Which is Better for Your Patients: Full-spectrum or Broad-spectrum CBD gummies?

Which is better: full spectrum or broad spectrum? When picking what product to recommend to your patients, you’d often encounter these two terms. So, to answer the question, we’ve created a short but detailed breakdown of the two.

This guide will lay out the differences and advantages between the two spectrums.

A Review of CBD and Cannabis Sativa

The Cannabis Sativa plant, known as industrial hemp, contains 115 plus beneficial compounds. Each of these compounds can have possible benefits to human health.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of these compounds. The possible benefits of CBD based on recent research include:

  • providing relief for aches and pains
  • Helping lower stress
  • Reduces redness and swelling
  • Help with sleep

Industrial hemp should not be confused with Marijuana. Hemp is federally legal in the states, while Marijuana is not. 

What Does Cannabis Sativa Look Like?

Cannabis Sativa is a plant that originated in Central Asia. It is a stout and aromatic annual plant that stands erect. The parts of the plant, like the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems, can be harvested and turned into various products.

Different Types of CBD Products

When the federal government legalized growing and selling hemp in 2018, many hemp farms and companies selling CBD products emerged. CBD-infused products like creams, gummies, capsules, and oils were introduced to the market afterward.

There are three main types of CBD according to how many cannabinoid compounds they contain:

  • Full-spectrum CBD – this type contains CBD and all the other Cannabinoids, such as THC. Most Full-spectrum products contain 0.3% or less THC. 0.3% is the legal amount of THC in any product.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD – the second type is similar to Full-spectrum. It has CBD and other compounds except for THC.
  • CBD Isolate – the last spectrum type. It contains CBD compounds purely. Other variants include CBGA Isolates, CBN isolates, etc.

Breakdown of Full-Spectrum and Broad Spectrum

To help you see the difference, we took one of our most popular products, CBD gummies. We compared full-spectrum and broad-spectrum gummies.

Full Spectrum CBD Gummies

This type of gummies is created using hemp extracts. The extracts contain all the compounds of the Sativa plant, including THC. During the extraction process, the natural phytochemicals are retained.

Many chiropractors choose full-spectrum gummies to capitalize on the entourage effect brought about by having all the compounds. CBD is said to work best when accompanied by other Cannabinoids. 

Pros and Cons of full-spectrum CBD

Advantage of Full-Spectrum

  • Entourage Effect – based on theory, multiple components of Cannabinoids work well together. Your patients will reap more benefits compared to taking each compound individually. Examples of these components include:
    • phytocannabinoids (like CBD and THC)
    • flavonoids
    • terpenes (compounds that affect cannabis’s scent and flavor)

In a 2011 review, researchers found that the compounds, when together, may have positive effects against pain, stress, and swelling. 

Disadvantage of Full-Spectrum

  • May have psychoactive effects – when large amounts of any full-spectrum product are consumed, it results in your patients feeling the effects of THC. In the case of companies mislabeling their products, the effects can be even greater. This is why it’s vital to trust CBD companies with COAs.
  • May show up in drug tests – since THC is present, your patients risk getting a positive test result when they get a drug test.

Broad Spectrum CBD Gummies

Similar to the Full-spectrum ones, broad-spectrum products have other Cannabinoids present in the compound except for THC. CBD Gummies made with this formulation can have almost all the 115+ compounds present, minus the THC.

Chiropractors generally choose this for patients that regularly take drug tests. Since broad-spectrum does not contain THC, there’s a lesser chance of getting a positive result.

Advantage of Broad-Spectrum

  • No elated feeling – one of the benefits of broad-spectrum is having none of the psychoactive effects of THC. Since it contains no THC, there’s less chance of getting elated or “high.”
  • Less chance of a positive drug test result – the lack of THC means the test won’t trace any in your patient’s system. Most drug tests take into account the THC level in the blood. With no traces of THC, there’s less chance of a positive result.

Disadvantage of Broad Spectrum 

  • Potency Issues – there’s a lesser chance of getting the entourage effect with broad-spectrum.

What To Recommend To Your Patients

In terms of choosing what to suggest to your patients, the first thing to consider would be their lifestyle. There are better options than full-spectrum if your patients require a regular drug examination.


Another thing would be potency needs. Do your patients require a higher dose of the extract? For a more robust result, consider endorsing full-spectrum gummies.


Full-spectrum and Broad-spectrum are both formulated to address various wellness needs. Each has its unique characteristics depending on who will use them. To make the right choice for your patient, it’s crucial to always consider their needs and situation. 

Have more questions about CBD products and gummies? Leave us a message or call us. We’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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