What is broad spectrum CBD? Broad spectrum CBD contains every cannabinoid found in hemp plants, except THC. Learn about full vs. broad spectrum CBD today! Should I buy Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD Oil? What's the difference? We explain the difference in the most simple way to help make your choice easy.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
You may have been hearing a lot about CBD lately, but with so many different kinds available, even experienced CBD consumers can get confused. Below we’ll go over what broad spectrum CBD is, its benefits, and the differences between broad spectrum CBD, full spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate so that you can make an informed decision and find the products that fit your needs best.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Let’s back up a bit. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of over 100+ cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. Scientists have found that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This phenomenon is called the entourage effect and, up until recently, was only associated with full spectrum CBD products which contain minute amounts of THC (less than 0.3%. Now with Charlotte’s Web TM Broad Spectrum THC-free† CBD, you can enjoy the benefits of the “entourage effect”.
Broad spectrum CBD is one of three main forms of CBD, the other two being full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Broad spectrum CBD products contain every cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, except for THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you “high.” This means that people who may be subject to drug screenings can still get the benefits of the “entourage effect” without the small chance of their CBD products triggering a positive drug test.
Is THC-free† CBD the same as broad spectrum CBD?
Yes and no. THC-free† CBD can be broad spectrum, but not all THC-free† CBD products are. As we’ll talk about in a bit, some brands use extraction processes that remove the THC and other cannabinoids along with it. By doing so, these THC-free† products are no longer considered truly broad spectrum. However, Charlotte’s Web has pioneered a new refinement process to ensure THC is removed to less than 0.01% and the other beneficial cannabinoids are left intact. The exact amount of cannabinoids in each bottle can be seen in that batch’s Certificate of Analysis.
Read our blog post on THC-Free CBD to learn more.
Broad Spectrum CBD vs Full Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate
Now that you know what broad spectrum CBD is all about, let’s go over how it’s different from both full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate as well as the benefits of each:
Broad Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate products differ from broad spectrum CBD products in that isolates only contain the CBD cannabinoid and nothing else while broad spectrum CBD products contain additional cannabinoids other than THC. The benefit of CBD isolate is that you can enjoy the benefits of CBD without worrying about consuming THC. However, by only consuming the CBD cannabinoid, you’re missing out on the added benefits of the “entourage effect” we talked about earlier.
Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD
The difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD is THC. Full spectrum CBD contains a variety of cannabinoids in the hemp plant, including THC, whereas broad spectrum CBD contains cannabinoids in the hemp plant, except for THC†. The benefit of full spectrum CBD is the enhanced “entourage effect” that comes with consuming cannabinoids together. However, because THC is present, full spectrum CBD products may trigger a positive drug test.
Broad Spectrum CBD and Hemp Extracts
Broad spectrum THC-free† hemp extracts combine the best of both worlds. You don’t have to worry about consuming THC while also getting the added benefits of a variety of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Keep reading to learn about how broad spectrum CBD is made.
How is Charlotte’s Web Broad Spectrum THC-Free† CBD Made?
To create the best broad spectrum CBD on the market, Charlotte’s Web has developed a sophisticated extraction method and processing technology called Supercritical Fluid Chromatography. This eco-friendly process produces a true broad spectrum extract unlike some other brands that use processes that tend to strip out most of the beneficial compounds along with the THC.
Everything You Want and Nothing You Don’t
Charlotte’s Web Broad Spectrum THC-Free CBD oil is perfect for people looking for the added benefits of a full-spectrum extract without consuming THC. To learn more about CBD, read our blog posts on why CBD may not be working for you and how much CBD is right for you or contact us directly.
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Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD and Broad-Spectrum CBD Extract
Understanding the difference between Full Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum Extracts is quite simple. The difference among them is the level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is in the extracted CBD. Although there isn’t a huge difference, the main difference is that Full Spectrum contains 0.3% THC while Broad Spectrum contains non-detectable levels of THC also known as “THC Free” CBD oil.
Something to note about Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum, is that they should contain a “spectrum” of minor cannabinoids, and more importantly terpenes. Although many CBD companies emphasize how their products contain terpenes because it’s “Full Spectrum” or “Broad Spectrum,” it is actually not always true. Click this link to read about what terpenes are and their benefits.
In order to verify a company has terpenes in their extracts one must ask for a third-party lab test which a lab that is fully licensed by the state and is unbiased, unrelated to the company in anyway. Look for the terpene profile content and if it shows “ND,” meaning non-detectable, then it does not contain it at all or contains nothing close to what it needs to be for the added therapeutic benefits terpenes brings.
Full Spectrum Extract CBD Oil
- Contains 0.3% THC per gram of extract
- Can contain anywhere from 10mg of THC to upwards of 100mg or even higher levels of THC in a bottle of tincture depending on the amount of extract
- Can, surprisingly, get you high
- Should contain minor cannabinoids, if not, it should definitely contain terpenes as that’s what the name really emphasizes (“Spectrum”)
Broad Spectrum Extract CBD Oil
- Contains Non-Detectable levels of THC or also known as “THC Free”
- Absolutely no way of feeling any psychoactive “high” feeling
- THC will not show up on drug tests
- Comfortably can take it on domestic and international flights
- Does not contain any CBD Isolate*
What is THC-Free in Broad Spectrum?
THC-Free simply means a product or extract that contains non-detectable levels of THC. There is a difference between non-detectable and zero THC or 0% THC because it’s impossible in a botanical extract; hence, the accurate term being THC-Free.
Does Colorado Botanicals Products Contain THC?
We have the option to have CBD products containing the legal limit of THC. There is nothing wrong with this, however we don’t feel comfortable misusing the term “less than 0.3% THC” because the majority of individuals who use CBD do not want to consume THC.
THC does have added benefits but we would like our customers to have the option of having no THC. If THC is something you are looking for in your CBD, there are options available to you at local stores.
Some other reasons that we push for THC-Free only products:
- We don’t have to dilute our oil in order to meet the legal limit of 0.3% THC as some companies do
- We can confidently say that our customers will not feel any type of high, no matter how sensitive their endocannabinoid system is to cannabinoids
- We have customers from several countries so we don’t have difficulty exporting our products since they don’t contain any detectable THC
- As this topic of “0.3% THC” becomes more known we have a feeling that the government and FDA will not want CBD products containing THC to be sold in major retail stores, as it contains levels of THC in products that can get the user high
Should you buy Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD Oil?
It’s your choice if you want to choose a Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD product because they are both great at doing its job, however, make sure you purchase from a reputable company because the marginal difference of hemp extracts is huge. From the plant it starts from, the extraction method, to the purification method it can make a huge difference at any stage of the process.