Steven Van Cott
A Spokane native helping the community find safer alternatives such as CBD.
CBD Isolate Vs Full-Spectrum CBD
Now we've all heard the debate, at least in the CBD community, about whether CBD needs some THC along with it to work or not. This idea was sparked by some of the leaders of CBD research, including a man by the name of Dr. Ethan Russo. He is the same man who coined the term "Entourage Effect", a phenomenon where it was found in cell cultures and animal model studies that there was a benefit to using whole plant extracts of Cannabis, as opposed to a simple isolate product, where only one cannabinoid was introduced in the study. Primarily, this effect was seen when CBD was introduced along with THC, the compound in Cannabis which leads to euphoria, or at times dysphoria in certain populations. Despite this, in an interview with Project CBD's co-founder and director Martin A. Lee, Dr. Russo explains that CBD [Isolate] acts as broad spectrum modulator of our endocannabinoid system, without the addition of THC or the other plant cannabinoids you would normally find in a full-spectrum product (i.e. CBG, CBC, CBDA, THC, THCA, etc.). Therefore, our take-away from Dr. Russo's conversation with Mr. Lee would be that in order to make THC more effective and lessen its psychoactivity, CBD may be useful. However, the opposite does not necessarily hold true. CBD isolate products can be just as effective as full-spectrum products, and maybe even more so in cases such as anxiety, where THC might lead to panic attacks.
This is not the whole story. Dr. Russo also explains that due to the additive effects of THC along with CBD, the pain-relieving properties of the THC in full-spectrum products may be amplified when both compounds are present. Thus, there is an argument to be made that full-spectrum may be the preferred method of delivery when chronic pain and even nausea are present. Additionally, there is the vast array of terpenes, or plant fragrances, which can be added to certain preparations of full-spectrum and isolate products which have even more specialized properties such as limonene promoting wakefulness, and alpha-pinene's effects on boosting acetylcholine by inhibiting an enzyme known as acetylcholinesterase. For now though, these are topics of a completely different article. The main takeaway should be that CBD isolate can be just as effective as full-spectrum CBD; one may be more effective depending on your individual physiology and your personal preference. Additionally, you may need to boost the CBD content you are used to taking if it is a CBD isolate product, due to the amplification effects of the Entourage Effect.
You may notice, when you walk into any of our stores, or peruse our online marketplace, that we sell CBD oil in the form of a tincture. Now generally, a tincture is a concentrated herbal extract which is typically made by soaking herbs in ethanol (alcohol). This is not what our tinctures are, however. Our tinctures fall into two categories: Full-Spectrum and Zero-THC. Full-Spectrum extracts tend to include whole-plant extracts, which have been derived from the hemp plant using super-critical CO2 extraction (a method of extraction leaving no solvent residue in the final product). These extracts are then diluted and dissolved into a carrier oil, most commonly MCT oil (derived from coconut oil) or hemp seed oil (derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, containing 0.0% CBD, as we learned in the previous article). On the other hand, our THC-Free tinctures are a solution of crystallized CBD isolate (single molecule) which is dissolved in one of the carrier oils listed above. These solutions are generally taken sublingually (under the tongue), where the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream via the salivary glands. Once in the bloodstream, the CBD can work systemically (across the body), to assist with inflammation, pain, and anxiety by interacting with our endocannabinoid system.
Another type of product you will see on our shelves at CBD of Spokane is the edible. This is an all encompassing term for CBD-infused candies, cookies, drinks, and gummies, which we sell. The difference between the tinctures and the edibles is two-fold: The time it takes to absorb and thus get relief, along with the amount of CBD absorbed by the body. Tinctures tend to act faster, bypassing what is known as first-pass metabolism, as well as having increased absorption of the CBD over edibles. Why would you use an edible then, you might ask? There are many reasons to use an edible. One might include that it is easier to use CBD in the form of an edible, a form which many of us are familiar with doing already (after all, we all have to eat, right?). Additionally, edibles are great for children who are picky eaters and want a delicious, yet CBD-infused treat for their ADHD or epilepsy.
One of our favorite methods of CBD delivery includes the use of topicals. What is a topical? This is a product which is infused with CBD, and would be applied directly to the skin or area where you need relief. Topicals come in the forms of creams, lotions, salves, balms, and even eye-serums! Generally, we recommend creams, or salves and balms for arthritis-related pain, as well as injured spots where there is not an open-wound.* Creams tend to absorb into the skin more than salves, which seem to cling on and may even last longer. The preference for these forms of topicals is totally up to you and whatever you prefer. Depending on the topical, the specific formula may include a variety of other plant extracts, terpenes, essential oils, and other ingredients which assist with the delivery of the CBD to the area. It is generally a best practice to clean the area of application before putting a topical on an area. There are two reasons for this: 1. Some topicals include DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), an ingredient which allows for the penetration of the topical into the dermal layer of the skin. If the area is not cleaned beforehand, you may allow other contaminants already present on the skin to be pulled into your body, which you probably do not want. 2. Topicals can penetrate more completely and effectively when you clean the area of the skin you will be applying the cream or salve.
