We’re all familiar with the benefits of CBD, and how it can be used to help treat anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, chronic pain, and various other conditions.
But where many people get confused is in understanding the difference between its various spectrums: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. These terms are used to tell the kind of CBD oil a product is made of.
Their chemical compositions are different, each with its unique potential benefit that you may not necessarily get from another.
In this article, we’ll be going over the main differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate so that you’ll know the one(s) that best fits your needs.
But before we get into all that, let’s first understand the basic principle behind the various spectrums.
Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and CBD Isolate: What’s Behind the Difference?
The Cannabis plant, from which CBD is obtained, is a complex plant. It’s made up of hundreds of chemical compounds, some of which are referred to as cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most popular of these cannabinoids, but they’re only a small fraction of the compounds that make up cannabis.
The hemp plant contains other important compounds like other terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids. Together, these compounds are thought to work synergistically to provide what’s called the “entourage effect.”
We give you this background because this is where the difference between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate lies.
Let’s now get to know the various spectrums and their differences.
What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
Full-Spectrum CBD is a type of extract that contains the full spectrum of phytochemicals found in the hemp or cannabis plants. It contains all the cannabinoids naturally present in hemp, including THC, as well as terpenes and flavonoids.
Most full-spectrum CBD products generally contain less than 0.3% THC, which often isn’t enough to elicit any psychoactive effects. Though the THC content of the full-spectrum CBD oil is negligible, consuming it in high doses could trigger a false positive on a drug test. But it typically never causes a “high.”
Let’s now talk about broad-spectrum.