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Is It Really Full Spectrum CBD?

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

The first thing you should always know when considering a purchase for a CBD product is whether your product is full-spectrum CBD. This means identifying whether it is a Whole Plant CBD Extract or a CBD Isolate. Let’s go deeper into how to tell the difference and the benefit of investing in full-spectrum CBD products.

Whole-plant CBD extract contains not only CBD, but also the 100+ active cannabinoids (including CBG, CBN, THC, and more), terpenes, and healthy fatty acids that typically come from the whole-plant extraction process. (This is often referred to as Full Spectrum CBD Oil.) On the flip side, a CBD Isolate product contains ONLY CBD and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, or healthy fatty acids.

A study with a focus on the effectiveness of CBD isolate compared to full-plant extract was published by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research. In their research, they found "in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered. The results all indicate CBD is only effective against swelling and pain at a certain dose, and cannabis solutions containing a full range of cannabinoids will continue to provide corresponding effects as the dosage is increased."

What does this mean for you as a consumer? CBD Isolate is only effective at a very specific dosage that will vary for each person and situation. Thus, if you take too little or too much CBD Isolate, you will get a very limited effect from the CBD. Have you taken CBD before and weren’t able to notice any effects? You may have been taking a CBD Isolate.

The good news: with a full spectrum plant extract CBD Oil, the more you take, the more effects you will get—until your body has received the maximum it can use. So while every body is different and requires a different amount of CBD to feel results, you can find your dosage very easily by incrementally increasing your intake until you feel your desired benefits. Once you have figured that out, it makes your next use easy to determine the dosage.

Be wary. Many companies will label their products as “Full Spectrum” when in reality they are a CBD Isolate. Here are two easy ways to find out if a product is actually Full Spectrum:

1. “Zero THC.” his one is a dead give away. If anywhere it states that the product has Zero THC then you know right away it is not Full Spectrum. A CBD product that is truly full spectrum will have all the active cannabinoids in it, including THC. Rest assured, the legal amount of THC in a hemp-derived CBD product must be less than 0.3% (below the amount required to experience any psychoactive effect.)

2. Lab Report. Look at the lab report for the CBD Product. If it’s not posted on the website, email the company and ask for the lab reports from a third-party lab. You should see CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC all in quantities above LOQ (limit of quantification). There might also be some others you’ll see. But if you only see CBD, then you know it’s not a full spectrum product.

Educate yourself as a consumer so you know what you’re buying and not wasting your time and money. And if you have any questions, send us an e-mail to We love answering questions and helping educate the world on the wonders of CBD!

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