When we say “whole plant” here at Elixinol, it’s not a reference to the parts of the plant from which we extract CBD. At Elixinol, we extract CBD (and hemp’s other compounds and chemicals) only from the stem, seeds and stalk. Not leaves, not flowers. Whole plant CBD oil is CBD extracted from hemp plant components which contain the majority of the available CBD.
So when we say “whole plant Hemp oil” we are referring to the variety of constituents (more than 500 trace compounds) in the hemp oil itself. Elixinol CBD oil contains CBD, and other natural plant constituents (terpenes, sugars, flavonoids, secondary cannabinoids, etc.) that are found in all parts of hemp.
In contrast, some companies are making products from an isolate (a 100% pure CBD molecule). This is not therapeutically effective, in our opinion. Moreover, the methods for producing pure CBD as an isolate generally involves the use of solvents and other undesirable chemicals, whose effects (even in trace amounts) are generally not published. We wouldn’t describe any isolate as “whole plant hemp oil,” even if that isolate is extracted from same parts of the plant as the oils, because it does not contain all of these other hemp-plant constituents. Our products contain a full-spectrum of cannabinoids made from the whole plant; a cannabinoid spectrum which we are convinced plays an important part in the therapeutic benefits of CBD-based hemp oil.
You may ask, what’s the difference? If chemists can isolate the active ingredient, and I can get more of it, wouldn’t that be a good thing?
As with so many aspects of this amazing plant, the answer is simple: There is no single active ingredient, no magic molecule in hemp. The many cannabinoids and compounds found in hemp work together, synergistically, to create outcomes they could not achieve on their own. Scientists call this ‘the entourage effect,” and it’s been proven over and over.
Think of putting a salad together: You might start with lettuce and add crunchy vegetables, sweet dried berries, salty nuts and seeds, possibly some vinegar (which wouldn’t be very tasty on its own) and oil, maybe animal protein. As with any recipe, you might find none of these ingredients particularly satisfying on their own, but when you toss them all together, they complement each other, and you end up with something terrifically nutritious and beneficial.
Likewise, the diverse compounds and chemicals in hemp combine and interact to create a sum that is greater than its parts. For instance, the aromatic terpenoids that give hemp its distinctive smell have been proven to block some receptors in the brain, while making it more likely for cannabinoids to bind to other receptors. Play this dynamic out across and among hemp’s hundreds of compounds, and you begin to understand why whole plant CBD oil is more effective than single-molecule isolates — and why Elixinol will always produce whole-plant CBD extracts.