What is full spectrum CBD oil?
One of the most popular questions that we get asked is about full spectrum CBD oil and what it is.
Firstly, a reminder about CBD. This is short for cannabidiol, one of 100+ compounds, or cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant, particularly Industrial Hemp, which has high levels. It’s non-psychoactive and you won’t get high using it.
In the UK, it’s completely legal to use a product containing CBD, as long as THC levels, the compound that does get you high, are under the legal limit.
Whilst CBD and THC are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis, there are others, found in trace amounts.
- THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)
- CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)
- CBN (Cannabinol)
- CBG (Cannabigerol)
- CBC (Cannabichromene)
- CBL (Cannabicyclol)
- CBV (Cannabivarin)
- THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
- CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
- CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)
- CBGV (Cannabigerovarin)
- CBGM (Cannabigerol Monomethyl Ether)
- CBE (Cannabielsoin)
- CBT (Cannabicitran)
Most of the studies to date have been on CBD and THC and their link to health (humans and animal). However and importantly, each other cannabinoid has its very own characteristic and can provide additional and alternative health benefits.
Once the Industrial Hemp is harvested, the CBD has to be extracted. There are various methods for extraction and the most popular is using CO2. This allows the CBD to be extracted without the use of any harmful solvents or chemicals.
Full Spectrum CBD oil, finished product
There are some CBD oils, which are manufactured using CBD isolate. These only contain CBD, extracted from the cannabis until it forms into crystals, which are then processed into a powder.
The alternative is full spectrum CBD oil, basically a full plant extract, which contains CBD plus other cannabinoids in trace amounts (including THC). General opinion is that the full spectrum CBD is better because it’s a more natural form and delivers combined, synergistic benefits of the CBD along with the other cannabinoids. Many view this as the more holistic approach to using CBD oil.
We have a range of full spectrum CBD oils which you can see here.