Full spectrum, broad spectrum, isolate — what do all these terms mean? And how do we know which product will work?
Let’s break this down:
- Full spectrum: Wide range of cannabinoids
- Broad spectrum: Generally means a wide range of cannabinoids, without THC. However, this term is used very loosely. It can mean anything between the spectrum of Isolate and Full Spectrum
- Isolate: Contains CBD only
Okay, but what does all that mean? And which one do you want?
The cannabis plant consists of hundreds of compounds.
Full spectrum CBD, also commonly referred to as whole plant or whole flower CBD, contains CBD as well as a wide range of other cannabinoids, including THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabis compounds.
When all of these compounds work together, they can potentially have a wider effect on your health. This is called the “entourage effect.”
Basically, when you consume full spectrum CBD, such as our product, Süthe, terpenes and cannabinoids work together by playing off each other’s strengths to deliver superior benefits.
In comparison, a product that doesn’t contain a wide range of cannabis compounds, such as CBD isolate, will not produce the entourage effect, meaning you won’t receive all the possible benefits of CBD.
In a groundbreaking study published by the Lautenberg Center, it was revealed that “in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered.”
Research supports full spectrum CBD as being the most effective and beneficial CBD.
Broad spectrum generally refers to CBD products with a wide range of cannabinoids and other compounds, minus THC.
However, the term “broad spectrum” is used very loosely. It can mean anything between the spectrum of isolate and full spectrum.
It could be just CBD with some terpenes, or CBD with THC, but no other cannabinoids, etc.
All parts of the cannabis plant hold potential benefits. But the benefits may differ from cannabinoid to cannabinoid and terpene to terpene.
Unfortunately, research on the cannabis plant is still in the early stages, especially here in the U.S. There is still a lot to be discovered about the benefits of the cannabis plant and all its different components.
It might be best to choose a full spectrum product, as the research that’s been conducted so far points to full spectrum CBD being the most effective.
Isolates do not include essential cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, or any other compounds.
Isolate products simply contain CBD and nothing else.
In theory, this sounds great, but the fact is, CBD works better in conjunction with other components of the cannabis plant.
Research indicates that isolate products are generally less effective compared to broad spectrum and full spectrum products, due to CBD isolate’s lack of essential cannabis compounds.
However, one benefit of isolate products is that you can more easily dose. CBD isolate products generally list doses in milligrams, so you know how much CBD you’re consuming in each dose. This may be particularly important for those who require an exact dosage as part of treatment for a certain condition.
On the other hand, with full spectrum CBD, milligram doses are less important, as the entourage effect works to create a wider impact than you can achieve with just CBD isolate.
Research supports full spectrum CBD as being the most superior CBD product, but you should pick the product that works best for you.
CBD affects everyone differently and what works for one person may not work for another person.
Consult with your doctor to find out what might work best for you.