Exploring Different Types of CBD Oil

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Posted on December 20th, 2021 to Education

Decided to give CBD (cannabidiol) a try? You’ll notice when you start looking for the best product that there are a plethora of different types of CBD products, and, yes, as a newcomer, this can be a little confusing.

Even though shopping for CBD can seem a little intimidating at first, a few pointers will get you on track to find the product that will yield the best results. Perhaps one of the most important things to learn is the difference between full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.

Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate Oils

What is full spectrum CBD oil?

A full-spectrum CBD product contains numerous compounds taken from the hemp plant, and not just cannabidiol alone. The hemp plant may be most known for its high concentration of CBD, but just like any plant in the cannabis family, hemp contains a full spectrum of other cannabinoids like CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromene), and even fraction levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Likewise, the plant contains a long list of terpenes, which vary depending on the specific strain. Essentially, full-spectrum CBD products are less refined or processed, delivering a more natural end result.

What is broad spectrum CBD oil?

Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol, terpenes, essential oils, and even other cannabinoids found in hemp. However, the one thing that broad-spectrum CBD does not contain is THC. By law, CBD products can contain up to 0.3 percent THC, but broad-spectrum products have gone through further processing to eliminate THC completely. Therefore, a broad-spectrum CBD product is a good secondary option to full-spectrum if you are trying to stay away from THC.

What is CBD isolate?

CBD isolate is considered the purest form of CBD. In short, a product labeled as “CBD isolate” is solely cannabidiol—no THC, no terpenes, no essential oils, and no other cannabinoids. When CBD is isolated, it becomes this crystalline substance that has more of a consistency of powder than liquid. Therefore, products made with isolated CBD are usually created by taking that crystalline powder and adding it to something like a carrier oil or edible.

Which Type of CBD Oil is Best?

While the answer to this question is debatable, a lot of researchers do agree that full-spectrum CBD oil is the better option between the three. Just as you wouldn’t get the same benefit of eating one phytochemical that makes up an apple, you don’t necessarily get the same benefits if you take only CBD and nothing else. Science has shown that the constituents in hemp work together when consumed alongside one another; the cannabinoids, terpenes, and possibly other compounds work together synergistically. This theory is known as the entourage effect. In other words, if you are using a CBD salve for something like pain, the product may actually offer a more profound effect if it contains more of the phytochemicals found in hemp.

That is not to say that broad-spectrum or CBD isolate products don’t have their value for some people. For example, with a broad-spectrum CBD product, you still may reap the advantage of the “entourage effect,” just not on the same level as you would with a full-spectrum product.

Hunger Mountain Hemp Offers CBD Products You Can Trust

At Hunger Mountain Hemp, we have a passion for transforming high-quality Vermont hemp into products that enrich the lives of our customers. We put a lot into both growing organic hemp and formulating quality hemp-derived products, and we wholly believe in the value of a full-spectrum experience. Take a look at our collection of full-spectrum CBD products, including CBD oil, gummies, flower, and more.

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