Full-Spectrum CBD versus CBD Isolate

You’ll often notice when shopping for CBD there’s two options: CBD isolate or full-spectrum. When buying CBD, always look for a full-spectrum product over an isolate if at all possible. CBD isolate is just that – CBD and nothing else. CBD isolate has a very narrow dosage window that offers therapeutic benefits – and even then the benefits are limited.

Truly full-spectrum CBD products contain a blend of cannabinoids, like CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC. CBDv, THCv, and more. These lesser-known cannabinoids each have conditions for which they offer superior relief over their counterparts.

The magic of full-spectrum CBD lies in the ‘entourage effect,’ a term used to illustrate the fact that when ingesting a synergistic blend of more than one cannabinoid, 1 + 1 = 3. Think of it as either taking a Vitamin C pill or eating an orange. Mother nature has deep, mysterious intelligence that she conveys to the user in full-spectrum CBD products.

Be wary, though – many companies advertise their products as full-spectrum when they are not. The only way to know for sure is to check the company’s Certificates of Analysis (CoA). These are documents that verify a vendor has completed laboratory testing on their products and should give a breakdown of each cannabinoid present in their product – and in what amounts. Two to three (or more ideally more) cannabinoids and you’ve got yourself an authentic full-spectrum CBD product.

A bonus of CoA’s is the ability to see if they’ve tested for common contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides, microbials (such as mold), and residual solvents. This part of the CoA is especially crucial to look for on products that either don’t mention their plant sourcing, or state that their hemp comes from a toxic region such as China or India – and less of a concern when a vendor utilizes organic, US grown hemp or cannabis.

Be wary, though many companies advertise their products as full-spectrum when they are not.