Types of CBD: Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate

Not all CBD is created equal!

With so many different types of CBD being offered in the marketplace, it is helpful for you to know just how your CBD products are being made.

Isolate, Full Spectrum, and Broad Spectrum are the three most common types of CBD. As you might expect, each is created differently.


CBD is one of the most abundant, naturally-occurring compounds in the hemp and cannabis plants. Unlike the THC compound, CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t get you “high.”

While THC is still illegal in many states, CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC are federally legal and nationally available.

Extraction is the process that turns the whole hemp plant into a CBD product, whether that’s CBD oil, topicals, sprays, etc.

Isolate, Full spectrum, Broad Spectrum: The Different Types of CBD

Isolate CBD:

Isolate refers to a type of CBD that, you guessed it, is isolated from the rest of the compounds in the cannabis plant.

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.

Full Spectrum CBD:

Full spectrum CBD, on the other hand, extracts a full profile of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. Sometimes referred to as whole plant CBD, full spectrum will contain trace amounts of THC, but not enough to get you “high.”

Broad Spectrum CBD:

Broad spectrum CBD is the middle ground option between isolate and full spectrum CBD. It begins as a full spectrum oil, with the full range of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes, but it then goes through a refinement process to remove all THC compounds.


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