BROAD SPECTRUM VS. FULL SPECTRUM

While shopping for CBD you might have come across products labeled “broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and CBD isolates” although they sound similar they all mean many different things.

So, what do they mean and how are they different?

The difference is in how the CBD is extracted full spectrum or otherwise known as a whole plant extraction is extracted using the entire plant this process allows for THC of up to .3% and many other cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum contains all the same cannabinoids that you will get in a full-plant extraction the only difference is the THC is completely removed from the final extraction. CBD isolate is simply when CBD is isolated from all other cannabinoids and is in its purest form .

What Are Cannabinoids, and Why Do They Matter?

What is CBD Isolate?

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

What Type of CBD Should You Use?

CBD Isolate

Pros — 

  • The purest form of CBD
  • No risk of psychoactive effects
  • Generally considered to be safe
  • Tasteless and odorless
  • Will not test positive for THC*

Cons — 

  • Does not deliver the enhanced benefits of the entire Cannabis plant
Best For:

 

  • Individuals who were recommended to specifically take high doses of CBD
  • Individuals with sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids
  • Individuals who regularly undergo drug screening tests
  • Individuals who prefer light flavors or no flavor
  • Individuals living in states that have strict THC-laws
  • First-time users that may be hesitant about other cannabinoids

Full Spectrum CBD

Pros — 

  • Offers the full benefits of the Cannabis plant (Entourage Effect)
  • Undergoes fewer processes

Cons — 

  • May have psychoactive sedative, and other possibly unwanted side-effects
  • May show up on drug tests
  • THC-content may cause legal complications
  • May have a strong natural flavor and odor
Best For:

 

  • Individuals who were recommended a certain THC to CBD ratio
  • Individuals with more severe conditions or conditions that CBD isolate and Broad Spectrum could not alleviate
  • Individuals living in states where Cannabis is legal

Broad Spectrum CBD

Pros — 

  • Offers the full benefits of the Cannabis plant (Entourage Effect)
  • No risk of psychoactive effects

Cons — 

  • Less research and availability
  • May have strong, natural flavor and odor
Best For:

 

  • Individuals with conditions that CBD isolate alone could not alleviate
  • Individuals with sensitivity to THC
  • Individuals living in states that have strict THC-laws
  • First-time users that are hesitant about THC