Broad Spectrum VS. Full Spectrum CBD Oil
If you have ever searched for CBD products before then you have most likely come across the different types of CBD spectrums. The main types are full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. When shopping around for CBD products it is important to know what is exactly in your CBD products as each has unique benefits and can meet your different needs.
In this article we are going to discuss:
- The Different CBD Spectrums
- What is Full Spectrum CBD?
- What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
- Which One Is For You?
The Different CBD Spectrums
Between the three CBD spectrums; broad spectrum, full spectrum, isolate, each differs in how it is extracted formulated and how they interact with your endocannabinoid system.
Cannabis products as a whole, including CBD oils, contain over 100 phytocannabinoids with CBD and THC being the most well known but there are also CBN and CBG which are also important. When buying a CBD product like CBD oils, you will see that it is either a full spectrum or broad spectrum product, which tells you how much THC is in it. Each product will also inform you if there are other cannabinoids such as CBN in the formula as well.
Each spectrum identifies the hundreds of components that work with the CBD molecules to enhance your products as a whole. The spectrum definition depends on how the CBD was processed after its extraction from the cannabis plant.
What Is Full Spectrum CBD?
At its base, full spectrum CBD means that the product uses all of the phytochemical found in the cannabis plant including cannabidiol, terpenes, essential oils, other cannabinoids, etc. The other major cannabinoid, THC, is required by law in CBD products to be under 0.3 percent. Because the THC levels are so low you may never feel intoxicated.
Full spectrum CBD typically gives its consumers the ability to experience the “entourage effect” which is when all the active compounds in full spectrum CBD work together to enhance the benefits of each individual cannabinoid. So, if you don’t mind a little bit of THC inside your CBD products, then full spectrum CBD works perfectly for you.
What Is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Like full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD uses cannabidiol with all the other compounds found in hemp. However, THC is removed directly after the extraction process.
Broad spectrum CBD will retain many, if not most, of the different cannabinoids, such as CBN and CBG. Additionally, broad spectrum CBD uses additional terpenes and flavonoids which means it can also generate the entourage effect without THC.
You can view broad spectrum CBD as a combination of CBD Isolate and full spectrum CBD as it uses compounds from the whole plant, just not THC. Broad spectrum CBD might be best for you if you want the whole-plant benefits but without the effect of THC, although minimal. This also might be your best choice if you live in an area with stricter cannabis laws.
Which One Is For You?
There doesn’t have to be a competition between broad and full spectrum especially since our bodies process CBD differently than others based on a variety of factors. The best question to ask when determining which one to buy is which spectrum is going to better suit your needs.
For some CBD users, broad spectrum is their best choice since it is like receiving all of the ‘good’ without worrying about the ‘bad’ THC. Other CBD users might be more attracted towards full spectrum since they don’t really mind the level of THC.
There are many different factors that can influence your decision so your best course of action is to choose one that best fits your preferences because there is no choice that is ‘better’ than the other. Both options use whole-plant extracts containing CBD with terpenes, essential oils and other cannabinoids. Each spectrum includes cannabis elements other than CBD and so they both offer the “entourage effect”. It all boils down to if you want trace amounts of THC building up in your system or not.
Choose the best products that will fit your specific needs as broad and full spectrum CBD are available in oils, drinks, gummies, soft gels, topicals, and more.
Discover the world of CBD and let our experts help you decide the CBD products for you at Elemental. You can stop in our shop in person at 1002 Jackson Blvd. Rapid City, SD 57702 or you can shop online at ElementalRapidCity.com.
Elemental is committed to providing the healing benefits of CBD to the Rapid City community and surrounding areas.