Full Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate?

There’s no denying that CBD oil is one of the fastest rising industries North America (and not to mention the globe) has seen in decades, so it pays to be up-to-date on what the medication is, how it works, and how it’s made.

Searching for a high quality CBD product can be overwhelming and frustrating. With so many products to choose from, and a varying range of price, one has to wonder what is the best product out there. Additionally with so many buzzwords: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, whole plant, isolate, terpenes, etc. analysis paralysis can easily set in. But, I am here to help clear up the confusion, especially when it comes to CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD.

Within the Cannabis plant, there is a classification of compounds known as cannabinoids.

Among these are CBD and THC, along with over a hundred others which scientists have discovered naturally occurring within different Cannabis strains.

Now, here’s why these are super important:

In 1995, researchers discovered that, by interacting with receptors in the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), cannabinoids like CBD could deliver unique health benefits to the body.

Later, they discovered that each cannabinoid could affect the body differently.

For example, while THC delivers the psychoactive effects associated with “getting high,” CBD does not. In fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.

With various ranges of effects delivered by other cannabinoids like Cannabigerol (CBG) and Cannabinol (CBN), the full collection of cannabinoids forms what is referred to as the “cannabinoid spectrum.”

Full-Spectrum CBD

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Full-Spectrum CBD is produced using the entire plant (except for the stalks) and while the CBD is “isolated” when extracting, it contains a whole array of other cannabinoids found in the plant. What are cannabinoids you might ask? Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are over a hundred cannabinoid compounds that have been isolated, including CBD and THC. THC is the part of the plant that creates “the high,” and CBD is the part of the plant containing the medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Full-Spectrum CBD will contain MANY beneficial cannabinoids, such as CBDV, CBG, CBD, CBN, and even THC. Broad-spectrum on the other hand might have all of these, except for THC, which is great if you are concerned with passing a drug test. It’s important to note that CBD works best when combined with other cannabinoids, including THC. It creates what is known as the “ entourage effect.”

Best For:

  • Individuals who were recommended to specifically take high doses of CBD
  • Individuals with sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids
  • Individuals who regularly undergo drug screening tests
  • Individuals who prefer light flavors or no flavor
  • Individuals living in states that have strict THC-laws
  • First-time users that may be hesitant about other cannabinoids

CBD Isolate

In scientific terms, an isolate is the purest form of a compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds.

With that being said, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. Cannabis isolate is exactly what it sounds like. It contains ONLY CBD, and nothing else. Usually found in the form of a white powder, it is easy to dose and measure out, which makes it great for making edibles, or adding to your morning coffee. Seeing as how CBD contains most of the medical and therapeutic benefits, it was thought this was the best part of the plant, but recent studies (from 2015) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology found that the plant was most effective when other cannabinoids and plant terpenes were present. It was also these researchers that coined the term, “entourage effect.”

CBD isolates are generally cheaper, and might have their place in your CBD regime, but remember that the plant is best consumed as a whole, not just in part. While CBD isolate might have a better price point, just remember you won’t see the same medicinal and therapeutic benefits you will find in a full-spectrum product. Recent research has discovered that full-spectrum CBD is the best option.

Best For:

  • Individuals who were recommended to specifically take high doses of CBD
  • Individuals with sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids
  • Individuals who regularly undergo drug screening tests
  • Individuals who prefer light flavors or no flavor
  • Individuals living in states that have strict THC-laws
  • First-time users that may be hesitant about other cannabinoids

Now that you have a general understanding of each type of CBD, you’re probably wondering why someone would prefer one over the other; and more importantly, which type you should choose. Either of the types isn’t better than the others. Every individual has different needs, and this determines which type of CBD is best-suited for their unique conditions.

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