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What to know about broad-spectrum CBD

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Broad-spectrum CBD is one of the three main forms of cannabidiol (CBD). The others are full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Broad-spectrum CBD contains a range of naturally occurring compounds from the cannabis plant, but typically no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

While CBD isolate contains just pure CBD and no other compounds from the cannabis plant, full-spectrum CBD contains all the compounds from the cannabis plant, including a maximum of 0.3% THC.

Anecdotally, people report experiencing positive effects when consuming CBD products for anxiety, pain, and other ailments.

This article looks at some of the benefits of broad-spectrum CBD and lists some top broad-spectrum CBD oils.

Is CBD legal? Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal federally but still illegal under some state laws. Cannabis-derived CBD products, on the other hand, are illegal federally but legal under some state laws. Check local legislation, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not approved nonprescription CBD products, which may be inaccurately labeled.

Broad-spectrum CBD products contain various compounds and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, such as cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), and terpenes, such as myrcene, limonene, or pinene.

Broad-spectrum CBD typically contains no THC. However, some products will contain trace quantities.

There are several ways to extract CBD from the cannabis plant. These include:

  • steam distillation
  • solvent extraction
  • carbon dioxide extraction
  • lipid extraction

The strain of cannabis plant, its classification, and the extraction process may affect CBD’s composition.

Broad-spectrum CBD falls somewhere between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Although broad-spectrum CBD contains multiple compounds, it does not typically contain THC.

Unlike CBD isolate, which contains only pure CBD, broad-spectrum products may produce heightened effects because they contain additional compounds that work together. This is known as the ‘entourage effect.’

Broad-spectrum CBD does not typically contain THC, which means that it will not produce any unwanted ‘high’ effects.

Although there are some relatively recent studies about the ‘entourage effect,’ there is currently minimal specific research into the individual types of CBD or which type may benefit a particular health condition.

Below is a breakdown of some potential advantages of each form of CBD. None of these types of CBD is necessarily better than the other.

CBD isolate

  • a pure form of CBD
  • does not contain THC
  • does not contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or other plant compounds
  • does not have an odor or taste

Some people believe that CBD isolate is the safest to use as it is pure, but it is a highly processed product. Also, because it does not contain any other potentially beneficial compounds, it may not offer all the health benefits of full- and broad-spectrum CBD.

A 2015 study suggests that to get pain relief from CBD isolate, people may have to take much higher doses than other forms of CBD.

Full-spectrum CBD

  • may produce more benefits because of the ‘entourage effect’
  • not as refined as CBD isolate
  • contains up to 0.3% THC

Full-spectrum CBD products contain all the compounds from a cannabis plant, including low doses of THC. This means that the ‘entourage effect’ is strongest in full-spectrum CBD products. It is also the most natural form of CBD because it undergoes less processing.

While full-spectrum products do contain THC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stipulate that it must not contain more than 0.3%.

Broad-spectrum CBD

  • contains other cannabinoids and terpenes alongside CBD, so may produce the ‘entourage effect’
  • trace amounts of THC

The ‘entourage effect’ caused by these compounds working together may increase the likelihood that the product will produce beneficial health effects.

Below is a selection of broad-spectrum CBD oils and tinctures that our medical team has vetted and approved to ensure quality and confirm that the manufacturers have not made any false claims about quality, potency, or purity.

Before purchasing a CBD product, always read product labels. However, please note that the FDA do not regulate many CBD product terms.

A THC-free product, for instance, may still contain traces of the compound. Read carefully to avoid any misunderstandings and unwanted adverse effects.

Please note, the writer has not tested these products, and all information is research-based.

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