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Full Spectrum, what does that mean?




Last month we did a feature on our capsules. You may have noticed the term Full Spectrum being used. Today I wanted to take the time to break down the meaning of Full Spectrum.

In today’s hemp industry, there are three main types of CBD, Full-Spectrum, Broad-spectrum, and Isolated. All three of these types are from the same plant but through processing some contain different components of the whole.

Let's begin with Isolated CBD. Through processing of the hemp plant, the focus is on extracting the cannabidiol only and removing THC and other cannabinoids present in hemp. Isolated CBD is used most times with those suffering from epilepsy. Research has also discovered that CBD has beneficial properties that aid in reduction in inflammation, provides antioxidants, and is antimicrobial. More and more people are finding benefits with CBD in their well being. Isolated CBD could be considered the door opener of hemp being used for medicinal needs and aiding in rebranding of the plant beyond the negative press of marijuana.

The next type of CBD is the Broad-spectrum. It could be considered a step up from Isolated due to having other cannabinoids and terpenes present but the focus is on removing THC. The processing differs from Isolated CBD due to the focus of extraction differing. But all the same benefits from the Isolated CBD are present due to the combination of the cannabinoids and terpenes working cohesively aiding in the potential enhancement of the plants medicinal benefits.

Lastly we have the Full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum leaves all of hemp's properties intact which includes strains of cannabinoids, terpenes, minerals, and THC. When people think of THC, we think of the psychoactive effects but with all the other components available in Full-spectrum, they work to balance each other out. Researchers are finding that all of the components being left initiated are working as an “entourage” providing benefits cohesively.

As we have discussed before about the benefits of homeostasis in our bodies, Full-spectrum demonstrates why it is a good partner in obtaining homeostasis in our bodies. By Full-spectrum being a great aid in our bodies homeostasis, we will see why it communicates so well with our bodies via our Endocannabinoid system. I’ll leave you hanging until next time.

But as always, please do your own research and abide by the laws of your state. While CBD is legal on a Federal level, some states hold different laws regarding CBD.




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