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What Does Full Spectrum Mean?

Interested in all the cannabinoids and terpenes that can come with a cannabis plant? Then you’ll want to dive deep into this guide to learn everything there is to know about full spectrum cannabis products, including:

  • What is Full Spectrum?
  • How Are Full Spectrum Products Consumed?
  • Is Full Spectrum Better?

What is Full Spectrum?

Cannabis plants all have their own unique cannabinoids and terpenes, along with other compounds, that we believe contribute to the entourage effect. Full spectrum extracts contain all of these compounds. 

You’ll commonly hear this term when it comes to CBD. Full spectrum CBD contains all of these compounds too with the caveat that THC is limited to 0.3%. When shopping for CBD or other cannabis products, there are a few terms you may see on the shelves. Here’s a few definitions to help make sense of these products:

Cannabinoid Isolate vs Full Spectrum

The term “full spectrum” refers to an extract that contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and compounds found in raw cannabis. Cannabinoid isolate, however, is literally an extract made of a single cannabinoid. Typically, this is either CBD or THC, but there are a variety of other cannabinoids that have been turned into isolate products and made available on the market today.

Learn more about THC distillate, a THC-only product.

Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum

You can find full spectrum and broad spectrum products on the market, but when it comes to CBD there is an important difference between them: Full spectrum CBD products typically include up to 0.3% THC while broad spectrum products contain only the smallest traces of THC.

Conversely, if you’re interested in full spectrum THC products, you’d have to visit a licensed dispensary because it means you’re purchasing a product with all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and compounds in it, along with higher THC levels.

How Are Full Spectrum Products Consumed?

There are many different ways to consume full spectrum CBD, THC, or other cannabinoids. You can take a full spectrum tincture or capsule, there are full spectrum vape pens, and there is full spectrum oil for baking, adding to lotions, and so much more. If you’re interested in consuming full spectrum CBD or THC, you will likely be able to find it available in your favorite consumption method at a state-licensed dispensary.

Is Full Spectrum Better? 

The answer to the question of whether full spectrum is better comes down to this: only you can decide. You may find that a full spectrum extract with all cannabinoids present (even though THC is greatly reduced) works best for you. You may find there is little difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum. Only you can decide if full spectrum is better.

Purchasing Full Spectrum CBD

If you’re interested in purchasing full spectrum CBD, you can find it available in a variety of CBD dispensaries. Full spectrum CBD comes in a variety of product types, including extracts, tablets, and more, so you can be sure to find exactly what you want to try, and maybe a few options you didn’t even know existed.

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.