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What Does Full-Spectrum Mean? A Guide to Full-Spectrum Extracts

There are free main types of cannabis products: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. 

What differentiates these three is that broad-spectrum and isolate products don’t contain cannabinoids such as THC, while full-spectrum extracts contain the whole range of cannabis compounds.

Depending on your weed needs, full-spectrum products can be a fantastic way to reap all the benefits that the cannabis plant has to offer.

From terpenes to cannabinoids to flavonoids, users can have them all!

Still, knowing the characteristics of each of these products is paramount in choosing the best product for yourself.

Luckily, today, we will be providing all you need to know about full-spectrum products, their rivals’ broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate, and how each can benefit your health.

Let’s get started!

What is ‘Full-Spectrum’?

Full-spectrum means that the product contains the entire diverse catalogue of chemical compounds present in the plant, including its unique cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.

That being said, the diversity of bioactive material in a given extract can vary significantly. 

For instance, there are products that are dedicated to capturing terpenes or cannabinoids. You may know them as high-terpene full-spectrum extracts (HTFSE) or high-cannabinoid full-spectrum extract (HCFSE). 

By targeting and intensifying specific compounds during the extraction process, producers are able to yield potent products that can be packed with up to 40% of terpenes or 60% cannabinoids.

In addition, when creating these compound-packed products, producers can target specific cannabinoids, like in the case of full-spectrum CBD, but we will touch on this product a bit later.

Back to full-spectrum extracts, if we break up the phase full-spectrum in two and focus on ‘spectrum,’ the term itself encapsulates the hundreds of chemical compounds produced by the trichome glands in cannabis plants. Put the ‘full’ and ‘spectrum’ together, and you get the full range of compounds available in the cannabis plant.

To summarise, full-spectrum cannabis contains all the recreational and therapeutic compounds, including THC and CBD, in the starting cannabis plant material.

The Difference Between Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum and Isolate

As we briefly said in the introduction, understanding the differences between these three products is vital, because it will help you to learn which product might work best for you.

Here’s a breakdown of these three cannabis products:

Full-Spectrum Products

As we have learned, full-spectrum cannabis products possess the entire catalogue of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemical compounds naturally occurring inside cannabis.

They come in different types, such as full-spectrum CBD oil, HTFSE, HCFSE and many more. What’s more, you can find them in tinctures, edibles and even topicals such as lip balms.

Many consumers appreciate these products because they resemble the natural cocktail in the cannabis plant while also being flexible and easy to use.

Broad-Spectrum Products

Full-spectrum products

In contrast to full-spectrum products, broad-spectrum products, including items such as broad-spectrum CBD, don’t contain the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis.

Instead, these items offer their consumers medication without the psychoactive effects of the cannabis plant. In other words, broad-spectrum products are not considered full-spectrum because they lack one cannabis compound, THC.

This factor is why many medical marijuana users appreciate these products. Users can use broad-spectrum products to treat conditions ranging from chronic pain to inflammation without worrying about intoxicating effects.

Isolate Products

Isolate products are those that contain one specific compound.  Unlike full-spectrum products, which contain all cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, isolates contain only one specific cannabinoid, whether it be THC or CBD.

For instance, if you were to buy CBD isolate, you would be ingesting only pure CBD, while in the case of full-spectrum CBD products, you would be getting the whole plant extract with all the terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids.

The Entourage Effect

Now that we’ve learned what differentiates these products apart, here’s the final and preeminent reason why users opt for full-spectrum products.

While cannabidiol CBD on its own is highly beneficial, other studies suggest that the effects of CBD are even stronger when coupled with the various chemical compounds found in cannabis.

In other words, the entourage effect means that the different cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids come and work together to impact the greater endocannabinoid system in the body.

Studies also suggest that CBD can mitigate the potentially negative side effects of THC, such as anxiety and paranoia. Basically, you get the enhanced positive effects and inhibited potentially adverse ones.

Finally, since CBD products such as broad-spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate don’t contain other compounds such as THC, they won’t be able to produce the synergistic relationship known as the entourage effect.

Is Full-Spectrum Right for you?

If you are interested in experiencing the whole range of cannabis compounds working together, full-spectrum products such as full-spectrum CBD oil, terp sauce and HTFSE might be worth trying.

However, if you are sensitive to THC or simply want to avoid it altogether, CBD products such as CBD isolate, or broad-spectrum CBD might be the best choice for you.

If you are looking to medicate without the effects of THC, check out our CBD tincture. Our tincture comes in a 30ml bottle with 2500mg of premium broad-spectrum CBD oil for you to take CBD conveniently and discreetly.

Be sure to consult your doctor before trying cannabis products. Together, you will be able to create a plan that works best for you.

Final Thoughts

Broad-spectrum products contain a broad range of cannabis compounds, lacking one cannabinoid, THC. In addition, isolates are created with one specific compound, whether it be CBD or THC.

Unlike the broad-spectrum products and isolates, full-spectrum extracts contain all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids unique to the cannabis plant. These items can provide a diverse set of effects by having their compounds working together synergistically. This theory is known as the entourage effect.

If you are looking to try full-spectrum extracts, try CBD products such as full-spectrum CBD or THC-packed products such as terp sauce and live resin.

That being said, for marijuana users who may not have as high of THC tolerance and want to avoid even trace amounts of THC in your product, try CBD isolates.

For example, Hooti CBD isolate contains only the cannabidiol chemical compound. Powdered into a fine white CBD substance, this pure product delivers high concentrations of cannabidiol and allows you to medicate on the go.

Take your time to find the best full-spectrum product that works best for you. It might take some time to find the ideal outcome, but you will be rewarded at the end with the entourage effect and various other therapeutic benefits!

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