Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Also known as whole-plant cannabidiol (CBD) oil, full-spectrum CBD oil is a cannabis oil with high concentrations of CBD, as well as all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and trace amounts of THC found in the cannabis plant.
“I’ve heard full-spectrum CBD oil is preferable to isolated CBD.”
“What’s the difference between broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD oil?”
What is Full-Spectrum Cannabis Oil?
A full-spectrum extract pulls much more than just CBD or THC from the cannabis plant. It includes a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, and sometimes even additional plant lipids. Quite literally, the extract contains the full spectrum of active compounds that can be beneficial for wellness.
Many argue that full-spectrum oil is the most potent form of cannabis. As explained in the definition of Entourage Effect, the inclusion of multiple cannabinoids as well as terpenes increases the extract’s ability to have a desired reaction within the body.
Are All CBD Oils the Same?
No, and not only because of the distinction mentioned above. There are many different products. The easiest way to understand how CBD oils are different is to put them into one of three categories: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains the full spectrum of compounds from a high-CBD cannabis or hemp plant. Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains a nearly full spectrum of compounds, but with the trace amounts of THC removed. CBD isolate, also known as raw CBD oil, strips away all other cannabinoids, leaving pure CBD. Full and broad-spectrum CBD oils may also contain varying doses of actual CBD.
There are three categories of CBD oil: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
When shopping for CBD oil, keep these oil types in mind as a basic CBD buying guide. When purchasing full-spectrum CBD oil, it’s also helpful to know signs of safe, authentic CBD oil labeling, and avoid any product that makes big claims about curing diseases or conditions.
Can You Buy Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Online?
As long as it’s hemp-derived, you may be able to find full-spectrum CBD oil in online stores. Most online CBD oil purchases can be made at a brand’s own website through an internal checkout.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil vs. CBD Isolate
Is it more preferable to have a full spectrum of compounds in CBD oil or a pure CBD isolate? There is no definitive answer, given the myriad reasons a person may be choosing CBD oil. What works medicinally for one individual may not work for another. With that in mind, a full spectrum of cannabis compounds can be more effective than a single compound, including CBD, on its own. Cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant work together synergistically, potentially becoming more therapeutic as an ensemble, in what’s referred to as the ensemble or entourage effect.
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
No. CBD will not create the same high that THC does. While the effects are completely different than THC, it’s technically true that CBD is a psychoactive substance, which is defined as a chemical substance that interacts with the central nervous system and alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness, and behavior. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and will not make you feel stoned or buzzed.
Do You Need a Prescription for CBD Oil?
No. You don’t need a doctor’s recommendation or prescription to use hemp-derived CBD oil. In fact, following the legalization of industrial hemp-based products, CBD oil can be purchased online or, in many states, even in local pharmacies. However, access to marijuana-derived CBD oil containing higher levels of THC is limited to states with medical or adult-use legalization in place.
What Does CBD Feel Like?
CBD is said by many to have a relaxing and soothing effect, but you won’t necessarily feel this non-intoxicating cannabinoid the same way you would THC. To explain how CBD truly feels, we need to understand how both THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors that cannabinoids bond to, and enzymes that break them down.
While THC activates the CB1 receptors, CBD induces the opposite outcome, instead inhibiting activity in the CB1 receptors. In fact, existing research suggests that this inhibition is enhanced when combined with THC, leading to a more mellow high and reducing the adverse effects of THC, such as anxiety and paranoia.
The interaction between CBD and the body may create a feeling of relaxation and improved mood. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
The interaction between CBD and the body may create a feeling of relaxation and improved mood, and offers therapeutic value in the treatment of pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other ailments.
How to Use CBD Oil Products
At this point, you have probably read about the benefits that CBD can add to your overall health. One of the aspects you may have overlooked while conducting this research is the many different ways you can add CBD oil to your daily routine. You can take drops under your tongue from a tincture, swallow it in a capsule, eat it in the form of a gummy or candy, and even combine it with your favorite moisturizer and lather it on your skin.
CBD Oil Tinctures
CBD oil tinctures are a liquid extract of the hemp flower that can be consumed by using a standard medicine dropper. Our graduated dropper allows you to easily measure how much you are taking to make sure you get the desired dose. People commonly take .5-1 milliliters under their tongue to start. This method allows the CBD to be directly absorbed into the bloodstream and its absorption is much more immediate than going through the digestive system.
If you want to get quick relief, this might be your best option. After you place the drops under your tongue, hold them there for 30 seconds before you swallow. Many people add their CBD oil to their favorite beverage on a daily basis such as coffee, smoothies, tea, water, carbonated drinks, or juice.
CBD Oil Capsules
We also offer full-spectrum CBD oil in gel capsule form. One benefit of the capsule is that there is no aftertaste. To get the best results it is recommended that you use them daily. If you slip it into your morning vitamin routine, you’ll start reaping the benefits quickly.
CBD Oil Skin Care
If you already have a lotion that you love, simply draw some into your palm and combine with a few drops of CBD oil. Rub your hands together and lather as you normally would. Topical use is growing in popularity as more and more people are using CBD oil as part of their daily skincare regime. CBD oil can keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. After a really long day, you could always take a few drops into the bathtub with you. Pair with some lavender essential oil to get a true home spa feel!
As you can see CBD oil is as versatile as you need it to be. Use whatever method works best for you. If you have other uses for hemp extract, don’t be shy to share with us. We are constantly hearing about trying new ways to enjoy our CBD oil.