What Does Full Spectrum CBD Mean

What Does Full Spectrum CBD Oil Mean?

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Full spectrum CBD oil contains all the cannabinoids and other compounds that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. Quality full spectrum CBD products are typically high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, and very low in THC (less than 0.3%). Despite these relatively low amounts, the overall composition is considered “full spectrum” and is synonymous with the “entourage effect” – which refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to the different cannabinoids working synergistically together and in conjunction with other compounds like terpenes. Full spectrum CBD products are commonly considered more effective than CBD alone. 


C02 extraction is generally considered to be the gold-standard; however, one negative is that it’s a more expensive process than say, alcohol extraction. This would naturally lead to a more expensive finished product, which consumers don’t like. While other methods of extraction are appealing from a cost-cutting perspective, they produce inferior results for the end product. Alcohol extractions go through a harsher process and often suffer from heat degradation and/or have residual solvents that create a much harsher often bitter taste. CO2, in contrast, involves a much lighter, cleaner process that produces a higher-quality oil.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil & CBG Oil

Broad Spectrum CBD

No discussion of full spectrum cbd could rightly omit it’s kissing cousin: Broad Spectrum. Broad spectrum CBD products are identical to full spectrum except they are 100% THC free.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Isolate vs Distillate

These terms often surface casually in conversations pertaining to CBD and its various forms. What’s the difference? Isolate, refers to pure CBD, and distillate is a broad spectrum distillation after THC has been removed.

Does Full Spectrum CBD Have THC in it?

Yes. But it should be less than 0.3% per the legal limit put forth in the 2018 farm bill act that legalized hemp and hemp-derivative products. 

So, what else are you getting with a full spectrum product besides CBD?

The short answer is you are getting more than 100 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD and THC are the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis, but there are several minor cannabinoids that can play an important role in the effectiveness of a CBD product. Here is a list of their names and the role studies suggest they play in the human body.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is the most abundant compound in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD will not give the user a “high” feeling that the cannabis plant has been traditionally known for. It is used by consumers to promote a healthy functioning system. Some people report it has a relaxing / calming effect, while others may feel more energized.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is the second most common cannabinoid in the hemp plant. It is also the most desired compound in hemp’s sister plant, marijuana. THC is the compound in the cannabis plant that makes the user feel “high”. Legally, the distinction between hemp and marijuana is the THC content of the plant. Anything less than 0.3% is defined as hemp, and anything over 0.3% is marijuana. While full spectrum CBD products will contain trace amount of THC, levels will always be below the 0.3% mark. In such small amounts, consumers using CBD products will not feel the psychoactive effects of the THC, it is only present to help increase the entourage effect.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

CBG is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid just like CBD. It’s actually the parent compound of THC and CBD, and acts as precursor to the three main cannabinoid lines: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA). Enzymes in the cannabis plant will break down CBG and convert it to one of these final compounds.

CBN (Cannabinol)

CBN is a minor cannabinoid that is being studied for its sedative effects. CBN is believed to be the compound in cannabis that generates a relaxed feeling in the user.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

Cannabichromene (CBC), is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, and is therefore a phytocannabinoid. It bears structural similarity to the other natural cannabinoids, including THC,THCV, CBD, CBN, among others. CBC and its derivatives are as abundant as cannabinols in cannabis.

Can a THC Free product be Full Spectrum?

No. Products that have 0% THC, but contain all the other cannabinoids and compounds naturally occurring in hemp oil are termed BROAD SPECTRUM. While none of our products contain more than a trace amount of THC, less than 0.3%, they are still considered full spectrum.

What CBD products are full spectrum?

Full spectrum cbd products must contain trace amounts of all primary and secondary cannabinoids. Most of our products are full spectrum as our customers typically experience the best results with full spectrum products versus using products containing CBD by itself (CBD Isolate). These include:

CBD Tincture

Our CBD tincture, or CBD Oil, is a simple combination of CO2-extracted CBD and organic coconut oil. Our tinctures come in 4 flavors: Original (unflavored), Lemon, Raspberry, and Banana Foster. The flavored tinctures will use organic extracts of their named flavors. 
Check out our extensive tincture collection!

CBD Topicals

Topical CBD allows consumers to target the areas that hurt most. For many consumers with arthritis, back pain, or parts of their body that particularly hurt, they look towards topical products to make sure the CBD can get exactly where it needs to be. Our award-winning Muscle Cream is made from 8 organic ingredients including arnica, which is a homeopathic anti-inflammatory. Our Muscle Cream is trusted by everyone from top athletes to people living their lives in debilitating physical pain. See what our customers are saying about our Muscle Cream!

CBD Capsules

Sometimes called CBD pills, CBD capsules give the consumer an option to take CBD in a traditional pill form when they do not prefer to take CBD tincture sublingually. Many consumers find the CBD capsules to be much more convenient to work into their daily routine. Our CBD capsules contain 33mg CBD per pill, which is equivalent of a single dose of our regular strength tincture. Check out our CBD Capsules!

CBD Gummies

Our CBD Gummies are full spectrum and contain 33mg of CBD per gummy – the equivalent dose as one CBD capsule, or one full dropper from our CBD tincture. Each bottle comes with several mouth-watering flavors which makes taking CBD that much more enjoyable!

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