You may have heard a lot about CBD and are taking the next steps, reading more into CBD, and perhaps thinking of giving it a try for yourself. Yet, there are still a few things that puzzle you. You already know that CBD stands for cannabidiol and that these are the compounds that have been extracted from hemp plants that have reported beneficial effects on the human body. But, in reading more about these products and browsing online stores you have read about isolate and full-spectrum CBD oils and you are coming a little unstuck. So, read on to find out what is meant by these terms and what they could mean for you and the products that you choose.
Cannabis plants contain many chemical compounds – 483 different compounds have been identified so far. Around 60 of these compounds are cannabinoids. CBD is one such compound. There has been a lot of research into these cannabinoids, particularly CBD and THC (THC is the compound which gives marijuana users the ‘high’ and it is usually not a part of CBD products). Despite extensive research, there is still a fair bit that we don’t yet know about how cannabis plants affect humans.
Isolate Vs. Full-Spectrum CBD
Full-spectrum CBD contains nearly all (if not all!) of the naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants. This evidently includes CBD (cannabidiol) but also other cannabinoid compounds such as CBG, CBN, CBC, flavonoids, and terpenes to mention a few.
On the other hand, CBD isolate only contains CBD. This means that the cannabidiol compound is extracted and isolated from all the other compounds found in the cannabis plants. It can also be made artificially in a laboratory using sugar, for example.
Comparing Full-Spectrum and Isolate CBD
Both types of CBD products, isolate and full-spectrum, have advantages and disadvantages. People who consume bigger doses of CBD regularly often prefer CBD isolate. Those who have to take random and frequent drug tests also prefer to have isolate CBD in their system rather than a full-spectrum product.
Having said that, the majority of full-spectrum CBD products use hemp extract as their base which is extremely low in its concentrations of THC (the high-inducing chemical compound that drug tests may pick up). Typically, the concentration of THC in products is under 0.3%. Despite the fact that the concentration is extremely low and won’t produce any psychoactive ‘high’ in users, it can be picked up in drug tests, especially if the user takes a high amount of CBD daily. For this reason, many people in these circumstances who are subject to regular drug testing may prefer to take CBD isolate as it is completely free from THC, so it offers greater reassurance for users.
What about full-spectrum CBD then? Full-spectrum CBD, as its name gives away, contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. As a result, many argue that it has a greater therapeutic benefit and potential than CBD isolate due to the entourage effect.
The Entourage Effect
This effect is actually a theory claiming that cannabis compounds can produce unique effects by synergizing in the body. It is debatable in its validity, but there is some solid research that suggests that the effects of cannabis don’t just come from individual compounds but rather the way in which the compounds interact within the human body.
Some research has shown that full-spectrum CBD tends to give better relief to symptoms than do isolates. A Jerusalem center in Tumor Immunology has compared isolates with full-spectrum CBD in treating inflammation and pain. In every aspect tested in the study, the CBD that was full spectrum was always better.
Most research into the effects of the cannabis plant focuses on CBD and THC and their associated effects. However, there is other research in progress that is beginning to look at the other cannabinoids in the plants so that we can learn more about their potential.
Those who are looking to buy and use CBD products want to benefit as much as possible health-wise from the cannabis plant should consider full-spectrum CBD products.
What about Broad-Spectrum CBD?
We know about isolates and full-spectrum CBD, but what about broad-spectrum? You already know that full-spectrum CBD means that there are many different compounds from the cannabis plant, including waxes, terpenes, chlorophyll as well as a tiny amount of THC. CBD isolate is more refined and contains CBD only perhaps with tiny percentages of terpenes included. Isolate does not offer much in terms of the entourage effect, but it does have higher CBD content and no THC.
Now, to broad-spectrum CBD. This type of CBD typically doesn’t contain THC but does contain a wide range of different cannabinoids, so it has some benefits of the entourage effect explained above. The fact that it doesn’t contain THC but does offer a wider range of cannabinoids gives users added benefits that CBD isolates might not offer alone.
To sum up, let’s have a look at what CBD isolate and CBD full-spectrum products are best for. CBD Isolate is better for people who are sensitive to THC as well as any other cannabinoids. It’s also best for those who live in places that have strict laws on THC or for people who have to undergo testing for drugs in their place of work. Lastly, those who wish to cook using CBD products would be better using CBD isolate as it has little to no flavor.
Full-spectrum CBD products are better for those who want to use the product for a specific purpose. It is also better for people who are able to use cannabis fully legally where they live, and they would not face any repercussions for using products that may contain traces of THC. Lastly, full-spectrum CBD gives people an overall better experience and so users would get the most out of if they used a full-spectrum product. Finally, it is important to stress that one type of CBD is not necessarily better than others. Some people are more suited to full-spectrum and others isolate. Whatever your preference, you’ll find products available at Organical Hemp that will meet all of your CBD needs.