Difference Between Full-Spectrum and Standardized


There is always a battle between full-spectrum and standardized extraction when it comes to processing tincture of plants. There are a lot of cases in Beneficial Botanicals where we feel full-spectrum is the best method of extraction. However, the question really should be is, which of the two extraction methods is the most appropriate in achieving a specific plant product’s efficacy?

To answer the question, below are things you need to learn and understand. You need to get educated so that you can ensure your health with the products that you buy.

Standardized Extraction

The standardized extraction is used when processing a part or parts of a herbaceous plant. It involves selectivity so that every compound or chemical is extracted individually. In this way, a guaranteed amount is produced and is expressed usually in percentage. This ensures that the potency of the isolated constituent is the same from the first batch to the succeeding batches.

With full-spectrum, potency can be different from batch to batch, which is only good when the plant has antibacterial effects. For example, the variance is beneficial when it is able to “fool” the target bacteria. The standardized method is the clear choice if you want an inactive glycoside to be isolated and be activated to achieve specific goals such as for chemical use. The isolation and activation is done using the process called enzyme hydrolysis, which breaks down sugar.

Full-Spectrum Extraction

Though it also involves part or parts of an herbaceous plant, the full-spectrum extraction is used to achieve a product that has the highest possible percentage of the plant’s compounds and chemicals using tinctures in a menstruum of alcohol. The process is done very carefully so the natural ratio of the constituents won’t be affected. This extraction method ensures that the constituents’ ratio remains intact and undisturbed.

There are many practitioners and scientists all over the world who believe that the interactions of constituents are the reasons why the full-spectrum products they create are able to deliver the desired effects they want. However, this observation is not fully explored yet. In addition, they shared that there are plant constituents that should not be left out so adverse effects can be avoided.

Unwanted or adverse effects happen when there is selectivity of compounds. There are plants with phytochemicals that are working together as part of their internal complexity. Each phytochemical is an important piece of a puzzle. In addition, one constituent may get concentrated while other important ones will suffer. This can happen when the natural balance of the herb’s components is being changed.

James Jacobs