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CBD labels have you puzzled? Key things to know about the 3 different types available

Oct 21, 2020 by Allie Baker

All forms of CBD aren’t the same — and they aren’t all created equal. Depending on the type of CBD, you could be getting more (or less) calming, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory perks.

We’re breaking down the three main types of CBD and what you can expect from each. Plus, which type of CBD can be found in each of the ALTWELL products? Read on to find out and then experience it for yourself!

What's the difference?

CBD Isolate
The word “isolate” is key because in this form, CBD is isolated from every other substance in the cannabis plant. It contains ONLY 99% hemp-derived CBD. While the name implies purity, CBD Isolate contains no other supporting cannabinoids or terpenes. These supporting compounds — including CBN and CBG — may deliver additional anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pain-relieving properties you don’t want to miss. A study published by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research found that isolated CBD was less effective than full-spectrum CBD for the treatment of inflammatory conditions ¹.

Broad Spectrum CBD
This type is the middle ground between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD. Broad Spectrum CBD delivers some of the additional compounds found in the hemp plant (including CBN and CBG), but it undergoes additional processing to remove the THC component to non-detectable levels. (Quick refresher: THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes the high sensation.) Broad Spectrum is an amazing option if you’re looking for the soothing and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD without measurable THC.

Try it in: ALTWELL Gummies, Protein Powder, Restful Sleep Softgels and Balance Tinctures

Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum delivers a powerful and highly effective combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and trace amounts of THC. This combo may lead to the “Entourage Effect,” which is the synergistic reaction that happens when cannabinoids, terpenes, and botanical compounds are consumed together. Research shows that people may experience enhanced benefits from full spectrum products compared to those with individual compounds ². Full Spectrum CBD does contain trace amounts of THC (less than .3%), but this amount will not get you high.

We go even further to provide you with the highest quality products. We use full spectrum hemp flower extract derived from hand-picked flower. This means we use only the flower of the plant instead of the stems and leaves, which do not provide as many cannabinoids. Only the best for you!

Try it in: ALTWELL Balance Softgels and our full line of Topicals.

Our Perspective
At ALTWELL, we do not currently use CBD Isolate in our products.  We have chosen to use CBD forms with supporting cannabinoids for more comprehensive interaction with the ECS system (ECS stands for Endocannabinnoids System, refresher on that HERE). 

We think it’s important to offer options. If you are hesitant to consume any amount of THC, our broad spectrum ingestible products are a great option. For the most well-rounded CBD experience, try our full spectrum Balance softgels. We opted for full spectrum CBD in all of our topicals to ensure the highest efficacy in easing discomfort and providing full body ease.

Sources:
1. https://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=53912#.VP4EIildXvY
2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10983207_Cannabis_is_more_than_simply_Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol

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