Full Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate: What are the differences?

With CBD continuing to increase in popularity exponentially throughout the United States and beyond, more and more consumers are learning about CBD for the first time. As people begin to familiarize themselves with CBD products, one of the first questions with which they are presented is whether to use full spectrum CBD products, or CBD isolate products. So, what’s the difference between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD, and how is it important to you?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids, which are found in the hemp/cannabis plant. These cannabinoids essentially represent the “active ingredients” of the plant itself. CBD and THC are the two most active compounds in cannabis, but scientists are learning more and more about the other components of this miraculous plant on a daily basis, as cannabis prohibition finally appears to be coming to an end within the United States.

CBD Isolate represents the “purest” form of CBD: a crystalline substance is created by isolating CBD (which is extracted from hemp/cannabis), and removing all additional compounds — everything from terpenes to THC —from the initial plant. Thus CBD Isolate is born.

Contrarily, Full spectrum extracts retain all of the components of the original plant: essential oils, terpenes, proteins, flavonoids, and additional cannabinoids remain present; moreover, all of these compounds work synergistically within the human body, in order to create what is known as the “Entourage Effect.”

CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD both have their advantages and disadvantages, and which product you use is a matter of preference. CBD isolate is nothing but pure CBD; it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, and thus it appeals to some consumers who are sensitive to the taste of hemp/cannabis or the presence of THC. Its purity can also make dosing more precise.

What is full spectrum CBD?

Full Spectrum CBD extract has a great number of advantages; not only does it offer the full benefits of one of mother nature’s finest plants, but it goes through far less processing in order to do so. Although CBD isolate does have its uses, there is a good deal of research that suggests that full spectrum CBD offers superior therapeutic benefits as a result of the previously mentioned “entourage effect,” which refers to the hundreds of compounds within the plant coming together in order to interact synergistically with the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system to restore and maintain homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system can be found in all mammals and it is responsible for regulating vital functions within the human body, such as appetite, sex drive, mood and sleep.

What is CBD isolate?

CBD Isolate contains 0% THC, which has been particularly alluring to companies and consumers residing in states where draconian legislative measures have traditionally been used in order to penalize and stigmatize individuals who rely on compounds of this plant for relief from a multiplicity of ailments (in addition to maintenance of their overall well-being.) However, hemp is now legal throughout the United States (as a result of the 2018 “Farm Bill”). Furthermore, under federal law, hemp is permitted to possess up to .03% THC. Considering the key role of THC in opening cannabinoid receptors, many within the community viewed this as a lauded development; it means that there is no longer any reason for consumers to experience anything less than the full therapeutic benefits of this plant out of fear of antiquated and obsolete laws.

What are the differences?

Many CBD companies are now incorporating Full Spectrum products into their lineup in response to customer demand, or even eliminating their isolate products altogether in order to replace them with Full Spectrum products. Instead of the Industrial grade hemp traditionally used to create CBD isolate (which normally contains essentially 0% THC), a growing number of breeders are crossing hemp with potent strains of cannabis in order to cultivate hemp that offers even more substantial benefits as a result of the aforementioned Entourage Effect.

CBD Isolate is a great product in many ways, but it is also of limited utility to those who seek to unlock the full potential of this miraculous plant. The ancient Romans had a saying: “Natura non confundenda est,” which loosely translates as, “Nature doesn’t like to be challenged.” We find that there is much truth in this old wisdom: nature knows best what she’s doing.

Marble Valley has been committed to full spectrum products from day one—acting on our strong belief that full spectrum extracts provide superior therapeutic benefits. Why is the the case? Why is the presence of THC (and other cannabinoids) seemingly such vital components of a truly effective CBD extract? The answer is found in the previously mentioned “entourage effect:” these cannabinoids are simply more beneficial when they act in concert with one another, as nature intended.