Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD

Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD

When it comes to CBD there are a lot of options out there. You may often see CBD products described as "broad-spectrum," "full-spectrum," and even "CBD isolate." What's the difference? I get this question a lot and it's a good one.

Full-spectrum CBD essentially includes all of the compounds of the plant. These compounds include CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes (more on that in another post), many botanical compounds, and less than 0.3% of THC. This isn't enough THC to get you "high," but when all the plant compounds work together, they enhance each other's properties (like a fun little social circle) -- making them work better. This leads to something called "the entourage effect." The down side to full-spec CBD for some is that since there's that tiny bit of THC in there, it may show up on a drug test. If you are in a state where recreational cannabis use is legal (yeah NJ!) you don't have to worry, but if you are in a state where cannabis is still illegal and/or you have a job that drug tests you regularly, this may not be the type of CBD for you. This is where broad-spectrum CBD comes in.

Broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the useful cannabinoids, terpenes, and botanicals that full-spec does -- the difference? Broad-spectrum CBD is completely THC-free. You will still get the benefit of "the entourage effect," it just doesn't include THC. Many products are broad-spec and still very effective at what they are meant to do. Remember, you are getting the benefits of all of the other compounds of the plant.


There is one last type of CBD product and this is CBD isolate. This occurs when all of the other plant compounds are stripped away, giving you only the CBD. This can be up to 99% pure CBD. If you are just looking for this cannabinoid, isolate is for you. However, you will not get the benefits of "the entourage effect," as there is only one plant compound present. The benefit is that these products tend to be less expensive and it can be a good place to start if you're a CBD newbie.

Personally, I like to have all three types on hand, as different products work in distinct ways. Some products even compliment each other. So, experiment with high-quality CBD products out there and see what works for you.


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