The terms “isolate” and ”full-spectrum” are common in the cannabis industry, but not particularly among the CBD product shoppers. This information is normally printed on the packages and has the information about the CBD content in the product.
Cannabidiol (or CBD) is one of the cannabinoids in the Cannabis (and Hemp) plants and is one of the most active compounds extracted from the cannabis plant, and with some of the most beneficial effects.
While there are over different compounds in the Cannabis plant, the most common and popular cannabinoid extracts are CBD and THC, which constitute the two largest compounds in Cannabis.
However, there are some other substances that this plant has which are worth mentioning.
There are the CBG and CBN substances also extracted from the cannabis plant. Each of these substances triggers various pulses in the. A combination of two or more of these substances can bring a significant change in strength of each’s effect.
So what’s the meaning of the two terms: “Isolate” and ”Full-Spectrum”?
Let’s dive in and first understand what these terms mean.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is simply 100% CBD. It is not mixed with any other cannabinoid, terpenes or additives of any kind.
What you get when you buy a CBD isolate product is pure CBD.
While you may think that extracting an isolate from the hemp plant is an easy process, it’s harder than it seems.
CBD is obtained first from hemp as a mixture with other extracted compounds from the plant. These include terpenes and other cannabinoids. This requires further processes to separate the CBD from all other cannabinoids and plant extracts.
As a result, making CBD isolate is more expensive and time-consuming.
CBD isolates come in different forms. You can find different CBD isolate products such as crystalline, waxy, resin, or shatter due to its glass-like texture.
If you are not the type who will go for dabbing, there are also other forms that you can exploit. These include oils, capsules, edibles, etc. You can find CBD isolate products at MyTherapy CBD.
What is Full Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD has all of the cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant as opposed to isolated CBD.
After the extraction, the entire extract is manufactured into a ready-to-use product without any further separation of the content. If you buy a full-spectrum CBD, you’ll get every cannabinoid present in that plant.
The THC content, which is a proactive substance, is what raises concern among some consumers. CBD is illegal in various countries across the globe due to it. Also, some individuals may be hesitant to use full-spectrum CBD because of its high level of THC.
However, you should not worry much about this with MyTherapy CBD products as the new federal laws in place to regulate this allows up to 0.3% of THC, which is why CBD products are commonly extracted from hemp plants now, as opposed to marijuana, which of course, has a much higher level of THC.
What are some of the advantages of full spectrum CBD?
The earlier belief was that the CBD isolate provided more health benefits compared to the full spectrum CBD. However, the reverse is said to be true by some, due to CBD’s entourage effect with the other cannabinoids, which seem to strengthen its therapeutic effects.
The entourage effect comes about due to a combined effect of different cannabinoids. A research conducted in 2005 showed a group that was subject to full spectrum cannabinoids showed a more heightened relief as opposed to the other group which received the CBD isolate treatment.
Many CBD consumers like full spectrum CBD to enhance the health benefits. Although, this shouldn’t discount the health benefits a CBD isolate product can provide as well.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
You might be lucky to come across the “broad-spectrum” label in some of the CBD product packages. This is another category of CBD product with some cannabinoids, but excluding the THC. It also has the entourage effect.
If you don’t want to consume any THC but would like to feel the entourage effect of other cannabinoids, then broad-spectrum CBD may be for you.
Full Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate, which one should you use?
You might be confused about which of these two types of CBD products are better suited for you.
There will never be a one-size-fits-all solution for this. It is basically your personal choice after comparing the benefits of both, and trying both to see which one works better for your purpose.
CBD isolate is the purest CBD product with about 90% cannabidiol. This substance is non-proactive and can be consumed safely without the risk of testing positive for prohibited substances. Additionally, the CBD isolate does not really have a taste nor odor. This makes it a perfect additive in various recipes without changing the flavor of the food. The main thing you will forgo if you choose it is the entourage effect mentioned above.
Full spectrum CBD is thought to be superior because of its entourage effect. If you want a feel stronger effects, then full spectrum products may be the best shot for you. Not much processing is required for full spectrum CBD as is the case with CBD isolate.
The presence of terpenes and flavonoids in full spectrum CBD creates a stronger scent and taste you may or may not enjoy. Although this can differ between products, it might be better to just take CBD isolate if you don’t enjoy the smell or taste.
CBD Isolate is recommended for:
- People who are allergic to THC and some cannabinoids
- Residents of states where THC is prohibited and those subjected to the random drug testing at workplace (Our hemp-based full spectrum CBD products have virtually no THC however)
- People who want to include CBD in their recipes
Full-Spectrum CBD is recommended for:
- People who want to experience the entourage effect
- People who want a stronger CBD experience
After reviewing the differences between the two types of CBD, we can conclude that no type is superior over the other. People will choose either full spectrum CBD or CBD isolate according to their preferences.
Share your experience with both or either one below in the comments!