Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in cannabis. CBD products are legal around the world and are available in a variety of forms, including infusions, capsules, e-liquids and oils. CBD oil is probably one of the most popular and easy to take forms.
CBD oils can be complex to understand, as they come in different forms and concentrations. Most of the time, you will find full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate oils. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of these forms so that you can make an informed decision about which one to buy.
What is a full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate?
A full spectrum contains all the active and beneficial components of cannabis, including terpenes, flavonoids, vitamin E and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main psychoactive component of cannabis.
Broad spectrum oils have a similar profile to full spectrum, except that all the THC has been extracted. Broad spectrum oils retain all the other active components of full spectrum, but offer a THC-free option for those who don’t want to take the risk.
Isolates contain a single active component and are specially formulated to protect against THC. It’s important to note that isolates are sometimes considered less effective than full and broad spectrums, as they don’t contain the additional components of cannabis.
Advantages and disadvantages of different types of CBD oils
- Have the maximum number of active components to get the maximum benefits
- Includes THC, which can enhance the effects of other components
- Can face legal consequences if tested positive for THC
- Same benefits as Full Spectrum without the risk of THC
- Can be taken by people sensitive to THC
- More expensive than Isolate or Full Spectrum
- No risk of testing positive for THC
- Lower cost compared to other options
- No additional compounds that could enhance the effects
How to choose your CBD oil?
After reviewing the pros and cons of the different types of CBD oils, you now need to determine which type is best for your situation. You can make an informed decision based on the following information:
- Your budget: Isolate-based products are generally less expensive than broad-spectrum or full-spectrum products.
- Your goals and needs: If your goal is to maximize the benefits of CBD, a full or broad spectrum is a better option. If you want to avoid THC, an isolate is the way to go.
- Your sensitivity to THC: If you are sensitive to THC, you should opt for a broad spectrum or an isolate.
- Legality: If you live in a jurisdiction that is very strict about cannabis, a broad spectrum or isolate is the best option.
It’s also important to note that even though both full spectrum and broad spectrum oils are considered “legal”, some people can still find themselves in trouble if they test positive for THC. So before you buy full spectrum or broad spectrum products, make sure you know the law in your local area.
The decision in choosing a CBD oil will depend on the goals and needs of each individual. By taking into account budget, goals, THC and legality, you will be able to make an informed decision as to which of the three options is best for you.