Full spectrum or “whole plant” products contain everything the cannabis plant contains. That means they contain CBD as well as flavonoids, the natural fatty acids found in hemp, terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC,CBCA,CBD,CBDA,CBG,CBGA and trace amounts of THC.However, these amounts are tiny and heavily regulated (to a maximum of 0.3%), which minimizes the psychoactive risks of full spectrum CBD oil. To be considered legal, THC levels cannot exceed these regulations. All these naturally-occurring elements have their own important therapeutic value. Full spectrum products are by far the most popular. One reason for the popularity of full spectrum CBD is something called the “entourage effect.” Entourage Effect is the benefit you get from ingesting multiple components of the cannabis plant together instead of ingesting one component at-a-time.
The cannabis genus of plants contains approximately 500 compounds.This includes about 100 phytocannabinoids (THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids, cannabinoids which occur naturally in plants).Other significant compounds found in cannabis plants are “terpenoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids”.Flavonoids are known to have antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects (especially the ones found in cannabis).Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants.These compounds are responsible for the uplifting the fresh smell.Terpenes have therapeutic effects on the human body. The practice of aromatherapy is based on terpenes.
- Reducing inflammation
- Restricting the growth of cancer cells
- Improving sleep quality
- Promoting bone growth
- Inhibiting the growth of bacteria
- Relieving pain
- Treating fungal infections
- Reducing muscle spasms
- Reducing seizures
- Relieving nausea and vomiting
- Reducing blood sugar levels
- Reducing spasms in the small intestine
- Relieving anxiety
- Treating skin conditions such as psoriasis
- Tranquilizing effects
CBD Isolate is typically the CBD product of choice for those who are sensitive to other cannabinoids such as THC. Isolates are just that – CBD isolated from all other cannabinoids. During the CBD isolate extraction process, everything contained in the plant matter is removed, including any traces of THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll and more. What’s left is 99+% pure CBD. When looking at isolate, it’s very important to verify the purity. While many are in the 99.9+% range with no identifiable amounts of THC, there are lower purity options (such as 99.5% of lower) that may still have trace amounts that will show up in a lab test. This small percentage of THC is usually negligible, but it’s still something to be aware of for those seeking the purest CBD Isolate they can find.
How Effective is Isolated CBD?
Though a ‘pure’ form of cannabidiol sounds extremely effective, isolated CBD is actually less effective than full or broad spectrum extracts. When you ingest the full cannabinoid and terpenoid profile that naturally occurs in cannabis you get many synergistic benefits that an isolate doesn’t provide. This benefit from full-plant usage is known as the entourage effect.
Despite the fact that isolate features a limited effectiveness profile, many users still find isolate, especially when used as an additive to increase CBD potency, to be effective
Broad spectrum CBD products contain an array of cannabinoids and terpenes but zero THC. We can think of Broad Spectrum CBD as Full Spectrum without the THC. To create Broad Spectrum CBD, manufacturers will put their products through additional processing to isolate and remove as much trace amounts of THC possible while preserving the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes. Broad Spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC in their system, whether for medical, personal or legal reasons
Benefits and Effectiveness ?
The cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid-rich profile a broad-spectrum product offers is simply the best option available for someone who can’t consume THC. These products provide the maximum entourage effectiveness, without the THC.Broad-spectrum retains the maximum amount of therapeutic potential because it retains the maximum chemical profile – nearly retaining the whole plant spectrum.