Difference between Full-Spectrum, Isolate, and Broad Spectrum

First of all - what the f#%^k is CBD?

Cannabidiol, CBD for short, is a chemical compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. There are at least 100 known cannabinoid found within the hemp plant. CBD, like popularly known Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are two of many of such cannabinoids. Unlike it's popular counterpart, hemp-derived CBD does not have any psycho-active effects - meaning to say that it will not get you "high". This compound is known to aid with anxiety, sleep, and aches & pains. There are various processes in which CBD is extracted. In the CO2 extraction process, it removes unwanted pollutants within the hemp plant while still retaining the entirety of its natural compounds.

What is Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD is inclusive of other natural compounds in addition to CBD, Full-spectrum CBD retains many other cannabinoids, terpenes, and other components from the plant which help provide fuller, therapeutic benefits. This is because all of the components are able to work harmoniously together, a phenomenon now coined, "The Entourage Effect." Full-spectrum undergoes less processing relative to CBD Isolate, which we will talk about next!

And finally, Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD is what we like to call the happy medium between full-spectrum and isolate. Broad spectrum does contain other cannabinoids that are preserved from the hemp plant like full-spectrum, however, THC levels are zero. 


Next up! Isolate

CBD isolate is just as the name suggests. The other cannabinoid components are extracted, leaving only pure CBD extract. It undergoes a more thorough and rigorous refining process in order to get it into this state. Since there are no other components remaining, there is no Entourage Effect which Full-Spectrum provides. This means that the CBD does not have the other various essential cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. to synergistically work with CBD in order to enhance its benefits.