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What to Know About Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD

Blue Ribbon Hemp

This article was originally published on Best CBD Planet. To view the original article, click here.


As a consumer, you have to know what all is accessible in the market and why and when you should buy them. CBD has been legally around for 2 years now in the US and we have had enough time to get used to it. There are plenty of CBD products everywhere- each differently made using different CBD forms- leaving us to wonder how they are different. The forms of CBD that you would have come across are full-spectrum, isolate, and broad-spectrum CBD.

In this article you will find answers to what, why, and when these should be used.

Before that, let’s look into how CBD is extracted.


You might have already heard of CBD as a compound derived from hemp which belongs to the cannabis family. Despite coming from the family famous for its psychotic property, it does not have THC in enough amounts to get a person high. CBD is usually extracted from the plant using carbon dioxide. The extracted mixture undergoes distillation to separate out CBD.

Related: Learn about the differences between THC and CBD by clicking here.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD is the mixture obtained after it is extracted from the hemp plant. It contains a good amount of CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids including THC. Since the concentration of THC in industrial hemp is lesser than 0.3%, it will not get anyone stoned. It is also known as whole plant CBD. However, whole plant CBD is less refined than full-spectrum hemp and will contain fats, waxes, and fibers.

Isolate CBD

As you would have guessed by now, isolate CBD is pure CBD. CBD and other compounds are extracted from the hemp plant using the same method and later undergoes a winterization process– in which all the other cannabinoids, waxes, and terpenes are removed from the mixture.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD, but not the same. After the extraction of the compounds from the hemp, it undergoes another process to remove all traces of THC from it. In the end, the CBD mixture will contain CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes.

Which One Should You Take?

A study conducted in 2017 showed that 70% of CBD users failed drug tests. This is probably because they were taking THC along with CBD. If you are worried about the same, you should have isolate CBD.

Full-spectrum hemp is proven to be efficient in treating many health conditions. Hence, if you are taking CBD to improve your health, you should have this. Broad-spectrum CBD also has the same effect