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What Does Full Spectrum CBD Oil Mean?

Posted by Jim Higdon on May 24th 2020

What Does Full Spectrum CBD Oil Mean?

The full spectrum of cannabinoids is one of the most important topics in CBD today.

The term “full spectrum” gets used a lot in the CBD industry. But for someone new to CBD, it might not be clear what “full spectrum” means. When you understand the meaning of “full spectrum CBD,” you will also know how full spectrum differs from other products. Anything labeled “broad spectrum,” “THC-free,” ‘non-detectable THC,” or “CBD isolate” relates to the purity of CBD and absence of THC.

This post is an informational piece to help you understand more about full spectrum CBD products. After you read, you’ll understand why we believe that full spectrum CBD products are superior to non-THC products. And, you’ll know how Cornbread Hemp’s products are unique.

What Does “Full Spectrum” Mean?

We are going to explain how Cornbread Hemp’s full spectrum products are different. But first, here’s a few definitions so we are all on the same page.

The Farm Bill of 2018 made it possible for hemp containing no more than 0.3% THC to be cultivated nationwide. “Full spectrum” refers to CBD products made from the cannabis plant that contain a legal dose of THC. Full spectrum oil formulations range in CBD purity between 50% to 75%. At about 80%, the THC levels become non-detectable and thus enters the range of “broad spectrum.”

Sometimes, brands use terms like “THC-free” or “non-detectable THC”. There is not yet established consensus on terminology, so the wording can get mushy.

CBD isolate is the most pure form of CBD with a purity level above 99%. While in some cases, purity is a good thing, in cannabis products that is not the case. There are at least 150 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and studies show that they work best when working together. This process is called the “entourage effect,” and that effect goes away when using CBD isolate alone.

In this way, “pure CBD” or “99% pure CBD” might sound good. But actually, extremely high level of purity does not make for the best CBD products. Full spectrum CBD has a lower level of purity, but works better because the other cannabinoids work together.

How full spectrum compares to broad spectrum and CBD isolate.

Are Cornbread Hemp Products Full Spectrum?

All products sold by Cornbread Hemp are full spectrum. That means they have a legal dose of THC. We make our full spectrum USDA certified organic CBD oils at two purity levels: whole plant and distilled.

Cornbread Hemp is the only company that offers USDA certified organic CBD oils at different purity levels, so it is understandable that people would have questions about it. Here’s a quick breakdown to show the difference between the two.

Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic whole plant formula is about 50% pure CBD with a full spectrum of cannabinoids and other plant compounds. The oil is amber in color with a smooth natural taste. Many CBD oils have a bitter aftertaste that they try to cover up with added flavors. Because our CBD is extracted gently with organic ethanol, we don’t have that problem.

The whole plant oil has a flavor profile ranging from nutty to floral, depending on the batch. It is never grassy or earthy. Customers tell us that our whole plant formula is best taken in the evening. They say it’s great for relaxing away the stresses of the day and preparing for a good night’s sleep.

Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic distilled formula is about 75% pure CBD, which is near the upper purity limit of full spectrum products before the THC becomes non-detectible. That’s why we stop the distillation process at 75% to ensure we retain the full spectrum of cannabinoids along with the higher purity level.

The distilled oil has a flavor profile that’s lightly hempy with an aftertaste of the coconut from the MCT oil. Our customers tell us that the distilled formula is great for morning and daytime use to fight off workday aches and pains without feeling drowsy. It’s also the same extract we use to formulate our premium CBD topicals that leave no greasy residue behind.

Because the whole plant has become so popular for evening use, and the distilled is seen as effective for daytime use, we have combined both in an AM-PM bundle for customers looking for both sorts of comfort.

Does Full Spectrum CBD Get You High?

No, full spectrum CBD oils do not get users high. After all, CBD doesn’t give a euphoric “high,” and has been shown to counteract the high caused by THC in some cases. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid but can still affect your mood by helping you feel more calm and relaxed.

But as much as we hate to say it, any full spectrum CBD product with a legal dose of THC could build up in your system over time, and then yes, perhaps it could cause you to test positive on a drug test even if you have never smoked marijuana.

This depends on how long you’ve been taking full spectrum CBD and which kind of drug test you take, so there’s no guarantees either way. If your job depends on passing a drug test and you feel the need to take full spectrum CBD oil, make sure you talk to your doctor and get his recommendation in writing, and then talk to your human resources team, and get it in writing from them that you have their permission to use full spectrum CBD oil.

Every CBD consumer that’s willing to invest in the highest quality CBD oil needs to be advised, there are plenty of disreputable brands labeling their product as “full spectrum” and “THC free” on the same label. This is a contradiction in terms, and a clear sign of a scam job. Any product with a label that claims to be “full spectrum” and “THC free” is most likely fake CBD.

When Should You Not Take Full Spectrum?

The only reason to not choose a full spectrum product is if you have a drug test hanging over your head. If a positive drug test for THC is going to have a serious impact on your life, do not make the mistake of thinking you can take CBD isolate or THC-free broad spectrum CBD products and be absolutely sure you will pass a drug test.

Some drug tests detect CBD as the same as THC, so that CBD isolate could flag as a false positive for THC. That’s why we recommend informing your workplace HR department (or the appropriate oversight person) of your intention to take CBD products. And if you get approval to take CBD, you might as well ask permission to take full spectrum. When you get that approval, get it in writing.

When Should You Take Full Spectrum?

The only reason to shy away from full spectrum is the consequences of drug tests. For every other reason, choose full spectrum CBD products like our USDA certified organic CBD oils in whole plant and distilled. And if tasting the full spectrum hemp oil isn’t your thing, then consider trying our CBD softgel capsules, made with the same premium hemp extract we use in our CBD oils.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.