What is CBD Isolate?
WHAT IS CBD ISOLATE AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL?
If you have been shopping for CBD online, it’s likely you have seen both full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate products. These two labels give you an overview of what the cannabinoid content is in any given product. A lot of people have asked us to talk about the differences between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Below is a breakdown of a few key differences. This will guarantee clarity to your CBD shopping experience.
FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL
Full spectrum CBD is the byproduct of a processing facility taking the cannabis plant and pulping it. For simplicity, think of it as juicing vegetables or fruits. Anything that is pulled from that pulp ends up in the full spectrum CBD oil you are purchasing. The biggest downside of this is that all raw products that are grown have contaminants, toxins, and impurities that are almost always present. When the pulping process happens, these toxins and impurities end up in the full spectrum CBD oils you find online and in stores.
Outside of the contamination issues lies what we would consider to be the biggest difference between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD oil includes all cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. This includes both CBD and THC (the compound that makes you feel “high”). Each plant is unique, meaning each plant contains different levels of CBD and THC. This is similar to how no one human is exactly alike, all are unique. Full spectrum CBD is the end result of the cannabis plants being pulped, and whatever levels of cannabinoids are in the plants, including toxins and impurities, are bottled and readied for sale. The result of someone purchasing and taking this full spectrum CBD oil is what the industry defines as the “entourage effect.”
The “entourage effect” is when THC, CBD, and additional cannabinoids and terpenes (organic compounds) dance together. The THC and CBD mix within your body, creating this effect. Many people say they do experience the entourage effect when taking full spectrum CBD oils. For the Food and Drug Administration, the current legal downside to full spectrum CBD oil is that THC is not a legal substance, while CBD (in most states) has been cleared for legal use. The tricky part is figuring out how to enjoy the benefits of CBD without getting any THC, as most products on the market today do contain THC. Enter CBD isolate...
Certain high-quality companies have figured out how to isolate CBD within the hemp plant through an expensive and time-consuming extraction process. The end result is a 3rd party verified, 99% pure crystalline powdered CBD product that has no legal levels of THC present. But, CBD isolate is very expensive. That’s why getting the CBD isolate into the body for a price point that is manageable has become a problem, and is front and center for CBD companies. If you take CBD orally, CBD isolate is too expensive to see any real benefit due to bioavailability.