Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES
CBD Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate
CBD, the cannabidiol from the hemp plant, is available in different types, It all comes down to the benefit you are hoping for, which of the three CBD products described in this text you use. The CBD can be extracted from the hemp in various ways as we all know, yeah let's get to business.
What is a full spectrum CBD?
According to the latest knowledge, there are more than 100 different ingredients in cannabis. These range from CBD (cannabidiol) to CBG (cannabigerol) to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Each of the individual cannabis ingredients works alone, but also via the entourage effect. The entourage effect says that the individual ingredients of a full spectrum CBD together have a more potent effect than alone.
Advantages of the full spectrum CBD oil
This dosage form of the CBD contains different amounts of all naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. The entourage effect reinforces the individual effects. The human endocannabinoid system (ECS) is able to combine with all ingredients of the full spectrum CBD in an ideal way.
Disadvantage of the full spectrum CBD oil
Even though CBD has been officially removed from the list of doping agents by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), extremely sensitive doping and drug tests can recognize the low proportion of THC. Athletes should therefore use CBD products whose THC content has been proven to be 0.0%. The reason THC is still on the list of banned substances.
What is a broad spectrum CBD?
The ingredients of a broad spectrum CBD are in most cases flavonoids, terpenes and many other cannabinoids. In contrast to the full-spectrum CBD oil, the broad-spectrum CBD contains, for example, hardly recognizable traces of the THC. Broad-spectrum CBD oils are often dark to golden yellow. The users of broad-spectrum CBD oils can partially benefit from the entourage effect.
Advantages of the broad spectrum CBD oil
The broad-spectrum CBD oils contain all the ingredients found in the cannabis plant - but practically no THC. On the one hand, you can take advantage of the entourage effect without having to worry about the effects of THC. Athletes who regularly go for drug tests and are afraid of a low level of THCs in the blood may be able to use broad-spectrum CBD oils.
Disadvantage of the broad spectrum CBD oil
Purists among CBD users consider broad-spectrum CBD oils to be incomplete due to the lack of THC.
What is CBD isolate (isolated CBD)?
Obtained, for example, through supercritical CO2 extraction, CBD isolate is very often used in medicine. The white, fine-grained CBD powder becomes isolated cannabidiol by means of several cleaning episodes. The end result is a crystalline powder with a CBD content of more than 99%. The CBD isolate is also called "CBD crystals". In the dosage form as CBD oil, the degree of purity naturally drops. The CBD isolate is often used by end consumers to produce their own CBD oils in the desired levels of purity. Because of their high purity, CBD isolates do not have the ability to have a broader effect thanks to the entourage effect. However, this can have other advantages. In an oil mixture, the CBD isolate appears in a very light gold color.
Benefits of CBD isolate
The particularly high degree of purity is the main plus point of CBD Isolate for many users. This allows you to decide for yourself whether you want to consume pure CBD or whether you want to "stretch" it over oils. Experts believe that the CBD isolate is absorbed by the body more quickly.
Disadvantages of CBD isolate
Both the full-spectrum CBD oil and the broad-spectrum CBD oil benefit from the entourage effect. Due to the lack of other ingredients, this is eliminated in the isolated CBD. Due to the complex manufacturing process, isolated CBD is also more expensive.
Difference between CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate
So what exactly are the differences between a Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and an CBD isolate?
The following criteria can be used for better orientation:
Full Spectrum: This obviously includes CBD as well as other cannabinoids (including CBN, CBC and CBG, to name just a few), plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals & plant proteins, including <0.3% THC.
Broad Spectrum: Similar to Full Spectrum but further processed to remove traces of THC.
CBD isolate: Pure form of CBD, (99% CBD) with (0% THC).
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