Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum vs CBD Isolate: What’s the Difference?

Updated September 6th, 2020

CBD is readily available in one of three primary formats: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. While each form contains cannabidiol, they are not at all the same. In this article, we discuss the entourage effect, the three different types of CBD, and the uniqueness of each. 

What is the Entourage Effect?

The Entourage Effect is a term coined in 1998 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Shimon Ben-Shabat. This phenomenon refers to the synergistic relationship shared between all plant-based compounds, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The entourage effect is what makes full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD so much more desirable. 

In short, consuming a wide variety of different plant-based compounds demonstrates a collective boost in overall effectiveness. This phenomenon is present in other plant-based medicines, as well. 

Types of CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is incorporated into a wide variety of products in one of three different forms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Learn the differences below for a better understanding of which format could work best for you. 

Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD contains the full scope of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and every other plant-based compound extracted from the plant matter (typically hemp). Full-spectrum CBD is often considered more effective because it is thought to employ the entourage effect. 

Keep in mind, products containing full-spectrum CBD also contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). While this amount is well below the detection threshold for most traditional drug tests, routinely tested consumers should exercise caution when using full-spectrum CBD products. 

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Similar to full-spectrum products, broad-spectrum CBD incorporates a broader scope of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The exception is for THC (delta-nine-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is filtered and discarded. Broad-spectrum CBD is said to employ the entourage effect as well, considering that only one compound is removed from the final product. 

Broad-spectrum CBD is ideal for those wishing to employ the entourage effect with absolutely no THC. Dose with confidence regardless of having to undergo mandatory routine drug testing practices.

CBD Isolate

As the name suggests, CBD isolate consists strictly of cannabidiol and nothing else. All other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and all other plant-based compounds are filtered and removed from the final product. CBD isolates are available in either crystalline or powder form. They can additionally be infused into a wide variety of products, foods, and drinks.

Despite not employing the desirable qualities of the entourage effect, CBD isolates remain effective in their own right. Many consumers beginning CBD regimens often benefit from starting with products that incorporate CBD isolate. 

Thoughts and Considerations

Those who must adhere to mandatory routine drug screening practices may benefit from exercising caution when searching for a CBD-infused product. Full-spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, an amount under the threshold for most traditional drug tests. However, inappropriately extracted full-spectrum CBD may contain higher THC levels, especially if illegally derived from the cannabis plant.  

A Final Word from Pure CBD Vapors

Here at Pure CBD Vapors, we are proud to offer an extensive collection of full-spectrumbroad-spectrum, and CBD isolates. Browse our site by category or shop by brand. We provide the highest quality CBD attainable at unbeatable prices. 

Author: Joshua Willard (Freelance CBD Content Writer/Editor)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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