All this talk about THC lands us nicely in the whole “Full Spectrum vs. Pure Isolate” debate. Once you begin shopping for CBD products, you’ll notice a lot of jargon that gets thrown around without much explanation. Now that we’ve introduced THC into the conversation, we can talk about the difference between, and relative benefits of, Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate (and the lesser-known contender: Broad Spectrum).
So is it worth it to buy pure CBD oil or spend the money on a top-shelf product, with no medicinal "guarantee" that it will have therapeutic effects? That's a decision that you'll have to make personally, but let us leave you with this bit of food for thought: as of June 2018, the FDA has approved its first-ever natural CBD extract (Epidiolex) for prescription use, and many have said that this will just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of high-profile health organizations beginning to attest to the true positive qualities of CBD oil and other CBD-based hemp extracts.
Biopurus features a large range of concentrates, from the 5% CBD whole-plant extract to the strongest 30% CBD oil. The only caveat with this whole-plant extract (which is beyond full spectrum) is that it has a stronger, thicker texture than a regular CBD oil, and needs to be stored in an upright position to avoid any leakage. A Biopurus extract is not suitable for travelling or bringing along to the commute, but if you’re happy to keep it in your cupboard and have it before breakfast and dinner, in our opinion, this is by far the best range of organic CBD oils you can get.
Out of all the CBD products I’ve tested and used in the past few weeks, this thick green lemon-vanilla scented salve is my favorite. I massage it onto my sore red knuckles after boxing practice, and if it weren’t so expensive, I would encase my entire body in it. The cannabis sativa seed oil in this salve has antioxidant properties so that your skin can repair itself from the inside out, while the thick balm-like formula protects your skin from environmental aggressors. I would not recommend rubbing this onto your face because it’s so thick, but do whatever you want on the rest of your body—and if your feet are in need of some serious TLC in time for summer sandals weather, consider rubbing this onto your cracked heels and putting on a pair of soft socks before bed. The next morning, you’ll have baby’s feet again.
I tried the 3600mg bottle which contains 120ml of liquid in a bottle made from premium quality glass. The cinna-mint flavor has a refreshing taste and, like all Elixinol hemp oil products, it is a full spectrum cannabinoid extract which includes natural molecules such as Alkanes, Sugars, Amino Acids, Ketones, Flavonoids, Vitamins, and more (you can check out the Certificate of Analysis on the website). It also contains coconut extract to help with bioavailability.
In terms of price, Hempworx is actually a tad bit cheaper than the majority of the leading CBD oil brands in the U.S. As we went over in the Hempworx product reviews, their 500 mg (15 mL) oil sells for $69, which is just a hair less than our favorite brands (we won’t mention any names in particular for fear of turning this into a “brand pitch,” but you can check out this article if you want to know which brand specifically we’re talking about).
Low CBD oil prices isn’t always a good thing, and it is something to watch out for as it’s our natural instinct to go for the lowest price possible. When discussing CBD oil, though, ones that are “abnormally” cheap will probably mean they have a low concentration (remember the Flaxseed analogy?). Prices of quality CBD should range around $50-$90 for a 300mg bottle.
The reason so many people are interested in cannabis products that don’t make them high, proponents say, is that CBD helps with everything from pain and nausea to rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, and dementia. CBD is anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, immunosuppressive, and more, says Joseph Cohen, DO, a cannabis doctor in Boulder, CO.
Our bodies are thought to produce endocannabinoids by the billions every day. “We always thought the ‘runner’s high’ was due to the release of dopamine and endorphins. But now we know the euphoria is also from an endocannabinoid called anandamide,” its name derived from the Sanskrit word for bliss, says Joseph Maroon, MD, clinical professor and vice chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. We produce these natural chemicals all day, but they fade quickly because enzymes pop up to destroy them. That’s where CBD comes in: By blocking these enzymes, CBD allows the beneficial compounds to linger.