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What is Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, & Isolate CBD?

These days, it seems as if CBD is everywhere. Since it was federally legalizedin December 2018, CBD's popularity has exploded. In a poll last year, almost 15% of Americans have said that they have tried CBD.


The issue with CBD is that it is still so new. Many Americans still have countless questions about it: Can it get you high? What sort of CBD product is the safest for me? What is the most natural form of this product, and can I consume it without getting in trouble at work?

One of the most important questions to address is what type of CBD product people can use. That depends on their own preferences, but there are big differences between the types of CBD. Here's an overview of what those differences are.

What Is In CBD?

All forms of CBD come from the hemp plant and possess many naturally occurring benefits. CBD can be used to make many different products, including CBD Gummies, CBD Topicals, CBD Tinctures, and more.

Three components are typically found in the CBD compound. These include:

Flavonoids: Flavonoids are not exclusive to this product. They are found in virtually all vegetables and fruits. They are a group of chemicals found in plants that are responsible for giving plants their color. They have also been found to be responsible for giving plants some of their health benefits.

Terpenes: Terpenes are chemical compounds responsible for the smell of certain plant compounds. They are found in particularly high concentrations within cannabis products.

Cannabinoids: Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that will have various impacts on your body. There are over 120 types of cannabinoids. Arguably the best-known cannabinoid is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the cannabinoid found in marijuana that is responsible for intoxication. Cannabinoids interact with your body's endocannabinoid system to produce certain physiological effects.

We label types of CBD based on these components and how they interact. It's important to know the difference between the types of CBD you are buying. 

The three types of CBD:

1. Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum, simply put, contains everything. It is minimally processed so it contains all naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. This means that it contains some level of THC. Different countries have different restrictions on the amount of THC that a product can contain. If it is made in the United States, it cannot contain more than .3% THC.

Full Spectrum creates what is called the entourage effect. The entourage effect is the effect created by all of the components - including THC - working together.

Evidence for the impact of the entourage effect isdecidedly mixed. Some studies have found it may provide a more positive experience, while others have not. It seems that more research is needed to determine how impactful the entourage effect truly is.

2. Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum is identical to Full Spectrum in every respect but one: It contains no THC. As such, it contains no Entourage Effect but also removes any risk of a positive drug test.

3. Isolate

Isolate CBD comes with everything filtered out except for the CBD itself. This makes it one of the more natural forms of CBD that you can purchase.

Benefits of Isolate CBD


  • It is completely THC free, removing any risk of a positive drug test and making it the most employer friendly type of CBD.
  • It is the purest form of the product, as it only contains CBD and no other cannabinoids.
  • It is versatile. Consumers have the ability to create their own CBD products. This gives complete control over how they consume the product and how much of it they use.


Drug Testing

One of the more common concerns about CBD is whether it can lead to a positive drug test. Many people work in jobs that have strict rules about marijuana or any product that contains THC. A positive drug test may result in major legal or career problems. Therefore some companies, such as Eden's Herbals, offer an entire line of CBD products that are 100% free of THC.

When using full spectrum CBD, it is possible to test positive for THC as a result. This depends on a variety of factors, including:


  • Prior experience with cannabis, with increased use making someone more likely to test positive.
  • Bodyweight, height, and metabolism.
  • How much of a product was used.
  • How recently the product was used.
  • The overall sensitivity of the test.


Indeed, there are many cases where the use of this product has resulted in people losing their jobs. Take this story out of Arizona, where police officers were fired after testing positive for drug use. It didn't matter that it only came as a result of using CBD with THC in it.


If you are interested in using CBD, but concerned about drug testing, it is better to avoid Full Spectrum products. They contain THC and may result in a positive drug test. Other types of CBD, such as isolate, are much more employer-friendly.


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