Lately, it seems impossible to make it through your day without hearing about CBD oil in some capacity, whether it’s from a friend, in the news, or just about anywhere else you turn your head. It's even reached the mainstream in the form of a CBD-themed baby shower hosted by Kim Kardashian.
We and our customers are no strangers to CBD (cannabidiol) of course, but we do sometimes find ourselves fielding questions about what full-spectrum CBD means, and how it differs from other CBD products on the market, particularly CBD isolate. So, let’s break it down.
What Does Full Spectrum CBD Mean?
The definition of full spectrum CBD is simple. It means the product contains many cannabinoids beyond only CBD, along with other elements of the hemp plant, including naturally-occurring terpenes, essential vitamins, fatty acids, protein, and more.
You might sometimes find full spectrum CBD called whole-plant CBD extract for this reason. “We are organic farmers, and we stay as close to the plant as possible,” says Laura Freeman, founder of Laura’s Mercantile and Homestead Alternatives.
The alternative to full spectrum CBD is CBD isolate (right, in the photo above), which contains only CBD – the CBD molecule is chemically isolated from everything else in the plant. CBD isolates have no identifiable amount of THC, the well-known chemical found in cannabis that creates that euphoric high, and they’re stripped of the other beneficial and nutritional compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and protein mentioned above.
Is Full Spectrum CBD Oil Better Than CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is a bit like selling bread that’s been stripped of much of its nutritional value. Every cannabinoid and terpene found in a hemp plant has a specific biochemical effect, and studies have indicated there is a greater benefit when all the compounds work together in what is known as the “Entourage Effect.”
In particular, researchers in a 2015 study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School concluded full spectrum CBD was more effective at treating inflammation than CBD isolate, on the basis that other components in the full spectrum extract synergized with CBD.
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One caveat of full spectrum CBD is it contains a small amount of THC, but know that Homestead Alternatives CBD products are comprised of less than 0.3% THC – a requirement by Kentucky law and a measure we ensure by testing every batch of CBD in partnership with a third party lab. Test results for every Homestead Alternatives batch can be found on our Hemp Legal resource.
What Are the Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
While there is much research to be completed, preliminary studies have shown full spectrum CBD can help reduce inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and seizures, as well as relieve symptoms of many diseases like Chrohn’s and multiple sclerosis.
There are 104 compounds known as cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, one being cannabidiol (CBD) of course. Other common cannabinoids you may come across are:
- Cannabicromene (CBC): anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer properties
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV): anti-convulsion, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nausea properties, as well as its impact on pain and mood disorders. It’s particularly effective in providing symptom relief for Crohn’s, HIV/AIDS, and MS.
- Cannabigerol (CBG): anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-tumor properties. CBG has exhibited positive effects for cancer, glaucoma, inflammation and skin diseases.
- Cannabinol (CBN): sedative effect, along with anti-convulsant and anti-inflammatory properties
Like we mentioned, the major benefit of full spectrum CBD oil is the positive effect when all the compounds work in unison.
Full spectrum CBD also contains vitamins, essential fats, and protein. Vitamins A, C, E, and B are found in abundance in CBD, along with up to 20 amino acids and essential fatty acids, like Omega 3 and Omega 6. These amino acids speed your body’s ability to make protein, which improves recovery time, and the fatty acids are great for heart health.
How Can I Take CBD?
We’re happy to offer full spectrum CBD oil, topicals, and candies here on Laura’s Mercantile, all of which can be ordered online and delivered straight to your doorstep!
- Homestead Alternatives Full Spectrum CBD Oil
- Homestead Alternatives Extra Strength Full Spectrum CBD Oil
- Homestead Alternatives Full Spectrum CBD Caramels
- Homestead Alternatives Full Spectrum CBD Topical Cream
- Homestead Alternatives Full Spectrum CBD Topical Lotion
Laura personally uses these products routinely to help ease aches and stresses, and reduce pain caused by arthritis. To put it plainly, we stand behind the reliability and efficacy of our CBD products.
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