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.
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.”
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.
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.
The wide range of benefits contained in full-spectrum CBD extracts means some CBD merchants have either ceased to sell, or scale down the promotion of CBD isolate, in comparison to the whole-plant extract variety. Companies and individuals who extract CBD themselves are realising that cannabis has more to offer medicinally than just CBD or THC, and that there is little to no reason to not include all that this “super-plant” has to offer in the extraction process.
When shopping for CBD isolate, it’s important to look for products from reputable companies that are lab-tested by a third party. This should ensure that your isolate doesn’t contain any THC, additional plant materials, or other impurities.
CBD is cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants. CBD isolate is CBD that has been isolated from all other plant material through a process of extraction and refining. CBD isolate is available in crystal or powder form.
Once all of the impurities and solvents are stripped away, you’re left with 99% pure CBD crystalline.
What is the difference between CBD and CBD isolate?
It’s incredibly easy to measure CBD isolate dosages, as there’s nothing else to account for aside from the pure CBD crystals.
For starters, true CBD isolates consist of nothing but pure CBD, so there’s no need to worry about THC possibly entering your system and showing up on a potential drug test. Although it’s highly unlikely, trace amounts of THC found in hemp-derived CBD oil can theoretically cause a positive drug screening result.
Following the mainstream emergence of cannabidiol (CBD) products, there’s a compelling option out there for those who want to experience the potential therapeutic effects of CBD without even the smallest trace of THC. It may not receive the same amount of hype as CBD lattes, infused cookies, or other CBD products, but CBD isolate is actually one of the most distinct and versatile forms of CBD on the market.
For topicals, mix the CBD isolate with moisturizing oils or lotions and apply it to the area of your skin you’d like to treat. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The CBD market is still the wild wild west. Anyone can make it, sell it and slap a misleading or even outright false label on their product. With so many brands to choose from, it can be hard to determine who to trust. Instead of just claiming our products are the best, we show you. All of our products are backed by our batch tracking system so you can view a certificate of analysis for the product in your hand. Yes, many companies provide a COA, and some are legit. However, many are showing you an old, irrelevant COA. Even some of the biggest names in the business have gotten busted for inaccurate lab reports! We put a tracking number on all products that you can use to view the COA specific to each batch produced. What about 3rd party testing? Here’s what we can say about that… we are a lab, and we provide analytical services just like other labs, therefore, it is both cost-effective and of a higher quality to use our own facility. This is not a compromise. It is the only way we can provide the best quality and best value possible. Therefore, it is directly in line with our core values and mission as a company. Occasionally, a CBD vetting company will have our products tested by multiple 3rd-party labs, and guess what they find? We have been awarded the highest standards for perfect scores. One company (CBD Examine) went so far as to detail that per cannabinoid volume, our tinctures are the best quality and value on the market.
Extract Labs is privately owned. When you shop with us, you are purchasing a product made by the hardest working people in the industry. We are all obsessed with making the best CBD products available to everyone. Your hard-earned money doesn’t go into the pockets of investors. It goes towards upgrading equipment to lower product costs, research into new cannabinoids, and helps keep a roof over the heads of our 40-something employees.
Isolate is one of the most versatile cannabinoid products available. It can be ingested via food and drinks or sprinkled on flower. It can also be blended with topicals, tinctures and more.
Ingredients: Pure CBD Isolate
Ninety-nine percent pure CBD isolate is derived entirely from American hemp that is refined down until only cannabidiol is left. The refinement process converts the extract from a liquid to a potent solid. The white powder concentrate is tasteless and easy to incorporate into DIY CBD creations.
Our award-winning CBD isolate is a great way to incorporate plant-based wellness into edibles, topicals and other creations. The multi-purpose THC free concentrate is 99.9 percent pure CBD.
Please consult a physician before use.