When shopping online for hemp derived products, it can feel a bit daunting to be sure you are choosing the right product for your unique needs. Many folks think that the most potent gummy is going to be the most effective, but that isn’t always the case. You see- while cannabinoid content is an important factor, there’s a little bit more too it…
Hemp naturally contains hundreds of distinctive compounds with each one offering something unique to the body, as well as the overall hemp experience. No matter what kind of relief you are looking for (physical or mental), your hemp derived gummy will be most effective if it has other compounds in it like cannabinoids and terpenes.
So, let’s explain what that phrase, “Full Spectrum”. First, it is important to understand that the hemp plant is more than just CBD. The flowering buds of hemp contain a rich array of hundreds of compounds including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and nutrients, and each compound in the plant has been shown to offer distinctive properties to the body that are deemed to be desirable.
However, some of these properties have been deemed “illegal” in certain quantities and thus, hemp extract has been modified to contain less and less compounds which ultimately results in a less medicinal product. How “full spectrum” an extract is depends on how much the extract has been refined. Here are a few examples:
Full spectrum hemp is a type of hemp extract that retains its complete variety of chemical compounds (like cannabinoids and terpenes).
Full Spectrum hemp products are the best because they have the widest variety of medicinal plant compounds. When a gummy is truly full spectrum, they will have more than one cannabinoid present which results in a deeply therapeutic experience known as, The Entourage Effect. The entourage effect is a term used to describe the unique synergistic relationship between each compound in hemp, in which taking them all together at one time boosts the overall effectiveness while promoting a more balanced experience. This is why 2:1 and 1:1 CBD:THC products are so effective.
We know that full spectrum hemp products are the best, but why are edibles the best of the best?
Well, edibles are great for a lot of reasons, one of the best being their convenience and their effectiveness. While smoking and vaping is still supposed to be done in designated areas, you can pop a 1:1 CBD:THC gummy into your mouth whenever you’d like! Extra bonus- there’s no secondhand smoke for those around you. And it’s probably a little bit better for your lungs, too.
Full spectrum candy is also digested differently than oils or smoking flower. Edibles are digested like food, which means your infused gummy travels quite a ways in your body before you feel its effects (which is the one downside to edibles). But boy oh boy, when they hit, they hit. The Delta 9 THC, CBD, and CBN that gets processed by your liver feels twice as strong compared to smoking and its effects can linger for hours (if you’re lucky). Like all things, everyone’s body is different and processes cannabinoids differently. Make sure you start slow when exploring what works best for your plant-based wellness routine.
CBD is one of over one hundred distinctive cannabinoids in the hemp plant, and each cannabinoid fulfills the same general role of binding to cannabinoid receptors to promote regulatory actions that improve our sense of homeostasis. Each cannabinoid works with these cannabinoid receptors in a unique way to stimulate different responses throughout the body.
Taking multiple cannabinoids at once can therefore offer a more complex + deeper experience, in which all of the body’s cannabinoid receptors are being given the fuel that they need to regulate the body for a sense of internal balance. One thing we know is that taking Delta 9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD) together seems to make the THC properties even more relaxing, while taking the edge off of its intoxicating effects, so to speak.
Therefore, it is not surprising that products containing both of these cannabinoids are particularly appealing, especially to those new to the cannabis edible world.
Terpenes are secondary compounds in hemp, which are present in all plant life. In hemp, there are hundreds of individual terpenes. How these terpenes are configured determines the strain of the plant, with indica strains having more calming terpenes and sativa strains having more energizing terpenes, while hybrid strains are somewhere in the middle.
Terpenes do work synergistically with CBD, Delta 9 THC and other cannabinoids, potentially boosting their effects, while offering their own distinctive properties that are also highly worthwhile to the body. Specific terpenes are associated with anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing properties and more.
Now that you know what full spectrum gummy can offer, it’s important to know where to find it. Not all companies make true full spectrum products, but at Seventh Hill, it is a priority. You will find a variety of quality full spectrum products made with a wide variety of cannabinoids like CBN for sleep or Delta 9 THC for anxiety, so that each dose gives your body the complete array of quality compounds that you need to find natural pain relief.
It is an exciting time to be able to shop for specific cannabinoids and terpenes. Long gone are the days when folks were just looking for the highest mg count. Nowadays consumers know that infused gummies are best when they combine all of the compounds in hemp for a truly synergistic and therapeutic hemp edible experience. At Seventh Hill, we offer a rich array of full spectrum goodies that provide you with the entourage effect while giving you the true cannabis experience that you’re looking for.
Ten gummies with 15mg Delta 9 THC, 5mg CBD + a sativa-hybrid terpene profile.
A caramel with 25mg CBD, 20mg CBN + an indica terpene profile.
A classic krispy treat loaded with 40mg Delta 9 THC, 40mg CBD + a hybrid terpene profile.