CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD

What's the Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD?

Due to its variety of healing properties, Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular option for patients seeking a natural alternative to treat an array of conditions.  As users start to explore how CBD can be used to alleviate their symptoms, they are often faced with a decision between using products made from CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD. So, what exactly is the difference between the two?

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. CBD isolate contains only CBD and no other plant materials, oils or waxes.  The extraction process is able to provide a finished product that’s CBD and nothing more.

How is CBD Isolate Made?

CBD isolate extraction starts out like other extraction processes used to make CBD. Once the initial extraction takes place, it produces concentrated CBD oil that still contains oils, waxes and chlorophyll. 

To produce a pure form of isolated CBD, a purifying process follows the actual extraction process. This purification process includes filtration and a “winterization process” that further removes any waxes or other plant materials that were still present after filtration.

What you’re left with is a fine, white powder that is 99% pure CBD.

Benefits of CBD Isolate:

  • Contains Zero THC.
  • Comes in a larger variety of product types.
  • Virtually tasteless.
  • Enables user to explore different uses of the product including, adding it to food & drinks, placing under the tongue, and making custom topical products.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full-spectrum hemp oil refers to oil extracted from hemp that contains all the same cannabinoids and compounds found in the original hemp plant.  Full-spectrum hemp oil contains dozens of cannabinoids, with the most prominent being cannabidiol (CBD). CBD makes up over 90% of the cannabinoid content in full-spectrum hemp oil.  Other cannabinoids found in full-spectrum include cannabigerol (CBG), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabinol (CBN).

What is in Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full-spectrum hemp oil contains a wide variety of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene as well as B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin are all contained in full spectrum oil. 

Minerals are essential for a variety of bodily functions, nerve function and metabolic processes. Full-spectrum hemp oil contains minerals like magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and iron.

Hemp oil is a heart-healthy source of all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that are only available through diet.

Essential fatty acids Omega 3 & 6 are found in the optimal ration of 3:1 in hemp oil, helping to support cardiovascular health.

The Entourage Effect

The entourage effect refers to the multiple components of full spectrum hemp oil producing a synergistic effect within the body.  Together cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids have the ability to amplifying the benefits of one another, when compared to the effects of each individual constituent. 

In other words, the approximately 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant have the ability to work harmoniously to magnify their therapeutic properties. 

Benefits of full spectrum CBD oil:

  • Vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, terpenes & fatty acids.
  • The Entourage Effect
  • More natural, less processed product.