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Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate

We hear the terms “full-spectrum,” “broad-spectrum,” and “CBD Isolate” thrown around a lot when discussing different CBD oils.

What does that all mean? Is one better than the other? Which one should I use? Let’s break it down.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum oil contains more than simply CBD. It offers the full benefits of the cannabis plant, known as the “entourage effect.” This includes all cannabinoids, such as CBN, CBG, CBC, and more. It also contains terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, and many other plant compounds. 

This means trace amounts of THC (or higher doses, depending on the state’s legality.)

With the entourage effect, the combination of cannabis compounds works together (known as synergy,) enhancing and amplifying the benefits of each cannabinoid.

Research supports that full-spectrum CBD provides higher relief for most subjects compared to CBD isolate. Studies also show that full spectrum enhances effects with increased dosages, while CBD’s effects stayed consistent.

Who is full-spectrum CBD ideal for?

  • Individuals seeking the full benefits and plant compounds of cannabis.
  • Individuals who were recommended a THC:CBD ratio.
  • Individuals living with chronic, more severe conditions could potentially benefit more from the entourage effect.
  • Individuals living in states with recreational or medical cannabis.
  • Individuals living in states with less strict THC laws.

Broad Spectrum CBD

In between full-spectrum and CBD Isolate lies broad-spectrum. Broad-spectrum is essentially full spectrum without the THC.

Like full-spectrum, the extract contains the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and compounds  – but ZERO THC. The THC is wholly removed while preserving the other cannabis compounds. This way, the cannabinoids can still cause the “entourage effect” without the risk of the psychoactive effects.

Broad Spectrum CBD is an excellent choice for those who want the full spectrum benefits without the THC in their system. Or are you cautious about trying CBD oil for the first time? This is also an excellent way to dip your toes in!

Who is Broad Spectrum ideal for?

  • Individuals sensitive to THC.
  • Individuals trying CBD oil for the first time and wanting to ease in.
  • Individuals living in states with strict THC laws.
  • Individuals living with conditions that require more than CBD alone.

CBD Isolate

The extraction process isolates the CBD, removing traces of THC, cannabinoids, terpenes, oils, chlorophyll, and more. CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD that has no taste, odor, or psychoactive effects, making it an excellent option for people sensitive to THC or other cannabinoids.

Since the extract is stripped down to just CBD, consumers do not receive the full benefits of the entourage effect. However, CBD isolate can be particularly helpful for those needing high doses of CBD, sensitive to psychoactive effects, or concerned about drug testing.

Who is CBD Isolate ideal for?

  • Individuals sensitive to THC.
  • Individuals sensitive to the taste of cannabis and other intense flavors.
  • Individuals sensitive to strong smells.
  • Individuals seeking high doses of CBD.
  • Individuals who are regularly drug tested.

What’s best for me?

All three extracts are commonly used for various medical and mood disturbances, including chronic issues, stress, foggy head, restlessness, and much more. 

However, something that works well for one individual may be entirely different for another. Everyone’s body is chemically different. Like with anything, it will take time to find what product, extract, and dosage works best for you individually. 




This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of a consultation or replace the advice of your health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.