What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that comes from the cannabis hemp plant. As CBD products are associated with marijuana, it’s important to note that the THC (the psychoactive component) is usually removed, therefore CBD doesn’t cause a high. Moreover, cannabidiol has lots of potential benefits for your wellbeing, from sleep to anxiety. Since the CBD market has grown, so have the options available. Consequently, an expanding market like this one brings complexities, and it can be hard to know what to buy.
This article will cover what full-spectrum CBD is, the benefits of taking full-spectrum oil and what to look out for when buying CBD products.
What is full-spectrum CBD oil?
The cannabis plant contains over 100 compounds including, CBD, CBG, THC, and CBL, to name a few. Products that contain full-spectrum CBD utilise all the beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant and are said to be superior to other types of CBD. Of course, during the extraction process, the THC is removed to ensure the product is safe and legal. Thus, leaving behind the beneficial cannabinoids and creating full-spectrum CBD extract.
Alongside these compounds, this CBD oil also contains flavonoids and terpenes. Flavonoids, a naturally occurring compound, is rich in antioxidant activity. A diet with plenty of flavonoids will assist your body in fighting off everyday toxins and decrease the risk of some chronic health conditions. Additionally, terpenes are responsible for the taste and smell of most CBD oils. What is so fascinating about them is that they can easily cross the blood brain barrier, assisting the CBD in taking full effect.
Broad-spectrum CBD: This variant of CBD is popular in the market due to it having a mild odour and taste. While broad-spectrum CBD contains some additional compounds, it doesn’t contain as many as full spectrum.
CBD Isolate: This is the purest form of CBD because it doesn’t contain any other compounds from the hemp plant. It has no odour or taste; however, many people dislike this product because it’s heavily processed to ensure the CBD is completely isolated.
Overall, having the added compounds in full-spectrum CBD helps to activate your hemp oil and allow it to work to its full capacity.
How is full-spectrum CBD made?
Firstly, high-quality hemp plants must be grown. The farmers will seek out plants that contain high levels of cannabidiol and low THC. Next, they will clone the plant by harvesting the seeds or using a section of plant tissue. In this way, the farmers will be able to produce large quantities of the hemp plant and guarantee the same quality across all products.
After producing consistent and legal plants, the CBD must be extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalk of the hemp plant. There are a variety of different extraction methods available, however, it’s essential to know some methods will affect the quality of the oil.
Some extraction methods include:
- Solvent extraction
- Co2 extraction
- Steam distillation
- Ultrasonic cannabinoid extraction
Read more about how CBD extract is made and which extraction process is best.
Will full-spectrum CBD oil cause a high?
Full-spectrum hemp products are known to contain all the cannabinoids, including THC, the psychoactive ingredient. However, many countries require hemp products to contain less than 0.3% of THC because it will be unlikely to create a high. In contrast, the UK laws are stricter, with hemp products being required to contain less than 0.1% THC to make sure it’s untraceable. Thus, it’s important to check your countries laws and ensure the product you’re buying is legal where you live.
Here at ULU, we pride ourselves on our high-quality CBD and guarantee our products contain less than 0.0005% THC. In other words, it is entirely undetectable. When the THC is at these levels it is not enough to cause psychoactive effects, aka a ‘high’.
In short, no, most CBD oils will not cause a high.
What are the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil?
CBD has sprung up in the wellness industry as the next big trend, but is it more than just a passing phase? Let’s look at what benefits full spectrum CBD has to offer.
The Entourage Effect
As we mentioned earlier, full spectrum CBD stands out from the other types because it contains a wide array of beneficial compounds. Having these added compounds causes the entourage effect and is said to boost the capabilities of CBD. In fact, taking the full spectrum of compounds in the hemp plant have more significant benefits than taking an isolated compound, such as CBD isolate. Together they work stronger and more efficient because of their abilities to pass through the blood brain barrier and boost your wellbeing.
Cannabis products work by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a complex cell signaling system that is found naturally within your body. While research is still discovering more about the ECS, we do know that it helps regulate the following areas:
- Learning ability
- The cardiovascular system
- Immune system
- Digestive system
While you know that the hemp plant contains (phyto)cannabinoids, you may not be aware that the ECS makes its own cannabinoids too. This means, when you take CBD supplements you are providing your body with an added dose of these beneficial compounds and it boosts your ECS. In summary, taking CBD products regularly will increase the abilities of your endocannabinoid system, allowing it to work at an optimum level. Therefore, improving the aforementioned areas.
Benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil
The cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoids, each having their own therapeutic properties. CBG(cannabigerol), for instance, has the potential to reduce nausea, improve immune function and provide long-term relief from stress.
Secondly, the addition of terpenes and flavonoids means full-spectrum CBD can easily pass through the blood brain barrier and helps boost the capabilities of the other compounds.
Alongside full-spectrum benefits, CBD itself has a wide range of uses due to the way it interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
Anxiety and Mood disorders
The rate of mental health disorders is ever increasing, so it’s imperative to keep on top of your mental wellbeing. Mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, can have a severe impact on your life, but luckily CBD is proving to be beneficial in aiding these conditions. In a 2011 study, researchers found that CBD was effective for aiding social anxiety disorder, when compared with a placebo. Further to this, another study showed that 79.2% of their patients experienced lowered anxiety within the first month of research.
Staying fit is a prominent part of people’s lives and it’s essential to your health and wellbeing. So, how can CBD assist your fitness journey? After a tough session, it isn’t uncommon to experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This happens after particularly strenuous activity when your muscles become inflamed as an attempt to help you recover. While this process occurs to help you, too much inflammation can have the opposite affect and damage your muscles long term. Furthermore, DOMS can cause a person to be out of action for a few days, which isn’t ideal for professional athletes who need to train multiple times a week.
The beauty of CBD is that it controls and reduces some of the unwanted inflammation, lessening pain and getting you back to exercise quicker. Due to there being no significant side effects, CBD infused products are making a huge impact on the fitness and sporting world. Some professionals have even considered using CBD to replace harsh medications to aid muscle recovery and growth.
An adequate amount of sleep is vital to maintaining good health. With an average of 7-8 hours’ sleep, you will feel focused and energised throughout the day. However, when you miss out of those necessary hours of sleep, you may experience fatigue, trouble making decisions, and decrease immunity. Getting those 8 hours of sleep is necessary for your body to rest and recover. Therefore, if you have trouble sleeping, CBD may be able to assist you.
The effects of CBD on sleep is one of the more researched areas and there is evidence to show its benefits. In a study of 72 adults, 66.7% of patients saw an improvement in their sleep within the first month. The possibilities of using CBD for sleep is great and there are many varieties of supplements available in today’s market. For example, our CBD and GABA supplement is unique in its ability to aid sleep quality and quantity.
Caring for your skin is important for everyone, but essential if you have a skin condition, like acne or eczema. A lot of skincare can be trial and error, causing frustration for those who suffer from these conditions. While it is a physical condition that causes pain, it can also cause poor mental health too. Luckily, CBD is an anti-inflammatory meaning it can assist in reducing inflammation, redness and swelling, especially when associated with acne. Furthermore, topical CBD creams have been seen to boost moisture and combat dry skin which is particularly helpful for those who are managing eczema.
Whether you suffer from a chronic condition, arthritis or are experiencing general soreness, CBD could be the pain reliever you’ve been looking for. While more research is needed, there has been some evidence to show CBD is a natural painkiller. When the compound interacts with the endocannabinoid system it reduces inflammation and regulates your perception of pain. Moreover, a 2020 review even said the use of CBD ‘improves quality of life’ when studied on certain conditions (Argueta. et al, 2020).
CBD oil vs CBD tincture
Oils and tinctures are rather similar in their appearance but it’s helpful to know the difference between them. The differentiating factor between CBD oil and CBD tincture is the carrier that is used. Firstly, a CBD oil contains CBD extract that has been mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut, MCT, or olive oil. Alternatively, CBD tincture, which is also a liquid, uses an alcohol as the carrier. In short, these are created by steeping the cannabis in an alcohol and heating it for a long time to burn off the alcohol and infuse the compounds. Interestingly, tinctures can be stored for longer than CBD oils.
What is CBD oil strength?
Have you ever bought CBD but were left disappointed because it had no effect? This could be down to the strength of your oil.
Shopping for CBD comes with a variety of challenges, with the potency being one of them. While it may seem obvious to shop for a high mg level, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase, especially if you’re new to buying hemp oils.
In short, CBD strength refers to the amount of CBD (measured in mg) per ml.
If you have purchased a CBD oil and the label reads 1000mg CBD but the size of the bottle is 60ml, then each drop of your hemp oil will only contain a small amount of CBD. The strength of this bottle would be minimal, and you may not see any effects. However, if you have a 10ml bottle with 1000mg CBD in, this is a much better strength and each drop of hemp oil will contain more CBD and better results.
