CBD Extract – Natural CBD vs synthetic CBD

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CBD Extract – Natural CBD vs synthetic CBD

British media doctor and health campaigner, Dr Christian Jessen Answers Your CBD Questions. In this video you will find out ‘CBD Extract – Natural CBD vs synthetic CBD’ and other fundamentals about the compound found in cannabis.

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Natural CBD has been extracted from cannabis plants grown specially for this purpose. The extract may be relatively unrefined, taking advantage of the symbiotic effect of other compounds that may work beneficially with CBD, or it may be highly refined until it contains only CBD. 

Synthetic CBD is created chemically and will contain no plant derived compounds. 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the most well-known of the 80 or so biologically active compounds found in Cannabis plants. It has gained considerable popularity in recent years for its potential benefits in the world of health and wellness.

This surge in interest started following the discovery of a group of neurotransmitters and receptors in the central nervous system that closely resemble, or bind to, cannabinoids.

Because these various receptors are found on a wide variety of different cell types, including those in the brain, gastrointestinal system, and certain immune cells, it is hoped that CBD-like compounds can be usefully used to interact with these cells in specific ways, and show therapeutic benefits.

Although CBD is found in marijuana, it is not psychoactive and does not cause any of the euphoria, or high, associated with marijuana use.

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CBD supplements do not have to be made with cannabis plants. This is because of technological advances and new regulations. 

Can synthetic CBD products be as good as their natural counterparts?

With the introduction of novel food regulations, UK legislators have made it easier to obtain CBD oil and capsules. The much-anticipated novel food exemption list has been eagerly anticipated by the CBD food supplement industry. 

The new exemption list for CBD food supplements will be released in the coming weeks. They are also subject to stricter regulations. 

Many products that contain trace amounts (although not always reliable) of other cannabinoids will be banned from the UK’s retail shelves. There are two major product types in the cannabis industry: synthetic and natural. 

Consumers may find it difficult to differentiate between products made with natural compounds and those that are artificially produced CBD. When labelling products, brands are required to include CBD in every ingredient. 

The truth is that consumers may not be aware of what they’re actually purchasing. We will explain the differences between natural and synthetic CBD to help consumers understand the truth behind these products.

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Natural CBD or cannabis-derived CBD

CBD extract Cannabidiol (also known as natural CBD or cannabis-derived CBD) is extracted from cannabis Sativa (hemp), and other strains of cannabis, if it was grown in Europe. This has become the most common ingredient source for CBD UK products in recent years.

Some ‘full-extracted cannabis products’ contain trace elements of other cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN. New food regulations permit CBD products to remain on the market.

CBD should be the predominant compound in the product. CBD isolate is now more popular than full- or wide-spectrum extracts.

This method is preferred by many brands to avoid regulatory concerns. There are many CBD oils that only contain single-molecule CBD.

They can also be mixed with carrier oils such as MCT and coconut.

What's CBD isolate?

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. It contains no other cannabinoids or compounds.
It can be extracted from hemp plants using a variety of methods including solvent extraction and lipid extraction. However, the process is more precise and results in a crystal form that can then be ground into a powder.
Although full-extracted CBD is still possible, the effects of isolate may not be as noticeable due to the absence of other cannabis phytochemicals.

Environment friendly

CBD extract – Cannabis sativa l (hemp) can be grown outdoors. It is GMO-free and requires very little water.
Hemp grows quickly and easily (between 60-90 days per crop), without the need for pesticides or herbicides. Each hectare of cannabis sativa l hemp (hemp) is capable of converting approximately 15 tonnes of CO2 via its leaves and stem.
This rate is higher than any other commercial crop. This is more than any carbon used in production and transportation.
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Economically savvy​

The economic benefits of natural cannabis products are also significant. Because they provide additional work for the agriculture industry, this is why natural cannabis products have an economic benefit. 

There are many jobs in the supply chain, from seeding and harvesting to processing, refining and testing. A kilogram of CBD isolate, which has been extracted naturally, is available for around one-seventh of the cost of synthetic counterparts. 

Natural CBD isolate will result in a drop in prices for consumers. Other phytocannabinoids from hemp can be extracted and used for cosmetics.

Benefits from whole-plant operations

CBD extract – CBD by BRITISH CANNABIS™ product that allows you to take multiple extracts of cannabis and expertly combine them to create whole-plant products. These products are made from only 100 per cent of cannabis but still meet the regulatory requirements.
The British Cannabis method is precision engineering. It was developed over six years of experience in growing and studying cannabis.
It gives its products the full-plant flavour and phytochemical profile but without any THC or other illegal cannabinoids.
CBD by BRITISH CANNABIS™, the leading brand in pharmacy-sector CBD, contains only 100% cannabis phytochemicals. The super-premium packaging has been updated to make this compliant product even more appealing.
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Synthetic CBD

Recent developments in the industry have seen brands that use lab-made CBD molecules as their main ingredient.
Some manufacturers claim that their synthetic CBD is made from natural resources, such as orange peel. Although these compounds are claimed to be “bio-identical” to cannabidiol, it has yet to be proven that they have the same effects as natural cannabis extracts.
Although it is possible to use terpenes from oranges to make molecularly similar compounds to CBD, this still requires controversial chemicals. This is something that brands often fail to mention in their marketing.

A highly pure' product

CBD extract – These brands may be able to sell “highly purified” products to certain consumers. They only contain one compound, which means there is no trace of THC.
This process ensures that there is no variation in batches and does not pose any risk of toxicity.
Some brands claim that their methods have enabled them to increase the bioavailability of CBD, increasing the body’s absorption and thus producing more effective products.
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An entourage effect​

CBD extract – Proponents of naturally extracted CBD claim that there is more than cannabinoids to cannabis and that many of the essential phytochemicals in the plant are crucial in creating the entourage effect. Companies with the right approach can still use these compounds, which include naturally extracted flavonoids, terpenes, and aminos.
These companies may not be reaping the benefits of CBD oil products synthetically derived from hemp.
CEO of British cannabis Tom Whettem stated: “Time and again, dating back the original studies that created the phrase ‘the entourage effects’, it has been clinically proven that CBD is not as effective when combined with the many hundreds of other cannabis phytochemicals, such as our thc-free, 100% cannabis oils from Canabidol.
It is clear that synthetic CBD is inferior to full plant extraction. Although synthetic CBD is cheaper to make, it is often more expensive than what is necessary.

Chemical traces​

Consumers should also be aware of the toxic chemicals used in the synthesis of CBD. These chemicals are often detected as trace byproducts in synthetic CBD products.
Heptane is used in the manufacture of some synthetic cannabidiol products [2]. It is a flammable and hazardous chemical that is frequently linked to side effects such as headache, lightheadedness, loss of coordination, and loss of consciousness.
There are also a number of serious chronic health effects that can result from prolonged exposure.
The published certificates of analysis of an unnamed manufacturer of synthetic CBD have shown that a residual n-heptane solvent was detectable.
Dichloromethane, a carcinogen linked to cancer, is another chemical used in the synthetic production of CBD. The Centre for medicinal cannabis found that seven CBD products contained dichloromethane (3.8-13.1ppm), while one product contained cyclohexane (27.9ppm).
This hazardous chemical was found in 25% of the products tested. Comparable to natural CBD, which can only be extracted with ethanol and CO2, which are approved regulators and can be found throughout the food supply chain.
The bottom line is that not all CBD products are created equal. However, the consumer has the right to research and draw their own conclusions to determine which CBD product is best for them.

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