If you're at all familiar with Cannabidiol (CBD) products, you've probably noticed that not all CBD is the same. In fact, CBD comes in 3 different spectrum options: full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolates. Each of these options contain different components of the hemp plant, so it's important to pay close attention to the label and choose the one that best fits your needs.
Components of Hemp
You may already know that hemp contains cannabinoids like CBD and THC, but did you know it's packed full of hundreds of phytocannabinoids and active compounds like essential oils and terpenes?
During the extraction process, all of these compounds can be removed from the plant material and infused into an oil base. Alternatively, some components may be purposely left out depending on the spectrum option you choose.
Full Spectrum CBD
If the CBD you've chosen is full spectrum, you're getting all the cannabinoids, essential oils, and terpenes from the hemp plant. This does include THC, but with a content that is still under the legal limit of .3%.
Full spectrum is particularly beneficial because the active compounds naturally work together harmoniously to enhance the effects of CBD alone. This is referred to as the entourage effect.
The amount of THC in this option is nearly negligible and causes no psychoactive effects, but it is possible (however unlikely) to fail a drug test as the THC builds up in the body. This is one reason some may opt for a different spectrum option.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD is very similar to full spectrum and contains all of the cannabinoids, essential oils, and terpenes from the hemp plant...minus the THC. Even though THC is missing, broad spectrum CBD still encourages entourage effect, and can still be a good option for those needing to avoid all THC content.
This last spectrum option is exactly what it sounds like. CBD is "isolated" from all other active compounds in the hemp plant and added to an oil base. That means you're not getting any other cannabinoids like THC, nor any of the essential oils or terpenes.
This option does not capitalize on the entourage effect, and is missing out on quite a few of the benefits that the hemp plant has to offer, however, isolates are still a good choice for those looking to add CBD to their food or drink.
Here at The Original Oil Shop, we choose to use full spectrum CBD in our products to ensure that you get all the benefits that nature has to offer.