“The duality of cannabinoid extractions” As we begin to grasp the understanding of how diverse cannabinoid therapy truly is, we continue to come across certain terms that may sound a bit confusing to newcomers seeking plant-based therapeutics. Three common forms of consumption include Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate, each produced while using a unique method of extraction, and all containing optimal healing potential for the patient. Let us begin with a brief breakdown of what we will refer to as our “whole-plant” distillate, also known as full spectrum. This method contains about 65%-75% cannabidiol (CBD) and incorporates a number of other cannabinoids, terpenes and aromatic essentials such as THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBN,
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www.dusttodiamondsinc.com flavonoids, proteins, phenols and sterols. Full spectrum can be used as an additive in edibles, topicals or smoked as a vapor for dabbing. Some might say that the flavor is comparable to broad spectrum in the sense of being heavy on the tongue and strong on the cannabis flavor, but to each person, a different experience is encountered. Next, we have our “hybrid” distillate, Broad Spectrum. This form begins as a full spectrum, and through a refinement process, all THC compounds are removed. The remaining cannabinoids, terpenes, and other aromatic oils and essential compounds are used to provide therapeutic relief to the consumer, without the elevation from the THC. Some believe that this compound produces a euphoria, nonetheless, but others may argue that this is just the “entourage effect”. Finally, we dabble into the purest form of cannabinoid extraction available, Isolate. Comparable to the process of sugar hardening to form crystallized rock candy, isolate is a crystallized form of cannabidiol and proves to be the most potent extraction of CBD available. CBD isolate is available at a high 99% purity level and is activated and ready to use upon receiving. Some claim that isolate products are the best available due to the high potency of pure CBD extraction, while others find relief in terpene activated CBD isolate products. The modern approach to cannabis consumption through the ingestion of the flower has quickly transitioned towards a diverse world of distillates and topicals. Whether one takes to full spectrum, broad spectrum, isolates or D, all of the above, the restorative solutions provided by cannabinoid therapies are to be discovered for one’s self.