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The Difference Between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate

CBD has been taking the world by storm. More and more people are learning about this “miracle oil”, yet many of us still have unanswered questions or have been misinformed. One of the main misunderstandings of CBD oil is that all CBD is not created equal because of the difference between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. If you know the difference between Tang and freshly squeezed orange juice, you’re on the right track. 

Full-Spectrum oil, like ours, ensures you are getting the benefit of multiple active plant compounds including CBD. Our oil includes a wide variety of cannabinoids such as CBDA, CBDV, CBG, and CBC as well as valuable terpenes, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and other plant materials. Many people refer to Full-Spectrum oils as having an “entourage effect” which means you’re getting the benefits of not one, but all cannabinoids working together in harmony along with terpenes present in the plant, something that isolate products lack.

The opposite of Full-Spectrum is CBD isolate. This is simply pure, isolated CBD compound, all by itself. It’s a white powder that contains emulsifiers and solvents like corn starch and no other active compounds. It was once believed that a concentrated CBD powder would provide the most benefit considering CBD is the primary active compound however, after more studies were completed in 2015, researchers out of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology discovered what’s now called the “Entourage Effect.” Isolating CBD strips the oil of cannabinoids, terpenes, other components that add to the immediate and long-term healing power of the hemp extraction. Also, in this powder form, the CBD isolate simply rolls off the CB1 and CB2 receptors so it has been shown that though you might feel the effects of the CBD isolate, it does not engage with your endocannabinoid system like Full-Spectrum CBD. 

Even though the health benefits of Full-Spectrum CBD outweigh that of CBD isolate, for some, CBD isolate can be a better option. In Full-Spectrum CBD, there has to be a trace amount of THC for it to be considered “Full-Spectrum”. In order for our CBD to be legal, the amount of THC must be less than .03%. If you are taking an average dose of our CBD (typically 20mg per day for an adult) the amount of THC should not result in a failed drug test. In much higher doses, like hundreds of milligrams daily, it is possible that trace levels of THC will be detected. CBD isolate could give its users piece of mind that their drug test will come out clean. 

The difference between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD isolate is clear but when deciding between the two products, it’s important to weigh the differences and base your decision on your independent health goals.

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