Full Spectrum VS Broad Spectrum VS CBD Isolate

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4 January 2021

Choices. Choices. Choices.

Great when it comes to pizza toppings or partners on The Bachelor, not so great when it comes to dissecting health related jargon that’s doesn’t even sound English or … pronounceable. Terpenes, anyone?

Alas, fret not! We at Moxmilk are here to help you all out with that.

Let’s tackle a big subject. When it comes to choosing your CBD oil, what do Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate mean?

Glad you asked.

Within the Cannabis plant, there are hundreds of compounds called ‘cannabinoids’, with some of the most popular ones being THC, CBDA, CBCA, CBN and THCV, to name a few. The differences between Full, Broad and Isolate CBD are based on how many – and which – of the above compounds are found in the product.

Full Spectrum:

Full Spectrum CBD contains every plant part that can be extracted from the raw hemp plant, including cannabinoids other than just CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids. This is the most ‘complete’ type of CBD, but it also contains traces amounts of THC, which is the part of the cannabis plant that causes psychogenic effects.

You should try Full Spectrum if:

  • You want a stronger ‘entourage effect’ and don’t mind a bit of a buzz
  • It’s legal where you live
  • You won’t be drug tested in the near future

N.B. In the UK, Full Spectrum CBD is not legal. All UK-sold products need to have 0.0% THC, unlike the US or Canada who can have up to 0.3% THC.

Broad Spectrum:

Broad Spectrum CBD is exactly like Full Spectrum CBD, minus the THC traces. It is usually derived from Industrial Hemp, as opposed to other types of crop like Cannabis Indica, because they don’t produce THC at all. It’s just as effective as Broad Spectrum, because it allows all the cannabinoids to work in harmony with one another and create the entourage effect, without any of the THC of the Full Spectrum products.

You should try Broad Spectrum if:

  • You can’t have THC
  • It’s illegal where you live
  • You need to pass drug tests

CBD Isolate:

CBD Isolate is just like the name suggests – a single product by itself. It’s 99% pure CBD that has been separated from other cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids, and it’s usually used to add to other creams or oils, but has not been shown to be as effective as Broad or Full spectrum products, as CBD is widely known to work best when with other compounds.

You should try CBD Isolate if:

  • You have a specific sensitivity to other cannabinoids (especially CBGA or THC)
  • You want to add it to your own oils / products

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