What is Full Spectrum CBD? The Short Answer
Full spectrum CBD oil, also called whole plant cannabidiol, is a cannabis or hemp derived oil which includes the hundred plus cannabinoids (including psychoactive THC), terpenes and flavonoids that naturally occur in the plant as well as high concentrations of CBD.
Whilst a CBD isolate product contains the isolated CBD cannabinoid only, a Full Spectrum CBD UK product includes as many of the plant’s other naturally occurring compounds as possible. Many people believe that the medicinal properties of CBD are enhanced by keeping these other compounds so they can work synergistically as an ‘entourage’.
1. What is ‘the entourage effect’ and why is it important?
2. What is the difference between full spectrum and isolated CBD?
3. Will full spectrum CBD oil make you ‘high’?
4. Will CBD oil show up on a drug test?
5. Do you need a prescription to get full-spectrum CBD in the UK?
6. What cannabinoids are in full spectrum CBD oil? What are their therapeutic properties?
7. What CBD products are full spectrum?
What is ‘the entourage effect’ and why is it important?
Cannabis contains an enormous range of compounds such as terpenes, essential oils, flavonoids, fatty acids and over 120 cannabinoids many of which we are still learning the full benefits of.
Much focus has been given to the properties of just two of these cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) but the other compounds in the plant are also important for managing our body’s endocannabinoid system which is key to regulating our sleep, mood, appetite, muscle inflammation, memory and fertility.
The ‘entourage effect’ is the theory that taking the full range of cannabis’ compounds together is more effective than isolating and ingesting one compound, such as CBD, on its own.
Widely acclaimed research by Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shaba and Raphael Mechoulam suggests that preserving the complex interrelationship between each of these compounds, rather than isolating them, is key to enhancing the overall effect of the plant as a treatment. Put simply the effects of the cannabis plant as a whole, is greater than the sum of its parts.
A patient looking for the potentially calming benefits of a high percentage CBD product will benefit more if it includes the THC that the plant naturally produces as well as the full spectrum of the other compounds it contains (terpenes, essential oils….)