What’s the Difference? A Look at Broad and Full Spectrum Options
If you are new to CBD or CBG products, you may not be familiar with the terms “full spectrum” and “broad spectrum” hemp oil. Both types of hemp oil are beneficial!
Realistically, there is not much of a functional difference between high quality, well manufactured broad and full spectrum hemp. Both spectrums include a wide variety of naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The primary difference relates to federal guidelines and the processing steps needed to meet them. Full spectrum hemp is entirely unfiltered and will contain a detectable, varying percentage of up to 0.3% THC (federal legal limit). Broad spectrum hemp undergoes a filtration process that removes THC and will contain a non-detectable percentage of THC.
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil: The Ensemble
Full spectrum hemp oil contains all the phytochemicals that naturally exist in the hemp plant. These phytochemicals include:
- Phytocannabinoids – (CBD, CBC, CBG & up to 0.3% THC)
- Fatty acids
- Vitamins and minerals
- Phenolic compounds
In order for hemp oil to be considered “full spectrum”, the phytochemical profile must not be altered during the extraction process. This means that phytocannabinoids like THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol (which naturally exists in the hemp plant) will be present in the final product.
Note that the hemp plant contains only trace amounts of THC to begin with — 0.3% or less. This amount is not enough to cause a psychoactive effect, especially when it’s coupled with CBD. In fact, research suggests that combining these phytocannabinoids and other hemp compounds allows them to work synergistically, enhancing their overall therapeutic benefits!
Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil: THC Not Included
In short, broad spectrum hemp oil is simply hemp oil that has had the small amount of THC removed from the final product.
For hemp oil to be considered “broad spectrum,” THC is removed from the phytochemical profile during the extraction process. It may still contain very small amounts of THC, but they are often undetectable to the equipment used for testing cannabinoids.
Broad spectrum hemp oil retails all other phytochemicals such as phytocannabinoids (CBD, CBG & CBC), flavonoids, and terpenes from full spectrum oil. Together they can provide the support desired for your pet’s endocannabinoid system.
Whichever you decide to use, Primal Pet’s Supplement line includes both broad and full spectrum options to ensure we have the right product for your companion.