The Big Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum

The Big Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum

People are starting to become aware of the benefits of using CBD to ease a wide array of health conditions. And as they decide to try it themselves, one of the choices they often face is whether to opt for CBD isolate or full spectrum.

With numerous products on the market, it can be a challenge to know which one is the best for you. Here, we discuss the difference between CBD isolate and full spectrum and how to select the right type of CBD for your needs.

CBD - What you need to know


CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. The group of cannabis compounds that CBD is part of are known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been found to interact with the human body in a number of interesting ways. Recently,  researchers have discovered that CBD provides a variety of health benefits without producing any intoxicating effects.

CBD offers its many health benefits by affecting receptors in the body. You see, your body has a system of receptors called the endocannabinoid (ECS). This system helps regulate the immune system, sleep, pain, moods and emotions, hormone levels, and many more important bodily processes.

Due to offering many of the therapeutic properties of cannabis without the ‘high’, CBD is being widely used by ever-increasing numbers of people for a variety of reasons. We’ll give you a quick overview of those next.

Conditions CBD may help with

CBD has been shown to be helpful in treating the following conditions;

  • Anxiety and depression – A number of studies have found that CBD has potential to treat both anxiety and depression.
  • Inflammation - CBD has been found to be a potent anti-inflammatory. 
  • Cancer and tumors – The American Association for Cancer Research published a study revealing that CBD may induce cell death in breast cancer.
  • Epilepsy – A two-year study found CBD was effective in reducing seizures associated with epilepsy.
  • Diabetes – A 2006 study found CBD reduced diabetes in mice.
  • Chronic pain – The FDA even recognizes that CBD is beneficial for pain relief.
  • Insomnia - This study found that CBD could help insomniacs sleep easier and longer.

For an extensive look at all the conditions CBD can help with, please see this useful link.


What is CBD Isolate?


CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol. It comes in a number of forms; crystals, powder, wax, and crumble, among others. Isolate is becoming more popular with CBD users as it offers a potent, fast-acting and convenient form of taking CBD. You can also control the amount of cannabidiol in each serving, which is necessary for treating many conditions.

CBD isolate is extracted from the cannabis plant, usually industrial hemp - which is simply cannabis with low levels of THC, the cannabinoid that gets you ‘high’. Along with containing very little THC, hemp often produces CBD in high amounts.

Extraction can be done via a number of different processes. Typically, these include techniques use carbon dioxide or a solvent blasted over plant material to ‘pull away’ the cannabinoids, fatty acids, and other plant material found naturally in hemp plants.

The resulting substance is then purified using a proprietary process to filter plant material and remove chlorophyll and other unwanted elements. Up to 99% CBD isolate is the product that remains.

The Benefits of CBD Isolate

1. Potency - As mentioned above, CBD isolate can consist of as much as 99% CBD. This means that just a small amount can provide an effective dose. CBD isolate, therefore, may be suitable for people who need high doses of CBD to treat their medical condition.

2. Fast-acting - Particularly when vaporized or smoked, CBD isolate can an extremely fast-acting. This is especially important for those of you treating debilitating conditions like chronic pain that need immediate relief.

3. Convenient - CBD isolate packs a powerful punch but still is small and convenient to carry around. It also has very little aroma t it, allowing it to be quickly and discreetly consumed via a variety of methods.

Many users prefer CBD isolate as opposed to full-spectrum CBD products as you can experience less of a sedative effect. On the other hand, full spectrum CBD may be more effective at treating certain conditions. We will cover this soon.   

How to Use CBD Isolate?


The great thing about CBD isolate is its versatility. It can be consumed many ways, depending on your needs and preferences. Let’s take a look a the ways you can use CBD isolate

  • Topically

CBD isolate can be used with carrier oils such as coconut oil and applied to the skin. This is particularly beneficial for arthritis sufferers.

  • Orally

CBD isolate can also be taken orally. Either mix it with your favorite beverage or use it in your cooking or baking. Due to its purity, CBD isolate is more-or-less flavorless.

  • Smoked

CBD isolate can be put in a joint, bong or pipe and smoked. As it is usually in the form a fine powder, it is best mixed with another mokable herb.

  • Vaporized

Additionally, CBD isolate can be vaporized. One of the most popular ways of doing this is via dabbing. No, not the 2017 dance craze. Dabbing is a novel way to consume concentrated forms of cannabis that is becoming a phenomenon in the cannabis world. Read on to find out more about dabbing...


Dabbing 101

Dabbing is when you heat a small amount of cannabis concentrate (such as CBD isolate) until it vaporizes. You then inhale the vapours straight into your lungs. The isolate is heated by either the nail of a dab rig or the coil in a vape pen. A dab rig is not too different to a bong, although it has been designed for use with concentrates.

Although most of the dabbing community will be using THC concentrates, dabbing with CBD is gaining in popularity. A big benefit of dabbing CBD isolate is that the effects of CBD are immediate. This can be vitally important for treating pain or other debilitating conditions.


What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Users of CBD can choose between CBD isolate or full spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD contains a full profile of cannabinoids and other compounds present in the cannabis plant. This includes CBD and other cannabinoids, essential oils such as terpenes, and many other compounds.

As the extraction os not filtered, small amounts of THC (the chemical that causes a ‘high’) may remain. However, hemp must have less than 0.3% THC to be legally grown, so the THC content will still be minimal. Our very own, expertly crafted Good Vibes 250mg+ CBD oil is a full-spectrum blend, yet contains less than 0.03% THC.

Due to the interaction and synergistic effect of a complete profile of cannabinoids and other plant compounds, full spectrum CBD can prove to be more effective than CBD isolate. This is known as the "entourage effect". We will talk more about the entourage effect later in the article.


The Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD

In the cannabis plant, there are around 113 cannabinoids currently known to science. These include CBD and THC, which are the most prevalent in the plant. The cannabis plant also produces terpenes, flavonoids, and numerous other plant compounds. 

Terpenes are the chemicals in plants that give them their scent, color and flavor. They have been found to deliver their own health benefits, especially when used alongside cannabinoids. Here are a few terpenes in the cannabis plant and the therapeutic benefits they offer:

Limonene – relieves stress and boosts your mood.

Caryophyllene – an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which fights pain.

Humulene – boasts antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to alleviate pain.

Linalool – calming sedative. Helps to alleviate anxiety, insomnia, stress and depression.

Myrcene – increases the effects of THC. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal properties.

Pinene – aids asthma, increases alertness and memory.

Other cannabinoids offer their own benefits, too. Here are a few of the most researched cannabinoids and their benefits:

THC – helps to alleviate pain and nausea.

CBDa – the acidic precursor to CBD, CBDa has antimicrobial effects.

THCa – the acidic precursor of THC, THCa has antispasmodic effects.

CBC – thought to have antidepressant effects.

CBDV – demonstrated as a potential treatment for epilepsy. A 2014 study discovered that CBDV diminished the electrical waves that indicate seizure activity.

CBG – studies have shown that it may inhibit tumor growth.

CBN – a possible sedative.


The Entourage Effect

All of these cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and many other cannabis-derived compounds work together to provide the entourage effect. First coined by renowned cannabis researchers S. Ben-Shabat and by Raphael Mechoulam in 1998, the term refers to how all the constituents of cannabis seem to work more effectively when applied together. 

This is one of the main reasons many people opt for full spectrum CBD products over CBD isolates. 

How to Use Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD is available in oil form, capsules, balms, crystals, e-juices, and more. As nothing is removed from the cannabis extraction, it undergoes less processing before it is manufactured into its usable form.

Full spectrum CBD products should be clearly labelled as full spectrum. It is a good choice if you don’t mind being exposed to some THC.

CBD Isolate VS Full Spectrum – Which One is Best?

Choosing between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD may feel challenging. Essentially, however, your choice comes down to your personal preference and the conditions you are trying to treat.

If you’re struggling to decide which type of CBD to consume, it might be helpful to know that a 2015 study revealed how full spectrum CBD can provide high levels of pain relief when large doses were given to mice. In contrast, the group administered high levels of CBD isolate did not appear to same levels of relief.

As CBD possesses numerous health benefits, both forms (isolate and full spectrum) provide health advantages for various conditions. However, this study by the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem examined the effectiveness of isolated CBD extracts versus whole plant extracts. It found that full spectrum CBD will continue to provide inflammation relief as the dose is increased and is more effective than isolate CBD at providing pain relief.

It is important to know that the amount of THC found in full spectrum CBD is less than 0.3%, whereas there are only very minimal traces of THC (if any) found in CBD isolate. However, CBD isolate is the ideal option if you are sensitive to THC or any other cannabinoid other than CBD. In addition, CBD isolate is the perfect option if you prefer to make your own remedy, such as a topical treatment.


In conclusion, if you are deciding whether to choose CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum, then it is best to consider your requirements, preferred method of usage, and how painful your condition is. If you have a severe condition, you may wish to use full spectrum CBD. If you’re sensitive to THC and have a mild condition, CBD isolate may be a better option.

Either way, CBD can provide you with an incredible amount of benefits for your overall health and well-being. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx