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What is the difference between broad and full-spectrum CBD?

Whether you’re turning to CBD to address stress and mood, manage discomfort or improve overall health and wellness, it’s important to understand all aspects of CBD. Why? It’s the only way to make a smart, informed choice and pick a product that perfectly aligns with your needs and comfort level!

Before you fervently debate CBD tinctures, balms, and gummies, pick a type of CBD that you want to consume. Broadly, CBD is of three types. The difference lies in the compounds that each contains. Based on this, CBD is characterized as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. Here’s a quick overview of the three variants and how they differ from one another.

Type #1 Full-spectrum CBD

As the name suggests, a full-spectrum CBD product consists of all the chemical compounds or phytochemicals found in the source plant. It contains many naturally occurring extracts such as cannabinoids and terpenes. Yes, this includes up to 0.3% THC and certain essential oils too.

Type #2 Broad-spectrum CBD

Think of broad-spectrum CBD as a muted version of full-spectrum CBD. What this means is that this type of CBD is the middle-of-the-road option that comprises multiple cannabinoids as well as other compounds, but contains non-detectable levels of THC. As it consists of the full spectrum of cannabinoids, with THC intentionally removed, it gets the name ‘broad spectrum’.

Type #3 CBD isolate

If you want a potent dose of CBD and nothing else, CBD isolate is what you’re looking for. It is starkly different from full- and broad-spectrum CBD, as it contains no other compounds. In a certain sense, it is a pure form of CBD.

What determines the type of CBD?

Whether CBD is broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or isolate depends on how it is processed after the initial extraction. You now know that full-spectrum CBD comprises myriad compounds, including THC. When it is processed further, specifically to remove traces of THC, you get broad-spectrum CBD. Lastly, you have CBD isolate. It is the most processed of the lot as it undergoes extra refining. 

Which type of CBD should you choose?

To make a smart choice, familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of each type of CBD and how it affects your body. 

Full-spectrum CBD



  • One of the biggest pros is that amongst the three options available to you, full-spectrum CBD is the least processed.

  • As a result, a small dose of full-spectrum CBD usually goes a long way. 

  • Additionally, you can enjoy the Entourage Effect! This theory states that when the many chemical compounds present in full-spectrum CBD come together, they heighten each other’s benefits and minimize side effects. Win-win!
  • Full-spectrum CBD typically contains less than 0.3% THC. Owing to this, there is a possibility that you may fail a drug test.

Broad-spectrum CBD



  • As broad-spectrum CBD comprises non-detectable limits of THC, you don’t have to worry about it having any psychoactive/euphoric behavioral impact.

  • That said, you do benefit from the Entourage Effect to a certain extent, but not as much as full-spectrum products. 
  • As it lacks THC, the jury is out on whether broad-spectrum CBD is as effective as full-spectrum CBD.

  • If you want your CBD to be tasteless and odorless, you may find broad-spectrum CBD hard to palate, as it can have a strong taste and smell. This is because even though there’s no THC, it still contains chemical compounds.

CBD isolate



  • Want the goodness of CBD without the strong taste and smell? CBD isolate is for you. It has no distinguishable taste or smell whatsoever. 

  • As there’s no THC, you can rest assured that you won’t experience any euphoric behavior, and the chances of failing a drug test are small.

  • CBD isolate is a great option for beginners or those who react adversely to THC.
  • As it comprises no other compounds, you won’t benefit from the Entourage Effect when you consume CBD isolate.

  • Since CBD isolate has a minimal ingredient list, you have to consume more of it to notice measurable results.

A word to the wise!
Now that you know of the three types of CBD, make sure that when you buy a CBD product, you read the label carefully, pick a reputed brand and look for third-party verifications. The simplest way to do this is to shop with us! 

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