Difference Between Pure CBD and Full Spectrum
Pure CBD contains just the phytocannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD). This is a compound that has been isolated from the cannabis plant and is used as a single molecule. This would be just like extracting vitamin C from an orange. There are other compounds within the orange that are beneficial, like fiber, B vitamins, calcium, copper, potassium, folate, pantothenic acid, etc., but we isolate out the vit C to use in skincare products and for other dietary needs. CBD is a very powerful compound on it’s own and several studies suggest that even without any other phytocannabinoids present, CBD works to encourage proper regulation of many systems throughout the body We would recommend Pure CBD for many conditions, such as sleep regulation, inflammation, immune system function, skin conditions, seizures, migraines, nausea, depression/anxiety, pain, etc.
Full Spectrum contains the full array of cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. There are over 110 known cannabinoids but only a few that we have identified and know to be therapeutically beneficial. The ones present at levels high enough to be detected are CBD, CBC, CBN, CBG, and THC. The level of THC is below .3% making it negligible psychoactively, and also making it legal to use and sell almost anywhere in the U.S. Taking full spectrum is like taking a multivitamin or eating an entire orange for all of the effects. In some cases, this is beneficial, like for conditions stemming from CNS disfunction. The high level of CBD in Full Spectrum products will assist in keeping the THC from causing psychoactive effects, and may also aid in producing more receptors for the THC to work with, thereby keeping it around longer to do it’s job. That small amount of THC may assist in CNS function so is best recommended for tremors, muscle spasticity, low appetite, pain, mild anxiety, nervous system disorders, etc.
Many of the benefits overlap, so CBD, THC, CBN, and other cannabinoids are all beneficial as single molecules, and as a part of the “entourage effect” – using all cannabinoids together. One thing to note with Full Spectrum is that many companies sell it as a CRUDE extract meaning that it is less refined and has more inactive ingredients in it like plant fats, fillers, etc. Our Full Spectrum is REFINED and only contains ACTIVE ingredients like cannabinoids.
Interestingly enough, both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure: 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms. A slight difference in how the atoms are arranged accounts for the differing impacts on your body. From what research shows, all cannabinoids can be beneficial when used together, and also when isolated out and used separately.