The Different Types of CBD
Not all CBD products were created equal. Beyond the obvious question of whether to drop, vape or eat (more on specific products later), there is the fact that all these products can come in one of three major types: CBD Isolate; Full Spectrum CBD; or Broad Spectrum CBD. Whether you’re a first time CBD shopper or a seasoned user, the labeling can be confusing. Here we break it down for you.

The three major types of CBD

CBD Isolate

Simply put: CBD isolate contains only CBD. Technically the purest form of CBD, CBD isolate is created by removing all the plant matter contained in the hemp plant via a post-extraction purification process. This creates a product which is 99% pure CBD – minus any THC or any other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and minus any oils, waxes, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, or other plant matter. Different extractors often produce different purities depending on method, quality of equipment/material, and skill. It is important to only use CBD products from a high quality facility such as NectarTek in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains CBD as well as all the other compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids – including THC.
This ‘whole plant’ philosophy, where the full spectrum of plant matter extracted from the plant work together to create enhanced therapeutic effects, is known as the ‘entourage effect’.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD is essentially a hybrid of CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD: it is a CBD product with all the elements of full spectrum CBD such as terpenes, flavonoids, minor cannabinoids, and other natural parts of the cannabis plant, except for THC. In this regard, broad-spectrum CBD is like CBD isolate: the THC is completely removed. What this means is that you are left with a product which performs the same as full spectrum products, but without the psychoactive risks.

What type should you use?

Once again, the answer to this question is “It depends”. Considerations to take into account, which may influence your decision, revolve primarily around THC:
  • Do you live in a state with strict THC laws?
  • Have you experienced sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids in the past?
  • Has your doctor or healthcare provider recommended a certain CBD to THC ratio or specified CBD only?
  • Are you a first-time user with concerns about the effects of even trace THC?
However you answered the above questions, there is a CBD product out there for you. Xceptol CBD products are formulated with >99.5% pure CBD isolate.

Types of CBD Products

Once you’ve hit on the right type of CBD, it’s time to choose the product itself. No longer is the CBD market isolated to oils dropped under the tongue and done. To vape or not to vape? To tincture or not to tincture? Capsules? Straight up oils? A topical cream? Or how about a granola bar? Here, just a few of the many, many choices out there:


Most CBD drops are still available in dropper bottle form as a tincture or concentrated extract, allowing for sublingual delivery. The CBD is dropped directly under the tongue, making for a quick, efficient, and highly effective delivery to your system. For this reason, sublinguals are still one of the most popular choices.



Vaporizers are an increasingly popular way of ingesting CBD. The CBD oil or cannabinoid concentrate is heated and transformed into a vapor that can be inhaled into the lungs. Many profess this to be the quickest way to feel the effects as the vapor and its beneficial contents can quickly transfuse from the lungs into the bloodstream, however, the jury is still out regarding the safety of long-term vape use.



Topicals, or creams, made with CBD added to the ingredients, are a popular way to relieve muscular pain or inflammation. The cream is applied directly to the affected area for quick and easy relief.


CBD edibles, foods made with CBD extract additive, are arguably the most pleasurable way of taking CBD. Popular options include chewing gum, nut butter, candies, granola bars, honey and even chocolate where CBD oil extract is added into the ingredients.


Capsules offer a delivery method as simple, and discreet, as taking your daily dose of multivitamins! Capsules contain a concentrated CBD and are taken orally – just as a pill would be. This is also an easy way to control your exact dosage of CBD.
Note: The concentration of CBD might vary in each of the above products, as might the intended use. It is important to do your research before purchasing. Know before you buy.


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