CBD is really confusing in the beginning. It is derived from different plants and undergoes different processes to give different types of CBD. Hence, if you are new to it, reading and doing research is a good idea before you buy it.
CBD is mainly obtained from industrial hemp which should legally contain no more than 0.3 percent THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana). However, CBD can be extracted from any cannabis plant in states where cannabis is legal.
After CBD is extracted, it undergoes several processes before being sold in the market. In fact, during the extraction process, all organic compounds including the cannabinoids are taken from the plant. It is during further processing that CBD is separated.
What Is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
To understand what broad-spectrum CBD is, you must know the other spectrums of CBD too.
Sometimes, the other organic compounds are not removed from the hemp or cannabis extract and the resultant mixture will contain cannabinoids including THC and CBD, terpenes, fats, vitamins, etc. This complex mixture of organic compounds is called full-spectrum CBD.
Due to the intolerance and psychoactive properties of THC, it is removed from the extract resulting in a mixture with cannabinoids like CBD, terpenes, fats, and other compounds. This mixture is called broad-spectrum CBD.
When extracted mixture goes through processes to give pure CBD, the resultant mixture will contain 99.9 percent CBD and is called isolate CBD.
You will find the details of the CBD on the label of the product.
Components Of Broad Spectrum CBD
As mentioned before broad-spectrum CBD contains everything that full-spectrum CBD have- except for the THC. Since, we want only CBD, why are these two even in the market? What is the benefit of having other organic compounds in the extract?
It was observed recently that a phenomenon named the entourage effect takes place in the CBD extract containing other components. The properties and benefits of the components present increase when the other components are present. In simpler words, the antioxidant property of CBD will increase in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD. These additional compounds have benefits of their own too.
Today, you can find broad-spectrum CBD gummies, vapes, oils, etc in shops.
Is Broad-Spectrum Better Than The Other Two Spectrums?
Before you get broad-spectrum CBD, make sure that you are not allergic to terpenes or other cannabinoids. If you live in a state where THC is legal and you do not mind having it, you can buy full-spectrum CBD. Also, have CBD only after you know the dosage. You do not want to overdose yourself the first time you have it.