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THC-FREE vs.
FULL-SPECTRUM CBD


What separates a full-spectrum, broad spectrum, and THC-free product? There are hundreds of cannabinoids found in hemp plants, but two of them hold the key to answering this question – CBD and THC. Learn more about the difference between CBD product types and select the version that's right for your needs!

THC-FREE VS.
FULL-SPECTRUM CBD


What separates a full-spectrum, broad spectrum, and THC-free product? There are hundreds of cannabinoids found in hemp plants, but two of them hold the key to answering this question – CBD and THC. Learn more about the difference between CBD product types and select the version that's right for your needs!

Do I need THC-FREE Or
FULL-SPECTRUM CBD? 

JUNE 26, 2019 by ALLISON GLENNIE

Shopping for CBD can be a confusing process, and it’s incredibly important to know as much as possible about CBD so you can make informed buying decisions. While you’ve been browsing the CBD market, you’ve inevitably come across this set of terms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and THC-free CBD isolate. While these labels might seem similar, they are far from it, and an important factor in any CBD experience. 


Basically, these terms act to define which ‘type’ of CBD has been used in the manufacturing of a product. Having a good grasp on what these different types of CBD have to offer, is essential information for anyone planning on trying CBD. Each type of CBD product has its own advantages and drawbacks, which we will explain in detail below.  

Shopping for CBD can be a confusing process, and it’s incredibly important to know as much as possible about CBD so you can make informed buying decisions. While you’ve been browsing the CBD market, you’ve inevitably come across this set of terms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and THC-free CBD isolate. While these labels might seem similar, they are far from it, and an important factor in any CBD experience. 


Basically, these terms act to define which ‘type’ of CBD has been used in the manufacturing of a product. Having a good grasp on what these different types of CBD have to offer, is essential information for anyone planning on trying CBD. Each type of CBD product has its own advantages and drawbacks, which we will explain in detail below. 

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CANNABINOID COMPOUNDS

What separates a full-spectrum, broad spectrum, and THC-free product? Cannabinoids are the beneficial compounds present in the Cannabis plant. There are hundreds of cannabinoids found in hemp plants, but two of them hold the key to answering this question – CBD and THC. 

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Just 24 years ago, in 1995, researchers discovered that cannabinoids like CBD deliver unique health benefits across our bodies by interacting with our endocannabinoid system. Further research supported the theory that each cannabinoid has the potential to affect the body in specific and unique ways. 

For example, THC is a psychoactive compound responsible for getting a user high. CBD has no such psychoactive effects, and in fact, CBD has been shown to actually diminish the psychoactive effects of THC. There are plenty of other cannabinoids (such as CBG and CBN), each with their own unique effects on the body. 

Cannabinoids also work in conjunction with each other in a complex system commonly referred to as the cannabinoid spectrum – they act to support each other, amplify their united effects on the body, and simultaneously keep their various impacts in check. 

We still have a lot to learn about the extent of the human endocannabinoid system, and the ways in which supplemented CBD can work to support functions across our bodies, but what we understand so far supports its incredible healing potential.

DIFFERENTIATING CBD EXTRACT TYPES in PRODUCTS

So, back to what differentiates each type of CBD. The range of cannabinoids present in a product is what defines whether a product is THC-free, full-spectrum, or broad spectrum. To manufacture a CBD product, the cannabinoid content is extracted from the hemp plant in a specially designed lab. Depending on the extraction method, and the breed (or strain) of the cannabis plant used, the end extracted result will contain different cannabinoid compositions. 

Each individual CBD user will have different needs and concerns that will influence which type of CBD product they use. To help you make this decision, we have summarized the unique benefits of each CBD product option below 

WHAT IS THC-FREE CBD?

THC-free CBD refers to products made with CBD isolate. Isolate is the purest form of CBD, produced with an extraction method that removes almost all other cannabinoids and compounds present in the hemp plant. This means that there should be no psychoactive effects due to there being no THC present. THC-Free isolate based products will not show up on a drug test. 

These products are ideal if you are new to cannabis products and want to remove any minute possibility of psychoactive effects or prefer a flavorless or almost flavorless tincture. We also recommend THC-FREE CBD Products if you undergo employment-related or other drug screening, if you live in a state with strict THC legislation, or if you are sensitive to THC or other non-CBD cannabinoids.However, with the removal of all other cannabinoids but CBD, THC-free products no longer contain the additional benefits of the entire cannabis plant.     

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WHAT IS FULL-SPECTRUM CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD products contain the full power of all cannabinoids and compounds found naturally in the hemp plant. This wealth of medicinal potential spans the full range of cannabinoids, flavor and scent enhancing terpenes, and rich essential oils. All of these factors work together in a full-spectrum product to magnify the therapeutic potential of each individual component in what is referred to as the entourage effect.

Research has shown that full-spectrum products are generally more effective than their THC-free alternatives. The full-spectrum products were shown to provide higher levels of relief to participants than THC-free products. While THC is responsible for psychoactive effects in the body, it remains an important contributor to the overall potency and healing ability of the hemp plant. Legally, the THC content of any CBD product must remain below 0.3%, meaning that there should be next to no noticeable psychoactive effects from using a full-spectrum CBD product.    

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WHAT IS BROAD-SPECTRUM CBD?

Broad-Spectrum CBD is the happy medium between THC-free products and full-spectrum products. Similar to full-spectrum CBD, many of the other compounds present in the hemp plant are maintained throughout the extraction process. But, like THC-free isolate based products, the THC cannabinoid is completely removed. This means that broad spectrum products have no psychoactive effects, should pass a standard drug screening, and has the added benefits of the additional cannabinoids present in the hemp plant.Broad spectrum products are not widely available in the CBD market, due to the popularity of THC-free Isolate based products or their full-spectrum counterparts. They are ideal for customers that have tried THC-free CBD isolate based products but did not find the relief they were looking for. The added cannabinoids can absolutely improve the overall effectiveness of CBD, and broad-spectrum products will ensure the user does not risk drug screening failure. 

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