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Hemp CBD Distillates: Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum (THC-Free) Benefits


Growing up in Grand Junction, Colorado, EcoGen BioSciences felt like a natural fit for me to come onboard as a Sales Account Manager and I was excited to join the team behind the industry leader in hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) production. Having followed this industry since its inception, I’ve learned and seen firsthand the natural, therapeutic benefits CBD has to offer – especially as an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical products.

At EcoGen, we often hear about customers asking about the differences between their CBD products. It is important to understand the many options available on the market, and how better product awareness can shed light on the potential benefits of each.

Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD distillates are used by CBD product manufacturers across the United States to produce a wide variety of product types, serving a vast consumer base who continue to exhibit interest in natural alternatives or nutritional supplements. CBD products have continued to rapidly gain popularity as the demand for cannabis legalization spreads across the country and these hemp-derived products are often a “safer” perceived first option in newly legal state markets. While the differences between Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum (THC-free) distillates are minor, it’s definitely beneficial for both CBD product manufacturers and consumers to understand the difference.


CBD consumers today have a multitude of choices when selecting cannabinoid products and education is vital to the effectiveness of these choices. It can be overwhelming to new consumers when trying to decide which products and potency are best for them. In a rapidly changing market, where accurate product education is still lacking in some regions, a novice consumer may make less-informed decisions or assumptions about the effects or intended use for each type of spectrum available.

One misconception is that Full-Spectrum products will have psychoactive effects in products such as vape pens. A Full-Spectrum CBD distillate has only trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive compound which naturally occurs in the hemp plant), whereas the counterpart in legal marijuana markets will have a much larger ratio of the THC present in raw, processed and manufactured products.

Another concern has been that Full-Spectrum CBD products may trigger a false-positive on a drug test when high doses are consumed regularly. This is where regulatory limits and the integrity of analytical lab testing come into play. The aforementioned references have created a considerably prevalent market for Broad-Spectrum products as an alternative in the United States as well as new and emerging international CBD markets.


Broad-Spectrum distillate has had the THC removed after the extraction process, leaving behind the rest of the cannabinoids like CBN and CBG. One may still receive whole-plant benefits without the THC content and Broad-Spectrum products are far less likely to cause psychoactive effects or false-positives on standard drug tests. Additionally, in rare cases, consumers can have a sensitivity to THC, in which case it would also be beneficial to choose Broad-Spectrum or isolate CBD products. The demand for Broad-Spectrum CBD distillates has steadily increased in recent years, as new states continue to step into hemp or cannabis legalization. Everyday more and more conservative states and countries are establishing foundations for a regulatory framework, regarding manufacturing and distribution of CBD products, especially as the demand for hemp-derived ingredients continues to rapidly expand into new international markets around the world.


At the end of the day, it’s more about what spectrum type is more suitable to the individual needs of each consumer. Consumers and product manufacturers alike will continue to expand upon the uses and benefits of both Full-Spectrum distillates as well as Broad-Spectrum distillates for years to come.

As the rapidly expanding market for hemp products evolves, these consumer needs regarding different spectrum types will drive the future development of brands and consumer products. With more states coming online every day, and more new legislation brought on the federal level, the market will take a new shape in this regard in just a few short years, and it will be exciting to see individual consumers drive that change.

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