[5] Life Cycle

The chemical factory within the cannabis plant has three main stages.

At each stage various chemicals are created.  This diagram shows a partial list of those chemicals.

For eons all the focus was centered around the chemicals produced by a mature plant.  We now understand the importance of the other stages too.

Young plants create the "A", or acidic, chemicals as shown in the diagram.  These "A" chemicals have proven effective for treating a wide variety of ailments.

Which explains why more and more people have turned to "juicing" the leaves of young plants.


An ideal CBD product would contain chemicals from all three life stages of the plant.

This is no easy trick since it requires a great deal of expertise and care during production.  A plant cannot be in all 3 life cycle stages at the same time.

Yet the best producers are able to pull off this trick by mixing leaves from several plants with staggered life cycles among them. 

When a CBD oil includes the "A" chemicals within the list of ingredients it is typically labeled as a "raw" oil.

A "raw" oil offers much more benefit to the consumer since it includes these "A" chemicals.



Here again is the example lab report - it shows a CBD product that contains many cannabinoids.

You can see it contains chemicals from all 3 stages of the life cycle of the plant.

This is referred to as a "Full Spectrum" CBD product.  It is most often created from a concentrate of "raw" oil.