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The first thing you’ll probably notice when researching CBD hemp oils is that there are a confusing amount of numbers. The prominent number is usually the total amount of CBD or total cannabinoids contained in the bottle/container. Usually it is measured in milligrams or mg. It can usually vary between 100 – 2000mg and the potency of the product matches accordingly; the higher the number, the higher of the potency. *Note, be sure to match the CBD/cannabinoid milligrams to the same total bottle size as different companies offer different sizes such as 15 ml (½ ounce), the standard 30 ml (1 ounce), etc.
Some companies also list the amount of CBD/cannabinoids contained per serving. You could see something like 50mg/ml. This would mean there is 50 mg of CBD/cannabinoids per ml of oil. If it doesn’t list this info, you can do some simple math and divide the total mg listed and divide by the total bottle amount to get a mg/ml ratio.
There are over 100 cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa L. hemp plant, but there are 10 that are the most commonly referred to compounds, each having their own unique properties and healing benefits. Below are the most common hemp cannabinoids.
This is why Zion Medicinals ONLY uses full spectrum whole plan hemp extracts in its oils & salves.
- THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) This is the psychoactive element that most people associate with a ‘high’ feeling, but it has medicinal properties as well.
- THC-A (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) thc-a converts to thc when the plant is dried, so if you wanted thc-a specific benefits you’d have to juice the plant raw.
- THC-V or THV(Tetrahydrocannabivarin) Only trace amounts found in most hemp strains
- CBN(Cannabinol) Only trace amounts found in most hemp strains
- CBD (Cannabidiol) This compound make up about 40% of the hemp plant’s extract and has a proven impact on anxiety and insomnia as well as helping counteract cognitive impairment associated with cannabis use. This is why most people interchangeably use the terms hemp oil and CBD oil.
- CBD-A (Cannabidiolic Acid) It’s a compound in the trichomes, or resin glands and is a precursor to CBD.
- CBD-V (Cannabidivarin) It’s a homolog of CBD and has been shown to have anti-epileptic and anti-convulsive properties.
- CBG (Cannabigerol) By the time the plant has matured, most of the CBG has been converted to THC & CBD, so there’s usually about 1% left.
- CBG-A (Cannabigerolic Acid) It is known as the the parent molecule or mother cannabinoid as all other cannabinoids are made from it.
- CBC (Cannabichromene) It has antifungal, antiviral & anti-inflammatory properties and to the overall overall analgesic (pain relieving) effects of cannabis.
Now do you see why it’s important to take a full spectrum, whole plant hemp oil as opposed to once made from CBD isolate? I hope this has helped inform you and please feel free to share this information to help others make informed decisions.
So now you what cbd oil is, but what is cbd oil used for? The biggest news of CBD benefits in the media has grasped onto is CBD oil for epilepsy. There’s a study that shows a conclusion of “highly promising” in effective treatment. Another study found that CBD can help in IBS treatment. We have personal experience in using a high potency full spectrum hemp oil to help with Lyme disease-induced insomnia. Click on the chart below to show how the major 10 cannabinoids (out of 100) can help ease symptoms.
Learn more in our Hemp CBD Oil Benefits blog post.
Technically, CBD is one of at least 100 cannabinoids in cannabis (hemp & marijuana). CBD oil does not come from hemp seeds. Some CBD oil companies will isolate the CBD from the plant and sell that. Others believe that a full spectrum product is more beneficial (like Zion Medicinals) and will use many cannabinoids in the final product (including .3% or below of THC).