Full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate are all extracts from the hemp plant. What makes them different, you ask? The number of naturally-occurring phytochemicals (like other cannabinoids and terpenes) each contains in addition to CBD. Each type of CBD offers an array of benefits and none are better than the other; the choice that’s best for you is dependent on a number of factors, including personal preferences.
With that said, let’s dive in...
Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD comes with all the bells and whistles. Aside from CBD, it comes with all other phytochemicals naturally found in the hemp plant, including trace cannabinoids (like THC), terpenes and essential oils. Full Spectrum CBD must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered legal in the US. That’s not enough to get you high, in case you were wondering.
Think of it as a brand new car, complete with automatic everything (cannabinoids, including THC), the iconic new car smell (terpenes), and a sunroof (essential oils).
The Full Spectrum of active compounds extracted from hemp, often referred to as whole plant medicine, work synergistically to enhance the potential therapeutic benefits of each individual compound. This phenomenon is known as the Entourage Effect. A tenet of this theory is that the compounds found in hemp, this applies for cannabis-derived compounds as well, are more effective together than any one compound on its own.
Although there’s not enough THC to induce a high or euphoria, those who are particularly sensitive to THC may experience mild sedative or other unwanted side effects. Another thing to note: Full Spectrum CBD may give you a false positive during a drug test if you regularly consume high doses of CBD.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Continuing with our analogy of CBD as a new car, Broad Spectrum CBD has everything that Full Spectrum has to offer except the seats aren’t automatic. Make sense? This variation of CBD retains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and naturally occurring compounds, but THC has been removed.
Although THC is noticeably absent from the party, the other compounds and cannabinoids left in the mix work together in harmony to bring you the benefits of the Entourage Effect.
Another analogy comin’ atcha: think of Broad Spectrum as the middle child between Full Spectrum and isolate. You’ll understand why in just a moment...
Isolate is CBD in its purest form; it is the most refined variation and contains nothing but 99% pure CBD. Think of this as your base model: the car is still new and shiny and the windows are automatic, but you opted out of a sunroof and the new car smell has faded. It gets you from point A to point B just as nicely as anything, it’s just a slightly different type of ride.
Due to the other naturally-occurring phytochemicals being stripped to make isolate, the entourage effect is not present with this variation, but you will be able to experience the uplifting benefits that CBD itself has to offer. And there are many!
Often times those who seek hemp-derived CBD isolate products may be sensitive to other cannabinoids. Isolate is also a great choice for athletes or anyone who goes through drug screening testing, as this type of CBD guarantees no one will test positive for THC.
We hope this helps you better understand CBD and how to choose what variation of CBD may be best for you. The biggest difference between the three types is the presence of THC and other active phytochemicals, like terpenes and essential oils, retained in the extraction process. While no option is better than the other, certain options will better suit individuals based on their personal preferences and what they’re looking to accomplish with CBD.
When purchasing SOAR products, you’ll notice all three types of CBD being used in different formats. We mindfully create each product with the type of CBD we feel best supports and enhances the intended usage and experience.