Detailed Badge Breakdown
The deep dive on Isolate vs Broad-Spectrum vs Full-Spectrum vs Doctor Backed.
All CBD is not created equal. To clarify the differences between products, we’ve developed 4 different icon badges to help empower your purchasing decisions.
IS: Isolate CBD
These badges appear beside products that are created using isolated/purified CBD. Other than the CBD molecule, there are no additional cannabinoids or terpenes included. If you’re new to CBD and don’t know where to start, an Isolate product is a good first step. Think of Isolate as your vanilla ice cream - it acts as your baseline option with nothing added on top.
BS: Broad-Spectrum CBD
These badges appear beside CBD products that are created using additional cannabinoids and terpenes. This means you’re getting a “broader” spectrum of coverage, besides just CBD as a solo act. Popular formulas include additions such as CBG, CBC, and CBN, all of which offer their own unique therapeutic properties within the overall mix.
FS: Full-Spectrum CBD️
These badges appear beside CBD products that are created using all of the above, plus trace amounts of THC (<0.3%). This is also the option that most closely resembles the raw plant, since CBD in its natural state does include trace amounts of THC. The result is what CBD users often refer to as the “Entourage Effect” - all elements of the plant present and working together in harmony.
DR: Doctor Backed CBD
These badges appear beside CBD products that are created with real physician oversight. Unfortunately just adding “MD” to the back of your name doesn’t qualify you for this badge… we’re looking for CBD products crafted by actual doctors. Why is this important? CBD crafted by physicians often includes additional wellness info along with condition specific formulas beneficial for those suffering from advanced ailments.
One of the most common questions (and the reason we created this site) is “which one is actually the most affordable?” Surprisingly, in terms of cost we found all of the above categories ranked competitively - we didn’t notice a price loophole towards any single distinction. This goes for oils, capsules, topicals, and edibles, with a variety of badges topping our price lists in all 4 popular CBD formats.
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Please remember that all of the above options qualify as non-impairing! The <0.3% THC limit on all US CBD products ensures a clear-headed effect regardless of your spectrum preference. If you do have an adverse reaction, try moving down the spectrum and lower your dose (just to be safe). In a nutshell, the THC levels within CBD products are designed to be therapeutic, not intoxicating or impairing - rest assured you can shop with confidence within all badge types listed above.
🙏 Thanks for reading, happy CBD hunting!
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