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Broad-Spectrum v. Full-Spectrum CBD: What’s the Difference?

Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum CBD

So, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and really focus on your health and wellness by jumping on the growing bandwagon of those who are making CBD a party of their daily routine. If you’re just getting started on you CBD journey, you’ll come across terms such as Full-Spectrum CBD, Broad-Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate when shopping for CBD products online. But, what does it all mean?  Allow us to carefully walk you through the various types of CBD you’ll encounter.

CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate is CBD in its purest form.  It is a crystalline powder that is 99% CBD.  All of the plant matter from the hemp plant, things such as chlorophyll, oils and waxes, are removed, leaving only CBD.  When the CBD is first extracted from the hemp plant, all of the plant material is still present.  In order to isolate the CBD, the extract must go through a purification process.  The extract is first filtered, removing all excess plant material.  Next, what’s known as the “winterization process” takes place.  The winterization process removes any plant waxes or other material that may have been left behind during the filtration process.  The end result is a fine, white powder that contains 99% CBD.  CBD isolate does not contain any THC, making it a go-to option for anyone who is sensitive to THC or is subject to regular drug tests, whether it be for work purposes or otherwise. 

Because CBD isolate power is odorless and flavorless, it can be used in a variety of ways. For a daily dose of CBD, you can put some directly under your tongue for quick absorption.  The CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream after about one minute through the mucus membranes under your tongue.  CBD isolate can also be baked into food, mixed into shakes or smoothies, or mixed into various carrier such as lotions or oils.   

Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD is the polar opposite of CBD isolate.  Recently, full-spectrum CBD oil has become the “gold standard” of CBD therapy.  Previously, CBD isolate was thought to be the cream of the crop, but research and studies have found that may no longer be the case. 

CBD is only one of over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in the Sativa L varietal of the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum CBD contains most of those cannabinoids, while, as we know, CBD isolate contains only CBD. Researchers have found that when all of the cannabinoids work together, it is more effective than one cannabinoid working alone.  This is known as the “Entourage Effect”.

Essentially, the Entourage Effect results when the many components of the cannabis plant interact with the human body to produce a stronger influence than any one of those components acting alone.  When the multiple compounds of cannabis are combined in their natural state, we get a multiplying effect. The different compounds magnify the effect of the others, making the overall plant material, and eventually the CBD extract, that much more effective.

In addition to the over 100 cannabinoids present, full-spectrum CBD oil also includes other beneficial plant ingredients such as essential vitamins and minerals; beneficial fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6; plant-based proteins and fibers; chlorophyll; terpenes (unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of the cannabis plant); and flavonoids (chemicals that are responsible for a plant’s color, smell, and flavor).

Full-spectrum CBD can come from both hemp and from marijuana.  Generally, to be legal for consumption in all states, full-spectrum CBD oils are made from hemp.  To be sold legally across the country, hemp products must have a THC content of less than 0.3%.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Now, knowing what you know about CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD, it will be much easier to understand broad-spectrum CBD.  It’s really quite simple. Broad-spectrum CBD is like a combination of full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.  Broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the plant matter that is contained within full-spectrum CBD, but with absolutely no THC.  Broad-spectrum CBD delivers the benefits of the entourage effect without the side effects of THC.

Care Products

We, at Care By Hemp, are committed to supplying our customers with the best products at the best value.  We believe that the benefits of full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD are powerful and we have chosen to highlight these special formulas in the products we sell. 

In our inventory, you’ll find broad-spectrum CBD tinctures in 1oz. (30mL) droplet bottles for sub-lingual absorption or to put in food or water in 500mg, 1000mg, and 1500mg strengths. We also sell a variety of broad-spectrum CBD topicals such as lotion, massage oil, roll-on pain reliever, sunblock, and our hemp pain patch; all for transdermal delivery of broad-spectrum CBD.  We offer vegan edible gummies in assorted flavors in both full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD formulas.  And, we haven’t forgotten about our furry friends.  We also CBD pet tinctures for your dog or cat in 250mg and 500mg strength.

Too shop our full inventory of full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD products, head on over to Care By Hemp!

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