This has left some users concerned not just with which form of extracted CBD is most effective or what the proper dosage for them may be, but also with which method of supplementation gives the user the most relief in the right amount of time. Some of the most common methods include applying it sublingually, topically, or taking it in capsules. Vaping cbd is regarded by many to be the most bio-available way to administer, and as such, this has led to an increase in the demand for CBD isolate. This form of CBD is different from full-spectrum CBD extract in that it only contains CBD and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, or healthy fatty acids that commonly result from the whole-plant extraction process.
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 public profile of CBD has soared in recent years, with users using it to treat all manner of ailments and conditions. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple oral consumption to topical use and even vaping. There are two main forms of CBD on the market. These are ‘full spectrum’ CBD and CBD isolate. There are a number of key differences between the two, which we will look at in this article. We will also look at methods of consumption, as this can have dramatic impact on the efficacy of CBD. As we will see, full-spectrum CBD is more popular, and for good reason, but isolate has certain benefits that might appeal to different CBD users.
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.”
In the voice of Chandler Bing: could it be any more relaxing?!
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.
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.
Does CBD Isolate Expire?
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.
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.
This one-man band stands out from the crowd for having what seems to be the widest therapeutic value. CBD isolate has been stripped of all other active ingredients and cannabinoids – what remains is a pure CBD molecule. Think of it as peeling a fruit and only eating the inside bit. But don’t be fooled by the word ‘isolate’: there’s a whole host of health and wellness benefits to CBD isolate products.
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).
A CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like; pure, isolated CBD compound, all by itself. It exists as a white-ish powder and contains no other active compounds.
Full-spectrum oil, on the other hand, contains other active plant compounds in addition to the CBD. This includes other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBL, and CBCVA, as well as aromatic (nice smelling) cannabis terpenes like pinene and limonene.
The research showed that in mice, CBD was much more effective when used along with other compounds of the cannabis plant, than used alone. While they haven’t yet figured out why exactly this is the case, it’s now generally accepted that full-spectrum CBD oil is more effective at treating a majority of medical conditions.
The key difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp contains practically zero THC. To be classified as hemp, a cannabis plant must contain less than 0.3% THC by volume. This definition is important because it’s the sole reason hemp products are legal to buy, sell, and ship.
In 2015, researchers out of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology discovered the “entourage effect.” This refers to the functioning of CBD along with other cannabis plant compounds, rather than just by itself.
It’s important to distinguish between the terms “hemp,” “marijuana,” and “cannabis”. Cannabis is an umbrella term that includes both hemp and marijuana plants. Cannabis sativa is actually the scientific name of the cannabis plant (Cannabis = genus; sativa = species).
So other than the presence of cannabis compounds, what’s the difference between full-spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate? How do you know which one you need?