CBD 101: Full Spectrum vs Isolate

What is the difference?  Full Spectrum vs isolate?

Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum is a product that has CBD plus additional cannabinoids (like CBC, CBG, CBN, THC, etc) and/or additional terpenes….basically, it’s not an Isolate.

NuLeaf Naturals is a full Spectrum product because it has many cannabinoids including trace, legal amounts of THC (less than 0.3%).  This mix of cannabinoids and terpenes provide an entourage effect of benefits where each of the cannabinoids enhances or add to CBD.  Studies suggest that CBD can reduce anxiety and depression, while CBG can stabilize mood and is calming.  Studies suggest CBN is relaxing and calming while CBC is beneficial for improving memory and brain development and CBDa is an anti-inflammatory.   View the NuLeaf Lab Reports in the photo gallery.

Lab reports are very important.  Every CBD consumer should read the labs to know what is in a product.  Does it have THC?  Does it have CBG which has been researched and proven to stabilize and regulate mood?  Does it have CBC which has been researched and proven to aid in brain development?


An Isolate includes CBD only (one cannabinoid), no other terpenes or cannabinoids.  There are fancy names for isolates such as, 100% CBD, 100% Pure CBD, 99%+ Crystalline CBD and so on.

KoiCBD is an Isolate product.  Their products include no THC and the labs reflect exactly the content. KoiCBD Labs can be viewed on their website.


An Isolate is like a vitamin C pill, while a Full Spectrum product is like an entire orange (provides vitamin c, fiber, other nutritional qualities). Both are good, both provide benefits, but full spectrum products provide a bit more.

It is important to read the labs to see if you are purchasing an Isolate or Full Spectrum and what is included if it is labeled full spectrum.

Read our CBD 101:  How To Read CBD Lab Reports to learn more about labs and why they are important.


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