With so much information about CBD online, it can be overwhelming to know who to trust. If you’ve recently heard about natural hemp-based solutions, you can get swarmed with information, and different people are trying to sell you all sorts of things. The last thing we want to do is create analysis paralysis, with so many options that you don’t start your journey towards a more natural lifestyle.
We were recently asked: “I just ordered CBD isolate, but now people are telling me full spectrum is better? It has an entourage effect What does that even mean?” We hope to provide more insight and help you make a smarter purchasing decision.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is the superior way to take CBD because of the variety of other compounds found in the hemp plant... but especially THC. THC is the only true way to open access to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), greatly amplifying the effects on your body.
The CB1 receptor acts as a lock to the endocannabinoid system, the THC included unlocks the receptor opening the pathway for cannabinoids to flow through the ECS. Thus ensuring you get the wide range of benefits in your body.
The entourage effect is the idea of CBD working synergistically with other compounds found in hemp to maximize its impact on your body. This phenomenon is considered the essential benefit to taking full spectrum hemp oil, and one that can re-define the medical landscape as we know it.
IS FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL DIFFERENT FROM CBD?
As you could probably guess by the name, full spectrum help oil contains the complete range of cannabinoids that are found in hemp. This extraction process brings much more than CBD; it also brings vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, fatty acids, chlorophyll, and terpenes.
For many that have done extended research, full spectrum hemp oil has been deemed the optimal and most natural way to live a natural lifestyle. They take it so they can make sure they are maximizing the physical and mental effects of CBD on the body.
As you probably know, people can take this natural supplement to reduce stress, anxiety, deal with pain and inflammation, and help with a variety of diseases and conditions. (You can read more about research done here).
The benefits of taking the full hemp plant make it greater than the sum of its parts. Research has found that CBD helps block cannabinoid receptors, which greatly reduces the most common side effects of THC including anxiety and trouble sleeping. Medical cannabis users recount experiences that CBD supplements have greatly reduced nightmares and terrors commonly experience.
As the legal landscape around CBD changes, more research will be done into the positive benefits, and ways it can be most effectively integrated into your lifestyle.
IS THERE RESEARCH AROUND THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
The most critical study you need to know about is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Available here). Which turned heads as it drew major conclusions comparing CBD isolate to Full Spectrum Hemp Oil.
Testing CBD in its most isolated state, they found that it followed a bell curve. Meaning that at a certain point, effects would wind down until it would be deemed not effective. What does this mean? Unless you found the highly targeted dose range, effects would be minimal/non-existent.
They then decided to tweak the formula and include a variety of secondary compounds that were originally found in the hemp plant. Testing these CBD-combination-experiments for the effects on pain and inflammation. The result found an outcome that more reliably increased based on dosage, the more you took, the less pain!
The more you took, the stronger its effects. This is critical for clinical use, as it could be properly measured and prescribed. This gave heightened importance to CBD working alongside other compounds.
It makes sense that we wanted to isolate CBD, but it’s amazing that to reach the best effects, it ended up being the most natural, all-encompassing solution!
ENTOURAGE EFFECT = LESS DROPS FOR MORE EFFECT
In addition to these findings, the researchers also found that full spectrum hemp oil reached its desired effects with fewer drops compared to isolate. From the synergizing interactions, the CBD worked better alongside all the other variables (the entourage effect in action).
This means you’re getting more bang for your buck sourcing quality full spectrum hemp oil. As you could imagine, you could be saving a ton of money taking fewer drops and having better effects vs. going with a CBD isolate product.
While CBD isolate is great for a cannabis user, the average person will not get the full range of benefits. It can help with minor pain and slight calmness but the deep feelings throughout your body system will not be felt without Full Spectrum Hemp Oil!
DOES DOSAGE CHANGE BASED ON THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?
The issue with hemp-based supplements is that there’s no universal dosage for how much to take. Of course, your body, goals, and desired effects will dictate the dosage you should take, as well as the amount of time it takes for your body to fully experience the effects.
Our most common recommendation is to use the up-titration method to gauge the effects of CBD on your body. To do this, you simply start with a very small dosage and slowly work your way up until the desired effects are reached. A common example is a drop in the morning, afternoon, and night, and slowly moving upwards from there.
While you may be frustrated, this can be a huge investment in the long run. As discussed, full-spectrum hemp oil is much more effective than CBD isolate, and thus the same dosage amount you took with CBD can have entirely different effects. Additionally, if you start with 10 drops, you might have never known the REAL DOSAGE required to get the benefits and could be using excess supplements (and money) without ever knowing what the real solutions were.
Be patient, start small, and work your way up to reach goals you can be confident in!
KNOWING WHERE TO PURCHASE FROM
Regardless of isolate or full spectrum, regardless of how you take it or how much, the most critical thing is doing research into where you’re purchasing from. The natural supplement industry has exploded in recent years, and thanks to the internet, amazing suppliers have been able to open their doors to a worldwide audience.
Of course, not all stores operate this way; this has also given rise to a variety of re-sellers, using vague wording and minimal information to sell CBD with high ticket prices to people who might be at an information disadvantage.
We recommend looking into the history of the store you’re buying from. Asking if they source their products locally, and what their preparation process is.
Can they specifically show that it’s full spectrum hemp oil? Do they provide records of the manufacturing runs they do? Always make sure to reach out and ask questions, as great companies will be more than willing to help.
Our team at Vision Aura wants to change the way CBD and Hemp based supplements are perceived and want to pass on as much information as possible. Our FDA approved hemp oil is regionally sourced from the USA and we provide batch breakdowns of every bottle we produce. Feel free to ask us any questions you’d like covered!