Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum and Isolate CBD; what's it mean?
Cannabinol (or CBD) is one of several cannabinoids that make up cannabis. Cannabis with legal levels of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) .03% are known as Industrial Hemp. CBD is the most studied healthful cannabinoid and under certain restrictions, is now completely legal in the USA and comes in several forms.
CBD Full Spectrum is made from Industrial Hemp and contains all of the cannabinoids (including THC) found in cannabis. It has a distinctive smell and flavor that can be off-putting. Usually offered dissolved in oil or as a paste. Because Full Spectrum CBD is made from the whole plant, care must be taken to insure that the growing/processing methods used preclude heavy metals.
CBD Broad Spectrum is made from Industrial Hemp and includes some subset of the cannabinoids found in cannabis with the exception of THC. Broad Spectrum contain 0% THC. As with Full Spectrum, flavor and smell can be off setting and one should also be aware of the possibility of heavy metals appearing in Broad Spectrum Industrial Hemp.
CBD Isolate is just the Cannabinol molecule extracted from the Industrial Hemp. Because this is a laboratory process that isolates the CBD molecule, there is little to no chance of toxin or heavy metal contamination. A further process of CBD Isolate is to process further into a Water Soluble product. This is especially helpful in that it makes the CBD more bio available.
Be aware. Full spectrum CBD does contain trace amounts of THC that can build up in your fat cells and cause you to fail a THC based drug test.