What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

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At Pure Lush Organics, one of the most common questions we receive about CBD surrounds broad-spectrum CBD. So, what is broad-spectrum CBD? Is it better than full-spectrum CBD or CBD isolates? What’s the difference between the three? These are all very common questions, and with so many different cannabinoid spectrum options to choose from, it’s no wonder that these are such popular questions.

When it comes to broad-spectrum CBD, full-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolates, you may think that the products sound similar. That being said, each product is worlds apart from each other. This may leave you wondering what each spectrum can tell you about your CBD oil products and how they’re different.

Today, Pure Lush Organics will be answering all of your questions. From what broad-spectrum CBD is to the difference between broad, full-spectrum, and CBD isolates, this article has all of the information you need to better understand the options available. Before we discuss the three spectrums of CBD products, it is crucial that you have an understanding of cannabinoids. Let’s get started!

What are Cannabinoids?

Before we discuss the three cannabinoid spectrums, you have to understand what cannabinoids are and the role they play in our well-being. Put simply; cannabinoids are the natural phytochemicals found in the cannabis plant. In total, there are over 113 identified cannabinoids, with CBD and THC being the most thoroughly researched.

So why are cannabinoids so important for our well-being? This is due to the way that cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The body’s endocannabinoid system is a complex network of cannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters within the brain, peripheral nervous system, central nervous system, and immune system. The endocannabinoid system controls a wide range of the body’s biological functions, including:

  • Cognitive performance
  • Memory
  • Stress management
  • Pain perception
  • Immune response
  • Mood regulation
  • And more!


In the year 1995, researchers found that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD could benefit both the mind and body in various different ways, based on how they interacted with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Later on, researchers further discovered that each cannabinoid has its own unique relationship with the endocannabinoid system. One example is how THC induces psychoactive effects that are commonly associated with “getting high.” Researchers found that CBD, on the other hand, was not intoxicating and, rather, could even alter the psychoactive effects caused by THC. Further, those researchers found that CBD also delivered a range of health benefits ranging from stress relief to the altered perception of pain in the body.

Other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG), were found to have their own unique effects on the body. As a whole, the full collection of cannabinoids creates something we call the “cannabinoid spectrum,” and this is where broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and CBD isolate come in.

What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

Let’s start by talking about broad-spectrum CBD, the main focus of this article, as well as the only type of CBD offered here at Pure Lush Organics. Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol as well as all of the other compounds within the plant- except for THC. THC, in fact, is completely removed after the initial extraction of broad-spectrum CBD.

Since broad-spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, with the exception of THC, they produce something known as “the entourage effect.” The entourage effect refers to the synergy achieved by all components in cannabis working together within the body. But why is the entourage effect so important? This is because, when each of the cannabinoids is allowed to work together in the body, each compound is able to amplify the therapeutic properties of all the others while simultaneously mitigating their potential side effects.

Put simply; broad-spectrum CBD is considered the most popular and most commonly used of the three cannabinoid spectrums because it is a mix between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Again, it contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids with the exception of THC. For this reason, it will never cause any psychoactive effects. In other words, you can’t “get high” when using broad-spectrum CBD.

This is an image showing the entourage effect

What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Next, let’s talk about full-spectrum CBD. So what’s the real difference between broad-spectrum CBD and full-spectrum CBD? Put simply, full-spectrum CBD contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the cannabis plant including, trace cannabinoids, CBD, essential oils, and terpenes. Along with these phytochemicals, full-spectrum CBD is also known to contain a negligible THC content- below 0.3 percent.

It should be noted that while full-spectrum CBD is non-psychoactive, it can give you a false positive during a drug test, and this is especially likely if you consume high doses of CBD on a daily basis. Much like broad-spectrum CBD, full-spectrum CBD also enables the entourage effect to occur, making it especially helpful for those looking to experience the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

What is CBD Isolate?

Finally, let’s discuss CBD isolate. CBD isolate is considered to be the purest form of the compound as it is made by pulling it directly from its natural environment and removing it from all other ingredients. Due to the fact that CBD isolates are usually 99 percent pure, meaning that one gram of isolate powder carries about 990 mg of CBD, you can benefit solely from the effects of cannabidiol because the other phytochemicals found in broad and full-spectrum CBD are not present. This means, of course, that you will experience no entourage effect when working with CBD isolate. This is why CBD isolate tends to be less expensive and less in-demand than broad and full-spectrum CBD products.

Which Cannabinoid Spectrum is Best For You?

Now that you know what each of the three cannabinoid spectrums are as well as the difference between the three, it is likely that you are wondering which cannabinoid spectrum is best for you. Here at Pure Lush Organics, we highly recommend broad-spectrum CBD products- that’s why that’s the only type we offer here in our shop. There are many reasons for this. To give you a better idea of what the best cannabinoid spectrum is for you, however, let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

The Pros and Cons of Broad Spectrum CBD

Let’s start with the pros and cons of broad-spectrum CBD, our personal favorite.

