What’re the Differences Between Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Sublingual Products?

Updated 09/06/2020

When choosing the right CBD oil sublingual products, there are a few decisions that one must make.  One is the right milligram strength, as this determines the potency of your hemp experience.  Another is whether or not you wish to use a flavored sublingual.  Yet another important question one must ask themselves is whether they wish to consume a full or broad spectrum hemp extract, as this determines the chemical compounds that they will be consuming with each dose.

Today, we’re going to be talking about the differences between broad and full spectrum hemp extracts when it comes to CBD oil sublinguals.  We’ll also be explaining why the compounds you consume can have so much to do with your experience.  While on the surface, these two types of extracts can seem quite similar, you’ll see that they actually are capable of delivering very different results.

How Hemp is Extracted

In order to properly appreciate the differences between full spectrum and broad spectrum hemp extracts, you need to understand the way in which hemp is turned into an extract in the first place.  As you know, it all starts with the industrial hemp plant.  In fact, it starts with the female industrial hemp plant.  It’s the female plant that has the vast array of chemical compounds that we deem desirable, which we will be getting into shortly.

Once the female hemp plant has reached the proper maturity level, it’s picked by farmers.  Then, it’s run through an extraction process, usually involving the use of pressurized CO2.  This extraction process gently and carefully lifts the desirable plant compounds from the plant material.  The plant material is discarded as it no longer contains useful compounds, and what’s left is an oily concentrate that’s rich in the full variety of compounds that we want.  From there, chemists can remove certain compounds if they so choose. 

Hemp Compounds

What are the compounds in hemp?  Allow us to break down the three main categories.

  • Cannabinoids: Plant compounds native to the cannabis plant, and one thing that makes them so unique is that they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.  This system seems to play a role in the maintenance of homeostasis and is processed by all mammals in the same manner. CBD is the leading compound in hemp. It’s a cannabinoid, and the hemp plant contains many of these cannabinoids.  Other cannabinoids include CBN, CBC and CBG, and each one has its own unique combination of properties.  Another cannabinoid found in hemp is THC.  Now, before you get nervous, know that THC is only in hemp in trace amounts.  So, it can’t get you high.
  • Terpenes: Plant compounds found in a plant’s essential oils.  They determine the color, flavor, and aroma of a plant.  They also have interesting properties of their own, so they are considered desirable.
  • Flavonoids: These compounds also contribute to the flavor and aroma of a particular plant.  But, more interestingly, they seem to boost the synergistic properties of cannabinoids, which we will be discussing in just a moment.

The Entourage Effect

Maybe you’ve heard about the entourage effect when it comes to cannabis.  Something unique about the hemp plant is that it has synergistic properties, meaning that when the whole plant’s chemical composition is consumed all at once, it seems that each compound boosts the efficacy and potency of the others.  This is referred to as the entourage effect.  It means that taking the plant as nature intended can provide a more powerful and effective experience.  Now, in order to receive the entourage effect, you must consume a hemp extract that naturally contains every compound that was found in the plant.  This is referred to as full spectrum hemp extract.

Full Spectrum Sublinguals

Full spectrum hemp extract is capable of providing the entourage effect because it contains every plant compound including THC.  Again, just because you’re consuming THC in hemp doesn’t mean that it will get you high, and that’s because there’s only about 0.3 percent THC in hemp to begin with, which is far too low to give psychoactive effects.

Full spectrum hemp extract is essentially the hemp concentrate produced by running the plant through an extraction process.  In other words, no plant compounds have been removed from it, and so its chemical composition is the way in which it exists in nature.

A full spectrum sublingual is a great way to take full advantage of the entourage effect, and this is because when we absorb compounds sublingually, they can peak very potently and last for a long time.  Full spectrum sublinguals are currently more popular than broad spectrum sublinguals for this reason.  And, note that the low THC amount is not enough to make this product illegal, or cause you to fail a drug test.

Broad Spectrum Sublinguals

Broad spectrum hemp extract is just like full spectrum hemp extract, except it doesn’t have any THC in it.  This means that chemists had to identify, isolate and remove the THC from the remaining extract.  So, why would someone do this?  Well, not everyone wants to consume THC, even though it can’t get you high in a CBD product.  And, for those people, there’s broad spectrum hemp extract.

Now, while consuming broad spectrum hemp extract can give you some synergistic effects of each compound, ultimately, it won’t produce the entourage effect.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t have a satisfying experience, however.  Ultimately, it comes down to the needs, body and preferences of the user.

In terms of a broad spectrum sublingual, you can absorb the plant compounds easily thanks to this unique absorption method.  So, even if you’re not getting the whole plant’s chemical composition, you’ll still be enjoying a highly bioavailable CBD product that’s capable of being very potent due to the nature of the sublingual tissue.

The CBD Oil Sublingual Choice is Yours!

Use this guide to determine whether or not you wish to go with full or broad spectrum hemp extract, and then make your purchase accordingly. Pure CBD vapors offers a large variety of oil-based CBD Sublinguals, either in-house or by other manufacturers, so that you can customize that cannabidiol experience on your terms.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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