Why We Switched From Full Spectrum to Broad Spectrum CBD
We switched from Full Spectrum to Broad Spectrum CBD
… and this is why:
But first, a quick refresher, if you need it- What is CBD? CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Hemp and Marijuana are two variations of this plant, and CBD is present in both, but there tends to be a greater concentration of it in hemp. Unlike the chemical compound THC, which is the main psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant, CBD is non-psychoactive.
When we first started making our gummies, we were using Full Spectrum CBD. Full Spectrum is CBD in its least processed form. Extracted from a hemp plant, it goes through minimal processing and contains the “whole plant”, which includes other cannabinoids, phytonutrients, and terpenes. The combination of CBD with the other cannabinoids present in a hemp plant creates a synergistic effect, increasing the therapeutic benefits, essentially creating a more powerful punch, referred to as “the entourage effect”. Full Spectrum hemp can contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). Although this is not enough to get you high, this can lead to a failed drug test, and issues for people with a high sensitivity to THC.
Broad Spectrum goes through one more extraction process than Full Spectrum CBD does, removing any remaining THC, but does not get rid of the other beneficial cannabinoids, phytonutrients, and terpenes in the hemp plant- so you still benefit from the “entourage effect”, but without the exposure to any THC. This was key for us for because 1) We have professional athletes (and professionals in the workplace) using our products that participate in regular drug testing. With Broad Spectrum CBD there is 0 chance of a failed drug test, allowing them to use our products worry free. 2) People with THC sensitivity can take our products without any issues.
We should also mention CBD Isolate, which is CBD in its purest form. To make CBD isolate, the hemp extract is refined down to CBD – isolated by itself. Although this sounds like it would be a desirable form, people find the “therapeutic window” of CBD isolate to be much tighter, meaning it is harder to find the right dosage to achieve desired effects. In addition to creating the “entourage effect,” the other cannabinoids present in Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD seem to widen the therapeutic window, meaning you don’t have to be as precise with your intake.
- Full Spectrum CBD referred to as “whole plant” contains CBD in addition to all the other cannabinoids, terpenes
- Full Spectrum can contain trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less), which can cause THC sensitivity in some, and can cause a failed drug test
- Broad Spectrum is THC free (0.0%)- no risk for people with THC sensitivity and no risk of failing a drug test
- Broad Spectrum CBD still contains other cannabinoids that create the entourage effect
- CBD isolate has a smaller therapeutic window and isn’t as effective as Broad Spectrum.
Although Broad and Full spectrum CBD are both safe and effective, Broad Spectrum CBD has the added benefit of no risk for those with THC sensitivity and no risk of drug test failure… hence the switch.
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