Full Spectrum CBD Oil – What Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?

Medical review by K9 Healthcare Council of America (K9HCA). Intended for educational purposes only. Always seek medical advice from your veterinarian.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

While the recent spotlight is currently focused on the ever-expanding realm of CBD hemp oil for canine health conditions like anxiety, epilepsy and cancer, the history of the plant and its relationship with humans goes back thousands of years.

Hemp and hemp-based products are seeing a resurgence in their evident medicinal potential, making this an exciting time for pet parents who are encouraged by the positive impact full spectrum hemp CBD has on their K9 companions suffering with arthritis pain, neurological disorders or age-related joint deterioration and mental decline.

Many people refer to the hemp plant and its derived cannabinoid components as a more environmentally friendly, more renewable resource than other plant resources–But what exactly is full-spectrum hemp oil?

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 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. Research shows that the combination of all the molecules in the whole plant application is more effective, at lower doses, and with a much lower risk of adverse effects.

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CBD ‘isolates’ are less clinically effective than whole plant, full-spectrum hemp oil.

Isolates (or synthetics) have a smaller bell curve, meaning less potential to be medically beneficial before causing adverse effects.

In addition, Isolates have a higher potential for negative drug to drug interaction due to a higher dose needed to achieve positive results.

What Is In Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?

In essence, what differentiates full spectrum CBD hemp oil from the standard CBD oil or single ingredient molecular ‘isolates’ is the presence of all of the plant components that work in concert together to more effectively support and balance your dog’s normal homeostasis–just as nature intended!

Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract Better?

The hemp plant is made up of over 100 Phyto cannabinoids but the two most recognized are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

In addition to these primary cannabinoids, there are several other complimentary cannabinoids in full-spectrum hemp that also have medicinal healing properties. Chief among them, CBN, CBG, CBV and a list of acidic forms like CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid).

The type of hemp plants used to make CBD hemp extracts and other hemp-derived products are known as industrial hemp plants, the non-psychoactive (not hallucinogenic) varieties of Cannabis Sativa L. with low (less than 0.3%) or undetectable levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Dogs are very sensitive to the psychoactive effects of THC so every effort should be made to know the concentration of all cannabinoids in a CBD product as well as understand the ramifications of accidental over-medicating with high-THC extracts intended for human only consumption.

Pet friendly products containing cannabidiol (CBD) made from industrial hemp, like full spectrum CBD hemp extracts, do not produce the psychoactive “high” effects associated with THC-containing cannabis (marijuana) plants.

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Full spectrum hemp oil is clinically superior to CBD isolates.

Benefits of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

It was previously believed that CBD isolates were more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD. This assertion was eventually debunked by a 2015 study at the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem.

In that study, researchers were able to prove that full spectrum CBD is capable of offering greater levels of relief, as higher doses were administered to mice. By comparison, the group that was given CBD isolate did not experience the same level of relief at higher doses.

Studies have found that when you use a full spectrum hemp oil, all of the cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found in the whole plant create a synergistic effect, otherwise known as the ‘Entourage Effect’ and the interaction between all of the plant components create amplified effects as well as providing additional healing benefits.

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A full spectrum hemp oil contains all of the cannabinoids & terpenes naturally found in the whole plant creating a synergistic effect known as the Entourage Effect.

To further emphasize the superior benefits of full spectrum hemp oil over broad-spectrum (where THC hs been removed) or isolate compounds of CBD, the patent statement from GW Pharmaceuticals for their Sativex product is quoted as;

“…the administration of cannabinoid-containing plant extracts, are more efficacious than essentially pure cannabinoids in the prevention of neural degeneration. In particular cannabinoid-containing plant extracts comprising as a predominant cannabinoid either tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) were particularly efficacious in the prevention of neural degeneration. In fact, if one uses isolated Cannabinoids for a long time, its effectiveness wears off, whereas the opposite is true of full spectrum extract”.

So even a major pharmaceutical drug company recognizes that full spectrum, whole plant hemp CBD produces a more effective clinical outcome than other more refined hemp CBD extract products.

What Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Used For?

