What Is Full Spectrum CBD?

The Difference Between Full Spectrum and Isolate CBD Products is a very important distinction. The cannabis plant has a diverse range of active constituents. The cannabinoids, such as CBD (cannabidiol), THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBN  (cannabinol) are a few of the types derived from the precursor CBG (cannabigerol), and they provide many of the medicinal benefits from hemp and marijuana [1]. The other compounds, such as terpenes and flavonoids, provide additional benefits. In total, there are over 480 active compounds found in cannabis. Many of which remain in mystery and require additional research.

So What’s The Difference…

When we isolate a single compound from a plant, it becomes more akin to a pharmaceutical, or man-made drug, rather than a natural product. Many pharmaceuticals are simply single compounds isolated from a plant, and then synthetically produced in a laboratory. Nature has a reason for everything. All that’s contained within nature interacts through a harmonious dance. The 480+ compounds found in the cannabis plant all have a purpose. They communicate with each other. This communication does not necessarily end when the plant is cut. It tends to continue on into the medicine that is harvested. So when we isolate certain compounds, we cut the line of communication. The result? A potentially less potent product. On the other hand, when we isolate certain compounds, the resulting product can have a more focused and pronounced effect. If our body is in extreme disorder, like in the case of chronic illness, then the remedy may need to be equally extreme. In this case, an isolate could be beneficial.

Full Spectrum CBD

The touted benefits of CBD products, such as it’s anti-inflammatory qualities [1], can also be observed in other compounds found in the plant. For example, terpenes have this quality, as well as an ability to synergize and enhance the efficacy of CBD. Other cannabinoids, such as THC and CBN also have similar effects. For example, this study found that “in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered.” For these reasons, we have found that full-spectrum CBD products are the most effective for whatever ails you.

CBD Isolate Products

Some people prefer to use CBD isolated products. This is because CBD has been studied more extensively than the other compounds found in hemp. Both anecdotally and scientifically, CBD has proved to be effective for a variety of issues, such as pain [2], anxiety and depression [3], and digestive, cardiovascular [4], skin and nervous system disease. For this reason, many people choose to supplement with pure CBD isolates. This is based on the belief that other compounds found in the plant may water down the product, and produce a less effective result. By buying pure CBD isolate, consumers may get a bigger bang for their buck.

Nature Is Full Spectrum

Nature’s pharmacy is designed from millions of years of evolution. The medicine that is found in nature, whether from plant, mineral or animal origins, comes from life’s ability to thrive. When a species is unable to thrive over long periods of time, it eventually fades away. Thriving can come in many forms, and it is not necessarily about quantity but rather quality. This quality can be observed through active constituents, compounds, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. All of which have the potential to benefit health and well being.

What creates these medicinal qualities generally relates to a plant’s defense, or immune system. This means that what is poison to one plant or animal, can be medicine for another. This is the brilliance of nature. For example, Neonicotinoids, which mimic nicotine in tobacco, are used as insecticides [5]. Nicotine acts similarly in the tobacco plant, repulsing invading insects. Nicotine not so coincidentally has positive effects on attention, focus, memory, motor function and pleasure [6]. In fact, people are now using nicotine as a “smart drug”, which are drugs that enhance cognitive performance.

Cannabis is similar, where the active constituents such as cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes act as a defense system against invaders. The terpenes, which create the flavor and aromatic profiles in marijuana, also create an aroma that repels insects [7]. So often, we hear about THC and CBD in hemp and marijuana, however the cannabis plant contains far more than these two compounds. As stated earlier, there are over 480 active compounds found in cannabis.

Patriot Hemp’s Preference…

At Patriot Hemp, we prefer to work with full spectrum products because we believe nature’s pharmacy has mastered bio-chemistry. We provide two varieties of CBD products. One is our full spectrum product, containing all the active compounds the hemp plant has to offer, including THC. We also over a THC Free product, which contains all the active compounds, but without any THC. This is targeted for those who wish to receive all the benefits of CBD without the risks of THC.

Patriot Hemp

 At Patriot Hemp, our mission is to provide high quality CBD oil to those who can benefit from it. We focus particularly on government employees, veterans, people suffering from PTSD, military personnel, nurses and those in positions of service. That is why we offer several CBD products that contain zero THC. This means you can enjoy all the benefits of CBD without the risk of THC. Find our products and more at https://patriotcbd.org/


[1] Zerrin Atakan (2012) Cannabis, a complex plant: different compounds and different effects on individuals 2(6) 241-254

[2] Ethan B. Russo (2008) Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain 4(1) 245-259

[3] De Mello Schier AR, de Oliveira Ribeiro NP, Coutinho DS, Machado S, Arias-carri not O, Crippa JA, Zuardi AW, Nardi AE, Silva AC (2014) Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa 13(6):953-60

[4] Khalid A. Jadoon, Garry D. Tan, Saoirse E. O’Sullivan (2017) A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study 2(12)

[5] Kazuhiko Matsuda, David B. Sattelle (2001) Neonicotinoids: insecticides acting on insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors 573-580

[6] Warburton DM (1992) Nicotine as a cognitive enhancer 16(2): 181-91

[7] Giovanni Benelli, Filippo Maggi (2018) The essential oil from industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) By-products as an effective tool for insect pest management in organic crops 308-315