Are you confused by all the CBD (cannabidiol) products available on the market, but interested in the therapeutic benefits of CBD? How do you find the most effective CBD product for your specific needs?
When choosing CBD products, you will have to choose between CBD full-spectrum and CBD isolate. But don’t worry, this article will provide you with information about full-spectrum CBD and CBD oil products to help you make an informed decision.
WHAT IS FULL SPECTRUM CBD?
Let’s start with a quick overview of cannabinoids, the chemicals found in hemp plants. According to scientists, there are over 80 cannabinoids. Despite a large number of these compounds, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have attracted the most scientific and mainstream attention due to their effects.
Differences of isolate & full spectrum
Full spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids, not just CBD. CBD isolate, on the other hand, is a pure form of CBD (generally 99.9% pure) and is considered to be THC free.
Full spectrum CBD contains all the compounds in the hemp plant including many cannabinoids. CBD and THC are clear cannabinoid celebrities, but they aren’t the only cannabinoids. There are other important ones with various health benefits including:
- cannabigerol (CBG)
- cannabinol (CBN)
- cannabichromene (CBC)
- tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC)
- tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
See the illustration below to see the health and wellness benefits attributed to the different cannabinoids in full spectrum CBD.
While full spectrum products include the other cannabinoids in the hemp plant, any full-spectrum CBD product should include no more than 0.3% THC. THC is the chemical that is responsible for the psychoactive effects or getting people ‘high.’ At 0.3% THC, you will not get high from taking a full-spectrum CBD product.
COMPARING CBD FULL SPECTRUM WITH CBD ISOLATE
The choice of full-spectrum or isolate CBD depends on what you are looking for. You should consider these factors in the table below before making a choice.
|Broader health effects from CBD and other cannabinoids (see entourage effect below)||CBD only wellness benefits|
|Minimal processing and refinement||Requires more chemical refinement and processing|
|Full-spectrum CBD is typically extracted in a paste or thick powder consistency and mixed into oil products||Isolate CBD is typically extracted in a white powder and can be mixed into virtually any product from lotion to oil|
|May have some plant based odor or taste that remains from the limited processing||Typically tasteless and odorless|
|Contain small traces of THC||THC Free|
One thing that should be factored into your decision is your viewpoint on THC and whether you are drug tested regularly. Most drug tests will test for THC in your body, not CBD.
WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
We mentioned the entourage effect¹ in the table above, and you might be wondering what we’re talking about. The entourage effect describes the combined effects of multiple cannabinoids on the human body. Each of the compounds in full spectrum CBD has its own therapeutic effects. Their synergy amplifies the performance of CBD.
When we combine the chemical compounds, we get a multiplying effect rather than the sum of each part. Imagine if CBD was a rock star, and the other components were the band members. Despite the talent of the rock star, the effect with a band can increase the full potential for options and range.
BENEFITS OF CBD FULL SPECTRUM WITH THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT
CBD interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system² to regulate different bodily functions and facilitate health benefits. Research has shown that CBD, when paired with other cannabinoids, can provide relief to numerous health conditions such as:
- Pain Management: A study³ by Italian researchers showed that a combination of CBD and THC is effective for pain associated with arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Patients reported improved pain management, reduced muscle spasms, and increased quality of sleep.
- Reducing Swelling and Inflammation: Full spectrum CBD oil has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory properties. A group of scientists⁴ demonstrated that certain cannabinoids could suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
- Mood Stabilizing: Depression is associated with low levels of serotonin, our body’s natural mood stabilizing chemical. A full spectrum dose of CBD works with cannabinoid receptors in the brain to regulate the levels of serotonin⁵ and provide relief without unwanted side effects.
HOW TO TAKE FULL SPECTRUM CBD
Full spectrum CBD is processed into a product that is easy to consume. It is most often dissolved in an oil, such as hemp seed oil or MCT. This carrier oil allows for easier measuring, improved taste, and easy delivery to the body.
Now that you have a good understanding of CBD full-spectrum, you can confidently explore available options and add them into your daily routine.
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