What is the difference between broad-spectrum hemp and full-spectrum hemp?
Hemp oil can be extracted via many different methods, leading to many different outcomes depending on your needs.
Extracting hemp oil is a complex process that requires expertise to deliver high-quality products. The extraction methods used to make our oil are safe, clean, and efficient, so you will always get the most out of every drop. At Suzi's, we use hemp that is grown in Oregon or Colorado. Plants are sourced from growers who cultivate the plants in organic environments, and follow certified environmental practices. The oil we purchase is extruasted using a method called supercritical fluid extraction (SFE), which uses CO2 at extremely high pressures and low temperatures to separate the oil from the plant material while preserving quality. Components of the plant that we don't need are filtered out using different post-extraction processes. Removing these other compounds makess CBD products like ours possible—and allows us to offer THC-free options for those who want it!
There are many different types of CBD extracts ranging from broad-spectrum or full-spectrum oils all the way up to 99% pure isolates. CBD isolate is the most potent form of CBD available on the market. It is extracted down to 99.9% purity in a lab and comes as a white powder. It does not include any other compounds, cannabinoids, terpenes, or waxes typically found in Broad Spectrum oil. Broad Spectrum oils go through an additional process to remove THC but contains all of the various compounds and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant such as cannabichromene (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), and terpenes such as myrcene, limonene or pinene.
Broad-spectrum products are made using an extraction method that removes the THC from full spectrum extracts.
Broad-spectrum extracts contain CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes, but no THC. THC has anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial for those with certain conditions, such as arthritis and PTSD, but it also has psychotropic effects that may make some users feel uncomfortable or jittery. To avoid this side effect without sacrificing the health benefits of terpenes and cannabinoids that cannabis is known to provide, many people prefer broad-spectrum hemp extract instead of full-spectrum so they retain the benefits and still pass a drug test.
Unlike full spectrum hemp extract, broad-spectrum hemp extract contains no detectable levels of THC, which is the chemical in the plant that gets people high. This means that you get all of the benefits of hemp and CBD without any psychoactive effects, and since the THC is removed during both extraction processes there’s no chance it would have remained in trace amounts after testing by either a third party or an individual user (and it would not cause a positive drug test).
Broad-spectrum hemp extract has become a popular option for those looking to experience all elements of the cannabis plant without worrying about side effects such as anxiety or paranoia. The benefits are still there with no related risks, making this an excellent choice for those looking to avoid anything but non-psychoactive results when using CBD products.
At Suzi's we use broad-spectrum hemp for our ingestibles, and full-spectrum hemp for our topicals.
Research shows Cannabinoids and terpenoids in cannabis are thought to interact with each other as well as the brain's receptors. This interaction has been labeled “the entourage effect.” There's some evidence that the entourage effect makes taking THC and CBD together more effective than either alone, especially in topical salves and lotions.Research shows Cannabinoids and terpenoids in cannabis are thought to interact with each other as well as the brain's receptors. This interaction has been labeled “the entourage effect.” There's some evidence that the entourage effect makes taking THC and CBD together more effective than either alone, especially in topical salves and lotions.