As a beginner in the CBD universe, you’ll see a few new bits of terminology such as “broad-spectrum,” “full-spectrum,” and “isolate.” The main difference in each of these is the number of different cannabinoids and plant materials found in the product.
On one side of the ‘spectrum’ is what’s known as CBD isolate; this product is nothing but pure CBD. On the other side is full-spectrum CBD oil, which contains various hemp cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of full-spectrum CBD and how to incorporate it into your routine for optimal results.
The Background of Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-spectrum CBD oils are processed less than isolated oils, and they’re made out of dried hemp plants and extracted cannabinoids. A standard method used is called supercritical CO2 extraction, which draws out these hemp plant compounds. Thus, resulting in a CBD full spectrum extract that contains all the natural phyto[plant]-compounds of hemp.
It’s important to note that full-spectrum CBD oil contains traces of THC, the psychoactive piece which supplies that feeling of being “high.” While yes, there are traces, according to Healthline, many of these products include less than 0.3% THC. So, the “high” won’t even be noticeable, but using this oil could show up on drug tests.
Full-spectrum CBD oil that has small traces of THC will not leave you with any mind-altering side effects. CBD products are non-intoxicating. It means that even in high dosages, there won’t be any psychoactive reactions.
The Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Oil
As mentioned, what defines a full-spectrum CBD oil includes a variety of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. These terpenes are said to hold great benefits.
What are terpenes, you may ask? They are aromatic compounds produced in most plants, often used in aromatherapy. For example, there have been suggestions that a specific terpene, linalool, may impact the body’s sleep patterns. There is a high concentration of linalool in lavender, which explains why it’s commonly used as a sleep aid.
There’s a common belief amongst CBD users and experts alike that combining the multiple cannabinoids and terpenes results in a greater overall impact. A few common cannabinoids found in a full-spectrum oil are:
- CBD - a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that appears in many strains of hemp.
- CBDV - a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid shown to reduce nausea and inflammation.
- CBG - a chemical precursor to many other cannabinoids, including CBD and THC.
- CBC - a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can reduce inflammation and act as a neuroprotectant (protects the structure and function of neurons).
- THCV - not been shown to be psychoactive and has been studied for numerous potential benefits such as weight loss and treatment for osteoporosis.