Three types of CBD & why we choose to use isolate.
Full Spectrum: Whole Plant, Including THC
Definition: “the total extract of the flower, including THC, and all cannabinoids good & bad.”
Legality: To be considered hemp—and therefore legalized under the Farm Bill—full-spectrum products must have less than 0.3% THC. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still developing its rules for use of such products in food, beverage and supplements.
Benefits: “As more people become educated about the space, full spectrum/whole plant is thought to be the most premium product,” That’s due to the fact that full-spectrum hemp includes all the cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial parts of the cannabis plant, which many describe as an “entourage effect.” However the bad canabinoids are also included.
Concerns: The biggest concern is the product has the inclusion of THC as wellas bad cannabinoids.
Broad Spectrum: Whole Plant, No THC
Definition: Broad spectrum is a relatively new and evolving term in the industry. The current general definition is “the extract of the flower, without THC, but most other cannabinoids—the THC has been removed entirely.”
Legality: Because broad-spectrum products contain no THC, they too are legal under the Farm Bill but subject to FDA oversight.
Benefits: Broad-spectrum products seem to offer the most benefit for consumers who either don’t want or can’t have THC but still want the other beneficial aspects of the cannabis plant. This is primarily for people who have high ptofile jobs.
Concerns: Because it’s a relatively new—and not federally regulated—segment, there’s a lot of mislabeling of broad-spectrum products. Some may not, in fact, include other cannabinoids as promised. Additionally, the process of removing the THC is costly, which can drive up the price for consumers.
Isolate: CBD Only
Definition: “Isolate is the isolated cannabinoid from the extraction of the flower such that it contains a singular chemical compound, such as CBD, and no other cannabinoids,”.
Legality: Initially there were concerns that because the FDA has approved a CBD isolate drug called Epidiolex, either the agency of the maker of that drug (GW Pharmaceuticals) would treat CBD isolate different than products using whole plant extract. That has not come to fruition. In statements made thus far by the FDA, the focus has been on CBD as a whole—not isolate compared to full spectrum. “Not one of the state regulations have drawn a distinction between the different formats,”.
Benefits: Isolate is the safest bet due to the way it’s produced. “When you just isolate out CBD, you take away any concern about THC as well as any bad cannabinoids,". The value and assurance of 0% THC with an isolate product makes it a strong option for retailers looking for consistent, high-quality 0% THC products.” Additionally, there are some types of products where isolate powder is the best—or only—option. For example, water infused with full-spectrum CBD oil wouldn’t taste as desirable as water infused with isolated CBD powder. “Isolate strips away terpenes, flavor profiles and more,”. “If you’re looking to produce a pure product that has none of the bad cannabinoids, isolate is the primary way to do so.”
Concerns: Some have argued the inclusion of just CBD means these products are not as effective as the whole plant options. While it’s true that isolate products do not contain THC or other cannabinoids, the isolate process has proven to be an effective & safe option. CBD works perfectly fine on its own.”
Bella Sante' CBD only uses Isolate. We feel that it is the safest and most effective product without filling your body with bad cannabinoids or THC.