Full Spectrum vs. Isolate vs. Broad Spectrum

If you’re new to hemp extract oil, you’ve probably been spending a considerable amount of time sifting through labels trying to figure out what it all means. You also probably have that one acquaintance or coworker that’s telling you HAVE to go Full Spectrum, or if you don’t choose an isolate you will definitely fail a drug test. 

When making this decision, it’s important to know that, ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference and how your body reacts when you introduce a hemp product into your life. During this time we always encourage everyone to pay close attention to how their body is feeling and to also be aware that most people don’t notice the benefits right away. In fact, a lot of people don’t see a difference until two to three weeks of continued and consistent use. It is because of this that we always stress that hemp products are best when incorporated into a daily self-care regimen rather than just being used as needed.

Let’s break the options down: 

Full Spectrum: 

Full Spectrum products are made up of a whole plant extract and typically only one or two other ingredients like flavoring and a carrier oil. This means it is rich in terpenes, essential nutrients, antioxidants, and phytocannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC.


A product that’s labeled as an isolate is made up of only the isolated CBD compound. Isolate is usually flavorless and mixed with MCT oil, but some companies do add flavoring.

Broad Spectrum:

Broad Spectrum products contain all the extracted phytocannabinoids, but the phytocannabinoid THC is removed. Much like Full Spectrum products, Broad Spectrum oils typically contain the hemp extract, a carrier oil and sometimes a flavoring component.

Personally, unflavored, full spectrum oil is our jam. It’s important to us that our products are as close to how they were in the earth as possible, and we strongly believe in the synergistic power that comes with all of the phytocannabinoids and terpenes working together (the entourage effect.) Some studies, particularly by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (the grandfather of cannabis,) show the Entourage Effect as the most effective method when using hemp for wellness purposes. However, for people that don’t want to take the chance on THC, no matter how low the levels are, an isolate or a broad spectrum extract may be the answer to your issues. One drawback is that you might need to take a little bit more than you typically would compared to a full spectrum serving.

Check out “How to Take Hemp Extract” to learn more.