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What's The Difference Between CBD Gummies? Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum vs Delta 9

Find out how we differentiate among our many CBD gummies and how you can determine which one is right for you.

If you’ve ever tried one of our CBD products or spent much time surfing our blog, then you’re probably pretty familiar with CBD’s most common benefits:


  • Increased relaxation
  • A stronger sense of calm
  • An improvement in your mood
  • A more consistent and regulated sleep cycle
  • Reduction of minor discomforts
  • Support for exercise recovery


All our CBD gummies provide those benefits, but we’ve also got many different kinds of gummies you might be wondering about. For example, what about the difference between CBD gummies in our broad spectrum and Delta 9 formulas? Or the difference between the many varieties of broad spectrum CBD gummies we offer? For those answers and more, keep reading to find out how we differentiate among our many CBD gummies and how you can determine which one is right for you.

cbdMD’s Three CBD Formulas

In case you haven’t heard, cbdMD now offers the numerous benefits of CBD in three unique formulas: broad spectrum, full spectrum, and Delta 9 (also known as high-potency full spectrum CBD). And of course, all three of them can be found in the easy-to-use, delicious form of CBD gummies. That being said, cbdMD offers quite a few different options to choose from – so what is the real difference between CBD gummies?

While most CBD oils contain more than a single cannabinoid, the variation in formulas across companies and even different product lines can be considerable. For example, our broad spectrum CBD gummies contain 25 mg of CBD per gummy, while our full spectrum CBD gummies contain 50 mg of CBD per serving, and our Delta 9 THC gummies have about 90 mg of CBD per gummy.

So when each of our product lines contain many of the over 100 cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant, it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. The answer to that question comes down to two factors: the CBD formula used to produce them and what kinds of additional ingredients we added to boost their specific benefits.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Our broad spectrum CBD is our first tried-and-true, ride-or-die formula. Although we offer it in a range of products from topicals to tinctures and other ingestibles, for the purposes of this article we’re going to focus on our broad spectrum CBD formula and how we’ve adapted it to produce a variety of CBD gummies. At the moment, we have our regular CBD gummies, which come in either tropical or sour and our line of CBD wellness gummies.

As the name suggests, this category contains a broad range of the many cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, but not all of them. In fact, our broad spectrum CBD formula is THC-free,* meaning that you don’t need to worry about failing a drug test at work, during competitions, or for other life events.


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Full Spectrum CBD

Unlike our original formula, our line of full spectrum CBD products consist of only ingestibles including either gummies, tinctures, or softgels. One step up from our broad spectrum formula, full spectrum CBD includes all cannabinoids, including THC. Even so, we’ve taken strict precautions to make sure that the levels are far below the 0.3 percent THC limit set by the 2018 Farm Bill.

By incorporating a small portion of THC into your CBD wellness routine, you can take better advantage of the entourage effect. Although still present with broad spectrum CBD, by adding THC into the mix you can boost the many benefits you already receive from our THC-free* formula. But because the percentage of THC in the overall product is so low (just over 1 mg of THC), you will likely never feel the typical “high” associated with THC and other marijuana by-products.

However, because the levels of THC can build up in your body over time with continued use, taking full spectrum CBD gummies may lead to a false positive on a drug test. From the THC content alone you can see that there is a clear difference between CBD gummies. For this reason, we recommend sticking with our broad spectrum CBD gummies if you are concerned about possible drug testing in the near future.

Note: The THC used in our full spectrum CBD products is derived from federally legal hemp containing less than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight.

Delta 9 THC

Delta 9 gummies, also known as high potency full spectrum gummies, are more expensive than our full spectrum formula. While they both contain a measure of THC, Delta 9 THC gummies are far more potent, containing 10 mg of THC and roughly 90 mg of CBD per gummy. Although you can take a couple of full spectrum CBD gummies throughout the day, because of the strength of our Delta 9 THC gummies, we recommend you take no more than one a day.

And when you compare them with our broad spectrum formula, this is where you really see the difference between CBD gummies. Because while one is THC-free* and will not get you high or result in a failed drug test, the other easily could. Despite the fact that our Delta 9 THC gummies still contain below the federally legal limit of 0.3 percent THC, 10 mg of THC is more than enough to result in a “high” depending on your body composition and various lifestyle factors.

Nervous but curious about trying Delta 9 THC for the first time? We’ve compiled some information that might help you decide whether Delta 9 gummies are right for you, and how to begin the transition from broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD gummies.

