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What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

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This post is part of a series on hemp extract spectrums. For more information and a listing of all the spectrums available, see the CBD Extract Guide.

In 2013, the CBD industry exploded as CBD-rich cannabis extracts were exposed in a CNN documentary seen by millions. Until recently, consumers only had two choices when it came to choosing a CBD rich product. A person's ability to consume even the trace amounts of THC (most often because a person is drug tested or not) put them in one camp or another:

  • Those who could consume THC could choose a full-spectrum product. These products offer superior potential thanks to the fact that they are a whole-plant extract containing a wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other plant materials. This full-ranging chemical profile provides a wider range of therapeutic potential due to the synergistic action known as the entourage effect.
  • Those who couldn't consume THC were forced to use a CBD isolate. These products are an extract stripped down to the single CBD molecule alone. While diverse in its uses and effective as an additive, CBD Isolate lacks the diverse whole-plant chemical makeup found in a full-spectrum product.

Thanks to the hard work of hemp companies, a third choice has entered the market: broad spectrum CBD oil. This new product offering offers a THC-free option that preserves the major therapeutic potential offered by a full spectrum product.

What is Broad Spectrum CBD Oil & How is it Made?

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Just like any other full-spectrum product, these products begin with a high-quality cannabinoid and terpene-rich hemp source. From there the plant undergoes extraction into a full-spectrum form. What separates broad from full is the next step: a special chromatography media is used to process only the THC out of the extract, leaving the rest of the rest of the extract intact.

Broad-spectrum CBD products could best be described as "THC-free full-spectrum CBD oil".

As you shop around, you may find that some companies produce products labeled broad spectrum that is not created by the same process. Often brands begin with a CBD isolate and then add back additional compounds like terpenes (often called a terpsolate). While these products may offer superior benefits to an isolate, they are not true broad spectrum.

They lack the effectiveness of a broad-spectrum product that is created by removing THC from full spectrum extract while preserving the remaining chemical profile. This is because there is simply no way effectively to add back in all the removed cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and original plant materials.

Benefits & Effectiveness of Broad Spectrum CBD

The cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid-rich profile a broad-spectrum product offers is simply the best option available for someone who can't consume THC. These products provide the maximum entourage effectiveness, without the THC. For someone subject to drug testing, someone who isn't comfortable ingesting THC, and even for pets, this is a highly practical solution.

When compared to an isolate, the effectiveness of broad-spectrum CBD is leaps and bounds ahead. CBD isolate is, as the name suggests, an isolated form of the single cannabidiol molecule. This means that the added and synergistic benefits of the other compounds just simply isn't there with an isolate. Furthermore, CBD isolate has been shown via research to require higher, more precise dosing when compared to a whole-plant alternative.

Broad-spectrum retains the maximum amount of therapeutic potential because it retains the maximum chemical profile - nearly retaining the whole plant spectrum.

Find Broad Spectrum CBD Products Here at Big Sky Botanicals

Here at Big Sky Botanicals, we are proud to produce a line of THC-free, broad-spectrum products of the highest quality. Our products begin their life as cannabinoid and terpene-rich hemp. From there they are extracted and stripped of just the THC, leaving the remaining extract profile intact. For more information see the outline of our process.

After extraction, all of our products are lab tested for potency and purity. We source our phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract from organically grown, non-GMO plant material and offer superior technological processing methods like nanoemulsion to provide highly effective products. Find our complete product line here.

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