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If it seems like CBD is just about everywhere you look you are not alone. CBD, or cannabidiol, is becoming more and more popular among Americans for its potentially therapeutic properties. With the rise of the industry the amount of product on the market is ever-growing. When it comes to people trying CBD for the first time, especially senior citizens, there can be some caution involved, and rightly so.

Being new to CBD can be a little bit intimidating. When it comes to the variety and amount of CBD products available on the market today, knowing where to look for a quality product is key. That all begins with knowing what type of product you are looking for. For many seniors looking to try CBD, a THC-free option is a great way to start. Most are more familiar with CBD’s more well-known cousin, THC. The other two are both cannabinoids they interact with the human body and brain in different ways. CBD does not cause a high or psychoactive effect like THC can, which makes it an appealing natural alternative for seniors. So, let’s dive into what type of products are on the market nowadays and what might be the best choice for you.

Types Of CBD

Full-Spectrum CBD: Full-spectrum CBD refers to any CBD product that uses whole plant extract, meaning no rare cannabinoids or terpenes are removed from the product. Full spectrum CBD products typically result in a small amount of THC being present. That being said, all CBD products produced within the United States must have a THC threshold below 0.3%.

Broad-Spectrum CBD: broad spectrum CBD offers the best of both worlds to seniors. Broad spectrum CBD products are typically crafted to contain rare cannabinoids, but generally without the presence of THC. These types of CBD products are an ideal choice for seniors because they allow for the entourage effect to take place without any concerns over THC or a psychoactive effect. Will get to what the entourage effect is a little bit later.

Isolate CBD: There are also CBD products on the market that are strictly made from pure CBD, these are referred to as CBD isolate products. They are exactly as they sound, isolated CBD, with no presence of rare cannabinoids, of course THC included. CBD isolate products don’t allow for the entourage affect to take place which could be beneficial to seniors seeking the potentially therapeutic benefits of CBD.

What is the Entourage Effect? 

Cannabis and hemp plants contain more than 120 different cannabinoids. These phytocannabinoid’s interact directly with your endocannabinoid system or ECS, which is always working to maintain balance in homeostasis within the body. Though research is still limited, CBD and THC or two of the more well researched and studied cannabinoids. Both of these compounds can be consumed in a variety of ways, either separately or together. The entourage effect refers to a theory that all compounds in cannabis or hemp plant work better together, and when taken together they may have a better effect.

So, what to do for those who are concerned over THC? Don’t worry, the entourage effect could still be possible. Broad spectrum CBD products still contain rare cannabinoids they could not be found in an isolate product. The addition of these rare cannabinoids could produce heightened effects, or something like the entourage effect.

Benefits of Broad-Spectrum vs. Other Forms of CBD

Broad spectrum CBD products typically don’t contain THC, which means they will not produce any unwanted ‘high’ effects. However unlike CBD isolate products, broad-spectrum products may produce heightened effects because they contain additional compounds that work well together. This means broad-spectrum CBD could be the best choice for seniors, seeking to reap all the potential benefits without the worry of any unwanted side effects from THC.

Though research is limited, there is some promising evidence in the direction of the entourage effect having increased potentially therapeutic benefits for a range of ailments or conditions. A study review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that taking terpenes and phytocannabinoid’s together could be beneficial for:

  • -inflammation
  • -pain management
  • -cancer
  • -anxiety
  • -epilepsy

Turn to a High-Quality Broad-Spectrum CBD

Finding a high-quality broad-spectrum CBD product is the best way to ensure you can reap all its potential benefits. Turning to CBD companies that are backed by third-party lab test results is the best way to make sure you are making a quality purchase. Utilizing independent lab test results is the best way to make sure that your broad-spectrum CBD product is truly THC-free but does contain the highly sought after other rare cannabinoids.

Blue Ribbon Hemp is a great place to start if you are looking for a high-quality broad-spectrum CBD option. From CBD topicals to CBD oils, all of Blue Ribbon Hemp’s products are third-party tested to ensure your purchase is exactly what you need. Crafted in part by Dr. Igor Bussell, each of Blue Ribbon Hemp CBD products are produced with seniors care in mind, delivering a max-strength dose of truly THC-free broad-spectrum CBD. To learn more about Blue Ribbon Hemp’s Max-Strength CBD Oil and their other products, click here.

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