Full Spectrum CBD Vs Broad Spectrum CBD: What is Best?

Oct 9th, 2020 10:57AM

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 120 cannabinoids found within the Cannabis sativa family of plants (both hemp and cannabis plants are in this plant family).

These 120 cannabinoids have a range of health effects for which science has only scratched the surface of understanding. What we know so far is that each cannabinoid has its own diverse range of effects. This is why science has referred to the full collection of cannabinoids as a "cannabinoid spectrum.

Within the cannabinoid spectrum, THC is the most famously well known, psychoactive cannabinoid. Its sister cannabinoid CBD was a lesser-known, non-psychoactive, non-addictive cannabinoid.

The Difference Between Full-Spectrum CBD And Broad-Spectrum CBD: Heres How It Works

CBD products are created by extracting the cannabinoid content and the other compounds (the terpenes, flavonoids, and other essential oils).

Once these essential compounds are extracted, the extracts are refined based on the intended end product: either products that contain only very specific cannabinoids and compounds, while excluding others or products that contain all the essential compounds.

This refining process is what defines whether the final CBD extract is a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum.

Full-Spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all the compounds found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, including the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and phenolics (including flavonoids).

This means that full-spectrum CBD contains .03 percent THC, which is the legal limit of THC allowable by Federal Law in CBD products.

Broad-Spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. This means that like full-spectrum CBD the other compounds found within the cannabis plant are preserved in the extract, however, THC is completely removed.

Advantages and Disadvantages:

Full-spectrum CBD advantage:

Full-spectrum CBD has all the bells and whistles: It provides you with the whole, entire plant make up.

If you are looking for the full plants effects, specifically including .03% THC then this is your choice.

Full-spectrum CBD disadvantage:

Many people feel uncomfortable using a product that contains even the slightest levels of THC.

Additionally, if you are living in a state where any product with more than .03% THC is illegal, or if you are screen-tested for THC, this full-spectrum product would not be an option for you.

Broad-spectrum CBD advantage:

Like full spectrum CBD, all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and phenolics found within the plant are preserved, except THC is completely removed.

Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the "entourage effect, without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.

Broad-spectrum CBD disadvantage:

You are missing THC, which is a powerfully healing cannabinoid. At this point, research hasnt found a determining factor for individual use between one product or another. Broad or full-spectrum products may be perfect for you.

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