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If you have ever searched the internet for CBD products then you must have come across the term’s full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD Isolates. If you’re not sure which type is best for you and your needs, this article will cover the difference between the extraction process, the entourage effect, and the benefits of whole plant medicine.
So, what exactly are Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and CBD Isolates?
Full-spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant. Whole-plant extracts contain all the active constituents of the plant, not just the CBD molecules. The hemp plant contains various terpenes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other cannabinoids. Full-Spectrum will contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3% of dry weight), but not enough to get you “high.”
The refining stage in the extraction process decides the nature of the extracted CBD Oil. For Full–Spectrum CBD Oil only a minimal amount of refining is done to filter out waxes and unwanted fibrous materials.
Just like Full–Spectrum CBD, the Broad-Spectrum CBD also contains all the naturally occurring compounds, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Except, it does not contain any amount of THC (psychoactive compound) whatsoever. Therefore, there is no risk of the psychoactive effects of THC.
The CBD Oil goes through the refining process to completely filter out the THC content leaving behind Broad–Spectrum CBD Oil with all the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential fatty acids.
As the name suggests, the CBD Isolates contain only the pure CBD extract from the hemp plant. No other naturally occurring compounds, terpenes, cannabinoids, or essential fatty are included.
After CBD concentrate is extracted and separated from the rest of the compounds in the plant, it then goes through a winterization process, which extracts any remaining waxes, terpenes, or cannabinoids. This creates a CBD product that tests as high as 99% pure CBD.
The Entourage Effect
According to studies, the Full-Spectrum CBD may be more beneficial than CBD Isolates because of the “Entourage effect”.
The health benefits of full-spectrum medicinal cannabis go beyond it being a source of CBD. The array of cannabinoids and other natural constituents found in full-spectrum CBD oil work synergistically, known as the “entourage effect”, for optimal benefits. When entering the bloodstream, these compounds work harmoniously to increase the overall bioavailability (how much of a compound can enter the bloodstream) magnify their therapeutic properties.
The complex mix of cannabinoids, essential nutrients, protein, and healthy fats work synergistically to encourage homeostasis and balance in our health.
What type of CBD is best for you?
Now that you know the basic difference between different types of CBD, you must be wondering which one is best for you.
However, it is important to understand that every individual has different needs, and this is what determines the type of CBD best for them.
The below-mentioned criteria based on the differences between the different types of CBD may guide in choosing the CBD type that suits you the best.
Best for individuals
- with conditions that cannot be treated with only CBD Isolates and Broad-Spectrum
- who are advised to consume a particular THC to CBD ratio
Best for Individuals
- with conditions that cannot be treated with only CBD isolate
- sensitive to THC
- using THC for the first time
Best for Individuals
- who are advised to take high doses of CBD
- sensitive to THC or other cannabinoids
We hope this article can guide you in selecting the CBD product that suits you the best.
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