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

With CBD’s new growth spurt in popularity, more and more questions are being asked each day about the plant compound. One of the most questions most often asked is what is the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD isolate?  

They’re not the same, but if you bought one type without knowing the difference, don’t worry! Curiosity won’t kill this cat. Each type comes with its own benefits and characteristics, and we’ve put together this guide to help clear up some of the common misconceptions about the differences between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD isolate so you can be secure and satisfied in the type you choose.  

The primary difference between each type of CBD is how many other compounds they contain.

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Full Spectrum CBD products typically contain up to 0.3% of THC which is the industry standard for how much THC is allowed in CBD products.

THC is the primary cannabinoid found in marijuana plants and it’s what makes cannabis users feel the typical stoner high. You know, the hungry, loafy kind of high, though the amounts in Full Spectrum CBD aren’t enough to cause this high unless you consume large doses.  

Full Spectrum CBD contains all the compounds from the hemp plant from which it’s extracted, such as terpenes, essential vitamins and minerals, and other cannabinoids. Because all of these compounds remain, Full Spectrum CBD is said to have the “entourage effect,” which basically means, because it contains all of these compounds, it maximizes the health benefits of the CBD product. Some of these benefits include reducing anxiety, seizures, and pain.  

What is Broad Spectrum CBD

On the other hand, Broad Spectrum CBD doesn’t contain any THC at all. In theory. Some products can contain very small, trace amounts of THC but it’s virtually undetectable, which means no matter how much Broad Spectrum CBD you take, there won’t be any chance you’ll experience a psychoactive effect and it won’t show up on any kind of lab test.  

Just like Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD contains other types of cannabinoids as well.  Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), and Cannabichromene (CBC) are just a few you’ll find in these CBD types and each have their own medicinal properties that add to the overall health benefits. With Broad Spectrum CBD, you’re getting essentially the same health effects as Full Spectrum CBD without the worry of getting high or failing a drug test if you take too high of a dosage.  

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD Isolate is a bit different than Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD in that it only contains CBD and isn’t co-working with other types of cannabinoids.

CBD Isolate is an option for those who intend to avoid even the most trace amounts of THC and who are content with only using the CBD compound as you won’t find CBG, CBN, or CBC in these products. CBD Isolate is a good choice to determine if you only want to try CBD without other compounds increasing or affecting the desired result.  

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