As clients engage CBD Guy and our range of CBD products one of the questions that come up constantly is that of what the differences are between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate CBD products.
Full Spectrum CBD, such as the Elixinol range offered by CBD Guy, products contains multiple cannabis plant extracts, including essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol. These CBD products may also contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that produces the ‘high’ feeling in people. However, such a low amount is not strong enough to have significant psychoactive effects, therefore if all extracts of the Cannabis plant, including CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, are utilised, the extract is called full-spectrum CBD.
Broad Spectrum is similar to full spectrum with the exception that it is nearly THC free
CBD Isolate is a pure form of CBD. It contains no other cannabis plant compounds. It usually comes from hemp plants, which typically contain very low amounts of THC. CBD isolate is a crystal form of CBD, and it is often ground up and sold as a powder. It may also be called CBD crystals.
The CBD extraction process is no different for each of these products, which usually involves:
- carbon dioxide extraction
- steam distillation
- solvent extraction
- lipid extraction
A 2015 animal study concludes that while CBD isolate may offer certain health benefits, the effects may be less notable than when using a full-spectrum CBD product. The research also indicates that CBD isolate’s effects against pain and inflammation may only occur at a specific dose. This is in contrast to full-spectrum products, where effects increase as the dosage does.
Full-spectrum CBD benefits
Because this CBD extract contains all cannabis plant compounds, it may have a more potent effect than pure CBD. ResearchTrusted Source suggests that CBD’s health benefits may be more prominent when multiple compounds from the cannabis plant are present. This is what researchers call the ‘entourage effect.’