Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate. What is the difference?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions amongst new consumers of cannabidiol (CBD). With so many different terms and vast array of products, it can be a bit confusing when it comes to choosing what products are right for you. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate are all extremely effective in aiding with a range of ailments, including pain, sleep, and anxiety. The difference between the 3 are the cannabinoid profile contained in each, and individual biochemistry. Just like all other things in life, certain people respond better to certain things. Make sure to figure out what works best for you, and what enhances your life to the fullest.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum CBD products are thought by some to be the most effective. Although this does vary from person to person, the widest range of cannabinoids is offered when using the full spectrum products. We know about CBD, but there are a wide range of other notable cannabinoids. Two of the most popular are cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  

One might ask “Now hold on, THC!  I thought that was what got people high.”

Although this is indeed true, with hemp derived products the amount of THC is very minimal. In fact, it is required that the THC content be under .3%. With that being said, this small amount of THC is just enough to add a plethora of health benefits, but not add the psychoactive effects often associated with cannabis. One of the most known uses for THC is using it as an anti nausea medication. It is often used to help relieve pain as well.  

When these other cannabinoids are used in conjunction with one another, it creates what is known as the entourage effect. Think about cannabinoids as a group of like minded friends.  When they work together as a team, they are often more effective than the sum of their parts. A great way to incorporate the entourage effect into your routine is with our full spectrum tinctures.  Full spectrum products are also very effective when it comes to topical application, which is demonstrated with our full spectrum salves. Due to the fact that our full spectrum products contain less than .3% of THC, they are legal and can be shipped to all 50 states in the United States. Luckily in 2018, the federal government passed the Farm Bill, stating that hemp and hemp products are not considered a controlled substance. Prior to that, it was much more difficult for people to obtain the great benefits that hemp has to offer.

Broad Spectrum

We have learned that full spectrum contains all of the cannabinoids available in the hemp plant, but some people want to leave out the THC. There are different reasons for this, such as requirements for work or school. If this is the case for you, but you still want the benefits that are associated with the hemp plant, look no further.

Broad spectrum contains ZERO THC, however it does contain other beneficial cannabinoids that are found in the hemp plant. We discussed THC a bit, but another popular cannabinoid is CBG. CBG has many benefits including alleviating symptoms of depression. Until recently, little was known about this fascinating cannabinoid. It wasn’t until farmers and scientists alike partnered to breed a hemp plant that was high in CBG. To explore if this compound works for you, our CBG flower is a great place to start. CBD is the most abundant and well known cannabinoid in our products, and if you only want that, isolate might be the choice for you.

Isolate

CBD isolate is exactly what the name entails; pure CBD. It is made by separating it from the rest of the cannabinoids, and is also a very good option if you want the benefits that CBD can offer.  We sell it in crystalline form, which is over 99% pure CBD. 

Isolate is a great option, and some people do prefer it. We suggest exploring all 3, and seeing what your unique endocannabinoid system responds to best. The endocannabinoid system is a system of neurotransmitters and receptor sites throughout our bodies. It is vital in balancing functions in our body, including appetite, sleep, and feelings of well being. Make sure to keep yours in balance by taking your daily dose of CBD.  

No matter what route you choose to take, countless individuals and families alike have been positively impacted by our CBD products.  Find what works best for you, and incorporate it into your healthcare routine. Always consult your physician before trying CBD, and make sure to live your best life!

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