Full Spectrum vs. Isolate CBD Oil

The reason of this article is to help understand and breakdown the two most prevalent forms of CBD oil, full spectrum and isolate. With the cannabis industry being the most exciting and quickest growing industry in natural health there are a lot of ambiguous answers to certain questions. We’re here to clear that up. 

What is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?

With over 100 plus cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, full spectrum CBD oils contains a wide range of cannabinoids that the cannabis plant offers. This version of CBD oil is minimally refined, leaving the cannabinoids and terpenes intact in the oil. Other cannabinoids that are found in the full spectrum oil are CBL, CBT, and CBF. The terpenes that are incorporated are limonene, pinene, linalool, caryophyllene, and humulene. Now these cannabinoids and terpenes mentioned are known for relieving stress, boosting alertness, improving memory, depression, insomnia, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and pain relief, this really covers the “full spectrum”.  Full spectrum or also know as “whole plant” meaning the full extract of the plant is included, implications show cannabinoids and terpenes work together in synergy to influence each other. Full spectrum consists of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, and E while also containing B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and lastly there is an abundance of beta-carotene in whole plant CBD oil. Some essential minerals that are in the full spectrum are zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and while also having omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

What is CBD Isolate Oil?

CBD isolate oil is exactly what it sounds like. The cannabinoid CBD is isolated from the other cannabinoids and terpenes, thus making it the purest form of CBD. There are no other active ingredients in CBD isolate and it aims to provide therapeutic doses of CBD. The isolate allows consumers to get large amounts of CBD and to know how much they’re getting, but isolates do experience more of an extensive refinement process during extraction and require more plant. After extraction you are left with CBD isolate crystals, this means you are left with a completely THC free product, and with no taste or odor, it is often used in edibles and topicals.

Written by: Cameron Russo