The cannabis legalization movement has finally gone global!
In fact, in June 2022, Thailand became the first country in South East Asia (a part of the world famed for strict drug laws and penalties) to legalize cannabis for recreational use.
However, many people still don’t have access to legal cannabis products or simply don’t enjoy the effects. That’s where CBD comes in; often legal in places where THC isn’t and has a more subtle and therapeutic effect.
However, not all CBD is created equal; full spectrum, broad spectrum, isolate, distillate, creams, lotions, balms, lubes… the list goes on.
First, you should understand the difference between full and broad spectrum – so, full vs broad, let’s dive in.
What Is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD is the plant in its most natural form, without any cannabinoids and compounds being removed. This means that full spectrum CBD also contains THC.
In places where marijuana and THC products are legal, it’s not always clear how much THC is present in the CBD products you buy.
However, if you’re in a state that has not yet legalized, rest assured that full spectrum CBD distillate products will only be sold if they meet rigorous testing standards and do not contain more than 0.3% THC.
Although it’s unlikely that you’d fail a drug test using full spectrum CBD, it has been known to happen. If you’re subject to regular drug testing, this may not be your best option.
What Is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad spectrum CBD still contains all the natural components of the plant, but with one exception: THC. All THC is removed during processing and can give the user peace of mind that they will not ingest any THC when taking the products.
If you take regular drug tests, you cannot fail them due to the use of regulated broad spectrum CBD. However, you can still benefit from the potential therapeutic effects because of the presence of the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Are There Any Other Types of CBD?
You can also buy CBD isolate. As you may expect from the name, this product has all the other components removed, leaving only CBD.
This is an excellent option if you want to trial the effects of CBD without the complications of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
CBD isolate lacks the distinct earthy properties of full and broad spectrum CBD. Therefore, it’s less offensive to certain people. Businesses that use CBD often purchase it in isolate form and add it to their existing product lines.
Broad and Full Spectrum CBD Explained
Now you have a clearer picture of broad and full spectrum CBD, and you may have an idea which will suit your needs best. Shopping for CBD and THC products can be a great experience, but always make sure you buy from a reputable and legal vendor.
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