Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate – How are they Different?

Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate – How are they Different?

CBD is extracted from cannabis plants, specifically hemp, due to the larger quantities of the compound in it. It can take one of two forms: CBD isolate or full-spectrum hemp oil. Both contain CBD, however, there is a debate over which one is better than the other.

When consumers first find out there are more than one form of CBD, many wonder which will be better for them to take. A variety of different sources provide definitive answers, however, there are pros and cons to each type. Let’s discuss both CBD isolate and full-spectrum hemp oil and find out which one is a better fit for you.

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CBD Isolate 

CBD isolate is pure, containing no other active compounds. To produce this extract, the compound is isolated and then refined to remove any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and additional plant components. The final product is a fine white powder and is typically listed at 95-99% CBD. Those who seek the sole benefits of CBD should consider a CBD isolate product.

By going through this process, the remaining CBD has no other cannabinoids. Meaning that CBD Isolate has no THC, which is known for causing the psychoactive effects of Marijuana. For those who are worried about taking a drug test after using CBD, or just not wanting anything to do with THC in general, this is the better choice for them.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract 

Full-spectrum hemp oil contains all components of the hemp plant. After extraction, cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients, and additional plant materials remain in the oil.

Full-spectrum hemp oil provides the complete benefit of the hemp plant. Not only do each of these components provide their own benefit, but they often work together in what is known as the entourage effect.

Researchers have found the components of the hemp plant work together to create an effect greater than the component alone. This interaction improves the absorption and effect of CBD on the body.

Since all the natural cannabinoids remain intact, full-spectrum hemp oil contains trace levels of THC. However, the amount is negligible (less than 0.3%) and will not get you high.

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Choosing CBD Isolate or Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil 

CBD isolates are like eating a single Vitamin C tablet with nothing else, while full-spectrum is like eating an orange. While Vitamin C is found in oranges, there are a lot of other ingredients that are beneficial to the body as well.

There is research that has determined certain ailments to benefit from either CBD isolate or full-spectrum hemp oil. Most of the time, it is a matter of trying both and noting which you prefer. Some find success with one while others prefer taking both.

At the end of the day, the answer to this question is based on what you are looking for out of your CBD. Are you looking for a THC-less experience then the isolate is your best shot. On the flip side, if you prefer to gain benefits from the entire hemp plant, then full-spectrum is probably the best option. Both options are still great ways to experience the benefits of CBD, so there is no quote-on-quote “wrong choice”.

At Tasty Hemp Oil, our CBD oil tinctures are all full-spectrum.

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