Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum

What’s the Difference Between Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD?

At Smooth Leaf, we believe that hemp is the way of the future. The possibilities of self-care alternatives from CBD have recently become much more widespread than in the past, with more and more people awakening to the enormous potential of this amazing compound. We are proud to be a part of the movement and are excited to offer our exceptional CBD products to those looking to boost their lives in healthy, natural ways.

We also believe that transparency and awareness is important for any consumer wishing to dive into the world of CBD. Whether you’ve tried any hemp-based products in the past, or are just now discovering them, it is important to understand exactly what you’re putting into or on your body and any potential effects that may result. Keep reading as we discuss the difference between Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD.

The Basics: CBD Isolate

Before we can discuss broad and full-spectrum CBD, we must first touch on the basic definition of CBD. CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is one of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant.  Another well-known cannabinoid that stems from this plant is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, known for its psychoactive properties. CBD isolate refers to the purest form of extracted CBD (up to 99%), without any THC. It is the highest concentration of CBD available, and does not include any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids.

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

Broad-Spectrum CBD is the link between CBD isolate and Full Spectrum CBD. Rather than containing only a concentrated amount of cannabidiol, broad-spectrum CBD also includes other beneficial cannabinoids that work together to produce an “entourage effect”, without a trace of THC. These include CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol) and CBD (cannabivarin), among others. The theory behind the entourage effect is that by using as much of the plant as possible, the impact to the endocannabinoid system is stronger, creating greater health benefits than using CBD alone.  

What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

The term full-spectrum CBD refers to an extraction that contains the maximum amount of beneficial phytochemicals available within the hemp plant, including trace amounts (up to .3%) of THC. Ideally, this delicate extraction process is meant to retain all available flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids present within the plant, while removing unnecessary lipids. Here, low heat extraction ensures that all the beneficial components are preserved, maximizing the intended entourage effect.  In addition to beneficial cannabinoids, full-spectrum CBD may also contain helpful terpenes such as alpha-pinene, myrcene, linalool, and the ever-popular limonene.  Several of Smooth Leaf’s top products are formulated with these terpenes to support more specific needs.

The Smooth Leaf Mission

Our enduring mission is to provide unrivaled access to the highest quality CBD while at the same time raising awareness of its alternative wellness benefits. We promise to never be satisfied and continue to research so we can offer a catalog of the best ingredients with updated technology. 

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– Faye Bruttell, CEO

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