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Full-Spectrum CBD

Are you looking to further understand CBD? This incredible cannabinoid is filled with many beneficial properties and can greatly enhance your everyday well-being. CBD products and labels can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to deciding which is best for you and what they all mean.

There are many different types of CBD products on the market. You may have come across the label of ‘full-spectrum CBD’ before.

In this article, we will take a deeper look into what exactly full-spectrum CBD is, the benefits of full-spectrum CBD, its effects on the body, as well as common products that contain full-spectrum CBD.

What is full-spectrum CBD?

So you may be wondering what exactly is full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD is from the hemp plant and contains other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. This includes compounds such as terpenes, essential vitamins, proteins, fatty acids, as well as small amounts of THC. Other naturally occurring elements from the hemp plant can also be found.

In full-spectrum CBD oil, there are actually more than 100 cannabinoids that can be found. Other cannabinoids include THC, CBC, CBG, and CBN. There is also an abundance of Vitamins A, C, E, and B as well as 20 amino acids and essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 6. Amino acids can help speed up your body’s ability to make protein, thus improving your recovery time. Fatty acids are great for your heart health. These compounds all work together to produce a greater effect than what broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate alone can provide.

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You may sometimes hear full-spectrum CBD oil called “whole-plant” oil since it has all of the compounds that are found naturally in the hemp plant. When you consume full-spectrum CBD oil you get everything from the plant, not just CBD.

Would you like to learn more about CBD isolate vs full spectrum CBD? Check out this article here. 

Benefits of Full-Spectrum CBD

There are a variety of benefits to any CBD oil, but a full-spectrum oil can be a great choice if you are looking to take advantage of something called the entourage effect. The term entourage effect was first coined by Shimon Ben-Shabat in 1998 while exploring the synergistic relationship of plant compounds found in cannabis with THC. The entourage effect allows for a greater benefit from taking CBD when all the compounds found in full-spectrum CBD can work together.

For example, a study done in 2015 found that full-spectrum CBD was more effective at treating inflammation than CBD isolate. The results showed that the other compounds in full-spectrum CBD synergized in order to produce greater results. A full-spectrum CBD product can also help improve overall well-being as well as promoting relaxation.

Although full spectrum CBD has a small amount of THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, CBD counteracts some of the side effects of THC. This leads us to the next question below.

Does Full-spectrum CBD make you high?

Nope! No CBD product will make you high. That’s one of the main differentiating factors between CBD and THC. Full-spectrum CBD products do have a small amount of THC it is not enough to make you high. Plus, one of the coolest things is that CBD can enhance the therapeutic effects of THC while reducing the side effects. There is no risk of getting high from a CBD product.

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Feyza Olson

Feyza Olson is Content Manager at Endoca. Her passion for natural products and holistic health inspires her in creating wellness content on cannabis and cannabinoids, for both newcomers to the CBD world and experts. She loves continuing to learn about wellness and health from a holistic perspective and sharing her findings.

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