Health & Wellness

The Best Full Spectrum CBD Oils

By Melena Gurganus

The CBD market has grown tremendously over the past few years, and so has the wealth of knowledge surrounding CBD extraction methods and distillation processes. Now, instead of simple CBD oil, there are three types of CBD extracts: isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum CBD—the latter of which is highly sought after for its whole plant benefits.

What is full spectrum CBD oil?

When you purchase a full spectrum CBD product, you’ll be getting much more than just CBD (cannabidiol). In addition, you’ll be getting an array of beneficial cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, CBC, and others, as well as terpenes, to elicit whole plant therapy. This is often referred to as the “entourage effect,” where multiple plant parts work together to produce greater effects than when used in isolation.

Full spectrum CBD oil has shown to be beneficial for an array of issues, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep issues. CBD oils are extracted from cannabis plants, but they are much different than medical marijuana since they are extracted from industrial hemp plants. Hemp CBD oil contains minimal levels of THC (less than 0.3%), and larger amounts of CBD. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound responsible for making marijuana users “high,” but CBD does not have these effects and offers relaxation without the psychoactive element.

What are the best full spectrum CBD oils?

NuLeaf Naturals

As a leading brand in the hemp industry, NuLeaf Naturals is well-known for their high quality CBD oils. Their formula remains the same across all of their products, and features 50mg of CBD in every milliliter.

Naternal

For a full spectrum CBD oil with a range of potency options, Naternal CBD tinctures are available in three different strengths: 20mg, 40mg, and 80mg per 1mL dropper. Customers also love the affordable price of these products for the quality they are getting.

Spruce CBD

If you’re looking for an extra strength CBD oil, the Max Potency tincture from Spruce CBD contains 2,400mg of CBD, enough for 80mg per dropper. Additionally, customers can choose between a hemp seed oil and MCT oil base for their tincture.

Cornbread Hemp

As a Kentucky based brand, Cornbread Hemp is proud to source all of their CBD from the Bluegrass State, which provides some of the healthiest hemp plants known to man. Their full spectrum CBD oil contains 750mg, or 25mg per dropper full.

Charlotte's Web

Another popular brand, Charlotte’s Web, offers a variety of hemp oil formulas with 7mg, 17mg, 50mg, or 60mg per mL. And unlike many other full spectrum CBD oils, Charlotte’s Web has multiple flavor options, including mint chocolate, lemon twist, and orange blossom.

Proleve

As a well-liked brand among our readers, Proleve offers a range of full spectrum CBD oils in 500mg, 1000mg, 2500mg, and 5000mg per bottle. Their CBD oil extracts are derived from organically grown hemp plants and are held to strict testing standards by their third-party labs.

Nordic Oil

A leading CBD company in Europe, Nordic Oil has made its way to the United States. Their full spectrum CBD oil tinctures are available in light (500mg), medium (1500mg), and high strength (2500mg), as well as a special formula for sleep that includes 75mg of melatonin and 150mg of CBD.

How to Take CBD Oil

While there are an array of different application styles, CBD oil is by far the most popular way to consume this beneficial hemp extract. CBD oil can be added to foods and drinks for an ingestible option, but it is perhaps most effective when applied sublingually. This method requires the placement of a few drops of CBD oil below the tongue for 30 to 90 seconds, and then swallowing. This allows time for the CBD to absorb into the bloodstream, while also picking up any remaining CBD through the digestive tract. Additionally, you may want to swallow the CBD oil with a beverage if you don’t love the taste of hemp.

FAQs

What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?

Generally speaking, CBD oil has has a distinct, earthy flavor profile, especially when it comes to full spectrum CBD oils. The taste of hemp isn’t always pleasant, but you can opt for naturally flavored products that mask the off putting cannabis taste (peppermint or citrus flavors are popular choices).

Will Full Spectrum CBD Oil Get You High?

While full spectrum products contain small doses of THC, they won’t cause you to have any mind-altering effects. CBD products that are widely legal throughout the United States must contain no more than 0.3% THC, which isn’t enough to make anyone feel high.

Does CBD Oil Affect A Drug Test?

In the same way that CBD oil won’t make you high, it’s also highly unlikely that it will cause you to test positive on a drug test. However, in rare instances, this has been reported. To avoid a false positive, we recommend possibly going for a broad-spectrum CBD oil that’s THC free, as well as checking with the testing facility to ensure they aren’t testing for any other cannabinoids (like CBD).

Is CBD Oil Safe?

While CBD products have yet to be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are generally considered safe by the World Health Organization. With that being said, there aren’t nearly as many scientific studies currently available to let us know the long term effects of CBD use. And with a widely unregulated industry like the CBD market, consumers should be extra careful about the products they are purchasing, including how they are made and where they come from. To ensure you are purchasing high quality CBD, look for products that are third party tested and come from a reputable hemp source before buying CBD oil.

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