Traffic Roots Audience Pixel

So What's the Difference Between Isolate, Broad and Full Spectrum CBD Oils?

Posted by Kat LaBerge on



When you're first selecting a CBD oil, wading through all the options out there can feel a little overwhelming.  Especially deciphering what the difference is between isolate, broad and full spectrum varieties.  Despite some confusion surrounding it, the answer is quite simple and is probably the first place you should start when choosing your oil.  The difference boils down to  what happens during the extraction process and how it results in oils containing a different number of cannabinoids (we'll explain what these are in just a second.)  So let's walk you through it. 

Cannabinoids are the compounds that make up the marajuana plant.  The most well known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol the compound that creates a psychoactive/high effect) and its counterpart, CBD (cannabidiol).  CBD is found in large quantities and has been recognized for its powerful ability to promote wellness in the body and mind.  However, the cannabis plant contains upwards of 500 different compounds, including terpenoids, flavonoids, and omega fatty acids.  Essentially, the difference between the three types of oils is determined by which compounds are and are not included in the final product. 

CBD Isolate

This is the most basic version of CBD on the market because, as the name suggests, it contains nothing but the pure isolated CBD cannabinoid.   Despite being a basic form of CBD, it requires a much more complex process in order to isolate the CBD, usually through the use of solvents. Most countries legally require CBD products to have a THC content of 0.3% or less, this content is so low that it will not cause psychoactive effects.  However, even in such low quantities, it is possible that a drug test may be returned positive for people consuming large doses of CBD every day.  Thankfully, isolates contains 0% THC and those who are subject to random drug tests or personally adverse to THC may feel more comfortable with this option.  

And for those looking to flex their culinary skills, CBD isolate has virtually no smell or taste so is often considered a great option for cooking or baking. 

Our Calm MCT Oil is a top-quality isolate choice and one of the best brands available in the UK. 

Full Spectrum CBD 

In contrast to isolates, the whole range of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant remain present in full-spectrum CBD following the extraction process.  Full spectrum products have undergone less processing and embody the benefits of the entire hemp plant.  Plus, studies have shown consistently that when all compounds are present, they have a synergizing reaction within the body and become more effective.  This is referred to as the ''entourage effect''.  


Generally, it is believed that full-spectrum CBD is better to improve overall well-being.  This does not make CBD isolates redundant, however.  Everyone's body is wonderfully unique and whether an isolate or broad spectrum oil feels better is really down to the individual.  

Full spectrum CBD has a robust flavour and smell that is not enjoyable for all users, particularly in cooking.  Although we really love to get creative cooking with this herbaceous flavour, it just doesn't belong in some recipes.  

It is important to reiterate that full spectrum products are usually derived from hemp, which contains less than 0.3% THC (0.2% in the U.K.).  This trace amount will in no way get you high but, as already stated, still may not be for everyone.       

What About Broad-Spectrum CBD?

Broad-Spectrum CBD is the happy medium between full-spectrum and isolated varieties.  It contains a healthy range of cannabinoids, so you get some benefits of the entourage effect, but it still completely excludes THC.  Even if the entourage effect isn't at full force, a high quality CBD product still has immense offerings towards your wellbeing.  

At the end of the day, only you are able to know which type of CBD will compliment your needs just right.  We want you to note that one type of CBD is not necessarily better than another.  The best way to find your ideal oil is to make an informed decision based on your needs and trial/adjust from there. Pure Canna Club backs the power of CBD and aims to equip you with the information you need to experience this power first hand.   Only the best suppliers in the UK gain a coveted space on our e-shelves so start with having a look in our shop, you really can't go wrong.

Share this post

← Older Post Newer Post →

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published.