How Do I Choose Between Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, Or Full-Spectrum CBD?
How do I choose between Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, or Full-Spectrum CBD?
If you have found this page- you probably already know a lot about CBD. You have done the right amount of research, and you are researching now to learn more. Understanding the difference between Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, and Full-Spectrum will help educate you so that you can decide on which kind of CBD is best for you. First, let’s take a look at the definition of each kind. Then we can separate the pros and cons, and what kind of people use which kind of CBD.
What is Isolate?
CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD and the most chosen form of CBD for users who are sensitive to THC or users who cannot have THC show up in any drug tests. This is because during the extraction process, everything contained in the plant, such as THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, and chlorophyll, is removed EXCEPT for the CBD. This leaves CBD in its purest form- typically 99.9% pure. There are NO traceable amounts of THC in Isolate. An easy way to remember the difference is that isolate contains just one compound, CBD, in “isolation” from all of the others.
What is Broad Spectrum?
Broad-Spectrum CBD is less known than Isolate or Full-Spectrum but falls in the middle of the two for its effectiveness. Broad-Spectrum uses all of the compounds of the plant EXCEPT the THC.
When we say they use all of the compounds- you must first understand that CBD – short for Cannabidiol is only one of over 200 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Many users upgrade to a Broad-Spectrum so they can enjoy and receive the additional benefits of other compounds, in addition to the CBD. Each cannabinoid brings a unique benefit to your health. When adding additional cannabinoids by using a Broad-Spectrum, the health benefits to your body are incredible.
When using Broad-Spectrum CBD, users can enjoy the additional benefits from these cannabinoids as well.
CBN Cannabidiol- promotes sleep
CBC Cannabichromenc- anti-inflammation
CBG Cannabigerol- reduces eye pressure, reduces inflammation in bowels, reduces pain and nausea
CBDA Cannabidiol Acid- the raw form of CBD- anti-inflammation
What is Full-Spectrum?
Full-Spectrum means the “whole-plant” is used. Everything the cannabis plant contains is used. Nothing is extracted out. In Full-Spectrum, you get CBD, along with all of the additional cannabinoids as mentioned above in Broad-Spectrum, CBN, CBC, CBG, and CBDA. You also get terpenes which are the flavorings that add the earthy aroma and taste as well, giving you the benefits of aromatherapy. Last but certainly not least, Full-Spectrum gives you trace amounts of THC, which many scientists believe activate the other cannabinoids even more.
THC provides the entourage effect, which is the plant’s overall psychoactive effects that produce a euphoric feeling.
Full-Spectrum gives you all of the benefits of the cannabis plant.
Isolate, Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum- Pros and Cons
- No THC. No risk of failing a drug test.
- Odorless and flavorless.
- The most concentrated form of CBD.
- Doesn’t offer additional benefits found in other cannabinoids.
- Offers users the full benefits of all cannabinoids CBD, CBN, CBG, CBDA.
- No THC. No risk of getting high.
- Less processed than Isolate.
- Has a strong earthy flavor.
- Less researched.
- Offers users the full benefits of all of the cannabinoids CBD, CBN, CBG, CBDA.
- Offers users the benefits of Terpenes.
- Offers users the benefits of THC.
- Has a powerful earthy flavor of hemp.
- Will show up on drug testing.
Now that we have laid out the definitions and the pros and cons to Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, and Full-Spectrum CBD, let’s look into what each kind is best for.
Isolate is best for people:
- Who work in jobs where they are drug tested and cannot risk THC showing up.
- Users who are sensitive to THC.
- Users who do not like the earthy taste and smell.
Broad-Spectrum is best for people:
- Users who cannot use THC but want to gain the benefits of all of the cannabinoids.
- Users who cannot fail a drug test.
Full-Spectrum is best for people:
- Users who have more severe conditions or chronic pain.
- Users who want to experience the entourage effect.
Now that you know the differences between Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, and Full-Spectrum, you can see how deciding which one is best for you is a personal choice.