Full Spectrum vs PURE CBD
CBD is very in vogue currently, especially with the rising media. Coverage but is it really as good as everybody is making out?
Much is still under review and little can be actually declared in regardsthe efficacy of it – this is largely down to the UK Home Office / MHRA not allowing companies or distibutors of CBD to make claims as to its uses and or benefits.
So assuming you are reading this you are considering or have used CBD.
That being the case you will undoubtedly have come across PURE CBD which contains some trace elements of other cannabinoids however 0% THC and ‘Full Spectrum’ CBD oils and extracts which contain a small percentage and broader spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes including THC.
Most new to CBD find it hard to really understand what is best; this is again largely down to medias presentation of cannabinoids. Largely the psychoactive compound most commonly referred to as THC.
THC (or as it is chemically known Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol), does have psychoactive effects and is illegal in the UK. CBD can be sold with THC in it as long as its volume does not exceed 0.2% and can not be easily separated from the product.
That said, the levels of THC in our Full Spectrum products will not give you the ‘high’ effect which some to worry about.
Key to understanding the benefits of a full spectrum product vs a THC free / PURE CBD product, is to first understand the compounds found in a cannabis plant.
Firstly Cannabis itself, although having been around since the dawn of time (or at least we can assume), has been reported to have been taken since 2600BC by the Chinese. In all that time the most research into the chemical elements contained in this plant are only really being discovered now. Several years ago most knew there were maybe a 100 or so cannabinoids and terpenes found in a plant – now there is research to suggest this is actually more like 400 and counting.
As we have a naturally occurring endo-cannabinoid system (ECS) we can again only assume that each of these may have an effect on us in some way; that said research is still underway and we will be watching this space ourselves with curious anticipation
However getting back to our point as to the benefits of a Full spectrum extract we should understand that in all research to date, the absorption of CBD and any cannabinoid, is more effective when done with other cannabinoids. When present together, CBD and its cannabinoid cousins, as well as terpenes, produce what is known as an entourage effect. The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes has been shown to increase the properties of each
Furthermore, the bio-availability of CBD is increased by absorbing other cannabinoids and terpenes – and so to mirror that statement, a pure CBD product will not be as easily or effectively absorbed.
This would obviously leave most decided that a Full spectrum product is the product for them. A deciding factor for some may be personal however for others it may be crucial to their life.
A key example may be a professionalal sportsperson who does not want any THC to be present in their system for testing or even a driver or person of key resposibilities who may need to once again, be free of THC for drug testing purposes.
Cannaflo are undergoing a set of small tests to observe at what levels full spectrum CBD can be taken and a drugs test not be affected negatively. Watch this space for futher information on this.