The Difference between Broad-Spectrum CBD, Full-Spectrum CBD, and Isolate CBD?

The Difference between Broad-Spectrum CBD, Full-Spectrum CBD, and Isolate CBD?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant.  There are many cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plants.  The two most prevalent components found in these plants are:  CBD, non-psychoactive component and THC, psychoactive component.  CBD, known as cannabidiol, has been noted to possess many potential health benefits.


CBD products can be manufactured in various ways:

  1. Broad Spectrum - Possess cannabinoids and terpenes, but no THC; achieve a minimal entourage effect

  2. Full Spectrum - Possessing more chemicals including cannabinoids and terpenes and up to the limit of 0.3% THC; achieving a maximum entourage effect

  3. Isolate - CBD with no THC, cannabinoids, or terpenes


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

Studies suggest that full-spectrum CBD is superior to CBD isolate because of its extended cannabinoid and terpene profile that creates a desirable entourage effect. 

And while CBD isolate offers the benefits associated with CBD itself, it doesn’t present the complete profile full-spectrum CBD contains.


Full-Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum or “whole plant” products contain everything the cannabis plant contains. That means they 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 of cannabinoids and terpenes are working together in perfect synergy.

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


Isolate CBD

Isolate CBD products are labeled as being the purest CBD product depending on how they are processed. These products have been isolated down to just the CBD molecule. They possess no other active ingredients to provide high doses of CBD that are separate from the other cannabinoids and terpenes.  This type of product is generally processed as a white powder or as a mix with a carrier oil.  T

There is no THC in an Isolate CBD. 


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 require the entourage effect, then Full-Spectrum CBD or Broad-Spectrum CBD are the choices for you.

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







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