The hemp industry categorizes CBD products as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolates. The problem is that there are no industry-recognized definitions of these terms or a regulating body to oversee how products are labeled.
Before introducing The Cosmic Spectrum, we will briefly describe each of the main categories of hemp products.
Isolate is easy because the definition is the name. A hemp isolate product should be 99% to 99.99% a single cannabinoid. At Future Compounds, we go the extra mile with our refinement process utilizing a filtering process called chromatography, creating an ultra-refined product that is great for edibles, topicals, and inhalables. Hemp products made with CBD isolate provide consistent flavor and, more importantly, effects from batch to batch.
Many companies do not use CBD isolate because it requires more time and cost to refine. Instead, they use CBD distillate, which is 70-80% CBD. The remaining compounds include cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds, but some of the remaining 20-30% of the distillate may be unknown. The idea of “more compounds are better” is a sentiment that the cannabis industry seems to live by, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that CBD distillate is safer, better, or more effective than isolates.
Both broad and full-spectrum hemp categories can be made with CBD distillate, THC-free CBD distillate, or a mix of isolates – where the lack of a valid identity within these categories begins.
Broad-spectrum refers to products made with CBD distillate that are entirely free of any THC. CBD distillate is further refined to remediate any elements of THC. Although broad-spectrum extracts are THC-free, there are no guidelines as to what other cannabinoids or terpenes, or how much of each, must remain in the extract. A company could mix two or three isolates, like CBD, CBG, and CBN, and call the product broad-spectrum. We don’t have issues mixing effective doses of isolates since it’s how we formulate our products. Still, the challenge with broad-spectrum is that the only requirement is no THC. Given that THC is a very potent cannabinoid, its removal drastically affects the therapeutic value of the extract. Since the majority of remaining cannabinoids in a broad-spectrum extract are very weak, they require significantly higher doses than what most broad-spectrum products provide.
Depending on the broad spectrum CBD distillate and the processing methods utilized in creating a final product, one broad-spectrum product can be entirely different than another, even within the same company. For example, a baked good may have a different lab test than a topical made with the same broad-spectrum distillate because of the heating process and chemical changes during baking. The same holds for full-spectrum products as well.
Full-spectrum is where things get complicated! The only requirement for a full-spectrum product is that it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. While there is a maximum amount of THC established for these products, there isn’t a minimum, and here lies the biggest issue with the full-spectrum category. Full-spectrum has become a buzzword and is considered superior from a marketing standpoint, but many full-spectrum products are no different than broad-spectrum or mixed isolates.
We’ve come across “full-spectrum” hemp products made with 10 mg of CBD distillate and non-cannabis-derived terpenes but zero THC.
There are also companies utilizing rosin, one of the most “true to the plant” cannabis extracts, but only formulate their tincture to have 0.25 mg of THC and 20 mg of CBD per serving.
Some companies use isolates mixed with non-cannabis-derived terpenes and slap full-spectrum on the label.
Meanwhile, companies are labeling their products full-spectrum that have 10 mg of hemp-derived THC distillate and 10 mg of CBD isolate, with a splash of lemon essential oil.
It doesn’t make sense that any of these companies can label their products “full-spectrum,” considering how different their cannabinoid profiles and doses are.
There is an abundance of human clinical trials establishing that tiny amounts of THC can be incredibly therapeutic, but large quantities of CBD are needed to be effective. A low 2.5 mg dose of THC works wonders, but the minimum effective dose of CBD is 300-400 mg. Just because THC and CBD come from the same plant, it doesn’t mean they are created equal. Some effective full-spectrum products are on the market, but what deems them full-spectrum compared to the next?
Math is fun
Since the Farm Bill of 2018 states that hemp products cannot exceed more than 0.3% hemp-derived THC, some companies did the math and figured out that if you have a heavier gummy or an adequate volume of liquid, then 0.3% THC becomes significant.
Let’s do some math.
A 5-gram gummy equals 5,000 mg, the size of our gummies since we launched.
5,000 mg x 0.3% (.003) = 15 mg.
