What’s the Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD & Isolate
If you’ve ever shopped for CBD, you’ve probably seen products that were labelled as full spectrum and some that said they were isolate (you may have even seen something called broad spectrum). All three of these terms refer to different types of cannabis (hemp) extracts that are used to make any number of products, from oils & vapes to edibles and topical creams.
CBD Isolate is purified CBD. When you get a product made from isolate you’re just getting cannabidiol (CBD) and no other cannabinoids. CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is used to treat a number of symptoms such as chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, cancer, MS, insomnia, and many more.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum products contain not only CBD, but trace amounts of all the other cannabinoids including THC (federal and state laws limit the amount of THC in hemp to 0.3%). Some of the lesser known cannabinoids include CBG, CBN, THCV, etc. Full spectrum extracts contain the full essence of the plant rather than just singling out one of the substances.
Broad spectrum isn’t as common as isolate and full spectrum but it’s worth mentioning. Broad spectrum is full spectrum minus the THC. It’s a useful product for people who want the enhanced effectiveness that the other cannabinoids offer while still being assured that they aren’t getting any THC.
Why Choose Isolate, Broad Spectrum, or Full Spectrum?
CBD isolate is good for anyone that is subjected to a drug test. Many people’s jobs require them to be able to pass random drug tests. Taking an isolate gives you the benefits of CBD while also ensuring that you’ll be able to test clean.
Broad spectum products are somewhat less common. They give you a little bump in effectiveness due to the addition of some of the other cannabinoids, but since it doesn’t contain THC it will still allow you to pass a drug test.
Full spectrum is the best choice for those of us lucky enough to not be subjected to drug testing! Studies have shown that the effectiveness of CBD is enhanced by the addition of the trace amounts of other cannbinoids, especially THC. The tiny amount of THC in these products isn’t enough to elicit a high, but it is enough to give CBD a little boost called the entourage effect.
CBD flower is the ultimate in full spectrum. Smoking the flower obviously gives you everthing that the plant contains. You can smoke hemp buds just like marijuana, without the high. For the ultimate experience, vaporize your hemp buds in a dry herb vaporizer!
I like to think of CBD isolate as being like taking a vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for you and you can bet that I’m reaching for a bottle anytime I feel a tickle in my throat! Full spectrum is like getting that same vitamin C from eating an orange rather than taking a pill. The orange still contains vitamin C, but it also has other vitamins, enzymes and flavinoids that all work together to heighten the effectiveness of vitamin C.