Because the CBD industry has grown so rapidly, there are many bad actors making claims about what their products do or contain that are sometimes completely fraudulent. As such, the single most important thing to look for when choosing a CBD product is to ensure it has been third-party laboratory tested.
Lab testing will ensure that what the product label states is actually what you are getting and give you comfort that you are using a quality product.
A third-party lab is independent and unaffiliated with the producer of the CBD product and is therefore a neutral, unbiased examiner of any product being tested.
Isolate vs. Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum
You’ve probably come across products labeled as “full spectrum”, “broad spectrum”, or “isolate” when shopping for CBD. The differences in designation define what is contained in the product you looking at.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is the purest form of the compound, which is produced by extracting just that cannabinoid from it's the hemp plant and removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, chlorophyll, plant waxes and any other cannabinoids.
Since isolate contains no other compounds, it is devoid of any other additives, contaminants, taste or smells and critically important to many people, NO THC. As such, this form of CBD is ideal for incorporating into other products such as food and beverages.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids including THC.
It is believed that the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant may work more effectively together and commonly referred to as the “entourage effect”.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad spectrum CBD contains a mix compounds extracted from the plant but exclude specific compounds that are unwanted such as THC. Because Broad Spectrum CBD may contain many of the cannabinoids similar to a full spectrum extraction, it can provide the benefits of the other cannabinoids without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.
What Form of CBD is Best?
There is no correct answer to this question as no single form of CBD is better than the others. Every individual has different needs which will determine which form of CBD is best suited for their purpose.
There are many factors that determine how cannabinoids and their various forms will impact the body including body weight, metabolism, interaction with other compounds such as other drugs or food and many others.
However, if you are very concerned about drug testing or negative reactions to THC, isolate may be your best choice as the only compound it will contain is pure CBD.
Since research into the effectiveness CBD and its various forms is still in its early stages, it may take some time and experimenting to figure out which is best for any individual. It is recommended that you speak with a healthcare professional about dosages, potential interactions or any other possible complications before using any CBD product.
We also encourage you to do your own research. You can find legitimate published scientific research on CBD at www.pubmed.gov which provides new information every day.
These products and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician prior to using this or any other cannabis product especially if you have a serious medical condition, use prescription medication, are pregnant or nursing a child. Not intended for use by persons under 18.
All of our products are produced using only hemp-derived CBD isolate which contains 0% THC and is third-party laboratory tested and is in compliance with The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018.