“Broad spectrum vs full spectrum CBD–which is better?” This is a question we get asked on a regular basis. Learn the important difference between the two and more in our latest guide.
The most common choices you will find when browsing CBD oil products are broad-spectrum CBD, full spectrum CBD, and, of course, CBD isolate. All of these terms refer to the form of hemp extract used to produce the product.
While CBD isolate is relatively easy to understand since it contains isolated CBD only, and no other cannabinoids, full and broad spectrum CBD can have you wondering about the differences.
In the most general terms, each type of CBD has a somewhat different composition depending on how the cannabinoid is extracted. This variant composition can have everything to do with what you experience with the product you pick.
Therefore, understanding the difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD is crucial to understanding which type of CBD product is best for you and why we choose to only offer full spectrum products at fabuleaf…
Curious about learning more? Let’s dive in.
A Breakdown of the Hemp Plant
Every plant is made up of different chemical constituents, and cannabis is no different. In fact, there are hundreds of unique compounds that can be found within the seeds, stems, stalks, leaves, roots, and flowers. Here’s a brief breakdown of the most prominent compounds found in cannabis:
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds produced in the cannabis plant. Of these compounds, a few of the most noteworthy are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), and Cannabigerol (CBG). While researchers are still struggling to understand the vast complexities of cannabinoids, they have confirmed that cannabinoids are the primary source of the plant’s numerous effects and work with the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Terpenes are aromatic molecules found in most fruits, plants, and herbs, including cannabis.
In cannabis, terpenes are produced in its sticky resin glands and are responsible for the wonderful aromas secreted by the plant. If you enjoy the piney smell of a certain cannabis strain, you have the terpene pinene to thank, and this is just one of more than 100 terpenes found naturally occurring in cannabis.
Flavonoids are a diverse group of plant compounds found in a majority of fruits, vegetables, and plants. Within cannabis, there are 20 varieties of flavonoids that we know exist, some of which are known to only be found naturally occurring in cannabis. These are known as cannaflavins.
While the term “flavonoid” sounds similar to flavor, it is actually derived from the Latin term flavus, which references the color yellow as it appears in nature. This makes sense considering a primary function of flavonoids is to provide color to plants, fruits, and vegetables; however, the capabilities of flavonoids extends beyond serving as a paintbrush for mother nature.
Now that we’ve gone through a brief overview of the chemical composition of the hemp plant, you may be wondering “what does this have to do with broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD?”
Plainly put… everything... but don’t worry, we’ll explain. Let’s continue!
What is Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD products contain all of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant in their natural ratios. In addition to CBD, a full spectrum hemp product will typically contain all of the natural hemp plant compounds including minor cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
In other words, this is as close to consuming the actual hemp plant as you can get. As such, a full spectrum hemp product may contain trace amounts of THC, but not enough to make the user feel “high” or intoxicated.
In addition, it’s important to clarify that, in order for a full spectrum product to be federally legal in the United States, it must contain 0.3% THC by dry weight.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD
A broad spectrum CBD product is similar to a full spectrum CBD product; however, it will have all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids present in the plant without any THC at all.
While some production methods begin with a full spectrum extract then remove the THC content, other methods begin with a CBD isolate, which is then combined with other cannabinoids, excluding THC.
Either way, the process of creating a broad spectrum CBD product involves altering the natural composition of the hemp extract.
Understanding the Entourage Effect
Cannabinoids are a bit complicated, but one thing that makes the constituents even more complex is the fact that they work together in different ways to create the benefit commonly referred to as the entourage effect.
In general terms, the entourage effect is the cumulative effect of multiple cannabis compounds working together to deliver a stronger effect than any individual compound could individually. The more compounds working together (ie, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids) in a product, the stronger the effect of that product will be.
That said, in order to truly experience the full capabilities of the hemp plant and maximize the entourage effect, you must use a product that contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids. And that brings us to our next point…
Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum CBD: Which Is Best?
At fabuleaf, we are proud to only offer full spectrum CBD products and not broad spectrum or isolate products.
Why? you might be wondering.
It’s simple. We believe that CBD products containing all of the cannabinoids work best and we want our customers to have only the best that mother nature has to offer.
Since CBD isolate products only contain one cannabinoid, they will not deliver the entourage effect. Broad spectrum CBD products, on the other hand, will; however, without THC–one of the most powerful components of the cannabis plant–the effects of broad spectrum products are limited and not as mother nature intended.
Full Spectrum CBD offers the strongest entourage effect possible, and that’s why we choose to offer only full spectrum CBD products.
Important Note: If you’re worried about issues with the law or possibly “getting high” from our products, you have nothing to worry about. While full spectrum extracts may contain THC, our full spectrum hemp products are third-party lab tested and verified to contain less than 0.3% THC (see our lab reports). As such they are fully legal under federal law and won’t get you “high” or intoxicated.
Experience the Full Power of Hemp with fabuleaf CBD
Now that you understand the important distinction between CBD isolate, broad spectrum CBD, and full spectrum CBD, the only thing left to do is decide which is best for you.
At fabuleaf, we offer a wide selection of hand-harvested, full spectrum CBD products that are specially formulated to bring you the best mother nature has to offer.
If you’re ready to experience the full power of hemp, look no further–we’ve got you covered.
Thanks for joining us today! We hope this article helped to shed some light on this important subject and inspired you to take positive action in your life.
If you have any questions, comments, or, perhaps even an experience you’d like to share, drop us a message in the comments and we’ll be sure to get back to you!
The information contained in this article is not intended to serve as a substitute for advice or guidance from a certified doctor or health professional. Before trying Cannabidiol (CBD) or purchasing any CBD product, you should always conduct your own research and consult with your doctor. While Cannabidiol (CBD) is classified as “generally well tolerated with a good safely profile” by the World Health Organization (WHO), more research is needed in order to fully evaluate the safety and effectiveness of CBD on a personalized basis.
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