What is full spectrum CBD Oil and why does it matter?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many powerful phytocannabinoids found in the hemp and cannabis plants. Cannabinoids like CBD have shot to prominence in recent years in promoting a better, healthier lifestyle. With the Covid pandemic having accelerated the self-care trend, CBD has been one of the major winners. However it is critical to understand that not all CBD is equal. So what is full spectrum CBD oil and how does it differ to other CBD product types?
However, CBD is just one of the many beneficial compounds found in hemp extract. When we use the phrase ‘full spectrum’, it refers to a full array of compounds found in the hemp plant. Since the hemp plant contains naturally occurring cannabinoids and other plant compounds with value, the most supportive products are those that capture the full spectrum of Mother Nature in its purest form.
A multitude of CBD products exists on the market. These can be categorised as:
- Full spectrum: Contains CBD and all other hemp compounds including minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.
- Broad spectrum: No formal definition exists, but they typically contain CBD and a few other hemp compounds. THC is completely removed after extraction to 0%.
- Isolate: The purest form of CBD made by extracting out all other compounds, leaving pure CBD as a singular compound.
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage Effect refers to the complementary relationship between various plant components found in the hemp plant. A group of Israeli scientists found that while one cannabinoid from hemp can be good, the range of different hemp compounds works together in harmony, and by doing so, their effect could be even better. In short, the sum of parts synergistically is greater than the individual components. Given that there tends to be a complementary element between these naturally occurring compounds, full spectrum products are generally seen as superior and command a higher price point than other food supplement products.
At Savage Cabbage, our philosophy is that there is so much more to the hemp plant than just CBD. We don’t want to leave any of Mother Nature’s goodness behind in our products, and so everything that we provide has more than just CBD. All tincture products stocked on Savage Cabbage are either full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD oils. There are no CBD isolate products available on Savage Cabbage.
What to expect in a full spectrum CBD oil?
CBD is just one of many cannabinoids that can be extracted from the hemp plant, alongside flavonoids, terpenes and many other plant compounds. So while CBD tends to be the headline, it’s worth understanding what else you’re getting with hemp’s other compounds. And as the old saying goes, there would be no superstar without the team around him.
There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in the hemp plant. Charlotte’s Web proprietary genetic is said to have one of the richest cannabinoid profiles globally, with over 80 different cannabinoids being present in their full spectrum hemp extract.
Some of the additional cannabinoids that can be found in full spectrum products are cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabinol (CBN). Each of these compounds has a role in helping to maintain a better lifestyle.
Terpenes are fragrant oils that are found in the hemp and cannabis plants, but also a variety of other plants, fruits, vegetables and spices. They are volatile molecules and have been used for centuries across different industries. There are over 200 terpenes that have been discovered in the hemp plant, all with varying scents. One of the most common terpenes found is limonene, which can also be found in the skin of citrus fruits.
Flavonoids are a group of phytonutrients that are found in lower concentrations than cannabinoids and terpenes but are equally important in creating a full spectrum product. These are plant metabolites and can also be found in many foods including onions, kale and dark chocolate.
In summary, full spectrum hemp extracts contain a variety of different compounds, each with their unique roles in supporting a better lifestyle. While there are countless CBD oil products on the market, it is important to evaluate the full product details beyond just the CBD content of the bottle. To ensure you are getting a high quality, natural product, make sure you take a moment to review the Certificate of Analysis presented with the product and whether the product is just an isolate, or contains more than just CBD.
Many factors influence what CBD product you end up buying – there is not a one size fits all. At Savage Cabbage, we believe in representing Mother Nature in its most natural form, and that means with the full spectrum of compounds found in hemp.
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