Differentiating between all of the different types of CBD and different sources of cannabidiol available on the market can be daunting. Between full-spectrum CBD oils, crystal isolates, vape products, and edibles and then having to know about terpenes and flavonoids, the entire process feels overwhelming. What makes someone choose between one product over the other? And what are the benefits of each? With so many options available when it comes to CBD oil, how can a consumer tell the difference and know which one is best for them?

CBD Oil Basics.

CBD oil is the all-natural cannabinoid extract from industrial-grade hemp that has exploded in popularity in recent years. Consumers and experts alike laud CBD oil for its potential to remedy any deficiencies in the endocannabinoid. As discussed previously, research shows that the endocannabinoid system controls a whole host of the body’s functions, from sleep regulation to pain to inflammation. Choosing which kind of CBD to use is essential as it can have a significant effect on how the body may react to it.

Why CBD Oil Over Other Forms?

In a word, bioavailability. CBD oil has a higher bioavailability than other CBD products like edibles and vaporizers. Simply put, bioavailability is quickly and efficiently your body will absorb a nutrient and benefit from its effects.

What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

Full-spectrum oil contains all other valuable cannabinoids in the hemp plant. For consumers that want it all, full-spectrum CBD oil gives them CBD that is extracted from the hemp plant with all of the other compounds present in the plant remaining. In other words, it is an extract that has not undergone the refinement process necessary to isolate the CBD.

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are oily molecules that easily evaporate, giving out distinct aromas. Some have even been found to aid in mood enhancement, stress relief, breathing, and circulation.

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What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids, like quercetin, kaempferol, and catechins, are known for their possible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and other health-balancing properties.

What is Crystal Isolate?

Some consumers prefer pure, unadulterated CBD, which is precisely what they find with CBD crystal isolate. Naturally, full-spectrum CBD oil contains other cannabinoids as well as the terpenes that give hemp plants their unique smell, but most CBD will include at least trace elements of other parts of the plant. With crystal isolate, you get only pure CBD.

How is CBD bridging the political divide?

CBD oil has grabbed the attention of everyone in recent years, bring near-consensus across the political divide while subjects like medical marijuana still cause fiery debate. It even appears that when CBD loses, as it briefly did in the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco earlier this year, it still manages to find a way to win. In this particular case, when the Hemp Industries Association challenged the DEA’s classification of CBD in court, the Ninth Circuit clarified that the Farm Bill supersedes the any DEA ruling, keeping hemp derived CBD oil legal in all 50 states.

Public perception and political acceptance has put a huge spotlight on the CBD industry. CBD oils, CBD edibles, CBD creams, and CBD vapes, among a whole host of other products, are empowering consumers to reclaim their health and wellness.  Unlike THC-rich medical marijuana, cannabidiol is non-psychoactive, allowing people to stay in fully in control while medicating themselves.

But still, the choices are overwhelming.

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CBD Oil Versus Other CBD Products

CBD oil has a higher bioavailability than CBD edibles, or CBD vapes, although the actual bioavailability depends on the ingredients found in the product, as well as specific factors unique to the individual using it, such as height and weight.

CBD oils are used sublingually or under the tongue. In this way, it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the veins and capillaries found under the surface of the tissues in the mouth.

Choosing to use CBD oil over another type of CBD product may come down to individual factors, including personal preference. Companies like Diamond CBD always provide customers with clearly-labeled packages and accompanying independent third-party lab reports to help make the most informed decision possible.

Sourcing Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

From where a company sources their hemp is very important, due to the fact that it absorbs everything in the surrounding soil, good and bad. This is especially important when it comes to full-spectrum CBD oils. That is why Diamond CBD sources their hemp from soil-rich farms in Kentucky, Colorado, and Scandinavia.

Full-spectrum oils create an “entourage effect,” with all of the hemp plant’s compounds working in tandem to provide a full-body effect. So what else is in full-spectrum CBD oil? There is a long list of natural cannabinoids, as well as terpenes.

CBD Oil Infused With Terpenes Deliver More Than Just Rich Aromas

Terpenes are natural compounds that provide plants, with their distinct flavors and scents. For those interested in the science behind it, hemp plants evolved the ability to produce variously scented terpenes to seduce pollinators and to repel pests.

But it’s more than just a smell. A CBD-flavored terpene oil can also have physiological effects on the human body. High levels of the terpene myrcene may produce sedative or relaxing results, while pinene helps with mental alertness. Many Diamond CBD oils combine various terpenes and cannabinoids to create an “entourage effect” where the compounds work together to produce a unique physiological and psychological experience —in other words, a full body experience.

How are the Purest Forms of CBD Oil Available are Made?

Diamond CBD, like many companies, extracts the essential oils from their hemp, then uses a distillation process to purify the CBD. And Diamond CBD uses supercritical CO2 extraction to obtain their CBD, creating pleasing flavors like Vanilla CBD Crystal Isolate —a process which produces some of the purest CBD available today. It is one of the most important things to look for when choosing a CBD company.

When used, this kind of CBD oil will have an almost instantaneous effect on the body. Because it is pure CBD without anything else, it offers a bit more “kick,” gives the user some real versatility with how they can use their product and provides the ultimate control over dosage.

How to Choose the Right CBD Oil?

Between terpenes, and isolates, full-spectrum and the “entourage effect” new users of CBD may at first find themselves overwhelmed by the choices available to them. But the best companies in the industry provide users with information up front in the form of clearly-labeled packaging and independent-third party lab results. Most importantly, the best CBD companies do not make wild claims in regards to what their product can do, which helps consumers to make informed decisions. Because, after all, choosing the right CBD oil should not be overwhelming for anyone.

Still, CBD oil users need to know how to choose the best CBD company for their needs, an important topic discussed earlier in this series. And, of course, there is the world of CBD vape oils, which readers can find out about as well. Keep reading, to learn just how Diamond CBD is keeping the industry safe for customers everywhere.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.