Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD
Today, people are using CBD as a natural medicine for a number of ailments:
- Stress relief
- Pain relief
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Skin conditions
- Weight loss, etc.
As more and more CBD products flood the market, it can be a bit overwhelming when choosing the best CBD product for you. Understanding the difference between full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD may sound confusing, but it’s a lot less intimidating than you might think. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between full and broad spectrum CBD and learn more about the benefits of both.
First, let’s go over what CBD is.
What is CBD?
CBD is the nonpsychoactive phytocannabinoid found in cannabis sativa. It is the second most prominent cannabinoid out of over 100 cannabinoids in the plant.
Full spectrum CBD
“Full spectrum” extracts, otherwise known as “full plant” or “whole plant”, have most of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the cannabis plant. Although CBD makes up 40% of the plant itself, other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBDA (the precursor of CBD), trace amounts of THC, etc., are all included as well. This is because each cannabinoid has its own role and therapeutic value when working in the body. But full spectrum includes more than just additional cannabinoids. Full spectrum also includes:
- Amino acids
- Other beneficial components
All of these components work synergistically to produce the “entourage effect” –– when terpenes, flavonoids, and all other phytocannabinoids are combined, they create a more powerful and potent effect than when isolated .
In a recent study, scientists noted that CBD isolate wasn’t as effective in reducing inflammation in mice than when full spectrum CBD was administered. This study suggested that full spectrum does, in fact, prove to be more effective .
Broad spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD products contain a multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The only difference here is that there is zero THC (whereas full spectrum has a trace amount). To create this particular product, THC is isolated and removed while still maintaining the other cannabinoids.
Now, broad spectrum does provide most of the entourage effect. The only difference is the lack of THC. Broad spectrum is ideal for people who can’t have any traces of THC in their system due to legal, medical, educational, or personal reasons .
Which spectrum is best?
As mentioned before, full spectrum is thought to be the most effective way to consume CBD. And for some, when CBD and THC are combined, the more beneficial and therapeutic it is for the body. However, each person is different and some may prefer a THC-free approach, while still receiving some of the entourage effects.
Whatever the case may be, and whatever you plan to use CBD for will determine what the best product is for you. Remember to listen to your body and always start slow and in low doses.