Dr. Mary Clifton answers: What is the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate?

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Dr. Mary Clifton-

“I like to think about just eating as close to the earth as possible when I’m eating food…and eating whole nourishing food. Eating brown rice, instead of white rice, or eating an orange as compared to drinking some orange juice. 

And so if you’re looking at these options, you know, if you’re going to use a whole flower like that, get the hemp flower, break it up and inhale it – that’s as close to the earth as a person can get with getting their CBD. eThen if you do. Full spectrum. That’s really a CBD flower that has gone through basically one press one, distillation, and you get the CBD, but you may also get a little touch of THC, CBN, CBG, some of the lesser cannabinoids in addition to some terpenes and all the other phytonutrients that exist in the whole plant.

So, I liken that to basically eating. Then if you’re going to a broad spectrum, that’s another distillation of that full spectrum product so that all the THC is removed. That may be drinking like a high pulp orange juice, because some people can’t have any THC in their system, they may work for the DOT, or they have a job like mine where they’re not able to have any THC exposure. So those are situations where a broad spectrum product is better. 


And then, and then there’s the Isolate, which I would think of as, you know, as an orange juice with all the pulp removed- just a bit more of a processed product where you’re just getting the CBD. You don’t get any of the phytonutrients from the plant or the terpene or any of the touches of the other lesser cannabinoids that may or may not be important to you.

Some people, if they want to know, if vitamin C is working, they take a vitamin C tablet. They don’t add an orange every day to try to get a more natural source of vitamin C. It’s sort of the same concept. If you want to see a CBD works, then the CBD isolates a great spot. 

A lot of people within the community believe in this entourage effect- the effect of all of the different chemicals within the plant having an effect when it’s all used together, as opposed to, you know, isolating, bits out and exposing people to just the CBD or to just the CBD & some associated chemicals.

So the formulations that are Full Spectrum are appealing to some people for that reason, because they think that the whole plant may have special effects when it’s all combined. And that’s probably true. We see that often in foods also that, you know, if you’re eating a whole food, you’re going to get a better result than eating the processed food.”

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