If you’re following the advances in CBD medicine, chances are that you’ve already heard a lot about full-spectrum CBD. Despite being praised by its users, claims associated with this type of oil still lead to heated debates among CBD researchers. Obviously, since we have a stake in this as a full-spectrum CBD oil manufacturer, we wanted to dial into this debate. We strongly believe that full-spectrum is the way forward as we’ve experienced the benefits of the entourage effect ourselves. That’s why today we’re going to talk a bit more about what full-spectrum CBD oil is, what it isn’t, what’s the entourage effect, what studies have been done on it, and is it, in fact, better than CBD isolate.
However, the question we want to answer the most for you is: “Can full-spectrum CBD oil get you high?” We know that this is on the minds of a lot of our customers because they are afraid that the THC content in full-spectrum could be detectable on standard drug tests. Is this something that you should worry about if you’re using full-spectrum CBD? Read more to find out!
There are three different types of CBD oil for vaping:
Seeing how it’s made from the entire plant and contains every chemical compound found in the raw material, full-spectrum is also sometimes referred to as whole-plant CBD extract.
To get full-spectrum CBD, hemp raw material is cut up into pieces and soaked. Through a complex process of extraction (usually involving CO2), cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds are collected and concentrated. After that, they are mixed with carrier solvents and diluents that are suitable to vaping, tested, and filled in special Kind Kart cartridges.
At this moment, Kind Kart offers eight distinct CBD vape oil flavors that are all based on actual marijuana strains (the smell and flavor of each one is achieved by adding terpenes in the amounts specific to the strains). These eight flavors are:
All our CBD oils contain 150mg of cannabidiol per cartridge. Additionally, they contain 36% of bisabolol (extracted from German Chamomile), 4% of other hemp-specific terpenes, and less than 0.3% THC.
We’ve seen people achieve great results in treating various symptoms using full-spectrum CBD. Its powerful effect is usually prescribed to the entourage effect - the ability of cannabinoids and terpenes to work together to enhance each other’s properties.
The Entourage Effect is the synergistic effect that occurs when different cannabinoids act on the endocannabinoid system together. This is only possible if you’re using full-spectrum CBD - CBD isolate does not contain any other phytocannabinoids or terpenes because they have been chemically extracted from the product.
The term entourage effect was first mentioned in a 1998 paper published by Israeli researchers Shimon Ben-Shabat and Raphael Mechoulam. Dr. Mechoulam, you might remember, is also the scientist who first isolated THC from cannabis and described its effect. He’s been working on cannabinoids and their health benefits tirelessly for decades now.
In their paper, Dr. Mechoulam and Ben-Shabat describe the synergistic effects of THC and other cannabinoids. Notably, they highlight how CBD and other cannabinoids can either potentiate or dampen the effect of THC on our body. This has been confirmed in further studies - this recent one concludes that CBD can potentially reduce the harmful effects that THC overdose has on the brain.
In recent years, the definition of the entourage effect has expanded to include the interaction between cannabinoids and other chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, specifically terpenes. Terpenoids are the building blocks of essential oils and are suspected to have beneficial properties in their own right. However, Dr. Russo, a respected US neurologist, claims in his paper “Taming THC - Potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects” that terpenes also affect our endocannabinoid system.
He says that the compounds usually found in cannabis - terpenes such as limonene, myrcene, α-pinene, linalool, β-caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, nerolidol and phytol - all interact with different cannabinoid receptors, altering them so when they are activated by THC or CBD (or other cannabinoids), their function is enhanced. One thing that Dr. Russo emphasizes is the fact that cannabis-based medicine cannot be complete without THC. According to him, THC has an overwhelmingly positive effect on the body (in the right dosage) and is crucial for the therapeutic effect of CBD. This is why full-spectrum CBD oil is considered the golden standard - with it, you’re getting the best that cannabis can provide you with.
We’d like to point out that not everyone in the scientific community agrees with Dr. Russo. Cannabinoid-terpene interactions within the endocannabinoid system are difficult to explore, and we’re still waiting on double-blind studies on humans to confirm what’s already a strong hunch for many cannabis enthusiasts. Unfortunately, one of the more recent studies looking into this could not find the evidence that terpenes activate CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, lead researchers on the study did note: “It is possible that entourage effects of terpenoids are mediated through modulation of a subset of the cannabinoid receptor signaling repertoire.”
Now to answer that question that we’ve promised to shine some light on: “Will vaping on full-spectrum CBD oil get me high?”
It is a real concern, especially for people who need to vape CBD continuously to manage their symptoms. The last thing you need is a high while you’re trying to get through a workday, or while you are driving a car. Additionally, if you can get high from full-spectrum CBD, chances are that the THC content is high enough to show up on standard drug tests.
Well, luckily for us all, good full-spectrum CBD oils - the kind that we sell here at the Kind Kart - will not get you high! The content of THC in them is not high enough to trigger any kind of mind-altering reactions. That 0.3% is just about enough to interact with other cannabinoids when it comes to CB1 and CB2 signaling but it won’t make you euphoric, paranoid, or couch-locked!
As for it showing up on a drug test - that’s also extremely unlikely.
Drug tests work by screening for THC metabolites, particularly THC-COOH. Most tests have a threshold below which any reading comes up negative. In the US, workplace urine tests usually scan positive at 50ng/ml or higher. In most cases, the trace amounts of THC present in full-spectrum CBD supplements aren’t enough to produce a positive drug test reading.
In 2001, for example, the Journal of Analytical Toxicology published a paper evaluating the effect of hemp food/supplement consumption on workplace drug tests. The study involved 15 subjects who consumed hemp oils with trace THC doses ranging from 0.09mg to 0.6mg over 10 days. The participants then underwent urine testing for THC metabolites. Only 1 participant (who had consumed a 0.6mg daily dose of THC) tested positive. This dose of THC, however, is equivalent to about 125ml of hemp oil daily, which is much more than a regular dose of CBD oil.
Are you ready to start experiencing full benefits of CBD oil, you need to switch to full-spectrum today. Kind Kart’s full-spectrum CBD oil is the perfect way for you to introduce the therapeutic effects of the entourage effect and start treating your symptoms the right way!
If you have any questions about CBD, whole-plant extracts, or our cartridges, don’t hesitate to contact our support team. They’ll be happy to answer everything that interests you, and to set you up with the best medicine for you!