Understanding the Difference Between Isolate, Broad, and Full-Spectrum

August 29, 2019

Understanding the Difference Between Isolate, Broad, and Full-Spectrum

Cannabidiol (CBD) and phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) products have become a market of their own. From flavored tinctures to cosmetics and dog treats, CBD and PCR products may support the overall health and well-being of people and animals. 

There are currently three types of products on the market: isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. These terms describe the contents of each product, as every product contains a variety of hemp-derived compounds.


Isolate products contain only CBD. Isolate products are produced when CBD is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant and is processed several times, leaving no other cannabinoids or terpenes. Isolate products do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that causes intoxication or a “high.”

Broad and Full

Broad and full-spectrum products are considered “whole plant” or PCR products. Each type contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes. When these cannabinoids and terpenes are present and work synergistically, they better support overall health and well-being. This is referred to as the “entourage effect.” For this reason, those who use broad or full-spectrum products require smaller doses than those who use isolate products.

Broad-spectrum products contain a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes, with the exception of THC. Broad-spectrum products contain the full plant extract with THC processed out. For those who wish to receive the support of a “whole plant” product without the threat of a failed drug test, broad-spectrum products are often the best option.

Full-spectrum products contain all cannabinoids and terpenes, including THC. Because full-spectrum products require no chemical processing, users may experience the most support from these products.

Though full-spectrum products contain THC, users will not experience the “high” associated with marijuana use. The FDA states that all CBD and PCR products must contain .3% THC or less – traces too insignificant to produce intoxicating effects.

Arolistic Naturals offers a variety of isolate, broad, and full-spectrum hemp-derived products, such as tinctures, soft gels, salves, skincare, and aromatherapy products. It is important to consult with your physician or a healthcare professional in order to choose a product that best supports your needs. For more information, contact us directly.

The statements on this website are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition or disease. The products are not a substitute for professional medical care. These products may interact with medications you are currently taking. Arolistic Naturals is not responsible for any adverse reactions you may experience.

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