CBD is one of the most popular alternative health products on the market today. Most CBD consumers generally look for two things when buying a product: CBD content and purity.
Another factor to consider when buying a CBD product is the spectrum of ingredients it contains. To help you understand this factor, we’ll break down what full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate mean and how they relate to your CBD product’s quality and effectiveness.
Different Spectrums of CBD Products
It’s hard to miss CBD oil these days. It’s everywhere from the corner bodega to the skin care aisle at your local drugstore. With so many products available, it can be difficult to navigate the world of CBD.
Here’s a simple breakdown of the different spectrums of CBD products and what each one offers consumers:
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, and it comes from the hemp plant. Hemp is a strain of cannabis that contains trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in the hemp plant, and full-spectrum CBD products contain all those compounds.
Full-spectrum CBD also has other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that work together in synergy with the main cannabinoid. Note that full-spectrum CBD is not psychoactive because it contains only trace amounts of THC. Instead, it provides a range of medical benefits without the “high” associated with marijuana.
One of the most significant advantages of using full-spectrum CBD oils is that they contain a wider variety of cannabinoids than conventional CBD products. When other cannabinoids are present in the formula, they can boost the abilities of the main cannabinoid (CBD) to address pain, anxiety, and a variety of other issues.
CBD isolate is a crystalline solid or powder that contains pure CBD. It has been isolated down to just the CBD molecule. It is different from full-spectrum CBD products, which can legally contain up to 0.3% THC.
This means you’ll only get the benefits of CBD — you won’t feel any effects from the other cannabinoids and terpenes that naturally go in a full-spectrum oil or gummy. This also means that CBD isolate should be odorless and tasteless, so it’s great for cooking or if you don’t like the taste of hemp.
Broad spectrum is essentially full spectrum CBD with one difference — broad spectrum has no detectable THC. If you’re looking to avoid THC entirely, but still want the other benefits of the hemp plant, broad spectrum may be your best option.
Winding It Up
The interplay between CBD and THC is complex. The two compounds interact and influence each other in so many different ways that it’s impossible to draw a one-to-one correlation between them.
Furthermore, the interplay is influenced by additional factors, such as the strains used to make the product, the extraction process, and the terpene profile of the final product.
For this reason, some people find that full spectrum products are more effective than broad spectrum or isolate products. Others may prefer broad spectrum or isolated products because they don’t want to experience any psychoactive effects at all. Still others may not have any preference.