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    What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

    5 min

    CBD has seen a surge in popularity in the last few years, with 44% of Europeans surveyed indicating that they know friends or family members using CBD products.

    But even with a growing number of users, it seems that there is still some confusion around some of the differences between the different CBD products on the market.

    One such area of confusion is around full-spectrum CBD oils, and what the differences are between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products.

    So what is full-spectrum CBD oil?

    What Is CBD?

    CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over a hundred Cannabinoid compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant, also known as the Hemp plant.

    These Cannabinoids interact with our Endocannabinoid System; a recently discovered network of millions of receptors that are intertwined with our central and peripheral nervous systems.

    Originally discovered in 1988 in the brain of a rat, it wasn’t until much later that we discovered the same system is found in humans and began researching the effects the system has on the functions our body performs.

    Just like iron is important for our body to function, our endocannabinoid system also needs support, and as CBD doesn’t naturally form part of our diet can be taken as a dietary supplement to help the body function more effectively.

    CBD products are available in three different forms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolates.

    What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

    Put simply, full-spectrum CBD oils are left exactly as nature intended, containing all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the Cannabis plant.

    Nothing is removed or refined, meaning that full-spectrum products are the closest you can get to taking a bite straight out of the plant.

    Broad-spectrum oils, on the other hand, have been refined to remove the THC and a handful of other compounds, while CBD isolates are oils that have been refined so that only the CBD remains.

    While pure CBD isolate might sound like it’s the most effective form of CBD, the opposite is actually true, with full-spectrum CBD having the biggest impact on our bodies.

    What Are The Benefits Of Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

    The biggest benefit of full-spectrum CBD is something known as the Entourage effect.

    Think of it like a football team - a full team of 11 players is going to be much more effective than a single team member playing by themselves, and the same is true with the cannabinoid compounds found in a full-spectrum CBD oil.

    While CBD may be the compound that most people have heard of, the Cannabis plant contains over 500 naturally occurring compounds.

    Much like the football team works together to win the game, these compounds, which include cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids, all work together to support the body’s functions in the way that nature originally intended.

    Although much more research is needed into the subject, the general consensus is that full-spectrum CBD products are much more effective than those created from a broad-spectrum or CBD isolate.

    Almost all of the products in the CBD One range are full-spectrum as we believe that nature knows best and that the compounds will be most effective when they’re able to work together in exactly the way that nature intended.

    The only exception to this is our CBD patches, which cannot be full-spectrum due to the slow-release technology we use.

    Does Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Show Up In A Drug Test?

    Because full-spectrum CBD oils contain all of the naturally occurring compounds from the Cannabis plant they do contain trace amounts of THC.

    THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the “high” associated with recreational marijuana use and, as a result, is a controlled substance.

    This is the compound that is being screened for during a drug test and will cause someone to fail a drug test if it is present in their system.

    Without knowing the details of the specific drug test being administered, or the CBD oil being used, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer, but the levels found in CBD oils are so minuscule that it’s highly unlikely this will lead to a failed drug test.

    THC is only present in full-spectrum CBD products in very small trace amounts, so legally produced and verified products shouldn’t contain enough THC to cause you to fail a drug test.

    We provide the certificates from the independent lab tests for our entire range so that you can see exactly what is inside each and every product you buy.

    If you are concerned about THC levels and drug testing then our CBD Patches contain zero THC, making them the perfect alternative.

    Does Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Have Side Effects?

    When it comes to side effects, full-spectrum CBD oils are no different from any other CBD products.

    The WHO found that CBD is generally well tolerated by most users and brings little to no risk.

    While there have been some rare side effects noted during research studies, such as tiredness and diarrhoea, these only affect very few people, are mild, and are very simple to overcome with simple changes to diet, CBD dosage, or by stopping use of the products.

    We’ve found that some people take too much CBD too quickly and can experience loose bowels or tiredness, but these are typically just the body adjusting to a new supplement and are very easily remedied by simply reducing the dose being taken.

    The Bottom Line

    Given the choice, we always recommend our customers should opt for a full-spectrum CBD product because it takes advantage of all of the compounds present in the Cannabis plant and because it’s an incredibly safe supplement to try.

    There are some uses for broad-spectrum or isolate products, especially if users have to pass a drug test for work or for athletes who are regularly tested for banned substances and don’t want to risk THC being found.

    However, given that all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are right there in the plant, ready to use, we can’t help but think that it’s best to use products that are left just as mother nature intended.

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