Updated: Jul 8, 2020
What’s the difference? Is it science or marketing?
When shopping for CBD oil, you’re bound to encounter products labeled as broad spectrum and full spectrum. To the untrained eye, the two probably come across as being the same thing. It’s all just CBD oil, right? Well, the difference between the two is actually pretty substantial, and deciding which one to buy will play a big role in the type of experience you get. Full and broad spectrum, are they marketing ploys or scientific definitions? You may be surprised to hear that CBD is so diverse. When shopping, it is important to understand the differences between the types of CBD to make sure you know what you are buying. In this article, we will tell you the difference between the two, and, hopefully, you will start to understand the differences between them. What are Cannabinoids, and why are there so many different types of CBD? The cannabis plant is made up of an array of different compounds known as cannabinoids. What makes different types of CBD oils different is the type of cannabinoids you find in them. The most well-known two cannabinoids are CBD and THC, but it does not stop there. There are hundreds of naturally occurring cannabinoids, all with their own unique properties. Full Spectrum CBD Oil Full spectrum CBD oil is the most natural form of CBD oil. The oil has been extracted and there are no cannabinoids that have been added or removed. In full spectrum CBD, all of the cannabinoids work in unison in what is known as the entourage effect. What is the Entourage Effect? The entourage effect causes each cannabinoid to work off of each other in synergy. The effect experienced with full spectrum CBD oil is a much more whole, natural one. The compounds complement each other to give full spectrum CBD oil a more complete, stronger effect. Think of it in human terms. A great example would be a sports team. Teams are made up of individual players who complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. You have the star players, THC and CBD in this case, and you have the supporting players as well. Alone, the star players would not have any support, and, likewise, the supporting players would not have anyone to lead. By working as one unit, the best characteristics expose themselves as the strengths are complimented by each other. Full spectrum CBD is often referred to as the most effective form of CBD for this reason, and there has been studies to back it up. In the linked study, test participants claimed to have higher levels of pain relief when using full spectrum CBD. By taking CBD oil in its whole, natural state, we find that the benefits are much more profound. Broad Spectrum CBD Oil It is not to say that broad spectrum CBD is without benefits. Broad spectrum CBD also contains a number of naturally extracted cannabinoids. The main difference is that an important cannabinoid is removed in the lab before going to the market. The main cannabinoid that is removed in the case of broad spectrum is THC. THC is key player in delivering benefits of CBD. By removing it, the effects experienced with broad spectrum are very different to full spectrum. Removing THC may be attractive to some people, but without the key compound, you may have a different experience than you were expecting. Which is best for me? When deciding which CBD oil is right for you, it is ultimately a personal decision. Before you do decide on a product, it’s important to check the product’s lab testing to be sure you are familiar with the ingredients and you are getting what you are paying for. You can find the lab results for our full product line here. Written by Jake Lawless