Full Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate

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Hemp plants contain around 400 different compounds — many of which contain properties that support on their own and have different interactions in the body. One of the most abundant and well-researched compounds next to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is cannabidiol (CBD). Due to its many supportive effects, this extraordinary cannabinoid has been gaining quite the traction in recent years, available in everything from gummies and coffee to shampoo and bath bombs. There’s no doubt that CBD is very effective in its own right. Though, when shopping around for your next re-up of the cannabinoid, you will usually run into broadly three categories: ‘CBD isolate’ ‘CBD oil with terpenes, and ‘full-spectrum CBD’.

We understand that all these terms to describe CBD can be really confusing, especially if you’re new to CBD. If you’ve been left in the dark, this article will help you understand these different forms of CBD and which one poses the greatest benefit in producing what is known as the “entourage effect.”

What is the Entourage Effect?

Before we dive into things, we must first understand one of the most important mechanisms at work in nature. In essence, the entourage effect is a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds act synergistically to modulate the overall effects of the plant.

There are over 100 ‘phytocannabinoids’ produced exclusively in hemp plants. Add in the 150 terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds and you have a heady mix, that in different combinations has quite different effects on the body. In less sciencey terms, if you imagine a rock band, the lead singer might be CBD or THC but on their own, cannot produce great music. To do so, an entire rock band is needed — a bassist, drummer, and lead guitarist. We can liken this “rock band” concept to the ‘entourage effect’ — a synergistic effect in which all properties contained the hemp plant work together in unison to produce an even more powerful effect than what they’d produce on their own. That’s to say, add in other plant compounds and CBD works better. This extraordinary effect has even gained recognition from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Considered a highly-purified, whole-plant CBD extract (containing somewhere around 98% cannabidiol), Epidiolex is not only able to provide medical patients much-needed relief from epileptic seizures and their related symptoms, but also won’t cause mind-altering effects normally associated with its psychoactive botanical sibling, THC.

The Different CBD Formulations Compared

CBD Isolate

During the CBD isolate process, everything contained in the hemp plant gets removed through extraction leaving behind a CBD extract as a result. Once this process is finished, the concentrated CBD extracted must purify for a period of time before finally going through one last step: winterization. This will remove any waxes or other unneeded components (like fats, terpenes, chlorophyll and/or flavonoids) remaining in the CBD. Although this is known as one of the purest forms of CBD, this process leaves an individual CBD molecule that may nullify a range of benefits the CBD cannabinoid is most well-known for.

CBD Oil with Terpenes

Terpenes, on the other hand, are organic compounds found in cannabis responsible for cannabis’ distinct flavor and aroma. They work to improve the way that CBD and other cannabinoids are absorbed in the body. It has even been suggested that the bell-shaped dose-response falls away when terpenes are introduced, increasing the effects of CBD at higher doses. However, similar to CBD isolates, this formulation doesn’t include all of the phytonutrients that full-spectrum CBD oil offers. 

Full-Spectrum CBD

Compared to other CBD formulations, perhaps one of the greatest aspects of full-spectrum CBD extracts (oil) is that it preserves the nature of extracted compounds such as acidic forms of cannabinoids including  CBGa, CBCa, and CBDa, unlike isolating CBD through decarboxylation. When CBD gets extracted from the hemp plant, it is considered “full-spectrum” and will produce an end product with a full range of compounds such as cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients still intact, each with their own unique effects — offering far more than the two discussed former CBD formulations.

Why is Full-Spectrum CBD Better?

One of the reasons some people eat food and not dose-controlled supplements is that certain foods (especially the nutritious kind) contain a range of ingredients that aren’t fully understood, yet work together to make the body work well — the same applies for cannabis’ constituents. Stay with us. 

Whether it’s food or supplements, there are multiple ways to receive adequate nutrients in your diet, however, the difference is that whole foods provide many different types of phytonutrients that are preserved, natural, and unadulterated. Knowing this, we can conclude that there’s far more overall nutritional value and health benefit when comparing say an orange, to a Vitamin C tablet. So, what are the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil?

CBD might support the following :

  • Relieving pain
  • Reducing blood sugar levels
  • Promoting bone growth
  • Inhibiting the growth of bacteria
  • Helping with skin issues
  • Addressing fungal infections
  • Reducing seizures
  • Reducing muscle spasms 
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing muscle spasms
  • Relieving anxiety
  • Relieving nausea and vomiting
  • Improving sleep quality

But wait, — how does this all tie in with Epidiolex? 

Though the Agency’s approval of Epidiolex is a step in the right direction toward cannabis legalization, we should not confuse the work of the drug with full-spectrum CBD oil, as they cause two different effects that interact with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system — a biological system which helps regulate important functions such as mood, appetite, pain, and more — in dissimilar ways. It’s much like the case of the orange, in which many of the corresponding benefits are lost. That’s not to say that the drug is ineffective, as it does offer many benefits. However, it has only been researched and approved for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome, as mentioned earlier.

Nature Knows Best?

Nature has developed a plant with a whole range of different all-natural chemicals (left the way nature intended) together work in concert to produce the “entourage effect” for helping our bodies perform at optimum levels. While we learnt today that CBD can be an amazing supplement and support your lifestyle in many ways. 

  • Jul 12, 2020
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