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Appreciating the Differences Between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolates

March 26th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

CBD Isolate

Whether you are already a CBD enthusiast, or are simply curious about the potential benefits, you have undoubtedly noticed a diverse selection of CBD products available. CBD can be taken orally as a tincture, in a capsule, applied topically, CBD Vape Cartridges & Disposables, and enjoyed in a variety of sweet treats.

CBD products are fairly new and quite exciting. That’s because cannabidiol (CBD) works directly with the messengers and receptors in your brain that keep your system in balance. CBD is not a medical treatment but is quickly growing in popularity as a beneficial dietary supplement.

While you have been busy browsing through your many CBD options, you may have noticed that some products specify the inclusion of full-spectrum CBD extracts, while other products contain CBD isolate. You don’t need to worry. Both full-spectrum and CBD isolates are beneficial. There are several factors that may help you determine whether full-spectrum CBD or CBD isolates are your best option.

Full-Spectrum Cannabidiol

When you select a full-spectrum CBD product, you get all the available plant terpenes, as well as other cannabinoids in the same ratios found in the hemp plant your oils were extracted from. Many people consider full-spectrum CBD to be more beneficial because of these many compounds. Some of those beneficial compounds include:

  • All 20 amino acids
  • Thiamin, niacin and riboflavin (B complex vitamins)
  • Vitamins A, E and C
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Beta-carotene
  • Potassium, magnesium and calcium
  • Phosphorus, iron and zinc

Some of the many CBD enthusiasts insist that full spectrum CBD oil is more effective than CBD isolate because it retains the original complexity of the hemp plant. You may need to know that since full-spectrum CBD is less refined, it contains trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Some people who use CBD supplements choose to avoid full-spectrum CBD for this reason, even though the product is legal and will not produce any intoxicating effects.

CBD Isolate

In its isolate form, CBD is separated from all other cannabis compounds found in the original hemp plant. You could say that CBD isolate is purified CBD, everything else has been removed, leaving only the positive effects of the cannabidiol. While CBD isolate does not provide the full complexity of the hemp plant, there are several advantages to choosing a product made with CBD isolate. Some of those advantages include:

  • All trace amounts of THC are removed
  • More precise control over the amount of CBD in the final product
  • No taste or odor to interfere with the formulation of CBD products
  • Typically used in edibles and topical treatments for these reasons

While some prefer knowing that they are getting the full-spectrum value of their CBD oil, there are many situations where a CBD isolate would be preferred over a full-spectrum product. Weather you choose a full-spectrum product, or an isolate is up to you and should be based on your specific reasons for pursuing the benefits of CBD.

After making your selection, you should know that it may take a bit of time before you find your best CBD serving. Everyone responds to CBD differently, and serving is based upon your desired effect rather than your weight. The suggested serving range of CBD for dietary supplementation is as broad as 5 – 100 mg of CBD per day. It is best to start with a lower daily dose and add more CBD each week until you achieve the effect you are looking for.

Like we’ve said before, CBD is not a drug or a medical treatment, it is a dietary supplement, but CBD products can interact with some medications. To learn more about natural CBD products, you can trust Green Wellness. Visit our website to learn what our clients say about CBD and to learn more about what CBD products could do for you.


About Brandy Palmer

Brandy PalmerAfter years in banking and manufacturing management, Brandy went to work for a hemp manufacturer in West Michigan. What was intended to be a fun summer gig turned into a passion for hemp. Brandy founded GWL in 2015 and is still excited every day to share that passion. Brandy has Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and a Master's Degree in Management from Grand Valley State University. Go Lakers! Her journey as an entrepreneur has been featured in Revue magazine and on investcourier.com, among others. When she's not talking hemp, you can find her playing chauffer to her two kids or cuddling at home with her husband, Jim, and their 4 (yes, 4) cats.

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