Written by: Genevieve R. Moore PhD
Humans have been using whole-plant medicines since the dawn of time.
When we discover prehistoric settlements and the remains of ancient explorers, we often find the remains of medicinal herbs, and many wild animals instinctively consume plant medicine — suggesting that herbal remedies have been our companions throughout our evolutionary history.
As designed by Nature, beneficial plants contain a diverse spectrum of active molecules that work together in concert, and cannabis is no exception.
It’s a botanical medicine with a rich therapeutic history, and pharmaceutical companies have attempted to capture cannabis’ therapeutic properties by extracting single molecules (like THC crystals, or CBD isolate).
But these purified drugs are typically less effective — or have undesirable side effects when compared to the whole plant.
Why is this?
This article will clear up your questions about why full-spectrum and broad-spectrum cannabis & hemp extracts are more powerful than single isolates & purified synthetics.
There are hundreds of active compounds in cannabis — and we’ll explore how these cannabinoids, terpenes and phenolics work best together, according to Nature’s design.