What Are Full Spectrum CBD Oils?

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The cannabis plant is the central ingredient in the oldest treatments for a variety of human conditions and is just as effective now as ever. 

Full-spectrum CBD oils take advantage of this complete natural selection of organic ingredients to provide optimal benefits for a variety of conditions. The following is a brief overview of full-spectrum oils and the science behind their superior efficacy.  

What Are Full Spectrum CBD Oils? 

The term full spectrum is used to describe those products that contain the entire array of naturally-occurring compounds of the cannabis plant.

In addition to the lengthy list of cannabinoids, you will also find the full selection of aromatic terpenes that improve the introduction of these cannabinoids in the system. We’ll come back to that in a minute.

First, here is a full readout of what you can expect to find in your average full-spectrum CBD oil (in no particular order; quantities will vary from product to product):


  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) 
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) 
  • Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Cannabicyclol (CBL)
  • Cannabitriol (CBT)
  • Cannabicitran (CBT)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)


  • Limonene
  • Pinene
  • Linalool
  • Caryophyllene
  • Humulene
  • Myrcene

Why Is the Full Spectrum So Important? 

Of course, these are only some of the most important names in the cannabis compounds. The truly intriguing point is how the individual terpenes and cannabinoids promote each other’s activities and increase overall effectiveness. 

This has been called the entourage effect and has been observed in many scientific studies dating back to the 1990s.1 For example, the terpene myrcene lowers the restraints of the blood-brain barrier leading to increased effects on the brain, which can improve cognition and soothe anxiety. CBD naturally mitigates the psychoactive effects of THC and can further minimize anxiety from psychoactive effects.2

All in all, the naturally-occurring ingredients and their interactions increase the power of their overall effects, and this can be advantageous to health goals or specific conditions. 

Where to Get Full Spectrum CBD Oils? 

You can find full-spectrum oils and other similar products available online and at specialist retailers or medical marijuana dispensaries. To avoid any misadventures while procuring this product consider the following factors: 

THC is a Controlled Compound

Certain states have stricter limitations on the use of cannabis even for medical uses. It is important to understand the laws in your city before attempting to purchase full-spectrum CBD oils with a THC content higher than 0.03%.3

Third-Party Testing

Look for those brands that submit their products to third-party testing for an honest readout of the contents found inside. Third-party testing is not cheap or biased, so it is a good sign of professionalism and commitment to satisfaction. 

Final Thoughts

While full spectrum oils will have better overall efficacy, this doesn’t mean other CBD products are not the stronger option in some situations. For example, legal restrictions could be one reason to choose CBD concentrates. Furthermore, the effects of each constituent should be considered when selecting these potent full-spectrum oils. However, if you believe that full-spectrum CBD is the option for you and is legal in your area, know that there is a range of benefits connected to its chemical composition. 

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By Caroline Bodnya

Caroline is a student studying Neuroscience who loves learning more about how plant compounds and essential oils interact with the brain and body. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Zen

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