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The CBD market has exploded over the last few years. With so many different types of CBD products, it can be hard to decipher which is the best choice for you. Do you choose capsules, oils or creams? Do you need CBD isolate or a full spectrum product?
To help you choose the best product, we’re going to start with the basics. What is the difference between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD and which one should you choose?
What is CBD?
CBD refers to cannabidiol and it is one of many active compounds (called cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. CBD is extracted from hemp plants which contain less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the compound that causes the high commonly associated with cannabis. This means CBD can offer many of the benefits of cannabis without the THC-induced high.
What is CBD isolate?
CBD isolate is the most basic, pure form of CBD. It undergoes a further refining process to ensure it doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids, like THC, or anything other than CBD. It comes in many different forms like powders or crystals. It can also be included in oils or capsules, like you can find in our shop.
What is full spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD contains the full profile of cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant. This includes plant phytonutrients like terpenes, flavonoids, and chlorophyll which are compounds present in plants that contribute to their smell, flavour, and benefit. It also includes THC at less than 0.3%.
Which one should you choose?
For many, the main reason they choose CBD isolate over full spectrum is the presence of THC. Although the quantity of THC in full spectrum CBD will not produce psychotropic effects, some people prefer to avoid it due to their local regulations, drug testing, or personal preference. Since CBD isolate also doesn’t usually include terpenes, flavonoids or chlorophyll, it’s relatively tasteless and odourless.
Full spectrum CBD is often the choice for users who want to take advantage of the effects of all cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant phytonutrients working together. This is what’s known as the entourage effect—the theory that taking CBD together with all the beneficial compounds present in the hemp plant is more effective than taking them separately. You can read more about the entourage effect theory here. Full spectrum CBD is a good choice for anyone who wants to take advantage of the full effects, isn’t concerned about taste or smell, and lives in an area where THC is fully legal.
Both CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD have their advantages and the choice depends on what you’re looking for in a product. Try different products to see what works best for you and make the choice based on your circumstances and preferences. Whether it’s isolate or full spectrum, CBD can provide relief as part of a healthy and natural routine.