Understanding Full Spectrum Hemp Products

Understanding Full Spectrum Hemp Products: What You Need To Know

In the world of hemp and CBD products, the term “Full Spectrum” holds significant importance. It refers to a specific type of product that contains a range of naturally occurring compounds found in hemp extract.  Let’s delve into what “Full Spectrum” means, its benefits, and why it matters when considering hemp supplements. 

Defining Full Spectrum

Currently, the hemp industry uses the term "Full Spectrum" to describe products that are derived from a resinoid hemp extract. This extract contains a variety of water-insoluble natural compounds without anything intentionally removed, as defined by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) [1]. For CANNACEA, a brand dedicated to crafting the highest-quality hemp products, being truly "Full Spectrum" involves a more stringent requirement. It demands the presence of specific lab-certified hemp phytonutrients in addition to the primary phytocannabinoids Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), and delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Elements of a Genuine Full Spectrum

A genuine Full Spectrum product from CANNACEA goes beyond the standard definition. It ensures the inclusion of:

  • All three primary phytocannabinoids when heat-activated: CBD, CBC, and THC.
  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV), a natural homolog of CBD.
  • Cannabigerol (CBG), the heat-activated form derived from Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA) (the "parent" of all phytocannabinoids).
  • Secondary phytocannabinoids like Cannabinol (CBN).
  • A rich variety of native hemp monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
  • Cannflavin A, B, and/or C flavonoids.

Additional details about CANNACEA's genuine Full Spectrum can be found in our Full Spectrum science page.

CANNACEA's commitment to a comprehensive composition ensures a more potent and synergistic therapeutic hemp experience.


Cannacea's Hemp Oil Phytonutrient Levels


The Science Behind Full Spectrum

Scientific literature supports the efficacy of whole plant extracts over isolated compounds [2-4]. The concept of the "Entourage Effect" highlights that the combined effects of multiple compounds in hemp work more effectively than isolated ones [9-10]. Research shows that full spectrum CBD-rich preparations can lead to better results, reduced adverse effects, and lower consumption compared to isolated CBD [11-18].

For more detailed information, click on this link for revealing research about hemp’s Entourage Effect at the Full Spectrum science page of our website.

Unlocking Nature's Wisdom

Plants play a vital role in our health, providing essential nutrients and compounds that benefit our well-being [5-8]. CANNACEA's full spectrum approach acknowledges the complexity of nature, delivering a balanced combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and other native compounds. This synergy enhances the potential benefits of hemp supplementation.

Understanding Full Spectrum Terminology

It's important to note that the hemp industry's use of "Full Spectrum" differs from its botanical industry definition. In hemp, it focuses on the primary compounds made by the plant being present in the final product, while in the broader botanical context, it refers to the entirety of all compounds produced by a plant. Similarly, "Broad Spectrum" intends that the hemp product lacks detectable THC but still contains many other hemp phytonutrients, unlike the botanical industry's wider interpretation [1].

In conclusion, "Full Spectrum" hemp products encapsulate the true essence of hemp's therapeutic potential. By harnessing the power of myriad synergistic natural compounds, these products offer a holistic approach to health and wellness.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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