What is Full Spectrum CBD?

We constantly mention our products are full spectrum – but what exactly do we mean by that? Let’s talk!

The hemp plant has been used for its medicinal value for centuries. CBD is just one of the hundreds of different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. It is one of the most researched cannabinoids and is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Products labeled as ‘isolate’ contain only CBD, this is achieved through extracting the CBD molecule from the hemp that results in a tasteless, odorless powder. Full spectrum CBD is extracted while still leaving intact small amounts of other cannabinoids and often comes in a much darker, terpene rich oil. So, why is this important?

Those who believe in the entourage effect will tell you that full spectrum CBD is the way to go when looking for the greatest relief. That is because the other cannabinoids present in the product will aid your body in absorbing and utilizing the CBD. Isolate CBD has a harder time binding to your cells and will produce a more subtle effect. 

This is similar to why you often find vitamin D paired with K2. Although vitamin D is a powerhouse for our bodies – it needs to be assisted by K2 for you to receive its full value. 

Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD

So, why would someone choose isolate over full spectrum CBD? The most common reason has to do with the trace amounts of THC found in full spectrum products. Although it is not available in high enough concentrations to cause a psychoactive effect it can build up in your system after continued use. This could result in failing a drug test that tests for THC, meaning anyone working in a field where they receive frequent or random drug testing should consider the possible consequences of using full spectrum long term. 

If you are curious to learn more or are interested in finding a CBD product fit for your lifestyle, please contact your wellness provider for information specific to you.

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