Explained: CBD Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate

Explained: CBD Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate | HERBLIZ

CBD, THC, cannabinoids, endocannabinoid system, entourage effect, full spectrum oil, isolate - the list of innovative foreign words associated with the new hype about CBD could go on. It can be confusing and yet just as necessary. With this article we will bring a little more light into the dark. We will explain the differences between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate and further takinga look at the herbal cannabinoid system. However, to understand the differences, we first need to understand what cannabinoids actually are.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are what certain parts of the cannabis plant are called. They are - simply put - chemical connections. These connections occur both in the cannabis plant and in every mammal. Therefore also in our human body. THC and CBD are the only two known cannabinoids out of countless others found in the hemp plant. Science has found that cannabinoids act on the human nervous system. Through our own so-called endocannabinoid system.

Each of these cannabinoids works differently. While THC is known for its psychoactive effect, CBD has rather the opposite effect. There are also more than 100 other cannabinoids. Science has not yet researched all of them. Therefore, there will certainly be exciting results in the future. CBG (cannabigerol) or CBN (cannabinol) are just two more that are currently attracting the interest of researchers.

The cannabinoid spectrum briefly explained

To produce a CBD productthe desired ingredients must be extracted from the plant. We at HERBLIZ only use the gentle CO2 method for this purpose. Besides CBD other contents such as terpenes and other cannabinoids are also filtered out. Only useful hemp plants from European cultivation are used for this purpose. This hemp naturally has a low THC content. For legal cultivation we only use plants with a THC content of less than 0.2%.

After extraction it is possible to isolate individual components. A hemp plant naturally contains much more than just cannabinoids. Terpenes and flavonoids are both interesting and helpful for CBD products. Among other things they are responsible for the aromat. Depending on which product is planned, the desired ingredients are isolated. The particular substances then also determine the name of the product.

What is an isolate?

When an isolate is mentioned in connection with CBDit is a pure, isolated cannabinoid. As the name suggests, these products contain only pure CBD and no other ingredients. Due to the lack of terpenes, pure CBD isolates have a very mild aroma. Therefore they are particularly suitable for people who are sensitive to other cannabinoids.

Furthermoreany trace of THC is removed. This makes CBD-Isolates also interesting for athletes and competitive athletes. People who regularly undergo drug tests in their jobs make the safest decision with these products in the range.

What is a full spectrum oil?

The full spectrum of cannabinoids - as the name suggests. Full spectrum oils contain much more than just CBD. Besides the effective cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and omega-3 fatty acids are also used.

Science has found out that an interaction of ingredients from the hemp plant could achieve the best effects.The applied cannabinoids, terpenes and oils work together synergistically to create the so-called 'entourage effect'. CBD alone is a very potent cannabinoid. The combination with good companions achieves the desired effect even more reliably. Full-spectrum products contain a touch of THC. The hemp used naturally has very little THC content. Therefore the limit value (below 0.01%) is always maintained. It is also important here that the certificates of analysis can be easily viewed when purchasing.

What is a broad spectrum oil?

In addition to pure CBD isolates and full spectrum oils, there is a third term: Broad spectrum oil. This is basically a mixture of both oils. A broad spectrum product contains CBD, terpenes and other ingredients. As with CBD isolate, however, no traces of THC are to be found here. This is completely removed. Therefore, just like the isolate, it is particularly suitable for people who are suspicious of cannabinoids or for people with regular drug screenings. An 'entourage effect' cannot be expected with these products.

What is the best product for me?

The question of the right product has to be answered individually as well as the question of the right dosage. If you are afraid of contact, it is best to start with a pure CBD isolate. Those who prefer to feel a full and reliable effect should choose a full spectrum product. If you like the aroma of full spectrums a lot but want to be on the safe side concerning traces of THC, choose a broad spectrum product. Basically you should verify whether the supplier is reliable and offers a good organic quality. Certificates and tables of contents should always be easily accessible. No certificate - no purchase. In the following we list all the advantages and disadvantages once again in summary.

Pros & Cons for isolated Cannabidiol



  • purest form of the CBD
  • very mild aroma
  • very secure
  • cheap starter
  • no risk of psychoactive effect
  • no traces of THC
  • well suited for people who are sensitive to cannabinoids or THC
  • no entourage effect → only the pure effect of the CBD

Pros & Cons for CBD Full Spectrum



  • intense aroma
  • offers the full range of possible effects
  • interaction of contents for perfect effect
  • ‘Entourage-effect’
  • most careful production
  • intense aroma (matter of taste)
  • higher probability of side effects
  • always contains a touch of THC (<0,01%
  • more expensive product

Pros & Cons for Broad spectrum oil



  • intense aroma
  • no traces of THC
  • no danger of psychoactive effect
  • intense aroma
  • least explored to date
  • limited availability of product selection

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