world producing 0.0% THC, broad-spectrum, water-soluble CBD oils. Last, our formulas contain no harsh chemicals or metals and are also gluten-free.
For all these reasons, we stand behind all of Botanima Organics’ products as being the purest, highest quality CBD oil money can buy.
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