Here’s What You Need to Know about Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum CBD
CBD compounds, CBD isolate, full spectrum, broad spectrum, THC, cannabinoids...oh boy. Where does one begin when choosing the right product? With all the names out there, it can be a little tricky trying to figure out what you’re getting yourself into. We know it can be incredibly confusing and difficult to understand all the different effects, benefits, and the different types of CBD -- particularly when you first try it out. Today we’re breaking down the different options so you’ll be able to make a better, more informed decision.
CBD is the shortened name for Cannabidiol. It is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940 that accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD is essentially a derivative of the cannabis or hemp plant. Some people are nervous that taking CBD will produce that euphoric “high”, but we’re here to set the record straight. CBD does not get you “high.” While CBD does come from the cannabis (marijuana) plant, CBD does not produce the same effects that THC does.
So, what’s THC then? When it enters the body, THC will produce a “high” feeling when reaching the brain’s endocannabinoid receptors. This state of “high” basically ticks the brain’s reward system to produce pleasure-inducing feelings. But CBD is a completely different compound than THC, and most CBD products to not contain any THC at all. And that right there is the main difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD.
Why use CBD?
There are a variety of reasons you may decide to use CBD. CBD is a psychoactive compound that can increase certain receptors in your brain and reduce others. This means that when you take CBD, the compounds cause your brain to become either more active or less active in certain areas. Depending on the dosage, CBD may either be slightly stimulating, or, with larger doses, it may bring on more of a sedative effect.
CBD has shown to be effective in reducing the receptors in the area of your brain that controls pain; therefore using CBD may reduce any pain you’re feeling. In addition, CBD may reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep patterns, and even prevent seizures.
First up, let’s talk about CBD Isolate. Think about what happens when you boil salted water. If you boil it enough, all of the H20 will evaporate and you’ll be left with just the salt. That is essentially what a CBD isolate is. It’s as though you took a hemp or cannabis plant and boiled all the other compounds out of it so that you were left with just the CBD. One advantage of CBD Isolate is that it contains the highest concentration of CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD
Simply put, Full Spectrum CBD contains all phytochemicals found in the marijuana plant. We’re talking CBD, cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. That said, Full Spectrum CBD is still non-psychoactive with trace amounts of THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad Spectrum CBD differs in that it does not have THC in it. While broad spectrum does contain a few other compounds from the cannabis or hemp plant, there are no ingredients that will get you high. THC is removed during extraction. Similar to CBD isolate, it is as if you took the hemp of cannabis plant and only boiled out the THC. All of the other beneficial compounds that are found in those plants are kept in broad spectrum CBD, but none of them will produce a high effect.
Thankfully, despite the CBD industry being relatively new, there are many options with a variety of benefits making it easy to find something that works best for you. You’ve got Full Spectrum CBD, the combined blend of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils or Broad Spectrum CBD, a blend with no THC at all, yet both are non-psychoactive. Which one will you choose to try first?