The Difference Between CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD (Chart)


If you've shopped online for CBD products, then you’ve probably seen the terms 'CBD isolate', 'full spectrum', and 'broad spectrum'. You've probably also wondered what they mean. Let's explore these terms to help figure out which is right for you.

First, a little background info. Federal law requires that CBD products are created using industrial hemp extracts. The Federal definition for Hemp is hemp extract that contains less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana plant extracts have more than 0.3%. In other words, CBD products should have little to no trace of THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient that makes you high.

When CBD is extracted from hemp, cannabinoids and terpenes are taken out of the plant. What happens next determines whether the product is full spectrum or isolate.

What’s Full Spectrum CBD?

Simply put, how the extract is processed will determine the product. One process ethanol extract is used to create a "full spectrum" CBD product. It means you’re getting the widest range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids produced by the plant. (Some people believe this is the best way to take CBD.)

While full spectrum CBD products often have an earthy aftertaste, some brands like Eclipse have products that taste great. We offer flavors like lemon cake, peppermint, and peanut butter as well as an unflavored version.

Concerns About Full Spectrum CBD Products

People sometimes worry that "full spectrum" products contain THC, and would cause them to test positive on a drug test. In fact, many companies, including Eclipse CBD, remove all the THC from CBD products.

If THC is necessary for your health benefit and the Federal Government by law only allows trace amounts (less than 0.3%) in CBD to be legal, then how effective really is that small amount really going to be? 

If THC is what you're needing, then aren’t you really a candidate for Medical Marijuana that contains 40 times that amount of THC? By removing all the THC the possibility of testing positive is eliminated. For those who are subject to random drug testing, or just don’t want THC, Eclipse is your product. 

You will want to be extra careful before buying a full spectrum CBD product online because not all are THC Free and Full Spectrum means containing a variety of lower Cannabinoids Like CBG, CBN and CBC. Though most have these lower cannabinoids many have just trace amounts (less than 1%) so are they really going to benefit you in those small amounts? Eclipse has at least 1% of the lower cannabinoids including CBN, CBC, and CBG in our Full Spectrum products. 

You should always check the lab report or COA (Certificate of Analysis). If you cannot find a lab report for the product, you may want to avoid the risks associated with taking it.

What’s CBD Isolate?

Instead of using the full profile of the plant, the CBD is "isolated" to contain solely CBD. This is CBD in its simplest form, an isolate. These are often flavorless, and lack the earthy aftertaste of a full spectrum product (Other than Eclipse who has done a remarkable job of making a great tasting non earthy aftertaste). Eclipse has the best tasting Isolate on the market today. 

If you're at all concerned about drug testing, and want to try CBD, an isolate is your best option. The isolate extraction process will remove other compounds, even trace amounts of THC.

What's Broad Spectrum CBD?

Broad spectrum is CBD that has more than CBD in it like Isolate does but will not have all the lower cannabinoids like full spectrum. You're still going to get a wider range of cannabinoids and terpenes than a CBD isolate. However, you will not necessarily get the full profile of the plant because there may be cases where a specific cannabinoid, terpene, or flavonoid is removed.

Which One Should I Use?

Deciding between isolate and full spectrum really depends on your situation. Only you can decide which is right for you. Please note that we aren’t doctors, and we definitely recommend consulting with yours if you are considering CBD for an illness or medical condition. 

That said, here are some helpful things to consider:

CBD Isolate

Full & Broad Spectrum CBD

Hemp Derived

Aid pain & Inflammation

Generic Use

Sensitivity to THC

Only brands that remove all THC

Workplace Drug Testing

Only brands that remove all THC

Strict State Laws on THC

Check state laws

No "Earthy" Taste

Eclipse brand CBD

Aid for Anxiety

Aid for Sleep

Night Time brand

"Entourage" Effect


What Products We Offer

We hope you found this comparison of CBD isolate and full spectrum products helpful. Eclipse offers a range of CBD products for sale online. We manufacture our own products using 100% American-grown hemp. Our products are subject to third-party lab tests, which are available online. They include:

Have you figured out whether full spectrum or isolate works better for you? Feel free to get in touch with your CBD questions!