Many of you may have noticed, while browsing for certain CBD products, there are 3 different spectrums to choose from. Now, these spectrums may sound similar in a sense, but they are completely diverse from each other in their own unique ways. CBD, which is extracted from the hemp plant, forms basic kinds of CBD; “Isolate”, “Full Spectrum” and “Broad Spectrum”. They each possess certain benefits that work differently for everyone. At Reign CBD, we offer all three kinds to help accommodate our customers needs. In order to understand what each one means and how they are different from each other, we provided below definitions, as well as how they benefit the body in various ways.
So let’s jump into it… What CBD is the right CBD to take?
Isolate CBD is exactly what it sounds like. It is considered the most basic of CBD as it only contains the purest form of CBD and encompasses no other compounds, terpenes, plant parts, etc. that are considered non-essential. CBD isolates are most commonly extracted from the hemp plant due to its little and non-existent THC content. Isolate CBD does not contain a single trace of “THC”, a psychoactive compound, essentially making this perfect for consumers who seek a THC-free product.
Right about now, you may be thinking, “Why would anyone ever buy Isolate CBD since it is basic and has no real effects compared to Full and Broad Spectrum CBD? Well, although Isolate CBD does not deliver the amplified effects of the Cannabis plant, as a whole, there are still pros on why CBD isolate could definitely work for you. As mentioned before, Isolate CBD is considered the purest form of CBD with no THC or any other cannabinoids present. When buying one of these products, you know you will experience CBD in its purest form. Isolate CBD does not give off any forms of “psychoactive effects”. Another trait of Isolates is that they are completely tasteless and odorless. This is perfect for users to incorporate the product into their cooking recipes since it holds no taste, as well as mix in with certain beverages; ie. coffee. The only flaw to Isolate CBD is that they do not produce the “entourage effect” which brings us to our next form of CBD which is Broad Spectrum.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Right about now, you should have a good idea on what Isolate CBD is and whether it is the right kind of product for you. Now changing subjects, let’s talk about what Broad Spectrum CBD is and how this is different from Isolate CBD.
Broad Spectrum is almost just about the complete opposite of what Isolate stands for. Keep in mind that we said “almost” because, although Broad Spectrum contains a lot of the compounds and terpenes that you would not normally find in Isolates, they contain no traces of THC, which would deliver the psychoactive effects. Generally speaking, Broad Spectrum CBD offers most of the benefits of the entourage effects without having risk of consuming any forms of THC. One flaw that many consumers notice with these products is the fact that they may have a strong, natural flavor profile as well as an odor due to the extra cannabinoids which are present.
The research behind Broad Spectrum CBD is minimal causing some drawback with regards to other cannabinoids, besides THC and CBD, being introduced in the product. Due to this reasoning, finding Broad Spectrum CBD can be harder than shopping for the others. This is great for individuals who want to experience the effects without having risk of feeling intoxicated or “high”. People do not have to worry about taking Broad Spectrum CBD and having the risk of showing up in a drug test as there are no traces of THC present. This brings us to our final spectrum of CBD, known as Full Spectrum CBD.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum is very similar to Broad spectrum but the complete opposite of Isolates with regards to all the compounds and terpenes that are present in the product. One difference that separates Full Spectrum from Broad is the very presence of THC within a Full Spectrum. Think of it almost as a “Whole Food”. It has everything present to give you the full experience.
One primary concern with regards to Full Spectrum CBD is the presence of THC within the product. This strongly pertains to individuals who may live in certain states where CBD restrictions may be higher or solely for the fact that they do not want to consume anything with THC content. However, due to recent laws having been passed pertaining to CBD, the THC content can range anywhere from 0 to 0.3%. This amount of THC can not give an individual the “high” feeling or being intoxicated. The possibility of it showing on a drug test could range depending on how much is consumed in one sitting.
So now… let’s jump into some of the benefits that Full Spectrum CBD can provide you with. As mentioned above, Full Spectrum CBD offers the full experience of the hemp plant; aka. Entourage Effect. The idea behind this is that all the cannabinoids, present in the product, work collectively to offer a much enhanced feeling rather than what Broad Spectrum and Isolates would provide. There have been numerous studies conducted to determine the effectiveness of each spectrum and almost all concluded that Full Spectrum offers a better sense of relief compared to the other two.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to preference. Most people prefer Full Spectrum CBD as it could help improve their lifestyles and well being whereas other people would rather get the full experience of CBD without any of the other cannabinoids present.
How to determine what’s best for you?
At this point, you should have a solid foundation on what each term means and how they are similar and different from each other. After reading through this blog, we hope this blog helped you gain a better understanding of the differences between Isolates vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum to better inform you as to which type is beneficial for you. Go check our products where we offer all three types!