Note: The Delta 9 THC used in our high potency full spectrum CBD products is derived from federally legal hemp containing less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. However, due to federal restrictions, cbdMD can not ship Delta 9 THC products to Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, or Wyoming at this time. We also recommend you to check your local state laws and regulations.

Is There A Difference Between CBD Gummies?

Yes, there is most definitely a difference between CBD gummies, the formulas used to manufacture them, and any additional active ingredients included during production. That being said, our products are rigorously tested and regulated so that you can be confident no matter what you choose. Every single gummy is infused with CBD and other ingredients rather than coated to make sure each and every one contains exactly what’s written on the label.

What You Can Expect

Like we mentioned above, all three CBD formulas have similarities and differences, with the greatest divide resting between our broad spectrum CBD and Delta 9 THC formulas. Whichever you choose, at cbdMD we always make sure to list the milligrams of CBD per serving clearly on the front label and go into greater detail on the active ingredients under the supplement facts.


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You will likely feel a difference when switching from broad spectrum CBD gummies to full spectrum, and from full spectrum CBD to Delta 9 THC gummies, so it’s important to stick to the recommended serving size. And as always, please contact your doctor if you experience anything out of the ordinary or want to check if an active ingredient will interfere with any current or future medication.

We want to be completely transparent, so if you have any questions or concerns about ingredients, you can always check the information provided on the package against our Certificates of Analysis provided through ISO-certified, third-party testing.

You Have a Variety of Choices with Broad Spectrum CBD

While our regular broad spectrum CBD gummies are definitely a great option for everyday use, we’ve also developed a range of CBD wellness gummies to provide you with a more targeted solution. Unlike the traditional gummies, we’ve added many beneficial ingredients to our broad spectrum formula to produce CBD wellness gummies geared toward:

While our regular broad spectrum CBD gummies are definitely a great option for everyday use, we’ve also developed a range of CBD wellness gummies to provide you with a more targeted solution. Unlike the traditional gummies, we’ve added many beneficial ingredients to our broad spectrum formula to produce CBD wellness gummies geared toward:


  • Boosting your immune system
  • Raising your levels of calm and relaxation
  • Helping you sleep better at night
  • Supporting your gut health


All of these functional gummies are THC-free,* will not cause you to fail a drug test, and won’t result in the psychoactive “high” typically associated with THC. As one of the best CBD gummies of 2022, our wellness gummies are formulated to provide specific benefits when you need them most, rather than using a standard formula across the board.

Boost Your Immunity

Packed with vitamins C, D, and E, our orange flavored Immune Boost Gummies also include selenium and zinc to support your immune system as well as organic rosemary extract and beta glucan. While rosemary has been shown to help with important bodily functions, beta glucan (a soluble fiber naturally found in mushrooms, oats, and yeast) may help maintain good blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

All of these functional ingredients combined with CBD in our immunity gummies offer you a powerhouse of benefits and the natural boost your body needs.

Raise Your Levels of Calm and Relaxation

By combining CBD with ingredients such as ashwagandha, valerian root, chamomile, and L-theanine, we’ve created a raspberry gummy designed to give you the calm and relaxation you need throughout the day. Especially since our calming CBD gummies contain 300 mg of ashwagandha per serving.

Sleep Better at Night

Made with a lot of the same ingredients as our calming gummies, our sleep-aid CBD gummies also include 5 mg of melatonin per serving to make falling asleep at night easier than ever. Joining the ranks of our other CBD PM products, these raspberry gummies are tastier than our CBD PM tinctures and just as easy to use as our CBD PM softgels.

Support Your Gut Health

Last but certainly not least: our apple cider vinegar CBD gummies. ACV gummies are designed with specific gut-health-targeting ingredients such as vitamin B12, folic acid, beet root powder, pomegranate juice, and powdered apple cider vinegar.

In addition to all the positive benefits of CBD, the ingredients added to our apple cider vinegar gummies are all included because of the minerals and nutrients they provide to support a healthy gut. Plus, the delicious apple flavor in our gummies is worlds better than drinking straight apple cider vinegar.

No matter which CBD formula or gummy you choose, all of our gummies are vegan, gluten-free, and designed to support your daily wellness routine.

For more information on the difference between CBD gummies and their formulas as well as upcoming products, keep an eye on our frequently updated blog. Looking to stay up to date on the latest supplement news and cbdMD’s upcoming special offers? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or chat with someone live today!