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Broad Spectrum vs Narrow Spectrum CBD | What is the difference?

We find that customers are often slightly perplexed by the variety of CBD options available to them. It is very easy to be stumped when choosing between a Broad or Narrow Spectrum CBD Oil range. 

This is hardly surprising. CBD is a new and exciting product, but very little is known about it. Moreover, it can be hard to carry over knowledge from other day to day products. For example, you wouldn’t get a Narrow Spectrum yoghurt or a terpene-infused olive oil.

Part of Dragonfly CBD’s mission is to educate customers in the world of CBD, to help build trust and legitimacy. In this article, we are going to talk about the difference between two of our most popular ranges: Narrow Spectrum and Broad Spectrum.

Before we go any further, what is CBD?

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis plant. On occasion, it is also referred to by its longer form, scientific name, Cannabidiol. It is the most abundant cannabinoid, just ahead of the infamous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While this psychotropic compound remains illegal in the UK, CBD is not associated with this high. As such, it can be sold both online and on the high street.

Used in both medicines and food supplements, CBD has surged into national consciousness over the last few years. Touted for its varied range of applications, CBD is available on prescription as Medical Cannabis. Although, there remain issues with patient access.

More commonly, people can get hold of CBD over the counter, in pharmacies or supermarkets.

Has Cannabis been used medicinally before?

Though very much the in-vogue supplement on the wellness scene today, cannabis is certainly not new and has a long history of medicinal use. In fact, there’s evidence that its plant powers have been used as pain relief for many thousands of years, particularly by women. 

The Ebers Papyrus, dated to roughly 1550 BC, from Ancient Egypt, describes women preparing ‘oxymel’ (a mixture of cannabis and honey). Further references are dotted throughout historic civilisations, appearing in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic texts. However, cannabis was not used in Western medical literature until the nineteenth century. Here, it became a popular treatment for period pain and sciatica. Quite incredibly, there is even evidence of Royal use at Buckingham Palace. Reportedly, a royal physician prescribed cannabis to Queen Victoria to help treat her monthly cramps!

What is the difference between Narrow and Broad Spectrum CBD?

Fundamentally, the difference comes down to the extraction process:

  1. As well as CBD, our Broad Spectrum products contain other naturally occurring Cannabis compounds, terpenes and waxes. These are retained during the double distillation extraction process. As a result, they offer a stronger flavour, thicker consistency and are a closer representation of the Cannabis Sativa plant.
  2. Alternatively, our Narrow Spectrum products provide CBD in filtered form. In order to create a lighter flavour, we use advanced chromatography and distillation techniques during the extraction process. This creates a “super-distilled” CBD Oil, with other naturally occurring Cannabis compounds reduced.

What is the advantage of Narrow Spectrum?

Narrow Spectrum CBD Oil is a quality formula, using super-distilled CBD delivering quality and a smooth taste. Really its benefits are best exemplified by its reception from users.

Our Narrow Spectrum range was voted by customers in Boots UK as the Best CBD Oil at the 2020 Wellness Awards. Its light taste has universal popularity and it is available in a range of strengths that really pack a punch. The 30ml range goes up to 3000mg of CBD, making it one of the strongest CBD Oil products available. In fact, our 3000mg CBD Oil is our best seller.

If you are looking for a quality CBD Oil, then look no further than Narrow Spectrum CBD. Starting at just £19.50, there’s no excuse not to try it out.

What are the benefits of Broad Spectrum CBD?

One of the Dragonfly CBD best sellers, Broad Spectrum CBD is very popular amongst experienced users. It has all the advantages of a full spectrum CBD Oil. Importantly, it is THC-free, due to its double-distillation process.

The harmonising entourage effect of the additional cannabinoids, terpenes, waxes and plant proves very popular with CBD users.

Starting from just £19.50, Broad Spectrum Dragonfly CBD Oil retains many of the natural properties of the cannabis plant’s profile. Perfect for an experienced user, the double distilled CBD has a rich depth of flavour and a range of terpenes and flavonoids. 

Why should you not buy Full Spectrum CBD?

In the CBD industry, Full Spectrum CBD is a very common product, with many brands and users extolling its virtues as the best CBD Oil. This overlooks a major fundamental issue with Full Spectrum CBD, which is that it contains THC.

The name refers to the total range of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. This includes psychotropic substances such as THC. 

As mentioned earlier, THC is an illegal substance in the UK and in Europe. So, it is necessary for further distillation to occur, to remove any THC. In turn, a Broad Spectrum CBD extract is created, which contains a range of cannabinoids but very few additional cannabinoids.

As a result, you should be looking to purchase a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil, rather than a Full Spectrum.


Where can I get CBD Oil?

The award winning Dragonfly CBD is available in a range of UK retailers as well as online.

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