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Full-Spectrum CBD Oils

Full-spectrum CBD oils are increasingly popular as they’re so versatile and have numerous reported benefits, ranging from pain management to reducing anxiety. Pick from a wide array of bottle sizes, CBD amounts and strengths.

But before you start browsing, it’s important to consider whether Full Spectrum CBD is right for you, or whether you prefer Broad Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate. Many users opt for Full Spectrum CBD oils because of the enhanced effect of combining the different natural compounds in the cannabis plant. Read on to make your own choice.

Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD oils contain multiple beneficial cannabis plant extracts including essential oils, terpenes and cannabinoids like cannabinol (CBD). Full-spectrum CBD products may also contain tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the cannabinoid that gives you that ‘high’ feeling. However, such a low amount isn’t strong enough to have psychoactive effects and be addictive.

Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD oil is very similar to full-spectrum CBD oil as it also contains additional cannabis plant compounds. However, most broad-spectrum CBD products have zero or only trace amounts of THC.

CBD isolate

CBD isolate, on the other hand, is the purest form of CBD that doesn’t contain any other cannabis plant compounds.

The entourage effect

As full-spectrum CBD oils contains numerous cannabis plant compounds, researchers think they may have a more potent combined effect than pure CBD and therefore greater health benefits. This is called the ‘entourage effect.’ While research continues on the effectiveness and risks associated with CBD products, many studies focused on full-spectrum CBD oil and its potential benefits and drawbacks.

Benefits of full-spectrum CBD oils

While the data is limited, and much research looks at the impact of full-spectrum CBD oil on mice, and not humans, results so far suggest that full-spectrum CBD has a great deal of promise. Possible benefits of taking full-spectrum CBD oil include:

  • Pain: studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain through interactions with endocannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters, as well as by reducing inflammation.
  • Anxiety: CBD oil has also shown promise as a treatment for depression and anxiety with an impact on the central nervous system, potentially offering sufferers a more natural approach to wellbeing.
  • Cancer: CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and the side effects of cancer treatments such as nausea, vomiting and pain – but much more research needs to be done.
  • Acne: recent studies suggest CBD oil could help treat acne thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
  • Neurological disorders: one of the most studied uses of CBD is for neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Several CBD-based medications are already available.
  • Heart: recent research has linked CBD with benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including helping to lower high blood pressure.

It’s early days and CBD research is still in its infancy, but researchers have every reason to believe that CBD products – whether full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate – can enhance our health and wellbeing.

What exactly does the full-spectrum CBD oil contain?

The cannabis plant is quite literally packed with different types of beneficial compounds. Many of these make their way into your full-spectrum CBD oil.

  • Cannabinoids. You find more than 100 cannabinoids including CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is psychoactive. CBD is not. Both are thought to have therapeutic effects.
  • Terpenes. Packed with 150+ terpenes that affect the plant’s fragrance and can also have therapeutic benefits.
  • Flavonoids. Cannabis has 20+ different flavonoids. These are found in lots of plants including fruits, vegetables and grains. Like terpenes, they have therapeutic effects. Researchers believe that flavonoids in cannabis could have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective properties.

The right type of full-spectrum CBD oil for you

Full-spectrum CBD oils are an increasingly popular option. You can take them using a dropper or spray under the tongue. You also find full-spectrum CBD edibles like gummies, as well as topicals that you apply directly to the skin as a cream, lotion or gel. Or why not opt for full-spectrum CBD oil in capsule form? They are easy to dose and carry around with you.

Choosing your full-spectrum CBD oil

We suggest opting for full-spectrum CBD oils that meet certain safety, quality, and transparency criteria such as:

  • made by a company offering proof of third-party testing by an ISO 17025-compliant lab
  • made with hemp grown in a country with strict regulations like the US
  • contains no more than 0.3 percent THC according to the certificate of analysis (COA)
  • passes tests for things like pesticides, heavy metals and mould

To discover our full curated selection CBD products including both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD, explore our mellow store shelves.

