CBD Isolate vs Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum

What are the differences between CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil and Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

There are many CBD products with many different types of CBD.  Some boast the benefits of pure CBD while others focus on wider spectrum oils that include terpenes, proteins, lipids, flavonoids and other plant based compounds.  From isolates to the various hemp oils, there are major differences within each you should know about before you buy any hemp-infused products.

Much like beneficial essential oils are extracted from plants, hemp extracts are extracted from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa l..  Hemp differs from what we have to know as cannabis or marijuana in that instead of psychoactive-rich cannabinoids like THC, hemp is rich with CBD, CBG and other highly beneficial phytocannabinoids that are completely non-psychoactive – you don’t get the high.

Is Hemp Oil the same as Hemp Seed Oil?

CBD is just one of many compounds in hemp and is the main cannabinoid in most of the hemp-infused products on the market.  Hemp oil is not to be confused with hemp seed oil which is another type of oil made from hemp seeds which contain no cannabinoids.  Hemp seed oil is widely known as a fantastic carrier oil that has numerous skin care benefits as well as health benefits for your body.

Hemp Extract

Hemp extract is the crude oil extracted from hemp flowers.  It is most often a thick, dark green oil and has a very strong plant-like aroma.  This oil is the basis for the refined variations and has the highest level of THC which is removed during processing to adhere to state and federal hemp laws.  Hemp extracts with levels of THC higher than 0.35 require processing to remove some of the THC to adhere to state and federal laws regarding hemp and hemp extracts.  It has a stronger hemp flavor and the widest variety of benefits, but not necessarily the strongest.  While is may have the widest range of terpenes, flavonoids, proteins, waxes and lipids, it also has lowest amounts of cannabinoids of all extract types due to the vey fact that much of the room is taken up by compounds other than cannabinoids.  Hemp extracts often have a lower cannabinoid value that can range from 20-40%.  To get a higher concentration of cannabinoids, refinement is required to remove the waxes and lipids which comprise the largest amount of the extract.

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, often called Whole Plant Extract or Full Spectrum Oil, retains a wide array of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other plant materials.  Full spectrum comes the processing of hemp-extract and typically has as some of the lipids and waxes removed to allow for higher concentrations of cannabinoids as well as THC, up to 0.3%.  This amount may sound minute, but the added benefits of the THC working together in synergy with other constituents allow the ‘Entourage Effect’ to help provide a greater beneficial impact on you body.  FSH oil is typically a darker green color due to the higher level of retained compounds but not as thick as crude hemp extract.  The flavor can still be hard to mask and can be unappealing to many.

Broad Spectrum Hemp

Broad Spectrum Hemp is more processed than Full Spectrum Hemp and contains slightly less of the original plant materials, including THC, which is completely removed.  BSH is more coveted than CBD Isolate for its greater range of beneficial compounds which still work together in the ‘Entourage Effect.’  Since Broad Spectrum Hemp has had the THC removed so it does not take full effect of the ‘Entourage Effect’ like Full Spectrum Hemp.  The color of BSH is similar to FSH and the flavor can be similarly unappealing and hard to disguise.

CBD Isolate

For the beginning user, CBD isolate products can warm you up the vast library of CBD products available on the internet and in stores.  99+% CBD isolate is typically an off-white, fine crystal powder with little to no flavor.  CBD isolate has been heavily processed in order to isolate the key phytocannabinoid, CBD, from the hemp extract.  Often CBDV will also be present since it is a by-product of CBD.  Isolate has all the key beneficial effects of CBD.