As hemp-derived cannabis products become more mainstream, it is important for users to educate themselves. Cannabis-related terminology can be complex and confusing, so it is crucial that users familiarize themselves with these buzzwords.
Some of the more widely recognized terms include cannabidiol (CBD) and phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR). It is not uncommon for PCR to appear on the label of a CBD product, which is why so many believe that PCR and CBD are one in the same. However, PCR is a collective term and CBD refers to a single constituent, yet both are derived from the Cannabis sativa plant.
CBD is extracted from the leaves and stem of the plant, but must undergo several chemical processes to isolate it into its single constituent form. PCR is also extracted from the leaves and stems but requires less chemical processing making it the closest replica of the natural plant. As of today, over 100 unique phytocannabinoids have been identified in the cannabis plant. PCR can also be referred to as “whole plant” extract or full-spectrum since it contains several of these unique phytocannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN, and even tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, PCR can undergo an additional process to remove the THC which is referred to as broad-spectrum.
Though full-spectrum PCR contains low levels of THC and usually will not cause the “high” associated with marijuana use, it is imperative that product manufacturers appropriately label their products. Due to newly enforced federal regulations, hemp-derived cannabis products must contain less than .3% THC. The FDA requires that all products be clearly labeled, include an ingredients list, and accurately identify the THC concentration.
The potential effects of the two products may differ due to the composition and concentration of each. Before choosing a PCR or CBD product, it is important that you identify your needs – and consult with a professional to help determine which of the CBD products may best support your needs.
At Arolistic Naturals, our mission is to educate our community, health professionals, and consumers on the potential benefits of CBD, while providing the highest quality products possible. We offer a wide variety of full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate hemp-derived products, such as tinctures, soft gels, salves, skincare, and aromatherapy products. For more information, contact us directly.