CBD Extract Guide | Hemp Helps


With so many different names that brands use to identify or categorize their products, it is difficult to understand what the difference between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate is.

However, these are purposefully classified into groups and not just meaningless terms that are used to distinguish one brand from another.

They are very different in their contents and specify what type of hemp oil you are getting. Let’s discuss what each one is, and weigh the pros and cons!

What is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Full-spectrum is the most common type of oil on the market – most CBD companies will tell you that anything other than full-spectrum isn’t worth your money, which isn’t necessarily true!

Full-spectrum contains all of the parts of a hemp plant, including THC, which is always less than 0.3% THC. Along with THC, it contains all the present cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant.

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Broad-spectrum CBD products are starting to becoming more and more popular, especially for those who want all of the benefits of a full-spectrum oil but want a product with no THC.

Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains everything that a full-spectrum oil does, minus the THC content. So, it offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.

What is Isolate CBD Oil?

An isolate is a product that isolates one cannabinoid from all the other cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Isolate isn’t very favorable when compared to full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. Why get only one of the cannabinoids when you can have the benefit of more than one cannabinoid?

Why Do People Prefer Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum?

Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oil contain more than one cannabinoid, which carries out the entourage effect, as they are working with all the parts of the hemp plant.

There are over 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant and they all have different interactions with the endocannabinoid system- which is located all over your body. By incorporating the whole hemp plant, these cannabinoids work together to balance the body’s natural homeostasis.

Which One Should I Take?

Every individual is different and one version of hemp oil could be better or worse for certain people. It is recommended to try each type and see which is the most effective for you personally.

Full-Spectrum Pros and Cons


  • The whole plant is used and supports the entourage effect
  • Less processed


  • Could be detected on drug tests
  • THC content

Broad-Spectrum Pros and Cons


  • Supports the entourage effect
  • No THC content


  • Less broad-spectrum products available on the market
  • Less research is done on broad-spectrum

Isolate Pros and Cons


  • The purest form of cannabidiol
  • No THC content


  • No chance of the entourage effect happening
  • No other benefits from the other parts of the hemp plant

Which type of CBD extract do you use?