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The social trends of the 21st century are teaching us the importance of becoming more educated and mindful about what we consume, how we spend our time, or how we take care of our physical and mental health. As a society, we are overall moving towards making more conscious decisions and analysing the consequences of the choices we once made. One of the examples of practising consciousness can be seen in the shifts of beauty and fashion industry towards sustainability. We can argue that one of the reasons for the global trend of sustainability to take place was the fact that the society started to become a lot more educated on the matters of damages this industry causes to the environment.

The market of food supplements for health and wellness is also undergoing a shift, which is seen in the movement towards producing and consuming more natural treatments. This wave of ideas and beliefs partially gave a boost to the market of cannabidiol, short for CBD. It refers to the compound derived from hemp plants that can be formulated in a variety of forms. It can be extracted as CBD oil or made into a powder as a pure CBD isolate, or suspended under 60-70 per cent alcohol to make tinctures.

Even though there are millions of articles written on the topic of cannabis extracts and CBD brands and products are mushrooming every day, many people don’t have a full understanding of the CBD types and forms. If you are new to the world of CBD and have no idea what we are talking about, please refer to our Ultimate CBD Guide . However, if you are familiar with the concept, we hope to shed some light and educate you on the topic of CBD types that include pure, raw, decarb and active forms of the compound. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and nuances of all four types, as well as bust some of the myths that people often believe in about CBD.

Types of CBD extracts

CBD oil can be prepared with the help of different techniques. In some ways, it turns out tastier, cheaper or visa versa, more bitter and expensive. There are four types of CBD oil:

  1. Raw CBD
  2. Pure CBD
  3. Activated CBD
  4. Decarb CBD

Let’s look at each type individually in more detail.

Raw CBD oil

The process of creating raw CBD oil does not include the usage of solvents or heat. It is made through CO2 (carbon dioxide) removal. This technique is used not only to produce raw oil but also for getting all necessary substances from the agricultural plant. It offers the fullest spectrum of naturally occurring hemp co-factors.

The main merit is that there is no heat applied to oil or components of the CO2 extraction. It results in keeping all vitamins and useful substances intact and saving all necessary compounds in the hemp plant, which contains a lot of cannabinoids, such as CBC, CBN and CBG. Raw CBD oil also includes a small amount of THC within the allowed range of less than 0.2%. The main drawback of this method, however, is the high production cost of the final product. It may cost up to 100 euros per 150 mg. Also, the flavour of the raw CBD oil can be a little bit bitter or sharper than classic CBD oil.

Pure CBD

The main difference between raw and pure CBD is that pure oil is made from the top part of the hemp plant. The heating process is used to extract the oil from the plant whereby CBD remains in the extract while all other components are evaporated. The disadvantage of this method is also the high price, as it is even more expensive than the production of raw oil. The reason for high costs is due to using only the top part of the plant, which consequently requires more plants to make pure oil. It can cost up to 250 euros for 100 mg. However, this type of oil is not as bitter and has a nutty flavour.

Activated CBD

This method of extraction involves slow heating of the raw CBD oil until no acid is left. Activated oil works through serotonin receptors, which is why it causes immediate healing effects. It is especially useful in cases of experiencing acute pain or nausea when the activation speed is of a high priority for the user. One of the fastest ways to experience CBD effects is by vaping an activated CBD vape juice.

Activated oil is very similar to raw CBD oil. They have so much in common that the scientists continue debating, which is better for one’s health. It should also be noted that all the research that has been done with activated CBD oil revealed no adverse effects, which suggests that it can be considered safe to use. However, before trying CBD, it is always advised to consult with a doctor first to determine whether it is a suitable solution for you and what dosage would be best for your needs.

Decarb CBD

Decarboxylation, in short decarb, is a part of cannabinoids activation. It is the reaction which transforms acidic chemicals to non-acidic. During the decarboxylation, the process of heating and drying allows easier extraction of desired compounds from the hemp plant. The ingredients in the decarb CBD content make the absorption by the body’s endocannabinoid system easier. If you suffer from severe stress or migraines, the decarb oil might be the ideal type for your needs.

How to find the correct dose

There are over 60 active components in cannabidiol which can affect the body processes in various ways. CBD is not a psychoactive compound, and won’t cause a “high” effect. As an alternative, According to research, the oil can serve as an alternative and more natural treatment for managing stress, depression and anxiety, relieve acute and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns and even treat acne and other skin problems caused by inflammation. However, it is vital to know the correct dose, regardless of the reason for consuming CBD. Otherwise, you might be left disappointed if the treatment doesn’t live up to your expectations in terms of impact or cause side effects. It can be very problematic to determine the appropriate dosage because there is no proper gradation or universal guidelines of the amount suitable for each person and each distress. The research conducted in 2017 showed that different people respond to different doses, and an average human consumes between 20 mg and 1500 mg per day.

We have to remember that there is still an insufficient amount of research to make any claims. The hemp industry grows every day, and hopefully, we will know more about marijuana, cannabis, hemp and their derivatives someday.

