CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD

by Michelle Thibault on July 28, 2023

If you are looking to try CBD but you feel uncertain where to start, you've probably looked at CBD products labeled with “CBD isolate” or “full spectrum” which makes you even more confused. If you’re searching for a short read that outlines the difference between these 2 types to give you the confidence in choosing the one CBD formula that suits you best, this article is perfect for you.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has two major types. CBD isolate, which is the pure form of CBD, and full-spectrum CBD, which contains additional compounds of the cannabis plant, such as THC (in small amounts), terpenes and other cannabinoids.



Below is a range of reported health benefits, from both CBD Isolate and the Full-spectrum formula:


  • anti-seizure
  • muscle spasm relief
  • anxiolytic
  • pain relief
  • mood balance
  • appetite regulation
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory

CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD and contains NO other cannabis plant compounds, and usually harvested from hemp plants containing very low amounts of THC. To get the pure form of Cannabidiol, the extraction process involves carbon dioxide extraction to produce the refined Isolate, which carries the potent and extremely powerful properties of CBD.


CBD isolate benefits

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD and may be a suitable choice especially if you are trying the compound for the first time. Individuals who want to experiment with CBD oil’s range of beneficial properties may prefer the Isolate form since there would be no interference from other cannabis compounds, which can modify its effects. CBD isolate is also refined, hence there is no discernible odor or taste.
Reasonably speaking, people who wish to take high doses of CBD for its pain-killing or sleep-inducing actions may prefer a CBD isolate. This way, even in high doses, you will not get the ‘head buzz’ that one might get when taking full spectrum CBD in larger amounts. If you’re someone who prefers a product without THC, or you may just be sensitive to this substance, the Isolate is the appropriate CBD formula for you. Since there is no THC, this substance should not show up in any drug tests and is ideal for professionals who undergo drug screening as part of their job requirements.
When purchasing CBD products. Items with a THC-free label may still contain traces of the compound. Thoroughly reading packaging, labels, and third-party test results will help ensure a person gets all the information they need to avoid adverse effects.





Full-spectrum CBD benefits

Because full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabis plant compounds, it uses the entourage effect' to assert its properties. This is a theory that explains the result of multiple parts of the cannabis plant working together to produce a more potent effect. These components include phytocannabinoids (like CBD and THC), flavonoids, and terpenes.
Cannabis terpenes, the component of the plant that provides flavor and aroma,  are currently being studied as a promising new target for pain therapies although this area require more studies to clarify their distinct roles and to identify the different pathways involved.
Aside from aromatic terpenes, Full-spectrum CBD products contain some THC, usually at minimal amounts of less than 0.3%. However, during the manufacturing process, THC levels can rise as the CBD converts into a concentrate. People should do their research and look up third party purity and concentration test results before purchasing a CBD product.




Determining which CBD product is right for you largely depends on your personal preference. Pick the product that suits your needs after having an accurate assessment of your current health condition. Also consider your body’s chemistry, level of activity, and lifestyle, as these factors play an important role in your decision process.

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD formula you can consume, and is ideal when you want to maximize the full benefits that Cannabidiol has to offer including cognitive enhancement, mood- boosting, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Full spectrum CBD contains all the hemp plant’s natural cannabinoids counting THC which may produce psychoactive effects and may be incompatible with ‘sensitive’ individuals or those having lifestyles requiring focus and alert attention. The differences between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD will influence how you use these compounds, so assess your needs before you decide. Start with small doses, work your way up, and find the CBD formula that works best for you.



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