What is Full Spectrum CBD?
The marijuana industry is still a fledgling industry with many different terms and acronyms. If you have been around the industry for any period of time, then you have probably heard the term full spectrum CBD oil. This article will quickly and succinctly explain full spectrum oil in easy to understand terms to make your oil experience even better.
First, CBD from cannabis (full spectrum CBD) is only legal in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. CBD from hemp oil is legal in all 50 states with four specific gray area states.
Full Spectrum CBD Explained
The first step to understanding full spectrum is to understand the different types of CBD and how marijuana works in general. CBD made from hemp, also known as an “isolate,” only contains CBD and no other type of cannabinoids.
The other type of CBD, full spectrum CBD, is produced from a regular marijuana plant that has THC. No process is taken to isolate the CBD from the THC. This means it includes a wide range of beneficial chemicals and substances. Some of these substances include a large variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fats.
It should be noted that other types of CBD oil exist. There is CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. However, other cannabinoids can be isolated or added to CBD oil for a desired health. This will be explained further in the article.
Full Spectrum CBD: Benefits
Full spectrum CBD has some notable advantages above regular CBD isolate. First, full spectrum has the benefit of the effects lasting longer and being more effective. Next, it helps with more medical conditions than isolate. Some of the conditions include general nausea, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other neurological disorders. It still works for curing anxiety despite containing THC, which might make anxiety worse. The CBD also negates the sometimes-anxious effect that THC has on some people.
This does not mean isolated CBD is inferior to full spectrum. It just means that it works differently for different people. Also, purchasing isolate CBD requires much less legal maneuvering than purchasing full spectrum CBD, which is a very big advantage. However, if you live in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, then finding CBD isolate might, in fact, be a difficult endeavor at recreational dispensaries. However, CBD isolate can easily be purchased online and shipped to all 50 states. Keep in mind the lack of legal clarity surrounding CBD in certain states before possessing CBD in those states. You should know the laws relating to marijuana in your state before purchasing any marijuana product.
Most readers probably know about the two most common cannabinoids: THC and CBD. THC causes the feelings typically associating with highness such as hunger, paranoia, dry mouth, and a relaxed state. However, marijuana contains over 100 cannabinoids that all have unique health benefits and different effects on the human body.
Some marijuana plant strains have different amounts of cannabinoids than other marijuana plant strains. This makes finding the selection of the proper full spectrum CBD oil more important. The following list will briefly explain the effects of the three most well-known cannabinoids.
Cannabinol forms as THC breaks down and degrades. This has a mild psychoactive effect and can be found in full spectrum CBD oil.
Cannabichromene is a major component of some marijuana plant strains. Studies suggest that it has anti-anxiety effects, but very limited research has occurred to make any definite conclusions.
Cannabigerol mainly serves as an appetite stimulant and has no psychoactive effects. It is not found in large quantities in marijuana plants. However, research has still suggested that cannabigerol concentrate could be used as an appetite stimulant for chemotherapy patients. CBD oils that have a large amount of cannabigerol tend to only be available medically for those suffering from a lack of appetite.
- Lesser known cannabinoids
Other lesser known and researched cannabinoids exist, but not enough research has occurred to determine the benefits or if they even exist. These other cannabinoids include cannabicyclol, cannabitriol, cannabicitran, and cannabifuran.
The word terpenes might not be known amongst the general popular. However, everyone knows one effect of terpenes, and that is the smell. Terpenes produce the unique smell of marijuana. However, terpenes do have more benefits than just making an interesting smell.
Just like cannabinoids, the amount of terpenes varies by marijuana plant. Certain plants will just have more terpenes than other plants. Plants with certain terpenes will make
The following is a list of terpenes and their positive effects:
Caryophyllene serves as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has sedative effects.
This has anti-inflammatory effects.
It helps with stomach aches and research has shown that it makes users happy.
Another sedative terpene. It can also lower depression.
This actually works as an appetite suppressant, which makes it great for weight loss or to negate the negative effects of
Vitamins and Minerals
Full spectrum contains a few vitamins and minerals. It should not serve as a substitute for a vitamin supplement. However, it is a nice side benefit of consuming full spectrum CBD. The vitamins are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. The minerals found include calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium.
Fats and Proteins
Hemp oil is a decent source of protein, which makes it a great choice for vegetarians or vegans that may have trouble eating protein in food. It also has nine essential amino acids and fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6). These are secondary benefits to the main benefit of CBD. However, it is good to know that CBD has other benefits besides just the more well-known benefits.
As you may have noticed, full spectrum CBD has more benefits than isolate CBD. However, obtaining full spectrum CBD is difficult, and sometimes illegal, in every state except the recreational marijuana states. Fortunately, isolate CBD offers the same primary benefits and is legal in all 50 states.