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

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The world of CBD products is complex and 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.

Read on to learn more about the following:

  • The differences and similarities between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD
  • The U.S. Hemp Authority Standard
  • Hemp-derived CBD products you can try


What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
The U.S. Hemp Authority Standard
The Difference Between Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum CBD
Bluebird Botanicals Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD Products To Try

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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. 

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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 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 is 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 tincture products, our hemp extracts are emulsified or blended with natural carrier oils such as organic fractionated coconut (MCT) oil. 

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Bluebird Botanicals Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD Products To Try

Our Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies

Experience the harmony of nature's finest with our delectable CBD gummies, crafted with full-spectrum hemp extract and organic cane sugar. Our gummies harness the power of over 110 cannabinoids and terpenes, working in synergy to promote overall well-being.

Our Classic CBD Oil Capsules

Harness the power of nature's finest with our Classic CBD Oil Capsules, meticulously crafted to support a healthy immune system, navigate daily stressors, and promote post-workout recovery. Each capsule delivers a precise 15mg dose of pure CBD, providing optimal support for your well-being.

Our THC-Free CBD Oil

Enjoy the calming and restorative effects of CBD oil tincture without the potential psychoactive effects of THC. Our broad-spectrum CBD Oil is carefully processed to ensure THC levels are below 0.01%, making it an ideal choice for those who prefer to avoid THC altogether. This clean, pure CBD product can be taken on its own or easily added to food, beverages, or bodycare products.

Our CBD Roll-On

Experience targeted, temporary pain relief for sore muscles and aching joints with our CBD Roll-On. It combines the power of CBD isolate with shea butter, lavender oil, and beeswax to provide soothing relief. This convenient and mess-free applicator delivers a precise dose of CBD isolate directly to the affected area.

Our Signature CBD Oil + Botanicals - Extra Strength 

Unleash the power of nature's finest with our Signature CBD Oil + Botanicals, meticulously crafted to provide an extra-strength dose of CBD (25mg per serving). It contains broad-spectrum hemp extract, frankincense oil, black cumin seed oil, and organic MCT oil, working synergistically to optimize your overall well-being.

We also offer broad-spectrum products for pets. Pamper your furry companions with the same level of care and wellness you seek for yourself. Our Companion CBD Oil features a broad-spectrum hemp plant extract and organic MCT oil to support the health of your feline friends and canine companions.

Moreover, we provide CBD dosage recommendations in all our products to ensure that all our CBD users will reap the health benefits they want. Though the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, we make sure that all our products are 3rd-party lab-tested for CBD potency and purity from contaminants. 

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!

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