Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD: What’s the Difference?

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The world of CBD products is complex and to be ever-changing. New regulations, new innovations, and...new types of CBD?

We’re talking about broad-spectrum CBD.

Broad-spectrum isn’t actually that new in the CBD space but it’s definitely a more recent innovation than our good ole full-spectrum friend. They two share similar characteristics and endocannabinoid system impacts but have a key important difference that sets them apart.

Let’s learn more. 

What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD oils or hemp extracts contain the entire array of 110+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant alongside terpenes and other compounds. Full-spectrum CBD oils include a very minor amount of THC - less than 0.3% by dry weight per federal regulations. This trace amount prevents most consumers from feeling high or having issues with drug tests.  Plus, THC plays a crucial role in boosting the "entourage effect," which describes the enhanced power that comes from the terpenes and cannabinoids working together for good, particularly star players CBD and THC. 

Related Article: Does CBD Oil Show Up on Drug Tests?

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

Broad-spectrum CBD, on the other hand, is similar to a full-spectrum extract in that it includes the entire array of cannabinoids - except for THC. THC is typically stripped from the plant matter during the extraction process, alongside most of the terpenes.

This makes broad-spectrum a great option for those who have particular sensitivities to THC or undergo rigorous drug testing but are still looking to reap the benefits from CBD and the other cannabinoids.

The U.S. Hemp Authority Standard

The latest version of the U.S. Hemp Authority certification standard further defined the differences between “broad-spectrum” and “full-spectrum” in its latest third edition of the program requirements. 

According to their standard, “Broad-spectrum as a hemp extract of multiple cannabinoids that has had the THC removed to below the 0.01% level.” Something assembled from multiple individual cannabinoids cannot be referred to as broad-spectrum under this standard.

The Difference Between Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD

So, what is the actual difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD? By definition, it’s the allowable percentage of THC content. 

Full-spectrum blends may have up to 0.3% THC by dry weight. Broad-spectrum CBD blends are held to a more stringent standard, with no more than 0.01% permissible in final products. 



Less than 0.3% THC

“No” THC - less than 0.01%



Bluebird Botanicals has historically specialized in full-spectrum hemp extracts. In each of our CBD oil products, our hemp extracts are emulsified, or blended, with natural carrier oils such as organic fractionated coconut (MCT) oil. 

We also offer a CBD isolate, which is a crystallized powder containing 98% - 99.9% pure CBD and non-detectable levels of THC.* This clean, pure CBD product can be taken on its own or easily added to food, beverages, or bodycare products.

Have questions about which CBD product is right for you? Send our Customer Care Team an email to info@bluebirdbotanicals.com. We’re always here to help!

And make sure to check out our free guide, Finding Success with CBD, to learn more!