Main Types Of CBD Products

If you hear some terms like broad spectrum of full spectrum CBD oil and you are getting confused as to what it means and whether it is for you or not, read on, this article is to help you understand and make the right choice. We also outlined positive and negative points about each type of CBD product.

There are primarily four types of CBD products based on cannabinoid spectrum:

  1. Isolate 

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  • CBD is extracted out of hemp and isolated from all other terpenes and cannabinoids
  • In June 2018, the FDA in the USA approved CBD Isolate for the treatment of some severe cases of epilepsy. In EU food products with isolate can be classified as ‘novel food’ and require licensing.
  • Positives:
    • Low cost
    • Widely available
    • Good for people who have allergies and struggle with other cannabinoids and terpenes
  • Negatives:
    • Strong risk FDA in the US and FSA in the UK will limit usage for pharma and topical
    • Less  Entourage Effect

2. Distillate

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  • Received by using heat and chemicals to remove THC, often presented as a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
  • BUT it is not known if the use of heat and chemicals also generates Schedule I drugs and other unknown compounds


  • Positives:
    • More chances of having Entourage Effect
    • Cheaper


  • Negatives:
    • Requires thorough analysis to avoid risk that product contains Schedule I narcotic or other unknown compounds







3. Broad Spectrum

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  • Contains all original cannabinoids of cannabis plant except THC
  • Chromatography is used to remove THC


  • Positives:
    • “Entourage Effect” mostly retained
    • Presence of THC is close to 0.00%
    • Integrity of botanical oil is maintained


  • Negatives:
    • More difficult to extract and therefore has higher costs




4. Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract

  • The original essential oils extracted straight from the hemp plant
  • Contains all cannabinoids present in original cannabis plant including up THC (up to 0.2%)
  • Positives:
    • Delivers Entourage Effect
    • Usually most natural and closest to original chemical profile of Cannabis Sative L plant


  • Negatives:
    • Contains some THC
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