You may have seen while shopping for CBD products that some are labeled as either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or CBD isolate. But are they the same?
We take you through the difference, so you know which is the best type of CBD oil for you.
Oil From CBD Isolate
To create CBD isolate, raw CBD oil goes through a process of filtering all plant parts, terpenes and flavours until only pure CBD in crystal powder is left. From there, the CBD powder is mixed with an oil soluble carrier (such as MCT coconut oil or hemp seed oil).
While the final product will have the same CBD as full-spectrum CBD oil, it will not have other beneficial compounds. There’s no risk of psychoactive effects and generally considered to be safe, tasteless and ordorless. You will not test positive for THC. However, CBD isolate does not deliver enhanced benefits of entire cannabis plant.
CBD Isolate uses
- First-time users that may be hesitant about other cannabinoids
- Individuals who were recommended to take high doses of CBD
- Individuals with sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids
- Individuals who regularly undergo drug screening tests
- Individuals who prefer light flavors or no flavor
- Individuals living in places that have strict THC-laws
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oil means the plant goes through an extraction process to remove impurities like chlorophyll, waxes and lipids. The THC is also removed (0.0%), meaning there’s no psychoactive effects. It is likely to have a strong, natural flavour and odor.
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil uses
- First-time users that are hesitant about THC.
- Conditions that CBD isolate alone could not alleviate.
- Those with a sensitivity to THC.
- Living in locations where THC is banned.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-Spectrum CBD oil contains other cannabinoids such as CBC, CBD, CBDa, CBDV, CBG and less than 0.3% trace of THC. Ingesting multiple parts of the plant has greater benefits in comparison to just consuming CBD alone (also referred to as “The Entourage Effect”). These all have a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, terpenes and flavonoids to support your well-being. It can also have strong natural flavor and odor.
Full-Spectrum CBD oil uses
- Those with severe conditions.
- Those who require a certain THC/CBD ratio.
- Those who live in areas where cannabis is completely legal.
Full-Spectrum Hemp vs Cannabis
Another major difference to look out for with full spectrum CBD extract is if it’s from a hemp or cannabis plant. Full spectrum extracted from hemp contains little to no THC, as it’s been bred to a level of under 0.3% THC. Full spectrum cannabis extracts contain higher amounts of THC, and may be illegal in your location.