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:
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.
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.
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. Broad spectrum retains the maximum amount of therapeutic potential because it retains the maximum chemical profile - nearly retaining the whole plant spectrum.
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.
Originally published: October 29, 2018 | Last Updated: March 12, 2019
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