There are three types of CBD products on the market: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD: Contains CBD, plus trace amounts of THC (<0.3%, the federal legal limit), and hundreds of other therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes.
Broad-spectrum CBD: Contains CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes, but notably does not have trace amounts of THC.
Isolate CBD: Only CBD, no other cannabinoids or terpenes.
So, what are these cannabinoids and terpenes? Cannabinoids are compounds structurally similar to CBD, such as THC and CBN, each offering their own therapeutic benefits. While high doses of THC can lead to psychotropic effects, the amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD products is extremely low and unlikely to cause such effects.
Terpenes are the essential oils of plants and work synergistically with cannabinoids to maximize the efficacy of your CBD through a process called the “entourage effect”. The concept of the entourage effect indicates that CBD may be more efficacious when combined with other terpenes and cannabinoids, especially THC. Because of this, full-spectrum products are often considered most beneficial! To learn more about different CBD formulations, and how each affects the average dose of users, check out this blog post!