The whole plant refers to the entire bud with some leaves and possibly some stems. The buds are what is used to obtain extracts that are being compared to the isolated, pure CBD or THC cannabinoids.
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.
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 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.
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