CBD is becoming more and more prevalent with every passing day. With so many options out there how do you know if you are getting the right product for you? How do you know that your products are what they say they are? These are all valid concerns, and unfortunately there are those out there who have come to prey upon the lack of education out there. A general guideline is to look for products that are USA grown, lab tested for purity/potency and whether or not you are buying a full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate based product. When it comes to the full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate categories we will almost always recommend full spectrum products. Full spectrum products offer the widest range of medicinally valuable cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavinoids. Generally these products will have a stronger flavor than an isolate based product because they are left in a more pure and natural state. Broad spectrum is similar to full spectrum in offering a wide array of phytocannabinoids, except that the trace amounts of THC have been isolated and removed. Isolate based products have been stripped of everything except CBD. It begins with hemp extract which is further refined through steam distillation. This is an oversimplification without getting too scientific. Out of all of these products a full spectrum product will generally have the greatest therapeutic value because all of the different compounds work better together in their natural state. “Why would anyone ever want an isolate based product then?” Some people would rather not risk having trace amounts of THC in their system, whether it be for work reasons, fear of intoxication, or even worse yet, judgement from peers! Even with trace amounts of THC these products absolutely WILL NOT GET YOU HIGH and the chance of testing positive for a drug test are extremely low. Most studies agree that you would have to consume an extremely large amount of CBD products to be anywhere near the realm of testing positive on a drug test. With that being said, some still won’t risk it. That is the only time where I would recommend an isolate based product. I am a huge advocate of full spectrum products, having tried many isolate based products and not seeing the same efficacy as full spectrum versions. The vast majority of our products are full spectrum, or broad spectrum but we do carry a few isolate based products just in case that is what you would prefer.