Written by Kandi Neal:
If you’re in the market for CBD, chances are that you might feel overwhelmed with options. From tinctures to CBD gummies and creams to even pet products, it can be challenging to know which to select. To add even more elements to the mix, CBD oil also comes in different spectrums; to better understand what a full spectrum CBD product is, it’s also important to know about broad spectrum as well as isolates. In this article, we’ll break down what that all means and leave you with a better understanding.
Full Spectrum CBD, or whole plant CBD, consists of all of the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. At Cannafyl, we believe that keeping the plant in its original form is the best way to receive all of the benefits that the hemp plant has to offer. Below are the cannabinoids that are found in our line:
• CBD (Cannabidiol): The leading ingredient that is most abundant in hemp plants is CBD.
• CBN (Cannabinol): CBN works with the body’s CB2 receptor within the endocannabinoid system known for boosting the immune system.
• CBC (Cannabichromene): CBC is very scarce in the hemp plant, so a proprietary blend of these ingredients are used to maximize effectiveness.
• CBG (Cannabigerol): CBG has been growing in popularity as CBD gains more traction.
• THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol): THC has been shown to increase appetite and fight free radicals with an antioxidant property. This cannabinoid can be found in full spectrum CBD oil products in very small amounts but will be below the limit of 0.3 THC because the hemp plant does not produce high levels of THC, thus causing no psychoactive side effects.
One thing to keep in mind is that even though full spectrum CBD only has a trace amount of THC, there is a slight possibility of a false positive drug test if you’re consuming high doses on a regular basis.
Full spectrum CBD provides stronger effects at higher doses because it uses compounds from the whole hemp plant, including additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids instead of only CBD. The active compounds are extracted so that they can work together and enhance the benefits provided by each cannabinoid. When these cannabinoids and compounds work with each other in this way, they create what is called the entourage effect. The phrase now commonly refers to the compounds present in hemp plants working in concert to create the sum of all parts that leads to the magic of cannabis.
Now that we’ve explained full spectrum, you may be curious as to what CBD isolate is. A CBD isolate is actually exactly what it sounds like – just the CBD without the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, or terpenes. The process involved in formulating an isolate actually requires more work to achieve that level of purity, usually resulting in around 90%. However, potency does not necessarily equal having more benefits. You may be wondering why someone would choose this method over full spectrum; typically isolates are selected for cooking or adding to food and beverages. This will often dilute the smell or flavor, which some find unappealing.
Earlier, we also mentioned broad spectrum CBD. Much like full spectrum, products that have this label will also include CBD cannabidiol with all of the other compounds found in hemp. But there is one big ingredient that’s missing, and that’s THC. However, the entourage is still possible because of its inclusion of flavonoids as well as terpenes. You can think of this one as a hybrid between isolate and full spectrum because it’s right there in the middle. Since it contains the compounds from the whole hemp plant without the THC, it is highly unlikely to cause any false positive drug test results.
When picking your products, make sure that you are shopping from a reliable resource like Cannafyl. Because these items are not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, you will want to watch out for things that could possibly be inaccurately labeled. To ensure the utmost quality, double check that the product is third party tested. When it comes to anything that comes from the marijuana plant, a great resource is to check if the information has been medically reviewed by Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN on Healthline Media.