CBD is growing but many still don’t understand it. And when it is, it is much more complicated because not only one form of CBD is present. CBD is known to most people as cannabis minus THC but it is actually a little (a lot) more complex.
Let’s break down the difference between those 3 types of CBD Oil
The cannabis plant contains hundreds of cannabinoids, the largest being CBD and THC. It is important to note that when it comes to CBD products, there are different forms of CBD extracts and mixtures, so let us break it down for you.
Generally, the molecule CBD is added as an extract to a product, either as a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or as an isolate. The CBD extract is mixed in with so-called carrier oils, in this case, it can be hempseed oil, olive oil, MCT oil, or avocado oil.
• Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
A product of full-spectrum CBD undergoes less processing than isolates. Manufacturers use dried plant matter from hemp for cannabinoids extraction. These plant compounds are typically extracted using a process called supercritical CO2 extraction. The full-spectrum CBD oil includes all the cannabinoids provided by hemp.
Often the full-spectrum CBD is called pure-spectrum. These two words mean pretty much the same thing, so don’t worry about comparing them. Whatever the term, here are some of the cannabinoids in a full-spectrum product you can expect to find:
✓ Cannabidiol (CBD): No CBD product without a CBD will be useful! For its broad variety of everyday uses, this non-psychoactive cannabinoid is the most sought compound nowadays.
✓ Cannabigerol (CBG): CBG is another essential cannabinoid, and it is a precursor to other cannabinoids (such as CBD). It is an important compound and research suggests that it may have its own benefits. It is typically present in pure-spectrum oils in amounts of less than 3 per cent.
✓ Cannabichromene (CBC): CBC is one of the six cannabinoids which are most abundant. You can typically find only small amounts of CBC in a full spectrum product.
✓ Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV): Only present in small amounts in full-spectrum products.
• Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil
Broad-spectrum CBD is a combination of the Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. As with Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds contained inside the plant are retained in the extract; but, as with CBD Isolate, THC is removed entirely. Broad-spectrum includes other plant elements, such as terpenes, for certain added benefits. Aromatherapy has been around for a long time after all. Plants are very powerful and by extracting their compounds the plants can only be beneficial to us.
• Isolate CBD Oil
Scientifically speaking, an isolate is the purest type of a compound, created by removing the compound singularly from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds. Having said that, isolate CBD Oil is the purest type of CBD that is generated by extracting all other compounds present in the plant, including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.
Due to its low to non-existent THC content, CBD Isolate is usually extracted from Hemp.
Final thoughts on the different CBD Oil spectrums
There are several factors which determine how a cannabinoid affects the body. Most of the times this will depend on the individual’s chemical makeup, the individual’s weight, and the uses of other substances.
For some, Full-Spectrum CBD Oil may be the best choice, as it delivers the Cannabis plant’s full benefits. A high-dose of pure CBD isolate may do the trick for some, and others may need the benefits that only THC may offer.
Research into the effectiveness of each spectrum at the personal level is still in its early stages, so it can take some time to find out which one is better for you.
Thank you for joining us today, and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed this article and that helped shed some light on a confusing CBD subject. We are very excited with what we are doing and it’s an honour to write for our community!