Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum & CBD Isolate

Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum vs CBD Isolate:

What’s the difference?

Taking the step to explore options with CBD oil is a great place to begin when it comes to self-care and wellness. Whether you are a beginner to CBD or maybe just continuing your CBD journey, it may be confusing to hear that CBD products can be made with different types of CBD oils.

Let’s take a look at the three basic types of hemp CBD:

  • Full-spectrum CBD oil
  • Broad-spectrum CBD oil
  • CBD isolate

If the CBD vocabulary has you scratching your head, have no fear. We are here for you and will break them down and let you know what each has to offer in an easy-to-understand way so you can easily determine which is for you.

Once you compare full-spectrum vs broad-spectrum CBD vs CBD isolate, you will be able to find a good CBD product to start with or a great next step.

What is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Full-spectrum CBD oil is an unadulterated hemp extract that contains the entire list of beneficial compounds that are native to the plant.

Hemp is much more than an incredible source of CBD. This exciting plant also provides a long list of beneficial nutrients and other compounds, including:

  • All 20 amino acids – including the 9 essential amino acids
  • Fiber
  • Essential fatty acids
  • B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Flavonoids
  • Terpenes
  • Chlorophyll
  • Beta carotene
  • Trace cannabinoids

Full-spectrum CBD oil is essentially the “full package,” providing the entirety of cannabinoids and other compounds that are thought to work together synergistically to enhance their benefits in a theory called the entourage effect.

For those looking to get the most out of CBD or the entourage effect by promoting balance in the body while supporting a healthy diet for the body, full-spectrum CBD oil is the top choice.


If full-spectrum CBD oil sounds right to you, next is selecting which type of product best fits in your daily routine.

Pure full-spectrum CBD oil comes in the form of packaged in oral applicators and contains between 50 mg to 225 mg of CBD per serving. Our flagship brand Real Scientific Hemp Oil® (RSHO®) offers these pure CBD oil products in a variety of Labels, including Green, Blue and Gold, with each varying in how they’ve been processed and much CBD they contain.

You can also find full-spectrum CBD oil in the form of capsules, which provide this pure CBD oil in a handy capsule for easy use.

Topical body care products like our RSHO® CBD Oil Salve and Dixie Botanicals® Salvation Balm, allow you to apply full-spectrum CBD oil right to your skin to nourish and encourage faster muscle recovery.

What is Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil?

Broad-spectrum CBD oil is the same as the full-spectrum, minus the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Since hemp naturally contains trace amounts of THC, full-spectrum CBD oil retains this cannabinoid, although it’s far less than the amount needed to cause euphoria.

With broad-spectrum CBD oil, the trace amounts of THC are removed through a proprietary filtration process to create the broad-spectrum CBD oil. Broad-spectrum retains the rest of the cannabinoids and other compounds from the hemp plant.

Broad-spectrum CBD oil products are a good solution for anybody who needs or prefers to avoid even trace levels of THC. Your employer or sports organization may have rules around cannabis use and even periodically check for THC use through drug tests. While full-spectrum CBD oil in most cases will not cause a positive drug test because THC levels are so low, you may feel more comfortable with a product that has had detectable levels of THC removed.


For those who want to experience the benefits of CBD oil yet prefer to avoid all THC, some CBD oil tinctures are made with broad-spectrum CBD oil.

Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drops CBD Oil Tinctures combine broad-spectrum CBD oil with nutritious medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil derived from coconut oil and natural flavor. These broad-spectrum tinctures can be used under the tongue for fast absorption or added to foods and drinks to absorb over time through the digestive system.

What is CBD Isolate?

Last is CBD isolate, which offers the purest form of CBD. With CBD isolate, a purification process removes any and all compounds from the CBD oil except for the CBD compounds themselves.

CBD isolate comes in the form of a fine white powder made up of 99% pure CBD. Like with broad-spectrum CBD oil, CBD isolate is often preferred by those who would like to avoid the small amounts of THC found in full-spectrum CBD oil.

Having the rest of hemp’s native compounds removed, CBD isolate is both tasteless and odorless. This means it lends itself well to mixing with food or drinks and can be added to other tinctures or nutritious oils to increase their CBD concentration without impacting their flavor.


If you’re interested in CBD isolate that comes in the form of concentrated white powder, you’ll want to look into our RSHO® CBD Isolate or Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate Powder. Both of these products allow you to easily measure out your ideal serving of CBD each day, potentially adding high concentrations of CBD to your systems very quickly.

CBD isolate also comes in a convenient liquid. Our RSHO™ combines CBD isolate powder with MCT oil, and it can be placed under the tongue, swallowed on its own, or added to foods. RSHO-X™ has become one of our most popular products, particularly among parents of young children.

Learn More About CBD Oil

No matter what your extraction preference, rest assure HempMeds® is your trusted source for the world’s best hemp oil. To learn more about CBD hemp oil, visit our CBD education page!

Shop at our online CBD store to get started with CBD today and receive our award-winning CBD products at your doorstep.