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What Does Full Spectrum CBD Mean?

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Are you new to CBD? Welcome to the wide and complex world of this fascinating cannabinoid that is seemingly a cure-all for any ailment you can imagine, here’s the details:

CBD product labels can be tricky to understand whether you’re a beginner or have long incorporated CBD into your daily health regimen. While we’re not going to break down every nuance of a CBD label, we do want to provide some clarity on the different kinds of CBD you’re likely to see on the market.

Yes, there are different kinds of CBD.

One you’ll see often is full-spectrum CBD, and that’s what we’d like to shed light on for you today. We’re going to tell you what exactly full spectrum CBD means, what chemical compounds you’re likely to find in full-spectrum CBD as well as what purposes they serve, and the most common types of products that feature full-spectrum CBD.

Let’s dive right in!

What Is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD comes from the hemp plant and contains other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. This includes terpenes, essential vitamins, proteins, fatty acids, as well as small amounts of THC and other naturally-occurring elements from the hemp plant.

Full-spectrum CBD oil is sometimes called “whole-plant” oil because it means you get all of the goodness that comes from the hemp plant. That’s what full spectrum means — you get everything, not just CBD.

Full Spectrum CBD vs. Broad Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate

The other types of CBD products you will see on the market come from broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.

  • Like full spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the other beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant. This includes cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more. However, broad-spectrum CBD does not contain any THC.
  • CBD isolate refers to raw CBD oil. As the name suggests, it is pure, isolated CBD. It contains no compounds or cannabinoids other than CBD. The process to obtain CBD isolate involves stripping the substance to remove all of the other compounds from the plant, including beneficial compounds and extract nothing but the pure cannabidiol.
  • As we mentioned above, full spectrum CBD has all of the beneficial compounds found in hemp, including trace amounts of THC. Full spectrum CBD may sometimes be referred to as whole-plant extract, but it means you get the full benefits of the hemp plant.

The main factor in determining which type of CBD is used in products is the presence of THC. Many CBD users are concerned that THC will show up on a drug test, which may be required with their employer. However, even full-spectrum CBD products have such a low level of THC that it should not produce a positive result.

Federal law requires that CBD products must be extracted from hemp instead of marijuana. Hemp plants, by definition, contain less than 0.3 percent THC. This is just a trace amount of THC and should not trigger a drug test. Despite the concerns, users can agree that full-spectrum CBD offers the most benefits of all CBD products.

Why Is Full Spectrum CBD Better?

We might be a bit biased but we’ll go ahead and say it: full spectrum CBD is the best. And here’s why.

Full spectrum takes full advantage of what’s known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect shows that there is a greater benefit when all of the compounds in full spectrum CBD are able to work together. The compounds in full spectrum CBD oil and other products are able to produce greater therapeutic benefits (and better ones).

One 2015 study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School, found that full spectrum CBD was more effective at treating inflammation than CBD isolate. Their findings showed that the other compounds in full spectrum CBD synergized to produce greater results.

CBD isolate, meanwhile, cannot take advantage of the entourage effect because there are no other compounds to synthesize with. CBD isolate is like using a product that’s been stripped of a lot of its nutritional value.

Full spectrum CBD is also a step above broad-spectrum CBD because CBD and THC in particular, combine to produce powerful results. CBD allows you to get the therapeutic value from THC without its psychoactive effects. This is because CBD counteracts some of the side effects of THC, giving you the good without the bad.

What Does Full Spectrum CBD Oil Help With?

The most important thing to remember when shopping for CBD of any kind is quality and dosage, to ensure the highest level of relief one might experience.

Research is still in early stages, but there is evidence to suggest that full spectrum CBD may be able to provide benefits for:

  • Inflammation
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle soreness and recovery
  • Anxiety and depression
  • And more

Users take CBD for a wide variety of reasons as well. And the benefits you feel will depend on your method of ingestion and several other factors.

Essentially, users take full spectrum CBD for the same reasons they would take any CBD product. For whatever reason you came to CBD for relief, full-spectrum CBD is likely to be more effective than broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. That’s because full-spectrum CBD has the full bounty of goodness extracted from the plant—the benefits come from far beyond just the CBD itself.

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What Is In Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

A lot! There are actually more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of these compounds. Other common cannabinoids include THC, CBC, CBG, and CBN.

  • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the signature component associated with marijuana. It is psychoactive, meaning it is the cannabinoid that produces marijuana’s signature “high.”
  • CBC (Cannabicromene) is another cannabinoid with anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer properties.
  • CBG (Cannabigerol) also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, properties and has also exhibited tumor-fighting capabilities. It is being tested for positive effects on cancer, glaucoma, inflammation, and even skin diseases.
  • CBN (Cannabinol) is most known for its strong sedative effect, the strongest among all cannabinoids. CBN also has anti-convulsant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Full spectrum CBD oil combines the effects of all of these compounds (and more) to produce greater results for users. Beyond cannabinoids, full spectrum CBD also contains vitamins, essential fats, and proteins.

There is an abundance of Vitamins A, C, E, and B in CBD, along with up to 20 amino acids and essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. These amino acids are beneficial because they boost the human body’s ability to make protein, which improves recovery time. Fatty acids are also great for heart health.

All of these compounds work together to produce greater benefits than what broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate can offer. It’s all thanks to the entourage effect.

Will Full Spectrum CBD Make You High?

No! Actually, no CBD product will get you high. That’s the main differentiator between CBD and THC.

While full spectrum CBD products do contain a small amount of THC, the intoxicating compound found in marijuana, it is not enough to get you high. Furthermore, as mentioned above, CBD has the ability to enhance the therapeutic effects of THC while reducing its side effects. So as long as you are using a CBD product with below the legal requirement of 0.3% THC, you don't have to worry about getting "high".

There is absolutely no risk of getting high from any CBD product, which is a major reason why CBD has become so popular.

How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?

There are a few factors that determine how long CBD will stay in your system. These include:

  • How much CBD you use
  • How often you use CBD
  • Individual body compositions
  • Your diet
  • And your method of use (oils, vaping, edibles, lotions, etc.)

CBD oil, for example, acts fast and lingers in your body longer, while vaping acts fastest but also has the shortest-lasting effects. How long the effects last depends on some combination of all of these factors and can be difficult to pinpoint, but in general, the effects of CBD should last between two and six hours. How long traces of CBD stay in our system is even more difficult to determine, but should not be a cause for concern.

What Are The Most Common Types of Products That Include Full Spectrum CBD?

You can find full-spectrum CBD in every kind of CBD product.

Full-spectrum products include everything from CBD oil to edibles, gummies, capsules, and soft gels, even topical creams, lotions, and balms. Full-spectrum CBD has even been marketed in things like coffee and chocolates. It’s everywhere.

The “best” way to take CBD oil is entirely up to the user. Once you build a tolerance, you may find that a stronger full-spectrum CBD oil twice daily is best for you, while others may just take a small dose when they need it. It all depends!


As you can see, full-spectrum CBD means you get the full benefits of the hemp plant in your CBD oil or other product. Because of the wonderful phenomenon known as the entourage effect, full-spectrum CBD offers benefits that broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate can’t match.

Full-spectrum CBD oil from MONTKUSH won’t get you high, but will give you the signature CBD benefits you’ve come to enjoy. Determine the right dose and method that best suits your needs and join the happy mountain today.

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