There are three types of CBD oil available: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. The most common you’ll see is full spectrum CBD. In this article, we will shed light on full spectrum CBD oil, its benefits, and how it works on the body.
What Does Full-Spectrum Mean?
A full spectrum CBD oil means it CBD and other cannabinoids in the hemp plant including CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), CBC (cannabichromene), and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), as well as terpenes and other compounds such as flavonoids, proteins, phenols, sterols, and esters. Full spectrum CBD is popular for what we know as the ‘entourage effect’, which occurs when cannabis compounds work synergistically to maximize the health benefits of CBD oil. Studies show that there is a higher advantage when the full spectrum of compounds works together synergistically.
What Happens When You Take Full Spectrum CBD?
The body has a unique system known as the endocannabinoid system found in the brain and body, which regulates essential body functions. The ECS has two receptors, CB1 and CB2. When you consume full spectrum CBD, it works directly with ECS, by binding these receptors. Research shows that THC interacts more with these receptors than CBD. Instead, CBD achieves its effects by binding to different types of receptors, such as serotonin receptors in charge of pain, mood, and sleep.
Full Spectrum CBD Benefits
Arthritis and Inflammation
According to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network, full spectrum cannabidiol oil has the potential to reduce arthritis pain. While studies on CBD are increasing, in-depth studies on CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are lacking. However, the Arthritis Foundation recommends full spectrum CBD due to its ability to reduce the sensitivity of pain receptors in the joints.
Many people including veterans are turning to cannabinoids as an alternative way of relieving the symptoms of PTSD. The standard medications for PTSD include anticonvulsants and atypical antipsychotics. However, these drugs don’t work in many patients, and many complain of side effects after long-term usage.
Perhaps due to insufficient therapies, PTSD patients are more likely to use cannabis-derived products, such as full spectrum CBD, than those who do not suffer from PTSD. According to research, CBD has potential benefits for those suffering from memory loss, and sleeplessness.
Full spectrum cannabidiol oil contains multiple cannabinoids and terpenes that provide a unique flavor experience. Furthermore, when terpenes have a synergistic interaction with CBD, it leads to relief from different conditions. That’s why many people use full spectrum CBD than isolate CBD.
According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million American adults suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia. Full spectrum cannabidiol oil is a great alternative to traditional sleep medications. Researchers believe that CBD can work with the endocannabinoid system to impact sleep.
The most common CBD products on the market are full spectrum and studies show that it’s more effective than broad-spectrum and CBD isolate types of CBD. Choosing full spectrum CBD is the best way to the whole plant benefits.
Michael Levin is a CBD enthusiast, a researcher, writer and editor in the cannabis space, experienced CBD user and educator. He believes CBD can help improve our overall health and wellbeing.