If you are on the hunt for a CBD product, you may be wondering what it means when the label says full-spectrum or full-plant CBD and whether it is the right product for you.
To understand what the phrase “full-spectrum CBD” really means, we must first talk about the cannabis plant and break it down a bit. The cannabis plant contains several compounds that all have unique benefits. These can be broken down as follows:
- Cannabinoids: the most used and talked about cannabinoids found in the cannabis plants are CBD and THC. But, did you know there are more than 100 cannabinoids found in the plant? It’s pretty fascinating to think about. CBD and THC are the two cannabinoids that are responsible for the therapeutic and psychoactive effects. The other cannabinoids are responsible for other effects.
- Terpenes: terpenes are the compounds responsible for the way each strand of cannabis smells and tastes. There are more than 150 terpenes found in marijuana plants, all of which have different smells and benefits. Terpenes can be found in all kinds of plants, including fruits, vegetables and herbs. In fact, they are what give lemons their vibrant citrusy smell and flavor and lavender its calming effects.
- Flavonoids: cannabis plants also contain flavonoids. Like terpenes, these are present in all kinds of plants, including fruits, vegetables and herbs. Also like terpenes, they have therapeutic effects, including anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and neuroprotective properties.
The term full-spectrum CBD refers to CBD that contains small amounts of all three of these compounds. Even though full-spectrum CBD cannot get you high, it does contain trace amounts of THC. If this is a concern, broad spectrum CBD (which just removes the THC but keeps the other compounds) or CBD isolate (which is pure CBD without any other compounds) may be a better choice for you.
What are the benefits of Full-Spectrum CBD?
Ok, so now you may be wondering if you should purchase full-spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate. As you are making your choice, it is important to note that although CBD is very beneficial on its own, the therapeutic effects associated with the cannabinoid are stronger when they are combined with other cannabis compounds, including terpenes, flavonoids and others. This is called the entourage effect.
Because of this, the benefits associated with CBD operate at their highest potential in the full-spectrum form. While broad spectrum CBD does include other cannabis compounds, the THC in full-spectrum CBD enhances the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing benefits of CBD.
So, if you are looking for the most potent form of CBD, full spectrum is the way to go.
How to know you’re getting the best full spectrum CBD?
If you are in the market for full-spectrum CBD, it is important to do a little research on the company and products before pulling the trigger. With so many companies popping up and selling CBD products, it is important to know what to look for.
When you are making a purchase, here are a few things to consider:
- Make sure the company you are purchasing your CBD from is reputable and has good reviews.
- Make sure the company has all its products tested by a third party to ensure they are high quality and up to standards.
- You want to go with a company that sources its hemp from farms that practice organic growing practices.
- Make sure the full-spectrum CBD is free from additives, chemicals, and other toxins.
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