The 3 Common Forms of CBD

CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum CBD

You will often hear the terms “CBD isolate” and “full spectrum CBD” mentioned in the same breath. A third term, “broad spectrum CBD,” is somewhat less commonly used to distinguish products containing trace amounts of Delta-9 THC below the 0.3% legal threshold from products containing more than one cannabinoid, but 0% THC.

Here’s a quick sound bite for each of these common CBD types.

Full Spectrum CBD

Refers to products containing all the compounds available in the hemp plant. While the plant contains tons of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, THC and CBD are the two most well-known. Full-spectrum products contain all of the plant’s compounds. Most of the people who use full-spectrum products cite the “entourage effect” – where other hemp plant compounds increase the effectiveness of cannabidiol – as one of the main reasons why they use full-spectrum CBD.

Broad Spectrum CBD 

Broad-spectrum CBD products aren’t too different from full-spectrum products; the only difference between the two being that broad-spectrum products do not contain THC. This is achieved by passing the resulting product through one more refining process to eliminate any traces of THC found in the compound. It is worth noting that broad-spectrum products are generally offered at much stronger dosages considering that they increase the potency of cannabidiol without increasing THC levels. Broad-spectrum products are THC-free, It makes them ideal for customers who don’t want THC content in their product yet want to enjoy the benefits other cannabinoids have to offer.

CBD Isolate 

CBD Isolate products contain nothing but cannabidiol – no terpenes, no flavonoids, no cannabinoids. The process of isolating the extract typically results in a product that’s 99 percent pure cannabidiol. These products are ideal for customers that are sensitive to other phytonutrients, cannabinoids, or terpenes. CBD isolate can also be added to other extracts or products to make them more potent but is generally available in powder form, which allows users to use the isolate in its pure form. Since CBD isolate is 99% pure, users only need to use tiny doses to achieve the same results they would with other products.