If you’re familiar with CBD products, you’ve likely noticed that some CBD products are labeled as “full spectrum” or “CBD isolate.” But there’s a newer and lesser-known type of CBD product called broad spectrum CBD.

Since broad-spectrum is not yet as popular as the other types, we will break down the favorable aspects of broad spectrum CBD oil in this article. But first, let’s discuss what broad spectrum CBD oil is.

What is broad spectrum CBD oil?

Broad spectrum CBD oil simply refers to the extraction method used for creating a CBD product. It’s best to think of broad spectrum CBD oil as a hybrid between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.

(Full spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant, including THC. Whereas CBD isolate is purely CBD with no added cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids.)

Broad spectrum CBD oil is different because like full spectrum CBD oil, it contains many of the cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found in hemp, but like CBD isolate, it contains no THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana).

This is accomplished through a refinement process that removes the THC from the extract or distillate used to produce the end product.. So while broad spectrum CBD oil is more processed than full spectrum CBD oil, it may not be as processed as CBD isolate. That being said, we have to be specific here, as there are many definitions, or “specifications” for broad spectrum oil and finished goods derived therefrom.  

Now that you have a better understanding on what broad spectrum CBD oil is, let’s dive into why broad spectrum CBD oil would be the preferred option of many CBD consumers.

What are the benefits of broad spectrum CBD oil?

There is no question that, while the CBD industry has made a lot of advances, there is still a lot more work to do.  And there has always been a debate on whether full spectrum oils or isolates, and products incorporating either, were better or more effective.

Isolate advocates argue that CBD isolate was the most pure method of CBD, so it should provide the most favorable aspects.  And, it comes without the risk of ingesting THC at compliant levels.

Full spectrum advocates argue that the entourage effect, which states that each compound found in hemp extracts (including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids) work synergistically together to provide the most therapeutic favorable aspects to the end user. 

This caused scientists and researchers to believe that full spectrum CBD would be more effective than CBD isolate.

But there’s one problem with full spectrum CBD:

It can legally contain up to 0.3% THC.

So this could cause some problems for CBD users who have to submit random drug tests or are sensitive to THC. While 0.3% THC is not enough THC to get you “high,” it’s possible that it’s enough THC to show a positive on a drug test.

That’s why broad spectrum CBD oil was created.

The three main favorable aspects of broad spectrum CBD oil include:

  1. No THC, or Very Low THC

    Meaning it’s best for people who want to avoid THC altogether — whether because they’re sensitive to THC or have to submit random drug tests.

  2. The Entourage Effect 

    While broad spectrum CBD oil will go through processing to remove the THC, most of the other cannabinoids and terpenes will stay intact. Meaning, broad spectrum CBD will still produce the entourage effect in end users.

  3. More control over specific cannabinoid ratios

    Every CBD manufacturer will have a slightly different extraction and refinement process. This gives the CBD manufacturer more control over the specific cannabinoid ratios — something that can’t be controlled with full spectrum CBD.

As we learn more about the other cannabinoids found in hemp, you should expect broad spectrum CBD oil to gain in popularity due to having more control over the specific cannabinoid ratios.

If you want to learn more about how full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oil differ from each other, check out our article on the topic here.

At GenCanna, we offer both full spectrum CBD products (with a maximum of 0.3% THC) as well as broad spectrum CBD products (that contain no THC).

If you want to learn more about the CBD products we offer, you can check out our Quick Start Program.

And if you’re ready to start offering CBD to your customers, we have both a Private Label Program and a Quick Start White Label Program.

Not sure what’s the difference between a private label program and a white label program? Read our article on that topic here.