In the voice of Chandler Bing: could it be any more relaxing?!
Full-spectrum CBD oil is minimally refined and usually contains traces of THC, which could give you a sensation of feeling high and could show up on a drug test (so it’s best not to get the two confused). In the UK, THC is only legal in products that contain no more than 1mg of the stuff and aren’t advertised as providing a medicinal benefit – a single milligram over and you’re looking at spending the rest of your days in an orange jumpsuit (ok, that’s an exaggeration, but the point is: it won’t be legal). Make sure to do your research before purchasing.
Full-spectrum cbd oil comes with that all-inclusive ‘entourage effect’ whereby you might benefit from the full range of effects that each compound brings to the party. Some of the reported health benefits include pain relief, anti-seizure, nutrient boost, nausea relief, muscle spasm relief, reduced anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2018 study also revealed that full-spectrum CBD is more effective for pain relief than CBD isolate, due to the combined effects of CBD and THC.
What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?
While it’s hard to believe there are any drawbacks to pure CBD, isolating it from other cannabinoids and compounds does mean that you’ll miss out on the potential benefits of THC, terpenes and flavonoids, as well as their famous ‘entourage effect’ – a synergistic interaction that enhances the individual effect of each compound involved.
Here at Good Hemp, we’ve been championing hemp and CBD for over 20 years – and we like to think that our carefully crafted range of CBD oil is pretty much the best out there! Scheduling in small acts of self-care can be tough when you’re juggling daily obstacles such as work, yoga classes and binging Bridgerton on Netflix, but a few drops of CBD oil can make a big difference at any time of day. Add them to your post-Zoom HIIT smoothie, stir them into your porridge or drop them into your coffee – it’s the perfect antidote for a busy lifestyle. Plus, we’ve recently re-launched our citrus and peppermint CBD oils – they add a bit of flavour to anything you’re whisking up.
You may be inclined to think that something so beneficial would surely have a hefty price tag, but this couldn’t be further from the truth – if you know where to look, that is. Here at Good Hemp we want the benefits of CBD to be as accessible as possible, and that’s why our products start at £15 only. If you’re an experienced CBD user who would prefer to buy in bulk, you can consider our bigger bottles of 1,000mg and 2,000mg total CBD content (the latter is higher-grade), which go at £40, respectively £75 per bottle.
People who use CBD isolate find it particularly beneficial for its calming properties and therapeutic potential. We already know that it works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to activate receptors in the brain and help restore homeostasis – the natural balance of the body – which includes our mood, body temperature, water content and more. But it’s also associated with other long-term health effects: multiple studies have shown that CBD could have anti-inflammatory properties, relieve chronic pain, help with muscle repair and help promote a good night’s sleep.
Hemp Seed Oil: Basic moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits at a lower price tag, derived from the seed
CBD (cannabidiol) in its purest form, isolated from other elements found in the plant it was derived from.
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Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD
However, support for the entourage effect has been mixed. Scientists disagree when it comes to determining whether or not the other cannabinoids matter. Continuing the musical metaphor, it could be an orchestra of people who don’t know how to play—there just isn’t enough evidence for a sweeping declaration. Regardless, broad and full-spectrum CBD formulae are usually the ones most often used in products like tinctures, CBD vapes, and soothing creams—anywhere users want the “whole-plant” effect.
These are the other ingredients that can be marketed as CBD besides CBD isolate. If you read “-spectrum” at the end of any descriptor of hemp or CBD, it usually means that it comes with other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant—sometimes including THC (broad-spectrum CBD usually contains THC, while full-spectrum does not). Because those cannabinoids are included, you theoretically get what’s called “the entourage effect,” meaning, the other cannabinoids and terpenes work together with CBD to provide a more potent effect. Each has their own individual effect on the body, so think of it as a whole orchestra as opposed to a single violinist.
Isolate is just plain CBD (cannabidiol) without the bells and whistles. A lot of the time when you see “CBD” on a product label, it’s CBD isolate. Generally, isolated CBD is dissolved in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba, and that’s how it’s used; it’s fully distinct from hemp oil unless the two are mixed after being created separately. With that being said, it has fairly similar properties to hemp oil.
Also called cannabis sativa oil, it contains zero percent THC and is completely void of CBD (or contains only trace amounts).