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Know Your CBD: Broad vs. Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Wellness Matters:

Are you living an active lifestyle enjoying adventures enriched with athletics, family fun, outdoor activities, cooking, and more? CBD oil has been gaining popularity over the last few years because people are hearing about or seeing the benefits that incorporating CBD oil into their daily wellness routine can provide for those robust lifestyles. However, if you’re just joining the party, trying to figure out just which CBD oil is best suited for your needs, from a non-biased perspective, can be a tad bit difficult. In this article, we will discuss full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils factually so that you can make an educated decision for your health and wellness needs. CBD Isolates will also be covered just so you have a brief understanding of what isolates are as well. As we all know, if we don’t invest in our wellness care…we will be investing in our sickness care. Which sounds better to you? After all, you deserve to feel amazing and live your best life. Let’s get into the taters of our topic, and take an in-depth look into CBD oils so you can decide what’s right for you. Shall we?

CBD is actually an abbreviation for the word “cannabidiol”. Cannabidiol is used as a natural daily solution to enhance your health needs ranging from natural skincare to enhancing mental vigor. CBD originates from the Cannabis Sativa L. species plant. The cannabis plant is then categorized into a hemp or marijuana species. Humans have an endocannabinoid system. The truth is that all animals do as well whether they be vertebrates or invertebrates. (1) The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered pretty recently in the 1990s.

Your ECS has 2 known receptors: (2)

  • CB1 which are prominently found in the central nervous system
  • CB2 which are primarily located in the peripheral nervous system mainly in the immune system

Cannabinoids are the compounds found in cannabis plants regardless if the plant contains THC or doesn’t. Cannabinoids work synergistically with our endocannabinoid system to provide health benefits for most people. Uncommonly, CBD can cause side effects for certain people. Usually, these side effects are stemmed from allergies or have contraindications due to medications that an individual is taking. Just keep in mind, this is rare but needs to be mentioned.

Note: If you are concerned about medications that you are currently taking or if you have allergy issues, you may consider speaking with your physician about integrating CBD oil into your daily routine

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Abreviations Key


There will be several acronyms used in this article, so here is a key to help you discern the acronyms. Wouldn’t want ya getting lost!

  1. CBD = Cannabidiol
  2. THC = Tetrahydrocannabinol
  3. ECS = Endocannabinoid System
  4. FDA = Food and Drug Administration
  5. CB1 = Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1
  6. CB2 = Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2

Will CBD Make Me High?


The short answer is “not typically”. CBD is extracted from cannabis plants that usually have minuscule amounts of THC. Remember when we were talking about the ECS receptors, CB1 & CB2? THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), has binding properties that bind to the CB1 receptors which cause the “high” or euphoria that we are all too keenly aware of. (3) In contrast, CBD doesn’t seem to bind to our ECS receptors or if it does, it has a much lesser binding strength than THC. The fact that CBD doesn’t react with the ECS in the same way as THC does is exciting news for folks who love the health benefits that cannabis use provides but don’t want to either get a positive result on a drug test or experience that euphoric feeling of being “high” that THC gives. That’s right, you can use CBD daily and never become high! 

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However, we need to break this down a little further so you understand that not all CBD oil is created equally. Furthermore, so you aren’t testing positive on a drug test or caught off guard by getting high. Wouldn’t that be the surprise of your life? EEK. First, a CBD oil isolate is just solely CBD. There are no other compounds in isolated CBD oil. So, naturally, you will not test positive on a drug test for marijuana use when you use isolated CBD oil. Just be aware that some isolated CBD oil products are highly processed and have been found to contain synthetic extracts which can be counterintuitive to good health practices. 

This isn’t always true, however, you will want to do your research on this type of CBD oil. Next, hemp-based CBD is legally required by the FDA to contain 0.3% or less THC. This amount is a trace amount that usually will not show up on a drug test. If you are concerned about a positive resulting drug test, then using a CBD oil isolate or broad-spectrum is probably your best solution. Lastly, there are CBD oils infused with higher levels of THC. This combo is sold legally in some of the United States and Canada. We won’t be covering this genre of CBD oil for the duration of the article.

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The Entourage Effect

This effect has nothing to do with the TV show “Entourage” or a celebrity’s entourage, LOL. Full and broad-spectrum CBD oils contain this wonderful “entourage effect” while isolates do not. An entourage effect happens when you take a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil because they both contain cannabinoids plus over 100 additional health-benefiting compounds. These extra plant-derived compounds work synergistically to provide more health benefits because they work together in concert as nature intended. 

The entourage effect is made up of phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. (4) While some say that the “entourage effect” is still just a theory, more research is needed to support that line of thinking.

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The Difference Between Broad, Full, and Isolate

Recalling that an isolate is pure CBD oil with no other compounds included, that means that you will not be able to enjoy the missing compounds that are in a full or broad-spectrum CBD oil. Please also keep in mind that there have been synthetic extracts found in some isolates as well. Yikes! We next discussed hemp-based CBD oil that contains 0.3% THC (or less) which is labeled as a full-spectrum CBD oil. This amount of THC will not get you high and as said above, and typically doesn’t produce a positive drug test result. You may want to do extra research concerning drug tests and CBD oil use.

Entering onto the stage last but not certainly not least is… the broad-spectrum CBD oil!!! This is an exciting product in that it contains the compounds found in a full-spectrum CBD oil but contains no THC like an isolate. That means you can enjoy all the benefits that a full-spectrum CBD oil provides, yet, still not be concerned with the THC aspects of it.

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The Pros and Cons

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Pros:

  • Enjoy all of the cannabis plant compounds which offers the “entourage effect”
  • Only a 0.3% (or less) THC level
  • Least processed CBD oil

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Cons:

  • Has a strong cannabis aroma and flavor of hemp. However, there are some flavored full-spectrum CBD oils & products that make the flavor and aroma much more palatable
  • Could show up on a drug test, but is not a typical occurrence
  • Since it contains trace amounts of THC, your local government may ban the use or sale of these products

Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil Pros:

  • Enjoyment of the “entourage effect” which is the same as full-spectrum
  • No THC
  • Great for folks that may have issues with full-spectrum CBD due to the THC content (i.e. allergies or medication contraindications)
  • Less processed than CBD isolates

Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil Cons:

  • May still have a strong hemp flavor or aroma. Please keep in mind that you can get a flavored broad-spectrum CBD oil product as well
  • Not as much research has been done on this relatively new form of CBD oil
What’s Cool

The awesome point to take away from learning more about the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of each of these types of CBD oil is that chances are you will find a CBD oil product that is right for you. That’s totally cool! Yeah! It’s also cool that CBD oil is being made for most locales to enjoy. While CBD is largely accepted as legal in most of the United States, there are still a couple of states that say all cannabis-related products are illegal. You will want to research your state’s laws concerning CBD products. These laws are consistently changing, so it’s best to check back in periodically.

Where can I find top quality CBD Oil and Products?

This wouldn’t be a complete article without sharing where you can find the highest quality CBD oil! At Olani Organics, we have an assortment of gummies, salves, creams, oils, and more for you to choose from in a variety of flavors too. That’s great news for the folks that don’t prefer the taste of traditional hemp products. Would you like to be clued in on an AWESOME secret? A secret that would make shopping at Olani Organics a one-stop shopping experience? Very soon, we will be premiering a new full-spectrum CBD oil line that is USDA certified! You can indulge in both full and broad-spectrum CBD oil products to help ROCK your wellness! Stay tuned…


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