FULL-SPECTRUM VS ISOLATE
FULL-SPECTRUM, BROAD-SPECTRUM, ISOLATE... WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
It’s likely that you’ve encountered the terms “full-spectrum”, “broad-spectrum”, and “isolate” while shopping for CBD. These labels indicate what kind of cannabinoid content to expect from the product.
Like most medicinal plants, hemp contains hundreds of active and essential compounds that interact in harmony to generate healing effects. CBD and THC are the most abundant cannabinoid content, but there are also phytonutrients and several minor cannabinoids that play an important role in the effectiveness of CBD. As designed by nature, whole plant extracts have improved efficacy compared to isolated compounds and purified synthetics.*
WHAT IS FULL-SPECTRUM?
Full-spectrum means that an oil or product contains all cannabinoids and natural components that are found in the hemp plant. Quality full-spectrum products are high in CBD and contain several other cannabinoids, phytonutrients, and trace amounts of THC (<0.3%). The overall composition is considered “full spectrum” because a variety of cannabinoids and compounds work synergistically to increase the effectiveness of CBD. Whole plant extracts like full-spectrum hemp oil are commonly considered more effective than products that are CBD isolate derived.*
WHAT IS BROAD-SPECTRUM?
Broad-spectrum hemp oil is the middle ground between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Broad-spectrum hemp oil contains some cannabinoids and phytonutrients but not all.*
WHAT IS CBD ISOLATE?
CBD isolates begin as full-spectrum hemp oils. Through extraction, all of the plant’s natural compounds except for CBD are removed. This includes many other beneficial cannabinoids, phytonutrients, and active compounds that interact synergistically with each other to enhance potency.*
IS HEMP SEED OIL THE SAME AS FULL-SPECTRUM HEMP OIL?
No. There is an important distinction between oil extraction from hemp seeds and full-spectrum oil extracted from the whole hemp plant. Hemp seed oil typically contains little (if any) cannabinoids but is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.*