What's in Your Products?
Full Spectrum, CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum?
While the 2 main types of CBD you'll hear about in the market are full-spectrum and isolate, there is actually a 3rd that I'll make you're aware of and it's called broad spectrum.
What are Cannabinoids?
In order to understand the differences, first you need to have an understanding of what a cannabinoid is.
any of a group of closely related compounds which include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis.
Within the Cannabis plant, there is a classification of compounds known as cannabinoids. Among these are CBD and THC, along with over a hundred others which scientists have discovered naturally occurring within different Cannabis strains.
Now, here’s why these are important:
In 1995, researchers discovered that, by interacting with receptors in the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), cannabinoids like CBD could deliver unique health benefits to the body. Later, they discovered that each cannabinoid could affect the body differently. For example, while THC delivers the psychoactive effects associated with “getting high,” CBD does not. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. With various ranges of effects delivered by other cannabinoids like Cannabigerol (CBG) and Cannabinol (CBN), the full collection of cannabinoids forms what is referred to as the “cannabinoid spectrum.
Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.
Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed.What this means is, that in order to remove THC, additional processing is done to the product to get the levels of THC down to a non-detectable amount. In the process, you also are reducing the amount of the other beneficial cannabinoids, both major and minor.
We recommend either a full spectrum product or an isolate.
In scientific terms, an isolate is the purest form of a compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds.
With that being said, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.
CBD Isolate is typically extracted from Hemp, due to its low to non-existent THC-content.
Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids. We believe that all full spectrum products will provide the most benefits when compared to others spectrums.
The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This is commonly referred to as the “entourage effect“.
CBD Isolate Products
Final Thoughts on the Different CBD Spectrums
In closing, I want to reiterate that any one type isn’t better than the others.
There are many factors that determine how a cannabinoid will impact the body, such as the chemical makeup of the individual, the weight of the individual, and the individual’s history with other substances.
For some, Full Spectrum CBD may be the best choice as it delivers the full benefits of the Cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects. For others, a high-dosage of pure CBD isolate may do the trick and others may need the benefits that only THC can provide.
Research into the effectiveness of each spectrum at the individual level is still in its early stages, so it may take some time and experimenting to figure out which is best for you. As researchers continue to learn more about this compound, it may serve as a vital component in the future of medicine. With dozens of health benefits already revealed in existing studies, cannabinoids like CBD have the potential to impact the lives of countless individuals.
With continued research, a brighter, healthier, more natural future could be right around the corner!