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Full-Spectrum Vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD

When we’re talking about CBD, there are three different kinds: Broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and isolate. These terms refer to what other chemical constituents are found in your CBD product.

Our Plant Therapy CO2 Hemp Extract is a broad-spectrum CBD, meaning you get all the benefits of the other chemical constituents in the hemp plant, as well as the benefits of cannabidiol. But we’re going to discuss in more detail what that means.


THC, CBD and how they work with your body

Plant Therapy CBD full-spectrum vs broad-spectrumFirst, let’s take a look at how THC and CBD work in your body.

Your body’s endocannabinoid system, which we’ve discussed in more detail in this blog post, is made of three main parts: Your CB1 receptors (mainly in your brain), CB2 receptors (mainly in your body), and your body’s naturally-produced endocannabinoids.

Phytocannabinoids, like those produced from cannabis (hemp) plants, can interact with your body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors in the same way your body’s endocannabinoids do, which means they can help the cannabinoids produced by your body.

CBD is naturally non-psychoactive because it does not bind with the same endocannabinoid receptors as THC. It’s THC’s ability to bind with CB1 receptors that give it it’s famous psychoactive effects. What this means, is that CBD can’t make you “high” the same way THC can.


CBD as an isolate

The most common form of CBD is actually an isolate (like fractionated coconut oil) because it has been isolated from the plant compound using a process called chromatography and contains only cannabidiol, without any of the other chemical constituents of the cannabis plant. This assures that there can’t be any psychoactive effects from THC.

That leaves you with just the part of the plant you want to use, which is good!

But while CBD on its own may have some benefits, we now understand that many of the positive effects of the cannabis plant come from the way the many chemical constituents, not just CBD, interact with each other. This is called the “entourage effect” and we’ll talk about it more in a minute. First, let’s go over the differences between different types of CBD products.


Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD starts as full-spectrum CBD and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum. This means that all the other wonderful and useful chemical constituents that make up the cannabis plant are still intact, but there’s no chance of any psychoactive effects at all.

These other constituents include many potent terpene alcohols, especially linalool. Linalool is familiar to anyone in the essential oil industry as the piece that gives some of our favorite oils (like Lavender) their therapeutic properties. Linalool can also be found in oranges, hops, pepper…and many more.


Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3%, a small enough amount that it still won’t have a psychoactive effect at all. Many people taking CBD find that this small amount of THC helps with more serious issues.


What is the “entourage effect?”

Plant Therapy CBD full-spectrum vs broad-spectrumLike essential oils, cannabis is composed of many different chemical constituents, especially terpenes. And just like with essential oils, cannabis terpenes can affect your body by making you feel stimulated or sedated, depending on which ones a plant contains.

When CBD works with these other chemical constituents, it’s called the “entourage effect” and multiplies the usefulness of the product. Basically, 100 milligrams of isolated single-molecule CBD is not equal to 100 milligrams of a CBD-rich whole-plant hemp extract. Those extra constituents are incredibly useful.

For example, Myrcene can help reduce resistance in the blood-brain barrier. Pinene can help improve memory and when combined with THC, it can help slow the psychoactive effects. When you combine pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene it may help with anxiety symptoms.

So you can see why maintaining as many of the plant’s complex chemical structures as possible can be hugely beneficial!


Plant Therapy’s CBD

Like everything we do, Plant Therapy is bringing our company values to this new product.

Safety: You can trust that we are transparent about our product and what it does. We don’t make unsubstantiated claims. We do cite our resources and provide GC/MS tests for each oil (including CO2 Hemp Extract). This way you know exactly which chemical constituents go into your CBD.

Quality: High-quality products have always been a priority, but CBD is incredibly important. We sourced the highest-quality product right here in the United States from reputable, ethical growers.  

Education: Our team will provide continuing education through content, videos, downloads, and trained staff members.

Pricing: Low, fair, and affordable pricing has always been our first priority.

To learn more, visit our CBD page for more information.



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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.


44 thoughts on “Full-Spectrum Vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD”

  • In your broad spectrum extract what is the CBD percentage.? in the 100mg (30ml) bottle how much is a filler oil (percentage) and how much is the Broad spectrum product? which brings it down what % of CBD in the 30 ml bottle.
    in larger bottles dose the CBD strength vary?

    1. For product specifics, please contact our customer satisfaction department directly for assistance.

  • Is there any known benefit for relief from neuropathy? My friend feet get so cold. She’s 89 and not diabetic. This has been going on for about 6 months. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sheri, it’s a good always a good idea to consult with a doctor. But CBD can potentially help with perceptions of pain and more, so it may be a good option for your friend. We recommend doing more research to find out if it’s a good option for your friend.

