Full-Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD: Which is better?
How Is CBD Extracted?
CBD can be extracted from the cannabis in primarily three ways including:
- Steam Distillation - A manufacturer uses steam to separate the plant from the oil being extracted. This is a popular method but not as popular as CO2 extraction.
- Carbon Dioxide Extraction - Also known as CO2 extraction, this method uses carbon dioxide to extract oil from the cannabis plant. It’s a highly popular option because it produces a high concentration of CBD.
- Solvent Extraction - This is another extraction method, but it does leave behind potential solvent residue and may impact the flavor of the CBD oil. Some manufacturers are also looking into lipid extraction to avoid the risk of potentially harmful solvents and to bypass using CO2.
What Is Full-Spectrum CBD?
This form of CBD contains the full-spectrum of cannabinoids including the legal limit of THC for CBD products. Full-spectrum CBD is considered to be a “whole plant” CBD because it contains every cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This includes THC, which is responsible for that psychoactive, or high, effect. However, this depends largely on the dose and extraction process.
PROS AND CONS OF FULL-SPECTRUM CBD
The pros and cons of full-spectrum CBD vary depending on the dosage and extraction, but we’ve compiled some important points to consider.
Pros of Full-Spectrum CBD
Cons of Full-Spectrum CBD
What Is the Entourage Effect?
This has nothing to do with the tv show (maybe in other circles, but not this one). But it has everything to do with how a cannabinoid’s effects and benefits change when presented with other cannabinoids/compounds. For example, if a user tries CBD by itself, but then takes a product with CBD and CBN it may have a different effect as a result.
A 2020 study even found that cannabinoids and terpenes have a combined entourage effect, which may also have an impact on the treatment of mood disorders. It also suggests that terpenes may be a beneficial addition to overall cannabis-based effects.
What Is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
Broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD, except for THC. Broad spectrum can be less effective because it doesn't contain all of the cannabinoids that the plant has to offer, but it is a great option for those who routinely drug test.
However, it does contain additional compounds including cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene, and terpenes. While a broad-spectrum CBD product should not normally contain THC, this may depend on the dosage or extraction methods. You should always check a manufacturer’s laboratory certification to see the breakdown of
Pros and Cons of Broad-Spectrum CBD
Similar to the pros and cons of full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum also has some important points to consider.
Pros of Broad-Spectrum CBD
Cons of Broad-Spectrum CBD
What is THC-Free in Broad-Spectrum CBD?
This means that the broad-spectrum CBD does not contain THC, or contains less than the legally allowed 0.3% THC. A broad-spectrum product should not contain THC, even in trace amounts because it is intended to provide benefits without the addition of THC.
What Is a CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD and does not contain any other cannabinoid compounds. This means it does not contain THC, CBN, or any other minor cannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant.
To get CBD into a powder form, it will go through many cycles of purification. CBD Isolate is best for topicals because it is odorless and colorless.
Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum – Which Is Better?
Much of this depends on what you are looking for. Those looking for a product without THC may find that broad-spectrum CBD is the better choice, especially if you have a drug test coming up.
Is CBD Legal?
Yes. The 2018 Farm Bill redefined the use of hemp to allow for legal use. Any hemp-derived product under 0.3% THC is legal to possess, sell, and consume. However, any product over 0.3% THC is still considered to be marijuana and is federally illegal. It’s important to check your state guidelines to better understand how your state classifies CBD products in relation to the legal percentage of products containing THC.
Will CBD Make Me ‘High’?
As long as the CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC it will not make you high. Anything above the legal 0.3% THC may create a psychoactive (high) effect. It’s important to always check the dosage before taking a new CBD product. This ensures that you
How to Use CBD
CBD can be taken orally with a tincture or with a gummy.
For example, when taking a product like the powerful Gold Reserve Blend you should:
Squeeze the rubber end of the graduated dropper.
Fill it halfway, then place the CBD oil under your tongue for ~30 seconds (this allows for faster absorption).
It may take 1-2 hours to experience full effects.
You can then take more as needed, but it’s best to start small and then work your way up once you understand how the product works for you.
Which type of CBD is right for you?
The Right CBD for Me
Whether you like the added cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD, or the benefits of no THC as with broad-spectrum CBD, the right CBD is a choice. You should determine your needs, discuss with your physician, and then decide what dosage works best for you.
We recommend using something called the Minimum Effective Dose (MED), which tells users to take the smallest amount of a substance to achieve the desired outcome. You can better understand how your body tolerates CBD oil this way and you can avoid the worry of any potential interactions.
Think of it in simple terms, if you're trying a new food you would most likely take a small bite first to see if you like it. This is the same principle - start small and then decide what works best based on tolerance.
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