What do Full-Spectrum and Whole-Plant Mean?

There are 4 main types of CBD products consumers should be aware of, each with its own special properties. Depending on how you’re using CBD or what CBD benefits you’re hoping to derive from it, it’s important to consider the right product.

Isolate: This is CBD in its purest form. Isolate products contain concentrated cannabinoid, suspended in a carrier (like coconut oil). Users who may have sensitivity to other cannabinoids like THC or CBC may choose isolate to avoid unwanted effects. The drawback of CBD isolate? It doesn’t contain terpenes or other cannabinoids, which means you’re not getting those compounding effects.

Distillate: Also called “broad spectrum,” distillate is refined to remove unwanted cannabinoids like THC. Distillates are usually sold for people who want the “entourage effect” of various cannabinoids and terpenes, but who may have a sensitivity to certain cannabinoids. The downfall of distillates is that they’re usually more expensive.

Full-spectrum: Full-spectrum products include the entire range of cannabinoids and terpenes, including trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). These products have the most potential for delivering effects to users, however they may not always be available due to certain state laws regarding cannabis products. Those with sensitivity to THC may also choose to avoid full-spectrum CBD products, although they will not get you high.

Whole-plant: Full-spectrum and whole-plant are often used interchangeably when describing CBD products containing the spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. The difference is, whole-plant products also contain fats, waxes and other fibrous materials found in cannabis plants.

Depending on the person, any one of these products may be suitable. It largely depends on the reason for taking CBD, price and product availability.