When we talk about full spectrum / whole plant extract not only do you get the full cannabinoid profile (CBD, CBC, CBG etc) you also get what’s called Terpenes.
Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic compounds found in many plants to ward off herbivores that might eat them and to attract helpful predators and pollinators. Industrial hemp has naturally high levels of terpenes, and give the plant its unique smell and taste and the structure of these compounds is very similar (from a chemical point of view) to cannabinoids.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes are also thought to have positive effects and therapeutic benefits. For example, the terpene limonene has exhibited positive effects on both depression and human cognition.
These terpenes are not just found in hemp, as we said earlier they are found in other plants as well. For example, both hemp and lavender oil are rich in the terpene linalool. Linalool has been shown to have positive abilities including acting as a sedative, anti-anxiety, and pain relief.
What is very exciting is that we still just getting a true understanding of these benefits and how they interact with each other. I say this because isolating one terpene or cannabinoid out from the rest may have an adverse effect on its effectiveness. At this stage it’s the combined full spectrum that offers the most in terms of overall benefits.
I encourage you to do some research on the most common terpenes found in Hemp plants used of CBD Oils, here are some of the most common and their effect: