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September 4, 2020

Breaking Down Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and CBD Isolate



Breaking Down CBD Full-Spectrum_ Broad-Spectrum_ and Isolate

So, you’ve taken a leap into the vast world of CBD, but there’s one slight issue. You’re starting to notice different products are made with different types of CBD oil. 

What’s the deal?

You’re wondering how it’s different if it’s all CBD? Furthermore, how will these differences manifest as far as effects go? 

These are all valid questions and concerns, especially if you’ve only just dipped your toe into the waters of CBD.

What kind of product is best for you? When’s the best time to take it? And now you’ve got these three choices in front of you: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. 

Allow us to break down these three CBD oil types and give you everything you need to make an informed decision. 

The Beginning: It All Starts with the Crops

No matter what kind of CBD oil you opt for, it all goes through similar farming methods. 

The agricultural hemp production methods have come quite a long way since The Farm Bill of 2018 lifted the negative connotation of cannabis.

You’ve probably heard us say this before. Still, it’s essential to find companies growing their hemp with organic techniques because the end result is an overall cleaner product.

This is why we said “similar” methods because some companies have more involved farming and sourcing methods. 

The First Extraction Process: Full-Spectrum Oil

After the crops have reached their optimal state, it’s time to prep them for the extraction process. There are many extraction methods, but you want a company utilizing the CO2-extraction process because it doesn’t leave any chemical residue behind.

Besides, when a company takes the time, effort, and additional resources required to grow their crops organically, it’s highly unlikely they’ll opt for an extraction process that negates all their hard work.

The hemp plants are crushed and ground up, and ultimately processed into a full-spectrum oil. It contains all of the phytochemicals found within the hemp plant—CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). 

Although there are trace amounts of THC, it’s still considered non-psychoactive because it’s such a tiny amount of THC. 

Many believe one of the main benefits of full-spectrum is how it enhances the therapeutic experience due to the naturally occurring compounds still present in the oil. This enables something called the “entourage effect.” It’s when all of those compounds work synergistically to produce enhanced therapeutic effects. 

A downside to full-spectrum oil is the slight possibility of a false positive on a drug test due to those trace amounts of THC.  Additionally, since it contains the full spectrum of the plant’s naturally occurring compounds, it carries a more robust hemp flavor and aroma. 

The Follow-Up Extraction Process: Broad-Spectrum Oil

Broad-spectrum oil goes through the exact same process as full-spectrum oil, but it undergoes an additional phase that pulls trace amounts of THC from the oil. 

At one time, people believed you couldn’t access the entourage effect because you’ve extracted the trace amounts of THC. However, you still have other helpful cannabinoids and terpene profiles in the oil that enable the entourage effect. It won’t be as pronounced as the full-spectrum option, but it’s still there. 

Overall, broad-spectrum oil is excellent for people who’d like to keep their distance from THC, and this option allows you to use CBD daily and not worry about a false-positive drug screening. 

It’s also great for people who may not have the best memories associated with THC and avoid it altogether. 

Simply put, broad-spectrum oil is a great middle-ground for consumers. You have some of the naturally-occurring compounds, but not the troublesome ones. 

Total Extraction: CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD—99% pure CBD. Some people prefer the versatility CBD isolate provides because it’s tasteless and odorless compared to the previous options. 

This has much to do with the fact it contains no additional cannabinoids, terpenes, or essential oils. 

However, this is where some people consider the downside to come into play. Since it is pure CBD, there are no other compounds present in the oil for any synergistic effects. 

So, What’s the “Entourage Effect?” 

As stated above, the entourage effect is the synergistic relationship between the different compounds present in the oil. There are over 100 other compounds present in the hemp plant, and each one has a unique way of boosting the therapeutic effects of your CBD oil. 

Aside from these compounds, terpenes bring their own particular skillset to the party. Some people only credit terpenes for taste and smell, but they all have specific benefits. In fact, the cannabis plant is known to have over 200 different terpene profiles. 

It’s the natural chemical composition of a plant that gives a distinct aroma. Nonetheless, these terpenes also have a hand in the production of the entourage effect. 

Moving Forward with CBD Oil Choices

As you can see, these are three different CBD oil options available and all have their pros and cons. 

It’s all about aligning with your preferences. 

If you want to take advantage of the whole plant, look into full-spectrum oils. 

Alternatively, if you want to veer away from those trace amounts of THC, look into broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate options. This is especially helpful if you have routine drug tests you have to take and can’t risk the possibility of failing a drug test—false positive or not!

If the latter isn’t much of a concern, it’s a good idea to test them all and see which CBD oil options work best for your personal body chemistry. While some of us may think we want the full-spectrum process, we may enjoy the experience of CBD isolate more. 

You don’t know until you try. There are many different options, product-wise, so get ready to have some fun during the experimentation process!

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Did you know?

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