- What is full-spectrum CBD oil?
Full-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a hemp extract that contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from hemp plants. As opposed to pure CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD oil contains a wide range of phytochemicals that work in concert to modulate the endocannabinoid system. Unlike the molecule delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis, CBD is non-intoxicating.
- What has full-spectrum CBD oil been studied to treat?
Cannabinoids like those found in full spectrum CBD oil have been studied for its potential therapeutic effects for a number of health conditions, including:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Sleep disorders
For more information on potential therapeutic effects, see our blog post: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
- How is full-spectrum CBD oil extracted?
Not all extraction methods are the same. Some extraction methods use solvents, such as carbon dioxide, ethanol, or the hydrocarbons butane or propane. Blue Gem Hemp uses a cutting-edge extraction method, without any solvents or chemicals, to preserve the purity and potency of the organic hemp.
- How is full-spectrum CBD oil dosed?
Optimal dosing of full-spectrum CBD oil depends on individual factors, such as body weight, age, the condition being targeted, and individual physiological differences. Experts often recommend a “start low, go slow” approach for cannabinoid dosing. This means to start at a low dose and then titrate up as tolerated based on individual symptoms and response.
For more information on full-spectrum CBD oil dosing, see our blog post: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
- Which drugs have potential interactions with full-spectrum CBD oil?
CBD has known drug-drug interactions with many medications, especially those metabolized by cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes in the liver, including but not limited to:
- Anti-epileptic drugs
Sedative effects can be compounded when combining CBD with other sedating drugs, such as benzodiazepines or antihistamines. For more information on drug interactions, see our blog post: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
- What are the precautions of full spectrum CBD oil?
CBD is generally well tolerated with mild side effects. The World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence found in 2017 that CBD “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” Following are some of the potential side effects and risks of CBD:
- Liver damage
- Changes in appetite
- Mood changes
For more information on precautions, see our blog post: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
- How do I ensure patients are taking high-quality, lab-tested full-spectrum hemp?
The FDA has issued warnings that CBD products on the market that do not contain the amount of CBD claimed on the label. Consumers should look for reputable sources of full-spectrum CBD oil with quality control measures including laboratory testing for contaminants, such as heavy metals and phthalates. Blue Gem Hemp products go through a rigorous quality control process including testing by independent accredited laboratories to ensure the potency and highest standards of quality.
- Where can if find more resources and information for clinicians?
Following are some resources for healthcare professionals to find out more information about cannabis, CBD, and full-spectrum hemp.