In botanical medicine, CBD is used as an acronym abbreviation for Cannabidiol.
Cannabidiol is one of over 120 Phyto cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis Sativa L plant species Cannabaceae, which also includes hemp.
Cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp is processed to be devoid of ‘psychoactive activity’, but has potential analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-neoplastic activities for our canine companions.
Chemically, the compound Cannabidiol can be further divided into sub-classifications of CBD product types, including Full spectrum, Broad spectrum & CBD Isolates.
What Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?
Unfortunately, the hemp industry has no governing body that determines definitions and meaning behind commonly used terms. Given the relative newness of the hemp industry, the opportunity has sprouted for organizations to define these common industry terms.
One such group is the U.S. Hemp Authority. This group defines full spectrum hemp oil as:
…the total extract of the hemp flower and leaves, including THC and other cannabinoids, terpenes, omegas and plant matter.
By this definition, a full spectrum hemp oil retains the complete plant Phyto-complex profile as seen in nature, with all of the cannabinoid compounds (including a small amount of THC) plus the naturally occurring plant terpenes, essential fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll and vitamins & minerals that contribute to what is known as the Entourage Effect.
The Entourage Effect refers to the harmonious interplay between the full complement of plant components that produces a synergistic, biologic enhancing effect when consumed in combination. When separated from the “natural ensemble” of plant cannabinoids (e.g., removed during extraction, as in CBD-only or other isolate oils), the clinical benefits are rarely achieved.
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD
Compared to Broad spectrum (where THC is removed) and Isolate CBD products (where all plant matter except CBD is removed), research shows that the combination of all the molecules in the full spectrum (whole plant medicine) application is more effective at lower doses, is more predictable and with a much lower risk of adverse effects.
So, while CBD isolates are included as simple ingredient additions to health and beauty products such as topical creams, lotions and sweetened edible gummies, CBD isolates are designed to offer the benefits of CBD and nothing more!
Full spectrum CBD oil, on the other hand, is more suited for all-natural pet products that intend to capture the full complex & medicinal benefits of the Entourage Effect for a better therapeutic outcome.
Curtis has been passionate about the health and welfare of animals since his first dog rescue.
After studying Sports Medicine & Biology at the University of Oregon, Curtis went on to excel in a career of Clinical Nutrition, later owning a health care supplement company serving private-practice physicians.
Known for his expansive knowledge of natural health and alternative medicine, Curtis believes that natural plant-based therapies can be applied to veterinary animal care which led him to study the science of Cannabinoid Medicine. His expertise in Functional Medicine led him to formulate a unique hemp-based canine care product, Canine Support Formula, fulfilling a dream to combine natural pet-care strategies with the new therapeutic potential of medical cannabis.
In reverence for his own dog, Parker, Curtis has dedicated his company–K9 Medibles–to improving the health and longevity of all dogs.
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