Full-spectrum CBD oil: what is it and what are the benefits?

It seems as though everywhere you look nowadays there are ads for CBD products. There are so many, in fact, that it can be a bit overwhelming. CBD is the new craze and more and more people are being drawn to it for its potential Health benefits. So, what exactly is CBD, and specifically, what is full-spectrum CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol [VIDEO]. Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 different cannabinoids that can be extracted from the hemp plant. Another cannabinoid you may have heard of is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.

THC is the cannabinoid responsible for producing the "high" experienced with the use of marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce this "high."

What does full spectrum CBD mean?

There are several different types of CBD available on the market; full-spectrum, isolate, and broad-spectrum just to name a few. In this article, we are going to focus specifically on full-spectrum oil. So, what does it mean when a cannabidiol product is labeled as being "full-spectrum?"

Full-spectrum CBD oil means the product contains more cannabinoids aside from just CBD. Some of these cannabinoids included: CBN, THCA, CBG, CBDV, THCV, CBC, and CBDA. It also means that the product contains other naturally occurring compounds including terpenes, essential vitamins, fatty acids, and protein.

Full-spectrum oil also contains trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%).

In contrast, isolate is 100 percent CBD. Isolates are just as they sound; they are isolated from all other parts of the plant and stripped of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and proteins. Isolate is created as a white powder form and then mixed with oil.

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It does not contain THC.

What are the benefits of full-spectrum?

Many people are turning to full-spectrum CBD oil for the potential health benefits associated with it. Because CBD is a cannabinoid, it acts on the endocannabinoid system of the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating and balancing many different processes in the body.

Cannabidiol has been touted for its effects on anxiety, depression, and even PTSD. It has also been shown to help alleviate muscle and joint soreness due to inflammation and arthritis. Full-spectrum has also been used to help with sleep issues like insomnia.

Current research is showing that CBD can also be used to help in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. In fact, the FDA recently approved the first-ever drug that included cannabidiol, Epidiolex. According to the prescriptions official website, Epidiolex "is approved to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in patients 1 year of age and older."

Always talk to a doctor before taking any medications, as they may have side effects and interfere with any other medications you are taking.