Choosing the right products for you can be an interesting journey, with new terms seemingly coming out everyday. From Full Spectrum CBD to CBD Distillates, all the different terms and uses can be overwhelming. But that’s where I come in. I’m going to break down everything you need to know to make an informed decision about what may work best for you and why. We’ve already gone over Isolates vs Distillates, now it’s time to break down the difference between Full Spectrum CBD and Broad Spectrum CBD.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
If you’ve seen a CBD product on the shelf, chances are it’s full spectrum CBD. One of the most popular CBD options on the market, full spectrum CBD contains more of the original cannabis plants content and includes one of the most famous cannabinoids-- THC. Like isolates and distillates, full spectrum CBD can be manufactured from either hemp or marijuana plants, with a few key differences.
Because hemp-derived products only have minimal amounts (less than 0.3%) of THC, the US government legalized the growing of industrial hemp under USDA jurisdiction in 2018. Many hemp-derived CBD products - like RESET Bioscience - can be purchased online or in-stores. CBD products made from hemp may still contain THC, so reading the label is key. Products may only contain up to 0.3% THC.
Marijuana-derived CBD oil will contain both THC and CBD - the ratio can vary depending on the source, the product, or the state you are in. But because marijuana has large amounts of resin which contains higher levels of both THC and CBD than industrial hemp plants, products will potentially have to be diluted in order to be sold in the United States. Marijuana-derived full spectrum CBD oil that contains more than 0.3% THC should only be available in legal adult-use states or select legal medical marijuana states. Thirty-party testing is key when it comes to full spectrum CBD because brands should be testing for THC and reporting it to their consumers.
A large difference between full spectrum CBD, distillates and isolates is the extraction and refinement process. Because the process for full spectrum isn’t as thorough as the one for isolates, it leaves the flavonoid and terpenes in full spectrum CBD products. Flavonoids control the flavor of the plant and terpenes, the smell which may lead to a bitter and/or earthy taste and smell in the product.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad spectrum CBD is slightly more refined than full spectrum CBD because the distillation process removes the trace amounts of THC from the distillate. Due to the higher level of distillation, broad spectrum also will likely have less impurities than full spectrum. However, for those that may believe in the “entourage effect” may not choose broad spectrum CBD over full spectrum CBD.
The benefit to broad spectrum over full spectrum CBD is the lack of THC in the product. Especially if you’re in an area where THC is not yet legal, broad spectrum could be your go to. If you’re interested in the health benefits that are within the terpenes of the cannabis plant, broad spectrum may be the right choice for you, knowing that the other components of the hemp plant, besides THC, will remain.
I’ll be going into more detail about the Entourage Effect in another blog post. But in short, researchers have observed that CBD may work best when all compounds are present. People involved in these studies have found that the entourage effect may have increased the results felt after taking a CBD product. Research is still ongoing regarding the validity of the entourage effect. RESET Bioscience Broad Spectrum is a hemp-derived THC-free* water based formula. Giving you the chance to experience the entourage effect for yourself and get the benefits from all the compounds from the plant, save for THC. Our formulas are all double-tested for THC, ensuring that we remain THC-Free*, testing less than 0.001% THC.
So… Broad Spectrum CBD or Full Spectrum CBD? ?
We’ve gone over four main forms of CBD products - full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum, distillates and CBD isolates - but which one is the best for you? Overall that’s up to you! Since everyone’s body reacts differently to CBD, it may be best to try them out for yourself but if you’re looking for the benefits of terpenes and flavonoids, you might be interested in full or broad spectrum formulas. RESET Bioscience currently only offers a Broad Spectrum formula called RESET Foundation, giving you CBD, CBG, and CBC to boost your moods.
If you’d like to experience the purest form of a specific cannabidiol (CBD) to fully experience how that CBD works for you, isolates would be the way to go. If you’re ready to dive into your options for isolates, start off on the RESET Bioscience website and check out our Ritual Pack which contains RESET Balance CBD (featuring cannabidiol), RESET Function CBG (featuring isolated cannabigerol), and RESET Restore CBN (featuring cannabinol)!