There are many routes of administration when it comes to CBD. All we ask is that you come to CBD of Spokane with an open mind and allow our experts to discuss with you the many ways people are using CBD. This gives us the opportunity to do our job better by finding products which actually work and allow you to continue doing what you do best. We encourage you to try all of our products and find the ones which you like the most. CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD no longer need to compete because this is a personalized journey for you! Some people will like edibles, others will enjoy tinctures, and still others want to lather some topicals on for spot-application. This is the best part of CBD; You get to choose! We will just be here to support you in your efforts to find relief in a safe and effective manner. Please like and subscribe to our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat to get all of the best CBD of Spokane updates and sales! And as always, drink water, tell your loved-ones you care about them, and keep working on the things you are passion about creating.
*None of our recommendations are from medical-professionals and you should only make decisions based on what your trained and certified healthcare provider has advised.
As the burgeoning CBD Industry ramps up, with companies left and right offering CBD in the form of capsules, tinctures, vaporizers, edibles, lotions, salves, and the list continues; how do you know what CBD is right for you? This question comes up constantly at CBD of Spokane, and we are passionate about finding products that are personalized to you. As we all know, everyone's body processes CBD differently, depending on the status of a system in the body known as the Endocannabinoid System. This system is involved in everything from sleep and hunger, to our immune system fighting off infection and dealing with underlying inflammation. As leaders in the CBD Industry, as well as concerned citizens for the health and well-being of others, we, here at CBD of Spokane, want you to know that when you come into our store, or shop on our website, that you are in the hands of a knowledgeable staff that understands each person requires a unique CBD product for their situation with the expectation of safety at the heart of what we do.
One of the great mysteries which the CBD Industry has kept secret from the public, is what exactly is in the products you are seeing pop-up in your local grocery store, gas station, and from your hipster friend, who we'll call Bob, who makes CBD edibles in his basement or kitchen. It is not a surprise that a Penn Medicine researcher has found that "70% of all cannabidiol products sold online are either over or under labeled, causing potential serious harm for its consumers." This should not only make you extremely weary as to where you are purchasing your CBD products, but should be empowering information which you can use to make the right decision! It makes you wonder how many times customers have purchased CBD products online from swindlers who wanted to sell them "hemp oil" instead of CBD oil, sometimes labeled as hemp oil extract, and received none of the benefits of CBD because what they purchased was over-priced hemp seed oil (which, for your information, has NO CBD in it).
Now for the juicy stuff. If you are purchasing your CBD on websites such as Amazon, for instance, you are most likely purchasing hemp seed oil. This is simply the oil which you can purchase in the cooking isle of any grocery store and use as a healthy dressing for salads, and in place of vegetable oil for cooking. However, this oil comes from the pressed seed of the hemp plant and contains no appreciable CBD content to speak of... So why does the tiny bottle on Amazon look so similar to the tincture bottles that actually have CBD in them? The answer is quite simple. They want you to spend your hard-earned money on products in an industry with little oversight and that they market to customers who have not done their homework. In fact, CBD is even listed in Amazon's Restricted Products page, listed under the drugs and drug paraphernalia section, meaning that Amazon does not allow ANY CBD products to be sold on their website. So whatever you do, don't buy CBD products labeled "hemp oil" or "hemp seed oil extract" from vendors on Amazon, or you'll be out of luck and out of your cash.
So if I can't trust the online hacks, or the "mother of all shopping websites" to get my CBD, how about my local grocery store or gas station? Well now the question becomes a little more complicated. To begin with, their are some reputable sources of CBD which can be found at these popular locations. Some people reason that this is because, as we know, grocery stores must have more oversight as to what they put on their shelves than the ephemeral CBD dealer online, right? I mean, these are large companies with brick-and-mortar locations that have a responsibility to their customers to provide safe and effective products to the general public, sometimes with investors whom they have a responsibility to, if they are a large corporation. Despite this common misconception, or argument from authority, we know that it is an indelible fact that many CBD products sitting on the shelf at gas stations and grocery stores are approved by corporate office workers or store managers. These are, more often than not, people who are looking at the sales potential and product popularity, which CBD has both on its side, and who have no training in what products actually have CBD in them and those which don't.
One of the most important points that we express to our customers is that we are in the business of safety, first and foremost. It is not enough to just say this though, we back this statement up with tangible results. How do we do this? We're glad you asked. Each one of our products comes with third-party laboratory testing results which assure that the bottle of CBD you purchase from us contains exactly what is on the label. No more. No less. It is not enough for a company, or friend in his kitchen for that matter, to slap a professional-looking label on a product and sell it to your local supermarket so that you see it and buy it. If you know anything about hemp, or the CBD extraction process in general, you would realize that without those testing results available, you may be purchasing a concentrated form of pesticides, heavy metals, microbes (we're not talking probiotics here, folks), and solvents.
At CBD of Spokane, we are dedicated to transparency in all of our products. What this means is that when you buy any of the myriad CBD products at our physical store or online store, we will provide you with the COA (Certificate of Analysis). This is because we know a few simple facts about the plant from which our products are derived, namely: 1. Hemp is a bio-accumulator. This means that many things in the soil besides nutrients, including pesticides and heavy metals, can be pulled up into the plant and found in the final product. 2. Hemp that is grown outside of the U.S.A. has a significantly higher chance of containing heavy metals. This is why our products contain CBD sourced from hemp primarily grown in Colorado, and some from Oregon. 3. Solvents and solvent residue (primarily ethanol) can be concentrated during extraction of the CBD from the plant. In small amounts this may be fine, and you will see that our COA's show no solvents in the final products that we sell you.
Armed with this knowledge, we can now dive into how you can choose the right CBD product from the multitude of choices out there, and find out which one works best for you. Click here for CBD of Spokane's Guide to CBD Products!