Understanding the difference between Full Spectrum and Isolate Cannabidiol products is a common question asked by those diving into the world of CBD for the first time. Once you understand the difference between these products, you’ll be better equipped to make an educated decision on which CBD oil product to buy for your needs.
Full Spectrum refers to CBD products that not only contain CBD, but also the naturally occurring terpenes and cannabinoids found in Cannabis, such as CBG, CBN and even small amounts of THC. Usually these will be present in ratios that naturally occur in the plant and specific strain. Occasionally terpenes and cannabinoids are also added back into products in an isolated form to raise the potency of the product for specific effects. For those that are subjected to urinalyses, Full Spectrum products are something you want to stay away from. The THC found in full spectrum hemp products is minimal (less than 0.3%) and you will feel absolutely no “high” but that small amount can still trigger positive drug tests if used regularly for a period of time. Everyone process the metabolites differently, and as such, we do not recommend taking that risk. You can view our Full Spectrum products here, for more product information and supplement facts.
With Full Spectrum CBD products, you have the advantage of something called the “Entourage Effect”. This is where all the cannabinoids and terpenes are working together in synergy, providing maximum therapeutic value, which is something that Isolate products will lack as you only receive the potential therapeutic effects of the CBD cannabinoid.
When seeking out Full Spectrum products, you may come across some called “Broad Spectrum” that claim to have 0% THC. It’s important to verify lab tests on these products to make sure that this is not a false claim. It’s also encouraged to exercise caution with these products if urinalyses is a concern. Often times these products have gone through additional processing to try to remove as much THC as possible while still maintaining some of the other cannabinoids and terpenes, however in our experience this has not been effective in eliminating positive test results.
Isolate is typically the CBD oil product of choice for those who are subjected to urinalyses or sensitive to other cannabinoids such as THC. Products labeled as Isolate will generally be highlighted as being 99+% pure CBD. These products will contain nothing but CBD in them because the CBD has literally been isolated from the other cannabinoids.
When looking at isolate, it is important to verify the purity. While many are in the 99+% range with no identifiable amounts of THC, there are lower purity ones that may still have trace amounts of THC show up on the labs. This small amount is typically negligible and is nowhere near the amount usually found in Full Spectrum products. But it’s still something to be aware of for those seeking the purest they can find. View our lab reports in the product descriptions to know exactly what is in our products.
Which is Better – Full Spectrum or Isolate?
While there is much debate on which form is better, some studies lean in favor of Full Spectrum products. There are many that believe that other cannabinoids, THC especially, are necessary to take full advantage of what cannabis has to offer. Ultimately, however, we are all different and it comes down to the individual user and their needs.