What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Thousands of people have started to use CBD oil, but many newcomers are confused as to the differences between full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. However, Mind Body Hemp is here to clear up the confusion! Read on to find out what CBD oil is and the differences between these types.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in Cannabis sativa L plant and accounts for up to 40% of the extract that comes from the plant.  While being one of the most abundant substances in cannabis, CBD is also one of the most popular due to the claimed health benefits and the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Full-spectrum contains the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients found in Cannabis sativa L plant. For industrial hemp, this does include small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant.  Pursuant to law, however, the presence of the THC can’t legally exceed 0.3% by dry weight.  

Research shows that the presence of all nutrients in hemp flower can be used together to help decrease anxiety and depression, decrease chronic pain, and help people who suffer from migraines and sleep disorders. Research has also shown that individuals benefit more from using full-spectrum, meaning products that include even small amounts of THC than products that have no THC. And, as such, full spectrum products are considered more effective than their isolate counterparts.

Entourage Effect of Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

Many users prefer full-spectrum CBD products due to the entourage effects one can experience when using a full-spectrum product. The “Entourage Effect” term was first used back in 1999 when a group of researchers began to understand the synergistic interactions between cannabinoids and terpenes. The study has evolved to not only include cannabinoids and terpenes, but flavonoids and fatty acids. The term refers to the benefit of all these compounds working together as opposed to one or two of the natural compounds working alone.

This research also showed that CBD on its own may not be as beneficial for the body as when it’s supported by other compounds found in Cannabis sativa L plant. The other cannabinoids (including Cannabigerolic acid, Cannabichromenenic acid, and many others), flavonoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients work synergistically to enhance its benefits in users.

Now that we’ve identified that full-spectrum CBD contains THC, it’s time to look into a similar CBD type, broad-spectrum CBD.

What Is Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Broad-spectrum CBD still harnesses some of the synergistic powers of full spectrum, but it is without the THC.  Broad-spectrum CBD undergoes a process to remove THC, however, there can be very small traces of THC that may not show up on a lab report. Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains other compounds found in the cannabis plants including other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, which means users still get some benefits of the entourage effect. While not as powerful as full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum CBD oil is known to help people relax and relieve pain.

Now that we’ve looked at spectrum CBD, it’s time to look at CBD isolate.

What Is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is the most processed form of hemp plants that completely isolates CBD from all other parts of the hemp plant. There is no THC, no other cannabinoids, no terpenes, just pure CBD extract. CBD isolate is said to be 99.99% CBD. While not as common as full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate can be used in various products as a nutrient supplement for things like Vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids and normally doesn’t have a taste.   Individuals who consume isolate products do not experience the entourage effect and according to a 2015 study may require higher per servings to receive the pain relief benefit from ingesting an isolate. 

Reach Out with Your Questions

Our goal at Mind Body Hemp is to help customers get the most they can out of CBD solutions, so we would love to discuss our products with you! If you have questions about how CBD can help you, please do not hesitate to write to us using our contact page!

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