Decoding Hemp: Part 3
Hello Empowered Knowledge Seekers! Welcome back to Part Three of our Decoding Hemp series!
Today, I’m going to break down the three main types of CBD you’ll likely find in your hemp wellness products, and practical applications for each. We’ll also take a quick dip into exploring what else is listed on those ingredients lists as it pertains to skincare for those of you who did your homework from the last blog. Let’s dive in!
Full-spectrum hemp extract contains the full profile of the plant. This means it maintains all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, chlorophyll, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in the plant; all of which have therapeutic value of their own and also help create what’s known as the entourage effect. In essence, the entourage effect is the whole plant and all its constituents and compounds, working together synergistically as nature designed. Full spectrum hemp extract contains .3% THC or less.
CBD Isolate is made by a chemist in a lab by extracting and breaking down of all the parts of the plant to single out just the compound of CBD. This end product is just CBD and nothing else.
Broad Spectrum CBD oil sits basically in between full spectrum and isolate. Broad spectrum CBD is a CBD isolate, with a certain amount of the other compounds of the plant added back in. This is the closest thing to full spectrum you can get, with zero THC.
Okay, so now that you know the three types of CBD, let’s discuss a few important points…
Different forms of hemp may be desired for different needs.
Supplements: If you want to ingest a CBD supplement and absolutely, positively CAN NOT have even a chance of a tiny speck of THC in your system, then you would consider either isolate or broad spectrum.
It is extremely unlikely, yet minutely possible for one to fail a drug test if they are using a full spectrum CBD supplement. If that’s not a concern for you, then you will want to consider a full spectrum extract to receive the full benefits of this mighty plant.
I personally use a full spectrum supplement. I want all those beneficial compounds in my body!
Skin Care: If you are using a topical CBD cream, spray or oil for either skin care or localized pain relief, you have to remember that you are not actually ingesting the CBD internally, so it’s a little different.
When applying CBD to the skin, the CBD is absorbed through our skin, muscle tissue, and nerves, where it connects with your endocannabinoid receptors in those nerves and tissues.
When you’re using a full spectrum topical hemp CBD product, the small amount of THC absorbed through the skin does not cross the blood-brain barrier, therefore there is no risk in hitting that very small percentage of users who could technically be at risk for testing positive on a drug test. Therefore...why not just use full spectrum CBD on the skin?
The sum of all the parts of the hemp plant are not equal to the whole.
My personal preference in skincare formulation is Full Spectrum Hemp Extract for this exact reason. I believe in whole plant medicine. In all the folk herbalism I have studied and practiced in over twenty years, I have found that using the whole plant as we find it in nature is optimal in most cases. And remember, we’re talking skincare here. Anti inflammatory and antioxidant actions exist through use of multiple parts of the plant.
I firmly believe that the naturally occurring constituents of the hemp plant exist together for a very specific reason, just like any other plant medicine. Just like your own body; how all the systems work together to make a healthy, happy, functioning, whole YOU. I trust in nature’s perfection. I want all the things: terpenes, chlorophyll and phytonutrients that can bring all the benefits.
Just because a product contains CBD does not mean it is good for you.
CBD is amazing, but it’s also reaching fad status at present. It’s a wild, largely unregulated world out there right now in terms of CBD products. I’m happy that CBD is getting so much acceptance and recognition, but I’m also frustrated (and sometimes downright outraged) at what I often see on the market.
This is why it is SO imperative that you are educated and empowered to make the right choices.
There are many toxins in skincare that can be absorbed into your body and should be avoided. Make sure when you’re looking at that CBD body oil, cream or serum, that you’re not seeing synthetic ingredients, parabens, phthalates, PEG’s, dyes or artificial fragrance. Seek out organic, sustainable and wildcrafted plant medicine, always. The more straightforward the label, the better. And hopefully the company is telling you the type and dose of CBD on that label...
Remember, if you’re on a mission for optimal wellness, inside and out; make sure all the ingredients support your mission!
It’s important what you put in and on your precious body. If you don’t know or can’t recognize an ingredient on your label, that is a perfect invitation to pause, look it up and educate yourself. Step into your power as a consumer, and as the ultimate alchemist of your own wellness!
OR…just use SATVA, because you know you can trust that every single ingredient is brought into our clean and concentrated formulas with careful consideration of our planet and your health, with the intention to always bring you the best of the best. You deserve it!