Understanding Full Spectrum CBD and Its Benefits
by Rowan Bailey
The Definitive Explanation: Understanding Full Spectrum CBD and Its BenefitsImage Source: Unsplash
The world of CBD products can be overwhelming, with a plethora of options available. One term that you may have come across is "full spectrum CBD." But what exactly does it mean? In this article, we will delve into the topic of full spectrum CBD, exploring its meaning, benefits, and how it compares to other forms of CBD. By the end, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of why full spectrum CBD is gaining popularity in the wellness industry.
Seeing as we work with the three main types of CBD in our labs, we know the ins and outs and can show you some close ups of the raw extract below!
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD refers to a type of CBD product that contains all the naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds include cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Unlike CBD isolates, which only contain CBD, full spectrum CBD products are thought to provide a synergistic effect known as the "entourage effect." This means that all the components work together to enhance the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
In simple terms, a 'Full' spectrum product contains the 'Full' range of cannabinoids that the plant you're extracting from possesses, unlike CBD isolate, which is where they have isolated CBD away from all of those other compounds.
CBD isolate is typically a much cheaper ingredient/ product, and reportedly it isn't as effective for those using CBD meaningfully.
Understanding the Meaning of Full Spectrum CBD.
When we talk about full spectrum CBD, we are essentially referring to the whole plant extract. The cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. Full spectrum CBD products contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.2%), which is the psychoactive compound responsible for the "high" associated with marijuana. However, these minimal THC levels are not enough to induce intoxication or impairment. Those who believe that the entourage effect takes place with the combination of different cannabinoids are of the belief that with that trace level of THC, you are still able to have a far improved experience or results with a Full Spectrum vs and Isolate product. If you've tried both, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences!
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD
While full spectrum CBD contains all the naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant, broad spectrum CBD will still contain other cannabinoids and flavonoids, but won't have any trace levels of THC. This makes broad spectrum CBD a suitable option for those who want to avoid THC altogether. In some less preferable instances, the full plant extract contain THC undergoes an additional extraction process to remove the THC. Where as in other instances, the full plant extract just happens to have such low levels of THC present, that it becomes classed as Broad Spectrum due to having less than 0.00% THC, so for example, a Broad Spectrum product, could in fact contain 0.009% THC and still be classed as Broad. Honestly, at this point, the differences are negligible. But it is important to know the difference between a natural Broad Spectrum extract, and a synthesised one where a combination of cannabinoid isolates have been mixed together, or unnecessary additional extraction steps were taken to remove the THC content. This is why we only use full plant extract for our broad and full spectrum products as we want the original cannabinoid profile of the plant as nature intended.
Exploring the Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD
Now that we have a better understanding of what full spectrum CBD is, let's explore its benefits. One of the key advantages of full spectrum CBD is its ability to harness the entourage effect, or at the very least gaining the benefits of the other key cannabinoids present. By working together, the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in full spectrum CBD products enhance the overall therapeutic effects. This means that you may experience more relief than using CBD isolates.
Full Spectrum CBD for Anxiety: Comparing Full Spectrum and isolate CBD products
Anxiety is a prevalent condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Many individuals turn to CBD as a natural remedy for anxiety. When it comes to choosing between full spectrum CBD and Isolate CBD for anxiety, it's essential to consider the entourage effect. The presence of THC in full spectrum CBD may provide additional anxiolytic properties, making it potentially more effective in reducing anxiety symptoms compared to an isolate CBD. Typically cheaper CBD products use CBD isolate. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best option for your specific needs.
The Power of Full Spectrum Hemp
Full spectrum CBD is derived from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant. Hemp has been used for thousands of years for various purposes, including medicinal and industrial applications. By harnessing the power of full spectrum hemp, you can experience a broader range of the the holistic benefits of the plant in a safe and natural way.
Below you can see a close up of some Full Spectrum distillate crystallising. This distillate was 62% CBD making it a very potent extract. This photo was taken in our lab whilst making some of our ever famous 'Muscle Salve'.
High Potency: Decoding the Meaning
When shopping for full spectrum CBD products, you may come across the term "high potency." But what does it actually mean? High potency refers to the concentration of CBD in a product. A higher potency means that the product contains a higher amount of CBD per serving. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who require a stronger dose to experience the desired effects. However, it's important to start with a lower potency and gradually increase the dosage to find the optimal balance for your needs. Stronger isn't always better, and we typically advise a 2-3 week adjustment period from a low dose to find the right dose for you. Not only will this make sure that you're using it in the most effective way for you, but it'l save you from over using it and ultimately costing more money. We're always happy to help you with this initial regime and find the right dose for you.
Conclusion: Embracing the Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD
In conclusion, full spectrum CBD offers a holistic approach to wellness by harnessing the power of all the naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis plant. From pain relief to anxiety reduction, the entourage effect of full spectrum CBD can provide enhanced therapeutic benefits compared to CBD isolates. By understanding the meaning of full spectrum and its benefits, you can make an informed decision when choosing CBD products. Embrace the natural potential of full spectrum CBD and experience the transformative effects it can have on your well-being.
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