31 Jan What does Full Spectrum CBD Even Mean?
You’ll see us use the term “Full Spectrum CBD”, or “Whole Plant CBD” and you may be confused as to what that means and why we don’t just say CBD. Well, a few things about that!
Let’s first define CBD:
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is one of the many naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. There are over 100 of these chemical compound cannabinoids found in cannabis, and these will interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system in ways that we are learning more about every day. It is important to know that CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, which means that it will not produce a high. THC, on the other hand, is similar in the fact that it is a cannabinoid, but completely different because it will produce that high and alter your mental state.
Full Spectrum CBD doesn’t just contain CBD, however. A true full spectrum CBD oil contains a wide range of the cannabis compounds which all work in harmony together to create what is widely known as the “entourage effect.” In addition to the cannabinoids, full spectrum oil contains natural hemp terpenes, fiber, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and more. The whole plant works together and each element has the potential to boost the effect of another, creating a product that is far greater than each of its parts on their own.
What about THC?
There can be trace elements of THC in our products as it is a natural occurring cannabinoid, though we comply with all legal laws and ensure that this is below the legal limit of 0.3%. This small amount is not enough to alter your mental state in any way and will not produce a high. This small amount of THC is show to open up your body’s endocannabinoid receptors, so a CBD isolate or “broad spectrum” product does not give you the full benefits that the full spectrum CBD offers.
What’s so great about full spectrum CBD?
There is evidence that full spectrum CBD can help with epilepsy, anxiety, opioid dependency, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, anxiety, insomnia, general chronic pain, PTSD, sore muscles, post-exercise muscle fatigue and recovery, skin conditions, general stress, cancer and cancer-related side effects and much more. The FDA has even approved a drug called Epidiolex, which during clinical trials has been proven to reduce seizures in patients with certain epileptic syndromes and did so without the typical side effects that non CBD-based medications have. Research is ongoing as the medical field looks to increase their case uses for CBD based medications.
We feel strongly that the benefits of full spectrum CBD greatly outweigh the benefits of the isolated CBD compound that many of the CBD companies out there are using, and as such that is what we use in our products. If you want to stay in the know about who is using full spectrum CBD and why, follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook and check out our “CBD in the News” page for constant updates on what’s new!