The Ancient Roman writer Syrus once wrote that “Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” He was certainly onto something! Keeping your health optimal will help you live your best life. Recent research into cannabis products concludes that they are effective, safe, and natural methods for reaching this level of optimal health. This is especially true of cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the cannabis plant that can help you in achieving this goal. Using CBD concentrate is just good sense!
What Is A CBD Concentrate?
People have been using the cannabis plant for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. On a chemical level, it is made up of a group of compounds known as cannabinoids. The cannabis plant has over 500 compounds (cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and omega fatty acids) and over 100 of these compounds are cannabinoids, according to www.uclahealth.org. However, CBD concentrate has come to the forefront of medical research as one of the most useful of these compounds.
CBD Oil (Crude Oil Concentrate):
CBD oil is extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stalks of the cannabis plant. This process results in a raw oil concentrate that they use to develop a wide range of medicinal supplements. When this oil was first being manufactured, it consisted of about 4% CBD. However, various contemporary methods have resulted in oil that is comprised of 10% to 25% CBD, with an average of approximately 15% CBD. Crude CBD concentrate has an oily like viscosity which is normally dark green or dark brown in color.
There are several methods to refining the raw oil from the cannabis plant:
- Carrier oil extraction
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction
- Solvent extraction
Solvent extraction is the most common and least expensive method to make CBD Concentrate. The method consists of taking the flowers, leaves, and stalks of a CBD-rich strain of the cannabis plant and soaking them in a solvent (usually grain alcohol). This solvent evaporates away, leaving you with crude CBD oil. It is the CO2 extraction process, however, which results in the cleanest, safest CBD Concentrate.
This is purer than CBD oil but less pure than CBD isolate. CBD distillate contains high levels of CBD (around 80% CBD) along with other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The distillate is after the CBD oil extraction process to further purify the CBD. This is where manufacturers perform another filtration process “Fractional Distillation” where more plant matter is filtered out. CBD Distillate is very dense at room temperature. It is can be clear or opaque and range in color from amber to a light yellow.
The CBD distillate can then be further refined to create a final product that is basically pure CBD. CBD isolate is the most potent form of CBD. After “fractional distillation”, to get pure CBD Isolate the last step is the process of “winterization”. This final step removes any remaining plant material, waxes, terpenes, and flavonoids. After winterization what remains CBD isolate, pure CBD (99% or more). Isolate is basically made by refining CBD distillate to pure CBD (CBD isolate). CBD Isolate is white in color. It normally comes in powder or crystal form.
Using CBD isolate will allow you or a company to have precise control over the milligram dosage of the final products. As the consumer, CBD isolate allows you to fine-tune how much CBD you are taking.
Does A CBD Concentrate Get You High?
CBD is the second most common cannabinoid in nature. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common cannabinoid and the most widely known. Due to ongoing research and development, scientists have been able to create strains of the cannabis plant that have high percentages of CBD with virtually no THC content (and vice-versa). It is this form of the cannabis plant that they use in the oil extraction process.
The reason for creating these types of strains is to ensure that the final product will have only CBD. This is because even though CBD and THC are closely related, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This is just a fancy way of saying that CBD will not get you high – it does not cause intoxication in anyone who takes it.
For many patients who take cannabis supplements, this is the defining factor for why they prefer CBD. Unlike THC, a patient can take CBD products any time of the day or night and still function normally. They will not experience the distortion of time and perception that comes with ingesting THC. That means that you can enjoy all the life-changing benefits of medicinal cannabis with none of the drawbacks.
What Are The Benefits Of Using CBD?
CBD has a wide range of benefits for patients who take it. Its usefulness is so comprehensive that it is frequently referred to as a smart molecule. CBD is capable of being a:
- Regulator –CBD regulates the levels of other compounds (known as endocannabinoids) in the human body in order to achieve a healthy state of balance known as homeostasis.
- Adaptogen – CBD helps your body to adapt to varying conditions in order to achieve overall homeostasis and respond effectively to stress.
- Modulator –CBD controls your endocannabinoid system (ECS) so that endocannabinoid and hormone levels are kept at optimal amounts.
In other words, CBD allows your body to regulate, adapt, and modulate. This trifecta of functions will help you combat a long list of underlying conditions while also creating an optimal state of homeostasis.
In general terms, CBD helps your body by:
- Keeping your appetite at healthy levels
- Lowering “bad” cholesterol levels while increasing “good” cholesterol levels
- Keeping your immune system functioning at an optimal level
- Protecting neurons in your central nervous system
- Promoting brain health
- Strengthening your bones and skeletal system
- Protecting and strengthening your skin
- Reducing inflammation and/or swelling throughout the entire body
- Modulating pain response in our bodies
- Regulating healthy levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and anandamide
- Maintaining healthy sleep cycles
Most of these benefits are achieved by CBD regulating, adapting, or modulating our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a regulatory and control system in our bodies that govern a wide range of effects. CBD keeps this system running smoothly and effectively.