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By Ron Lev,
Reclaim Labs’ Founder
In the previous blog post, I discussed the difference, similarities, and connections between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana relating to their plant’s biology and its implications on legalities.
Now that we have the cannabis/hemp/marijuana part sorted out, what about CBD? After all, this ‘new-age gold rush’ is all about it. Here goes:
Cannabidiol or CBD is a Phytocannabinoid, which is a Cannabis-derived cannabinoid.
Just like CBD, at least 113 different cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis plant. However, THC and CBD are among the plant’s most abundant cannabinoids, therefore, the best studied.
CBD has gained its reputation as beneficial for its medicinal benefits, fighting anxiety, pain, epilepsy and much more; the plant’s undisputed Rockstar!
But what about all the other cannabinoids?
Various Cannabinoids and Their Benefits
Now, with the 2018 Farm Bill making hemp legally legit, research is undergoing frantically as you read this piece. With recent years’ legality reclassification of hemp, the research around it has been blooming.
Scientists around the world are thoroughly researching the plant and isolating various cannabinoids to research their benefits and knowledge is quickly building up.
In general, you can find CBD as an isolate, which is a substance that is 99.9% CBD, or as a distillate, which means that the extraction is done of the full plant rather than just isolating the CBD. As you can read in my story section.
following my research and many trials meant to find an anti-inflammatory to treat my autoimmune condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I found that only an extract that is made from the full plant, known as full-spectrum or broad-spectrum, have a fundamental effect on my inflammation level while CBD isolates are not effective. Read more about the difference between full--spectrum hemp extract and CBD isolates.
This anti-inflammatory quality allowed me to win-over steroids (a medication that weakens the immune system) after 23 years.