One of the many non-psychoactive cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant.
CBD makes up to 40% of the chemical profile for cannabis, and is among the most studied
molecular structures of the past decade. Many questions surround this miraculous
compound, and while it has been utilized since ancient times, only recently has cannabidiol
taken its place in the public sphere. CBD is available in many forms, and seems endlessly
useful for a variety of applications. The most common variances of CBD products come one
of three ways - Isolate, Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum. So, what’s the difference?
CBD Isolates accomplish precisely what their name implies: they isolate cannbidiol
from all the other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids present within natural cannabis to
produce the most concentrated form of CBD available. Isolates are generally tasteless,
unless flavoring is added, and will never cause you to fail a drug test. They are the most
effective tool in determining where to start a CBD regimen as the exclusion of other
cannabinoids and their effects make Isolates a great measuring tool for pinpointing an exact
dose for beginners. They are also the optimal choice for anyone who has been specifically
recommended to take high doses of CBD in particular.
Full-Spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol plus all the other cannabinoids, terpenes,
and flavonoids present within whichever plant strain the product is derived from. These
additional chemical compounds give Full-Spectrum products vastly different characteristics
than Isolates, and position them as a better option for those seeking to remedy a multitude
of issues that can be addressed by the multiple cannabinoids within Full-Spectrum CBD.
Broad-Spectrum CBD compounds, to put it simply, are the same as Full-Spectrum
compounds with the exclusion of the cannabinoid THC, giving them the benefits of the
entourage effect, with no chance of failing a drug test. In this way, Broad-Spectrum
products can be thought of as the best of both worlds when it comes to CBD. Recently,
there has been evidence of researchers experimenting with different combinations of
cannabinoids to produce specific and desired effects based on their relative concentrations
to one another. Meaning, broad-spectrum products could present a whole new take on how
to most effectively recommend and ingest cannabis-based products in the coming years.