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Types of CBD

September 26, 2019

Types of CBD

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You keep hearing about it and seems about everyone you know is telling you ways CBD has given them relief. Maybe your co-worker is using it for anxiety and depression or an uncle who started using it for his neck pain. Perhaps your best friend started vaping CBD to relieve withdrawals from quitting smoking cigarettes. Has your grandma started using a pain cream to help calm her arthritis pains and back spasms? I know mine has.

What is this CBD people speak of? How does it work on such a wide variety of problems; from mental, to physical and internal to external? Does it have you wondering what’s the best type of CBD for you to take with so many available options? Let’s take a deeper look into the different types of CBD and how to choose the best option for you!

There are three main types of CBD products that are currently being manufactured. These forms of CBD are Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolates. Below is a breakdown of each one.

The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

For the purpose of this blog we are referring to the cannabis sativa L plant, better known as “industrial hemp” or just “hemp”. The main difference between this plant and its more well-known Cannabis cousin (marijuana) is the percentage of THC. THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychotropic effects most associated with Cannabis. The law dictates that a cannabis plant containing less that 0.3% THC is considered “hemp” and therefore federally legal to grow. Anything over that percentage and its classified as Marijuana. Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC and low levels of CBD while Hemp is bred to have very low THC levels but high CBD levels. This is what makes it the best source for extraction of your CBD supplements.

Full Spectrum

A Full Spectrum CBD product is derived from the whole hemp plant matter. That means taking the roots, stems, flowers and leaves and pressing, pulverizing, or power washing them to extract the oils from the plant. This will leave us with a full spectrum of cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, THC, etc.), terpenes (limonene, myrcene, etc.) and phytochemicals such as chlorophyll and other organic plant matter. The resulting oil will have a strong “hempy” taste and be dark in color. It will also contain 0.3% or less THC.

As briefly mentioned above, other commonly found cannabinoids are CBG, CBN, CBC, CBDV, and upwards of 200 or more all currently being studied for their own unique benefits. All of these cannabinoids including THC work symbiotically together to create an “entourage effect”. This entourage effects suggests that when all of the cannabinoids are present, they work best together. A full spectrum CBD product is going to cast the widest net when it comes to balancing out our endocannabinoid system.

One aspect that is currently being studied is if THC’s ability to “unlock” cannabinoid receptors allows its counterparts (CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.) to more efficiently balance out the Endocannabinoid System. Some within the industry will argue you have to have the THC to receive the benefits of CBD. This is flat untrue and mostly used as a common sales tactic. In reality, you can read a plethora of scientific articles that debunk that claim. A good analogy of the difference is to say THC is like a good stretch before going on a walk. It may give you a little better range of motion and allow you to go a bit farther during your exercise, but it isn’t to say that there are no health benefits if you go for a walk without stretching first.


Broad Spectrum

A broad spectrum CBD product is created from the same process as the full spectrum CBD product by taking the roots, stems, flower, and leaves. The difference is, after extraction, the THC compound is separated and removed entirely. This still leaves us with a great range of cannabinoids beyond CBD. Many people find themselves in a situation where they cannot have any THC in their system, so broad spectrum products are becoming the most valued form of CBD. A true broad spectrum will have no trace amounts of THC but will give you an otherwise full cannabinoid profile which will include CBD, CBG, CBN, CBDV, and other potential cannabinoids, allowing you to maintain the “entourage effect”. For many people looking to get the health benefits without the concern of the psychotropic component of the plant, broad spectrum CBD products are the most effective choice.

Another reason why someone might want to choose a broad-spectrum product would be due to having a job or are in a position for drug screens. Many people fall into this category from bus drivers, construction workers, nurses, and government employees. All have to be careful when choosing the right CBD products. When choosing a broad spectrum product for this reason, always make sure you are purchasing from a company that supplies third party lab testing or a COA (certificate of analysis) to verify there is no detectible THC within the product. With our KC Hemp Co. tinctures, you can easily scan the QR code on the bottom of every bottle for instant access to the third party lab tests showing the full cannabinoid profile in that bottle.

You also will want to be cognizant of the carrier oils in the products. Hemp seed oil is often used as a carrier oil and makes for a great delivery system for the CBD, but it can potentially cause false negatives on drug screenings. For this reason, KC Hemp Co. only uses USDA Certified Organic MCT Oil (fractionated coconut oil). In doing so, it also provides a much cleaner tasting product and clearer in color.



Isolates are exactly how they sound, a single isolated compound from the plant. This is typically done through a supercritical CO2 extraction. Through this process the oils, chlorophyll, plant material and all other compounds are removed leaving behind a 99% pure CBD product. The exciting thing about isolates is that you can now find other cannabinoids isolated such as CBG and CBN. As more research is conducted on the hundreds of known cannabinoids, we will be able to specifically target their interactions with the body and all health benefits associated with them. This makes it exciting to be able to customize cannabinoid profiles by combining isolated cannabinoids to form a new product based on your health and wellness needs. Basically, CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid that has the potential to provide major health benefits and the future only looks brighter for the cannabis plant!


