What is full spectrum CBD? And what’s a CBD isolate? 

Should I take one or the other?

So many questions and it’s no wonder you’ve raised them yourself since you can hear talks about CBD almost everywhere.

Now, for those of you who are starting to dabble in CBD, the answers to these questions can help you make informed decisions about CBD products. And for all the CBD aficionados out there, we might shed new light on the subject matter. 

Full spectrum CBD oil

Some call it full spectrum CBD oil, others call it hemp CBD oil and whole-plant CBD oil extract. They all refer to the same thing which is oil made from industrial hemp that is rich in one of the most popular and widely exploited cannabinoids, CBD.

Does full spectrum CBD have THC?

Yes, it does. 

Hemp oil is extracted from industrial hemp which must have less than 0.3% of the second most popular cannabinoid THC to be considered legal. Thus, full spectrum CBD oil can contain trace amounts of THC.

Even though the doses of THC in full spectrum CBD oil and CBD-related products (like a full spectrum CBD tincture) are legal and do not have a psychoactive effect, they still might appear positive in tests. 

What does full spectrum CBD oil mean?

The term full spectrum is used as the oil also contains a high number of other less-known cannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) and other natural compounds like omega fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. 

We don’t want to venture into full science mode here, but it’s argued that all of these natural-occurring compounds act in synergy and create the so-called entourage effect

To explain it in layman’s terms, the entourage effect is achieved when the effects of all of the full spectrum CBD oil’s compounds get into gear.

CBD isolate

As the name suggests, a CBD isolate is a product from industrial hemp which contains CBD molecules only.

Does CBD isolate have THC?

No, it does not. 

After CBD, THC and other compounds are initially extracted from the industrial hemp plant material through the process of supercritical carbon dioxide extraction (SC-CO2), it is necessary to perform additional refining processes to fully isolate the CBD. 

Therefore, we get crystal CBD molecules which do not contain THC. 

This fact might make it a more popular choice among users in countries where any amount of THC in products is considered illegal as there are no risks of showing positive in tests. This could also be important to users who have jobs that require regular drug screenings.

What does CBD isolate mean?

Unlike full spectrum CBD oil which has that characteristic taste and smell, CBD isolate is an odorless, white powder, and can be added to food, beverages, and edible products like gummies, and mixed with a carrier oil to create, for instance, CBD tinctures and topical ointments.

Its form makes it easier to dose, but a CBD isolate can be more expensive than a CBD oil as it undergoes extra refining processes. 

Today’s takeaway

When it comes down to choosing between full spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate, everyone should bear in mind that:

  • Full spectrum CBD oil contains two most popular cannabinoids CBD and THC alongside other naturally-occurring components like omega fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins.
  • It’s believed that these components act in synergy and in that way raise the potency of the individual components.
  • CBD isolate is a pure CBD extract containing only crystal CBD molecules. 
  • CBD isolate comes in the form of powder and can be added to food, beverages, and used to concoct remedies.

Do you use full spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate?

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