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CBD 101: Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum

In your search for a natural addition to your wellness routine, you will notice the terms ‘Broad Spectrum’ and ‘Full Spectrum’ CBD. The two are similar, but not the same. Whereas Full Spectrum products can legally contain up to 0.3% THC, Broad Spectrum contains 0.0% THC. That’s important to know if your work or sport regime includes regular testing. Learn more about the science and process behind the two varieties and why all our products are Broad Spectrum CBD.

Shared Properties of Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD

As with Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum delivers the benefits of natural hemp cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG). The latter is the stem cannabinoid that breaks down in the hemp plant to produce all the others. Although it is found in only tiny amounts in the finished product, it interacts directly with brain receptors, unlike CBD, which interacts indirectly. Broad Spectrum also retains all the soothing aromas of these natural terpenes:

Broad Spectrum terpenes

  • Isopulegol - responsible for the minty aroma; this terpene is also found in lemongrass.
  • Geraniol - used in many fragrances, it adds rose oil and citronella notes.
  • Eucalyptol - refreshing minty aroma with cooling properties.
  • Caryophyllene - adds a spicy clove warmth, the reason it is also used in many anti-inflammatory products.

You can check the levels of terpenes, CBD and CBG in each of Level Select's Broad Spectrum products on the lab reports. The same is not the case for many Broad & Full Spectrum blends in the marketplace. A lack of standardized testing structure means that unless your product has been third-party tested, there’s no guarantee of how much CBD, CBG, or terpenes the blend contains.

How Both CBD Varieties Impact the Body

The CBD in both Full and Broad Spectrum products interacts with receptors in the brain that regulate mood, metabolism and immune function. The presence of THC in Full Spectrum triggers the CB1 receptor in the brain, potentially producing psychoactive effects, although this is rarely the case for levels below 0.3 percent. Both varieties comprise the balance of flavonoids, terpenes and cannabinoids to achieve the "entourage effect". The entourage effect can highlight and enhance the collaborative interaction between cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, which can amplify the therapeutic effects.

Our Broad Spectrum Approach

Our products are specifically designed for the active lifestyle where people want to focus on well-being without worrying about positive THC tests. That process starts with the finest proprietary hemp seeds using optimized genetics and Nano CBD innovation for maximum absorption. You can check the Certificates of Analysis for all our products and verify that we’ve tested for heavy metals, pesticides, mycotoxin and residual solvents.

Ready to enjoy all the CBD your body needs without the THC? Start powering up your wellness with our range of specially formulated CBD creams, roll-ons and oils.

Follow us at @LevelSelect on social media for more information on CBD and our Level Select products.

Nick Marshall is a freelance copywriter from the UK who has been spreading the word about CBD, wellness and food & drink for more than 10 years.

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