Whole plant means that a certain cannabis product is made with the whole cannabis plant which includes the leaves, buds, and stems. Whole plant is different than other forms that isolate THC cannabinoids or CBD cannabinoids.
Some research has revealed that combining isolated cannabinoids with other terpenes or cannabinoids has a greater therapeutic and medicinal effect. One particular study showed that the effectiveness of using pure CBD for medicinal purposes reaches a point where increasing the dosage won’t provide any more benefits, but that if it’s combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, then it will be more effective.
One of the biggest benefits of using whole-plant cannabis in comparison to isolated CBD or THC is that it has a synergetic effect because it contains all of the minor cannabinoids as well, like cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG). This synergy is known as the entourage effect. It contains more than just THC by itself and this can help create a balance of the psychoactive effects and bodily effects such as a reduction inflammation.
Whole plant is also commonly called full-spectrum because the finished product will contain all of the beneficial compounds instead of just a single isolated one. It has been recommended for medicinal patients to use whole plant products so they aren’t missing out on the potential benefits that can be offered. It depends on the specific extraction method that is used, but whole plant extraction can preserve the terpenes and flavonoids, and this can enhance the flavors of the extract. Whole plant cannabis products can be thought of as, if you have a cold with a headache, coughing, and a fever, you typically won’t go to the store and purchase cold medication that only helps your cough. You will most likely choose one that will help all three of the symptoms.