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Introducing the Different Types of CBD

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If you’ve considered trying CBD to elevate your mood, you’ve likely come across a few new words: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. Learning the difference between them can help you conquer your CBD fears and find your Happy Place™!

Let’s Break It Down

Before we dive into the three most common types of CBD, let’s take a quick look at the plant they’re derived from. The cannabis plant contains 120+ compounds (known as cannabinoids), but the key players are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Although both components have mild mind-altering effects, CBD doesn’t react to brain receptors like THC. Without THC supporting it, CBD binds weakly to your cannabinoid 1 receptors, preventing the traditional “high” we associate with cannabis use.

Now that the basics are out of the way, let’s move on to the different types of CBD!

Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD contains every component of the cannabis plant, including the THC cannabinoid, as well as other general plant extracts like terpenes (those are the aromatic compounds that give plants their distinct smell — think pine, rosemary, or lavender!).

While research is limited, there is currently a theoretical principle regarding full spectrum CBD called the “entourage effect.” Simply put, the entourage effect suggests that the integration of cannabis components found in full spectrum CBD, including THC and terpenes, can positively affect the user.

But don’t worry — full spectrum CBD only contains trace amounts of THC (up to 0.3%), making it perfectly legal and non-psychoactive.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD products fall somewhere in the middle when comparing the difference between full spectrum and CBD isolate, as they utilize certain elements of the cannabis plant — like terpenes — while removing THC from the equation. You may experience the “entourage effect” when using broad spectrum CBD, but you won’t have any risk of intoxicating side effects.

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CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of the cannabinoid compound, making it a very different type of CBD. CBD isolate removes every element from the cannabis plant except for CBD. This leaves more room for experiencing and enjoying the benefits of CBD with no risk of intoxication or the “high” effect of THC.

If you’re interested in trying the THC-free goodness of CBD isolate for yourself, look no further than our line of Happy Place™ CBD gummies. These incredible little treats harness the purity and potency of CBD isolate to help you dive head-first into happiness! CBD isolate is flavorless and its known side effects are few and mild, making it the perfect first step for those new to CBD.

Next Steps

Now that you know the different types of CBD, and the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate, you may be wondering: how do I take CBD? Check out some tips for starting your CBD journey here!

Looking to chat more about the potential benefits of CBD and how you can incorporate our products into your daily routine? Our Happy Place™ experts are only a click away! Pop over to our contact page for more information about the different types of CBD and how to make them work for you.


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