Trust Your CBD
Jake Anderson, MS, CSCS
Chances are by now you’ve heard the term “CBD” and the many claims of how it can support your health and wellness, but are these claims substantiated? According to the growing research, YES, but setting a realistic expectation on its capabilities should be warranted. For a comprehensive and ever-increasing look into the research, individuals may utilize a handful of non-profit resources. A few that have been found to be the most informative include:
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an intricate framework of receptors located throughout our body, currently consisting of two receptor types, referred to as CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in our brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are predominately located in our peripheral nervous system. Research is ongoing and it is believed that more receptor types will be discovered as well as more information regarding their role in our overall wellness. The body creates compounds called endocannabinoids and certain plants, including hemp, produce phytocannabinoids. The ECS affects a wide range of physiological processes, with many experts suggesting it’s true purpose is to help maintain a homeostatic internal environment; cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of many phytocannabinoids found in quality hemp extracts and should be accompanied by terpenes, flavonoids, amino acids and other valuable hemp compounds to achieve maximum potential. This synergistic aspect is typically referred to as the “Entourage Effect” and is the reason most practitioners prefer a “Full Spectrum” hemp product over single-compound CBD Isolates. Follow the link below for more information on this foundational discovery published in: Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2015, 6, 75-85.
How to Choose a Quality Product
When considering your purchase of a CBD product it is a smart idea to ask some key questions about the product.
- How and where is the Hemp grown?
Hemp is a bioaccumulator and will pull many undesirables from the ground it was grown on. To ensure your product is clean and safe make sure you choose a company that uses quality farming practices, preferably from the United States.
- How is the Hemp extract processed?
Many companies will utilize cheap, potentially hazardous solvents to extract the compounds from the Hemp. The best and safest extraction methods use Supercritical CO2, Organic Ethanol, or Steam Distillation. Whenever possible, you want to avoid products that use Hexane, Butane, or Isopropyl Alcohol for extraction. This will help ensure you are buying a product that has the most potential and limit unwanted side effects. It is best to ask the sales person about the method used. You should avoid products that do not say what method is used as these typically do not want to disclose they use a cheap extraction method.
- Is the product third party verified?
Many products on the market have failed sample testing, having less than advertised CBD concentrations and many include harmful pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and other undesirable and potentially harmful ingredients. Having qualified lab verification of contents will ensure you are buying a safe product that has more therapeutic potential. Most reputable stores will have the information on hand and can provide it upon request.
- Does the product have a unique assortment of hemp compounds including: phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids?
To ensure you are getting the full potential from your product, it is best to find “Full Spectrum” or “Complete Spectrum” oil with a wide range of synergistic hemp compounds. Reiterating the fact that studies show whole plant extracts can elicit greater results than CBD Isolates.
Here at Nature’s Way, we put a great deal of pride into our product selection, asking key questions before we decide to offer them to you. Whether you shop with us or somewhere else, please use these guidelines and hemp resources when searching for the product that is right for you. If you have any questions regarding quality Hemp Extracts or any other questions about third party verified supplements please call the store at 870-425-7677 and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff today!