CBD oil has the potential to help with your health and wellbeing due to the way it nourishes your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Vital for its effectiveness is the wide range of compounds present in the low-THC cannabis plants from where it is extracted. So, it is always important to choose full spectrum CBD oil instead of isolates or purified CBD. All Nature’s Therapy UK made CBD Oils contain only full spectrum oils.
The ECS consists of various receptors, endocannabinoids and enzymes. These enzymes are in charge of the production of endocannabinoids, tiny quantities of oily substances that attach to the receptors or affect the way in which the receptors act. Enzymes are also involved in the way Endocannabinoids decay and disperse.
Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids which have been produced internally, within your body. That’s what the prefix ‘endo’ relates to. They’re called cannabinoids because when they were first discovered in the late 1980s, scientists soon realised how similar they were to the substances produced by the cannabis plant. We now call cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant phytocannabinoids, the prefix ‘phyto’ meaning plant.
This should give you an insight into exactly why the cannabis plant can have such an important effect on your health. Nature has developed this plant with the ability to be a supplement, perhaps even replace or be a substitute for substances that you produce internally and which are vital to your health.
Receptors should be thought of as membranes within the cell walls of which the cannabinoids attach themselves to. They are present all throughout the body but more particularly in the brain, the gastrointestinal system and in our immune systems. They have an affect a whole range of bodily functions such as pain, mood, memory, inflammation and many more.
The main cannabinoid in CBD oil is, of course, cannabidiol or CBD. Strangely, it does not actually attach to the cannabinoid receptors that we know of, but it does affect the way other cannabinoids do. Consuming CBD can affect the way endocannabinoids behave. In fact, more and more scientists every day believe that there is a cannabinoid receptor that we have yet to discover to which CBD does attach but we’ll just have to wait for further research to learn more about this.
It is quite clear, the ECS is tremendously complex and we’re only just touching on the basics of it. More research happening every day and it is now recognised as one of our most important physiological systems, probably because it is linked to so many other systems, bodily and mental functions. One eminent American doctor has described its discovery as the most important advancement in medical science since the sterile surgical technique (You know since they started washing their tools and disinfecting things?).
Fortunately, nature has already sorted all of this out for us by giving us the cannabis plant. It contains so many compounds, estimated at more than 500 in total of which perhaps 120 are different cannabinoids. Incredibly, so far we’ve only discovered two endocannabinoids, so you can see the tremendous potential the plant has to affect both your body and your mind.
Whichever of our products you choose, you are choosing a full spectrum oil.
What’s the Difference Between CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD?
Due to its non-psychoactive healing properties, Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a hugely popular option for patients seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and more. As people start to understand how CBD can be used to alleviate their symptoms, they are often faced with a choice between using products made from CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD. So, what is the difference between the two?
Understanding the Benefits of the Many Cannabinoids
As shown in the chart above, each cannabinoid offers different potential benefits for a wide variety of ailments. Notably, CBD offers most of the benefits of each cannabinoid combined. While there is no debate that CBD offers the most benefits compared to any single cannabinoid, many wonder if CBD alone is more effective for treating ailments than all the cannabinoids combined.
CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD: Which is More Effective?
It was previously believed that CBD in its isolated form was more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD; however, in 2015, the theory was debunked by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. In the study, researchers administered full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate to two different groups of mice. When comparing the data of the two groups, the results proved that the group administered with full spectrum CBD were provided with higher levels of relief. Furthermore, the study demonstrated that full spectrum CBD continued to provide relief as the dose increased, while CBD Isolate did not provide the same effect when there was an increase in dosage.
While full spectrum CBD has ultimately proven to be more effective than CBD Isolate and can be used to effectively treat a wide variety of ailments, it does not discredit the effectiveness of CBD Isolate. There are a wide variety of situations when CBD isolate would be preferred over Full Spectrum CBD. For example, you may not necessarily need the full capabilities of Full Spectrum CBD, or if you aren’t legally allowed to use THC. It is also important to note that other cannabinoids may cause negative reactions when isolated CBD wouldn’t (if the condition you are suffering from is critical, we definitely advise you speak to a medical consultant before trying out any version of CBD).
As researchers continue to study the marijuana plant, we will learn more and more about these amazing cannabinoids and what they can do for us.