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CBD 101: What is CBD?


CBD. We've been hearing about it for years – it's a "trendy ingredient" that seems to come and go in our newsfeeds. From skincare products to beverages, there are so many types and ways to consume it that it can be hard to keep up. Whether you're new to CBD, on a weed tolerance break, or just curious about the hype, we're here to help demystify and explain why this cannabinoid is here to stay.

CBD 101

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a naturally-derived compound from the cannabis plant.

CBD is a part of a larger group of chemicals called cannabinoids. Unlike the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, CBD is not mind-altering and won’t get you high or sedated.

Many people opt to use CBD to harness the therapeutic effects of the cannabis plant without the intoxicating and dependence-producing effects of THC.

TLDR you can’t get high~

Not all CBD is the same

Not all CBD is the same.

Not only does CBD come in many consumable forms, it's important to know the type of extract you purchase too. You can choose your preferred cannabinoid based on what types of effects or benefits desired.

There are 3 types of cannabis extracts: Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate.

Full-spectrum CBD

Reform Botanicals only offers full-spectrum CBD. Why?

Full-spectrum CBD extract contains the full scope of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the original cannabis plant.

Our products feature full-spectrum CBD oil which contains naturally occurring cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN, CBL, CBDA, CBG, CBC, and <0.3% THC. This results in clearer and stronger effects, all while being sober.

All these molecules work together to magnify the total therapeutic benefit in the body, known as the "entourage effect".

Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD extract does not contain THC. (Or at least they try not to, extracts may still contain trace amounts of THC.)

It does contain other components of the cannabis plant, but it isn't 100% CBD. Although broad-spectrum may be a good choice for those wanting to avoid THC, there are studies proving that when THC and CBD are used together, they work better (re: the entourage effect).

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate extracts contain no other compounds found in cannabis. This is CBD in its purest form.

This concentrated form of isolated CBD allows for precise measurements and controlled dosing. However, research shows that using cannabis products containing multiple cannabis plant compounds produce more effective results (re: entourage effect).

Similarly to broad-spectrum CBD, some people prefer CBD isolate because they want to avoid THC. Though, there is still a chance for CBD isolate products to include trace amounts of THC.

If you get drug tested, it's best to avoid CBD products entirely.


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