What is the difference between full-spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD & CBD isolate?
With so many cannabis products now entering the market, it is very confusing to know what you are buying, it is important like any other food products that you understand what you are putting into your body.
There are three main types of cannabidiol (CBD) that you should know about:
- Full Spectrum CBD
- Broad Spectrum CBD
- CBD isolate
What is the difference between these variations?
1. Full Spectrum CBD:
A full-spectrum CBD product will contain the full array of the cannabis plant extracts, including essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol.
Full-spectrum CBD products will also contain up to 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that produces the ‘high’ feeling in people. However, such a low amount is not strong enough to have significant psychoactive effects. This is important however, as the only way to attain the entourage effect is by having all the cannabis extracts present.
2. Broad-spectrum CBD:
Broad-spectrum CBD contains a variety of additional cannabis plant compounds, however not the full array you will get from a full spectrum oil.
Most broad-spectrum CBD products will contain zero or trace amounts of THC. However, CBD alone without the addition of THC may not be quite as effective, as the entourage effect suggests that the two compounds work best together.
3. CBD Isolate:
CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD. It contains no other cannabis plant compounds. It usually comes from hemp plants, which usually contains very low amounts of THC. CBD isolate is generally ground up and sold as a powder or in crystal form.
The effects of CBD isolate may be less notable compared to using a full-spectrum CBD product. It is suggested that CBD isolate’s effects against pain and inflammation may only occur at a specific dose. This is in contrast to full-spectrum products, where effects increase as the dosage does.
Why we only use a full spectrum CBD:
Full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabis plant compounds; it may have a more potent effect than pure CBD. Research suggests that CBD’s health benefits may be more prominent when multiple compounds from the cannabis plant are present. This is what researchers call the ‘entourage effect.’
A study in 2018 suggests that full-spectrum CBD is more effective for pain than CBD isolate because of the combined effects of CBD and THC. Another major advantage of full-spectrum CBD is that it is less processed than CBD isolate. The method we use is via a cold pressed extraction to ensure that the oil remains in its purest form.
If you have any additional questions on our CBD oil or any other CBD related questions, please do get in touch and we will be happy to have a chat.