What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
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Created By: James Garman | Posted: 05-28-21
What is it?
There are 3 types of CBD: isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. CBD isolate comes from hemp plants and is a pure, crystal form of CBD, typically ground up to make a powder. It does not include any other compounds of the cannabis plant. Broad-Spectrum CBD contains additional cannabis plant compounds, with essentially zero amounts of THC. And Full-Spectrum CBD is... the entire cannabis plant!
Yep. That’s right. It’s the cream of the crop, the pièce de résistance, the big enchilada! Combining the entire hemp plant, Full-Spectrum CBD really is everything.
Recent studies point to Full-Spectrum CBD being more effective than CBD isolate. It includes all the rich components of the cannabis plant but can also contain up to 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This low amount is not strong enough to get you “high,” but it helps give Full-Spectrum CBD that little extra kick. Because it uses the entire hemp plant, it includes cannabigerol, cannabichromene, cannabinol, terpenoids, and flavonoids.
How is it made?
Full-Spectrum CBD is all the naturally occurring components from the hemp plant in their most unprocessed form, keeping most of what nature intended. This is opposed to Broad-Spectrum CBD (where some components are filtered out), or CBD isolate (where everything is filtered out until you get one specific component--missing out on the benefits of the whole plant).
First we take the glorious hemp flower. It is cured and dried, then heated in a process called decarboxylation before phytocannabinoids are extracted from the raw hemp plant. Yeah, there are some big words in there, but what this really means is that you bring all the good stuff out of the plant so it can be easily collected. The goal is obtain the full spectrum of cannabinoids (hence the name…) so this nectar of the gods can be distilled into the products you know and love.
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