CBD has become a trend now and everyone is trying to include it in their food. The long list of CBD benefits is only useful if you buy the CBD suiting your needs, which is not an easy task especially when there are many spectrums and types of it being used. This is why we have an article explaining to you the different spectrums of CBD and when you should buy each of them.
The different spectrums of CBD are:
Full Spectrum CBD
The mixture first extracted from the CBD contains not only CBD but also other compounds like flavonoids, terpenes, waxes, essential oil, and other cannabinoids. This amalgam of natural compounds undergo simple processes to remove unwanted compounds from it. Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction is the method used to extract the mixture from the plant. Following this, it goes through winterization where many unwanted compounds like fats are removed. The last process it goes through is decarboxylation in which the inactive CBD and other cannabinoids are activated.
The presence of other compounds is said to strengthen the therapeutic effect of CBD (called the entourage effect) because of which those having CBD as a part of their treatment can take full-spectrum CBD. Several studies conducted have proved this.
Also, some might find the presence of THC in the spectrum not safe. But you have absolutely nothing to worry about, as hemp plants only contain lesser than 0.3 percent THC which is not enough to get anyone high. In other words, full-spectrum CBD is legal CBD with THC.However, it might be detected in a drug test.
To obtain CBD in its purest form, the mixture goes through the same process and then, some additional separation (usually distillation) to segregate CBD. In fact, isolate CBD will contain 99 percent CBD. The final product will be in white crystalline form and can be bought as vapes, tinctures, etc.
These are usually ingested sublingually, as the body absorbs it in minutes. As the crystalline powder hardly has any taste, it is added to foods and drinks (the taste will remain the same).
Isolates are usually taken when high dose of CBD is prescribed to be taken.
Broad Spectrum CBD
In short, broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD without the THC. Chromatography is usually used to remove THC. It will contain CBD, cannabinoids (except THC), terpenes, and other organic compounds. It is not widely sold since more research is yet to be done on it.