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There is a whole range of health benefits for CBD oil that makes it popular all over the world. When you look for CBD oil, you may come across terminologies like full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, isolate, pure-spectrum, etc. These terminologies refer to the types of CBD oil used in each CBD product. Based on the type of CBD oil used, the health benefits offered by the different CBD products may differ.

CBD isolate and the full-spectrum CBD oil are the most common types of CBD oil used in various CBD products. CBD isolate is pure form of CBD oil that only contains CBD. On the other hand, full-spectrum CBD oil contains all the cannabinoid compounds, vitamins, terpenes, flavonoids, proteins, and essential fatty acids present in the hemp plant.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of full-spectrum CBD oil.

What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Full-spectrum CBD oil is also referred to as whole plant CBD oil because it contains all the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, including THC. Other compounds such as vitamins, flavonoids, terpenes, proteins, and fatty acids are also present in full-spectrum CBD oil.

When compared to CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD oil undergoes less processing. Dried hemp plants are mainly used by the manufacturers to extract the cannabinoids. Superficial COis usually used for the extraction of cannabinoids and other compounds from the plant matter. The resulting oil contains all the cannabinoids and other compounds that hemp has to offer.

Sometimes full-spectrum CBD oil is also called as pure-spectrum CBD oil. The presence of THC in full-spectrum CBD oil is a concern to many people. THC is a psychoactive compound that produces the sensation of high. But the amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD oil is less than 0.3 % and this amount is not enough to get you high.

Advantages Of Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

Health benefits of CBD are well known to everyone. It interacts with the cannabinoid receptors present in the endocannabinoid system of the body. This interaction helps a smooth functioning of the endocannabinoid system and helps to maintain homeostasis.

You can achieve homeostasis with CBD isolate also. But all the compounds in full-spectrum CBD oil work to create entourage effect that could provide more extensive health benefits. The entourage effect of the full-spectrum CBD oil makes it superior to CBD isolate.

Terpenes, the aromatic molecules present in the full-spectrum CBD oil, can be used in the aromatherapy. Even though CBD isolate is considered to be more potent, or concentrated, it cannot compete with the combined effects of all the cannabinoids present in the full-spectrum CBD oil.

The presence of THC is also an advantage of full-spectrum CBD oil. THC is indeed a psychoactive compound and can cause euphoric effects. But THC works better than CBD in reducing nausea and increase the appetite of the user. It is also very effective than CBD in reducing seizures in epileptic patients.

The various cannabinoids terpenes present in full-spectrum CBD oil provide a pleasant flavor to the oil. Also, the terpenes and other compounds of the full-spectrum CBD oil enhance the effect of CBD in the body.  The nutrient profile in full-spectrum CBD oil also helps in improving the general health of the body.

Disadvantages Of Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

The main concern of the people who use full-spectrum CBD oil is the presence of THC, the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant. Even though the amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD oil is less than 0.3 %, it can show up in a drug test. Therefore, many people are using CBD isolate instead of full-spectrum CBD oil to avoid the risk of THC showing up in the drug test.

Hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD oil has lower potency of cannabinoids, but it is legal in all the American states. Even though full-spectrum CBD oil derived from the marijuana plant has a higher potency, it is illegal to use it in the United States. Marijuana and marijuana derived products are still under the list of controlled substances.

Another major drawback of full-spectrum CBD oil is its intoxicating effects. If you take alcohol and full-spectrum CBD oil within eight hours, they can interact with each other. The interaction increases the effect of CBD oil and can lead to extreme sedation and severe side effects. Therefore, it is better not to use alcohol when you are using full-spectrum CBD oil.

Advantages Of Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Disadvantages Of Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Entourage effect Trace amounts of THC
Legal in all  50 states (hemp-derived) Less potent than CBD isolate
Rich nutrient profile Intoxication


When compared to pure CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD oil offer greater health benefits. It is preferable to those who seek the full benefits of the hemp plant. But if you only want the benefit of CBD, then CBD isolate is the better choice. Most of the medical professionals recommend full-spectrum CBD oil over CBD isolate.


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