If you’re new to CBD (short for cannabidiol), you might be slightly intimidated by all of the information online. Words like full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, THC percentage, microdosing… oh my. It’s enough to make anyone pop a few STRESS gummies.
However, before you jump in and buy your first (or second) CBD product, there’s a few key details to understand about the different types of CBD. One of the biggest starting points is to determine what kind of “spectrum” blend you want.
But what is full-spectrum CBD vs. broad-spectrum CBD? What are their differences? Most importantly, which type of CBD better suits you?
3 main types of CBD explained
Before we detail the different types of CBD, here’s a quick recap of what CBD is.
CBD is one of the 100+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Another type of cannabinoid is THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for giving a “high” like in marijuana. CBD oil products have little to no THC (aka no high), meaning they’re processed differently to get the desired blend of cannabinoids.
Here are the three CBD oil choices for most products on the market today:
- Full-spectrum CBD – All cannabinoids
- Broad-spectrum CBD – All cannabinoids with THC completely removed
- Isolate CBD – Contains CBD only
Let’s dig a little deeper into each of these to see how they differ from one another.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, including THC. Because of this, full-spectrum CBD is capable of providing the greatest benefits compared to the other two types of CBD. This is also one of the reasons why it is the most popular CBD product in the market today (oh hey, House of Wise).
Now, you may be wondering: why does the presence of all cannabinoids make full-spectrum CBDs more effective? This happens because of what is called the “entourage effect,” which is the effect where the cannabinoids boost each other, hence maximizing their effects and benefits. We’ll come back to this in a bit.
For full-spectrum CBD, the inclusion of THC is generally legal so long as it only contains <0.3% THC. This is the legal limit, and this amount won’t typically induce any psychoactive effects on the user.
Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD in that both contain a variety of other cannabinoids alongside CBD to produce their health and therapeutic benefits. However, unlike full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD mostly contains no THC and limits other cannabinoids.
Some may experience the entourage effect with broad-spectrum CBD, but at a much weaker capacity compared to a full-spectrum CBD.
If you are looking to use CBD in its purest form, you may opt to purchase CBD isolates instead. Unlike full- and broad-spectrum CBD, CBD isolates do not contain any cannabinoid and other compounds other than CBD itself.
With that being said, CBD isolates are not perfect. To begin with, they are the most highly processed CBD type among the three types. Also, they don’t have the boosting “entourage effect” at all.
What is the entourage effect?
The entourage effect is a mechanism where the different compounds of a cannabis plant synergistically work with one another. The result is, aside from amplifying their therapeutic benefits, they also reduce any potential side effects that could be caused by each compound.
That being said, compounds need compounds to potentially activate the “entourage effect.” This explains why only full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD will have this effect – they both possess the varying compounds present in a cannabis plant, only that full-spectrum contains all compounds while broad-spectrum only contains selected types of compounds.
This is part of the reason why House of Wise uses full-spectrum CBD because it has the greatest entourage effect, which provides you with the best benefits.
Why is full-spectrum CBD the best?
There’s a reason most people recommend full-spectrum CBD as the best form of CBD for people looking to use it in their daily routines. But why?
Full-spectrum CBD is the most effective because it contains all cannabinoids, therefore maximizing the synergetic effects of the “entourage effect.”
However, despite its popularity, full-spectrum CBDs do have a caveat, and you probably already sensed it by now – its THC content.
Not all CBD products are created equal. Be sure that your full-spectrum CBD’s THC content is only 0.3% or below to comply with federal regulations (and in most states) and forgo the high.
Hemp-derived CBD and safe processing
When it comes to extraction, the methods differ from brand to brand, as do the flavor results. Each cannabis plant has over 200 terpenes, which is the component that gives flavor or aromaticity to cannabis. Terpenes can range from citrus, pine, mint, and more.
But the most important part of CBD selection is figuring out where your brand sources from. As CBD has grown to be a hot commodity, so have non-organic farms and low-quality products. Avoid these at all costs.
That’s why we emphasize having high-quality CBD at House of Wise. Our products are made from hemp grown solely on USDA Organic farms in Denver, CO. We never use pesticides or chemicals on our plants, making sure they are safe for everyone. We also use advanced supercritical CO2 extraction to obtain a complete range of cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and other beneficial phytonutrients. This yields a potent blend with no harsh chemicals.
Incorporating CBD into your wellness routines
Adding CBD tincture or gummies can be incredibly beneficial — and easy — to your wellness routines. Here are some tips to remember when using CBD regularly:
- Adhere to the suggested dosage. Adding more doesn’t necessarily mean you will receive more benefits, as your body can only absorb and benefit from so much. Start small and increase your dosage from there, whether it be to help with sleep, sex, or stress.
- Give it time to work. If you are new to CBD, it may take more than one night to see the positive impact on your daily life. We suggest taking it for a few weeks to see and experience the full benefits.
- Make lifestyle changes, too. In the age of quick-fixes, we’re transparent about CBD not being a one-time cure. For instance, establish a nighttime routine that pairs well with our SLEEP line. You might trade-in your nightly wine for CBD SLEEP Tea or take a bath. Healthy lifestyle changes + CBD paired with active ingredients for your goals can upgrade your life.
Ready to try a quality, full-spectrum CBD product from House of Wise? Shop our SLEEP, SEX, and STRESS lines.