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Isolate & CBD Full-Spectrum - What’s The Difference?

Many people that are initially considering adding CBD to their diet in some form run into confusion. Particularly when it comes to which kind of CBD to consume, hearing the terms “Full-Spectrum,” “Broad Spectrum,” and “Isolate” may sound a bit intimidating. This post will review the differences between these three forms of CBD to better help you decide which is right for you. 

It must be stated that while there are many touted health benefits to CBD consumption as acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they do also say there is more research needed. Currently, there is only one FDA-approved CBD prescription for the treatment of epilepsy; all over-the-counter (OTC) products you may buy on this site or almost anywhere else on the internet or in person do not have the FDA stamp of approval. Hence why it is so important to take the time to properly research the CBD products you elect to consume, whether they are full or broad-spectrum or isolate. 

There are several reasons why people consume CBD, some being pain, anxiety, and to help sleep better. While more research is needed to clarify how beneficial CBD is or isn’t for one’s diet, there is ample evidence that it can benefit certain conditions. Depending on the goal may help one decide which CBD is better suited, full-spectrum, or isolate.

The primary difference between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate is the contents within each form. Full-spectrum contains multiple cannabis-plant extracts, such as terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol; in addition, full-spectrum may contain up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for the feeling of being “high,” such a low amount, however, does not result in any psychoactive sense. 

CBD isolate is pure CBD. There are no other cannabis plant compounds found in CBD isolate products. CBD isolate often referred to as CBD crystals, as it can be ground up and sold as a powder. 


The process of extracting the CBD is no different when it comes to either full-spectrum or isolate CBD. This process entails carbon dioxide extraction, steam distillation, solvent extraction, and lipid extraction. However, the refinement process is far more extensive with CBD isolate, as all other cannabinoids must be removed before there is a final product only containing CBD isolate. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of both CBD types to help make a better and more educated decision. 

So what are the reported benefits of using full-spectrum CBD?

When it comes to full-spectrum CBD, the buzz is all around the term “entourage effect”; this proclaims that the combined effect of all the cannabis compounds in conjunction with CBD offers more health benefits than just isolated CBD. One of those compounds is THC, responsible for the high feeling people get from smoking or consuming marijuana. However, the quantity is less than 0.3% and should not result in any high. But it should be said that the responsible thing to do is research and look up the test results before purchasing any CBD product. 


There is a range of alleged health benefits to full-spectrum CBD consumption, which include: anti-seizure, muscle spasm relief, anti-anxiety, pain relief, treatment for psychotic disorders, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory. Further research on the benefits of the entourage effect from full-spectrum CBD can be found here


So what is the case for CBD isolate? 

CBD isolate offers the purest form of CBD. Consuming CBD isolate may be better for people who have never tried CBD before and would like to see how CBD alone would affect them without any other cannabis compounds. Since CBD isolate is so refined, there is zero taste, a benefit to some who don’t like the earthy taste of full-spectrum CBD. 

The benefit of CBD isolate is that for those who need a higher dose of CBD, it is easier to accomplish with isolate since all other compounds are refined out of it. However, there is controversy about whether the desired effects against pain and inflammation may only occur at a specific dose, making full-spectrum the better option for those desired results. 

Some people wish to avoid THC altogether; perhaps they are sensitive to it or want peace of mind if they need to pass a drug test. However, one must be careful as some brands may put on the label that there is no THC when there is.

The final form of CBD, being broad-spectrum, is very similar to full-spectrum. The significant difference is that the broad spectrum should also contain zero THC like CBD isolate but still offer the desired entourage effect from full-spectrum. 

In Conclusion

There are advantages to all three forms of CBD. It depends on what you are looking for. It is advised to read all labels carefully before making a purchase. Here at the Best Buds CBD Store, our top selling CBD products are the full-spectrum neon cube CBD gummies. Customers report all the benefits claimed from consuming CBD and rave about the great taste and variety.