The increased popularity of CBD has led many consumers to the question of which form of CBD is better for me. Is it Full Spectrum (whole plant extract) or pure CBD isolate? Many users these days prefer full spectrum and this article will break down the difference between Full Spectrum CBD and Isolate CBD.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD (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. The cannabinoids CBN and CBG for example, are found in Natural Reserve CBD extracts, and studies have shown that both contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pain relieving properties.
Terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties, can increase the efficiency of cannabinoids. Although they are considered not as important as CBD when it comes 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”. The relationship between all the plant molecules have been shown to produce the best results and amplify the properties of each other.
What is Isolate CBD?
CBD Isolate, as the name suggest, is where the product has been isolated down to the lone 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 the other cannabinoids and terpenes are not medically beneficial. Many studies are disproving these beliefs and showing that in fact the other cannabinoids and terpenes do provide additional benefits and when combined with the CBD molecule provide a better overall effect.
While Full Spectrum CBD appears to be pulling ahead isolates should not be counted out just yet.
Some people find the taste of hemp oils unpleasant and isolates remove all terpenes, which contain the “natural plant flavor”, therefore making the isolate a better candidate for edibles. At Natural Reserve CBD we use isolate for our edible gummies, which keeps them tasting like a gummie should and not like something from your garden.
The fact that full-spectrum extracts invariably contain very low levels of THC means that some users prefer to stick to pure CBD by itself, out of fear of failing a drug test or experiencing a form of “high”, although either of these occurrences are very unlikely.
Which one is better?
You can only answer this question…
The consensus is that the effects from a full spectrum CBD product are superior to an isolate but the best way is to find out for yourself and see how your body reacts to the different types.