Vials of CBD Extract Broad spectrum, full spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich, isolates - what sets these popular types of hemp extract apart?

While THC is by far the most commonly known cannabinoid, it’s far from the only variety on the rise in our modern culture. Cannabidiol – more popularly by the abbreviation CBD – has several distinct possibilities for high-quality extracts. It's easy to confuse the most common cannabinoid extracts for one another, but each respective variety has beneficial qualities that separate it from the rest. Colorado's Best Drinks is here to help you differentiate between the top varieties, so you’re ready to navigate the available options with ease.


Broad spectrum hemp is set apart from other cannabinoids by its unique composition. CBD isolates contain exclusively cannabidiol, while full spectrum hemp contains terpenes, cannabinoids and intoxicating THC. Broad Spectrum Hemp is the perfect middle ground – offering all of the prospective benefits of terpenes and non-psychoactive cannabinoids without a trace of THC’s intoxicating effects.

Broad Spectrum Hemp is carefully crafted using two distinct but equally reputable methods. The first method requires the removal of all THC molecules from a sampling of full-spectrum hemp extract. THC removal can be accomplished by systematically extracting carbon dioxide from the full spectrum, with the aim of only pure, crude oil remaining. This oil is then processed through high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), which eliminates THC entirely while upholding the chemical composition of other elements.

Another approach to broad spectrum hemp extract’s creation simply requires CBD isolate – not full spectrum extract, as was used in the previous methods. Other desired components (besides THC) can then be added to isolate’s crystal clear form, resulting in the same broad spectrum concoction.


Research suggests that full-spectrum hemp may help to alleviate inflammation and related health issues more effectively than other cannabinoids. Broad spectrum contains the same beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes as full-spectrum hemp extract, without requiring the consumption and/or absorption of THC by its users. In contrast, full-spectrum hemp extract contains all of the same elements as broad spectrum hemp and CBD isolates, with the addition of THC.


One could likely surmise the composition of “CBD Isolate” from the name itself – it’s the purest possible form of cannabidiol. To concoct CBD isolate, cannabidiol is isolated from other components (as the name suggests). The isolated cannabidiol is then filtered repeatedly, removing any trace of terpenes, hemp plant compounds and cannabinoids. This process results in pure CBD isolate – a white powdery substance containing ninety-nine percent pure CBD.

Isolate can be used in many types of CBD products, including topicals, edibles and CBD vaporizer juice. CBD vape juices that look notably clear likely contain CBD isolate as a primary component. It naturally lacks any scent, color or taste – though it can be dyed or flavored as desired to enhance or accentuate some product types. This makes it a natural choice as an additive for many manufacturers within the industry of CBD and derived products.


Phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract – or PCR hemp extract – refers to an especially rich form of hemp oil. PCR can be used interchangeably with broad-spectrum hemp extract at times due to their marked similarities in profile. Both broad-spectrum hemp extract and PCR contain an extensive variety of terpenes, but neither contain intoxicating elements.

The Free Market: Freer By The Decade

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has made waves throughout American culture, especially in the years following Amendment 64’s historic statewide legalization of cannabis. This past decade has seen destigmatization, decriminalization and increased research funding into several non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Many forms of cannabidiol have been unduly condemned and even criminalized for over a century, all thanks to the bad reputation of THC, their intoxicating relative. Advocates of cannabis and its derivitives have celebrated our increased awareness of the many varieties of non-psychoactive cannabinoids - allowing increasing populations to experience all that each form has to offer.

Our sparkling sodas all contain a number of quality, refined ingredients – including phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract. All five flavors of hemp CBD water are delicious and refreshing. Better yet, each sparkling CBD soda flavor is vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, sodium, and preservatives. There are just five ingredients in every sparkling CBD soda can, and you’ll taste that sweet simplicity with every sip.

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