Full spectrum, Broad spectrum and Isolates
The power of botanicals is nothing new. Cultures all over the world have used the plant kingdom as a means for healing, wellbeing, nutrition and even spiritual advancement since records began. And today, many of those plants are still relied upon. One of these (perhaps one of the most remarkable plants on the planet) is Cannabis Sativa – a plant which has recently garnered some serious mainstream attention for the lifestyle enhancing cannabinoid CBD, but that is actually hosted to over 120 other equally impressive cannabinoids.
Hemp has an incredible number of uses and every part of this plant, from the seeds to the flowers, interacts positively with the human body. The 120+ cannabinoids you’ll find in our CBD oil are derived from the flowers and stalks of this wonderful plant, and everyone works in synergy with each other, and our in-built endocannabinoid system, like nothing else on this planet. But you won’t find all of these cannabinoids present in every CBD product out there. What we offer, if something called full spectrum CBD oil. But some other hemp oils contain none at all that's why it's important to check with lab reports, you can find ours here. Others, dubbed ‘broad spectrum’ contain some but not others, due to an extraction process which can remove certain molecules. And you can even buy isolates, where all but one or two molecules have been removed for a concentrated cannabinoid or terpene dose.
Understanding the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolates, as well as where in the cannabis plant the cannabinoids are held is vital when trying to figure out which CBD or hemp oil product is right for you. Here, we’ve broken it down for you so that you can choose your CBD products with confidence, knowing that the oil you’re buying will give you the result you want.
Full Spectrum CBD
When you see a CBD product marked as full spectrum (like ours) this means it contains all of the amazing cannabinoids, terpenes and flavanoids naturally present in the hemp plant flowers it has been extracted from. Yes, that does include THC, but only ever at the UK legal limit which is never enough to get you high – just enough to give you the complete benefits of the plant.
In our view, full spectrum is the best option. There’s really no reason to omit THC, or any of the other cannabinoids, as each of them brings something unique to the table. Not only that, but evidence suggests that cannabinoids work synergistically, interacting with each other and the human body in a way that boosts and supports all those individual attributes. This is what’s known as the entourage effect.
Some people feel a little nervous about including THC in their wellness routine, but there’s no need. The amount of THC you’ll find in our full spectrum products is so minute that you will never get that giddy feeling associated with cannabis use.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD products are essentially the same as full spectrum CBD, just with the THC completely removed. The only real reason for this is for peace of mind of the consumer and ease of importing, exporting and selling from the brand viewpoint. There is no wellbeing benefit to removing the incredibly low levels of THC that are legal in the UK. We think it’s best to reap the benefits of hemp just as nature intended, but if you’re still unsure, you can opt for broad spectrum and enjoy the feeling of the other cannabinoids at play – just not as the full entourage effect.
Isolates can be a great addition to your regular dose of full spectrum CBD if you want to ramp certain effects up a notch. There are many terpene isolates available which, when used alongside CBD oil, can amplify focus, energy, calm or even help ease you into a restful, restorative sleep. You can also purchase cannabinoid isolates, such as pure CBD (cannabidiol) without any of the other cannabinoids if that is how you prefer to use the plant. This can be a fun way to tailor your CBD routine, even switching up the effects through the day. The key is getting clued up on what the different terpenes and cannabinoids act on.
Hemp seed oil
If you’re looking to introduce the benefits of cannabinoids into your life, hemp seed oil is not what you’re after. This nutritional supplement is incredible in its own right, containing the perfect ratio of omegas, the full range of 21 amino acids and entire B-vitamin complex (among many, many other things), but no cannabinoids. If you want cannabinoids, look for CBD extract on the label, not hemp oil.
Overall, we love the hemp plant just as it is. Pure and perfect with all of those wonderful cannabinoids working away with your endocannabinoid system to help you find and maintain balance. If you’d like to know more about which product is right for your CBD experience, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we always love hearing from you!