When you first start shopping around for a CBD product to try it can be overwhelming to try and find the right one for you amongst thousands of options. Before you decide if you want an ingestible form of CBD or a topical, a good place to start is to figure out which type of CBD you’re looking for.
In this blog we will talk about the three different types of CBD and help you decide which one might work best for you.
The cannabis plant contains different compounds such as cannabinoids like THC or CBD, terpenes that provide aromatic oils and differentiate the effects of each strain, and essential oils. Over time, researchers figured out different ways to extract these compound from the plant for other uses.
When CBD is extracted from a the hemp plant the way it’s extracted determines if it will become either a Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or CBD isolate. While they all come from the same cannabis plant, there important differences between these 3 basic types of CBD.
A Full Spectrum CBD is extracted from the plant along with all of the other compounds within the cannabis plant including terpenes, cannabinoids, and essential oils. As you might have guessed already, because a Full Spectrum CBD is extracted with all of the compounds from the plant, this means a Full Spectrum CBD also contains THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the psychotropic effects most commonly associated with the Marijuana plant. However, a Full Spectrum CBD does not contain high enough levels of THC to get you “high”.
A full Spectrum CBD product is a good option for those looking for a product that produces what’s known as the “entourage effect”, a theory that all of the compounds in cannabis work together, and when ingested together, produce a better effect than when ingested alone. If you are using a Full Spectrum CBD it’s important to note that it may cause you to test positive for THC in a drug test. If you’re regularly drug tested for work or another reason, you may want to try a Broad Spectrum, or CBD isolate that better suits your lifestyle.
Some people refer to CBD isolates as “the purist form of CBD”. A CBD Isolate is extracted from the Cannabis plant without any other compounds contained by the plant. That means a CBD isolate contains no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or essential oils. A CBD isolate also contains zero THC, so it won’t cause any psychotropic side effects for its users. Those using a CBD isolate also won’t have to worry about testing positive for THC in a drug test.
CBD isolates are a good option for a CBD user looking for a product with high levels of cannabidiol without any additional compounds from the cannabis plant. Another benefit of a CBD isolate is that it is both tasteless and odorless, though manufacturers may add their own flavoring or scents.
Broad Spectrum is sort of a perfect middle ground between a Full Spectrum and a CBD isolate. A Broad Spectrum CBD is extracted along with all of the other compounds inside the cannabis plant EXCEPT for THC. This means a Broad spectrum CBD product still contains all of the compounds within the hemp plant, such as terpenes, cannabinoids and essential oils, that may provide health benefits for its users.
A Broad Spectrum CBD product is a great option for those who are looking to try a CBD product, but don’t want to worry about the possible psychotropic effects associated with THC. When you choose Broad Spectrum CBD you don’t have to choose between getting the most out of the hemp plant with THC, or only getting CBD. Broad Spectrum CBD users also won’t have to worry about testing positive for THC in a drug test.