Now that you know what the different types of CBD products are, hop on over to our recent blog post on ways to take CBD. Where Austin Williams, discusses the benefits of the many different ways to take CBD.

There are three main types of CBD products that are currently being manufactured. These are Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolates.

CBD Oil Varieties, Choices, and Confusions Cleared Up

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What are the differences between all the different kinds of CBD oil?

So you have done your research and decided you want to give CBD oil a shot! Awesome! But did you know there are several varieties and methods of consumption for CBD oil? Well, in case you were unsure of what those differences are or weren’t even aware there were differences at all, this article will help guide you through all the variations in type, packaging, and strengths. All of these differences can affect the CBD in the product and how the CBD reacts with your body, so naturally, these are important details to understand when deciding which CBD oil is right for you.

First, you need to decide if you want Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolated CBD.

Full Spectrum CBD contains a trace amount of THC. Hemp-derived full spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, but it is still detectable in the product. Customers who do not wish to consume THC, should choose a broad spectrum or isolated CBD product. Full spectrum CBD can contain trace amounts of other minor cannabinoids as well such as CBN, CBC and CBG. Generally, full spectrum CBD products will also contain terpenes, lipids, and other molecules present in the original hemp plant. The combination of everything that the hemp plant has to offer is referred to as the “entourage effect.” Some customers find that full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD products tend to give them better results than CBD isolate alone due to the entourage effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD contains all the minor cannabinoids and terpenes that you would find in a full spectrum product. However, with broad spectrum the THC has been removed. More and more people are seeking broad spectrum CBD products because they cannot or do not want to consume THC. Broad spectrum CBD is the best of both worlds since you can experience the entourage effect and all the potential benefits of the hemp plant without any THC.

CBD Isolate products only contain one cannabinoid – CBD. CBD isolate products do not produce the entourage effect, however CBD isolate products are very cost effective. Generally, customers are choosing a CBD isolate product because isolate products typically taste better, have less ingredients and are much cheaper than broad or full spectrum CBD products.

Second, you need to decide on your Method of Consumption. The method of consumption refers to how you are consuming your CBD. Depending on how you consume CBD, this can affect how CBD gets absorbed in your body and how long potential benefits can last. In this next section, we will break down the different methods of consumption, how long they typically last in the body and how to choose a method of consumption that will work best for your daily routine and your issue.

Due to the high amount of blood vessels under the tongue, products applied sublingually (under the tongue) are absorbed very well and quickly. Hold the tincture or oil under your tongue for 60-90 seconds for best absorption, then swallow the oil. This is one of the quickest ways to get CBD into your bloodstream and typically lasts for 4-6 hours. This is one of the most popular ways to use CBD since it’s fast, convenient and lasts a long time.

Orally ingested products will take around 45 minutes to absorb and will generally last 10-12 hours. This is generally the choice for those looking for a long lasting effect. Active CBD oil Water Soluble tinctures work like a capsule or edible when mixed into a beverage and consumed in this way. Our water soluble CBD will be absorbed by the body much better than an oil based CBD product when ingested.

These are products that you apply directly to your skin. They are only absorbed in the same area that the product is applied, unlike tinctures, oils or capsules. Generally, topicals are chosen for localized pain areas and skin issues. Topicals work best when rubbed completely into the skin.

Vaporizing is the quickest way to get CBD into your system, however it is also the quickest to leave your body. Customers typically choose this route of consumption for quick relief. Unlike other methods like tinctures, topicals or capsules, if you are only vaporizing CBD then customers are generally doing it frequently throughout the day. Most customers with high amounts of pain generally do not rely solely on this method of consumption.

The previous descriptions are the most commonly used in the industry. However, you may also hear some other less common terms which we will explain below.

There are three main types of CBD oil that just about all CBD oil products fit into.

  • Raw
  • Decarboxylated
  • Filtered

These three types of CBD oil are common throughout the market of CBD oil, and learning the differences can make for a better CBD oil experience. Let’s take a closer look at each of these three types of CBD oil in detail.

Raw CBD oil is exactly what it sounds like: raw. It has not been processed any further than its original extraction, and will contain other compounds such as microscopically small plant material, lipids or fats, chlorophyll, and terpenes, among other things, as it has not been filtered. The color of this oil will usually be dark green to black and have a very thick consistency. Raw CBD oil will usually be the product of choice for people looking to create their own CBD products. Raw CBD oil still has the ability to have multiple percentages of CBD. In today’s market, Raw CBD oil is harder to find aside from bulk purchases. Most CBD products on the market today, will be decarboxylated and filtered and then mixed into a tincture so that it is easy to consume. Raw CBD oil typically is extremely thick, hard to dispense, very hard to measure and will require heating prior to use.


This oil is commonly bought by people who are making their own CBD edibles and have moderate anxiety problems as well as insomnia, arthritis, and migraines. This oil is similar to raw CBD oil, except that it has been decarboxylated. The process of decarboxylation is seen as a way to increase the strength or effectiveness of the CBD oil and offers a faster reaction once it is in your body. According to Wikipedia:

Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO 2 ). Usually, decarboxylation refers to a reaction of carboxylic acids, removing a carbon atom from a carbon chain.” Wikipedia .

