You may have seen while shopping for CBD products that some are labeled as either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or CBD isolate. But are these CBD products the same, and are they all legal in South Africa?
We take you through the difference, so you know the best type of CBD oil for you.
Oil From CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate contains only CBD. 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).
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 the entire 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 contains CBD along with other beneficial cannabinoids found in the plant such as CBG, CBN and CBC. The THC is removed entirely or to 0.001% – the legal limit in South Africa. Studies have proven ingesting multiple parts of the plant can magnify therapeutic benefits in comparison to CBD alone. Since there’s only traces of THC, you won’t get high. It might have a strong, natural flavour and odor.
Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil uses
- Conditions that CBD isolate alone could not alleviate.
- Those that want to benefit from other cannabinoids.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Full-Spectrum CBD oil contains CBD along with other cannabinoids including THC, making it illegal to purchase in South Africa. As cultivation of marijuana is legal in South Africa, you could make your own Full-Spectrum CBD oil which includes THC.
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.
- Those who can grow their own cannabis in South Africa