A jar of full-spectrum CBD gummies surrounded by hemp leaves.

Full-spectrum CBD gummies are popping up everywhere these days. And why not, they’re an easy and tasty way to work CBD into your daily routine. But they act much differently than gummies made with isolate. So what makes these new full-spectrum gummies different from other CBD gummies? In this post, we’ll talk about how full-spectrum gummies are different from other CBD-isolate gummies and talk about,  

  • What full-spectrum means
  • What you can expect 
  • And, answer some common full-spectrum gummy questions

What Does “Full Spectrum” Mean?

When a CBD product is labeled as “full-spectrum” it means that the product contains all of the cannabinoids that the hemp plant produces, including delta-9 THC

There are ways to isolate and remove certain unwanted cannabinoids from hemp-derived concentrates. Full-spectrum CBD is almost always the least-altered form of CBD that you can purchase and consume. 

What’s The Difference Between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum? 

The difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products is the presence of THC. Full-spectrum contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)— the cannabinoid responsible for making users feel intoxicated. 

Broad-spectrum CBD products have had their THC removed in some way. You might consider broad-spectrum CBD products for several reasons:

  • Your state of residence requires all CBD products sold in-state to be THC-free. 
  • You are extra sensitive to THC and would rather avoid it if you can. 
  • You are subject to random workplace drug tests.

Note: while THC is present in full-spectrum products, such low concentrations should not make average users experience any significant psychoactive effects.

What Are Full Spectrum Gummies?

Full-spectrum CBD gummies are gummies that have been infused with full-spectrum CBD extract, meaning they contain all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant including CBD and THC

What Do Full Spectrum Gummies Do?

Full-spectrum gummies might be relatively new on the CBD scene, but we have a pretty good idea about full-spectrum CBD in general and what it can do for you.

Full-spectrum CBD may be able to help with: 

Full Spectrum Gummies vs CBD Gummies?

Most CBD Gummies, including Sunset Lake CBD’s very own CBD Sour Bears are made with CBD isolate— a purified form of CBD. Using isolated CBD has its benefits; CBD isolate is easier to incorporate into food products, it’s easier to homogenize for consistent dosages, and CBD isolate won’t show up on a workplace drug test

Using CBD isolate also has some drawbacks. You won’t get the benefits of whole-plant extract, also known as the entourage effect, common with full-spectrum products when you take CBD isolate. While we still don’t know too much about the entourage effect, we believe that when all cannabinoids are present (as they are in full-spectrum products) the products just work better with your endocannabinoid system

If you’re in search of CBD edibles that will give you the benefits of the entourage effect, see Sunset Lake CBD’s Full Spectrum CBD Vibe Gummy, made with our very own CBD distillate.

How Long Until Full Spectrum Gummies Start Working?

Full-spectrum gummies are just like any other CBD edible and can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to take effect. 

The cannabinoids present in the gummies first have to work their way to your digestive system before they enter your bloodstream. If you eat before you take your full-spectrum gummies, the effects from the gummies will take longer to come on, but will ultimately last longer.

A jar of Good Vibe Gummies from Sunset Lake CBD on a shelf

Will Full Spectrum Gummies Get You High?

If you follow the dosing instructions on your product, you may experience a sense of calmness, relaxation, and sedation. If, however, you choose to take more than your recommended serving size,  it is possible to ingest enough edible hemp-derived THC to feel intoxicated. This is especially true for users who are sensitive to THC. 

Be sure to look at your product’s label, and failing that, your certificate of analysis so you might avoid impairment.

Full Spectrum Gummies: Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do Full Spectrum Gummies Stay In Your System?

CBD can stay in your body for up to several days after use. This estimation is overly simplified though as everyone’s metabolism is different. 

If you use CBD frequently, take larger doses, or eat a lot of fatty foods, you can expect the cannabinoids to remain in your bloodstream for longer. 

Do Full Spectrum Gummies Have Side Effects?

Taking CBD may cause you to experience some negative side effects, including:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach 

If you experience any of these side effects, try lowering your dose. If the problem persists, stop taking them and consult a health professional (and a pharmacist if you are taking any other medications.) 

Will Full Spectrum Gummies Make You Hungry?

You may make you feel hungry after consuming full-spectrum CBD. Both CBD and THC, the main active ingredients, have been known to stimulate appetite in users. 

How Many Full Spectrum Gummies Should I Take?

Take as many full-spectrum gummies as is advertised on your product’s packaging. Once you’re familiar with that dose, feel free to adjust it as needed. 

We here at Sunset Lake CBD recommend starting with a low dose, sticking with it consistently for one week, and adjusting your dose up or down as needed. This way, your body can adjust properly to your full-spectrum gummies. 

Will Full Spectrum Gummies Show Up On A Drug Test?

Full-spectrum CBD may show up on a drug test. The caveat is that drug tests are not looking for CBD, but rather the trace amount of THC present in your gummies. 

If you are subject to random workplace tests or believe you’ll need to take a test in the coming weeks, play it safe and avoid full-spectrum CBD. 

Are Full Spectrum Gummies Legal?

Yes, full-spectrum gummies are legal, but only if the cannabinoids are derived from hemp plants that contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC, otherwise they would be considered a recreational cannabis product. 

All full-spectrum CBD products may contain up to 0.3% delta-9 THC by dry weight before they are considered recreational marijuana products.