What’s The Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD?
Due to its non-psychoactive healing properties, Cannabidiol
(CBD) has become a very popular option for patients seeking a natural
alternative to treat conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and
more. As patients start to understand how CBD can be used to alleviate their
symptoms, they are often faced with a choice between using products made from
CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD. So, what exactly is the difference between
When CBD is referred to as full spectrum or whole plant CBD,
it means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana
plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCv
(Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these
cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC
(Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting
in very minimal psychoactive stimulation. CBD Isolate, on the other hand, is
simply purified CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant and
isolated from the other cannabinoids. So why is this important and why would a
patient choose one over the other? Let’s continue!
Understanding the benefits
of different Cannabinoids
As shown in the chart above, each cannabinoid offers
different benefits for a wide variety of ailments. Notably, CBD offers nearly
all the benefits of each cannabinoid combined. While there is no debate that
CBD offers the most benefits compared to any single cannabinoid, many wonder if
CBD alone is more effective for treating ailments than all the cannabinoids
CBD vs. Full Spectrum
CBD: Which Is More Effective?
It was previously believed that CBD in its isolated form was
more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD; however, in 2015, the
theory was debunked by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumour
Immunology in Jerusalem.
In the study, researchers administered full spectrum CBD and
CBD isolate to two different groups of mice. When comparing the data of the two
groups, the results proved that the group administered with full spectrum CBD
were provided with higher levels of relief.
Furthermore, the study demonstrated that full spectrum CBD
continued to provide relief as the dose increased, while CBD Isolate did not
provide the same effect when there was an increase in dosage.
While full spectrum CBD has ultimately proven to be more
effective than CBD Isolate and can be used to effectively treat a wide variety
of ailments, it does not discredit the effectiveness of CBD Isolate. There are
a wide variety of situations when CBD isolate would be preferred over Full
Spectrum CBD. For example, you may not necessarily need the full capabilities
of Full Spectrum CBD, or if you aren’t legally allowed to use THC. It is also
important to note that other cannabinoids may cause negative reactions when
isolated CBD wouldn’t (if the condition you are suffering from is critical, we
definitely advise you speak to a medical consultant before trying out any
version of CBD).
As researchers continue to study the marijuana plant, we
will learn more and more about these amazing cannabinoids and what they can do
for us. If you’d like to view current research on how CBD and the other
cannabinoids benefit different conditions, visit our repository of medical
research that covers over 50 medical conditions: click here.