With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, companies have come out of the woods to stake their claim of the growing CBD industry. The most common labels you will see on the shelf is Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate. However, there is a small number of companies offering what’s called Broad Spectrum CBD.
If you are starting your CBD research, all these terms to describe CBD can become really confusing! We’re here to take away some of the confusion by helping you understand a bit more about broad-spectrum CBD and how it could be of benefit to you.
What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
Before we jump right into broad-spectrum CBD, let’s recap the two most common types of CBD you’ll find on the market today: CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD.
CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD. During the CBD isolate extraction process, everything contained in the plant matter is removed, including any traces of THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll and more. What you’re left with is pure CBD…and nothing else.
Full-spectrum CBD, on the other hand, contains everything the plant contains. Full-spectrum CBD is full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have therapeutic value of their own and help create what’s know as the entourage effect. Full spectrum, whole plant CBD, means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation.
Broad-spectrum CBD is a little bit of both. Broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD without any THC. It offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body. Broad-spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC is their system, whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or anything else.
How is Broad Spectrum CBD Made?
There a couple different processes that are used to make broad-spectrum CBD. One is by starting with a CBD isolate and then adding other beneficial cannabinoids (minus the THC), terpenes, and flavonoids.
Another way to make broad-spectrum CBD is through a unique process that removes any THC from a full-spectrum extract. By removing trace amounts of THC (like the permitted 0.3%), you’re left with a product that can be used confidently by anyone who cannot have traces of the psychoactive cannabinoid in their system.
Why Broad-Spectrum CBD is So Beneficial
There are several CBD companies that understand the importance of offering a broad-spectrum CBD oil. Most importantly, broad-spectrum CBD offers all the benefits of full-spectrum CBD without any trace amounts of THC.
Studies suggest that full-spectrum CBD superior to CBD isolate because of its extended cannabinoid and terpene profile that creates that desirable entourage effect. And while CBD isolate offers the benefits associated with CBD itself, it doesn’t present the complete profile full-spectrum CBD contains.
Removing the THC in these broad-spectrum products also ensures that any legality issues surrounding THC don’t get in the way of enjoying the benefits CBD has to offer.