With CBD becoming more popular by the hour, and thousands of new products and brands popping up every day, you are bound to come across a few terms that may be confusing when looking for your next CBD product. As a CBD business, we know how confusing some of the terminology can be, so hopefully, over the next couple minutes, we can clearly explain what full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate are.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Simply put, Full Spectrum CBD contains everything in the plant. Terpenes, Cannabinoids, Flavonoids, and Fatty acids are all found in hemp and contribute to making Full Spectrum CBD oil. That means along with CBD (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol) and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), you also get a very low amount of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) up to .3%. This amount of THC is too small to have any real psychoactive effects but combined with all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids found in the hemp plant make what many scientists believe to be the most potent form of concentrated CBD.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD. To make CBD isolate everything contained in the plant is removed; terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll, THC and more, and what you are left with is the pure CBD. While this extraction process does remove everything, CBD isolate is still very beneficial and is used in some of the most popular CBD products on the market. CBD isolate is great for people looking for a CBD product that can’t contain any THC due to their job, state laws or personal preference.
What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
Broad-Spectrum CBD can be explained as the best of both worlds. It’s full spectrum CBD without any of the THC. With broad-spectrum CBD you get the full benefits associated with full spectrum CBD and none of the THC that comes with it. While this may sound like a great solution for anyone wanting to try CBD without the risk of testing positive for any trace amounts of THC, broad-spectrum CBD can be very hard to find.
With All These Choices, What Should I Choose?
When shopping for CBD, there isn’t a wrong choice. In a way, it’s more of a personal preference. The first thing many people consider is their job. Does your job drug test? If so, it’s safer for you to go with a CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD oil because all the THC has been removed.
Do you have a sensitive pallet? If the flavor is something you factor, full spectrum, and broad-spectrum CBD will have an earthy flavor, while CBD isolate won’t have any flavor since it has all been removed. Most CBD companies will offer a variety of flavors for their full and broad spectrum oils. While having these options are nice, they don’t always mask the original flavor. That’s not to say the natural flavor of full and broad spectrum CBD oil is bad, I personally enjoy the taste, but some may find it “different” and decide not to take the trip to flavor town.
When shopping for CBD products, effectiveness is something else veteran CBD users think about. In 2015 a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem found full spectrum CBD provided higher levels of relief compared to CBD isolate. The study also demonstrated that full spectrum CBD continued to provide relief as the dose increased, while CBD isolate did not provide the same effect when the dosage was increased. That’s not to say CBD isolate isn’t beneficial. CBD isolate has been proven to be an effective alternative to full spectrum CBD and is preferred by those who can’t or don’t want to ingest THC and by those who don’t like the flavor profile of full and broad spectrum CBD oils.
Still Can’t Decide, Let us Help
We know finding the right CBD product can be difficult at times. We hope this little explanation of the various forms of CBD helped clear a few things up. But if you still have questions about CBD in general or any of the CBD products we carry, please don’t hesitate to reach out.