What the heck is in this oil?
For a lot of CBD products, we really don’t know—this is a serious, alarming issue for the general consumer of CBD. Due to a lack of governmental regulation, there are falsely advertised, bogus products on the market that contain virtually no cannabinoids and may even contain toxic compounds. When consumers buy products such as these and fail to experience the health benefits CBD is known for, CBD as a whole is blamed. No need to worry, though—a little education goes a long way. Bad actors can’t fool you when you know the basics!
There are 4 types of labeling for CBD oils:
Hemp oil (* NOT hemp extract) has no THC and no CBD. Its health benefits are due to its fatty acid content, much like any sort of seed oil that one would purchase.
Pure CBD isolate oil contains just CBD, which is great. Still, it’s missing the full therapeutic benefits of the entourage effect that a full hemp extract would provide.
Broad Spectrum preserves many different cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, etc.) while extracting the THC completely (0.0%). This allows for a good bit of the entourage effect.
Full-spectrum hemp extract contains all of the plant compounds:
★ the phytocannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, THC<0.3%, etc., there are 11 phytocannabinoids, but only a dozen are well-defined)
★ the terpenes (limonene, myrcene, linalool, etc.)
★ the phenolic compounds (phenolic acids, flavonoids, stilbenes, lignans)
When combined, all of the plant compounds create the “entourage effect,” in which the diverse chemical compounds of the plant aid the body collectively, allowing for the optimal therapeutic benefit. In other words, the “entourage effect” creates a sum benefit more significant than each of its parts individually. Individual plant compounds work with unique pathways throughout the body that are antifungal, anti-inflammatory, oxidizing, etc. By modulating these pathways simultaneously, the endocannabinoid system brings homeostasis and balance to both the body and mind.
Why buy organic?
When the hemp plant grows, it goes through the process of phytoremediation. This means that it cleans the soil by absorbing all of the toxins. While this is great for the soil, it means that these toxins can be concentrated into the hemp product. Buying organic ensures that the ground the hemp was grown in, and the product going into your body, will not have any of those toxins.
As previously stated, the lack of regulation allows bad actors to infiltrate the CBD market. Because these companies are not being held accountable for their actions, some products are filled with contaminants, heavy metals, or pesticides. This is where Botanicam comes in—we believe in the good of CBD, and we want you to as well. All of our manufacturers have been strictly vetted so that we provide only the highest-quality products on the market.
Most cannabis product labeling is so confusing! 1500mg may not mean 1500mg of CBD. Often, this indicates 1500mg of total cannabinoids; CBD will probably represent 60-70% of the cannabinoids inside of the bottle. The best way to be sure of what you are getting is to ask for the independent laboratory Certificate of Analysis, which should always be freely available for quality products. The Certificate of Analysis will also confirm THC to be within the legal limits while making you aware of the precise number of milligrams of CBD and other cannabinoids contained in each package.
Certificate of Analysis? Every product that you buy from botanicam has the third-party lab test results right here on the site—just scan the product for a batch/lot number and see the chemical makeup of that specific product. For other products, barcode numbers can provide information via the manufacturer’s website. These should be for a specific batch, not a general product. The certificates will disclose the cannabinoid (CBG, CBD, THC, etc.) and terpene content; they will also ensure that no toxins—such as pesticides or heavy metals—are present.
An Article By Evie Louise
Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.