The Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate

How can you tell if you’re getting what you want from a CBD product? The key is understanding the differences between full spectrum vs. broad-spectrum vs CBD Isolate.

In honor of National CBD Day this Monday, August 8th, we wanted to take the time to break down the difference between these different extraction methods and talk about why they actually matter when purchasing cannabis-derived and hemp-derived CBD products.  

Full Spectrum CBD

To put it simply, full-spectrum CBD products contain the full profile of cannabis compounds including all cannabinoids such as the psychoactive component THC, terpenes, and other beneficial goodies. The extraction methods used to create full-spectrum CBD products help ensure that as much of the cannabis plant is infused into the final product, working together to provide the most optimal therapeutic effect. In a 2018 study, research showed that full-spectrum CBD,  in comparison to CBD Isolate, offered much higher levels of relief. This is because cannabinoids like CBD and THC are synergistic, meaning they can’t do their job without one another. 

Broad Spectrum CBD

True broad-spectrum products are full-spectrum cannabis products without the THC.  In other words, you take a full-spectrum product and refine it one step further by removing the THC in it. If you are sensitive to THC, concerned about THC showing up on a drug test,  or just enjoy a CBD-rich product and want the most natural terpenes, then a broad-spectrum product may be for you.

CBD Isolate

Isolate sounds a lot like isolated, which gives us a clue into what it is. Whereas full-spectrum is about retaining as many of the compounds found in the cannabis plant as possible, isolate is about isolating just CBD from the plant. While CBD isolate might not be as promising from a therapeutic standpoint, this product is good for someone who is highly sensitive to most all cannabis compounds.

Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate

Which type of product is right for you will always depend on your goals. Each has benefits, from minimal processing to precise dosing.

If you want to make sure that your product has undergone the minimum amount of processing, seek out full-spectrum products. If you want a product that has a high concentration of CBD only then an isolate-derived product may be best for you. 

Now, it’s not always clear how a product has been made when purchasing hemp-derived CBD online so it’s important to go to a licensed dispensary to learn more about the type of extraction methods each product uses and why. You can also take a look at the COA (Certificate of Analysis) for a particular product to see exactly what’s in it. Any cannabis product you buy from a licensed dispensary is always lab-tested with a COA so you best know what you’re putting into your body.

And if it matters to you, don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable cannabis advisors at our Venice dispensary. We’re on the block to make sure you have the best cannabis experience possible!

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