Yup, in a single 5-gram gummy, you can have up to 15 mg of federally legal, Farm Bill-approved, hemp-derived THC!
Most legal marijuana states require a single serving of THC to be no more than 10 mg with a maximum of 100 mg per package. So, you can get hemp-derived THC from your local smoke shop, gas station, or online retailer without paying the crazy taxes states have imposed. Thanks, Farm Bill!
Incredibly, the Farm Bill opened another world to the previously existing hemp industry. Still, a lot of companies are making products that only contain THC, or THC with small amounts of CBD or other minor cannabinoids, but are still being labeled as full-spectrum or no spectrum at all.
The lack of regulation, transparency, and the utter misuse of these “spectrum” categories inspired us to create something new.
Welcome to The Cosmic Spectrum
Let’s create an official definition of The Cosmic Spectrum so there’s no room for interpretation.
Per serving, The Cosmic Spectrum requires:
- 2.5 – 10 mg of hemp-derived THC, not exceeding 0.3%
- 100+ mg of CBD or
- 50 mg of CBD with the addition of other hemp-derived cannabinoids
- CBG, CBN, CBC, etc
- 150 mg of total cannabinoids
What inspired The Comsic Spectrum? You did! In 2023, a study was published showing that when moderate amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD were taken at the same time orally, the subjects experienced a more intoxicating and long-lasting high. We shared this study several times throughout 2023 and learned that many people experienced the same results; they got higher on smaller amounts of THC when they took larger amounts of CBD.
What we discovered from the comments and messages on our Instagram is that many people were able to experience either a longer-lasting or a more intense high when they consumed 100+ mg of CBD with 5-10 mg of THC. Some even shared that, like the study, the high lasted longer and felt more intense yet controlled without the usual anxiety or paranoia they would feel when taking the same dose of THC by itself. So, we decided to create a formula inspired by the study and the feedback from our customers, followers, family, and friends.
Some of us at Future can’t consume any amounts of THC due to the crippling anxiety it creates. We’ve tried every ratio of THC to CBD and other cannabinoids but came to accept the fact that THC isn’t for us. What’s great about this situation is that the feedback about The Cosmic Gummies came from the unbiased experiences of others. All we suggested people do is take a dose of THC that they usually take, whether that be a half, one, two, or three gummies, and let us know how they felt about their experience. We attributed two primary feedback categories and a third to people with ridiculously high tolerances.
The Cosmic Spectrum Experiences
- I GOT BLASTED! The high was more intense; it lasted longer than my usual dose of THC, and I loved every second! To the moon! ~ 60% of feedback.
- I felt high, but it was very controlled, like the volume never got turned to 10, and it lasted well into the evening. ~ 35% of feedback.
- I hardly felt high because I would have to eat an entire bag of gummies to get high on edibles. The rare but authentic 5-10% of feedback.
So, if you’re accustomed to taking a low to moderate amount of THC, between 2.5 – 20 mg, which is what most people consider a dose, then you’re up for a new experience with The Cosmic Gummies. Whether you blast off to the moon or enjoy the vibe a little longer than usual, the All Day and All Night gummies provide a potent and spacey experience!
The All Day Cosmic Gummies are for daytime awesomeness. The high dose of CBD provides a long-lasting and more spacey experience with the hemp-derived THC. Whether folding laundry or on a rocket ship expedition to Mars, the All Day Cosmic Gummies will help you enjoy the ride.
Blast off your day with 10 mg of hemp-derived THC and 140 mg of CBD from our Watermelon Cosmic Gummies!
The All Night Cosmic Gummies are for nighttime shuteye or chillaxin. The high dose of CBD provides a long-lasting and more spacey experience with the THC, while the CBN helps mellow the mind, preparing you for a blissful moon landing. Whether asleep in 45 minutes or stargazing until the wee hours of the morning, the All Night Cosmic Gummies will help you enjoy the ride.
To the moon! Catch some ZzZzz’s with 10 mg of hemp-derived THC, 20 mg of CBN, and 120 mg of CBD in our Watermelon Cosmic Gummies!