Posted on by Jason DiGuilio

Blackboard with the chemical formula of CBD

When you see the terms full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD; you might ask the question, ‘what’s the difference and why does it matter?’  Actually there is a difference and it can matter for many users of CBD products. Here are some things you need to know about full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD.


Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD or full spectrum hemp extract are the extracted oil from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. The full spectrum extraction allows the retention of the entire 110 plus cannabinoids, the terpenes, flavonoids, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, proteins, chlorophyll and fiber. This is the ‘whole spectrum’, as it is sometimes referred to, of compounds, working in synergy to deliver the therapeutic benefits of the plant. 


Hemp is high in CBD and very low in THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid. The THC content of hemp is regulated not to exceed 0.03%, which is negligible. In addition, higher concentrations of CBD reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. However, there is this small amount THC present in full spectrum CBD. This is a key factor in the difference between full and broad spectrum CBD. 


Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad Spectrum CBD is basically full spectrum CBD that has had the THC removed in the extraction process. Broad spectrum still has the full range of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds yet without THC. Many people prefer to not have any THC, due to concerns for drug testing for work and athletics or local regulations. 


What Is The CBD Entourage Effect?

The ‘entourage effect’ is a term that refers to the benefits of whole spectrum CBD. When all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other natural compounds are present in CBD or hemp extract, the natural interaction of those compounds, in the body, are referred to as ‘the entourage effect’.

When all of the powerful compounds act together in your body you can experience the full range of benefits of CBD extract.

Both full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD provide the entourage effect. The only difference is that broad spectrum CBD does not have the THC. So, although you might miss out on the THC part of the effect, you are not subject to any possible difficulties it might present for you. In other words you have all of the main advantages without any risk. 

The interaction of the broad spectrum CBD with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is what delivers the benefits. The other compounds such as the terpenes and flavonoids also interact with your endocannabinoid system and provide therapeutic benefit. The greatest benefit can be derived from a quality, organic broad spectrum CBD. Quality is of the utmost importance as well as the assurance of zero THC.

With the ongoing research into the multitude of benefits of CBD and the endocannabinoid system, the benefits of the other compounds in the cannabis sativa and hemp plants and the ECS are on the radar! Stay tuned!


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