Full Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate – What’s The Difference?
CBD products fall into three general categories: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate. By understanding what these terms mean and how that affects you as a consumer, you can make educated choices for your balanced wellbeing.
All types of CBD products can be beneficial. The conversation really surrounds what you hope to get from your CBD intake. While CBD isolate affects acute concerns, there is evidence that suggests that full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD delivers superior multi-faceted wellness.
We believe in achieving a state of harmony through holistic therapy. However, because we know that each person who comes to our shop has individual wants, needs, and concerns, we offer a variety of CBD products.
Explaining Full Spectrum CBD And The ECS
Full-spectrum CBD products contain CBD and all other available cannabinoids found in hemp. But what does that mean?
CBD itself is a cannabinoid and before we talk about full-spectrum CBD products we need to explain what a cannabinoid is. The savvy consumers already know that CBD is a cannabinoid or an organic substance produced by cannabis and hemp plants. New consumers may not understand exactly what CBD is.
Hemp produces a wide range of biological compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 100 known cannabinoids present in any given strain of hemp.
When we take hemp, any somatic or psychological effects it causes are mostly because these cannabinoids are chemically similar to neurotransmitters our body already makes. So plants make cannabinoids and our bodies make endocannabinoids. Our endocannabinoids do a wide variety of things to keep us running smoothly and the way they interact with each other, our body, and other biological substances inherently within us is through something called an Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
When cannabinoids enter our bodies they bind to cannabinoid receptors and/or interact with cannabinoid receptor proteins. When this occurs, we may feel intoxicated (THC) or experience a wide range of health-boosting effects (CBD and other cannabinoids).
Full-spectrum products contain a wide range of cannabinoids, but less than .3% THC. This ensures that users won’t experience intoxication or THC’s known cognitive effects. Because of the range of cannabinoids available, full-spectrum products provide all of the necessary ingredients to experience something called The Entourage Effect.
We’re going to explain The Entourage Effect in a moment but first, let’s explain broad-spectrum CBD products.
What Are Broad-Spectrum CBD Products?
Broad-spectrum CBD products contain a wide range of cannabinoids but do not contain THC. A broad-spectrum product may contain all cannabinoids except CBD, or a select mixture of cannabinoids.
One way manufacturers exclude THC in these products is by extracting each cannabinoid individually. Then, they combine them into a plant-powered cocktail for your health.
Learn More About The Compounding Nature Of The Entourage Effect
If you’ve ever tried taking two different types of over the counter pain relievers you have a working concept of The Entourage Effect. With things like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, or alcohol and caffeine, this effect is called synergy.
Pharmaceutical Synergy: An interaction between two or more drugs that causes the total effect of the drugs to be greater than the sum of the individual effects of each drug. A synergistic effect can be beneficial or harmful.
The Entourage Effect is similar in that it compounds. When different cannabinoids work together or enter the body at the same time, they can increase the overall effect.
[T]he synergistic contributions of cannabidiol to cannabis pharmacology and analgesia have been scientifically demonstrated. Other phytocannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabivarin, cannabigerol and cannabichromene, exert additional effects of therapeutic interest… [S]elective breeding of cannabis chemotypes rich in ameliorative phytocannabinoid and terpenoid content offer complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extracts containing THC, or other base phytocannabinoids. Psychopharmacological and dermatological indications show the greatest promise. – Taming THC
Hemp also produces substances called terpenes which smell enticing and help the plant ward off predators and infections. These terpenes interact with each other, our bodies, and the range of present cannabinoids, and therefore contribute to hemp’s synergistic effects.
Hemp’s complex interaction phenomenon is called The Entourage Effect.
How Is CBD Isolate Different?
CBD isolate products deliver pure CBD. There are no other cannabinoids present in CBD isolate tinctures, creams, or edibles.
This isn’t necessarily ‘bad,’ but it may be limiting. Your CBD isolate product may deliver some of the benefits associated with CBD, but it can’t foster any Entourage Effect benefits.
Full Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate – What’s The Right Choice?
While both full-spectrum and CBD isolate products have beneficial potential, we believe in full-spectrum treatment. We are convinced by the scientific and anecdotal information available and moved by the logical idea that if nature offers full spectrum or ‘whole plant’ therapy, there is probably a reason for that.
For everyone at Skara, full-spectrum products are the right choice. We hope our consumers will try our collection for themselves and come to the same conclusion.
For the most up-to-date information about CBD and full-spectrum cannabinoid therapy, visit ProjectCBD.org.