Updated: Aug 18
It seems as though everyone in Treasure Valley is talking about CBD, and many people are using it in one fashion or another. However there is so much information floating around regarding Cannabidiol, that it can get extremely confusing. There are so many differing points of view and sources for CBD info, that it can be hard to discern the facts for ourselves sometimes. We may hear that the more CBD we use the better, or that broad spectrum is better then isolate. There are even those who find the topic so overwhelming that they have chosen to avoid CBD entirely.
With that being said, we want to start here with the basics. CBD is short for cannabidiol and it is one of many different cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. It can be derived from the hemp plant as well as from the marijuana plant. For the sake of simplicity, we will start with the three types of most commonly available products: Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum, and Isolate.
Broad spectrum CBD is a term used for CBD products that contain additional cannabinoids and/or terpenes beyond just CBD. These cannabinoids and terpenes can vary widely depending on the product, so it is important to look for and understand the proportions and purpose of the additional components included in a broad spectrum product. This helps to ensure that you’re aware of what the intended effects of a broad spectrum product may be.
On a side note, you may be asking "What are Terpenes?" Terpenes are compounds that determine smell, and they can be found in citrus fruit, pine trees, flowers, and more (including hemp and cannabis plants). Many terpenes may also have their own benefits, for example, the calming effects of lavender are attributed to terpenes. Cannabinoids and terpenes can also work together to create more complex effects then they would on their own.
Full Spectrum CBD products contain all of the compounds that are found naturally in either the hemp or marijuana plant that the product was originally derived from. Full spectrum products contain all of the original ingredients in the ratios that nature intended for them to have in their plant form. These products will include multiple cannabinoids as well as terpenes, and they will vary depending upon the type and strain of the plant they were harvested from.
CBD Isolate is exactly what it sounds like: CBD as a stand alone with no other cannabinoids or terpenes. You can find CBD isolate in tinctures, lotions, edibles, or in its raw powder form to name just a few of the many products available.
Now that you know the difference between Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum, and Isolate CBD products, you will be better equipped to make your own educated decision on which option may be best for you depending upon what your CBD goals are. You can also stop into New Age Herbal in Caldwell, Idaho to learn more about CBD in general or ask about any one of the high quality CBD products that we carry! We will continue to provide more information regarding the many different cannabinoids and terpenes in future blogs, so stay tuned to learn more…