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5/18/20 | Education

A Buyer’s Guide to CBD Tinctures: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, CBD Isolate

When searching for CBD, you’ve probably noticed there are different cannabinoid spectrum options to choose from. While there is certainly no shortage of CBD products on the market, there is a shortage of accurate and up-to-date information about it.

In this article, we’re going to explore the important differences between the different types of CBD oil.


What Is CBD? 


CBD stands for cannabidiol. There are many naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant, one being Cannabidiol. Both plants and human bodies produce cannabinoids. Plant cannabinoids all share a similar architecture make up, and each variation has a slightly different effect on our neurochemistry and other systems within our bodies. 


The most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD, but the cannabis plant produces more than 100 (known) varieties of cannabinoids, including CBG, CBN, and CBC to name a few. The hemp plant also contains terpenes. Terpenes increase the efficacy of cannabinoids thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. 


Are There Different Types of CBD Oil? 


Not all CBD products are created equally. When it comes to herbal supplementation, sometimes the strength of a plant is in its many little variations. And in the case of cannabis and other complex botanicals, the collective activity of all these varied molecules contributes to the plant’s unique effects in people’s unique bodies. Approaching the choice between what cannabinoids are the right choice for you, is different for each person and their desired outcome. In this article, we’ll explore how these cannabinoids and terpenes work best together. 


Many questions may rise as you begin to explore this recent soar of CBD products hitting the markets. One question in particular is centered around the three most common forms of CBD on the market. These are full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate.


Full Spectrum CBD: 


Some CBD products are referred to as “full spectrum” or “whole-plant extracts”. Full Spectrum hemp oil is the most effective type of CBD product you’ll find. Other cannabinoids, including CBG, CBN, and CBC, are exacted from the hemp plant and included within a Full Spectrum product.


These products can also contain up to .3% THC, the cannabinoid many consumers recognize as “the one that gets you high”. But don’t worry! When regulated through the FDA, all products that contain the THC compound must be under legality levels of .3%. 


When present together, CBD and its cannabinoids, as well as terpenes produce what is known as an entourage effect. The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes have been linked to increase the healing properties of each other. 


When you select a full-spectrum hemp option, you benefit from this multitude of potentially beneficial exogenous cannabinoids, as well as the plant terpenes and flavonoids found in the original hemp plant. With a full-spectrum product, these compounds are left available in the same ratios that nature intended. 




Broad-spectrum products are a little bit of both worlds. These products are similar to full-spectrum CBD, but without any THC. To create broad-spectrum CBD, companies will put their products through additional processing to isolate and remove as many trace amounts of THC possible while preserving the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes including CBD, CBG, and CBC. 


This route offers all of the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD without any THC. All benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD are included within a Broad Spectrum product, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body. 


Advances in technology allow extractors to filter out all THC using a special chromatography process. Previously the only THC-free options on the market was CBD isolate, which we cover below.


CBD Isolate: 

CBD Isolate is typically the CBD product of choice for those who are sensitive to other cannabinoids such as THC, or for those that have regularity drug tests. Everything contained in the plant matter is removed during the CBD isolate extraction process, including any traces of THC, terpenes. 99 + % pure CBD is what is left. When looking at isolate, it’s very important to verify the purity.


In order to get CBD out of hemp, it must be extracted. A more advance extracted process is required to extract CBD isolate. CBD isolate extraction starts out like other extraction processes used to make CBD.


Concentrated CBD is full of all the plant materials contained in the hemp plant itself. In order to get this ultra-pure form of isolated CBD, a purifying process follows the actual extraction process. This purification process includes filtration of all plant material. The remains of a white powder is left. This substance is then mixed with MCT oil for a sublingual consumption or mixed with a delicious blend of herbs to finish off your favorite meal. 


Which Product Is Right For Me?

Due to its non-psychoactive healing properties, cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular option for people seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as athletic induced joint pain, difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night and inability to stay asleep, occasional social anxiety, and might we add, that’s just the tip of the iceberg!


The scientific research on this topic is very limited. Many individuals prefer to pick a product best suited for their own unique needs, although some studies have suggested that full-spectrum CBD is superior to CBD isolate.


Your CBD Journey Starts Here 

Yes, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to shopping for CBD oil. But once you find the product that’s right for you, you may never want to go back.


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