If you stumbled upon a new smoothie bar in town and saw two “banana smoothie” options, one containing just banana, and the other containing banana, strawberry, and maybe a dash of chocolate, wouldn’t you pick the latter?
While broad spectrum hemp oil may not contain chocolate (or any flavoring at all), it’s like that second smoothie in the sense that it simply offers more. Unlike CBD isolate, which has been extracted in its purest form, broad spectrum hemp oil contains many other terpenes and flavonoids from the hemp plant to create what many researchers call the “entourage effect.” The remaining product is one that excludes THC, but maintains more therapeutic power for our physical, mental and emotional health.
To find out why SHEbd uses broad-spectrum organic hemp oil, it’s helpful to know that there’s much more to the hemp plant than CBD alone.
Broad Spectrum Means More
The hemp plant contains hundreds of phytochemicals, which include cannabinoids like CBD, as well as powerful molecules called terpenes and flavonoids. Broad spectrum hemp products are minimally refined so as not to compromise the healing potential these compounds hold together. This means that broad spectrum CBD is a little bit of a misnomer, as CBD is just a single compound within the hemp plant. Know that if you are buying a product that is labeled as broad spectrum CBD or full spectrum CBD, what you’re really getting is hemp oil — and all of the powerful terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids that exist alongside CBD.
When products are labeled as “CBD isolate” or simply “CBD oil,” on the other hand, it’s likely that the product is derived from a heavy extraction process that has eliminated all other potent qualities of the hemp plant to isolate the CBD cannabinoid.
While some might say that CBD isolate is the “purest” form of CBD, we’d argue that the hemp plant contains much more than CBD alone is in its natural form. What could be purer than that?
Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum
Like broad spectrum products, full spectrum hemp oil is minimally refined to maintain the full profile of compounds found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). However, broad spectrum products contain 0.0% THC. Both broad spectrum and full spectrum products produce what researchers refer to as the entourage effect, which is the synergistic effect that transpires when the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes and botanical compounds that naturally occur in the hemp plant are consumed together.
If you are worried about CBD showing up on a drug test, or do not want to consume even small amounts of THC, a product that contains broad spectrum hemp oil is your best bet.
Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil Benefits
According to cannabis researchers like Ethan Russo, MD, hemp products that contain more than just CBD have wider-reaching therapeutic effects for users with a number of conditions, ranging from irritated skin to stubborn stress. Russo’s studies have found that the terpenes linalool and limonene, synergized with CBD, may make for a powerful anti-acne treatment, and the combination of terpenes caryophyllene, linalool and myrcene may help to quell anxiety and promote more restful sleep.
Other such benefits of harnessing this wider range of compounds include more effective relief from everyday soreness and inflammation. In one 2015 Israeli study, researchers overturned the idea that isolated CBD was more effective in treating tumor patients. Test subjects given a CBD treatment with a broader range of terpenes and flavonoids reported higher levels of relief than those given CBD alone.
While the effects of full spectrum hemp oil and broad spectrum hemp oil are similar, broad spectrum hemp oil is ideal for users who are sensitive to the effects of THC, or for those living in places with harsh THC restrictions.
SHEbd products are derived from 100% organic sun-grown hemp. Not only are they THC-free, but they are also pesticide-free, sustainable and made in the USA. From THC-free Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil to THC-free Broad Spectrum Softgels, SHEbd products are multitasking supplements for the multitasking woman.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.