Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate - Everything you need to know

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The level of quality of CBD you buy could depend on a range of factors. The strength and extraction method of your CBD product are just some small differences that could have a big impact on the integrity of your supplement. As well as strength and extraction method, there is a variation of spectrums that will affect the experience you receive from your CBD. You will notice the terms Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate being used. But what are the pros and cons of full spectrum and isolate CBD?

Full spectrum vs isolate CBD 

 The difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate CBD is simple, though it is often overcomplicated unnecessarily. It really all boils down to one thing; Cannabinoid content. The cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoids and the term “Spectrum” refers to the variety of cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant to produce the CBD end product. 

Isolate CBD - As the name suggests, isolate contains only pure CBD. Think of this as “isolated”- CBD working alone and being distributed throughout the ECS. In isolate products, only pure CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant. Isolate CBD products are effective for ailments that require high levels of CBD and no other cannabinoids. This is best for a high strength CBD oil dosage

Broad Spectrum CBD – Broad Spectrum products contain several other cannabinoids that work alongside CBD. In fact, all of the other compounds are extracted from the cannabis plant with the exception of THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. While it is legal in amounts of less than 0.2% THC could show up on some very strict drug tests. Most users of Broad Spectrum CBD oil are looking for a range of cannabinoids rather than pure CBD without adding THC to their CBD oil dosage. This is ideal for users who regularly undergo strict drug tests but who want to benefit from the entourage effect associated with a range of cannabinoids. 

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Full Spectrum CBD – Full Spectrum CBD oil is the result of an extraction of all cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, including THC. Full Spectrum CBD oil is legal, as only the legal levels of THC are extracted so that the product does not contain psychoactive properties or legality issues. When all cannabinoids are present, the entourage effect is achieved. This is where all of the cannabinoids work together to distribute the desired effect around the body and compliment the ECS. The CBD oil dosage will be lower in Full Spectrum products, but the cannabinoids are complimented by each other to achieve a different effect to pure CBD alone. Full spectrum products are often used for more severe cases that require the entourage effect, such as chronic pain. 
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The pros and cons of full spectrum and isolate CBD

 Full spectrum and isolate CBD both have their own unique benefits. The best product for each individual will depend on their reason for taking CBD and their commitments with drug test requirements. The results you experience personally will again depend on your desired results and could require some tweaking before you find the best CBD product for you.

Full spectrum CBD provides the largest range of cannabinoids, each of which will provide additional benefits, while isolate CBD provides the purest CBD and no chances of showing up on a drug test.

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