Cannabidiol (or CBD, for short) is one of a group of chemical compounds found in the hemp plant.
A hemp plant is a cannabis plant with less than 0.03% THC in it (THC being the cannabinoid that gets you “high”).
By contrast, a marijuana plant is a cannabis plant with a higher percentage of THC, sometimes as high as 30%. So, when we’re talking about hemp-derived CBD products, we’re talking about products using non-intoxicating chemical compounds.
Full spectrum CBD oil contains the full cannabinoid profile of the hemp plant, including CBD, CBG, CBN, a tiny trace of THC (below 0.3%, so non-intoxicating), and other cannabinoids. Full spectrum oil also contains the terpenes and flavonoids of the cannabis plant, as well.
When all of these cannabinoids are taken together, they produce a phenomenon called the Entourage Effect, wherein the various cannabinoids don’t simply work individually, in parallel to one another. Instead, they work synergistically, enhancing each other’s effects and creating a deeper level of therapeutic benefits.
Broad spectrum CBD is oil that has undergone an additional filtering process to remove the trace amounts of THC that exist in full spectrum CBD. You’ll often see this noted as ND-THC, meaning that there are non-detectable amounts of THC in broad spectrum CBD products (and CBD isolate products).
While this process can also remove some other cannabinoids, broad spectrum CBD oil still retains a good amount of cannabinoids and terpenes. As a result, broad spectrum CBD products can give users some of the Entourage Effect experience, though less pronounced than in full spectrum CBD products.
CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD with all other active plant matter — other cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils — removed. You won’t experience the Entourage Effect with CBD isolate, but you will have the purest form of CBD possible.
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