Tips and advice on choosing the right product, delivery method or dosage? Explore our blog.

Key points

Full-spectrum CBD oil essentials

  • Contain multiple cannabis plant extracts including essential oils, terpenes & other cannabinols
  • Researchers believe this “entourage effect” increases the potential benefits
  • Usually applied sublingually (under the tongue) using a dropper
  • Can also be taken as a spray, capsules or applied topically as a cream or gel
  • All the products sold on mellow are 3rd party tested
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Full-Spectrum CBD Oils Products

Choosing the right CBD product

We understand it can be quite daunting when choosing your first CBD product so have a read of our handy guide to help you choose the product that’s right for your needs.

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Full-Spectrum CBD Oils FAQ

What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is made from a concentrated liquid extract from the Cannabis sativa family of plants. After the CBD has been extracted from the plant, it’s then mixed with a ‘carrier oil’ like hemp seed or coconut oil to create the final product.
What’s the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD?
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain multiple beneficial cannabis plant extracts including essential oils, terpenes and cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum CBD is very similar to full-spectrum CBD oil as it contains additional cannabis plant compounds. However, broad-spectrum CBD products have zero or only trace amounts of THC.
What about CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD that doesn’t contain any other cannabis plant compounds.
Should you choose Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or CBD Isolate?

There’s a lot of debate about which is "better". However, CBD is a personal matter and affects everyone differently, so the product that works best for you depends on your own individual needs and preferences.

If you’re interested in the potential therapeutic benefits of the entourage effect, full-spectrum CBD may be the best choice. Whereas if you’re sensitive to THC or just want to avoid it, you might want to try broad-spectrum CBD. That way, you’ll still get some benefits of entourage effect but with no THC. Don’t want anything but CBD? CBD isolate is your best bet.

Does full-spectrum CBD oil contain any THC?
Full-spectrum CBD can contain very small amounts of THC, less than 0.3% in the US and 0.2% in the EU. But this isn’t enough to make you “high” or be addictive. It is, however, thought to enhance the effect of the CBD oil. This is known as the entourage effect.
What’s the most common delivery method for full-spectrum CBD oil?

Many people choose to apply CBD oil sublingually using a dropper or spray – this means you apply it under the tongue and will feel the effects of the CBD oil more quickly.

If you don’t like the idea of this, you can also buy full-spectrum CBD oils in capsule form. Or you could opt for CBD oil as a topical (gel, cream or lotion) applied directly to the affected area, especially if you’re using CBD to manage targeted pain.

How much full-spectrum CBD oil should you take?

It’s usually recommended to begin with about 20mg per day. After a week, increase this by 5mg. Continue gradually until you start feeling the effect.

For CBD edibles and capsules, it’s easy to dose as the amount of CBD in each serving will be indicated on the label. If you’ve opted for CBD oil with a dropper, some brands include how much CBD is in each drop, so you can easily figure how many you need. While others only include the total amount of CBD in the bottle. If this is the case, remember that one drop is about 0.05 millilitres (ml) – that’s a single drop, not a full dropper. A 10-ml bottle of CBD oil therefore contains roughly 200 drops. Divide the total amount of CBD by the number of drops.

Are the full-spectrum CBD oils sold on mellow third-party tested?
Yes, all of the products sold on mellow, including our full-spectrum CBD oils, are 3rd party tested. The tests can be viewed and downloaded on each product page.
How is hemp different from marijuana?
Unlike marijuana which is THC-rich, hemp contains small (less than 0.3%) amounts of THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that is psychoactive – or makes you feel high.
Are there any side effects?
Full-spectrum CBD oil is generally well tolerated and considered safe. However, in rare cases, it may cause adverse reactions. Side effects noted in studies include diarrhoea, changes in appetite and weight, and fatigue.
How long will it take to receive your CBD oil?
Your items are usually dispatched within 1 business day and should therefore reach you in 4-6 business days.