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Full Spectrum vs. Isolate

Type of CBD

You may have heard people using phrases like “full spectrum” or “isolate” when referring to CBD. Below, we help you understand what they’re talking about and why it matters.

Full Spectrum CBD

What is it?
A whole plant cannabis extract that contains all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, Omega fatty acids, flavonoids, chlorophyll and terpenes.

Why we like it:
A well regarded study shows that full spectrum CBD is provides greater relief than CBD isolate due to the phenomenon of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, essentials vitamins and minerals working together (known as the Entourage Effect).

When we want it:
Full-spectrum CBD is generally our go-to when looking for products meant to provide any kind of meaningful relief. We believe in the power of the entourage effect and want to give our bodies the most holistic remedies possible.

CBD Isolate

What is it?
Purified CBD that has been extracted, isolated from the other cannabinoids and processed to remove all of the oils, plant material, waxes, chlorophyll.

Why we like it:
In many situations, CBD isolate is preferable to full spectrum given that it is completely free of THC, free of contamination (which is always a possibility with unprocessed herbal ingredients), has a consistent and controllable potency, can be standardized, and has no taste or smell.

When we want it:
Whenever we want a more controlled, consistent form of CBD, aren’t interested in THC, OR want to avoid the natural taste and/or smell of cannabis. In skincare products, for example, CBD is used for its antioxidant and free-radical fighting benefits. Here, we want to make sure that we have the cleanest CBD and that we’re getting the same standard dose with every use.

Broad Spectrum CBD

What is it?
Full-spectrum CBD without the THC. It can be made from CBD isolate that’s had other cannabinoids (minus THC) added back to it OR through a process that removes THC from the whole plant extract.

Why we like it:
You get most of the benefits of the entourage effect without the risk of ingesting any THC.

When we want it:
Broad spectrum is great for anyone out there who wants the benefits of the entourage effect but doesn’t want any THC in their body (attention anyone out there who’s worried about drug tests!).