Full-Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate CBD—Why Full-Spectrum Is Better.

These days, CBD products are available in a variety of different forms. You’ve probably heard about isolate CBD and full-spectrum CBD, but now there are also products that contain an extract called broad-spectrum CBD.

With all the different types of CBD extracts that are available, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the difference between full-spectrum and isolate CBD and the benefits and detractors of each extract type. At Secret Nature, every product we offer is full-spectrum, and we believe that this type of CBD is superior.

In this guide, learn why we prefer full-spectrum CBD and discover the full-spectrum Secret Nature products that you should try today.

What is full-spectrum CBD?

During its flowering stage, hemp naturally starts expressing a medley of oils. Some of these oils, called terpenes and flavonoids, are primarily aromatic even though they also have antioxidant properties. Hemp flower also expresses cannabinoids, however, which are unique to Cannabis sativa.

Over 100 cannabinoids have been discovered in hemp to date, but most of them are analogs, or copies, of eight core cannabinoids. These core cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabichromene (CBC).

The modern reductionist view of pharmacology teaches that natural compounds are just as effective when they are chemically isolated. Ancient wisdom, however, teaches that plant-based substances are more effective when they are kept in their whole, natural states. “Full-spectrum CBD” refers to any CBD-rich product or extract that keeps the terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids present in hemp flower intact.

The ultimate full-spectrum CBD product is CBD flower. All CBD extracts are derived from hemp flower, so using CBD flower allows you to enjoy cannabinoids at their source. As long as the minor cannabinoids and aromatic oils that hemp flower expresses aren’t removed during extraction, however, any hemp product can benefit from the unique attributes of full-spectrum CBD.

Full-spectrum CBD vs. Isolate

For years, the only type of CBD you could buy was full-spectrum. As the hemp industry expanded, however, manufacturers started isolating the cannabidiol molecule from the other constituents of hemp flower. You can now buy CBD isolate from dozens of different retailers, but there are some compelling reasons you might want to stick with full-spectrum CBD instead.

The entourage effect

While still unproven, scientists have speculated for years that the various cannabinoids present in hemp flower may exert a synergistic effect when they are kept together. Called the entourage effect, scientists use this phenomenon to explain why full-spectrum CBD products appear to offer better results.

Since CBD isolate is stripped of all the other components in hemp flower, it cannot provide the entourage effect. Whether the entourage effect will ever be scientifically proven or not, it’s a fact that the terpenes, flavonoids, and minor cannabinoids present in CBD-rich hemp flower each have individual benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked.

The broad-spectrum CBD debate

CBD has reached a fever pitch of popularity during the last few years, and this increased investment into the hemp industry has brought technological innovations along with it. Using a variety of different processes, it’s now possible to entirely remove the THC from CBD-rich hemp extract.

The resulting substance, called broad-spectrum CBD extract, is touted as having the same benefits as full-spectrum CBD. It’s almost impossible, however, to remove THC from CBD-rich hemp oil without altering the chemical structure of hemp extract, so broad-spectrum CBD is not the same as full-spectrum CBD.

In the future, it may become possible to produce broad-spectrum CBD without affecting the other constituents of hemp oil extract. At present, however, full-spectrum CBD remains superior to broad-spectrum CBD.

Best full-spectrum Secret Nature CBD products

Now that you know the differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD, it’s time to learn which Secret Nature CBD products bring full-spectrum CBD to its fullest potential. All of our CBD flower options are full-spectrum, but there are a couple of non-flower Secret Nature products you should be aware of as you search for the best full-spectrum CBD products on the internet:

Live Resin Badder

This recent addition to the Secret Nature lineup offers all the benefits of CBD flower in dabbable concentrate form. Live resin is the most advanced type of CBD extract ever developed since it captures the exact cannabinoid and terpene profile present in CBD flower at the time of harvest.

While most types of CBD extract are made after CBD-rich hemp buds have been dried and cured, live resin is extracted the moment that CBD nugs are cut off the vine. The process of drying and curing, called decarboxylation, destroys a significant portion of the terpenes and flavonoids present in hemp flower, which could reduce potency.


Since it’s flash-frozen and extracted immediately after harvest, live resin extract tastes better, smells better, and hits better. You can use Secret Nature Live Resin Badder in dozens of different ways, and like all of our products, this live resin extract is third-party lab tested for potency and purity.

Customer reactions to Secret Nature Live Resin Badder

Customers who have tried our Live Resin Badder immediately note the difference between this product and other types of CBD extract. Anthony S. loved the “the relaxing sensation it gives your whole body,” and Stacy O. noted the increased terpene content of our live resin by saying that “just the smell alone will put a smile on your face.”

Organic Hemp Flower Nectar

Our organic CBD tincture is already unique because it contains CBD extracted from the healthiest, happiest hemp plants on the planet. We sweeten the deal, however, by including a medley of natural healing ingredients alongside the 1250mg of CBD in our Organic Hemp Flower Nectar.

In addition to full-spectrum CBD flower nectar, our tincture also contains black seed oil, shilajit, and added cannabis terpenes. Black seed oil and shilajit are powerful, natural antioxidants and terpenes offer both flavoring and antioxidant functions.

Like all of our products, Secret Nature Organic Hemp Flower Nectar is third-party lab tested, and instead of adding low-quality fillers, we include organic hemp seed oil as the base of our tincture. This product contains less than 0.3% THC, and a single drop includes around 2.1mg CBD.

Customer reactions to Secret Nature Organic Hemp Flower Nectar

People from all walks of life have used our Organic Hemp Flower Tincture for pain, anxiety, and even addiction. Alexis S. says that Secret Nature is a “godsend,” and while Joy. W. has used tinctures from other brands, she says that “this one is by far, the best.” Other customers point out the excellent customer service we provide with every order, and they like the natural taste our Organic Hemp Flower Tincture offers.

Get the nation’s favorite full-spectrum CBD today

With almost 2,200 five-star reviews, Secret Nature is far more popular than any other CBD flower brand. As you’ve discovered in this guide, however, CBD flower is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our diverse product options. Our beloved CBD tincture is still going strong, and our new live resin badder is poised to become the top Secret Nature product of 2020.

Full-spectrum is still the way to go when it comes to CBD, and Secret Nature is the most trusted supplier of full-spectrum CBD flower, tinctures, and extracts on the market. Try one of the products we’ve listed above to experience the difference full-spectrum CBD makes today.

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