Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and Isolate-Based: What are the differences?
Understanding the Basics through Comparison
While searching for hemp-based CBD products, consumers will often come across three different variations: Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and Isolate-based products. The differences are easy to understand and should be considered before making a purchase. We break down the differences below.
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Full-spectrum products contain all of the plant's phytocannabinoids, which include cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) - please note that in order for full-spectrum products to qualify as legal, they must contain less than 0.3% THC - which is a psychoactive compound, although one which will not produce psychoactive effects in small quantities.
These are just some of the major cannabinoids; but the hemp plant (which is from the cannabis plant family) contains at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of.
Studies have shown that full-spectrum products are more effective because the various cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, THC, etc.) work together to produce a greater effect. This is known as the "entourage effect". Because full-spectrum products are known to be more effective than broad-spectrum and isolate-based products, they are typically more expensive.
Similar to full-spectrum products, broad-spectrum products contain most of the cannabinoids found in hemp extract, however, THC is filtered out. Broad-spectrum products are best for people that are looking for the effects of a full-spectrum product, but do not want to consume any THC.
Isolate-based (THC-free) products contain CBD in its purest form; no other cannabinoids are present in the product - it's a compound that has literally been isolated from the others. Isolate-based products are typically priced well below full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products.
We offer both full-spectrum and isolate-based products. We encourage you to try both to see which you prefer.