The Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate

The Difference Between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate

The brain-teaser

CBD is on the rise but it’s still not understood by many. And when it is, it gets even more confusing because not only is there no coherent way of communicating the strength of your CBD in the industry, CBD is also not the only compound of the cannabis plant. For most people, CBD is understood as cannabis minus the THC but it’s actually a bit more complicated.

Let’s break it down

There are hundreds of compounds in the cannabis plant, CBD and THC being the main ones.

Other compounds are CBN, CBDa, THCa, CBG, and so many more; most of which are still being studied to determine their individual uses and benefits.

However, when focusing on CBD, it's important to understand there are different types of CBD extracts and blends when it comes to CBD products, so let us break it down for you.

The molecule CBD is generally added to a product as an extract, either full spectrum, broad spectrum or as an isolate. In the case of CBD oils, these extracts are mixed in with so-called carrier-oils which can be hempseed, olive, MCT, or avocado oils. 

Full spectrum

To put it simply, full spectrum CBD products contain THC, (although not strong enough to make you high like smoking marijuana) and all the other compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. The term full spectrum comes from the fact that the full plant is used in the extraction process so all active ingredients. Using a full spectrum oil is not recommended, if you are subjected to regular drug tests. In the UK, full-spectrum is currently still illegal. 

Broad spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD products are created with extracts that have been made from selected plant material and contain other cannabinoids than cannabidiol but no THC. They do however contain other aspects of the plant like terpenes for some added benefits. After all, aromatherapy has been around for a long time, plants are very powerful and blending their power can only be beneficial for us.

CBD Broad Spectrum

Stronger together

You might have heard about the entourage effect and wondered what that was. Although there's no actual proof or research behind it, some people believe that using the different cannabinoids of the cannabis plant together enhances their effect.

Yuyo Botanics blend CBD with other botanicals like ashwagandha, chamomile which are full of virtues and known to help relax. As a bonus, they also make their tinctures taste good! 

CBD Isolate

Isolate is pure CBD, separated from all the other compounds. You have the guarantee that CBD is the only cannabinoid in that product and is usually 99% pure. The upside of isolate is that it can be completely tasteless when mixed in a carrier oil like coconut or MCT oil. Made in Kentucky, MedTerra offer completely tasteless products made out of CBD isolate.    

Why the difference matters

Hopefully, we made it a bit clearer for you. Whether it's a question of personal taste, of legal or health matter, it’s important to have knowledge as well as full transparency about the product you're getting.  


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