Is All CBD Created Equal?
Picture this — you’re at a restaurant for dinner that you’ve waited weeks to enjoy. A lovely night out among friends. The sommelier or waiter comes over and suggests a great bottle of wine that pairs well with your meal that evening. It’s from an exceptional harvest year at the vineyard. You take the suggestion and enjoy the unique wine for your meal.
Now, picture this — you’re with friends again, enjoying an alfresco dinner at your house. A friend brought her favorite table wine from the local grocery store. You open the bottle and enjoy the reliable, “old faithful” wine among the stars with your friends.
Both are great occasions and great wine, right? But, both are different. One is unique to the harvest of the vineyard that year, allowing for variability in its notes and taste. The other is a more controlled manufacturing process, so you know what you’re buying each and every time. Well, hemp CBD is exactly the same.
CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum
Isolated CBD is CBD in its purest form. The CBD molecule has been extracted (or isolated) from the original composition of the hemp plant, resulting in a crystallized powder devoid of any other cannabinoids, including THC. This allows us to make a pure and refined product with just the ingredients we intend to be present, and it helps us guarantee the proper dose in each product. So, we like to think of Hapsy as your old faithful table wine. Perfectly consistent and reliable so you know what you’re getting in every batch.
Broad spectrum and full spectrum are hemp products that contain CBD but also allow for variability in the harvest. This means that each batch will contain terpenes and other compounds, like CBN or CBG, that can vary in strength and amount. Broad spectrum and full spectrum results in a “bouquet” or “entourage” effect, but also an unreliable finished product. Probably the most important distinction is a full spectrum or “whole plant” formula allows for up to 0.3% THC in the finished product. We feel that creates anxiety over a number of questions, and the benefits of that little THC do not outweigh the risks.
Again, while some people may be okay with that unique harvest and product, we at Hapsy prefer to isolate the CBD molecule so we have a consistent dose over time and do not have to reset what dosage to take based on the variety of harvests. We’ll leave that guesswork to the wines and the sommelier, not our daily rituals of self-care.
As much as we’d like to say that all CBD is pure, high-quality, and potent, the truth is that it’s not. Between the lack of federal regulatory standards and brands on the shelf today, the quality and bioavailability of the product varies, and certain types of extraction methods can impact the end product in unsavory ways. Finding a transparent brand that you know and can trust to produce consistent, reliable, clean products is important not only for your overall health and wellness but also for peace of mind. Hapsy works to be a trustworthy brand, and one of the biggest ways we earn trust is by educating our community. Let’s discuss the differences between CBD isolate vs full spectrum vs broad spectrum and our why.
Transparency: What method does Hapsy use to isolate CBD?
At Hapsy, we work from the ground up to formulate our products with isolated cannabinoids. We have full control over the formulation process, which allows us to isolate the cannabidiol (CBD) compound from the hemp plant. This ensures the product is THC-free, an important detail for many of our customers. This process guarantees consistency, quality, and purity of the finished product — something we take very seriously.
When sourcing your pure CBD products, a good standard practice is to utilize some criteria for quality, safety, and transparency
- Is it made with hemp grown in the U.S.A.?
- Has it been tested by a third-party lab and are the results consistently published?
- Does it pass testing for heavy metals, pesticides, and molds, according to the certificate of analysis (COA) or batch report?
- Does the published COA confirm that the product does not contain more than 0.3% THC?
If you can easily answer these questions, you’ve found a company that is taking the right steps to ensure their product is meeting quality measures.
Discretion: Do Hapsy’s products smell or taste like hemp?
Another beneficial aspect of isolated CBD is the absence of terpenes and flavonoids. Some people enjoy the flavors and scents that come along with cannabis and hemp plants, but others prefer not to taste or smell it. This comes in handy, especially if you prefer to be discreet about your CBD use. We understand that not everyone has accepted using CBD as plant medicine (yet), and although we believe in being advocates, we know not everyone is ready to have those conversations. Having a clean, tasteless, odorless product can help to keep your personal choices private. It all comes down to personal preference, which is why we let you choose discretion.
Consistency: How does Hapsy provide consistency?
CBD companies use an array of extraction processes, which means the end results can vary from brand to brand. Other companies may offer “full-spectrum” or “broad spectrum” CBD products, allowing for the variability of that crop’s plants to impact their finished product. Although that may work for some, we know many rely on a consistent and predictable product to support their goals. That’s why Hapsy takes a focused ground-up approach to formulating our products, starting with pure CO2-extracted CBD isolate, and top them off with clean plant-based oils and beeswax. This process provides a consistent, clean, and reliable product that delivers results every time.
Quality: How are Hapsy’s topicals different?
We want our products to have multiple benefits, which is why Hapsy topicals are a blend of pure CBD isolate and rich plant-based oils that have their own therapeutic benefits. Some of these oils include:
- Rosemary Oil: in folk medicine, rosemary has been utilized as a mild analgesic, to reduce headaches, migraines, insomnia, emotional upset, and depression.
- Roman and German Chamomile Flower Oil: known for its potential therapeutic benefits to reduce inflammation, digestive issues, and restless sleep.
- Lavender Oil: has antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory effects.
And many other therapeutic plant-based oils, which include peppermint oil, organic coconut oil, cinnamon leaf oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, ginger root oil, juniper berry oil, lemongrass oil, wild oregano oil, beta-caryophyllene and so much more. We rely on the plants that Mother Nature has gifted us to support many facets of our health and wellness.
When it comes to what you put in and on your body, you deserve full transparency. That’s why every batch of our products is rigorously tested, and the reports are always available to you right on the product page where you place your order. No more guessing. No more compromising. And much more time enjoying the benefits of incorporating Hapsy products in your daily routine.