What is Full Spectrum CBD?
As CBD continues to grow in popularity, more and more people are beginning their very on CBD journey, however the vast selection of CBD oils available might leave you a little confused.
There are thousands of CBD brands but the oil itself can be broken down into one of three categories:
- Full-spectrum CBD
- Broad-spectrum CBD
- CBD isolate
Each one of these types of CBD categories are uniquely different from the other.
In this article, we will fully explain each so you can understand which hemp extract is best for you and your family.
To understand the difference between each type we must first look at the compounds or ingredients as it were that makeup CBD oil.
What’s in CBD oil?
CBD oil, whether it be in a CBD tincture or CBD cigarette, is the extracted oil from the hemp plant. CBD oil or hemp extract as it can be called contains numerous compounds in its molecular soup.
The primary compounds in CBD oil are:
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are molecular messengers that signal cells in our body to perform an action such as eat, sleep, heal, and so on. They mimic vital endogenous cannabinoids already present in our body and are a helpful substitute if we are low on these.
There are over 114 known cannabinoids with Cannabidiol (CBD) as the major one in CBD oil.
Hemp extract also contains the intoxicating THC cannabinoid but only a negligible amount.
There are also other minor cannabinoids present such as CBN, CBC, CBDA, CBG, etc.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are essential oils that serve a dual purpose. They produce that infamous smell and aroma that the hemp plant is famous for which is believed to protect the plant from herbivores.
You find terpenes not only in hemp but nearly everywhere in nature from lemons (limonene) to pine trees (pinene). In fact, hemp can contain any of these depending on the strain.
What are flavonoids?
Flavonoids are compounds found not only in hemp but in fruit, vegetables, plants, and herbs.
They are responsible for the color of foods but their value far exceeds this and scientists have shown how they can have anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Naturally contained in the hemp flower, these compounds are all present in our first type of CBD extract - the most popular of CBD oils… full-spectrum CBD oil.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full-spectrum CBD is CBD oil that has been extracted from the hemp plant in its purest form and still contains all of its natural compounds or ingredients.
It will contain a whole host of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds all perform specific functions individually and also collectively as a whole (the entourage effect).
Every strain of hemp will always contain CBD as its primary and most dominant cannabinoid but there are also other more minor cannabinoids contained in this wondrous plant.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is where only the cannabinoid CBD has been extracted from the oil with all other “ingredients” removed and left out.
CBD isolate will not contain any other cannabinoids, flavonoids, or terpenes.
It is available in crystal or powder format and can be added to other hemp extract products that wish to boost their own CBD content.
Traditionalists would typically choose full-spectrum CBD oil but there are pros and cons to each.
Full Spectrum CBD Vs CBD Isolate
With full-spectrum CBD oil, you are getting CBD oil in its most natural form. You are getting all the benefits of CBD along with all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
With CBD isolate you only get the cannabinoid CBD. Now there are tonnes of reasons why this is a good thing (just check out the national center for biotechnology information) but you are missing out on all those other wonders.
For athletes, this might not be a bad thing though. They can get the benefits of CBD in the knowledge that not even a tiny trace of THC will show up in their blood. (CBD was removed from the list of banned substances by the world anti-doping committee but THC was not)
Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds from the hemp extract which gives you the benefits of the entourage effect (greater potency and effect) whereas CBD isolate will not produce this full powerful effect.
For more information on the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil click here.
What is broad spectrum CBD?
Broad-spectrum CBD is a hemp extract that contains all its natural compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids) with the exception of the cannabinoid THC.
Hemp contains a tiny and negligible (<0.3%) amount of the intoxicating compound THC in its molecular makeup but with broad-spectrum CBD oil, this is removed.
Like CBD isolate, broad-spectrum would be good for professional athletes who are not allowed to have even a small amount of THC in their system.
Unlike CBD isolates you are getting so much more beneficial compounds into your system giving you close to 100% of an entourage effect.
The Entourage Effect
The entourage effect is the scientifically well-held belief that the compounds contained in CBD oil all work together in a synergistic fashion.
Think of that famous Aristotle quote: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.
Scientists believe that cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and the other compounds all complement each other boosting each other’s properties and potency.
CBD Products that are Full Spectrum
Those of you looking for full-spectrum CBD products have plenty to choose from but always remember to check to see if the company you are buying from can supply you with a lab report.
This way you know you are purchasing quality CBD oil. Wild Hemp always has lab reports available on its hemp extracts so you know you are always getting a quality, safe product.
All of Wild Hemp’s full spectrum products offer the greatest bioavailability compared to anything on the market. Greater bioavailability means more CBD into your bloodstream for greater effects and value for money.
Full Spectrum CBD Products:
- Wild Hemp Hempettes®
- Wild Hemp CBD Flower
Wild Hemp Hempettes®
Wild Hemp hempettes® are CBD roll-ups that contain 100% natural CBD flower. Each hempette is packed with full-spectrum CBD flowers, powerful cannabinoids, and delicious tasting terpenes.
Each of the 20 hempettes® will contain 50 mg of organically grown American hemp and with less than 0.3% THC you can relax rather than get high.
They are available in 3 delicious flavors including original, sweet, and pineapple.
- 20 CBD Cigarettes Per Pack
- 75+MG per Hempette® Approximately
- Less than 0.3% THC Guarantee
- American Grown Hemp
- Third-Party Tested To Ensure Safety
- No Nicotine or other nasty chemicals
- 3 flavors including original, sweet, and pineapple.
Traditionalists love hemp flower because it is hemp in its most natural form. No extraction, no additions, just hemp flowers as nature intended and as American farmers delivered.
Hemp flowers can be used in a variety of ways from roll-ups, bongs, pipes, and more.
People who enjoy THC-rich cannabis like to purchase hemp flowers and mix them with their cannabis to increase the CBD content. CBD has been shown to reduce the negative effects of THC by reducing the binding affinity of THC to CB1 receptors. We sell a number of different flavors of hemp flower including Sour Space Candy and Cherry Wine Hemp Flower.
Full Spectrum CBD - Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons to each type of CBD oil but certainty in the case of full-spectrum the pros significantly outweigh the cons.
Full cannabinoid content
Full terpene content
Full flavonoid content
Full Entourage effect
Richer sensory experience
Contains a trace amount of THC which might not suit professional athletes
CBD Isolate - Pros and Cons
CBD isolate may be all on its own but there are certainly plenty of pros to this fantastic and powerful cannabinoid.
Direct effects of CBD
No trace of THC
Pure 100% CBD cannabinoid
Great for professional athletes
No Full Entourage effect
Broad-spectrum CBD - Pros and Cons
Because broad-spectrum is only missing the THC cannabinoid and nothing else, it still remains to be a potent force in the CBD world.
Full terpene Content
Full cannabinoid Content
Full flavonoid Content
Almost full entourage effect
Ideal for professional athletes
Just short of the full entourage effect.
Full Spectrum CBD is hemp extract in its purest, most natural form and is the most popular of the three types of CBD oils available.
Full-spectrum CBD has the entirety of all its compounds still intact, that is it boasts 100% cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
With full-spectrum CBD your body avails of the entourage effect which is the scientific theory that all the compounds in CBD oil work together to boost each other’s effects and potency.
Full-spectrum CBD hempettes® and CBD flowers offer the greatest bioavailability available today. This means you get more CBD into your bloodstream to get to work meaning greater potency, greater efficiency, and greater value for money.