Full Spectrum Vs Broad Spectrum CBD: What Are The Differences

Aug 23, 2020

Research into the CBD market can initially be very daunting for those new to CBD. This is often due to the array of phrases, abbreviations and acronyms which are unfamiliar. As the CBD industry grows and develops it’s important that you understand the meanings of what you are buying. So, what are full and broad spectrum CBD products? Each type presents important factors to consider, and understanding the difference is essential for all CBD users. In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the pros and cons of each product and hopefully help you to make the decision of which one is best for you.

What Is CBD?

CBD is one of over 100 different naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa plant. Originally discovered hundreds of years ago, it’s only recently that people have started to use it for a range of perceived benefits. Although the research is limited around CBD, there have been thousands of positive anecdotal studies carried out suggesting that CBD can play a part in helping sufferers of anxiety, stress, depression, and even chronic pain. CBD is slowly growing in popularity across the world and as it becomes more and more understood it is only going to get bigger. Despite common misconception, CBD is 100% legal in the UK, provided that it contains less than 0.2% THC. 

What Is THC?

Some of you may be familiar with THC when it comes to cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the substance found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the euphoric high that’s associated with cannabis. THC has mind altering effects and is considered illegal in alot of countries including the UK. That being said, you will find some products sold on the CBD market will contain a trace of THC, although only up to 0.2%. Don’t worry though, this is perfectly legal and such a tiny trace is nowhere near enough to cause any psychoactive effects

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum CBD is considered one of the purest CBD products as it is largely unprocessed and unfiltered during its extraction process. This leaves the ingredients of the hemp plant that are considered effective for the human body, including cannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils. One key thing to point out here is that it means it does contain traces of THC, however in order to remain legal this will be less than 0.2%. Full spectrum CBD’s wide variety of naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes make it capable of the entourage effect; which is the phenomenon where each element in the plant works together synergistically to provide maximum effect

What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

Broad Spectrum is a lot like full spectrum CBD products whereby it contains some other natural cannabinoids from which the user can benefit from. The main difference being broad spectrum products contain 0% THC. 0% THC products are often favoured by those individuals that are concerned about THC or undergo regular drug testing. Although all of the CBD products we sell at The CBD Planet UK are 100% legal under UK law, some people may still feel uneasy about taking products that contain THC. The industry has responded to this by creating broad spectrum CBD products.

Are Full Spectrum And Broad Spectrum CBD Products Both Legal?

Yes, both broad and full spectrum CBD oils are 100% legal. All CBD products sold within the UK must contain less than 0.2% THC in order for them to remain in line with UK laws. All of the broad and full spectrum products we sell meet these requirements and are considered legal and more importantly safe.

So What CBD Product Shall I Buy?

Everyone is different and while one product will be perfect for someone, that product may not be ideal for the others. We have formulated a short list for you to understand the pros and cons of both

Full Spectrum CBD


  • Offers the full effects of the cannabis plant (including the entourage effect).
  • Undergoes fewer extraction processes and is considered a purer product.


  • Can contain up to 0.2% THC.
  • Higher possibility to show up on a drugs test.
  • Can sometimes have a stronger odor and flavour.

Broad Spectrum CBD


  • No risk of psychoactive effects of THC
  • Offers the full effects of the cannabis plant (including the entourage effect).


  • Less research and availability
  • Sometimes more expensive
  • Can sometimes have a stronger odor and flavour.

Final Thoughts

You’ll now know the main differences between broad and full spectrum CBD products, as well as the pros and cons of each. Here at The CBD Planet UK we do not consider one product to be better than the other, but believe that each one may suit individuals better than others. Some people may find that a broad spectrum product doesn’t give strong enough results and would be better suited to a full spectrum product due to its unfiltered makeup. Whilst on the other hand we are seeing a growing number of customers choosing to use broad spectrum products to prevent the risk of consuming any THC.

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