As the use of CBD products increases, so do the terms associated with those products. We thought it might helpful to define some of the most common CBD terms you will find to help you in choosing which product is right for you.
- Broad Spectrum CBD – Full Spectrum CBD without any THC. It offers all of the entourage benefits of the full spectrum product without the trace amounts of THC being ingested into the body.
- CBD Isolate – means the CBD phytocannabinoid has been extracted from the hemp plan and isolated from the other phytocannabinoids.
- Full Spectrum CBD – means that a CBD product contains all other phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC. Sometimes referred to as “whole plant” CBD. It is believed that all of these compounds work together to produce an “entourage” effect.
- Water Soluble CBD – CBD that is water soluble made by using glycerin, nanoemulsion or liposomes. More bioavailable than oil-based products.
- CBD Extract – a thick, oily substance extracted from hemp. Contains cannabinoids, terpinoids and other plant materials. CBD extract will be high in CBD and low in other cannabinoids, like THC.
- Bioavailability – generally refers to the amount or percentage of a product which is absorbed into the bloodstream for use by the body.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) – one of the over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the most abundant phytocannabinoids found in the plant. There is a wide range of clinical research suggesting that CBD may help attain better sleep, lessen anxiety and manage pain.
- Cannabinoid – A class of diverse chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help maintain a state of homeostasis (balance).
- Terpenes – Fragrant metabolites found in the oils of all plans. Basically, they give the plants their smell. But it is also believed that terpenes bind to receptors in the human body to enhance the effects of the cannabinoids and have their own medicinal benefits, including inhibiting serotonin uptake and enhancing norepinephrine activity and increasing dopamine.
- Flavonoids – Phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables responsible for giving them their vibrant colors. Research suggests that flavonoids have a wide variety of health benefits; including anti-inflammatory, antithrombogenic, antidiabetic, anticancer and neuroprotective effects.
There are many more phrases and terms that you will hear when researching CBD. But, this will give you a good start. These are the most common CBD terms that are used in marketing and research today.