The cannabinoid spectrum range contained within an active ingredient is what determines if a product is full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate.
This can be somewhat confusing, so let’s examine what each distinction really means.
To manufacture a CBD product, the cannabinoid content is extracted from the cannabis plant, typically using a method called CO2 extraction.
During this process, other constituents of the plant are also extracted, including terpenes, flavonoids, oils and other cannabinoids.
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Depending on the raw material used for extraction, the composition and cannabinoid profile will vary.
Depending on the format of the finished good, companies will choose to extract from a strain of hemp that best suits their finished good requirements. Not all forms of CBD will be able to achieve the desired results for a particular product.
Once extracted, processors make the determination as to the level of refinement. This determines the profile of the final extract and exactly what part of the plant the final extract contains.
The content of the refined extract is what determines if the CBD extract is classified as full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate.
Let’s take a look at what makes each CBD type distinct…