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What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

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CBD is a rapidly expanding market, and there are a few different ways you might find CBD described. At the most basic level, you’ll likely see products defined as either CBD isolate or full-spectrum CBD. Some CBD companies also offer what’s defined as “broad-spectrum CBD oil.”

All these terms to describe CBD can become really confusing! We’re here to take away some of the confusion by helping you understand a bit more about broad-spectrum CBD and how it could be of benefit to you.

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

Before we jump right into broad-spectrum CBD, let’s recap the two most common types of CBD you’ll find on the market today: CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD.

CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD. During the CBD isolate extraction process, everything contained in the plant matter is removed, including any traces of THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll and more. What you’re left with is pure CBD…and nothing else.

Full-spectrum CBD, on the other hand, contains everything the plant contains. Full-spectrum CBD is full of all the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in hemp, all of which have therapeutic value of their own and help create what’s know as the entourage effect.

Broad-spectrum CBD is a little bit of both. Broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD without any THC. It offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body. Broad-spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC is their system, whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or anything else.

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How is Broad Spectrum CBD Made?

There a couple different processes that are used to make broad-spectrum CBD. One is by starting with a CBD isolate and then adding other beneficial cannabinoids (minus the THC), terpenes, and flavonoids.

Another way to make broad-spectrum CBD is through a unique process that removes any THC from a full-spectrum extract. By removing trace amounts of THC (like the permitted 0.3%), you’re left with a product that can be used confidently by anyone who cannot have traces of the psychoactive cannabinoid in their system.

Why Broad-Spectrum CBD is So Beneficial

There are several CBD companies that understand the importance of offering a broad-spectrum CBD oil. Most importantly, broad-spectrum CBD offers all the benefits of full-spectrum CBD without any trace amounts of THC.

Studies suggest that full-spectrum CBD superior to CBD isolate because of its extended cannabinoid and terpene profile that creates that desirable entourage effect. And while CBD isolate offers the benefits associated with CBD itself, it doesn’t present the complete profile full-spectrum CBD contains.

Removing the THC in these broad-spectrum products also ensures that any legality issues surrounding THC don’t get in the way of enjoying the benefits CBD has to offer.

Many of the brands we support at CBD School offer broad-spectrum CBD products, making it easy to reap the benefits of full-spectrum CBD without a trace of THC. This not only offers an opportunity for anyone to enjoy a broader range of wellness benefits, but also removes any question of legality concerning THC.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946/

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  • I am confused about the broad spectrum – if it has terpenes how is it clear (cbdMD)… I understand they use the CO2 process – that should protect the terpenes better than other processes – yet there is no color, scent or taste in it. Plus, cbdMD’s broad spectrum label doesn’t says it contains: CBD & MCT oil – that’s it – it doesn’t state it contains Hemp Extract or Broad Spectrum CBD – so does that really mean it ONLY CONTAINS CBD as it’s label says?

    Very frustrated!

  • Sorry, but this is utter b.s. You cannot get an entourage effect without THC. You cannot therefore completely extract the THC and call it anything but an isolate. You most certainly cannot claim it gives “the benefits of a full spectrum” because it literally cannot do so. There is no such thing as “broad spectrum.” It’s a nonsense term that companies selling isolates are using to trick you into buying their weakened products. Don’t be fooled.

    Usually CBD School has great info, but this is completely misleading and PATENTLY FALSE INFORMATION.

    • Hey Darci! Thanks for your feedback 🙂

      We agree with you there are a lot of benefits for THC

      The main benefit of no THC is that athletes and people who cannot have THC in their system can still use these CBD products and get the benefits of CBD 🙂

      • Hi my name is larry is cbd full spectrum legal and of test will i get into trouble recently got into some trouble do to roomates i smoked for years for cancer and seizures just want to know if i will get into trouble by thr law

  • Hi have question i recently bought the dr.cbd full spectrum if stopped and tested would i pass a test is the thc in any of the cbd bud just wanting to know

  • Hi Professor – how is the CBD removed from the full spectrum crude to create broad spectrum? Is chromatography the most common method? Are there other methods as well? Which method is superior? Thanks! Your site is well written and informative.

  • hello! i work at a cbd shop in texas, and ive been seeing alot of companies saying their products are full spectrum, but state they are also THC free. im like… wouldnt that just make it broad spectrum? super confused on why they have this.

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  • Any recommendations for a broad spectrum CBD? High quality? CO2 extraction, lab tested. I want all the benefits of CBD with zero THC. It’s difficult to find! Can you suggest a couple good companies?

    • Hey there. Thanks for your question. Two of our prominent broad spectrum partners are cbdMD and Joy Organics. You can grab some coupons here to try out the products. We also recommend reaching out to the customer service team of each brand before ordering in case you have any questions or want to confirm the right products for your needs 🙂

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