The Similarities and Differences Between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD Products
Many would-be CBD users are hesitant to make their first purchase. Some are worried about accidentally purchasing an inferior product. Others fear they don’t understand enough about their options to make an informed purchasing decision.
First-time shoppers confused about product types have likely noticed there are two popular options to choose from. Some products are made with full-spectrum hemp extract, while others are made with CBD isolate. Understanding the similarities and differences between your options could help you find the ideal hemp-derived product for your needs.
The Similarities Between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum Products
CBD (cannabidiol) is a plant-based cannabinoid. A cannabinoid essentially functions as a neurotransmitter. Further, the therapeutic potential of CBD (and other cannabinoids) is explained by the way this non-intoxicating plant element mimics the effects of the cannabinoids made in your body (endocannabinoids) to interact with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. As the largest regulatory system in your body, your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is essential for the function of numerous processes throughout your body, including:
- Pain perception and reward-seeking behavior
- Moods and emotions
- Thermoregulation and metabolism
- Digestive processes
- Immune system function and inflammation
- Neuroprotection and muscle movement
- The functions of your autonomic nervous system
Full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate both contain this sought-after cannabinoid. Indeed, research suggests the therapeutic potential of CBD is explained by the way the cannabinoid interacts with your endocannabinoid system receptors (and several non-endocannabinoid receptors) to keep essential functions working efficiently.
The ability of CBD to interact with numerous key receptors may also explain why people are using CBD for numerous, seemingly unrelated concerns. Research shows that CBD has anxiolytic, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties.
The Differences Between Full-Spectrum CBD and Products Made With CBD Isolate
Although there are two potential sources of CBD, hemp, and marijuana, most of the CBD products sold in retail stores, specialty shops, and online use cannabinoids extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of industrial hemp plants. Unlike its cannabis cousin, hemp extract is high in CBD and does not contain enough THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to cause intoxication.
Of course, many people interested in the health and wellness potential of CBD are uncomfortable ingesting any amount of THC. That’s why it’s important to understand the significant differences between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Consider the value of the following explanations.
Full-Spectrum CBD Products
For centuries, naturalists have supported the idea that whole plants are more beneficial than refined plant products. Full-spectrum hemp extract is no exception. Full-spectrum CBD products contain nearly 500 potentially beneficial plant elements in the same ratios as the original plant. Consider the many potential benefits of the following examples:
- Beneficial plant terpenes – potentially therapeutic aromatic plant compounds
- Plant Flavonoids – poly nutrients with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential
- Essential Amino Acids – for building muscles, tissue cells, and more
- Calcium and Potassium – essential for bone formation, nerve function, healthy blood pressure
- Vitamins E, A, C, and B – for skin, organ function, tissue regeneration, immunity, and more
- Trace amounts of minor cannabinoids – including CBDA, CBG, CBC, and THC, all believed to have therapeutic potential
Many people consider full-spectrum CBD to be the more potent option because of a little known phenomenon called the entourage effect. The entourage effect is used to explain the effects caused by the interaction between the terpenes and cannabinoids that intensify the therapeutic potential of full-spectrum products.
CBD Isolate Products
CBD isolate products contain a single cannabinoid, CBD. Other plant compounds are removed during extraction and processing. All that remains is a white crystallized powder that is nearly 100 percent pure cannabidiol. A few of the many reasons a significant number of CBD users prefer products made with CBD isolate include:
- THC Free – no need to worry about ingesting trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid
- Flavorless – create edible CBD products without adding the distinctive taste of cannabis
- Potent – create high-potency products with better control over the amount of CBD per dose
- Odorless – perfect for those who prefer CBD topicals but object to the aroma of full-spectrum products
Although some people consider full-spectrum products superior to those made with CBD isolate, it may be helpful to know that most researchers investigating the therapeutic potential of the cannabinoid are testing the effects of CBD on its own.
Choosing the Products That Fit Your Lifestyle
Selecting between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate is a matter of personal preference. The choice is yours, and you do not necessarily have to choose between them. Many CBD enthusiasts find benefits in using a combination of products depending on their needs. For example, a customer who wants the many potential wellness benefits of a full-spectrum product might prefer using an isolate-infused cream or lotion for topical use.
Whether you prefer full-spectrum CBD or products made with CBD isolate, visit CannaBiz Depot in La Crosse, WI, or visit our website and give us a call. We offer an extensive assortment of hemp-derived CBD tinctures, topicals, edibles, and CBD vape products. CBD products at CannaBiz Depot are third-party tested to ensure quality, safety, purity, and potency.
While you’re there, consider investigating our assortment of hemp clothing, accessories, hemp foods and beverages, and hemp-derived pet products. All CannaBiz Depot’s products include industrial hemp.