Full Spectrum CBD
You’ve probably heard about the CBD (cannabidiol) craze by now, but there’s more to full spectrum CBD than just the popular cannabinoids, CBD and THC. Therapeutic hemp actually has over 100 different cannabinoids and they can all benefit us in some way.
When shopping for CBD products you will often come across a CBD Isolate, which means exactly that, the CBD has been chemically isolated and there are no other compounds in that product. That may seem ideal as many of you do not want THC in your CBD. But don’t discount all of the other beneficial cannabinoids that cannabis has to offer.
Cannabinoids work synergistically together in what is known as the entourage effect, this simply means that they perform better together than each individual compound would on its own. This is why we feel that a full spectrum CBD product offers more benefits than an isolate. We’ve laid out a few of the major cannabinoids and their properties for you below.
CBD – (Cannabidiol) First discovered in 1940, CBD is a non-psychotropic compound found in the cannabis sativa plant and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD actually counteracts the cognitive effects of THC. Though CBD is also an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, marijuana’s cousin. Scientific studies have proven CBD can help with inflammation and pain, along with the potential for reducing depression and anxiety, seizures, acne, and in the treatment of addictions.
CBDV – (Cannabidivarin) Although this cannabinoid doesn’t get nearly the attention that CBD and THC do, it has been shown to have strong anticonvulsant effects. CBDV differs from CBD only by the substitution of a pentyl (5 carbon) for a propyl (3 carbon) sidechain. Recent studies have shown potential for its use in the management of epilepsy and in the treatment of nausea.
CBC – (Cannabichromene) Although CBC tends to bind poorly with the CB1 receptors in the brain, it is more likely to bind with vanilloid and ankyrin 1 receptors that are linked to pain perception. When CBC is consumed and binds with these receptors, your body’s endocannabinoids increase. Scientists have found that CBC performs better when combined with other cannabinoids rather than on its own. There is still much to learn about cannabichromene but the limited research thus far shows promise in fighting cancer, as an anti-inflammatory, as a weapon against mental health conditions, and even as an acne inhibitor.
CBG – (Cannabigerol) CBG is often referred to as the “mother cannabinoid” or “stem cell cannabinoid” because it turns THC into CBD. CBG has been found to be a very powerful vasodilator. Research shows that CBG reduces intraocular pressure, making it a useful treatment for glaucoma as well as being effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease and Huntington’s Disease. Recent evidence shows that it may inhibit cancer cell growth as well.
CBN – (Cannabinol) CBN is the only cannabinoid that does not derive from cannabigerol and in fact, forms from the natural degradation of THC. This cannabinoid shows promising potential as a powerful sedative, as an antibiotic, and even as an analgesic. CBN also helps reduce and prevent seizures and convulsions. Recent studies show that CBN may be a powerful neuroprotectant. Researchers found in one rodent study that CBN was able to delay the onset of ALS. Human studies are needed but the potential of CBN is exciting.
THC – (Tetrahydrocannabinol) THC, the most well known of all of the cannabinoids, is the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that gets you high, producing feelings of euphoria, sedation, and more. THC has been used medicinally for thousands of years and has been found to be helpful in the treatment of PTSD, glaucoma, insomnia, as well as chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Wicked Wellness CBD products contain less than .03% THC, are legal in all 50 states and will not get you high. Send us an e-mail using our contact us link for a copy of our data analysis at any time.