What Does Full Spectrum Mean?
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum means that an oil or product contains all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. Quality full spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, and very low in THC (less than 0.3%). Despite these relatively low amounts, the overall composition is considered “full spectrum” and is synonymous with the “entourage effect” – which refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to the different cannabinoids working synergistically. Full spectrum products are commonly considered more effective than products that are CBD isolate derived. Products that are isolate derived will only contain the isolated CBD molecule.
Broad Spectrum CBD
No discussion of full spectrum cbd could rightly omit it’s kissing cousin: Broad Spectrum. Broad spectrum CBD products are identical to full spectrum except they are 100% THC free.
BROAD SPECTRUM CBD
Isolate vs Distillate
These terms often surface casually in conversations pertaining to CBD and its various forms. What’s the difference? Isolate, refers to pure CBD, and distillate is a broad spectrum distillation after THC has been removed.
The Full Monty with Full Spectrum
So, what else are you getting with a full spectrum product besides CBD? The short answer is you are getting more than 100 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD and THC are the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis, but there are several minor cannabinoids that can play an important role in the effectiveness of a CBD product. Here is a list of their names and the role studies suggest they play in the human body.
CBD is the most abundant compound in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD will not give the user a “high” feeling that the cannabis plant has been traditionally known for. It is used by consumers to promote a healthy functioning system. Some people report it has a relaxing / calming effect, while others may feel more energized.
THC is the second most common cannabinoid in the hemp plant. It is also the most desired compound in hemp’s sister plant, marijuana. THC is the compound in the cannabis plant that makes the user feel “high”. Legally, the distinction between hemp and marijuana is the THC content of the plant. Anything less than 0.3% is defined as hemp, and anything over 0.3% is marijuana. While full spectrum CBD products will contain trace amount of THC, levels will always be below the 0.3% mark. In such small amounts, consumers using CBD products will not feel the psychoactive effects of the THC, it is only present to help increase the entourage effect.
CBG is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid just like CBD. It’s actually the parent compound of THC and CBD, and acts as precursor to the three main cannabinoid lines: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA). Enzymes in the cannabis plant will break down CBG and convert it to one of these final compounds.
CBN is a minor cannabinoid that is being studied for its sedative effects. CBN is believed to be the compound in cannabis that generates a relaxed feeling in the user.
Cannabichromene (CBC), is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, and is therefore a phytocannabinoid. It bears structural similarity to the other natural cannabinoids, including THC,THCV, CBD, CBN, among others. CBC and its derivatives are as abundant as cannabinols in cannabis.
CAN A THC FREE PRODUCT BE FULL SPECTRUM?
Um, no. Products that have 0% THC, but do contain all the other cannabinoids naturally occurring in the hemp used for extraction are termed BROAD SPECTRUM. While none of our products contain more than a trace amount of THC, less than 0.3%, they are still considered full spectrum.
WHAT CBD PRODUCTS ARE FULL SPECTRUM?
Full spectrum cbd products must contain trace amounts of all primary and secondary cannabinoids. Most of our products are full spectrum as our customers typically experience the best results with full spectrum products versus using products containing CBD by itself (CBD Isolate). These include:
Our CBD tincture, or CBD Oil, is a simple combination of CO2-extracted CBD and organic coconut oil. Our tinctures come in 4 flavors: Original (unflavored), Lemon, Raspberry, and Banana Foster. The flavored tinctures will use organic extracts of their named flavors.
Check out our extensive tincture collection!
Topical CBD allows consumers to target the areas that hurt most. For many consumers with arthritis, back pain, or parts of their body that particularly hurt, they look towards topical products to make sure the CBD can get exactly where it needs to be. Our award-winning Muscle Cream is made from 8 organic ingredients including arnica, which is a homeopathic anti-inflammatory. Our Muscle Cream is trusted by everyone from top athletes to people living their lives in debilitating physical pain. See what our customers are saying about our Muscle Cream!
Sometimes called CBD pills, CBD capsules give the consumer an option to take CBD in a traditional pill form when they do not prefer to take CBD tincture sublingually. Many consumers find the CBD capsules to be much more convenient to work into their daily routine. Our CBD capsules contain 33mg CBD per pill, which is equivalent of a single dose of our regular strength tincture. Check out our CBD Capsules!
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil vs CBD Isolate – What’s the Difference?
For those just getting familiar with cannabidiol (CBD), the terms “full spectrum” and “CBD isolate” may not mean much to you. You have probably wondered what the difference is and which one you should choose when considering a CBD product. Here is a summary of how they differ and which we feel is a better choice.
The Inner World of the Hemp Plant
The hemp plant contains hundreds of active and essential compounds, one of them being CBD. Others include CBDV, CBC, CBN, and hundreds of beneficial terpenes. While CBD has recently been the focus of our collective attention when it comes to both hemp and marijuana strains of Cannabis Sativa, it does not make up the whole of hemp’s healing properties.
Full Spectrum/Whole-Plant Extract or Oil
As the name suggests, full spectrum or whole plant extract is oil extracted from the hemp plant which contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant. In addition to these compounds, full spectrum hemp oil also contains essential vitamins, minerals, Omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll and terpenes.
This is cannabidiol in its purest form – it is extracted from the plant and processed to remove all of the oils, plant material, waxes, chlorophyll, and more, leaving behind the pure Cannabidiol. It is most often found in the form of white powder or crystals.
The Entourage Effect – What is it and Is it Legit?
This term is used to describe the healing effect that plant materials may have by working together rather than alone – the idea being that a plant is more than the sum of its parts when it comes to therapeutic benefit.
As with most information relating to the study and effects of cannabis, there are few quality double-blind studies to prove the entourage effect. This does not mean, however, that there isn’t growing scientific evidence to suggest that the theory may hold true. Many scientists agree that CBD mitigates some of the effects of THC by blocking cannabinoid receptors (thereby helping to reduce some of the associated anxiety or paranoia that THC can induce). A 2015 study demonstrated the superior therapeutic properties of whole plant hemp extracts compared to single-molecule CBD.
Various research groups have conducted studies that have concluded that the higher efficiency of plant extract can be explained by additive or synergistic interactions between CBD, terpenes, and the minor phytocannabinoids or non-cannabinoids presented in the extracts.
Our Take on the Matter
We are big believers in a holistic approach to healing. There is rarely, if ever, a “magic pill” or even one solution to any problem. As career bodyworkers, we know that our clients will get the best results from the work we do if they treat their pain from many angles. In addition to getting bodywork, we suggest they use topical pain relievers, soothe sore muscles in an Epsom soak, make changes in their lifestyle to reduce stress, move their bodies more, and get more sleep. We’ve seen time and again that the people who treat their pain from this holistic approach get far better results than those who rely on one – isolated if you will – method of healing.
With this holistic approach in mind, we choose to use full-spectrum hemp oil in our CBD products. Modern medicine is rooted in traditional plant-based healing, and there is no doubt that in addition to the highly potent and effective CBD, many of the other compounds, vitamins, and essential fatty acids found in the hemp plant also provide therapeutic benefit. With Vital Body Therapeutics’ topical pain relievers, you get the best of both worlds!