There has been a lot of buzz around hemp based products in recent years. One of the biggest reasons for this is the changing laws surrounding the production of hemp and research that is being done on it. The Farm Bill of 2018 has now made the commercial production of hemp legal, which means that more hemp based products are showing up in the market with each passing day. It can quickly become confusing for any newcomers to differentiate between the different terms that are used for hemp products and compounds, especially when these terms are used interchangeably.
One of these terms that you might have come across is hemp extract, sometimes even referred to as CBD extract, however, what are they exactly and how are they used? By the end of this article, you will have a good idea of what these terms mean and how they can help you pick out the right product for yourself.
Hemp Extract and CBD Extract
Hemp plants have been around for a while and were used throughout history for making things like paper and textiles. Research has now allowed us to study the medicinal properties of this plant and we have discovered that it contains a number of compounds like CBD, CBG and CBN, all of which can now be extracted.
Out of these, CBD, has the highest concentration and it is currently used in the most number of products. It works by interacting with the receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system. Hemp extract or CBD extract can contain either CBD or a combination of it with other phytocannabinoids depending on the type of extract. Hemp extract is an umbrella term and it usually includes isolates, broad spectrum extracts, and full spectrum extracts. For example, A CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD out there and contains 99+% CBD. On the other hand, a broad spectrum extract will contain all of the compounds with the exception of THC whereas a full spectrum extract will contain THC (less than 0.3%) as well.
Isolate, Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum?
The particular form of extract that you decide on eventually depends on your needs. For many, isolates are a good option simple because of their versatility. They can be consumed on their own or can be combined with other ingredients to make edibles or topicals. Since a CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, the serving amount is quite easy to figure out. A milligram of isolate powder will translate to one milligram of CBD consumed. It is also a good option for those who wish to avoid THC at all costs.
Broad spectrum extracts are suited more for people who wish to enjoy the benefits of other compounds inside a hemp plant but want to stay away from THC. This is important since a lot of people get tested regularly at work.
Finally, we have full spectrum extracts. They have everything the hemp plant has to offer, including the trace amounts of THC. These extracts can cause users to experience the entourage effect, which is a term for the synergistic effect of the compounds working together.
Choosing The Right Supplier
Once you have decided the product that you wish to go with, you need to choose the right supplier. Picking the wrong supplier can lead you to having a lower quality product and eventually a bad experience. For example, a lower quality CBD isolate will contain less concentration of the compound. To make sure that there is no compromise on quality, we here at Bloom work very hard to bring you the best hemp products out there. Our isolates are pure and our tinctures come in different flavors, with zero THC or full spectrum options.