CBD: Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs Isolate

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Basically, these terms are used to define which type of CBD is used in a product. Each type presents important factors to consider and understanding the difference is essential for every CBD user.

Full Spectrum

When we talk about cannabis plants (marijuana or hemp), we are talking about a plant with over 400 active compounds. So when we say “full spectrum”, we mean oil that contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and other therapeutic compounds.

The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid.  The combined effect or synergy of all of these compounds is called the “entourage effect”.

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate.

Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed.

To completely remove the THC, the plant CBD extract is put through a special process which strips out the THC and also removes other important plant compounds.  For products that are used in topical applications, we believe the Full Spectrum CBD to be a more holistic ingredient and it offers more benefits.

CBD Isolate

In scientific terms, an isolate is the purest form of a compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound 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.  CBD Isolate is typically extracted from Hemp, due to its low to non-existent THC-content.

So which is better?

Now that you understand the 3 types, you’re probably wondering why we would prefer one over the other; and more importantly, which type you should choose.

First of all, either of the types isn’t better than the others. Every individual has different needs, and this determines which type of CBD is best-suited for their unique conditions.

At Alise Body Care, we create topical salves using Full Spectrum hemp CBD.  We consider full spectrum products to be more comprehensive and all-around in their effects for topical products. This is because all of the active compounds inside the plant are given a chance to work together as a team, holistically.  Holistically is how we integrate all our herbs into our topical salves.

Full spectrum hemp CBD oil offers an array of benefits. One of the most exciting of these benefits is that it can be used by just about anybody, from children to elderly to our little furry companions! Here are some of the benefits of using full spectrum, CBD-rich hemp oil:

  • Rich with cannabinoids, especially CBD and others; And it contains negligible amounts of THC (<.03%)
  • Great source of antioxidants
  • Great source of minerals such as potassium, phosphorous and magnesium
  • Can be used in topicals, well-being treatments or as a nutritional supplement
  • Treats a variety of different ailments such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, migraines, sleep disorders, problem skin, etc.
  • Is completely natural, holistic…not over-processed

Written by Lisa Scheerer, CEO and Creative Alchemist of Not The Same dba Alise Body Care
July 1, 2019


  1. this blog is so informative about full spectrum cbd. the information is clear and easy to understand as the explanation is so clear.

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