CBD is the latest buzzword in the world of alternative health and wellness but it can come in a variety of forms. Knowledge is power, and understanding the specifics of CBD in all its forms empowers users to make choices that best benefit them and ensure their money is well spent. One of the basics to grasp is knowing the difference between the full spectrum, the broad spectrum and isolate forms of CBD, but first, we have to understand what CBD is.
CBD is short for ‘cannabidiol’, one of over 80 ‘cannabinoids’ found in Cannabis Sativa plants. When the CBD is extracted, other chemicals such as terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids are extracted along with it. While a lot of people focus on CBD on its own, all of the aforementioned chemicals all work together in what is called the ‘entourage effect’ to increase the medicinal effects of the CBD itself.
In terms of chemistry, an isolate is the purest form of a chemical compound, and this is exactly what CBD isolate is. CBD isolate is typically taken from hemp, as it contains the most CBD and is made by removing all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, plant matter and everything else. It comes in a crystal-like form and has a mild taste and smell. For a long time, CBD isolate was considered to be the most ‘effective’ form of CBD because of its purity, but recent research has proved this to be untrue. Isolate has its uses, but the lack of the other elements that work to enhance the CBD means the entourage effects are lost.
The clue is in the name. Like it says, Full Spectrum CBD contains everything, including the essential oils, cannabinoids etc that come from the plant, including THC, a cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ feeling most people associate with cannabis use. In CBD the amount of THC is usually very small, around 0.3%, but it’s still there, even though it’s likely you won’t feel its effects.
In a way, Broad Spectrum CBD is the best of both worlds. It comes with the addition of the other cannabinoids, terpenes etc. that Full Spectrum does, but with one major difference – the THC is completely removed. Broad Spectrum is perfect for people worried about the possible effects of even trace amounts of THC, like those subject to regular drug testing who still want to enjoy the benefits of CBD, or even people who intend to use CBD for their pets, as THC has been known to be toxic to dogs. This might also be the best choice for people who live in states or areas where THC is completely forbidden, providing extra peace of mind. Now that you know the basics, look at the pros and cons and decide what’s best for you. For many, Broad Spectrum is the best place to start!