The Full-Spectrum CBD Advantage

Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of many exogenous cannabinoids found in the cannabis plants. In fact, there are over 100 other cannabinoids found in hemp extract. When you select a full-spectrum CBD product, you benefit from this multitude of potentially beneficial exogenous cannabinoids, as well as the plant terpenes and flavonoids found in the original plant. With a full-spectrum product, these compounds are left available in the same ratios that nature intended. The additional compounds found in a full-spectrum CBD products include:

  • All 20 essential amino acids
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • Iron and potassium
  • Phosphorus and zinc
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • B complex vitamins
  • Vitamins C, E and A

Many CBD enthusiasts believe that full-spectrum CBD products are the most beneficial to your endocannabinoid system and to your overall health. These compounds are all synergistic, meaning each compound interacts with the others to enhance each component, creating an entourage effect.

The Entourage Effect Explained

The entourage effect is fairly simple to understand. This effect is the result of hundreds of plant components working together to multiply, rather than add, to the potential benefits. Each compound has the potential to magnify the benefits of the others, intensifying the potential effects.

The cost of full- spectrum CBD products tend to be higher priced than their CBD isolate counterpart because you are getting the benefits of the entire plant compound. The additional cannabinoids in a full-spectrum product also contribute to the functioning of your endocannabinoid system.  Some of the additional cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD include:

  • Cannabidiol acid (CBDA)
  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)

Differentiating Between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate

While CBD (cannabidiol) sourced from natural hemp products does not contain enough THC to cause the intoxication that marijuana is known for, it does contain trace amounts (0.3 percent). In fact, this low level of THC is what differentiates marijuana from hemp. CBD from hemp does not cause any intoxicating effects, even when ingested in large amounts.

While CBD from hemp does not contain enough THC to cause any adverse effects, there are those who prefer to have these trace amounts of THC removed from their products. Those who prefer THC removal often prefer a product made from a CBD isolate.