The Different Types of CBD: Isolate, Full-Spectrum, and Broad-Spectrum

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

You've tried everything to find relief from your daily stress, chronic pain, and anxiety. Or have you?

If you want to try something that would ease your stress, quiet your anxiety, or ease your pain, then CBD might be the right fit for you. CBD can

ease all of these and then some. People who are considering adding CBD to their routine can find it overwhelming when they are faced with CBD's three popular formulations.

You've probably seen CBD products labeled as Isolate, Full Spectrum, or Broad Spectrum. These terms may sound similar but they are different. These terms are used to define which type of CBD is in a product. Each type represents important factors to consider and they all have their own unique benefits to offer. Understanding the difference is essential for CBD users. Therefore, choosing which one is best for you is a matter of knowing their characteristics and your preference.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also most commonly referred to as CBD, is a chemical compound found in both cannabis and hemp plants. CBD is much more prevalent in hemp rather than cannabis. Hemp is usually filled with large amounts of CBD while on the other hand cannabis is full of a different chemical compound, THC. What makes CBD different from THC is that its non- intoxicating, meaning that it doesn't give off a high. CBD can be taken in a variety of ways such as edibles, oils, and topicals.


Hemp-derived CBD isolate is cannabinoids in its purest form possible. CBD isolates are made by isolating CBD and then refining it to a high potent single compound product. This results in an almost pure dose of CBD. CBD isolates are mostly found in a crystalline form. A pure dose sounds amazing but isolate CBD misses out on the benefits that the other plant compounds provide. Isolate CBD can become an issue when it comes to dosing. With the other cannabinoids not present to balance it out, pure CBD has a much more narrow therapeutic window. In other words, the dosage must be specific in order to get the desired effect. Broad Spectrum CBD does not have this issue as it has a wide therapeutic window due to the other cannabinoids present.

Full-Spectrum CBD

What is Full-Spectrum CBD? Full-spectrum CBD, also referred to as whole plant CBD, contains everything that naturally occurs within the hemp plant. All of the plant parts which include terpenes, flavonoids, phytocannabinoids (CBD, THC (trace amounts - 0.3%), CBN, CBG, THCA, CBDA, plus..), vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and all other phytonutrients are present. Even if their content is small, when all the natural terpenes are present in the CBD oil, this is Full Spectrum. When you use a full-spectrum CBD oil, your body experiences what Israeli biochemist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam calls the “Entourage Effect.” The "Entourage Effect" is the end result of all the naturally occurring flavonoids, terpenes, cannabinoids, and fatty acids synergistically interacting. In other words, it refers to the beneficial effect of all these compounds working together as opposed to just one or two of these compounds working alone.


Explaining Broad Spectrum CBD is relatively simple. It is simply Full Spectrum CBD without the THC. Broad Spectrum CBD is put through an additional extraction process to isolate and remove the THC while preserving the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes. Broad Spectrum CBD lacks THC entirely. With Broad Spectrum CBD, you get the "best of both worlds". You get the benefits of the "entourage effect" with no failed drug tests or intoxicating effects (being "high"). For those looking for a non-intoxicating experience, this is the right option for you.

The Entourage Effect

The meaning behind the "entourage effect" is all about if a plant (hemp) still has all of its compounds intact and were not separated in any way. This effect helps to maximize CBD's therapeutic effects and benefits. The entourage effect is felt once someone consumes a CBD product, while the benefits can range depending on the type of CBD you're ingesting. If the product is full-spectrum, the user will feel the full effect of the entourage effect. Broad-spectrum CBD is all in all the same as full-spectrum without any THC present, nearly reaching the full entourage effect. This leaves isolate CBD last in line since there is only one compound, CBD. To summarize, "the more [compounds] the merrier"!

People respond better to products that contain multiple cannabinoids as opposed to single isolated cannabinoids. This goes hand in hand with cannabinoids found in nature through natural plants versus those produced synthetically in a lab.

Remember, "whole plant or full plant" (Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum) extract contains all of the beneficial terpenes, fatty acids, and other phytocannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant in addition to CBD.

Broad Spectrum CBD is optimal for athletes, people who are sensitive to THC, people who live in states with strict THC laws, and people who don't want to risk experiencing any psychoactive effects or failing a drug test. It is also regarded to be a better therapeutic than the isolate CBD.

Keep in mind that isolate CBD has it's "place and time", however, a CBD product made from isolate will NOT contain the other beneficial factors. Only pure CBD. Therefore, it will NOT deliver the benefits of a Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum.

So if you are looking to get the "good stuff" that's naturally found in the hemp plant, in addition to CBD, and you want to avoid the THC, it would be best to go with Broad Spectrum CBD.

To sum it all up, you have choices. It's a fact that people prefer one type of CBD oil over another. Every individual is different and this determines which is best for them.

Here at GoGreen Hemp, we offer broad-spectrum products with 0.0% THC to ensure a non-intoxicating experience. To view our product line please visit our CBD collection page.

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