Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum CBD
Cannabis has been used by humans as a botanical medicine for over 8000 years, the only significant period of time when it hasn't is the last 77 years during prohibition. Recently, the popularity of CBD has exploded with the rise of the wellness movement and the understanding of the compound as non-intoxicating and able to provide therapeutic relief without any ‘high’. There are an array of brands that allow you to easily buy CBD online or in-stores, all with different claims. Products come in many forms such as tinctures, gummies, skincare and even treats for pets are available to buy.
A significant differentiator between products on the market is that some are broad spectrum and some are full. So what is the difference between broad vs full spectrum CBD and what CBD is right for you?
The most abundant compounds found within cannabis are cannabinoids. There are over 100 different ones and each has its own potential for therapeutic benefits. Terpenes are aromatic compounds just like you find in other natural products such as citrus fruits or pine trees. They present a wide-array of medical properties themselves in addition to the cannabinoid compounds.
A full spectrum product contains all the natural cannabinoid compounds found within the hemp plant including small amounts of THC and all the terpenes. By not adding or taking away from what the plant produces, a full spectrum profile gives you a naturally balanced product and the combination of compounds results in a proven synergistic or boosted overall experience called the entourage effect. A broad spectrum product is different as it has been processed to remove any trace of THC and many of the terpenes.
Is broad or full spectrum CBD better?
Both will give you the potential to find the psychological and physiological results you are looking for. However, a full spectrum product has the potential for a synergistically stronger effect.
Many people are understandably hesitant about using products that contain any amount of THC as they have concerns regarding legality, drug tests at work and becoming intoxicated. Although you won’t become intoxicated using a full spectrum product you may have detectable levels of THC in your body. If you are wary of the presence of THC in a product, broad spectrum may be the place to start. If your work requires drug testing then we advise only using a THC Free product.
If you want to feel the greatest degree of benefit, are a cannabis connoisseur or are curious to experience the entirety of the plant, you should try a full spectrum product. Ultimately, you know your body best! Experiment and find out what works for you.