CBD: What's the Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD?

CBD: What's the Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD?

When you look at a CBD product, you may see words such as Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolate on the packaging.  What does this mean? Let us explain!

What is CBD?

what is cbd


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the Cannabis sativa plants.  

CBD, known as cannabidiol, has been noted to possess many potential health benefits.

What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum or “whole plant” products contain everything the cannabis plant contains. That means full-spectrum contain CBD as well as flavonoids, the natural fatty acids found in hemp, terpenes and other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and trace amounts of THC. All these naturally-occurring elements have their own important therapeutic value.

Full spectrum CBD has something called the “entourage effect.” This is the effect when cannabinoids and terpenes are working together in perfect synergy to provide maximum benefit.  

All CBD products are required by law to contain less than 0.3% THC.     

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

Broad spectrum CBD products contain an array of cannabinoids and terpenes but zero THC. Think of Broad Spectrum CBD as Full Spectrum without the THC. 

To create Broad Spectrum CBD, manufacturers will put their products through additional processing to isolate and remove as much trace amounts of THC as possible while preserving the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes. 

Broad Spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC in their system, whether for medical, personal or legal reasons.

In sum, Broad-Spectrum Gummies offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.  

What is Isolate CBD?

Isolate CBD products have been isolated down to just the CBD molecule. These products tend to be cheaper than a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD product.

While CBD isolate offers the benefits associated with CBD, it doesn’t have the complete profile full-spectrum CBD contains.

There is no THC in an Isolate CBD. 

In Summary

Full Spectrum:

Possessing cannabinoids and terpenes and up to the limit of 0.3% THC; achieving a maximum entourage effect

Broad Spectrum:

Possess cannabinoids and terpenes, but no THC; achieve a minimal entourage effect

Isolate CBD:

CBD with no THC, cannabinoids, or terpenes

Final Thoughts

Choosing which CBD product to meet your health needs is a personal choice.

If you want to assure that no THC is present in your product, then Isolate CBD or Broad-Spectrum CBD are probably the best options.

If you do not mind THC and are looking for a product with all the bells and whistles, then Full-Spectrum CBD is your best option. 

As always, check with your health-care provider before taking any CBD product.

At My Pain Center, all our gummy bears and edibles are made of isolate CBD and contain no THC.  While our CBD oils come in a broad-spectrum or isolate form.  If you desire a full-spectrum product, we suggest you take a look at our Panacea Life Sciences capsules


Author: Shereen Kassam

Date: October 01, 2019

Rating: 4.8 / 5

Category: Isolated CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Full Spectrum CBD

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