The Difference between CBD Isolate and Full/Broad Spectrum
Today we will break down the difference between two terms you’ll commonly see, full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating molecule found in the cannabis/hemp plant. It is one of many cannabinoids that can be extracted from the plant. Though CBD does not give the consumer the high that psychoactive cannabis is known for. It is usually derived from hemp, the name given to cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC which can be mass grown for CBD oil.
Full or Broad Spectrum:
The cannabis/hemp plants contain hundreds of different phytochemicals including cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. Full spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD generally refers to products that not only contain CBD but contain other plant molecules as well. This version of CBD oil is minimally refined, leaving most of the cannabinoids and terpenes intact.
Full spectrum, which is sometimes also called “whole plant,” provides most of the plant’s molecules in ratios and amounts that nature intended.
While there is still more research to be done, there are indications that show cannabinoids and terpenes work together and influence each other. This synergistic effect is called the entourage effect.
CBD isolate is generally labeled as being 99 percent or more pure CBD depending. These products have been isolated down to just the cannabinoid CBD. They usually have just a carrier oil, MCT oil or Olive Oil and just aim to deliver therapeutic doses of CBD, isolated from the other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Full spectrum CBD oil products do have the advantage of containing many different cannabinoids and terpenes. Some studies do indicate the synergistic effects of full spectrum CBD oil are superior to an isolate in the treatment of inflammatory conditions. Terpenes alone have shown great promise for human health and should not be disregarded.
CBD isolates do allow users to easily dose large amounts of CBD and know how much they’re getting. With the growing amount of evidence behind CBD and CBD alone it should not be overlooked as a potential for many conditions such as pain, anxiety, inflammation, diabetes, depression and much more.
Some people may find the taste of hemp extract unpleasant, which may mean they should try a CBD isolate. The lack of flavor also makes isolate a better choice for cooking with.
Every body is different. Different ailments or conditions may react differently to full spectrum CBD or to CBD isolate. We recommend trying a variety of products and seeing what works best for you. It’s still very early in regards to research but there is a strong case for the benefits of using full spectrum hemp extract with more of the plant compounds intact.