What type of CBD is best? And why are CBD prices so confusing?
When you look on websites and at the big chain stores, you see so many brands of CBD products and it is often confusing. Firstly, Hemp seed oil is not the same as Hemp Extract Oil, CBD isolate (pure CBD) is not the same as Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD. Secondly, there are no reliable dosage guidelines or standard measurements. This will change when the FDA standards are finalized.
So, where does a consumer begin? Hemp seed oil is just that - oil from the seeds do not contain the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and therefore, will usually be the least expensive when looking for anything that says "hemp". Hemp extract oil comes from the whole plant and may just say a very large concentration in which a very small percentage is CBD. Make sure you see the CBD concentration on the bottle or calculate it from the percent of total cannabinoids.
Isolates are pure CBD and uses a less expensive way to extract. These products will usually show you a large amount of CBD with the prices significantly lower than Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum. The effectiveness of CBD isolates usually peaks at a medium dose and decreases for higher and lower doses. Purified CBD has limited usefulness because its effective dose is narrow and difficult to pinpoint. Isolates do not contain the beneficial phytochemicals, terpenes, or any other cannabinoids that would provide the "entourage effect".
Full Spectrum contains all the cannabinoids (but less than 0.3% THC), terpenes, and flavonoids, and most Full Spectrum CBD products will let you know exactly how many milligrams of CBD is in the CBD product. Full Spectrum CBD products contain the beneficial phytochemicals that work together to amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid - again, the "entourage effect".
Broad Spectrum (Distillate) is a CBD hemp extract oil in which THC has been taken out completely, but many terpenes and phytochemicals are also removed during the distillation process. We can consider Broad Spectrum Distillates to in between the CBD isolates and Full Spectrum CBD products.
Prices can also vary by where the hemp was grown, either in the US or abroad, the concentration of CBD in each product (calculate milligrams of CBD per ounce or milligrams/milliliters) and if the hemp was grown organically or not. The way farmers grow their hemp and the strains they use for the content of CBD does reflect on the quality of the oil. The best way a consumer can really explore the price differences is to do a bit of research and compare a few brands for quality and purity.
Make sure the CBD product is third-party tested and has Certificate of Analysis (COA) of each product on their websites. And always count on MAKA products to be of the highest quality and offer the purest and most potent product. Shop MAKA and you won't need to remember all the nitty gritty details of this article! :)