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Different types of CBD!?

by Green Machine on August 12, 2019

Well hello again, 

Yep it's us, we're back with some more potentially mind bending news. 

We hate to break it to you but... Not all CBD is created equally. 

The world of CBD is indeed a minefield. Here at GM we take that fear away, each product is tagged with it's exact make up and with our CBD usage chart in this blog post it should make life a whole load easier. 

CBD can be made / extracted / obtained in a few different ways and that's super important for you to know. 

Phytocannabinoids: produced by cannabis and some other plants
Endocannabinoids: produced by the body
Synthetic cannabinoids: artificially made in the lab

Here's a non exhaustive explanation of why your existing CBD may be in fact doing nothing for you.  


  • Only Cannabidiol
  • No other phytocannabinoids
  • NO THC
  • Can be made incredibly cheap (65% strength) 
  • Can be made incredibly expensively (99.8% GMP, pharmacological grade)
  • No Entourage effect 
  • Bright white in appearance for high quality, Yellowish for poor quality
  • Should have no smell, if it does it's probably poor quality 
  • Chemicals used in production which can be left over inside



  • Selected group of major cannabinoids
  • CBG, CBD, CBC, THC (sometimes), CBV
  • No minor cannabinoids 
  • Usually not made from the same plants i.e. CBG from one source, CBG from another.
  • Can easily be manipulated, cannabis flavours (terpenes) added
  • Very difficult to ascertain quality unless trained to do so 
  • Potentially the entourage effect may occur in smaller capacity 
  • Golden in colour
  • Chemicals used in production which can be left over inside 




  • Usually dark green / brown / green 
  • Usually smells like cannabis / hemp 
  • Good quality extracts contain all major and minor cannabinoids 
  • Good quality extracts usually engage the entourage effect
  • Very few / If any chemicals used in production 
  • Very pure if obtained correctly 
  • Contains all terpenes (cannabis smell) used in mood regulation 
  • Contains lesser known cannabinoids which contribute to unknown benefits in the body Cannabivarin (CBV), cannabinodiol (CBND), cannabielsion (CBE), Cannabicyclol (CBL), Cannabitriol (CBT)




  • Lots of waste product included 
  • Tastes bad
  • Smells bad / like nothing
  • Usually black
  • Usually weak in strength 
  • Usually too cheap to believe because corners have been cut 
  • Often marketed as full spectrum but the measurements are too low to be effective
  • Overall the most common product on the market
  • Added to MCT / Coconut oil and mixed to be sold as a CBD oil 


So as you can see, theres a huge variation of  products that can be created from the cannabis / hemp plant. 

Our goal here at GM is to cut through the mess, confusion and give you the best advice. 

While it may look like some of the above are BAD we can assure you that the only thing bad about them is the way they are created. 

Each product in the list above has a good way to use it and a bad way to use it. There are uses for all things in life and just like paracetamol or aspirin, a good way and a bad way. 

Here's a handy guide to keep you right! We stole this from www.leafly.com because we didn't want to try and write it all out. 

Keep this guide as a handy way to check what conditions / ailments the doctors in the USA speculate that cannabinoids help with and remember....

These products have not been evaluated by the MHRA or FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Green Machines site does not provide any medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to your or any other individual. Consult your doctor or health care provider before using any of our products regarding any medical health-related diagnosis or treatments options.