Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum

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Look, we get it. Trying to buy CBD is like learning another language. Cannabinoids, terpenes, reading lab results – it’s all so confusing. Also, since there are few regulations on the CBD industry it seems like each company approaches things differently.

One of the best places to start is to determine if you want Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum Hemp Oil. We’re going to break it down for you in this post.

What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?

Full Spectrum is the lesser processed of the two. It will have more secondary cannabinoids, like CBG and CBN, and have a stronger terpene profile. Full Spectrum hemp oil is also going to have THC in it. In the case of commercially sold CBD, it must have 0.3% THC or lower to be federally legal. Generally, the level of THC won’t be enough to produce a psychoactive effect, but that all depends on your sensitivity to THC.

Why Should I Choose Full Spectrum?

CBD and THC affect different CB Receptors in your body. When taken together it creates what is called the Entourage Effect. This is because it activates the receptors that support both your brain and nervous system and your immune system. Working in tandem they give your body the most support in whole health and healing.

For example, studies have shown that in cancer patients, CBD can help slow down the growth of cancer cells and THC can help kill cancer cells.

If I Use Full Spectrum Hemp Oil will I test positive on a drug test?

Most likely yes. While it truly depends on how much your taking and the way your body metabolizes the THC there is enough in Full Spectrum Hemp Oil to show up as a positive result for THC on a test.

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What is Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil?

Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil has gone through another refinement process. This removes several of the secondary cannabinoids (the main being THC) as well as terpenes. This is often also referred to as THC Free CBD Oil – although that can be misleading. We’ll get to that in a bit.

Why should I choose Broad Spectrum?

There are many reasons to choose a Broad Spectrum oil. Some people simply cannot tolerate THC. For kids, we also recommend starting with a Broad Spectrum product. If your job does regular drug testing then this is a better option, although we definitely recommend talking with your supervisor prior to using a Broad Spectrum product to be safe.

Broad Spectrum in general is a great place to start if you’ve never taken CBD before.

If I Use a Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil will I test positive on a drug test?

Our oils are tested at a 3rd part lab and the THC tests below detectable limits. That being said, different labs have different levels of sensitivity in their tests and may detect trace amounts even still. This again also has to do with how much you’re taking and how your body metabolizes the THC.

How do I tell the difference between them?

Your product should be clearly labeled with the type of distillate (full or broad) used to make it. If it’s not, you can look at the potency on the label.

For example, on our bottles, we typically use orange to signify Full Spectrum products and blue to signify Broad Spectrum products. This changes as we add flavors, but it makes it an easy distinction as you can see below.

broad spectrum cbd tincture bottle
full spectrum cbd tincture bottle

We also clearly state it on the label what it is. And on the back of the label, we list the amount or potency of the main cannabinoids found in the product. All our labels are also listed on our website if you want to view them there. Click the images above to see their labels. Or you can check out our Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture label by clicking here.

If it has THC listed then it’s probably a Full Spectrum product. You can also find this information on the Certificate of Analysis (COA) that should be made available for each product. The COA is what will show you that it’s been 3rd party tested and this is extremely important to review.

While CBD products must have 0.3% THC content or lower to be federally legal, in states where recreational marijuana is legal you may find CBD products with higher levels of THC. This will be mostly at dispensaries, and not available online. Pay attention to those levels so you don’t purchase a product with too much (or too little) THC depending on your preference.


In general, we see more improvement in symptoms from people using Full Spectrum products. However, the benefits of CBD in a Broad Spectrum are still great and it’s an amazing option if you want to avoid THC altogether.

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