What is Broad Spectrum CBD?


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.

How is Broad Spectrum CBD Made?

Making Broad Spectrum CBD

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 CBD 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.

  • Lisa says:

    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!

  • Hey Lisa. Thanks for your comment. The best way to get your questions answered is to reach out to cbdMD’s customer service team 🙂

  • Darci says:

    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 🙂

  • Larry A Matusik says:

    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

  • Larry A Matusik says:

    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

  • Roy says:

    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.

  • Hi Larry. If there is any THC present at all in what you are consuming, you are at risk for failing a drug test for THC.

  • Hi Larry. Where do you live? We recommend you check the laws in your area to know for sure.

  • Sara says:

    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.

  • Hey Sara. Good point. Full spectrum minus THC = Broad Spectrum. I suspect it’s because Broad Spectrum is still a relatively new term in the CBD space. Educate them 🙂

  • Prescotts Hemp says:

    […] CBD SCHOOL: 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 in their system, whether for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or anything else. ( Hint Hint – Prescott’s Is whole plant broad spectrum) […]

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  • E. Richard says:

    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 🙂

  • Deb says:

    My husband suffers from nerve damage in his feet, pain in his back from recent surgery and his knees from double knee replacement. I was told that there is a product that has both CBD oil and THC which would help him. I have tried to find such a product online and have found nothing. Is there such a thing and, if so, how do you find it?

  • Hi Deb. Thanks for commenting and sorry to hear about your husband. Happy to try and help. There are many product of this nature available! Are you looking for a product with a balanced ratio of THC to CBD or one that’s mostly CBD and some THC?

  • Dawn Riggi says:

    I have bought the CBD Broad Spectrum oil and don’t even know what it is for. It was very expensive from the “Vitamin Shop” and I read that it only has 10mg of the whole Hemp extract and the rest is the entourage effect blend. Can anyone tell me what this will help me with?? I have alot of pain. I have #7 herniated disks and I have bone disease which mainly is affecting my nerves because they are being pinched. This specific oil is made by a Neurologist and I see one of those for my pain so I assumed it is for pain. The bottle says nothing about what it will help. Can anyone give me any good info.??

  • Hey Dawn. Thanks for writing in and leaving a comment. Yes, would be glad to try to help. What is the product you bought called?

  • J says:

    Darcy. I am happy to share with you news that there indeed is a Broad Spectrum that is 0.0% THC and still contains dozens of terpenes and flavonoids. They are the Global leader in PCR CBD Broad Spectrum. You should check them out. Folium Biosciences

  • Donna says:

    Does broad spectrum help with sleep as much as full?

  • Vannesa Mudrovich says:

    centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC) is the most effective method

  • Mike says:

    My CBD Tincture is made from PCR Hemp Extract from Co. with 0.0%THC, per the 3rd Lab Report I obtained. I use SUNMED Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil that is outstanding! It contains CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN & CBD-V.

  • Mike says:

    My CBD Tincture is made from PCR Hemp Extract from Co. with 0.0%THC, per the 3rd Lab Report I obtained. I use SUNMED Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil that is outstanding! It contains CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN & CBD-V.

  • Sarah says:

    I am a breast feeding Mom with depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. I would really like some ideas/recommendations for some CBD products. I bought WYLD CBD Real fruit infused Hemp Gummies 500MG CBD made with Broad spectrum hemp extract. I have never used CBD before this. It doesn’t seem to help my symptoms.

  • Justin says:

    A lot of these companies are out there selling overpriced garbage and taking advantage of everyone. This is just as bad as the damn pharmaceutical companies now. Gummies ARE NOT EFFECTIVE PEOPLE!! You want to pay $60 for 30 “delicious” (they all taste like crap) gummies and your body will pass 80% of that as waste product! Buy a FULL SPECTRUM tincture yes that means with some THC because it is the way the plant was intended to be used, in its entirety not manipulated and extracted and refined with chemicals added. I found a new company that only sells tinctures and orally bioavailable full spectrum products all of which are lab tested. Feel free to shoot me an email and I will be happy to send you their name. justinrebelo16 @ gmail dot com

  • Ben L. says:

    CBD Professor, you should be clearly stating if you are receiving any financial benefit from offering coupons for these brands.

  • Hey Ben. We agree. It’s in our copyright/disclaimer at the bottom of every page! 🙂

  • shantelfullerton says:

    You can buy best CBD products on WeedBorn website.

  • Barrie Davidson says:

    Hi, please search the term “entourage effect” and do some research. The entourage effect is in no way psychotic and does not require THC. ‘The Entourage Effect’ is explicitly relating to the combination of all cannabinoids that are not THC. You CAN most certainly experience ‘The Entourage Effect’ with 0% THC.

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  • Rhonda says:

    For the most part i agree with Darci. Then theres this….when taking drug tests by urinalysis, broad spectrum shows positive for “marajuana” not thc. So then, if you’re trying to hide or having to take drug tests remember that broad spectrum is from the marajuana plant and it will show positive for marajuana. It did for me.

  • The purpose of broad spectrum products is for people to get the benefits of full spectrum WITHOUT having to worry about failing a drug test.

    I am disappointed to hear you failed a drug test while taking a broad spectrum product.

    Will you please share what the exact product is that you were using at this time?

  • Neil Hiltz says:

    Well Put. People really need to research before making any claims. You can indeed get the entourage effect with THC..
    I’ve spent a lot of time researching, reading and educating myself on cannabis, hemp and CBD. Now others need to do the same instead of going by what their uncle’s second cousin’s barber told them…ughhh

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