As the popularity of CBD continues to grow, so do the number of products available on the market. When searching for your perfect product, you have probably come across the terms ‘isolate’, broad-spectrum’, and ‘full-spectrum’, as well as ‘terpenes’ and ‘the entourage effect’. But what does all this mean?
When most people set out to try a CBD product, they probably won’t have considered all of the different kinds of extracts available on the market. Understandably, it can be overwhelming to be faced with unfamiliar terms like the ones mentioned above, so, we’re here to explain. First off let’s start with terpenes and flavonoids.
Terpenes are a naturally occurring group of compounds that are produced by a large number of plants, including fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Over a hundred of these compounds have been discovered, with a single plant producing a number of different varieties.
In the natural world, these compounds help to ward off unwanted herbivores and attract pollinators. However, herbal medicine has been prevalent throughout the world since ancient times. It is thought that terpenes may contribute to the medicinal potential of many plants. In fact, terpenes have been found to have many potential benefits including being antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Check out our blog on Terpenes to find out more about these amazing compounds!
The Entourage Effect
The Entourage effect is essentially the theory that the effects of naturally occurring cannabinoids such as THC and CBD can be enhanced by combining them with other phytonutrients like terpenes and flavinoids. If you are familiar with the concept of strains in the cannabis world, you may recognise that the effects and taste of a strain is often contributed to the ratios of terpenes within that particular plant.
Researchers have found that interactions between cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and potentially other plant compounds, could help to enhance desirable properties of each. As a result, many CBD users prefer their products to also contain complementary terpenes.
Isolates, Broad-Spectrum, and Full Spectrum
CBD isolates are extracts of the cannabis or hemp plant that have been purified to contain only CBD. This gives the purest CBD product, removing the psychoactive THC, as well as terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds.
Broad-spectrum extracts contain many of the compounds that occur through plat extraction. However, these formulations usually have most of the THC removed, in order to meet the desires of individuals who wish to avoid a ‘high’ or to meet legal regulations. However, these extracts may contain trace amounts of THC.
On the other hand, full spectrum extracts contain all of the compounds found within the cannabis plant – THC and all!
Hiatus and the Entourage EffectHia
Our CBD vape pens contain high-quality CBD isolate and a combination of terpenes which work together to initiate the desired effect. Each of our pens contains a different combination of terpenes to match with each state: Hiatus “Focus”; Hiatus “Revive”; and Hiatus “Rest”. Take a look at our vape pen range and find the combination that works best for you!