Comparison Between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD

With so many CBD products out there, it can be hard to choose what’s right for you, so we’ve made it a little easier with this comparison between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. You’ll likely see both types of CBD products available at different locations selling CBD and possibly online, but here’s why Foothill Wellness only sells full spectrum CBD and why you should only buy this kind of product.


The bottom line is two-fold:

  • CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD are both extracts from the cannabis plant. CBD isolate only contains CBD while full-spectrum CBD is an extract containing several beneficial compounds in addition to CBD.

  • Only full-spectrum CBD products have to go through Certificate of Analysis (COA’s) which test for pesticides, lead, mercury, etc., so only full-spectrum CBD is held to a level of cleanliness and quality that CBD isolate is not.

When you purchase a CBD product, you’re probably buying it because you want relief from some health problems, such as anxiety or pain. But, did you know that not all CBD is created equally? In other words, when you hear about the benefits of CBD, the claims of health benefits don’t hold water if they’re made about hemp-derived CBD products sold at a non-licensed dispensary.


To dive deeper into a CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD comparison, we need to look at the other compounds that you will want in a CBD product - like THC. CBD isolate products typically contain very low amounts of THC (if any), so they won’t be as beneficial than a full spectrum extracted CBD compound.


Let’s break down the main differences between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD so you can understand what’s best for you.


What is CBD Isolate?


CBD isolate is a form of CBD that is hemp-derived. It doesn’t contain any other cannabis compounds, such as beneficial THC.


Manufacturers of CBD isolate typically extract the compound through:

  • lipid extraction

  • steam distillation

  • solvent extraction

  • or carbon dioxide extraction

CBD isolate is usually a highly refined product that goes through much more processing than full-spectrum CBD.


Hemp-derived CBD products like CBD isolate are not FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved, so they may be inaccurately labeled. Studies have shown that CBD isolate offers less notable beneficial effects than full-spectrum CBD.


What is Full-Spectrum CBD?


Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the important cannabis compounds that offer health benefits to your body, such as:

  • THC

  • flavonoids

  • and terpenes


Because full-spectrum CBD products contain both CBD and THC, along with terpenes, users receive an entourage effect that is more effective than taking any of the cannabinoids alone.


Many people who use full-spectrum CBD find relief from:

  • pain

  • anxiety

  • inflammation

  • fungal infections

  • seizures

  • and cancer

Full-spectrum CBD (containing both CBD and THC) may help lessen some of the side effects that users experience when taking THC alone like hunger and fatigue.


Why Choose Full-Spectrum CBD?


A 2018 study suggested that full-spectrum CBD may offer neuroprotective properties. Additionally, full-spectrum CBD with THC can provide:

  • relief from muscle spasms

  • antioxidant properties

  • help with psychotic disorders

Come visit or call Foothill Wellness today to discuss your options, which include full-spectrum CBD products with a 2:1 and 1:1 THC to CBD ratio. We carry a wonderful variety of full-spectrum CBD products that will bring you the relief and help you’re seeking.


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