Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum: Why is Full the Best?

By Angela Ardolino

Updated on August 20, 2020

“Full spectrum CBD!”

“Broad spectrum formula!”

“CBD isolate!”

It seems that nearly every brand of CBD oil boasts a new term. But, not all CBD oils are created the same, and these terms are more than just marketing jargon. It is important to understand the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolates so that you can make the right choice for your dog (and your family if you choose to utilize CBD for your own health).

What does full spectrum mean?

Full-spectrum means that all the cannabinoids and terpenes that can possibly be present, are present. While there are thousands of cannabinoids and terpenes present in each plant, and it is not possible to preserve every single one during the manufacturing process, full-spectrum means that none of the cannabinoids were purposefully removed. That’s a critical piece in ensuring CBD works properly.

One of the large reasons full spectrum is so important is because the cannabinoids and terpenes all work together to enhance each other. This effect (called the entourage effect) makes it possible for different cannabinoids to interact to achieve maximum effects ensuring maximum results.

When shopping for CBD products, full spectrum is preferable to broad spectrum or isolates. The full spectrum CBD oil will be more effective than the broad spectrum or isolate.

What does broad spectrum mean? Is that the same as full spectrum?

On the flip-side of the spectrum coin, there is broad spectrum. Broad-spectrum means that the CBD or cannabinoid profile was specifically extracted from the plant, specifically the THC, which has been proven to be incredibly safe for animals. Broad spectrum may not contain all of the terpenes and cannabinoids in the plant. This can negate the entourage effect (meaning you may not see it due to the lack of cannabinoids). This may be where some of the confusion as to “why didn’t CBD work for us?” It could simply be because you didn’t see the maximum effect (or perhaps not any effect at all if the product is low quality).

Full spectrum and broad spectrum are different because full spectrum means that all cannabinoids that can be present are, whereas broad spectrum means that a specifically selected group of cannabinoids were extracted. While they both may contain several of the same cannabinoids, full spectrum will also contain necessary terpenes.

Remember, it’s about the cannabinoids… not the pretty label.

What is a CBD isolate?

Like broad spectrum, a CBD isolate means that a specific profile was extracted from the plant. However, it means that only CBD was extracted. Isolates do not offer the full benefits that full spectrum oils offer because they do not have the entourage effect.

To learn more about CBD terms and common questions, visit www.cbddoghealth.com.

About Angela Ardolino:

With over 25 years of experience caring for animals, Angela Ardolino is the founder and CEO of CBD Dog Health and House of Alchemy, LLC, a company dedicated to cultivating and processing the purest medical cannabis products, with the lowest environmental impact, for humans and pets. Ardolino is active in Women Grow and United for Care, and she holds a professional certification in Medical Cannabis for therapeutic use from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Ardolino is the co-owner of Beautify the Beast, a grooming salon in the Tampa Bay Area. Ardolino is also the mother of three dogs, Nina, Odie, and Jolene, as well as 23 ducks, 19 chickens, 9 geese, 1 bunny and a pig at her rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm. For more information, visit www.angelaardolino.com/.


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