Have you heard the term “entourage effect”? This refers to the scientific way in which the different compounds of the cannabis plant work together synergistically to produce such profound healing effects, much like the workings of the human endocannabinoid system itself. In full spectrum CBD oil, the consumer gets the benefit of this remarkable entourage effect, with a natural extract rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, and other helpful oils. Whereas, consumers of CBD isolates receive only CBD, without any added benefits.
Now that the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018, which legalized industrial hemp, but one established study documents a clear difference between the benefits of full spectrum CBD oil and CBD capsules vs. the CBD isolate.
In contrast, an “isolate” is just what it sounds like: a CBD isolate has isolated the plant down to just the CBD molecule, without any of the beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids included. CBD isolates contain only CBD, without any other active ingredients. These usually take the form of a white powder or are mixed with a carrier oil for easier use and absorption.
CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD: What You Need to Know
NuLeaf Naturals feels the full spectrum benefits outweigh the taste. If you find the taste a bit strong, try blending your full spectrum CBD oil into a smoothie. Hemp oil by NuLeaf Naturals is extracted using CO2, which means no resulting toxins, heavy metals, or chemicals remain in the product.
“Full spectrum” refers to a product that contains high levels of CBD and also other beneficial cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and CBC, which all have their own health benefits that are currently being scientifically investigated.
Knowing this, why would anyone choose CBD isolates over full spectrum CBD oil? One potential reason is that CBD isolates have a neutral flavor; full spectrum CBD oil has a fresh green flavor similar to wheatgrass. Additionally, CBD isolates are cheaper to produce, creating a less expensive cost to the consumer, though with fewer benefits.
NuLeaf Naturals manufactures only full spectrum CBD oil. But what’s the difference between full spectrum and an isolate? Let’s take a look at which type of CBD oil is better. It’s the ultimate battle – CBD isolate vs. full spectrum CBD.
All good things must come to an end and CBD is no exception. The crystalline form of CBD basically won’t expire – a bit like salt and sugar – but the CBD oil base might. Good Hemp’s CBD oil is based on hemp oil, which has a shelf life of one to two years. Once it’s expired, you’ll notice a change in smell and colour. Hemp oil will not last as long as CBD crystals alone, as it’s made of plant material that will eventually break down unless prevented by added preservatives (which you won’t be able to find in ours).
Since CBD isolate is pure, there’s no need to worry about any THC entering your system after consumption and you won’t fail a workplace drug test. It’s totally legal and has zero high-inducing effects, so you’ll be able to go about your day as normal – just a little bit more relaxed.
While browsing the different CBD products available in the UK, you might have noticed that there are actually three different types of CBD oil : full-spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. I n this article we’ll going to be getting you up to date with the differences between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD oil.
Full-Spectrum CBD: The Benefits
You may be inclined to think that something so beneficial would surely have a hefty price tag, but this couldn’t be further from the truth – if you know where to look, that is. Here at Good Hemp we want the benefits of CBD to be as accessible as possible, and that’s why our products start at £15 only. If you’re an experienced CBD user who would prefer to buy in bulk, you can consider our bigger bottles of 1,000mg and 2,000mg total CBD content (the latter is higher-grade), which go at £40, respectively £75 per bottle.
Just like CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD oil is available in the form of edibles, creams, lotions and potions. You can take it orally with capsules, tinctures and edibles or apply it onto your skin so it can work its magic on the targeted area.
Full-spectrum cbd oil comes with that all-inclusive ‘entourage effect’ whereby you might benefit from the full range of effects that each compound brings to the party. Some of the reported health benefits include pain relief, anti-seizure, nutrient boost, nausea relief, muscle spasm relief, reduced anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2018 study also revealed that full-spectrum CBD is more effective for pain relief than CBD isolate, due to the combined effects of CBD and THC.
If you’ve done your research and understand the effects that full-spectrum CBD oil can have in comparison to CBD isolate, you might decide it’s a good option for you.
Given the results of this study, it would seem to confirm that full-spectrum extract is preferable over CBD isolate for most CBD users, but CBD isolate is still frequently used and believed by some to be more effective than full-plant extract. This belief is led by the idea that CBD is the only medically sought after cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, aside from THC. Many CBD isolate users are under the impression that by consuming only the CBD cannabinoid and no terpenes or any other “unnecessary” components of the plant, they are getting a more powerful or effective dose of CBD. When vaping a CBD extract, which as stated previously, is considered to be the most efficient and quick-acting method of administering CBD, isolate users may feel that they are taking the most efficient route to CBD consumption. While this method might be efficient, the lack of entourage effect means the benefits are reduced when compared to full-spectrum CBD consumption.
The increased popularity of CBD has led many users to raise questions about the methods of extracting and administering CBD. The main question is which form provides the most effective range of medical benefits for the user. The two most common forms of extracted CBD found in stores are full-spectrum (whole-plant extract) and pure CBD isolate. Most users prefer the full-spectrum option. As CBD’s usefulness for medical purposes has become more accepted over the years, new methods of administering it have continued to evolve.
Ian Jones is a journalist based in Manchester, England. He specialises in technology and food, with a heavy focus on vaping, CBD and medicinal drugs. He began writing professionally over 15 years ago and is a regular contributor to New Scientist, Vice and the Daily Mirror. He is also the resident CBD expert at the respected vaping website Spinfuel. He began looking at CBD in detail after discovering that it cured his mother’s arthritis, and has since become a leading figure in the UK when it comes to educating people about the CBD extraction process and exploring its curative properties.
A study published by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research, which aimed its focus on the effectiveness of CBD isolate compared to full-plant extract, supported this concept, stating in its summary that “in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered. The results all indicate that CBD is only effective against swelling and pain at a certain dose, and that cannabis solutions containing a full range of cannabinoids will continue to provide corresponding effects as the dosage is increased.”
The wide range of benefits contained in full-spectrum CBD extracts means some CBD merchants have either ceased to sell, or scale down the promotion of CBD isolate, in comparison to the whole-plant extract variety. Companies and individuals who extract CBD themselves are realising that cannabis has more to offer medicinally than just CBD or THC, and that there is little to no reason to not include all that this “super-plant” has to offer in the extraction process.
However, CBD isolate does have something to offer CBD users that full-spectrum extracts does not. The fact that full-spectrum extracts invariably contain low levels of THC means that some users prefer to play it safe and stick to pure CBD by itself, out of fear of failing a drug test or experiencing a form of “high”, although both of these occurrences have been found to be fairly unlikely.
THC is one of the cannabinoids involved in the “entourage effect” stated earlier so it is ideal for inclusion in CBD supplementation. A recent article on full-spectrum CBD demonstrates the importance of THC inclusion by stating, “In hemp THC is a minor constituent and appears only in trace amounts under 0.3% by dry weight, as required by the U.S. government for hemp products. THC mimics the action of anandamide, a neurotransmitter naturally produced in the human body, and binds to CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system found mostly in the brain. The extremely low levels of THC in hemp make hemp oil non-psychoactive and safe for all ages to use.”