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What’s the Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD Oil & Broad Spectrum CBD Oil?

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What is a Hemp Extract Oil?

Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are the two most commonly known phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant. However, there are 100+ identified cannabinoids in hemp, including the lesser known CBC, CBDa, CBDV, CBG and CBN. 

In order to consume these beneficial cannabinoids and other therapeutic plant matter—like terpenes and flavonoids—first they have to be extracted from the hemp plant to eliminate chlorophyll, lipids, waxes and other destabilizing hemp compounds. Through this critical extraction process, CBD, terpenes and flavonoids become accessible for consumption in Hemp Oil Extract and CBD edibles.  

Depending on the degree and layers of extraction, the final Hemp Extract Oil can be a Full Spectrum of active phytocannabinoids, Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract or Pure CBD Isolate. 

You can learn more about the difference between Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Pure CBD Oil in our CBD 101 section, and in the meantime let’s take a closer look more specifically into the difference between Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Broad Spectrum CBD Oil. 

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The body’s endocannabinoid system helps the body’s functions perform with greater efficacy. The cannabinoids in Hemp Extract Oil communicate with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help further restore balance and physiological homeostasis. 

Your endocannabinoid system produces cannabinoids naturally, which maintain and regulate the body’s equanimity. When you ingest CBD Extract, the cannabinoids trigger the body’s endocannabinoid system by attaching to specialized receptors that are found throughout the body and regulate these functions: 

  • memory
  • learning
  • decision-making
  • emotional behavior
  • motor control
  • coordination
  • movement
  • appetite
  • body temperature 
  • emotions

This adhesion activates an event in the cell and surrounding cells to aid in balancing sleep, mood, pain and inflammation for optimal function. Just as a particular key is designed to open a single lock, a given receptor may accept only certain classes of compounds and be unaffected by other compounds Therefore, everytime you consume Hemp Extract Oil and more specifically—Full Spectrum CBD Oil or Broad Spectrum CBD Oil—your endocannabinoid system is stimulated. CBD works in the body to help improve your overall wellbeing. 

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What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

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Full Spectrum Hemp Oil includes naturally occurring cannabinoids such as CBD, CBDa, CBDV, CBG, CBC and less than 0.3% trace of THC. Additionally, this Full Spectrum CBD Oil includes other beneficial hemp compounds like terpenes and flavonoids to support your well-being. 

The CBD Extract is best infused with MCT Oil but can also be combined with other carrier oils like Hemp Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, or Pomegranate Seed Oil, to name a few. However, MCT Oil is considered to be a superior carrier oil due to its fast-acting metabolic-rate, viscosity, lack of flavor and wholesome properties. 

What are the Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

There are greater benefits from ingesting multiple parts of the hemp plant together versus consuming one compound at-a-time. The synergistic interactions of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids strengthen the therapeutic benefits associated with each compound to amplify their potency and overall impact on your health. This gives stock to the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This is known as the “entourage effect.” All the cannabinoids play a critical role in producing this entourage effect. However, let’s specifically take a closer look at the role THC plays in the full spectrum of active phytocannabinoids in this Hemp Extract Oil as it is is absent in Broad Spectrum CBD Oil. 

For decades, the cannabinoid THC has gotten a bad stigma for getting users “high.” However, as more studies and research are being conducted and released to the public, we are gaining new knowledge about the myriad of medicinal benefits retained in the properties of THC. This includes but is not limited to:

  • pain relief
  • anti-nausea
  • sleep 
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • antioxidant    

While, both the hemp plant and Full Spectrum CBD Oil can only contain 0.3% THC legally, this small amount has a powerful effect and amplifies the wholesome properties of the other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids present in the oil. Research is showing that a Hemp Extract Oil with THC may be more beneficial. 

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What is Broad Spectrum CBD Oil?

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Broad Spectrum CBD Oil includes numerous cannabinoids: CBD, CBDa, CBDV, CBC and CBN from the original hemp plant. One phytocannabinoid you can expect not to find in this Hemp Extract Oil is THC. That’s right. There is and 0% THC.

The original hemp plant undergoes an extraction method to keep the cannabinoids intact, while eliminating impurities like chlorophyll, lipids and waxes. Through additional extraction processes, the THC is further stripped from the cannabinoids to produce a Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil that is 100% THC-free. This CBD Oil is great for those who may be concerned about THC drug testing, or for those who simply prefer 0% THC in their CBD Oil Tincture.

What are the Benefits of Broad Spectrum CBD Oil?

Many consumers gravitate towards this 0% THC CBD Oil when their professions require THC drug testing, including—but not limited to—law enforcement, construction, transportation, sports, and public safety. 

While Full Spectrum CBD Extract Oil only includes trace amounts of THC no greater than 0.3%, many consumers want and need something that is 100% THC-free. The Broad Spectrum CBD Oil is intended to fit this lifestyle while still helping you be and perform at your best. 

Where can I Buy CBD Oil

Whether you are looking to buy Full Spectrum CBD Oil or Broad Spectrum CBD Oil, we encourage you to ALWAYS review the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COAs) to ensure purity, potency and quality.

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