Everything You Need to Know About Full Spectrum CBD Oil


 | Last revised

Jun, 2022

Full-spectrum CBD oil is the most popular form of CBD oil, and it is generally seen as the most effective form of CBD as well.

Keep reading to learn what makes full-spectrum CBD oil different from other types of CBD and why it may be more beneficial for you.

What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

When buying CBD oil products, you will usually see products advertised as either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate CBD oils.

These different categories refer to the range of terpenes and cannabinoids that are retained in the final product after the oil is extracted from the plant matter.


CBD isolate extracts aim to separate cannabidiol from all other cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant, with only trace amounts of other compounds.

Broad Spectrum

Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains most of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the original plant, with the exclusion of THC.

Full Spectrum

As the name implies, full-spectrum CBD oil contains the widest range of cannabinoids and terpenes. This includes THC in very small amounts.

In Australia, you need a prescription to purchase a full-spectrum CBD oil. It remains to be seen whether over-the-counter CBD oil will be an isolate or full-spectrum product.

Full-spectrum CBD oil sold elsewhere may contain larger amounts of THC, depending on local regulations.

It is important to be aware that while full-spectrum CBD oil in Australia does not contain enough THC to have any impairing effect on you, it may be enough to appear on some drug tests, including roadside drug swabs.[1]

Green bottle of full spectrum CBD oil sitting on a cannabis leaf. The words CBD are written on the bottle.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil Benefits

Full-spectrum CBD oil is often considered to be the most effective form of CBD oil due to the synergistic interplay between compounds, this phenomenon has been termed the ‘entourage effect’.

Researchers believe that the therapeutic effects of cannabinoid extracts such as CBD oil can be enhanced by the inclusion of other plant extracts.

Among other effects, the combination of CBD with a small amount of THC is believed to enhance the pain-relieving effects of CBD oil.

Full-spectrum CBD oil is also often seen as a more organic product because fewer of the natural plant compounds have been removed.

Full-spectrum CBD oil has a range of potential health benefits. Its recognised effects include: [2]

  • Controlling seizures caused by certain types of epilepsy.
  • Managing various types of pain and inflammation.
  • Managing mood disorders such as anxiety and stress.
  • Reducing cravings caused by addiction.
  • Treating inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Protection from several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Relieving nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil Vs Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

CBD oil can be extracted from hemp as well as cannabis, depending on the intended purpose and manufacturer.

In Australia, many green market CBD oil products may be labelled as hemp oil instead of CBD oil due to current legislation. Unlike high-THC cannabis, hemp flower contains only trace amounts of THC and other intoxicating cannabinoids, but it still contains a high concentration of cannabidiol.

As a result, when buying from an Australian business, there may be no practical difference between hemp oil and CBD oil.

However, hemp oil should not be confused with hemp seed oil, which does not contain cannabidiol and is not the same as CBD oil.

Full-spectrum hemp oil benefits are the same as a full-spectrum CBD oil, as long as the oil has been derived from the flower of the hemp plant and not the seeds.

Getting Full Spectrum CBD Oil In Australia

You can buy full-spectrum CBD oil containing less than 0.3% THC at a pharmacy with a prescription, or on one of the many Australian green market, or international websites. However, it is not legal to import CBD oil from other countries.

To buy full-spectrum CBD oil containing higher doses of THC, you also need to have a medical prescription.

If you have a prescription for full-spectrum CBD oil, you can have it filled at a recommended pharmacy or even ask your local pharmacists if they can order it.

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil May Be More Effective

There are several indications that full-spectrum CBD oil may be more effective than broad-spectrum CBD and isolate extracts for some uses.

However, full-spectrum CBD oil products require a medical prescription unless you choose to look into green market vendors.

If you do decide to go via this pathway, always ensure you do thorough research and vet the business before purchasing.

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1. Thomas Arkell et al, "Medical cannabis and driving".
2. Steph Coelho, "What's the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD?".
Medical News Today.


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