Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate – The Many Shades of CBD
When it comes to choosing your CBD skincare, you’ve got options. And as great as that sounds, we all know that in practice, having too many options can be a bit overwhelming. If you’ve ever spent over an hour scrolling through titles on Netflix only to exhaust yourself and fall asleep to an episode of Friends you’ve seen 10,000 times (hi The One With All the Wedding Dresses) you know what I’m talking about.
If you’ve been shopping for CBD skincare for any amount of time, you will have noted that certain brands and products tout different forms of CBD: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate. Just like all things Cannabis, it’s about finding what works for YOU, and CBD skincare is no different: one form is not better than another, it just depends on what works for you.
Here are the three types of CBD extracts found in the products on this site, demystified so that you get the most out of your journey to find the purrrfect CBD skincare routine for you.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD (also known as full-plant) contains the myriad benefits of the cannabis plant, including fatty acids, terpenes, and also a tiny dose of THC (.03% or less). THC levels vary depending on whether the CBD was derived from hemp seed or cannabis plant, but this chemical as well as the others found in full spectrum are believed to have a wide range of benefits that may enhance the results of use. This co-mingling of compounds create what is commonly referred to as the Entourage Effect, meaning you get all the benefits of each additional cannabinoid, terpene, and fatty acid. Brands such as the incredible CBD & Honey prefer the benefits of the additional molecules found in Full Spectrum CBD.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad Spectrum contains everything that Full Spectrum has except for the THC. This makes it a great option for those who desire to keep a THC-free routine without sacrificing yummy terpenes and fatty acids. It is also more accessible because of distribution laws (yawn) that prevent anything with THC to cross borders.
It could be said that this is CBD in its purest form, thanks to the isolation of the CBD molecule which allows for more concentrated and precise dosage. What you can expect from brands that prefer CBD Isolate is peace of mind, knowing that (as with Broad Spectrum) there will be no trace amounts of THC. Your skin will get the full benefits of a high concentration of CBD without interference from other plant matter that could potentially cause irritation to ultra sensitive skin.
Making the decision for which CBD products to try should be fun because, unlike some of the choices on Netflix, you can’t really go wrong. It’s just about finding what works best with your skin and which elements of each type you love. We recommend trying them all separately and then watching what happens. The benefits of this magical compound will find their way to your skin whatever the form, so ditch the overwhelm and have fun shopping, kitties!