As the industry grows, there are often people quoting a high number in mg but diluting it in a large bottle of carrier oil. Therefore, it is important to look at the CBD amount in comparison to the size of the bottle.
What is CBD oil 10 %?
Here at ULU, we believe in being transparent about our CBD strength. For this reason, we have listed a percentage next to each of our CBD oils. This will showcase how strong each product is, empowering you to choose the right product for you.
Below we have compared our range of full-spectrum CBD oils to help you understand the different strengths.
500mg CBD UK
When you visit ULU.com you will see our oils listed with the mg rating, the percentage and the mg per ml. We want to provide you with all the necessary information so you can decide which oil is best for your needs. For instance, our 5% full spectrum oil contains 500mg per 10ml; this means each ml contains 50mg of CBD. So, a 5% CBD oil is considered a medium strength oil and a reliable option for anyone who is new to cannabis oil.
1000mg CBD UK
Our full spectrum CBD Oil 1000mg comes in a 10ml bottle; this means each ml is packed full of 100mg of CBD. A concentration of 10% CBD is considered high and a great option if you need to increase your dosage.
Finally, here at ULU we believe in the power of CBD and offer two other very high concentrations. If you’ve been trying CBD for a while but aren’t seeing many results, you may need to consider choosing a higher CBD strength. Our strongest oils come in 1500 mg and 2000mg. To sum up, oils that are upwards of 15% are considered to have a very high concentration of CBD.
How can you take CBD?
CBD is now readily available in a variety of forms. Below we have outlined how you can purchase CBD and to start your journey to deciding which CBD product is right for you.
As aforementioned in this article, CBD extract is commonly mixed with a carrier oil, to create CBD oil. Here at ULU, we use MCT oil to create our organic full-spectrum CBD oils; ideal for anyone who never compromises on quality. These oils are great if you’re new to CBD. Firstly, you can adjust the serving size to suit you and your needs. Secondly, CBD oil is discrete and highly convenient; so, it can suit even the busiest of lifestyles.
To use this CBD product, place the drops under your tongue and hold them there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. This will allow the CBD to get into your bloodstream and work quicker.
CBD creams and rubs are perfect for conditions like acne, eczema and arthritis. Simply apply a CBD infused cream to the affected area! Our CBD beauty and skincare range contains organic and EU-sourced ingredients. We believe our topical CBD products are the best on the market; in fact, we haven’t seen any other UK retailers offering CBD beauty products at a higher concentration than our range!
If you’re looking for some much-needed self-care, CBD bath bombs can make the perfect end to a busy day. Simply add them to your warm tub and relax! While they are a new addition to the CBD industry, they have proven very popular.
Our vegan CBD capsules have been designed to promote a healthy, positive lifestyle. Moreover, thanks to their vegan gel coating they are easy to swallow, making them a convenient choice.
Nicotine free and a high concentration of CBD make ULU E-liquids one of the best. Choose from our range of delicious flavours including cinnamon, strawberry, peppermint and more!
Things to consider before you buy CBD oil
Before you make your first CBD purchase, it’s a good idea to do your research and understand the industry.
Purity – Checking for purity is essential. Has your CBD been third party tested? Does the company meet your country’s legal requirements? Remember, here in the UK, hemp CBD products must contain less than 0.1% THC. For this reason, here at ULU, we are proud to say our CBD contains less than 0.0005% THC, to offer you a pure and safe product. We promise high quality and all our products are third party tested for your peace of mind.
Organic CBD – Ensuring your CBD is organic is not only good for your body, but it’s good for the planet too. In ourquality guarantee we promise our CBD is herbicides and pesticides free. Not only does it ensure a pure product, but a safe one too!
Quality – The quality of CBD is important because a poor-quality product can result in its ineffectiveness. Alongside being organic, the extraction method can impact the quality too. As we mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to research this and ask questions if need be. Our friendly CBD experts are happy to answer any queries you may have, so feel free to contact us! Alternatively, you may enjoy reading about how CBD is made.
Finding what is right for you – Before embarking on your CBD journey, it is imperative to know what product is right for you. Whether you’re considering between hemp CBD oil and hemp seed oil, the type of CBD, or the strength. We advise researching the benefits of each variant and which suits your needs best.
Don’t forget to check out more of our knowledge articles to empower your CBD journey!