Full Spectrum vs Isolate

To understand the difference between full spectrum vs isolate, you really need to understand how CBD oil is made.


Basically, CBD oil is either made from the whole plant, or it is filtered so that only the CBD molecule is left in the oil vs a full spectrum of organic compounds, phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.


When CBD oil is made using the whole hemp plant, all of the above compounds and “ingredients” which naturally occur in the hemp plant, are present in the oil.




Is Full Spectrum That Big of a Deal?


Well, as incredible of a compound cannabidiol (CBD) is, the other compounds are incredibly useful. The research done on these is groundbreaking. For example, the terpene Myrcene is a potent analgesic that releases naturally occurring opioids (the body’s painkiller). In other words, it works as if an opiate would, except it doesn’t create an intoxicating “high” or addiction, and without any opioid stimulation in the brain stem, you can’t overdose on it like taking an opiate or narcotic. We haven’t even scratched the surface on the potential future applications of just this one terpene yet. And there are other terpenes that are researched to show properties of anti-inflammation, anti-anxiety, anti-depression and healthy sleep promotion.





CBD extract being poured onto a white backgroundIf you’re isolating CBD from all of these other compounds, you’re not getting the above desired effects. Much of the research done on the anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, and sleep-regulating effects were done on full spectrum CBD oil, which includes these terpenes.


See: The Entourage Effect



So, if there is so much benefit to full spectrum CBD oil, why would anyone want to take CBD isolate? Well, when you extract the oil out of a hemp plant, you’re extracting the naturally occurring 0.3% THC out of it as well.





THC is the intoxicating compound that causes a “high” in marijuana. The 0.3% THC in hemp is not nearly enough to produce any kind of high, however if enough is taken it can produce a positive drug test. You would have to consume a fairly large amount, and odds are it would just barely cause a positive test.


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See: Can I fail a drug test using CBD?





The Bottom Line on Full Spectrum vs Isolate


You can either take single compound CBD (AKA isolate) or whole plant CBD (AKA full spectrum).


If you’re worried about testing positive on a drug test, take CBD isolate. If you’re looking to receive the benefits of the entourage effect, then full spectrum is right for you.


See: How to take CBD correctly



About the Author:


Jon Vought is one of the founders of Omnia Naturals. He’s a full-time firefighter/paramedic in south Florida with a passion for the outdoors and learning about all things CBD.


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