CBD 101

The Different Types of CBD: Isolate vs Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum

Broad spectrum, isolate, full spectrum—these are words you’ve probably heard thrown around in the CBD space, but what do they mean?

In short, these are all types of CBD products. The full explanation is a little more complicated. For that we’ll need a quick science lesson—don’t worry, this isn’t your high school bio class. You’ll want to hear what we’ve got to say, plus we’ve broken down the basics so they’re easy to understand.

First Things First: Meet Your Endocannabinoid System

We’re all familiar with internal biological systems like the respiratory and cardiovascular systems but there’s another, lesser known one: the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a web of receptors that hangs out in your nervous system. It’s responsible for important things like mood, pain-sensation, memory, and sleep. The endocannabinoid system plays a homeostatic role in your health, meaning it balances your body’s processes for your overall wellness.

Our bodies naturally produce compounds called cannabinoids, which are key to balancing the endocannabinoid system. Humans aren’t the only ones with cannabinoids—the hemp and marijuana plants produce phytocannabinoids, which are very similar to the ones our bodies make. These are sometimes simply called cannabinoids.

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of the phytocannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana. CBD works alongside your body’s natural cannabinoids to bring synergy to your endocannabinoid system.

What Is Isolate CBD?

Isolate CBD is pure CBD extract from the hemp plant. All additional phytocannabinoids are carefully removed, leaving nothing except CBD. At Social, this refined extract is mixed with essential oils and MCT oil for an added herbal boost to enhance targeted effects. We call these our Social Isolate Drops.

What this means for you: With isolate CBD, you get all the benefits of CBD without the unwanted psychoactive effects (like those that can come with full spectrum products).

Isolate CBD may seem like a dream come true but hang on a second—if you like this, wait until you hear about broad spectrum.

What Is Broad Spectrum CBD?

As it turns out, CBD is one of the most famous cannabinoids, but it’s far from the only one—hemp has over 100 other cannabinoids. Broad spectrum drops—like our Vanilla Mint, Meyer Lemon, Pomegranate Tea, and Unflavored drops—offer compounded benefits by including more non-psychoactive cannabinoids from the hemp plant than just CBD. When brought together, they create something called the entourage effect.

The entourage effect happens when multiple hemp phytocannabinoids come together to interact with your ECS and natural cannabinoids. This collaboration creates synergy in your body. Essentially, the cannabinoids build off of one another, making their effects more powerful and beneficial. Together they are greater than the sum of their parts.

The bottom line: Broad spectrum drops are a holistic approach to your wellness, while still being non-psychoactive. They encompass all the perks of CBD, plus the synergized effects of other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

What About Full Spectrum CBD?

Like broad spectrum drops, full spectrum drops include more phytocannabinoids than just CBD. But there’s one major difference—full spectrum drops can include psychoactive cannabinoids like THC.

So there’s a chance full spectrum drops will cause mental intoxication and show up on drug tests. That’s why Social CBD doesn’t have full spectrum drops—we’re dedicated to 0.0% THC.

Full spectrum CBD can be extracted from either the hemp plant or the marijuana plant, whereas CBD must come from the hemp plant. Both are varieties of the Cannabis plant, however, the percentage of THC in each differ, hemp being less than 0.3% THC.

We source our CBD exclusively from the hemp plant and have it third-party tested to ensure no unwanted compounds—like THC—end up in our products.

“Full Spectrum vs. Isolate CBD?” “Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum CBD?” What’s right for me?

Here’s the easiest way to think of isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum:

  • Isolate is only CBD.
  • Broad spectrum has all the glorious non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids for the biggest impact while still avoiding THC.
  • Full spectrum is like broad spectrum but with THC and psychoactive effects.

Ultimately, you know what’s best for your body. We recommend you experiment with different spectrums and strengths to figure out what best fits you and your lifestyle.

If this is your first time using CBD, get your feet wet with the tried and true CBD isolate. Our Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon Ginger, and Unflavored Social Drops are fan favorites for a reason.

If you’re feeling confident about your cannabidiol journey but still want to play it safe without the THC, the entourage effect is waiting for you with our Broad Spectrum Drops. CBD is our star player, but the dozens of other cannabinoids included in our Broad Spectrum Drops help to holistically round out your wellness routine. You deserve a team effort when it comes to your health.

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