What is meant by full spectrum CBD / CBDa oil.
In addition to CBD, the hemp plant contains more than five hundred different components. Full spectrum refers to the complete package of substances. Examples of other substances, besides cannabinoids, that may be present in the hemp plant are: terpenes, chlorophyll and flavonoids.
Dun Agro Plant Products’ full spectrum oils are manufactured with hemp extracts made with supercritical CO² extraction. CO² extraction is a method for extracting (separating) substances from organic substances, without involving harmful substances and heating. In order to preserve all the substances from the hemp plant as much as possible, virtually no heating may take place. When heated, substances such as terpenes can be lost, which is a shame, because these natural flavors and fragrances have their own beneficial effect.
By heating the oil, CBDa is converted to CBD, the disadvantage of this is that many other substances are destroyed. Another disadvantage of heating is that the non-psychotic substance THCa is converted into the psychotic substance THC. Since in the Netherlands the THC must be below 0.05%, this is disadvantageous.
Israeli scientists Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam have introduced the so-called “entourage effect”. Each hemp plant has its own “profile”, with different percentages and proportions of cannabinoids, terpenes and other substances. In addition to the fact that these substances have their own beneficial effect, there is also a synergy: the substances can influence or even reinforce each other’s effect. This is mainly the reason that the preference is for a full spectrum oil, instead of just CBD.