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Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. Isolate

Full Spectrum Extract

Full Spectrum is a whole plant extract.

This means the oil contains multiple cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, proteins, terpenes, and flavonoids.

Having all of these components allows you to get the most out of the entourage effect, meaning this is the most effective option.

Full spectrum oils also have trace amounts of Delta 9–THC. While these trace amounts are 0.3% or less, they can show up on drug tests from continued use. 


Broad Spectrum Extract

Broad spectrum oils typically have no or non-detectable THC – hence the name “broad” instead of “full”.

A broad spectrum oil can be two or more isolates blended together or a blend of whole plant extracts. These whole plant extracts are mixed together until the THC is not present or non-detectable like in the Helping Friendly Hemp Company's Broad Spectrum CBD Soft Chews.

Broad spectrum is the way to go if you are worried about THC content.


CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like. CBD is isolated from a whole plant extract and has no other active ingredients.

Isolate often comes as a white powder or a mix with a carrier oil.

These products do not contain the compounds needed to complete the entourage effect, so they are not as effective. However, they are still a popular product considering the price point is normally much cheaper.

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