What is CBD And What Are The Different Kinds?

What is CBD And What Are The Different Kinds?

Active ingredients in cannabis plants are made up of two main players: CBD and THC.

So, is CBD marijuana? No, CBD comes from hemp plants, not marijuana cannabis.

Hemp and marijuana are closely related, but not the same. The hemp cannabis contains no more than .3% THC - the psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana. The hemp also naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-psychoactive compound that may help manage chronic pain by affecting the brain's response to pain signals.

While THC delivers the psychoactive effects associated with “getting high,” CBD does not. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.

There are three main types of CBD. How they're extracted and what they include make all the difference in what kind they are and what they can be used for.

To find the right CBD for you, it's important to know the difference between the three.


Differences Diagrams

Let's get into a little more detail. What are some pros and cons of each type?


Full Spectrum Pros Cons 


Full Spectrum contains every plant compound that’s in the hemp plant, including THC. However, the THC level is below 0.3 percent because that’s how much naturally exists in hemp to begin with. Therefore, it won’t get you high.



Broad Spectrum Pros Cons



Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are still there — but, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed.

Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.


CBD Isolate Pros Cons


CBD Isolate is simply CBD extract without any other compounds that are found in the hemp plant. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. CBD Isolate is typically extracted from Hemp, due to its low to non-existent THC-content.