The type of CBD extract in a product can make all the difference. Here’s how to determine whether your prefer isolate, broad or full spectrum CBD!
By: Jon Huffman-Eddy
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be lost in a forest? Well, if you’re trying to decide which of the CBD products on the market is right for you, then you already have an idea of what it might feel like. Between vape juices, tinctures, edibles and the countless other forms of CBD, finding the perfect product can be a little stressful. Fortunately, navigating this particular forest doesn’t come with any venomous snakes or piranhas, and it doesn’t even require that you wear pants while on the search. Still, it can certainly feel like an utter waste of time; one that leaves you with a headache, and maybe even makes you sweat.
One way to find your true north amidst all these shiny CBD options is to determine what form of CBD is inhabiting a particular product. If we know a little bit more about that, then with a little luck, we can land ourselves in a position to determine what products interest us the most.
At this stage in the evolution of CBD, we have three main types of hemp extract: isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum. What sets them apart? Well, we’re happy you asked.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid that was discovered in 1940 and is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. Also present in the plant are terpenes and flavonoids. Together, these can affect the flavor and overall experience of the user. Now, before we go any further, it’s important to note that when we’re talking about CBD, we’re talking about hemp, which is where all industrial CBD extracts originate. By working with hemp instead of other cannabis plants, we’re able to get the highest quality oil.
After CBD oil has been extracted from the hemp plant, it goes through an additional process that removes all those other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. CBD isolate has the advantage of being the purest and most potent form of CBD. It often contains upwards of 90% CBD.
One other advantage of CBD isolate is that it’s flavorless and odorless, making it a perfect accompaniment to vape juices, such as this Strawberry Kiwi blend. Without any of the earthiness that other CBD extracts can bring, you can enjoy the full range of natural flavorings in all of your favorite products.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD can be considered a bit more assertive than your everyday isolate. This type of CBD is the unadulterated result of whichever extraction method a brand uses to secure its CBD oil. At CBDfx, we use what’s known as supercritical CO2, which allows us to glean all the best bits of the hemp plant without leaving any solvent in the final product. What you get with a full spectrum extract is all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that a given plant produces, including less than 0.3% THC, meaning that you won’t experience any of the psychoactive effects associated with the compound. This yields a particular flavor profile and a range of other unique compounds to enjoy, including CBN, CBG and CBDA.
Full spectrum CBD products are great if you’re looking for a tincture or a topical; they allow you to experience the quality of life improvements that come with CBD! While full spectrum products, you can expect to taste the earthiness of the hemp plant. This is due to the inclusion of terpenes in the extract, which are what give the hemp plant its flavor and aroma. However, while present, these flavors don’t overpower the fruity flavoring and aromas that co-exist with it within a given product.
Broad Spectrum CBD
With broad spectrum CBD, what you get is a hybrid of sorts that combines qualities of both full spectrum and isolate CBD. Once it has been extracted, the oil goes through a secondary process that finds the cannabinoid THC and separates it from the rest of the extract, while leaving all the other ingredients intact. This type of CBD will especially interest you if you’re looking for the collaborative effects of flavonoids and terpenes, the latter of which are particularly important to hemp oil because of the way in which the terpenes interact with cannabinoids and flavonoids. Since this type of extract is useful in eliminating the THC found in a CBD hemp extract, it’s also the ideal type of extract for those who don’t want to take any chance at consuming CBD while still wanting to enjoy the extract’s terpenes and additional cannabinoids.
Broad spectrum CBD integrates particularly well into gummies and other edibles because of its workability into everyday life. Our CBD gummies are the absolute pinnacle of CBD edibles, because they’re made with a combination of high-quality CBD and essential vitamins and nutrients that are the key to maintaining your personal wellness.
Hopefully you’ve found something of a compass in the above material, but if you have any questions about CBDfx, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know. Given what you now know, find out what type of extract is best for you!