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Extraction Methods For Supplements

Extraction Methods For Supplements

CBDs, in manufacturing, can be described as supplements, and the manufacturing process for CBDs mirrors that of high end herbal supplements.  From this standpoint, you can make a decision on which off you the most benefit by looking at how they’re made, specifically, are standardized or full spectrum processes used to extract the CBD product from the cannabis plant.

Full spectrum products use the whole plant, and while you still won’t get THC or a high off the CBDs made this way, you’ll get vital amino acids and other compounds that can increase efficacy when you’re using your CBDs for anti-inflammatory or pain purposes.  Standardized extraction uses a little more lab equipment and targets specific compounds, in this case the CBDs in the cannabis plant.  What you get then is pure CBD, which provides a more targeted solution and is what you’ll find in products marketed as pure CBDs.

Making A Decision

When you break down the different types of supplements available, it’s easy to see why some prefer full-spectrum extraction, and others prefer standardized extraction. It comes down to what you’re taking and what you’re hoping to get out of the supplement. Are you looking to obtain a few key results or the benefit of a whole-plant approach? Does your CBD treatment require supporting compounds to increase efficacy? Does the dosage of CBD oil you take need to be uniform or can it vary between batches?

These are all questions you should be asking when you go to choose a CBD product. Another option with some of these supplements is to take a standardized extract supplement, and also consume the raw ingredient as well. Cranberry and chamomile are good examples of the idea, but remember to check the legality in your state when doing this with cannabis.  Consuming the whole plant is strictly regulated state to state.  Some states allow medical use, others recreational use, while most states ban the whole plant all together.

Whether cranberries or CBDs, you can take either one of those things as a supplement, but they are also found in juices and teas, respectively. This means you can take a standardized extract supplement that pulls key elements out of these things, and you can add onto that with whole-plant versions that are made into juice or tea to obtain the trace elements that might be missing in your supplement.

Why Not Both

Some manufacturers are offering supplements that claim to be a combination of full-spectrum and standardized. Their manufacturing process utilizes a combination of the two extraction methods to produce a full-spectrum product with a standardized consistency. How do they do that?

They use water at varying temperatures to extract all the compounds in the raw materials. This mixture, swimming with these compounds, is then dried into a powder where it can be tested for strength and purity. This allows the company to dose this powder into pills that have a standard amount of raw material, not only from pill to pill, but from batch to batch.

This is a pretty exciting idea for those who rely on supplements as a part of their daily health or medical routine.  Another benefit is that it allows your doctor to better track the results you’re getting from the supplements you take.  If you’re involving your doctor in your CBD usage, they can tell you just how effective it is and help adjust based on product type for efficacy. Because this dose is standardized, your doctor can track the progress with more scientific accuracy, which allows you to adjust your dosage as needed and with greater reliability.

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