What is Full Spectrum CBD?


CANNABIDIOL EXPLAINED   What is CBD? CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a plant compound found abundantly in hemp plants.     For generations, hemp has been used as a botanical powerhouse in helping humans with their health. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the use of hemp due to its natural therapeutic properties.     Cannabis is the botanical plant name for hemp, which is a member of the Cannabaceae plant family. Cannabidiol is just one of over 80 natural plant compounds found in this species of cannabis.     Cannabidiols are the main active ingredients in CBD products, where powerful natural extracts are extracted from hemp and are used to create oils, capsules, edibles, infused skincare and much more.     It is thought by scientists that the compound cannabidiol has the potential to help maintain balance in the body, by interacting with your internal endocannabinoid system which is found in the human body.     This system helps control bodily functions such as appetite, mood, immune response, pain, and sleep patterns.     Our dedicated team of chemists carefully crafts and curates every step of the CBD production process, to ensure that every drop of oil you receive is the best quality.      We create our CBD oil range under strict quality control to ensure you receive the highest quality extracts. Every drop is as close to nature as possible so that you can be as well.     LEAF CBD oils are derived from the hemp plant. CBD or its scientific name Cannabidiol is a natural plant molecule found abundantly in hemp. CBD works by stimulating your endocannabinoid system, to help promote balance, and calm in your body.     By extracting oil from hemp we are able to harness the beneficial properties, that the compound CBD naturally has to offer. We believe in the goodness of the whole plant, so our extracts contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids and not just CBD.     LEAF CBD oils are a perfect combination of our highly concentrated CBD extract and our rich hemp seed oil. We maintain the integrity of the whole plant in our extraction process, so you receive the full CBD benefits.  Unheated and unprocessed, our CBD oil offers the benefits of the hemp plant as nature intended. Packed with vital minor cannabinoids, omegas, vitamins, and minerals that are typically lost when heated.     Our full spectrum whole plant formula helps to naturally support your endocannabinoid system by creating balance in the body. Simply taken on its own as a supplement in your wellness routine.     This unique opportunity to consume hemp in a way that preserves the plant’s complex structure of over 400 molecules.     Taking raw hemp oil in liquid form ensures a higher rate of absorption. In effect this means more of the CBD+CBG you take is used by the body.      BENEFITS OF THE WHOLE-PLANT CBD     Cannabidiol works by interacting with the body through a complex network of cannabinoid receptors, called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).     This vast internal system controls essential daily functions such as appetite, mood, and sleep patterns. When these receptors are stimulated they help the body create its own chemicals called endocannabinoids.     The endocannabinoid system refers to a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. You can think of cell receptors like little golf holes on the surface of your cells.     The key to sinking the put in these golf holes are chemical molecules called agonists. Each time an agonist binds to a cell it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.     The endocannabinoid system is the name for a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists.     Two primary cell receptors make up the ECS, Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys for these receptors are called endocannabinoids.     In fact, endocannabinoids got their name from cannabis. Plant cannabinoids were discovered first. Endo means within, and cannabinoid referring to a compound that fits into cannabinoid receptors.     HISTORY     When CBD was identified in the 1940s, scientists assumed it had little or no effect on the body. The main focus back then was researching THC and its pharmacology. However, fast forward to the 1990s and a research team led by Professor Raphael Mechoulam (commonly acknowledged as the grandfather of cannabis research) discovered what has come to be known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – and this changed everything.        HEMP VS MARIJUANA     When it comes to CBD oil many may wonder if hemp and marijuana are the same? After all, Cannabidiol does come from cannabis. The answer to this question is technically, Yes. As they both come from the Cannabis Sativa species of cannabis. However, their properties are considerably different.     Hemp  The term 'Hemp' is generally used to describe non-psychoactive forms of cannabis cultivated for agricultural and industrial use. Hemp is a name used to describe a classification of Cannabis Sativa, which has long stems, slim leaves and only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC, 0.2% or less. This form of cannabis is known for its rich Cannabidiol content (which is non-psychoactive) and its low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content.     Marijuana  Marijuana on the other hand is a term used to describe Cannabis Sativa that contains high levels of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC, is the cannabis compound that IS psychoactive and is responsible for creating the ‘high’ feeling most commonly associated with cannabis. The Marijuana classification of Cannabis Sativa contains high amounts of THC that can reach levels of up to 40%. Cannabis that contains these higher levels is mainly grown for recreational and medical use.


Not only can CBD be extracted using different methods, it can also be made using different compounds of the cannabis plant, resulting in products with differing uses and benefits.


The three compounds within the cannabis plant are cannabinoids (among them CBD and THC), terpenes, which affect the aroma of the plant and carry therapeutic effects, and flavonoids, which also produce therapeutic effects.


  • Full Spectrum Oil includes small amounts of each of these compounds, including THC (below 0.2%). The interaction of all compounds produces what is known as an ‘entourage effect’, boosting the overall therapeutic effects of the plant. Furthermore, The THC found in full-spectrum products may increase the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits of CBD, without producing a high sensation. All LEAF products contain only Full Spectrum CBD.
  • Broad Spectrum CBD includes all components, other than THC, and therefore still benefits from the entourage effect.
  • CBD Isolate is pure CBD — without any other cannabinoids, terpenes or flavonoids. It is transparent, and has almost no side effects, taste or smell. It is recommended for patients who don’t want any trace of THC or aroma of cannabis in their products, and highly beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety and headaches.


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