With the recent clarification of full spectrum CBD derived from hemp proven to be more clinically effective, dog owners are finding positive results for their pets suffering from painful osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease and are successfully managing their dog’s epileptic seizures with full spectrum high-CBD hemp oil.

Cannabinoids (CBD & CBDA) have been suggested as a possible alternative treatment for conditions like chronic neuropathy, canine arthritis, joint inflammation and, more optimistically, eliminating the excruciating pain cycle associated with certain canine cancers.

Studies show CBD to be very effective for decreasing nerve-related pain. Using CBD oil for dogs’ pain has become a popular form of treatment to manage aches and pains in canines with lymphoma, arthritis, hip dysplasia or any number of ailments that can cause physical discomfort. It is currently thought to be so effective, that more and more pet owners are choosing it instead of traditional pain killers.

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil for Dogs

Depending on the symptom or medical condition you’re trying to address with your dog, a full spectrum CBD oil can provide a greater therapeutic effect than ‘broad-spectrum’ (where THC was removed with chemical solvents) or CBD isolates, as all the cannabinoids naturally present in the plant work together in unison to support and balance your dog’s normal homeostasis.

What’s important to understand about this ‘enhanced synergistic effect’ is that each plant component increases the clinical effectiveness of each of the other ingredients present. Full spectrum hemp oil for dogs is truly an example of the therapeutic benefits being “greater than the sum of its parts”.

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More pet owners are choosing full spectrum hemp oil for their dogs to control pain and reduce anxiety.

Full Spectrum Hemp Benefits for Dogs

There is a long list of canine disorders that hemp CBD oil can support and balance. Here is a short list of some of the uses for hemp derived CBD oil:

  • CBD Reduces Allergic Response

    The majority of age-related illness in dogs can be attributed to inflammation. CBD has been shown to decrease the production and release of inflammatory cytokines that can cause allergies, hypersensitivities and autoimmunity disorders. CBD has also been shown to decrease the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress involved with premature aging and cognitive degeneration.

  • CBD Relieves Pain & Inflammation

    There have been extensive scientific, randomized controlled trials showing that full spectrum hemp oil extract can effectively treat chronic pain in humans; likely due to its action on the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the Endocannabinoid System–which is also integrated into canine anatomy.

  • CBD Reduces Frequency of Seizures

Numerous studies have provided evidence to prove that CBD has therapeutic effects when it comes to relieving epilepsy and seizures in dogs. All medications have inherent side-effects, but CBD has minimal side effects when used to relieve seizures over currently approved medications for canine seizures.

  • CBD Protects Nervous System

    CBD can protect the nervous system and help with neuro-degenerative diseases. For dogs suffering from degenerative myelopathy and other spine and nerve issues, CBD shows a lot of promise. For senior dogs, CBD has been shown to protect the brain from cell death caused by free radicals and toxins as they age.

  • CBD Reduces Anxiety

    An accumulating body of evidence from clinical experiments show that CBD has strong anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties and is well-tolerated by dogs with symptoms of severe anxiety disorders. Several studies have been conducted that establish the efficacy of CBD in improving the destructive behaviors of canine separation anxiety disorder and dogs with audio-phobias or fear to loud noises like fireworks.

  • CBD Aids Sleep & Recovery

    Sleep is essential for your dog to build immunity, repair tissue, regulate metabolism and blood pressure, control appetite and blood sugar, and process learning, along with a myriad of other physiological processes.

Full Spectrum Hemp Products – Reviving an Ancient Medicine

Humans have been enjoying the healing effects of the hemp plant for eons. New evidence from studies on full spectrum hemp CBD extract showed that the synergy between the plant cannabinoids and terpenes yielded greater relief for neuro-degenerative conditions, including epileptic seizures so your dog can live a better life–free from pain and suffering!

The future of natural, holistic pet care looks very promising for the medicinal use of this ancient plant. Full spectrum botanical medicines like Canine Support Formula were developed as a true full-spectrum CBD to retain all of the original plant components to contribute to the all-important Entourage Effect and deliver a more efficacious clinical healing response for your dog.

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  1. Sleep is good for our older dogs!
    Good to know there’s so many benefits from it .
    Thank you Curtis for another really informative article.


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