What is Full Spectrum CBD?
CBD is one of the hundreds of potential cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis plants. Each of these compounds can aid in a consumer’s relief from symptoms a myriad of medical conditions. While some reach for pure CBD (or CBD isolate), others want all of what the plant has to offer. Most people fall into the latter category.
When a cannabis or hemp CBD product contains CBD plus flavinoids, terpenes, oils, and other organic components, this is called "full spectrum".
At KM Relief, many of our products contain full spectrum CBD and products like CBD oil are now widely available, offering consumers the potential to discover a new treatment method for their conditions. As big proponents of full spectrum CBD, we believe in its benefits for most products to provide a superior experience over CBD isolate.
Let’s explore full spectrum a bit more to understand the discussion better.
What is Full Spectrum
Full spectrum CBD provides consumers with an experience that can only come from the entire cannabis plant. This whole plant experience offers up more than just CBD. It provides consumers with the trace amounts of THC in the CBD plant as well as other cannabinoids, flavinoids, terpenes and compounds found in it. In the case of our products, all of them contain under .3% THC in order to stay fully legally compliant.
While the merits of full spectrum CBD continue to be debated, many seem to believe in the hype regardless of additional studies required. Often, these supporters rely on mostly on anecdotal evidence, as has been the case with cannabis most of the time. With that being said, we expect to see significantly more peer reviewed data before long comparing isolate CBD products vs. full spectrum CBD products.
Those believing the anecdotes embrace its ability to treat a myriad of conditions without much work sourcing the product at a fair price. Meanwhile, others point towards the all-natural process that often is not genetically modified in any way. In any case, full spectrum CBD has its fair share of consumers and generally means that a CBD product is higher quality because it contains more of the plant's natural essences.
Of all the reasons people support full spectrum cannabidiol, the entourage effect may be the most commonly cited.
Proponents of full spectrum CBD oil and other products gush about its ability to provide a more complex effect to its consumers. They believe that distillate and isolates lack that specific complete experience and, therefore, fall short in providing consumers with the optimal outcomes patients and consumers alike seek. Sometimes, isolate CBD is the only way to take a high enough dose when it's warranted, but most consumers are not necessarily seeking that experience.
Instead, these proponents are supporters of the Entourage Effect, where the entire plant experience is provided to the consumer. In doing so, the consumer or patient gets to experience the benefits of CBD but also the other cannabinoids found in the plant’s profile. When they do, they get to experience the cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds working together. In many cases, this leads to an enhanced experience that can’t be matched by single-cannabinoid extracts.
If the entourage effect is eventually proven to be medically accurate, we are likely just beginning to scratch the surface on cannabinoid and terpene combinations. A world of combinations could possibly be made using natural extraction and other technology to provide consumers with a more potent way of treating their conditions.
Choose American CBD
Until recent legislative activity like the Farm Bill opened up American hemp access, many sourced their crop from overseas. This includes areas like China and Eastern Europe. These crops can certainly do the trick, however, we feel that they do come with risks that are not associated with domestically cultivated cannabis plants. There are far few regulations in many overseas countries that grow hemp and less oversight.
Some cannabis crops cultivated by international sources have gained media attention. They include the previously mentioned China that can grow in a variety of environments across the country. Those that source their hemp from China and other countries believe that it is a cost-efficient move. Doing so does not endanger any consumers as its quality is of the same standard, they say.
Others remain uncertain about internationally-sourced crops. Those that do should be happy to know that American-grown hemp is on the rise thanks to the Farm Bill. Today, several states including Montana, Colorado, Oregon and Kentucky as the top producing states in 2018. At KM Relief, we are proud to offer only 100% USA-sourced CBD for our products, ensuring you get the highest quality CBD possible.
Is Full Spectrum Oil Right for You?
Keep in mind that this article does not intend to offer anyone medical advice. Instead, it is a primer on full spectrum CBD and how it has helped some in need. While CBD has been reported to do the trick for some, it is not a guarantee to do the same for others. Each person and condition is different.
As always, consult with a medical professional before making any decisions involving medication. However, as in Rick Simpson’s case with RSO, some may not be allowed to discuss or use cannabis through their physician. We do not recommend any medical action be taken from here, but there are plenty of stories of people who chose to use full spectrum oil in these instances.
Be sure to full consider all the facts before making any decisions of your own and only use CBD that is properly sourced and lab tested!