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.

The Importance of the Original Plant Terpenes

You may have noticed that full- spectrum CBD products boast the natural benefits of the original plant terpenes. Although this sounds like a benefit you could accept at face value, you may want to know exactly why this is significant.

Terpenes are aromatic molecules; aromatherapists have relied on these plant terpenes for centuries. Cannabis contains more than 200 terpenes. One example is Beta-caryophyllene, a gastroprotective sesquiterpene also found in black pepper, oregano, and leafy greens. Beta-caryophyllene is one of the many reasons that leafy greens are so beneficial to your body.

Terpenes are not exclusive to cannabis plants, they are found in other fruits, plants, and herbs. Like cannabinoids, terpenes also bind to various receptors to offer a variety of potential health benefits.

The Benefits of Selecting a Pure CBD Isolate Oil

CBD Isolate is basically a full- spectrum product that has been isolated from the plant compounds. Using a process called chromatography, the plant materials are removed. The result is a white powder comprised of at least 99 percent CBD. The other cannabinoids and plant terpenes are removed. CBD isolate is flavorless and odorless.

CBD isolate is CBD in it’s “purest” form. There are several advantages to using an isolate over a full- spectrum product. Some of those advantages include:

  • Trace amounts of THC are potentially removed
  • No flavor to interfere with the taste of your edible products
  • No odor of the original plant source
  • More control of the CBD levels of the finished product
  • The potential for higher levels of CBD per dose
  • Lower cost/milligram *