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Types of CBD: Full-Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, & Isolate

Published February 8, 2021

So you have decided to start using CBD, but are struggling to figure out how you want to take it, as there are multiple different cannabinoids to choose from. The 3 most common of course being Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate. In this blog, I’m going to break down the differences to help make your selection a little easier.

Full-Spectrum CBD

hemp seeds, cbd oil, and hemp leafFirst off, we have Full-Spectrum CBD. If you choose a full-spectrum, that means it contains all phytochemicals that are naturally found in the plant including cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils and a low amount of THC content (below .3% THC to be exact!) Although the THC content is near 0 and Full-Spectrum CBD does not cause a non-psychoactive response (meaning it doesn’t intoxicate you), consuming high doses of this CBD daily can get you a false positive on a drug test.

All of the cannabinoids in full spectrum CBD work with the CBD for what is called the "entourage effect." This means that all chemicals work together to make the effects better than just CBD alone. Other cannabinoids that are found in full spectrum CBD are in much lower quantities than the CBD, but cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, and trace amounts of Delta 8 THC (as well as many others!) can be found in full spectrum CBD.

Find out more about Delta 8 in our article What is Delta 8 THC?

Broad Spectrum CBD

Next, we have Broad Spectrum CBD, which contains everything Full-Spectrum does and all other compounds found within the plant, except for THC which has been completely removed during the initial extraction. To put it simply, broad-spectrum is a mixture of full-spectrum and isolate (we will get to that later) as it contains the entire cannabinoid spectrum (except for THC of course).

CBD Isolate

Finally, we have CBD isolate, the purest form of the compound as it is pulled from its natural environment and then has all other ingredients removed. It is typically extracted out of hemp as it has a non-existent THC content and if you are interested in trying our very own CBD Isolate, I encourage you to check out our Lemon Crumble. 

CBD broad spectrum, full spectrum, and isolate differences chart

In summary, none of these products are necessarily better than the other, as they all impact the body in a specific way. It is really up to the individual to decide what they want, and that usually includes a bit of trial-and-error. Check out our variety of CBD products

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