There is an array of cannabinoid products to choose from on the market today and as consumers we see the words isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum everywhere.
Everyone says theirs is the best, but how do you know what you need?
Isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum are words used to describe the resulting product of extraction from the hemp plant. One is not superior to the other as all have benefits consumers can get value from. In this guide we are going to learn what each of these terms mean and how to know which ones are best for us.
When a cannabinoid product is labeled full spectrum, it means the product contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids within the hemp plant, except yielding less than .3% THC like required to. By retaining all the naturally occurring phytochemicals including terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids the consumer then experiences the entourage effect.
This is when compounds act synergistically to modulate and boost the therapeutic benefits of what you are ingesting.
Full spectrum is the least processed form of cannabinoids and is great for consumers who are comfortable with consuming small amounts of THC and want to experience the benefits of the whole plant. With having trace amounts of THC, one will most likely never feel any psychoactive effects, however when consumed regularly it is important to note it can trigger a positive result on a drug test. Full Spectrum is a whole plant extraction and does come with a whole plant flavor, though can be diluted when added to your favorite drinks or smoothies.
Broad spectrum means it contains all the components of the whole hemp plant except THC. Having all the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, broad spectrum products also induce the entourage effect, just without the THC.
Broad spectrum products are great for those who want or need to avoid THC completely, but still want the benefits the whole plant brings. Broad spectrum products taste slightly less robust in plant flavor than full spectrum, but still carry the hemp flavor.
Isolates are a singular cannabinoid that have been extracted from the hemp plant. The process of extraction to form an isolate removes all other active compounds of the plant, leaving nothing but the singular cannabinoid in its purest form, usually testing at 99% purity. Too often isolates get a bad reputation because they are not the whole plant, but they are packed with benefits. When a cannabinoid is isolated, it is pure, not diluted with other constituents. Isolates do not introduce the entourage effect unless the formulation is advanced and carries other plant elements, however isolates do provide the numerous benefits of the singular cannabinoid. For example, CBDA has an array of therapeutic benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects on its own. When mixed with other cannabinoids in a full spectrum or broad spectrum product, there is not much CBDA in the product itself. However, when we use an isolate, that would be 99% pure CBDA. This means as consumers we are strictly absorbing the many benefits CBDA brings. The same can go for all the other cannabinoids like
CBG and CBD. All are packed with many therapeutic benefits consumers can benefit from and in an isolated form, we can really fine tune and boost the benefits we get from the singular cannabinoid.
Isolates are a great option for those who want the benefits a singular cannabinoid has, and those who need to avoid THC completely. Additionally isolates have no hempy flavor and can easily be infused into any product.