CBD is one cannabinoid among over 100 different cannabinoids found in high-CBD hemp and cannabis. High-CBD hemp is a cannabis plant with high CBD:THC ratios that range from 20:1 - 30:1. Some are higher and some are lower but most fall within that scale. This means you can have a plant with 10% CBD and 0.3% THC. This percentage of THC makes a cannabis plant considered industrial hemp here in Colorado. In other states it is a threshold of 1% THC to be considered hemp. High-CBD Hemp is something entirely different from the commonly grown fiber-type hemp or hemp that produces large seed yields. These common types only yield 1-2% CBD.
This is important to understand when it comes to how the different plant extracts act on the body. The more potent the herb, the more potent the extract both chemically and energetically. Most high-CBD hemp extract that is selling at cheap prices is always questionable when it comes to how it was grown and extracted.
A full cannabinoid profile or 'full spectrum extract' is an extraction of all the plants cannabinoids and terpenes together. This makes up the oil soluble parts of the plant which are best extracted via alcohol. It is always best to make sure denatured alcohol or any other chemical grade solvents are not used during extraction. Organic alcohol is recommended, with grape alcohol being the best. In old days, grapes were known as the 'gold of the plant kingdom.'
From an energetic/chemical perspective, CBD is just one part of the whole cannabinoid spectrum. This spectrum is where the plant holds its synergy with the endocannabinoid system within the body. More and more research is supporting this and will continue to support this (Also known as the entourage effect). Any modifications to the natural spectrum of cannabinoids will degrade the synergy that nature intended the plant to have.
Chemical and Energetic Synergy of Different CBD Extracts
When a high-CBD hemp plant is extracted via CO2, a small part of the plants oil soluble elements are extracted and leaves behind all the terpenes. This makes for a more 'pure' extract, but lacks the full synergy the plant originated with. Both propane and butane extractions are also completely unnatural and can leave behind various chemical residues. Most importantly, no other solvent but alcohol can be organically sourced.
These extracts are now being molecularly distilled to create a 'pure CBD crystal' form. This form moves farther and farther away from maintaining the synergy the plant had in the first place. This form will never live up to the effects CBD has when it is in its natural environment with all the other cannabinoids, terpenes and minerals it came into being with.
Here at the Spagyric Apothecary, we want to push the limits on synergistic effect. This is why we also incorporate a mineral extraction on the plant after being extracted via organic grape alcohol. Our hemp is also biodynamically grown and sourced from a local Colorado company called 'Botana' where cannabinoid potency is just as important as energetic potency.