What is the Difference between Full-Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate?

  • by Lourdes Staff
What is the Difference between Full-Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate?

The cannabis plant is an incredibly diverse and complex organism. In a single plant, there are hundreds of different compounds that interact with one another in a variety of ways, producing many beneficial effects. This can cause some confusion when it comes to choosing the best CBD products on the market. Here we'll take a look at the difference between full-spectrum vs broad spectrum vs CBD isolate.

What are the types of CBD?

CBD comes in a variety of forms, including full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate.

  • Full-Spectrum CBD: The most common form of CBD is full-spectrum. This refers to the natural formulation that includes the terpenes and all the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
  • Broad-Spectrum CBD: Broad spectrum CBD includes all the cannabinoids found in hemp but has the THC component removed. The ratio of broad-spectrum oil prevents the entourage effect from taking place.
  • CBD Isolate: This type of extract has been created by removing all the cannabinoids, except CBD, all the terpenes and flavonoids from raw trichomes using a solvent known as PGMP (propylene glycol). It is then further refined into pure isolate d CBD.

What is Full-Spectrum CBD oil?

Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. This means that it delivers a full range of effects, not just one isolated compound. This is important because different cannabinoids and terpenes have different effects on your body.

Full-spectrum CBD oil, because the trace amounts of THC are left in the oil provide what is known as the entourage effect.  This means the oil works better as the cannabinoids enhance one another’s effects on the body.  Using the aerial parts of the plant, leaving all the cannabinoids increases the efficacy of the oil’s

Broad Spectrum CBD oil?

A broad-spectrum CBD product is a full spectrum CBD with some other cannabinoids removed. Broad spectrum CBD is the most common type of CBD oil, and it's usually much more expensive than full spectrum.

Broad spectrum products have been refined to leave all cannabinoids except for THC, which prevents the entourage effect from happening.

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is only CBD with no other components from the plant. It's 99% pure and can be used for vaping, edibles, tinctures and topicals.  CBD isolate is very different from full-spectrum CBD oil because it doesn't contain any trace amounts of the other cannabinoids or terpenes that are found in a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum oil.

It does not have as much medicinal properties as it leaves out the more than 100 other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.

A common misconception is that full-spectrum and broad spectrum are the same thing. While the two are similar in their use of cannabinoids other than THC, full-spectrum products contain terpenes and flavonoids, which can have a positive impact on your health. The main difference between broad-spectrum and isolates is that isolates only contain CBD as opposed to other compounds minus THC found in broad spectrum oils.  Full-spectrum CBD oil provides the complete cannabinoid profile and has the most benefits of the three available.


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