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What is considered Whole Plant Extract, Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate?

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Many of us are reading and hearing on the news about the many benefits of cannabinoids or CBD. There are a lot of products on the market but how do you know which product is right for you. I wanted to write an article from a doctor’s perspective of the breakdown of each of the products to hopefully help you make better choice when it comes to these products.

Welcome to my definitive guide to the differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. A lot of people are looking for CBD products online and in stores but get confused about which product is for you and what to take. In this article, we will teach you a little bit more about how to choose the product that is right for you.


TRUE Full Spectrum Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) oil contains a variety of synergistic compounds, which interact with one another to unlock the full power and potential of the hemp plant. TRUE Full Spectrum oil contains a complete array of cannabinoids, including at least trace amounts of THC and terpenes. There certainly are specific health benefits that are attributed to the isolated phytocannabinoid molecules, but the vast majority of clinical research suggests that the synergistic action of key phytocannabinoids and terpenes working together is truly what offers the widest range of potential medicinal benefits.

Derived from Registered Industrial Hemp that is hydrocarbon or ethanol-extracted, our Phytocannabinoid-Rich (PCR) Hemp Oil has a TRUE Full Spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes and very low amounts of Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (less than 0.3% THC).

The complex biochemical interaction of the matrix of phytocannabinoids working synergistically in the body is referred to as the “entourage effect.” Cannabidiol is but one of more than 100 known phytocannabinoids that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help restore normal balance and physiological homeostasis.


Pure FREE is Broad Spectrum Oil Distillate features numerous phytocannabinoids isolated from the psychoactive components of the plant. By breaking down the cannabinoids and terpenes into their individual compound solutions, they can then be recombined into various formulas allowing individualization for a particular phytocannabinoid distillate blend.

This product is a better alternative for people who would like the benefits of a whole plant extract but may be sensitive to THC or undergoes drug testing.

It may not have all of the beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids as a true full Spectrum but it will have some of the same properties as the Full Spectrum. Most people do report the same beneficial effects because the molecules have been separated and added back together.


Pure isolated phytocannabinoids produces the highest quality isolated oil by removing all impurities, including chlorophyll, lipids, waxes, and other destabilizing compounds. The trade-off is that the extraction can also take away essential terpenes and other phytocompounds that have beneficial medicinal properties. By using only completely distilled phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, our products are purer, more stable, and have a longer shelf life than oils that are non-distilled. Isolate products are designed for people who desire the THC to be completely isolated from the cannabinoid molecule. The extraction properties strip away all of the impurities but also most of the nutrients found in the plant. Overall, the products do have a better taste which can be perfect for people that can not tolerate the bitter taste of the whole plant extract. Most manufacturer uses isolate powders for their facial creams and topical creams.

“At Pure Therapy, we truly desire to provide a education experience for patients to be more informed about the benefits of CBD? Book a 1 on 1 session today with our hemp specialist to learn more about CBD and how it can benefit you or a loved one.”

In general, it is always best to consult your physician prior to starting any new supplements. There can be drug interactions with anything new and you must use your best judgment. If the company is not able to provide you with certificates of authenticity or answer any questions that you may have, then I would consider finding a different company.

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