The world of CBD is a beautiful and beneficial thing. More and more people each year are learning about the phenomenal effects that this cannabinoid has on their minds and bodies. From improved focus, clarity, relaxation, and so much more, CBD yields fantastic results.

However, for the uninitiated, CBD can be a confusing subject. Debates about quality, consistency, regions, applications, and more can create a challenging topic for newcomers to explore. One of the biggest questions people have is whether to use a broad spectrum or isolate product?


First, let’s understand how the process of CBD works

Cannabinoids are the natural phytochemicals found within the cannabis plant. With over 113 of these cannabinoids in each plant, they provide a vast array of effects on the brain, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, immune system, and more. Among them, the most well-known are CBD (that’s the one that relaxes you and provides many health benefits) and THC (that’s the one that gets you high.) However, there are many other beneficial cannabinoids, such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiol acid (CBDA), and more. Each of these provides their own benefits.


So where does Broad and Isolate come into all of this?

Good question. During the process of CBD extraction from a cannabis plant, three methods are employed. The first method is ‘full spectrum’, which extracts all phytochemicals from the plant. This includes THC, which can get you high and – quite frankly – in trouble depending on the law of the land. The second method is ‘broad spectrum’, which extracts all cannabinoids except for THC. All the good without the high. The third method is ‘isolate extract’ which, as you can guess from the name, isolates only the CBD cannabinoid. So broad spectrum has almost all of it, while isolate has only one thing. Simple, right?


So which one should you take?

Well that depends. Broad spectrum CBD products offer many pros and cons. Beneficially, broad spectrum includes a variety of cannabinoids which work together to create a more potent (and often better) effect on the body. The pluses and minuses of each cannabinoid tend to compliment and offset each other creating what is called the ‘entourage effect’. Additionally, broad spectrum products are less processed. On the downside, these products are sometimes more expensive, less available, and some users may prefer to avoid the total effects of many cannabinoids versus focusing on only CBD.

Meanwhile, isolate CBD products offer their own benefits. They are generally safer and easier on new users of CBD. If this is a person’s first time trying products of this nature, isolate may be a good place to start. Additionally, isolate products are often cheaper in cost, do not have any odor or flavor (a plus or minus depending on your personal tastes), provide a simpler, less powerful result, which may be preferred by some. However, isolate products will not provide the entourage effect and strength that broad spectrum brings.


The verdict?

It depends on who you are, what your experience is, what your budget is, and what you want from your CBD products. Both choices will deliver quality and benefits to your mind and body. Both will calm you, help you focus, and bring balance to many of your bodily systems. However, some people will prefer the larger array of effects that broad spectrum provides, while others will appreciate a more direct CBD approach that provides the needed CBD benefits without any of the extras.

In the end, what matters more than anything is choosing where you purchase your CBD from, making sure to select products that are natural, safe, and high quality. Formula 787 has consistently ranked as the best option in this regard, and we welcome you to browse our quality selection of products.

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