Full spectrum vs. broad spectrum CBD: Differences and benefits

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the most talked-about cannabinoid in the world right now. CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are just two of many naturally occurring compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

There is still a lot we don’t know about CBD because we haven’t been able to study it until very recently. As a result, the information about this cannabinoid is still new and constantly evolving.

In this article, we will discuss what CBD is, why full spectrum cbd gummies may be more effective than broad-spectrum CBD, and some of the benefits of both.

What is CBD? How can it possibly help me?

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds found in the Cannabis plant. It is extracted from the stalks, flowers, and seeds of hemp. CBD has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, with records indicating that it was used in China to treat epilepsy as early as 2000 BC

CBD is not psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways that THC does. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for many medical conditions, including anxiety, epileptic seizures, inflammation, and pain relief

As more research is done into CBD’s benefits there are still many unanswered questions.

Here are some things we do know about CBD:

CBD is non-psychoactive. It acts on different receptors than THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, has many medical benefits but also comes along with some downsides like anxiety and paranoia. This makes it difficult for researchers to study. On the other hand, CBD has very low side effects and can be used to treat a variety of conditions without getting the user high. CBD is most commonly extracted from industrial hemp, which has been shown to have higher concentrations of CBD than THC

In order for CBD to be effective, it needs to be applied in large amounts directly onto the skin or taken orally. Like many cannabinoids, CBD is hydrophobic, meaning it does not dissolve into water easily.

There are two types of CBD products on the market:

CBD isolates are typically made using supercritical CO2 extraction. The resulting product contains pure CBD and roughly 0% THC. This can be a good option for anyone who does not want any traces of THC in their products. CBD concentrates are also known as CBD “resin”. It is produced using CO2 extraction but instead of being isolated, the terpenes and other plant material remain in the final product. This resin typically contains 30% CBD and around 0% THC. The effects of consuming resin can be more powerful than the isolated CBD.

You may have also heard of CBD products that combine THC and CBD, referred to as a “full-spectrum oil”, “broad-spectrum oil” or sometimes just called a THC product. Let’s discuss the difference between full and broad-spectrum products now.

What is the difference between full and broad-spectrum CBD?

In short, there isn’t really much of a difference between the two. CBD products that are described as “full-spectrum” typically contain other beneficial cannabinoids found in plants like terpenes, flavonoids, and other trace amounts of compounds.

There is some evidence to suggest that full spectrum CBD may be slightly more effective than broad-spectrum CBD. More research needs to be done, but some studies suggest that full-spectrum CBD is more effective because it contains other cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acids that help CBD work.