The two most popular types of CBD extract are full spectrum and isolate. This article will explain their differences and benefits so that you can choose which is best for your situation.
What is full spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD, or whole plant extract, refers to products that not only contain CBD but contain other plant molecules as well. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of different chemicals including cannabinoids, terpenes, good fatty acids, and other compounds. CBD is a cannabinoid, and the most popular one, but it is not the only cannabinoid that has been found to alleviate symptoms.
Terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties, can increase the efficiency of cannabinoids. Although they are considered not as important as CBD when it comes to medical benefits, some of these other cannabinoids have been found to alleviate symptoms as well.
Whole plant extracts typically contain trace amounts of THC and in our case, the hemp plants we use contain less than 0.3% THC. When present together CBD, THC, terpenes, and the other cannabinoid compounds produce what is known as the entourage effect. This effect has been shown to produce the best results and amplifies their properties.
According to a report from the "World Health Organization" http://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential... To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
What is CBD isolate?
CBD isolate contains only the single CBD molecule. There are no other active ingredients in the product including THC, terpenes, or other cannabinoids.
Some users believe that isolates provide more pure CBD direct to the body, and that other cannabinoids and terpenes are not medically beneficial. Many studies are disproving these beliefs and show that other cannabinoids and terpenes do provide additional benefits when combined with CBD.
One reason users prefer CBD isolate is because it is tasteless, unlike full spectrum products that contain terpenes. This makes CBD isolate a better candidate for edibles. We use CBD isolate for our edible gummies, which helps improve their flavor profile.
Another reason some people prefer CBD isolate is because full spectrum extracts contain trace amounts of THC, which could cause them to fail a drug screening or potentially experience a slight high, although either of these occurrences is unlikely.
So which one is better?
Research is showing that full spectrum products produce superior effects to CBD isolate, but we recommend trying both extracts to see which you prefer!