Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound found in cannabis and hemp. It has become increasingly popular due to its potential health benefits, but the legal landscape surrounding it is still murky. To make matters more confusing, there are three main types of CBD products currently being manufactured: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolated. Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds found in the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds found in the hemp plant except for THC. Isolated CBD is a 99% pure form of CBD that has been extracted from all other compounds found in the hemp plant. The type of CBD product you choose will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Full-spectrum CBD may be best for those looking to experience the entourage effect, while broad-spectrum and isolated CBD may be better for those who want to avoid THC altogether.
CBD products come in many forms, including oils, tinctures, sprays, gummies, and topical products. Vaping or inhaling smoke generally results in a faster onset of effects and greater absorption of CBD into the bloodstream. Gummies contain an edible form of CBD and are available in different forms, flavors, powers and prices. When selecting and consuming edible products, it is important to be aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any over-the-counter or consumer CBD product.
Additionally, some products may contain detectable amounts (no more than 0.3% by dry weight) of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in cannabis plants known to cause intoxicating psychoactive effects.Research suggests that both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD can produce clinical responses when people use it. However, consumers seeking relief for non-skin conditions, such as pain, insomnia or anxiety, tend to benefit more from CBD when it reaches the bloodstream and should use a non-topical product instead.Ultimately, understanding the differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolated CBD can help you make an informed decision about which type of product is best for you.