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Full Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate: What’s The Difference?

par Mark Canavan sur November 27, 2020

When you hear about cannabis, the first thing that comes to your mind is THC but there’s another popular cannabinoid to keep on your radar: CBD. While most of the research on CBD is recent and ongoing, some suggest that it may have certain health benefits. People use CBD for a variety of health reasons, such as pain and anxiety. And because of these potential benefits, CBD products of all kinds have flooded the market. While more research could clarify their
anecdotally reported benefits, some evidence suggests that CBD products can help with certain conditions. It can be tough to separate the great from not-so-good products, let alone understand CBD terminology, like isolate and full spectrum. This article aims to help demystify the terms CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. We explain the differences and potential benefits of both
forms.

Full Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate

Full Spectrum CBD vs. Isolate: What’s The Difference?

Both full-spectrum and isolate are extracts from the cannabis plant but even though they come from the same plant, there are still differences. The difference between them relates to the contents of each form. TheThe most basic form of CBD is an isolate. These contain nothing except pure, isolated CBD. In other words, there are no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. Although this might be considered ‘basic’ at first glance, it is much harder to isolate from hemp. When hemp undergoes the extraction process to remove cannabinoids, all of the plant’s compounds are extracted. Which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. This means that extra steps must be taken to isolate the CBD and free of any other compounds. Due to this, CBD isolate is quite hard to make. CBD isolate also comes in crystal form of CBD and it is often ground up and sold as a powder. It is a much more refined product and goes through extra processing.

In contrast, full-spectrum CBD products contain multiple cannabis plant extract and small amounts of other cannabinoids, including essential oils, as well as flavonoids and terpenes, which are beneficial compounds that provide unique scents and flavors. When cannabinoids are extracted from hemp, the entire extract is made into a consumable product which means that you are getting a healthy dose of all the cannabinoids that were in the plant. It may also contain up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol which is known as THC, which produces the high’ feeling in people. However, such a low amount is not strong enough to have significant psychoactive effects.

Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabis plant compound, due to this, it may have a more potent effect than pure CBD. According to research, the health benefits may be more prominent when multiple compounds from the cannabis plant are present, this is what calls the ‘entourage effect’. The entourage effect theory suggests that taking CBD and THC together, along with terpenes, may be more effective than taking either cannabinoid alone. That’s why some people prefer to use full-spectrum CBD. Taking a combination of terpenes and cannabinoids may help with; anxiety, pain, inflammation, seizures, muscle spasm relief, antioxidant, and fungal infections. It also concludes that it may help lessen unwanted effects like hunger, anxiety, and sedation. According to research, some of the terpenes and flavonoids found in cannabis may reduce inflammation and other neuroprotective effects. Full-spectrum is more effective for pain than isolate because of the combined effects of CBD and THC. Another advantage is that it is less processed and more natural than isolate CBD.

Benefits of Isolate CBD

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, it may be a suitable product for first-time users who wish to experiment with the potential health benefits without the interference of other cannabis compounds, which may alter the effects. CBD isolate is also refined, so it has no discernible taste or odor. Research suggests that CBD isolate may offer certain health benefits the effect may be less notable than when using a full-spectrum CBD product. It also indicates that CBD isolate’s effects against pain and inflammation may only occur at a specific dose. This is in contrast to full-spectrum products where effects increase as the dosage does. For this reason, people who wish to take high doses of CBD may prefer a CBD isolate. This is not necessarily a negative quality, some people may prefer a product without THC or they might be sensitive to a certain compound. As there is no THC, this substance should not show up in any drug test.

Which Form is Suitable for Me?

Determining which form is right for you can be a daunting task. Now that you know what each term means, you might be wondering how you decide on what to choose between the two. There is no way to know for certain what the best type of CBD for you, it is just a matter of weighing up the pros and cons, as well as which will suits you best. And, it all comes down to personal preference.

CBD isolate has the advantage of being the purest and most potent form of CBD you can consume. There is no risk of psychoactive effects, and don’t have the risk of flagging positive on a drug test. Furthermore, isolate is both tasteless and odorless which is perfect for those wanting to cook with CBD without altering the flavor. The only drawback is that they don’t create the entourage effect. For full-spectrum, the major advantage is the entourage effect, which encourages the invigorating potential of cannabinoids. If you are looking for powerful, efficient CBD then this is the way to go. Furthermore, it is often considered closer to the original plant and is therefore the most authentically natural. It undergoes less processing when compared to isolates. The cons of full-spectrum are that it may flag on a drug test due to the fractional THC content. Also, the terpenes and flavonoids from cannabis can create a strong taste and aroma that some people find to be unpleasant.

CBD isolate product is best for people with sensitivity to THC and other cannabinoids, people living in states with strict THC laws, people who wish to cook with CBD, individuals who were recommended to specifically take high doses of CBD, individuals who regularly undergo drug screening tests, individuals who prefer light flavours or no flavour, and first-time users that may be hesitant about other cannabinoids. Meanwhile, the full-spectrum product is best for people who are looking to target more specific use, people who want to get the most out of their CBD experience, and individuals who want the full benefits of the cannabis plants, individuals who were recommended a certain ratio, and individuals with more severe conditions that CBD isolates could not alleviate. Choose the product that suits your needs after assessing your current state of health. The differences between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD will impact how you use these substances.

Whether you choose to isolate product or full-spectrum product, here at Green Heart CBD we offer both forms. Our full-spectrum products allow you to experience the benefits of the entourage effect. However, if you would like to try CBD isolate, we also have a variety of products that offers isolate CBD. Our products have precise measurements and easy dosing instructions. It also comes from fresh, pampered, organic, and sun-grown hemp plants. 

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