You can think of decarboxylated CBD oil as getting more bang per mg of CBD. Basically, decarboxylation will turn CBDa into CBD, which is a non-acid molecule that will better fit your CBD receptors and be more active within your body. Decarboxylation is commonly described as activating the CBD, which can leave the impression that CBD that has not been decarboxylated will not have benefits because it is not active, but this is not the case. Undecarboxylated CBD oil will simply be received less easily by your body than decarboxylated CBD. The decarboxylated form of CBD oil will typically be dark green to black with a thick consistency at room temperature. Decarboxylated CBD oil has tended to be middle priced CBD oil as it is processed more than raw oil but is not filtered like the gold oils. We carry only the best full spectrum Active CBD oil decarbed at a percentage of 17%. Get Active CBD oil brand 17% decarbed green oil now!

This CBD oil is the most purchased CBD oil on our website, and people are buying this CBD oil for everything from mild anxiety to much worse situations. Gold is commonly the title of choice by CBD oil manufacturers for their filtered gold-colored CBD oil and usually represents their highest concentration CBD product. The filtered or gold varieties will typically be decarboxylated as well as being filtered to remove the smaller plant constituents such as chlorophyll, lipids, and other non-CBD plant parts. Gold CBD oil is available at . We carry only the best Active CBD oil Gold at a percentage of 25%+!

All of the products on our website are filtered and decarboxylated. If you are interested in purchasing Raw CBD oil, please reach out to our wholesale program.

Dosing and Percentages vs Mgs

When dealing with raw oil or pure oil, you will need to know a little bit about dosing and percentages. At , one common starting daily dose of Active CBD oil Gold 25% is 1/10 gram twice a day; however, this is not for everyone, and some manufacturers may state different suggestions on their packaging. The right dose really depends on the individual, as well as the reason for taking it in the first place. Because there is no general guideline of milligrams per unit of weight, people often start with 1/10 a gram twice a day, and if that isn’t working, then they increase incrementally from there.

We have also been asked on a number of occasions about how to tell how many milligrams of CBD are in a syringe. In order to figure this out, you need to know that there are 1000 milligrams in each gram, and depending on the percentage, you can then tell how many milligrams of CBD are in the CBD oil syringe you are looking at. For instance, if you have a 1 gram syringe that is 15.9% CBD, then you will have 159mg of CBD in that 1 gram syringe. If the syringe is 25% CBD by volume, then it would have 250mg of CBD in the syringe.

Use the formula as follows:

% x 10 x # of grams = total mgs in syringe .

For example, a 17% 5-gram syringe will have 17 (%) x 10 x 5 (grams) = 850mgs total per syringe.

You will also encounter a few different types of packaging when purchasing raw CBD oil, so we wanted to clarify the typical uses for these different packaging options. The first and by far the most common type of packaging is going to be the syringe, but there are also small plastic small jars and silicone containers.

The syringe is typically both the easiest way to store and dispense CBD oil. However, there can be a few drawbacks, so we have some pretty good ways to minimize those drawbacks. While a syringe is awesome for accurate dispensing because it has the milligrams written right on the side of the syringe, it can also be tricky when the syringe is cold and the oil is thick. When the syringe is stored somewhere cold like a fridge, the CBD oil can get so thick it becomes nearly impossible to push out of the syringe. This can result in jumpy pushes and inaccurate dispensing, or even worse, a bruised thumb. A quick way to make sure the CBD oil dispenses easily is to warm up the syringe by placing it in some warm tap water or by wrapping the syringe in a towel that has been wet down and placed in the microwave to get warm. Once the syringe is warm, the CBD oil will dispense much easier. Also be aware that the gold varieties of oil typically don’t need to be warmed as much as the decarbed or raw versions, as it has already been filtered and is thinner to start with. You will want to make sure not to warm up the syringe too much, or the cap will pop off from the expanding pressure inside and leak out.

Plastic Jar

You can sometimes still find 1 gram increments of raw and filtered oils in small plastic containers and jars. These plastic jars are more difficult to dose than a syringe given there are no exact increments, making them somewhat more popular for topical application. The small jars were favored by some who preferred the convenience of not having to warm up their syringes before being able to get to the CBD oil inside.

Silicone Jar

Some companies have used silicone no-stick dab containers to store their CBD oil. These jars are easy to open, but they will sometimes open unexpectedly. One advantage of these containers would be that CBD oil sticks very little to silicone, so it is easier to extract every last bit of CBD oil.

While we know it may be confusing at first to decide on the CBD oil you need, it’s actually quite simple once you know what the differences are. We hope this article can help those of you who were either on the fence or just weren’t exactly sure about what everything meant to make a good decision that you are happy about.

What are the differences between all the different kinds of CBD oil? So you have done your research and decided you want to give CBD oil a shot! Awesome! But did you know there are several varieties and methods of consumption for CBD oil? Well, in case you were unsure of what those differences are or weren’t even awa