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In a similar vein, allergies and sensitivities may mean full- and broad-spectrum products aren’t an option. While it is possible to hunt down a strain that doesn’t have the particular compound that is causing an unpleasant reaction, it’s much quicker and easier to simply buy a CBD isolate product.

Broad spectrum CBD tinctures are close siblings to full-spectrum products, with a key difference: they do not contain THC. Full-spectrum hemp extracts are typically created through a process (often using an ethanol-based solvent or CO2) that pulls every possible molecule from the plant fibers indiscriminately.

CBD isolate is exactly what the name implies: the CBD compound on its own, removed from all of the other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Isolate tinctures are common, although powdered isolate is also available. This powder is typically 99% pure CBD, meaning one milligram of isolate powder has one milligram of CBD. This extremely potent product makes it easy to get high doses of CBD.

The THC-Free Option

Broad-spectrum extracts are often made by taking full-spectrum hemp extract and further refining it to remove any trace amounts of THC found in hemp. Alternatively, some companies start with a CBD isolate and add desired cannabinoids and phytonutrients. These broad-spectrum products are ideal for customers seeking the entourage effect (see below) of full-spectrum products who do not want even trace amounts of THC in their system.

The answer is the entourage effect. A study from the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research found that CBD isolate had a narrow effective dose window when used for swelling: in other words, the effects of CBD have a bell curve, where CBD reaches peak effectiveness at a certain dose, and is less effective both before and after that dose amount. The study found that full-spectrum products did not have the same dose window, and CBD’s effectiveness continued to increase with dose size.

This isn’t to say that full-spectrum products are the only way to go, though. In fact, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products are preferable for some customers. The benefit of having so many brands and product types available is everyone can find exactly what they need.

The main benefit of broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products is that they do not contain THC. While hemp products do not contain enough THC to have psychoactive effects, they may have enough to cause a customer to be flagged by an employee drug screening in some circumstances. While it is not likely, many people find that it just isn’t worth it to take a chance. Likewise, some customers are reluctant to give any amount of THC to children, pets, or themselves. Broad-spectrum products allow customers to receive the majority of benefits found in full-spectrum extracts while avoiding the one cannabinoid they don’t want.

As with all elements of the cannabis plant, it seems highly likely Myrcene (and all terpenes for that matter) is far more potent when working together with all of the other plant molecules and compounds – as in full spectrum CBD products.

Dr Ethan Russo, who led the study, concluded that Myrcene works with CBD to reduce pain and inflammation in patients, as well as an ability to block the cancer-causing effects of aflatoxins. When used in combination with THC, Myrcene reduced pain, acted as an effective muscle relaxant and exhibited sedative properties. And alongside CBG, Myrcene showed potential to relieve the effects of cancer.

Aside from its standalone benefits, Myrcene has also been shown to potentially heighten the effects of THC, CBD and CBG, as well as possibly being a precursor to all other terpenes! More research needs to be done to fully understand these mechanisms, but one detailed 2011 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology titled “Taming THC: Potential Cannabis Synergy and Phytocannabinoid-terpenoid Entourage Effects” stated that the synergistic relationship between myrcene and the cannabinoids within the cannabis plant is one of crucial significance.


If you’ve heard good things about taking CBD oil for a restful night’s sleep, myrcene is likely to be one of the main components of the plant extract which lends itself to this.

In our last terpene article, we looked deeper into Beta-Caryophyllene – a sesquiterpene which has risen to fame for its unique ability to bind to CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Today we’d like to introduce you to Myrcene – an insomniac’s best friend.

As mentioned above, Myrcene can be found in lots of different plants and many of these have been used to produce sleep-inducing effects for thousands of years. Lemongrass tea is one myrcene-rich Brazilian folk medicine used to combat pain and anxiety. Popular natural sleep remedies Valerian and Lavender are also high in this terpene.

One particular study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology has made it to the forefront in terpene research, reporting the impressive sedative effects of myrcene as well as its motor relaxant and pain relieving abilities. Further studies have also shown outstanding results when using Myrcene as an anti-inflammatory, anti-catabolic and pro-anabolic all of which also contribute to a more restful sleep if pain is a problem. Unsurprisingly, the reported usefulness in both growing muscle mass and muscle-related issues makes this terpene a favourite among fitness fanatics and body builders.