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Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or Isolate CBD: Which Is Right for You?

CBD oil bottle and dropper with leaves.

There are 3 main types of CBD oils on the cannabinoids spectrum

If you’ve been around people who use hemp or cannabis, you might have heard them talk about choosing between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or Isolate CBD. Let’s take a look at the differences between each type and see what’s best for you.

A Look at the Cannabinoids Spectrum

THC and CBD are the most commonly used compounds (cannabinoids) extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant. 

Methods such as CO2 extraction are used to convert the hemp/cannabis plant into a CBD oil. There are various strains of cannabis, and each one offers different types of end products.

During the extraction process, the company can choose to extract all the cannabinoids or only a few of them. The extract's composition represents whether the oil is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate CBD.

Full Spectrum CBD

A full-spectrum CBD oil will contain all the cannabinoid compounds that can be extracted naturally from the cannabis plant. Good full-spectrum CBD products will usually contain high CBD contents and only relatively small amounts of other minor cannabinoids along with a very low THC concentration (> 0.3%).

Products classified as full spectrum generally provide more relief and therapeutic benefits than the other forms of the cannabinoid spectrum.  

In a full spectrum CBD, all phytochemicals extracted from the plant work together in a process termed "the entourage effect" to enhance the health benefits users experience. 

One drawback of full-spectrum CBD is that high doses can lead to false-positives in drug tests, even though it isn’t psychoactive. 

We recommend full spectrum CBD if:

  • You have severe conditions that can't be solved by broad-spectrum or isolate CBD.

  • Cannabis is legal in your state.

  • You want an "all-natural" experience.

Broad Spectrum CBD

This is the newest extract out of the three in this article. Broad-spectrum CBD is perfect for those looking for a middle ground between full-spectrum CBD and isolate CBD. It contains all the natural cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant. 

However, it goes through a refinery process to remove all traces of any THC compounds. Broad-spectrum CBD also produces the entourage effect that is present in full-spectrum CBD. 

Also, you don't have to worry about getting false-positives in drug tests. One disadvantage of broad-spectrum CBD is that they aren't 'all-natural' like full-spectrum CBD. They are processed to remove THC; however, this processing is not as extensive as in isolate CBD.  

We recommend broad-spectrum CBD if you: 

  • Are sensitive to THC.

  • Don't want a false-positive drug test.

Isolate CBD

This is commonly known as the purest form of CBD. The extraction process removes flavonoids, terpenes and all other compounds from the plant, leaving us only with CBD.

The most significant advantage of using an isolate CBD is that it has a high concentration of CBD (up to 99%) along with no traces of THC. This makes it more affordable than the other forms of cannabinoids. Conversely, there is no entourage effect in isolate CBD products. 

We recommend isolate CBD if you: 

  • Need high doses of CBD.

  • Don't want any flavors.

  • Are sensitive to THC.

Where can I purchase Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or Isolate CBD?

Nothing But Hemp offers a broad range of premium-quality CBD oils. You can find the perfect, safe-to-use CBD from the cannabinoid spectrum.

Visit their store to see the full range of hemp-derived products on offer, or dial (651) 330-9810 to speak to a CBD expert.

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