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Full spectrum CBD

So you’ve finally decided to try CBD. You go online to check the products and you’re faced with different options. What is full spectrum? What is isolate? Which one is good for me? It all looks confusing! Let me help you clear out the differences. Let’s start with the full spectrum CBD.

Full spectrum CBD contains small amount of all components of the cannabis plant. It includes:

  • There are more than 100 cannabinoids, including CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD and THC are responsible for the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabis products.


  • Terpenes. The more than 150 terpenes in cannabis affect the plant’s fragrance (think: what makes an orange smell citrusy). They can also have therapeutic benefits (think: how lavender has a calming effect).


  • Flavonoids. Cannabis includes about 20 different flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in all kinds of plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and more. Like terpenes, they have therapeutic effects. StudiesTrusted Source show that the flavonoids found in cannabis have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective properties.


Full-spectrum CBD includes small amounts of all of these compounds, including THC.

Less than 0.3% THC levels are federally legal in the US. In states where cannabis is fully legal you might be able to find products with higher level of THC.

Even though the THC content of the full spectrum CBD oil for sale is negligible, full-spectrum CBD can trigger a false positive drug test reading if you’re consuming high doses of it regularly. But you may never feel the psychoactive effects from the trace amounts of THC.

One of the biggest benefits of taking full spectrum CBD is the entourage effect. This theory says that when you take multiple components of cannabis together, you reap more benefits than when you take them individually.

Other than CBD, full spectrum extracts will contain additional cannabinoids, including:

  • Cannabinol (CBN) – a cannabinoid made from oxidized THC. The longer raw cannabis matures, the more CBN it will create from THC.


  • Cannabigerol (CBG) – a non-intoxicating cannabinoid produced from cannabigerolic acid during decarboxylation.


  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV) – a minor cannabinoid with a molecular structure similar to that of CBD; its beneficial properties are widely unknown due lack of research.


  • Cannabidiol acid (CBDA) – the 2-carboxylic acid form of CBD and an essential ingredient found in raw cannabis.


  • Cannabichromene (CBC) – a cannabinoid that particularly comes from tropical-region cannabis; it is useful for a variety of beneficial effects.

With full spectrum CBD, the added terpenes and cannabinoids can affect cannabinoid receptors – either blocking or allowing other cannabinoid molecules to bind or communicate with the connectors.

In a 2015 study, scientists concluded that full spectrum CBD provides better effects at higher doses because it uses compounds from the entire hemp plant rather than isolated CBD.

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