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There’s no mistake -CBD is everywhere.

There’s no mistake—CBD is everywhere. You can smoke it, vape it, put drops of it in your food, and rub it on your skin.

Even though the CBD movement is inescapable, so many people still don’t know what it is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound derived from cannabis plants proven to reduce anxiety, soothe inflammation, and elevate mood. CBD is often conflated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the chemical responsible for that euphoric, stoner high that you get from smoking weed. The cannabidiol used in most beauty products right now are derived from CBD-rich hemp.

Full Spectrum CBD

Make note of the words “full spectrum,” “broad spectrum,” and “isolate” when shopping for products. Full spectrum CBD means that all the chemicals derived from the plant are still present, including essential oils, terpenes—chemicals that give plants their taste and smell—and sibling cannabinoids like THC. Legally, products cannot contain more than 0.3% THC.

Full spectrum products can be more effective due to a phenomenon called The Entourage Effect, where terpenes and cannabinoids interact to amplify the plant’s effects. Think of all the chemical components in the cannabis plant as the Spice Girls. They’re exciting and fun as separate entities, but together, they’re an incredible powerhouse (we’re still screaming over the Mel B and Geri Halliwell hookup, btw).

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate, on the other hand, is completely separated from terpenes and other cannabinoids, so you won’t experience the Entourage Effect and its subsequent benefits.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum falls somewhere in between, but typically excludes traces of THC. It’s typically a more stable, controlled way to consume CBD, as the chemical makeup within the hemp plant can vary between different grow batches.

Hemp Seed Oil

Then there’s hemp seed oil, which is also proving to be a heavy hitter in the beauty industry, but is more than likely riding on the CBD trend’s coattails, as it typically doesn’t contain CBD or THC. (More on that, below.) However, hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids, which does make it ideal for skin care products. Make sure you shop with for all your CBD needs and info.

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