Industry-wide, Full-Spectrum CBD technically means the product contains CBD and some THC, £0.3% in hemp. At Innate Remedies, we consider Full-Spectrum to include CBD and £0.3%THC, plus other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found naturally in the cannabis plant. Full-Spectrum CBD is considered best, as it demonstrates the “entourage effect,” in which the other phytocompounds work synergistically to promote the effects of CBD. Think of CBD like one musical note when used alone, whereas the entourage effect creates a symphony.
The entourage effect has been demonstrated in the scientific literature that CBD works better when used in conjunction with other cannabinoids, particularly THC, and phytocompounds commonly found in the cannabis plant.
Full-spectrum products promote a better response at a lower dose. Observations have reflected some clinical and preclinical models in that isolated CBD may require 5-10x the dose of Full-Spectrum CBD for maximum effect. And that maximum effect achieved through a higher dose of isolate will be lower than that achieved from a lower dose of Full-Spectrum.
For example, someone may report a maximum benefit at 7 points improvement on a pain scale using 20mg of Full-Spectrum CBD. That same individual could report a maximum benefit at 4 points improvement on a pain scale when using 100mg of CBD. While CBD has a favorable safety profile, lower doses are better as they decrease risk of side-effects and drug interactions.
Broad-Spectrum / THC-Free
Broad Spectrum CBD products from Innate Remedies contain all of the compounds contributing to the entourage effect with the exception of THC. While THC is arguably the juggernaut of the entourage effect, the other compounds have demonstrated synergy as well.
For example, the terpene beta-caryophyllene exerts anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects on cannabinoid receptors, and contributes the entourage effect.
Broad-Spectrum CBD oil is a great option for those who cannot have any THC in their systems.
Isolate CBD does not have any of the other compounds present and therefore does not demonstrate the entourage effect. Innate Remedies does not offer any isolate CBD products.