Full Spectrum Oils

Full-spectrum oils utilize all kinds of important compounds from the cannabis plant. These formulas consist of a mix of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, and even minerals and vitamins.

Cannabinoids – especially CBD – are the main ingredients of full-spectrum oil. Researchers have discovered more than a hundred of these compounds in the plant. Unlike isolates, full-spectrum oil contains small amounts of secondary cannabinoids.

Researchers are continuously discovering unique and fascinating ways these compounds work in isolation, but studies also show that a full-spectrum oil often works better than single-compound formulas. Why? Scientists propose that cannabinoids work together for more effective results – a phenomenon called the entourage effect.

Difference full spectrum & isolate

If you’re looking for CBD or CBC, you’ve probably noticed that some products are full-spectrum and others are isolates. But what exactly is the difference? Let’s take CBD as an example.

Full-spectrum CBD is a whole plant extraction. In addition to CBD, it also contains numerous other cannabinoids and terpenes. For example, full-spectrum CBD often contains CBG, CBN, and CBC. In addition, they usually also contain various flavonoids. In comparison, CBD isolate contains only pure molecular cannabidiol.

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD available. The extraction and filtration processes remove all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and plant materials. With all that removed, the end product is a crystalline powder made up of 99% pure CBD.

Benefits of full-spectrum oils

Both full-spectrum and isolates have advantages and disadvantages. Isolate is particularly popular with people who regularly take a lot of cannabidiol and often have to undergo drug testing. Let it be clear that most full-spectrum oils are made with hemp extract. That contains an extremely low level of THC (less than 0.3%).

These concentrations are therefore low. They are therefore incapable of producing a psychoactive high. Unfortunately, sometimes traces of THC are left behind that can be found during drug tests. Especially in people who take a large dose every day. However, CBD or CBC isolates can be made completely free of THC. That may be reassuring for users who have to undergo drug testing.

What is CBC?​

CBC stands for Cannabichromene. The chemical formula of CBC is C21H30O2.

Hemp with a relatively high amount of CBC is used for the production of CBC oil. Special hemp is grown for this purpose. This has to do with how cannabis grows:

A young cannabis plant mainly contains a lot of CBGA. When the cannabis plant grows, CBGA is converted to:

  • CBG
  • CBDA
  • CBCA
  • THCA

The A at the end of these abbreviations stands for acid. These acids are then converted into CBD, THC, or CBC.

The final proportions between these different substances depend on the cannabis strain and environmental factors such as humidity, heat, and light.

A hemp variety with a relatively high amount of CBC is used for the production of CBC oil. And by using the right environmental factors, one tries to maximize the concentration of CBC.

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