In the past few days I have seen a number of cbd products advertised as ‘Full Spectrum’ but when you read further you discover they aren’t. I know when I was first researching which cbd oil to take, this was one of the most confusing aspects, all cbd oil is the same, right?
Well no, not all cbd oil is the same and because there is no regulatory standard as to what full spectrum is many adverts/product descriptions can use the term yet the product is anything but.
Types of CBD
There are three types of cbd oil; full spectrum (whole plant), distillate (broad spectrum) and isolate (cbd compound only). So what’s the difference?
Full spectrum also known as whole plant because there is nothing stripped out of it has the full range of of cannabinoids CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBGA, CBC, CBCA, THCA and THCV. Yes, full spectrum has legal traces of THC. It will also have all the terpenes and fatty acids which make it taste, well……..like a plant.
Distillate, or more commonly known as broad spectrum, has some of these cannabinoids extracted, normally the THCA and THCV as a minimum. It may also be ‘refined’, extracting the waxes and terpenes, so it is more palatable for some consumers and some have synthetic flavours added.
Isolate is the purest form of CBD as that is all there is, every other cannabinoid has been extracted and you are left with the crystal isolate form.
Purity & Entourage Effect
Whilst CBD isolate is considered to be pure and more potent (or concentrated) than other CBD products, this does not actually make it superior. The high potency of the isolate cannot compete with the combined effects of the various cannabinoids contained in full spectrum CBD oil products.
There is something called the ‘entourage effect’. The 2015 Lautenberg Centre for General Tumor Immunology study discovered important information about full spectrum CBD oil. The research, conducted on mice, demonstrated the greater anti-inflammatory effects of full spectrum CBD oil. Higher doses of full spectrum CBD oil generated greater levels of relief, showing that the combination of the cannabinoids has a kind of entourage effect that makes it superior to CBD isolate. Increasing the dosage of CBD isolate could not increase the level of relief.
The entourage effect highlights the way that the different cannabinoids contained in full spectrum CBD products work together to produce a higher level of efficiency for users.
At Medivita we only sell Full Spectrum oil drops because we know this provides you with the best chance of deriving the benefits it can bring, we have tried broad spectrum oils and made our own isolate, neither brought the level of benefits our full spectrum oil does.