The Difference Between CBD Isolate, Full, or Broad-Spectrum

The Difference Between CBD Isolate, Full, or Broad-Spectrum

Posted by CBD Specialist on Dec 20, 2019

Isolate, Full, or Broad-Spectrum?

In recent years, CBD has grown in popularity and availability. CBD can be administered in a variety of forms and is even available in an abundance of flavors like lemon, mint or chocolate. Yet, the real potency and strength of the CBD factors down to whether your product is Isolate, Full, or Broad-Spectrum. Each of these forms may differ in their method of extraction, ingredients, and even taste.

There are over 100 other cannabinoids that have been extracted from the cannabis plant, with CBD only being one of them. While they may not receive the same attention as CBD, many still gain recognition, as seen in the case of CBG and CBN. According to, studies have indicated that CBG and CBN have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-Spectrum CBD emerges from whole-plant extraction, adding a variety of other cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and fatty acids. Advocates for Full-Spectrum CBD argue for the inclusion of terpenes and flavonoids with CBD to enable an “entourage effect,” where a synergy of notable therapeutic benefits are established as the addition of other compounds benefit the properties of each.

Due to the nature of extraction, Full-Spectrum compounds typically contain a small percentage of THC that is generally not enough to produce any psychoactive effects. Despite this, many choose to play it safe and opt for Broad-Spectrum CBD or Isolate to avoid any risk of exposure.

CBD Isolate

When hemp is derived of these compounds, CBD Isolate is formed. This format is solely 99.9% pure CBD. Many individuals opt for Isolate for this reason, or do so to avoid any exposure to THC. Although CBD isolate allots the benefits of CBD itself, it excludes the offerings that Full-Spectrum products contain.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-Spectrum CBD is essentially Full-Spectrum CBD, sans the THC. Thus, it offers all of the additional beneficial compounds and has the capability to also create an entourage effect.

According to Fundacion Canna, the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research published a study revealing, “‘in all of the tests [comparing Isolate to Full-Spectrum], the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered. The results all indicate that CBD is only effective against swelling and pain at a certain dose, and that cannabis solutions containing a full range of cannabinoids will continue to provide corresponding effects as the dosage is increased.”

So how does one get the best of both worlds? Broad-Spectrum CBD may be the solution to doing so, depending on your individual preferences. If you are interested in learning more about Broad-Spectrum products, you can view our product inventory on our website, Source CBD Oil, or by visiting our FAQ page.