What is Full Spectrum or Whole Plant Oil?
Whole plant medicine is used to describe medicine utilizing the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds found in cannabis. Full spectrum and whole plant are interchangeable terms, but more people seem to be familiar with whole plant. Whole plant oil has stronger therapeutic properties, includes high quality ingredients, can treat disease or ailments more effectively and does not contain any low grade fillers.
It is always important to do your research and learn about any medicine that you plan on taking. This is no different in the world of CBD oils. A quality product will list all of its ingredients on a label, so you can be confident in your choice. Full spectrum oils provide you with all of benefits that the cannabis plant has to offer.
Industrial Hemp VS. Whole Plant
Industrial hemp products are usually cheaper, but there’s a reason for that. Hemp will contain very trace amounts of THC. Labels only have to state that the product is made from hemp, quality testing may be less strenuous (especially outside of the United states) and is often a bi-product. Since hemp naturally cleans the soil and water around it, there could be contaminants. Unnatural additives may be added to the product and the cannabinoid content is lower. Less refined extraction methods may leave more residual chemicals and often rob the plant of additional cannabinoids or terpenes.
Whole plant products contain more than just CBD, as the cannabinoid composition is rich. You will find these products contain THC, CBD and terpenes that all work together in order to increase therapeutic benefits. Full spectrum plants will contain more THC verses hemp. Additives like trans fats and corn syrup won’t wind up in the product. While testing data will vary, but you should be able to request information. With more stringent standards, its good to know that corners aren’t being cut in order to get a product on the shelf. Labels include more information like the CBD to THC ratio, batch numbers and manufacturing dates. The CBD content will be significantly higher and the refined extraction methods will leave a purer product. Due to the cleaner and benefit boasting product, these products will cost more than industrial hemp.
Full Spectrum is Worth it
The benefits offered by whole plant products justify the additional costs. Thanks to the terpenes and other cannabinoids, you will experience the “entourage effect.” This means the cannabis compounds all work together to enhance the efficacy of the product. Since there are multiple compounds in the product, those compounds will affect multiple targets within the body. The relief from conditions, ailments and diseases (like pain, inflammation, anxiety) will have a faster onset and a longer lasting effect. Even though there are higher levels of THC, CBD will work to stop any adverse side effects (like anxiety) while still allowing for the medicinal benefits of marijuana.