vs. CBD Isolate
Each hemp plant contains a range of compounds like phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that work together to heighten the benefits of CBD. Full-spectrum CBD oil leaves these compounds intact to preserve their richer synergistic reaction, whereas CBD isolate is pure cannabidiol presented without terpenes, and according to research, it is generally less effective.
Studies show that test subjects who used full-spectrum CBD experienced higher levels of relief compared to those who took CBD isolate. Additionally, full-spectrum CBD is more likely to show enhanced results with higher dosages, whereas the effects of CBD isolates tend to plateau eventually. Miraflora is committed to producing the highest quality, most effective, organic, full-spectrum CBD oil by utilizing strains, production methods and extraction processes that capture and retain all of the beneficial components of the hemp plant, from farm to formulation.
The “Entourage Effect”
It is commonly known that the sum of all the compounds in full-spectrum CBD oil is greater than the role of its individual components. Full-spectrum CBD oil includes terpenes and cannabinoids that work together to produce the most efficacious outcome, a range of results known as “The Entourage Effect”.
More research is needed to identify exactly which role each compound plays in the overall effects of full-spectrum CBD oil, but it does seem clear that when terpenes and cannabinoids are present together, they produce more intense results. At Miraflora, we hand harvest our hemp flowers from our organic Boulder County, Colorado farm to deliver an un-adulterated purity of the naturally occurring cannabinoid & terpene profile. Products not marked as “full-spectrum” will not produce “The Entourage Effect” and are not recommended.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are natural compounds found in the resinous oils of most plants, and they play an important role in their survival. Recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption, terpenes are also found in a variety of food and cosmetic products, because they are effective in regulating human health as well, due to their anti-inflammatory and stress relieving properties.
Cannabis is currently known as the most terpene-rich plant on earth. The highest concentrations are found in the female hemp flowers, although some of Cannabis’ most effective terpenes can also be found singularly in other plants you might be familiar with:
This is the most common terpene in Cannabis, but you’ll also find it in hops, eucalyptus, mango, bay leaves, and lemongrass. This terpene eases pain, inflammation, and helps your muscles relax.
The second most common terpene in Cannabis, Limonene can also be found in citrus plants, so it’s not surprising that it aids the immune system, fights tumors and bacterial infections, and treats gastric issues.
This terpene is prevalent in Cannabis but can also be found in pine trees. It helps reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and increase cognitive function.
This terpene is found in Cannabis, as well as black pepper and clove. It is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it helps ease inflammation, nerve pain, ulcers, and depression.
The fifth most common terpene in Cannabis, Linalool is common in perfumes because of its pleasantly floral aroma. Also found in lavender, mint, and cinnamon, it has especially strong effects on the brain, helping with psychosis, stress relief, and a reduction in epileptic seizures.
Terpenes are responsible for the pungent smell associated with cannabis, and their aromatic secretions activate our olfactory system. Once activated, our olfactory system interacts with receptors in the limbic system of our brains, which is responsible for regulating the upper-level functions of our brain such as emotions, mood, stress regulation, muscle and joint function, and memory.