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Broad Spectrum CBD vs Full Spectrum CBD: Your One-Stop Guide

Date 13th Nov 2020

Broad Spectrum CBD vs Full Spectrum CBD: Your One-Stop Guide

The convenient, yet tricky thing about CBD is that there are so many choices. You can pick whether you want to consume or apply it to your  skin, choose your strength, and select your extract. 

These choices can be daunting if you're new to CBD, so we're here to help you feel informed about one of the most important parts of choosing the right CBD product for you: the extract. Extracts are always listed on the front of a CBD product and they let you know which type of CBD is being used. 

In this helpful article we'll distinguish the difference between the 3 most popular extracts:  Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD and shed light on one of the newest extracts on the block, Broad Spectrum CBD

What Is Broad Spectrum CBD?

Broad Spectrum CBD features the full range of hemp's natural cannabinoids, but has the THC removed. Broad spectrum is one of the newest extracts in the world of hemp products, so variations across the market in broad spectrum quality will be noticeable. For example, when removing the THC, some companies may use heat processes that destroy vital cannabinoids. Additionally, companies can commonly use synthetic variants and call them Broad spectrum CBD. For this reason, it's important to check the third party lab results on a broad spectrum product to ensure the full range of cannabinoids for the synergistic entourage effect

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The 3 Most Popular Types of CBD

Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate are the 3 most popular types of CBD. Each type features a specific extraction method that causes it to contain or omit certain aspects of the hemp plant. 

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What Is Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum CBD is the most pure, unprocessed, and unfiltered hemp extract which contains all of the hemp plant's beneficial nutrients: cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. 

This extract offers a holistic approach to CBD, containing the full range of hemp's cannabinoids (among other nutrients), including THC. However, the THC in full spectrum CBD will always be under .3%, too small of an amount to invoke a 'high' feeling without ingesting a large amount. 

Full spectrum CBD's wide variety of naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes make it capable of the entourage effect; which describes the phenomenon of each element in the plant working together synergistically to provide maximum effect.

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What Is Broad Spectrum CBD?

Broad spectrum CBD is the newest CBD extract on the block, bridging the gap between full spectrum and isolate CBD: it's processed like isolate, yet offers a wide array cannabinoids like full spectrum.

Broad spectrum CBD begins as a full spectrum extract with all of hemp's terpenes and cannabinoids intact, before it's sent through a refinement process to remove the THC compound. Broad spectrum is quickly gaining popularity among the THC sensitive crowds, and suppliers are commonly meeting the demands with synthetic or overly processed THC. Therefore, it's doubly important to check the lab results for your broad spectrum product now more than ever. 

Put simply, broad spectrum CBD is full spectrum CBD, with the THC removed

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What Is Isolate CBD?

Some would call Isolate the purest form of CBD, which is true; but conversely, it's the most processed form of hemp.

Isolate CBD is CBD isolated from all other parts of the hemp plant including terpenes, cannabinoids, and essential oils until there it is the only cannabinoid. 

CBD devotees & experts alike agree that a CBD isolate will provide the benefits of CBD, but it's missing the cannabinoids that make full spectrum & broad spectrum a potentially, more powerful approach. 

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What's the Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD?

You can easily determine the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate CBD by thinking of them in this simple way:

  • Full Spectrum CBD: Whole plant hemp extract with over 100+ cannabinoids
  • Broad Spectrum CBD: Whole plant hemp extract with over 100+ cannabinoids, but THC removed. 
  • Isolate CBD: Highly-processed, often synthetic extract with the CBD cannabinoid isolated. 

Benefits of Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

Low Risk of Euphoria (A 'High' Feeling)

Broad spectrum CBD oil is the perfect CBD extract for those who want to experience all of CBD's beneficial cannabinoids, but might have a sensitivity to THC or are worried about consuming small amounts due to career-related drug testing.

Features The Entourage Effect

Broad spectrum CBD is wonderful for those who want to experience the entourage effect. This therapeutic effect can only take place when the wide variety of cannabinoids within hemp are working together to maximize the most therapeutic benefits. 

Note: The entourage effect takes place in both full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD, and does not take place in isolate CBD. 

Less Processed Than Isolate CBD

In order to make broad spectrum CBD THC-free, it has to undergo refinement and processing. However, while broad spectrum CBD is processed, it's still less processed than isolate CBD. 

Helps to Support Mobility & Mood

If you're interested in CBD, it's likely that you're a fan of natural alternatives. Here's the best Broad spectrum CBD benefits to look forward to: normal inflammatory response, normal joint mobility, healthy immune response, and a sense of relaxation.  

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How Is Broad Spectrum CBD Made?

Broad spectrum CBD starts out as raw hemp before being CO2 or alcohol extracted in order to create a whole plant, full spectrum CBD extract. This extract then undergoes a distillation process and a proprietary cannabinoid separation to remove THC. The final product is quality tested to provide proof of zero THC content.

With THC Free Broad Spectrum extracts, sometimes heat or synthetic solvents can be used during processing that harms the natural complexity of the plant's cannabinoids. For this reason, be sure to take a close look at the broad spectrum CBD lab results that accompany the product in order to discern the actual cannabinoid content and purity. 

What Is The Difference Between Full And Broad Spectrum CBD?

The main difference is that full spectrum extracts may contain trace amounts of THC (under 0.3%), while broad spectrum extracts have the THC completely removed

Aside from this difference, broad spectrum hemp and full spectrum hemp are very similar. Both extracts feature hemp's wide array of cannabinoids, so they're equally capable of the entourage effect. Read more on hemp extracts here. 

Is Broad Spectrum CBD Right For You?

Broad spectrum CBD is best for:

  • Individuals who experience THC sensitivity
  • Individuals who are required to participate in work-related drug testing
  • Those living in states with strict laws against THC consumption
  • CBD beginners who are apprehensive to consume THC

Broad spectrum is the right extract for you if still want to experience the full benefits of hemp and the entourage effect, but prefer to avoid any consumption of THC for either sensitivity or work-related reasons.


The Best Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

We've got the best broad spectrum CBD oil; organic, non-GMO, CO2 extracted, and handcrafted by our team in San Diego, California. The best part? If it doesn't work for you, enjoy the freedom to change your mind with our 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. 

When it comes to Broad Spectrum CBD, we're confident we make the best on the market. Read our lab results located under each broad spectrum product to view the full scope of cannabinoids.

To try our  broad spectrum CBD oil, check out our signature CBD oil tinctures & sprays and choose broad spectrum in the drop down menu before adding the product to your cart. Look for the Neurogan blue broad spectrum CBD icon on the front of the product to make sure you've got the right one!

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Glory Finnegan
Glory Finnegan

Glory Rae Finnegan is a freelance content writer with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology. Glory is passionate about human psychology, destigmatizing mental health, animal advocacy, and plant-based living.