When shopping for CBD products you may notice three separate product descriptions: CBD Isolate, Broad Spectrum, and Full Spectrum. While these all sound quite similar, there are actually major differences between these categories that have a different set of uses.
Essentially, each category is used to define which type of CBD is used in any given product. Each type presents important components to consider and understanding the differences is key for every CBD user.
We’re here to shed some light on this intriguing subject so that you can make the best decision for you, your body and your pocketbook.
Speaking in scientific terms, an isolate is the purest form of any compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound (CBD in our case) from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds.
With that being said, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. Typically extracted from CBD rich hemp, the result is pure and unadulterated CBD with absolutely zero THC.
CBD isolates usually come in a versatile powder or crystalline form. They are often used in topicals, like Fog & Tree’s Beard Conditioner and Hair Mask, because isolates take full advantage of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. However, void of terpenes and naturally occurring cannabinoids, isolates give us the freedom to infuse them with custom Terpene blends to better administer The Entourage Effect.
CBD isolates are also great for anyone looking to avoid THC entirely. Products containing THC can sometimes come with unwanted side effects and may carry legal complications depending on where you live. For many, it is better to be safe than sorry while still getting the benefits of CBD.
In contrast to a CBD isolate, broad-spectrum products describe a cannabis extract that includes CBD, terpenes, and other minor cannabinoids. However, like CBD isolates, broad-spectrum, products do not contain any THC. Thus, they are completely safe to consume for anyone that is looking to steer clear of any unwanted effects.
Since broad-spectrum goods maintain all of their terpenes and cannabinoids, they are able to take full advantage of The Entourage Effect. The cannabis plant has a wide range of potential wellness benefits that cannot all be achieved by isolating one cannabinoid at a time. While some of these wellness perks can be reached in topical formulations, many of them can only be achieved through ingestion.
This makes broad-spectrum products an excellent choice for edibles and tinctures in order to reap the intricate benefits of The Entourage Effect. If you’re looking to go one step closer to whole plant medicine without the effects of THC, broad-spectrum products would be a good option.
Last but not least, we have full-spectrum CBD products. These describe anything that includes a full terpene and cannabinoid profile, including trace amounts of THC. Full-spectrum CBD products are usually made from hemp as it naturally occurs with very little THC and is safe for consumption. In fact, hemp is federally legal as long as it contains less than .03% THC, essentially rendering it non-intoxicating.
Full-spectrum CBD products are flavorful, vibrantly scented, and make excellent tinctures and edibles. Being that they harness the entire plant, full-spectrum products have a whole host of potential wellness benefits that are activated by The Entourage Effect. If you are looking to explore Cannabinoid therapy, are perfectly comfortable with a little THC in your life and have discussed possible side effects with your doctor, full-spectrum CBD goods may be right for you.
Conclusion: The Fog & Tree Spectrum
While each category of CBD products comes with its own unique set of pros and cons, Fog & Tree products have carved their own lane in the CBD arena. While we use an organically-grown CBD isolate for our beard conditioner and hair mask, we also add in a hand-selected blend of hemp terpenes.
This allows us to not only achieve our signature alluring scent with aromatherapeutic benefits but also to receive some targeted wellness perks from The Entourage Effect. Both Fog & Tree’s Beard Conditioner and Hair Mask are anti-inflammatory to relieve skin irritation, packed with antioxidant benefits to protect and strengthen your hair and skin, and they smell absolutely amazing to put that extra pep in your step.
Whether you choose to go for CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or something on the Fog & Tree spectrum, by doing your research you can make an informed decision about what is right for you.