There are more than 800 CBD products available in the U.S. marketplace. In some way, each of them can be considered different from all others. And not merely because of their different manufacturers, names and packages.
CBD products can be ingested, applied to the skin or vaporized and inhaled. For people and pets, oral CBD is usually the most convenient dosing method. Vaping provides the fastest action, as the CBD vapors are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs. CBD lotions, creams and other “topical” products are rapidly absorbed directly through the skin wherever they are applied.
Many CBD products use “full-spectrum” hemp oil as their primary ingredient. This contains CBD, as well as other cannabinoids and compounds, such as terpenes, which are present in the “whole plant” extract. One advantage of full-spectrum CBD products is that all of their components work together naturally to deliver enhanced benefits that CBD alone cannot. This “entourage effect” is one of the main reasons why cannabis has such potential as a therapeutic agent for so many different medical conditions.
Other products contain CBD oil, extracted from hemp oil and refined to remove impurities and other unwanted components. Still others contain CBD isolate, which is a highly purified and potent crystalline form of CBD. Other ingredients, such as terpenes, flavorings and MCT oil, can be added in to CBD isolate to enhance benefits and tailor the product’s effects to specific therapeutic uses.
Because CBD is relatively new to the mainstream marketplace, most consumers are unaware of the difference between hemp oil, CBD oil and CBD isolate. Most have no knowledge of what terpenes are and what they can do. And consumers are only beginning to learn about CBD’s wide range of benefits.
However, unethical manufacturers and distributors are taking advantage of consumer eagerness and knowledge gaps. Online searches for “CBD,” “CBD oil” and other similar terms commonly refer consumers to “Hemp Oil” products that provide little or no explanations of their benefits and uses.
Also, many CBD products do not deliver the CBD potency promised on their labels. Recent FDA and independent tests of various hemp oil and CBD products revealed that half did not contain the CBD amounts stated on their labels. Many of the tested products contained little or no CBD at all.
Not all CBD products are the same. And until the CBD industry becomes better regulated and monitored to protect consumers from unethical practices, you should always do extensive research before you buy. Then choose an ethical brand with high quality products you can trust.