To begin, we want to remind you that CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a single Cannabinoid. This Cannabinoid has become extremely popular in recent years, particularly after the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp began to be grown specifically for it’s CBD and cannabinoid content. For many users who are new to CBD, the first question they ask, or should know the answer to, is the difference between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD products.
It is also important to note that both types of these CBD products have potential benefits for you through your Endocannabinoid System and CB1 and CB2 receptors. The ideal CBD Oil product for you is the one that you feel is best and meets your individual needs. Different types of CBD products have unique things to offer, and no single product will suit every individual. We hope the information below helps explain about the different types as you begin your CBD journey.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full Spectrum CBD products are CBD rich products that also contain the entire spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that exist within the cannabis plant of which it was grown and extracted. In addition to CBD, cannabis plants contain other cannabinoids including CBN, CBG, THC and over 100 other cannabinoids that have been identified to date by scientists in cannabis. Cannabis also contains other phytochemicals including terpenes and other compounds. The term Full Spectrum generally is referring to products that are not only rich in CBD but also contain the complete spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant as well. Other terms for Full Spectrum CBD include Whole Plant or Whole Plant extracts.
Some of the additional cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD include:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiol Acid (CBDA)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
Additional naturally occurring compounds found in Full Spectrum CBD products include:
- Essential Amino Acids
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- B-Complex Vitamins
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
THC is the cannabinoid many know and relate to cannabis, it is also the differentiating cannabinoid that determines whether a plant is Marijuana (THC content over 0.3%) or Hemp (THC content under 0.3%). All of the Hemp CBD products here at CBD Oil Solutions are derived from Hemp CBD products and contain no more than 0.3% THC as allowed by the Farm Bill of 2018. This amount of THC is deemed to not be enough to cause any sort of intoxication or “high,” but it should be noted that ingestion of Full Spectrum CBD products means you are ingesting THC. For users where drug testing for marijuana metabolites and THC are a concern, Full Spectrum CBD products may not be the best choice.
Enter CBD Isolate.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD Isolate is Pure Cannabidiol that has been isolated by itself as a single molecular compound. It has been purified to remove all other cannabinoids, terpenes, plant materials or compounds that exist in the cannabis plant. CBD Isolate generally tests at a purity of 99.9%, it is absolute pure CBD.
CBD Isolate and CBD Isolate Products contain no THC. This elimination and removal of THC, while also delivering high milligram concentrations of CBD, makes CBD Isolate based products an ideal choice for users who cannot ingest any levels of THC.
The Difference Between Full Spectrum and Isolate Based CBD Products
Full Spectrum CBD products contain all of the naturally occurring terpenes and cannabinoids of the plant. Terpenes alone have been shown to have incredible potential on their own due to their individual properties.
Terpenes are aromatic molecules, compounds that aromatherapists have relied on for centuries. The Cannabis plant contains more than 200 terpenes, many of those also found in popular substances like black pepper, leafy greens, lemon, and more. Terpenes are not exclusive to cannabis plants as they are found in many other fruits, plants, and herbs. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to various receptors to offer a variety of potential health benefits.
Some studies and initial research has also shown that cannabinoids and terpenes work together synergistically to influence one another.
This synergy is often referred to as the “Entourage Effect.”
What is the Entourage Effect?
The entourage effect is the result of the hundreds of plant components in Full Spectrum CBD products working together to multiply, rather than simply adding to, the potential benefits. The compounds have the potential to magnify the benefits of one another, intensifying potential effects. Yes, it really is that simple.
We hope this guide and overview has helped you understand the difference at their base between Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate based products. Now that you know this, it is up to you to choose which type of product you would like and almost all CBD products from CBD Tinctures, CBD Vape Oil, CBD Gummies, CBD Capsules, CBD Creams and more are available in both Full Spectrum and THC Free CBD Isolate based options. As always, if you have any questions at all our team is available via Live Chat or email to further explain and help you along your journey with CBD.