Types of CBD Oil

by Dec 22, 2019CBD Oil Education

Curious about different types of CBD oil? Perhaps you’ve heard terms like Broad or Full Specturm in regards to CBD oil, but aren’t sure what they mean? Keep reading below to find out more:

The Answer:

When it comes to CBD oil, there are two main types. They are known as broad-spectrum CBD oil and full-spectrum CBD oil.

While these two terms sound similar, they are far from the same.

So, what do they mean and how are they different?

Simply put these terms are used to define what kind of CBD is used in a product.

Each type presents important factors to consider, and understanding the difference is essential for every CBD user.

This article will attempt to shed some light on this important subject by explaining the difference and listing some advantages and disadvantages of each type.


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Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum

The main thing to know is that the contents of the refined cannabis extract are what determines if it is full spectrum, or broad spectrum.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all of the naturally occurring chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids like THC.

Full spectrum refers to the fact that this kind of extract incorporates the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils of the plant that work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This is commonly what’s referred to as the “entourage effect“.

For instance, CBD’s ability to counteract some of the psychotic effects of THC, like anxiety.

Full spectrum oils are best for individuals who were recommended a certain THC to CBD ratio or individuals with more severe conditions.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD is like a mix between full spectrum CBD and 100% pure CBD Isolate.

Like full spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract, however virtually all traces of THC are completely removed.

This is done in order to prevent any minor psychoactive effects a person could experience from a full spectrum oil that they might not want.

Broad spectrum CBD still contains multiple cannabinoids and can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.

Broad Spectrum CBD is best for individuals with conditions that CBD alone can help potentially alleviate, individuals with a sensitivity to THC, individuals living in states that have strict THC-laws and first time CBD users that are hesitant about THC.


Keep in mind that one type of CBD oil isn’t necessarily better than the others, but not all brands are the same.

It’s important to shop with a reputable company who can verify their products with certificates of authenticity and third party lab results to ensure you are getting a genuine quality CBD product.

For some, Broad Spectrum CBD may be the best choice as it delivers the full benefits of the Cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects of THC. While others may need a benefit that only THC in conjunction with CBD can provide. It may take some experimenting to figure out which is best for you.


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Jessica Arent

Jessica Arent

Compliance Director at Cannabidiol Life


We hope you found this guide on the different types of CBD oil useful and that it answered any questions you may have had regarding Broad and Full-Spectrum CBD. Feel free to check the posts above for more information regarding CBD oil.

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