    1. Our CBD tinctures can safely be ingested in veggie caps. However, we did release new softgels as a way for you to take your daily CBD.

  • Hello 🙂 I was reading your article and you state that “Cannabis terpenes”can make you feel stimulated?!?! That’s the complete opposite of what I want to do! Lol! I’m sure I’m just not understanding the “entourage effect” correctly. Could you please explain what this means in maybe more laymen’s terms?! I’m a little confused, even tho I’ve read it 5 times! Lol! Thanks PT!

  • I’m not interested in taking cbd orally. I want to use it in topical rubs, etc. Is yours a good selection for doing this?

  • Very informative blog explaining the difference in Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum. Now to decide which to buy. Full from local pot shop or Broad from PT.

  • Are there any long term side effects to using cdb? Also, I have joint pain, does this product help? How long before I feel the benefits?

    1. Hi Laura, joint pain is something that CBD can potentially help with. For more information, check out this post on how to use CBD. As for how long it takes and side effects, it depends on the individual. To discuss your personal needs, I’d recommend reaching out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected]

  • Thank you for this explanation! Are there any protocols on dosing? Is it by weight or age?

  • Can you tell me where, or in what states, your hemp is grown? Biome location is very important to me in my consideration of what CBD to purchase. Thank you for your time.

  • Thank you so much for all this wonderful information. I am looking forward to trying some soon.

  • Thank you for this post! It is very informative and helpful, I appreciate learning the science behind it in a way that’s easy to understand.

  • Very helpful info–thanks for putting it out there in simple and understandable chunks. 🙂

  • All the blogs on CBD have been so helpful. Been in Medicine for over 25 years and never heard of most of the physiology of the ECS. Fascinating.


      November 28, 2017
      Learn the genetic, practical, and legal differences between the two types of cannabis plants.

      If you find that you’re confused about the differences between hemp and marijuana (“weed”), you’re not alone. The two plants do share some physical similarities, and historically they’ve been incorrectly lumped together as one-in-the-same.

      While at first it can seem a little daunting to understand what distinguishes hemp from weed, once you dig a little deeper, you’ll find the two plants are contrastingly different in both purpose and chemical makeup.

      To better compare the two plants, it helps to first know that both hemp and weed are members of the Cannabis plant species. When the term “cannabis” is used, it can refer to either hemp or marijuana – two plants that have been cultivated throughout recorded history for natural health and industrial purposes.

      With that said, hemp is not weed and weed is not hemp.

  • It was my understanding that CBD came from a totally different plant (hemp) and THC came from the (marijuana) plant both from the cannibis family. How can THC be removed from a CBD containing plant in your Full Spectrum explication?

    1. Hi Julie! Great question! CBD occurs naturally in both hemp and marijuana (the female plant), in fact, the CBD in many strains of marijuana the CBD is what gives you the sleepy, “body high.” Hemp (the male plant) also has CBD does in fact still have THC, it’s in the trisomes that grow on the flowers, and in trace amounts in the stalks and stems and leaves of the hemp plant. Our CBD is made THC-free by a proprietary process that isolates the THC cannabinoid from the rest, and removes it. Hope that helps answer your question!

      1. In your response above, I think you mean that Plant Therapy only offers BROAD spectrum, based on Idaho laws… It is the full-spectrum that still has THC, right?

          1. No… your products aren’t FULL spectrum… they are BROAD spectrum! They don’t contain THC, therefore they are not full spectrum. Don’t confuse the two!

          2. You’re completely right! That was a slip due to the fact that I write about it all day! You’re totally correct, our products are broad-spectrum, not full-spectrum. Good catch!

  • I am interested to know if you are obtaining this from non pesticide growers. There has been some reports of the pesticides being a problem. Thanks for this information it is incredibly helpful for my patients as we discuss this oil.

  • Wow. Thanks. I found the information about terpenes especially interesting. I have tried a CBD extract with specific terpenes to help with my migraines but really didn’t understand what they were.

  • Thanks for making everything so easy to understand! SO excited to try this new line and see how it helps with anxiety. Thanks Plant Therapy!

  • Thanks for the awesome and in-depth post, I had no ideA all that went into the evaluation and assessment of what this stuff can do. The news should really put more info out about that with how much they’re discussing this lately. The usually just talk about “benefits” but don’t go into depth and most people just think getting “high” is the benefits and what calms the person as medication.

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