An Important Question
CBD products are becoming an increasingly popular and socially acceptable herbal remedy. However, few people fully understand the difference between common terms like CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD when choosing which products to consume. It is very important to understand the distinction in order to figure out which version of CBD is right for you.
So, what’s CBD isolate vs full-spectrum? Here, we’ll tell you the difference.
What Are Cannabinoids?
The cannabis plant is very complex. Its strains are composed of varying combinations of 113 independent compounds called cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid is unique and reacts with the human endocannabinoid system differently.
Of them, the most well-known are:
- THC is the compound related to the feeling of being “high” or “stoned”.
- CBD is very unlike THC, as it has no psychoactive properties and may even reverse these effects on the body.
All of the cannabinoids combined create the “cannabinoid spectrum”.
When creating products, one, some, or all of the compounds from the spectrum can be extracted and refined into the most suitable product for the desired result.
This is where the terms CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD start to come into play.
These terms raise many questions about CBD isolate: Like what does full spectrum CBD oil mean and how does it compare to CBD isolate?
Don’t worry. This article answers all those questions and many others that will crop up along the way.
What is CBD Isolate?
When the CBD compound is extracted from a cannabis plant and all other cannabinoids and plant matter have been removed, the result is an isolate. This is the compound in its purest possible form, and it commonly comes from hemp plants because they tend to have extremely little to no THC compounds at all.
What does it look like?
While you may be expecting a green, botanical product, the outcome is quite the contrary. The isolated nature means the CBD no longer looks like a plant, and instead takes the form of a white crystalline powder.
What is CBD isolate used for?
The powder reacts with the human endocannabinoid system without interruption and since it’s pure isolated CBD, it has no flavor or smell that may effect the experience. It is popular among those who want a product that contains no THC while still enjoying a high CBD content.
How do you use it?
It is very easy to learn how to use CBD isolate.
- The quickest acting way is to place CBD isolate powder under your tongue for about one minute so that mucus membranes can deliver it to your brain and body through the bloodstream. This allows the isolate to quickly provide your desired results.
- The powder can be mixed with oil and consumed in the same way (under the tongue), or used in cooking (as long as the temperature never exceeds a maximum of 400 degrees Fahrenheit or the majority of its beneficial properties will be lost).
What Is Full Spectrum CBD?
By now you’re probably wondering, what is full spectrum CBD oil? What does full spectrum CBD mean?
Full spectrum CBD is the polar opposite of the isolated powder, and uses the “entourage effect” to increase the benefits felt when consumed.
The extract contains all the naturally occurring compounds that come from a cannabis plant.
This includes not only cannabinoids, but terpenes (which create the smell and taste of cannabis, and also have therapeutic benefits of their own), and essential oils as well.
What does it look like?
This process also creates a completely different looking product from isolate. While the singular cannabinoid is reduced to a powder, full spectrum is used in oil form (or even as low % THC smokable flower).
Does this contain THC?
By default this type of extract does contain THC, while the isolate does not. The legal limit of THC in non-medical CBD products the US is .3%. We have a large variety of full spectrum CBD products in the Green Goods shop.
The middle ground between full spectrum and isolated CBD is broad spectrum CBD, which is similar to full spectrum only all the THC is removed.
How do you use it?
How Do Their Effects Compare Overall?
So, which one is better?
There is no definitive answer to this is question, as the topic is complex and depends on various factors. Everyone reacts to all of these products in their own way, and finding out what works best is a completely individual process.
We recommend that you try both options and take note of the effects that they have for you. When you find the version that has your desired effects, you can stick to it while trying different products and brands within your preferred CBD type.
So which one should you buy?
It was originally thought that isolate was the most effective form of consumption.
However, this was debunked in 2005 when a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumour Immunology in Jerusalem showed that full-spectrum CBD actually provided improved results in comparison to its isolated counterpart.
The same study also showed that full spectrum products have a more linear rate of response than isolates.
This means that while full spectrum oil has more of an effect the more you use it, the isolated powder is most effective in moderate amounts. Meaning, your ability to find the correct dosage is imperative to getting the desired effects as higher doses of CBD isolate will not enhance its effects.