When shopping for CBD oil, you might get confused by all the different options available. There is a lot of terminology that you might not be familiar with, especially if you are a new user. That’s why we’re here to help clear up any confusion about the different types of CBD products, starting with full spectrum CBD.
What do we mean by full spectrum?
The cannabis plant is made up of a lot of different compounds. There’s CBD, THC, cannabis terpenes, flavonoids, and various types of cannabinoids. A full spectrum CBD product contains all of the cannabinoids contained in hemp rather than just cannabidiol (CBD). Other CBD products that aren’t classed as full spectrum, e.g. isolates and broad spectrum CBD, have been filtered and processed in order to eliminate certain phytocannabinoids.
Despite being less processed and utilizing everything the hemp plant has to offer, full spectrum CBD will still contain less than 0.3% THC because this psychoactive compound is found in similarly low proportions in the hemp plant.
The benefits of full spectrum CBD
While the effects of every cannabinoid found in hemp are not fully known, it’s not just cannabidiol that can help you. For example, cannabigerol (CBG) has been found to reduce inflammation and promote bone growth. With full spectrum CBD compared to CBD isolate, you get all the benefits that hemp and cannabinoids have to offer.
Terpenes have their own beneficial effects, too, such as promoting sleep. These compounds are found in other plants, such as lavender, which are widely used in essential oils, bathing products, aromatherapy and other areas associated with health.
When using full spectrum CBD, you get the beneficial effects of all the different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids working together with a so-called synergistic effect. This has been named the entourage effect. All the different compounds help the body in different ways while also boosting the effects of each other. This helps to modulate the effects of the plant and allows you to get the most out of your products.
The entourage effect can help to reduce the impact of THC on your endocannabinoid system. This helps to give you the relaxation and other positive effects of cannabis without the potentially negative side effects of THC.