Due to its amazing health benefits, CBD is everywhere these days, but buyers beware! Not all CBD is created equally. Just because you see it on the shelves at your local grocery store doesn’t mean you’re getting exactly what you want or need. Before buying a product, you may want to better understand a few CBD basics, like the difference between Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and Isolate CBD. Put on your learning caps and grab a pencil, because we’re about to drop some hemp-derived CBD education–one of our favorite things to do at The Hemp Learning Channel.
When it comes to CBD, there are three main types: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate. Each type is determined by the different cannabinoids found within, including THC. As the Founder of Bee’s Knees Wellness, Marilee Scruton, explains it, “You can think of the three types of CBD the way you think of a symphony. Full Spectrum CBD is like having the whole symphony on stage. Broad Spectrum CBD is like having most of the symphony on stage, but maybe there’s no cello. Isolate CBD is like a violin solo, just the one instrument, but it’s still beautiful.” Read below to learn more about each type of CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD contains the cannabinoid CBD, as well as THC in legal amounts under 0.3%. Full Spectrum CBD also contains flavonoids, terpenes, amino acids, essential minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins, plus other cannabinoids, like CBC, CBG, and CBN. Together, all of these compounds and cannabinoids provide what is known as the entourage effect, the idea that all of these ingredients work better together to deliver benefits to your endocannabinoid system. As Scruton says above, Full Spectrum CBD is like a whole symphony.
If you’re starting a CBD routine, it is often recommended to start with Full Spectrum CBD unless you have concerns about ingesting THC in any amount. That’s where Broad Spectrum CBD comes in.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Unlike Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum has no THC in it. Remember, it’s like a symphony, but without the cello. When extracting Broad Spectrum CBD, the THC is removed, however, other cannabinoids, like CBC, CBG, and CBN are retained. Broad Spectrum CBD still provides an entourage effect.
If you want to start a CBD routine, but are worried about ingesting any THC, Broad Spectrum CBD is a great way to begin.
CBD Isolate is exactly what it sounds like, pure CBD without any other cannabinoids. While it doesn’t deliver the entourage effect, CBD Isolate is a great option for those who are new to trying CBD or those who want a more targeted approach. This high-potency concentrate also works well in topical products that allow you to apply them to a specific area of skin for benefits like pain management or decreasing signs of inflammation.
Now that you better understand the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD, you’ll be better able to find the right type of CBD for your health and wellness needs. Whenever you start a CBD routine remember it is best to find options that have Certificates of Analysis (COAs or Lab Reports) to see that they’ve been properly vetted, so you know you’re getting a quality product. It is also important to remember that any good CBD routine starts with consistency. CBD is a natural substance that works best when it builds up in your system for a while, so be patient at first; the more consistent you are in taking it, the better your experience will be.