Flat River Hemp Oil Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate
This week we launched our first THC-free 1000mg Broad Spectrum product. Broad Spectrum is a bit different from Full Spectrum in that it typically does not contain THC. The reason in creating a THC-free product is for a couple of reasons:
1. For some that are subject to routine drug tests by their employer it allows them to still continue taking a CBD product without fear of failure.
2. The other reason is because of stigma, some people no matter how much you tell them 0.3% THC will not get you high, still run from it. So this is a simple way for them to break the barrier and finally try CBD for the first time.
3. The FDA could rule at some point (they haven’t yet) that any THC even 0.3% or under, in a product is considered an adulterated substance. Having a THC-free option available is a way for us to still bring a quality CBD oil product within those guidelines to the market and keep doing what we love to do!
4. Some countries have a strict no THC policy, so if you happen to travel to any of those countries with the THC-free product there is nothing to worry about.
Whatever your reason might be for choosing to consume a THC-free product vs. a full spectrum product, we did not want you to miss out on the empowering benefits of the entourage effect. Because of this we have specifically developed scientific methods that optimize the amount of cannabinoids preserved during the process. The method we use is reverse phase chromatography. Chromatography is scientific approach to separating molecules based on their size. It is much more effective at removing THC than distillation. You start by dissolving the extract in a solvent. Then you place that solution in a cylindrical column under pressure. This allows the molecules to separate out by molecular size. At one end of the column is a reader. As the delta-9 cannabinoids pass the reader, they are diverted out of the column. Any delta-9 molecules that are not diverted, cycle back through the column and reader. The process continues until none are left. This method allows us to pull out just the delta-9 THC with much more precision than distillation. Ultimately we are able to preserve various phytochemicals that could otherwise we be destroyed using other processes. This ensures that the consumer still experiences the entourage effect.
So what’s the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate?
full spectrum = Contains all phytochemicals including polyphenols, flavonoids, terpenes and all cannabinoids including THC.
broad spectrum = Contains all phytochemicals including polyphenols, flavonoids, terpenes and all cannabinoids excluding THC.
isolate = Isolated cannabidiol (CBD) does not contain any other beneficial phytochemicals therefore does not facilitate entourage effect.