What does full spectrum CBD mean?

What does full spectrum CBD mean?
March 27, 2020

Full Spectrum CBD is a catchall term meaning the product has more than just CBD. It includes the rich variety of hemp molecules with therapeutic value. Full spectrum products are more faithful to the essence of the hemp plant. Whereas CBD isolate only includes ≥99% Cannabidiol, a full spectrum CBD product will include CBD as well as other phytocannabinoids including CBD, CBDV, CBG, CBC, CBN, THCV, and even small amounts of THC. In addition to that Botany’s Full Spectrum CBD product will include terpenes, flavonoids (cannaflavins), aldehydes and more, that naturally occur in the hemp plant. Scientific research suggests the components of hemp work together synergistically in an “entourage effect” with CBD, producing greater relief and benefits together than CBD alone.

Be careful though, not all full spectrum products are the same. Many companies deceptively market their CBD isolate products as full spectrum when they do not contain anything except CBD, and sometimes not even that. We recommend you always ask a vendor for recent third party lab analysis to confirm what’s in their product. Some products are full spectrum “distillates” meaning the hemp extract was further refined by distillation, increasing the concentration of phytocannabinoids and also removing the other plant components including terpenes, flavonoids, aldehydes and other phytocompounds with therapeutic property. Distillates aren’t worse per se, they are useful in product formulation, but just know they don’t include the full essence of the hemp plant, they are strictly phytocannabinoids and nothing else.

Botany’s Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is the essence of the hemp plant, undistilled and minimally refined to preserve its important phytocompounds. It includes important components of the hemp plant with therapeutic value as they are found in nature including phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids (cannaflavins), aldehydes and more.