Types of CBD: Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate

By April 17, 20202 Comments

CBD comes in a wide range of products, anywhere from oils for ingestion to lotions for beauty. Not only do you have many products to pick from, but the types of CBD products come in different spectrums. This means that each of the different spectrums has its own chemical compounds. With some having THC and all of the properties from the cannabis plant to others not having any THC. 

CBD Isolate:

Isolated CBD is the purest form of CBD. It has absolutely no other cannabinoids associated with it and is perfect for people who may be sensitive to other cannabinoids like THC or terpenes. 

CBD isolate is 99% CBD without anything added into it. To get it to a high percentage it goes through a refining process to extract all of the other cannabinoids. This extraction process makes it very difficult to produce CBD isolate. 

Isolate is usually made into a powder, crystal, or CBD concentrates and would be used for vaping CBD. Nowadays companies have been adding the powders into edibles, capsules, and oils. 

CBD isolate cannot get you high, it is purely CBD with no THC so you will never get a psychoactive effect. This is perfect if you know you will have to undergo drug screenings at work. 

Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oil is usually used more than Isolate due to the enhanced effects, but Isolate is still beneficial at the right dosage. 

Full Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD, unlike Isolate CBD, contains every part of the plant material. Yes, this means THC. Let me explain that CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and not the marijuana plant. The hemp plant contains very low levels of THC less than 0.3% actually. 

The percentage of THC in a Full-spectrum CBD product will not get you high, but taking enough of it for a period of time may show up on a drug test. The THC and other cannabinoids combine to deliver the most therapeutic benefits referred to as the “entourage effect.” 

Combining all of the elements of the hemp oils will give you the most therapeutic effects. That is of course if you are okay with having a little bit of THC in your CBD, if not the broad-spectrum CBD will be perfect for you. 

Broad Spectrum 

This is our middle ground! Broad-spectrum will give you all of the benefits of CBD just like Full-spectrum, but without THC. It will still give you the same entourage effect but without having to worry about THC. 

This starts as a full-spectrum with the full range of cannabinoids then go through a refinement process to draw out all of the THC. There still might be traces of THC, so you will always want to see a lab report to make sure that it is what you want. 

Final Thoughts

Now you know what each of them is and what they have the potential to do you can make the decision about which will be the best for you. There is no right or wrong CBD it is up to your needs and which one you think will deliver the most health benefits. 

Customer advisory 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. No product listed or sold on this site is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Products should be used only as directed on the label. They should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product. These products contain less than 0.3% THC.