The whole plant refers to the entire bud with some leaves and possibly some stems. It does not imply the whole cannabis plant from the roots to the flower. The buds are what is used to obtain extracts that are being compared to the isolated, pure CBD or THC cannabinoids.
According to a study, whole plant, CBD-rich cannabis is superior and more effective than synthetic CBD for the treatment of a number of conditions, including inflammations and pain reduction. When studied, pure CBD extracts showed a dome-shaped effect. This means that at a certain point the effectiveness of CBD extracts reaches a diminishing rate of returns, and taking any more won’t be helpful.
On the other hand, the effectiveness of whole plant cannabis rises with increased usage, continuing beyond the levels reached by CBD extracts. The anti-pain response also increases with increase in dosage.
Full–spectrum CBD is full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have therapeutic value of their own and help create what’s know as the entourage effect. Broad–spectrum CBD is a little bit of both. Broad–spectrum CBD is full–spectrum CBD without any THC.
Full spectrum CBD quite simply means the product contains many cannabinoids beyond CBD, along with other elements of the cannabis or hemp plant, including naturally-occurring terpenes, essential vitamins, fatty acids, protein, and more.
One caveat of full spectrum CBD is it contains a small amount of THC; less than 0.3% THC.
It’s worth emphasizing that CBD itself is entirely non-psychoactive. While full spectrum oil contains small amounts of THC, it does not contain enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects.
The alternative to full spectrum is CBD isolate which contains only CBD – the CBD molecule is chemically isolated from everything else in the plant.CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. To produce this extract, CBD is isolated and then refined to strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around 99% cannabidiol.
CBD isolates have no identifiable amount of THC, the well-known chemical found in cannabis that creates that euphoric high, and they’re stripped of the other beneficial and nutritional compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and protein mentioned above.