When looking for a CBD Oil product you’ll usually come across two main options. Firstly CBD isolate, often up to 99% pure, this is CBD in its isolated form away from all other plant molecules. Secondly CBD Oil, sometimes called Hemp Oil, or Full Spectrum CBD Oil which has much lower levels of CBD but also includes a wide array of other cannabinoids, terpenes and plant molecules. If you’re wondering which is best, check out this piece by Dr Ron Goedeke, featured on the Ministry of Hemp website.
Cannabis contains over 100 different compounds called cannabinoids where CBD and THC are a couple of the most abundant and well researched. The cannabis flower, present on the female cannabis plant is covered in resin glands where cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are extracted from. Cannabis resin is a dark to light brown substance which is scraped off the surface of the cannabis plant and pressed into a solid lump, sometimes referred to as hashish.
The amazing thing about cannabis is the wide array of effects it can have on the human body which has helped fuelled such a large number of different cannabis studies. The big question scientists looked to answer was how can cannabis be so safe while offering such incredible effects, which led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system.
Scientists have been able to synthesise thousands of natural molecules and cannabinoids are no exception. While molecularly similar, synthetic cannabinoids are far inferior to consuming the real plant and its natural extracts. Synthetic cannabinoids were originally created for cannabinoid research focusing on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).