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If you’ve looked into CBD at all, then you’ve probably heard terms like broad spectrum, isolate, and full spectrum. But what do they mean? In short, they’re all types of CBD products.
Let’s start with your Endocannabinoid System — a web of receptors in your nervous system that are balanced by naturally produced cannabinoids. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is responsible for important biological systems and functions like mood, pain-sensation, memory, and sleep. The ECS plays a key role in your body’s health and overall wellness.
While our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, the hemp and cannabis plant also produce a variety of cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC. Depending on what cannabinoids are present, it will determine if the product is isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum.
What Is Isolate CBD?
CBD Isolate is pure CBD extract from the hemp plant. All other cannabinoids, terpenes, and botanical extracts have been removed. The pure CBD isolate is then typically mixed with consumable oils like MCT oil and essential oils.
With isolate CBD, you get all the benefits of CBD without the unwanted psychoactive effects of THC making it a great place to start for new CBD users.
What Is Broad Spectrum CBD?
While CBD may be the most well known cannabinoid, it definitely is not the only one. Hemp has over 100 different cannabinoids! Broad spectrum CBD products include all the cannabinoids and terpenes except for THC.
Similar to isolate, broad spectrum CBD provides all the great benefits plus the entourage effect from multiple cannabinoids without the unwanted psychoactive or “high” feeling.
Broad spectrum drops are a holistic approach to your wellness, while still being non-psychoactive.
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What About Full Spectrum CBD?
As you may guess, full spectrum products include even more cannabinoids — including psychoactive ones like THC.
The presence of psychoactive THC is the major difference between full spectrum and the first two types of CBD we discussed. You’ll likely experience that “high” feeling with full spectrum drops, and they will show up on drug tests.
Another difference is the actual plant each is harvested from. Full spectrum CBD can be extracted from either the marijuana plant or hemp plant. CBD products must come from the hemp plant. Yes, both are Cannabis plants, however hemp has less than 0.3% THC.
What’s the Right CBD for Me?
Here are a couple quick highlights to help you decide what type of CBD product is best for you:
- Isolate is only CBD — just pure CBD goodness, no other cannabinoids or terpenes
- Broad Spectrum is pack with all the other amazing non-psychoactive cannabinoids + terpenes for the most impact — still THC-Free
- Full Spectrum is like broad spectrum plus THC and psychoactive effects
Ultimately, you know yourself best and what will work best for your body and routine. If you’re new to CBD and want to dip your toe in, then we recommend trying a CBD isolate. If you’re ready to dive right in but still want to avoid THC, then the entourage effect of broad spectrum CBD is a great fit. If you’re looking for the most powerful CBD experience and don’t mind the effects of THC, then you would probably be happiest with a full spectrum product.