The Pros

For one, it should be noted that when working with broad-spectrum CBD, you are allowed all of the benefits to be found in the entourage effect. Due to the fact that broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids and none of the THC, you are likely to experience the highest amount of therapeutic benefits when using it on a day-to-day basis. Secondly, broad-spectrum CBD is less processed than CBD isolate.

Additionally, when using broad-spectrum CBD, there is absolutely no risk of any psychoactive effects. This means you will never have to worry about “getting high” or experiencing any unintended and uncomfortable side effects when working with broad-spectrum CBD. Finally, broad-spectrum CBD products tend to be less expensive than full-spectrum CBD products. Looking for the most cost-efficient choice for you? Broad-spectrum CBD is by far the best choice.

The Cons

While there aren’t many cons associated with using broad-spectrum CBD, it should be noted that broad-spectrum CBD is the least researched of the three cannabinoid spectrums. With CBD finding its way into the mainstream and its therapeutic benefits being realized at an increasing rate, however, we’re willing to bet that that will not always be the case. Secondly, it should be noted that broad-spectrum CBD does tend to carry a stronger, natural hemp flavor. However, if this will be an issue for you, there are a variety of CBD products (such as CBD gummies) that make it easier to take.

Who is Broad Spectrum CBD the Best Choice For?

After looking at the pros and cons of broad-spectrum CBD, you may still be wondering whether or not it is the right choice for you. Simply put, broad-spectrum CBD tends to be the best choice for CBD users with certain conditions that CBD isolates alone won’t help with. It’s also best for individuals with a sensitivity to THC as, after all, it is completely free of THC.

The lack of THC in broad-spectrum CBD also makes it the best choice for individuals living in places with strict THC regulations. These individuals would find it very difficult to find full-spectrum CBD in their area and could even get into trouble for using it! Finally, broad-spectrum CBD is also the best choice for first-time users who are especially wary of products containing THC.

The Pros and Cons of Full-Spectrum CBD

Next, let’s talk about the pros and cons of full-spectrum CBD.

The Pros

The most obvious pro to be found in the use of full-spectrum CBD is that, as broad-spectrum CBD, it offers all of the benefits to be found in the entourage effect. Unlike broad-spectrum CBD, however, full-spectrum CBD is the least processed version of CBD, which may be a pro for some people. Finally, for those most concerned with the health benefits to be found in CBD, full-spectrum CBD offers the added benefits to be provided through terpenes and flavonoids.

The Cons

While most health benefits are to be experienced with the use of full-spectrum CBD, there are, unfortunately, quite a few cons associated with its use. For one, full-spectrum CBD may show up on a drug screening, something that most people can’t afford to happen. This is due to the fact that it contains traces of THC, unlike broad-spectrum CBD. Further, this THC content may lead to problems with the law depending on your local area’s laws and regulations. Finally, full-spectrum CBD carries the strongest natural flavor and aroma of hemp, something that may be a deal-breaker for some users.

Who is Full-Spectrum CBD the Best Choice For?

So who is full-spectrum CBD the best choice for? Put simply, full-spectrum CBD is the best choice for individuals looking to experience the full health benefits of CBD due to the additional presence of trace amounts of THC in their extracts. Secondly, full-spectrum CBD is also the best choice for individuals suffering from more severe symptoms that CBD isolate and broad-spectrum CBD alone are ill-equipped to handle. Finally, for individuals living in areas with a legal cannabis market, full-spectrum CBD is likely the best choice and the most widely available.


The Pros and Cons of CBD Isolate

Finally, let’s discuss the pros and cons of using CBD isolate.

The Pros

The biggest pro to be found in the use of CBD isolate is that it is by far the most concentrated form of CBD. Secondly, it is the safest version for all types of CBD users. Additionally, CBD isolate is both flavorless and odorless and will never show up on a drug test.

The Cons

Unfortunately, the biggest con that can be found in CBD isolate is that you won’t experience any of the boosted therapeutic effects to be found in the entourage effect. This is due to the fact that CBD isolate never includes the various other cannabinoids known to produce positive physical, mental, and emotional benefits offered by broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD.

Who is CBD Isolate the Best Choice For?

CBD isolate tends to be the best choice for people who have been recommended to take extremely high doses of CBD. It also tends to be the best choice for individuals sensitive to not only THC but other cannabinoids. Finally, it is by far the best choice for individuals who prefer to have a flavorless and odorless product for CBD as it has no taste or aroma.

Broad Spectrum CBD Products By Pure Lush Organics

If, upon reading this article, you have found that broad-spectrum CBD is the best choice for you, welcome to the family! At Pure Lush Organics, we offer the highest quality broad-spectrum CBD products suited to fit your needs. From topical applications to CBD gummies, our products are sure to bring you all of CBD’s benefits without the psychoactive properties. Get started on your way to better well-being with Pure Lush Organics! Check out our store today!


By:  Nelson J Heredia

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