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What Are The Differences Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol—often referred to as CBD—is the second most common compound found in cannabis (i.e. marijuana).

CBD is often used to help those with mental health issues find relief, those with chronic pain find ways to lessen their symptoms, and those afflicted with cancer slow or halt its proliferation.

CBD is generally extracted from hemp or marijuana products in a process similar to how essential oils are extracted. This produces a pure form of CBD that can be diluted to suit whatever needs you may have.

Forms of CBD

CBD comes in a wide variety of forms, each with their own unique benefits. It can be overwhelming at times to figure out what you need and what works best, which is why we’re here to help.

Today, we’re going to go over the main three types of CBD: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate, and discuss the main benefits of each one, along with what benefits each will provide you on your CBD journey.

Full-Spectrum CBD

One of the most common forms of CBD, full-spectrum CBD is a product that contains the full spectrum of cannabis, with less than 0.3% THC content.

Full-spectrum CBD often contains a variety of cannabinoids alongside CBD. These include:

Full-spectrum CBD also usually contains some amount of terpenes, which are chemical compounds that help give different cannabis cultivars their own unique scents and flavors.

One of the main benefits of full-spectrum CBD is the entourage effect, which means that all the different cannabinoids work in conjunction with each other to provide maximum relief to you.

Check out full-spectrum CBD if you’re looking for pain relief, help with inflammation, or relief from anxiety and stress.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD, except with all but trace amounts of THC removed from the product. This is useful if you have an adverse reaction to any amount of THC or are simply looking to avoid any THC in your CBD products.

Along with removing the THC, broad-spectrum CBD generally contains more cannabinoids like CBC and CBN, which help provide the entourage effect. This means that you get relief when and where you need it.

Broad-spectrum CBD typically provides similar health benefits to full-spectrum CBD, but is generally used for those looking for anti-inflammatory properties or help with reducing seizures.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is pure CBD with no additional cannabinoids, terpenes, or THC. The purest form of CBD, this is often a great starting point for those looking to begin their CBD journey to see the benefits of the compound for themselves.

While CBD isolate is a lower strength than broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD, it is useful for those looking for a pure form of CBD or those looking for a weakened effect if broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD is too strong for them.

CBD isolate provides a number of health benefits, but is best for those looking to improve their mental health.


We hope this primer on the various forms of CBD helps you determine which types of CBD will work best for you and your wellness needs.

We look forward to chatting with you and helping you on your journey!


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