If you’re in the market for CBD, chances are that you might feel overwhelmed with options. After all, what is full spectrum CBD? From tinctures to CBD gummies and creams to even pet products, it is a challenge 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 and isolates. In this article, we break down what it all means and leave you with a better understanding.
Full spectrum CBD
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) works with the body’s CB2 receptor within the endocannabinoid system thought to help boost the immune system.
• CBC (Cannabichromene) is very scarce in the hemp plant, so a proprietary blend of these ingredients are used to maximize effectiveness.
• CBG (Cannabigerol) has been growing in popularity as CBD gains more traction.
• THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) 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.
Something to think about. 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 over a long period of time.
Full spectrum CBD provides stronger effects at higher doses because it uses compounds from the whole hemp plant. This includes 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. Working with these cannabinoids and compounds together, a full spectrum product is the result. This combination creates 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. This is considered to be more effective.
Now that explains full spectrum CBD. You may now be curious what CBD isolate is. A CBD isolate is actually exactly as it sounds. Isolated CBD is just the CBD molecule, without the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, or terpenes. Formulating an isolate actually requires more work to achieve a 90% level of purity. This is the industry norm. However, potency does not necessarily equal having more benefits. You may wonder why someone would choose this method over full spectrum? Typically isolates are selected for cooking or adding to food and beverages. Adding the isolate to other substances will often dilute the smell or flavor of the hemp, which some find unappealing.
Earlier, we also mentioned broad spectrum CBD. Much like full spectrum, products that have this label also include CBD (cannabidiol) with all the other compounds found in hemp. But there is one big ingredient that’s missing, and that’s THC. Broad spectrum products are considered better than isolate products but less effective than full spectrum products. Broad spectrum products include 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 you select 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 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. You could try a product like the Wellness Box from Cannafyl. These sampler boxes can let you try products to see which might be the right fit for your needs. 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.
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