The points that should be taken into consideration when determining the correct dosage for an individual are:

  • Isolated body chemistry;
  • The condition that needs to be treated
  • Weight
  • The concentration of CBD in each oil drop or capsule

There is a vast majority of ways to take CBD. Before trying it for the first time, consult a physician about the necessary dosage and potential risks. Make sure to follow the doctor’s recommendations and report if you experience any adverse effects. If you are unable to have a consultation, the best advice is to start with a small dosage (20-40 mg a day) and slowly increase it until you reach the desired effect.

Many products come in forms that don’t even require to measure the dosage as it is written on the labels. Such products include capsules or gummies that state how much CBD is in each serving. If you prefer to use CBD oil, try buying one with a dropper to avoid measurement inconvenience. Most products provide information about the amount in a single drop on the product label.

Can you overdose CBD

It is common knowledge that CBD is harmless, and an individual can not overdose with hemp extracts. Let’s look at what research suggests whether there is such a thing as too much CBD.

In 2011 the scientists conducted a study on the side effects and safety of cannabidiol. They found that even 1500 mg a day is well-tolerated by humans. The simple answer is no, you can not overdose with CBD, because it is a natural non-psychoactive compound that contains no toxicity. No official reports of fatal cases due to a CBD overdose have been reported as of today. In 2019, the research conducted on mice revealed some concerns about CBD’s potential for liver damage and its interaction with other medications. If you are taking some medicines and want to add CBD into your routine, it is vital to discuss it with a doctor.

Side effects

Adverse reactions depend on a person’s overall health condition and individual tolerance. The side effects can vary from headaches to fatigue. The most common adverse reactions are:

  • loss of appetite;
  • insomnia;
  • headache;
  • red eyes;
  • dry mouth;
  • dizziness;
  • tiredness.

For example, people who suffer from high blood pressure need to be very careful with hemp products, because high doses can cause a drop in blood pressure.

Five most common myths

Myth 1. Hemp is the only source of CBD

A majority of people believe that CBD oil is sourced exclusively from industrial hemp; however, it’s not the case. Most companies indeed use industrial hemp to produce CBD, but there are also some products made from CBD-rich cannabis strains. These strains produce more flowers with a higher concentration of CBD than industrial hemp, which is grown for its fibre.

Myth 2. All CBD is the same and safe

The difficulty is that not all CBD products are of high quality and provide all necessary therapeutic effects. When buying cannabis goods, it is essential to check that the company offers third-party lab testing results because brands that sell high-quality CBD always have relevant lab results to prove it.

CBD is considered safe for people of all ages, even for children. CBD is used today to help children with decreasing the number and intensity of seizures they experience without harmful side effects.

Myth 3. More is better

If you happen to go through a substance test often, you should keep in mind that there are small amounts of THC (0.2% or less) present in some full-spectrum CBD products that could be identified. If you don’t wish to have any THC traces, you can simply avoid using all full-spectrum products.

The easiest way to find your dose is to start from a small amount and observe the reaction you may experience. If you start with a high dose, it can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal problems, dizziness and immune system issues. Consequently, the risk of having infections can increase, especially in people with HIV, diabetes and Down syndrome. Therefore it is best to start with a small dose to allow your body to get used to CBD and allow you to observe the impact.

Myth 4. CBD makes you sleepy

The endocannabinoid system is involved in the process of sleep. Studies have revealed that CBD makes people stay awake and feel more energised. The research also shows that CBD products may have an impact on sleeping patterns depending on the dose and factors such as mental health. Another study published in 2014 suggested that CBD could work as a natural stimulant. Interestingly enough, CBD can also help to fall asleep sooner by relieving stress and anxiety rather than causing drowsiness (unless you experience drowsiness as an adverse reaction).

Myth 5. CBD is hard to find

The CBD market is expanding so much that you will not have any problems finding such products. You can buy it online, in wellness stores, and even in vape shops. If you wish to incorporate CBD into having an experience, you can find yoga studios that promote CBD use before a practice, try a CBD infused drink or a dessert in a restaurant or a bar, and find SPA centres that use CBD oils in their treatments. To find out more places where to find CBD, check out the ultimate CBD map created by the Alphagreen team to acquaint you with the best-curated selection of CBD shops, restaurants and other places to experience the effects of CBD.

The more we learn about CBD, the more research is conducted, the more likely it seems that soon there will be a revolution in the cannabis world. It has a lot to offer and deserves to be researched further.

Verified by a Healthcare Professional

Anastasiia Myronenko

Anastasiia Myronenko is a Medical Physicist actively practicing in one of the leading cancer centers in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her master’s degree in Medical Physics at Karazin Kharkiv National University and completed Biological Physics internship at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Germany. Anastasiia Myronenko specializes in radiation therapy and is a fellow of Ukrainian Association of Medical Physicists.

The social trends of the 21st century are teaching us the importance of becoming more educated and mindful about what we consume, how we spend our time, or how we take care of our physical and mental health. As a society, we are overall moving towards making more conscious decisions and analysing the consequences of the choices we once made. One of the examples of practising consciousness can be seen in the shifts of beauty and fashion industry towards sustainability.

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