CBD Isolate vs Full-Spectrum CBD Oil: Which One’s Right For You?
So, you’ve recently been introduced to CBD, the chemical compound that’s extracted from the leaves and flowers of a hemp plant and apparently can benefit you in practically every way.
While browsing the different CBD products available in the UK, you might have noticed that there are actually three different types of CBD oil: full-spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. In this article we’ll going to be getting you up to date with the differences between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD oil.
Despite both being sourced from the hemp plant, there are notable differences between these two forms of CBD. Full-spectrum CBD products contain small amounts of other cannabinoids (sometimes including small amounts of THC), plus additional plant metabolites called flavonoids and terpenes – compounds that provide unique scents and flavours. CBD isolate, on the other hand, has no such hidden extras, but contains only CBD.
What Is CBD Isolate?
This one-man band stands out from the crowd for having what seems to be the widest therapeutic value. CBD isolate has been stripped of all other active ingredients and cannabinoids – what remains is a pure CBD molecule. Think of it as peeling a fruit and only eating the inside bit. But don’t be fooled by the word ‘isolate’: there’s a whole host of health and wellness benefits to CBD isolate products.
CBD Isolate: The Benefits
People who use CBD isolate find it particularly beneficial for its calming properties and therapeutic potential. We already know that it works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to activate receptors in the brain and help restore homeostasis – the natural balance of the body – which includes our mood, body temperature, water content and more. But it’s also associated with other long-term health effects: multiple studies have shown that CBD could have anti-inflammatory properties, relieve chronic pain, help with muscle repair and help promote a good night’s sleep.
Since CBD isolate is pure, there’s no need to worry about any THC entering your system after consumption and you won’t fail a workplace drug test. It’s totally legal and has zero high-inducing effects, so you’ll be able to go about your day as normal – just a little bit more relaxed.
CBD Isolate: The Drawbacks
While it’s hard to believe there are any drawbacks to pure CBD, isolating it from other cannabinoids and compounds does mean that you’ll miss out on the potential benefits of THC, terpenes and flavonoids, as well as their famous ‘entourage effect’ – a synergistic interaction that enhances the individual effect of each compound involved.
When Is CBD Isolate Better For You?
If you want to benefit from the calming and therapeutic effects plus the potential long-term health benefits of pure CBD without any of the psychoactive side effects of full-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate is your go-to guy. Check out our range of pure CBD oil – it consists of 100% natural, isolated CBD oil produced with the utmost care by the hemp experts.
How to Take CBD Isolate?
You’ve added the good stuff to your cart, now what? When it comes to taking CBD oil, you have the freedom to be as inventive as you like.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to take CBD is to hold a few drops (or your recommended dose) under your tongue and keep it there for about 30 seconds before swallowing. If that doesn’t appeal to you and you’re wondering whether dropping it in your morning coffee or stirring it into an exotic mocktail after a long week works, the answer is yes and yes! In fact, there are so many different ways to take CBD oil that we dedicated an entire guide to it. From CBD tinctures to topicals, sweet treats, and tasty salad dressings – if you can think of it, there is a way to add it. Consider applying it topically onto your skin in a balm or rub form to relieve muscle pain or period pain, too. Get creative and let us know what you come up with!
What’s the Best CBD Isolate?
Here at Good Hemp, we’ve been championing hemp and CBD for over 20 years – and we like to think that our carefully crafted range of CBD oil is pretty much the best out there! Scheduling in small acts of self-care can be tough when you’re juggling daily obstacles such as work, yoga classes and binging Bridgerton on Netflix, but a few drops of CBD oil can make a big difference at any time of day. Add them to your post-Zoom HIIT smoothie, stir them into your porridge or drop them into your coffee – it’s the perfect antidote for a busy lifestyle. Plus, we’ve recently re-launched our citrus and peppermint CBD oils – they add a bit of flavour to anything you’re whisking up.
In the voice of Chandler Bing: could it be any more relaxing?!
How Much Does CBD Isolate Cost?
You may be inclined to think that something so beneficial would surely have a hefty price tag, but this couldn’t be further from the truth – if you know where to look, that is. Here at Good Hemp we want the benefits of CBD to be as accessible as possible, and that’s why our products start at £15 only. If you’re an experienced CBD user who would prefer to buy in bulk, you can consider our bigger bottles of 1,000mg and 2,000mg total CBD content (the latter is higher-grade), which go at £40, respectively £75 per bottle.
|250mg Citrus CBD Oil||£15.00|
|250mg Peppermint CBD Oil||£15.00|
|250mg Natural CBD Oil||£15.00|
|1,000mg Natural CBD Oil||£40.00|
|2,000mg Natural CBD Oil||£75.00|
Does CBD Isolate Expire?
All good things must come to an end and CBD is no exception. The crystalline form of CBD basically won’t expire – a bit like salt and sugar – but the CBD oil base might. Good Hemp’s CBD oil is based on hemp oil, which has a shelf life of one to two years. Once it’s expired, you’ll notice a change in smell and colour. Hemp oil will not last as long as CBD crystals alone, as it’s made of plant material that will eventually break down unless prevented by added preservatives (which you won’t be able to find in ours).
What Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?
The term full-spectrum is used when the CBD oil contains more than just the cannabinoid CBD – cue dozens of those hidden extras we spoke about earlier – and sometimes including small traces of THC (usually less than 0.03%), essential oils, flavonoids, terpenes, and other additional cannabinoids. Research suggests that with some of these additional cannabinoids comes the opportunity for wider health benefits.
Full-Spectrum CBD: The Benefits
Full-spectrum cbd oil comes with that all-inclusive ‘entourage effect’ whereby you might benefit from the full range of effects that each compound brings to the party. Some of the reported health benefits include pain relief, anti-seizure, nutrient boost, nausea relief, muscle spasm relief, reduced anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2018 study also revealed that full-spectrum CBD is more effective for pain relief than CBD isolate, due to the combined effects of CBD and THC.
Full-Spectrum CBD: The Drawbacks
Full-spectrum CBD oil is minimally refined and usually contains traces of THC, which could give you a sensation of feeling high and could show up on a drug test (so it’s best not to get the two confused). In the UK, THC is only legal in products that contain no more than 1mg of the stuff and aren’t advertised as providing a medicinal benefit – a single milligram over and you’re looking at spending the rest of your days in an orange jumpsuit (ok, that’s an exaggeration, but the point is: it won’t be legal). Make sure to do your research before purchasing.
When Is Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Better For You?
If you’ve done your research and understand the effects that full-spectrum CBD oil can have in comparison to CBD isolate, you might decide it’s a good option for you.
How To Take Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Just like CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD oil is available in the form of edibles, creams, lotions and potions. You can take it orally with capsules, tinctures and edibles or apply it onto your skin so it can work its magic on the targeted area.
Choosing The Best CBD Oil For You
If you’re a first-time user and want to reap the benefits of CBD oil on health and wellbeing without having the high of full-spectrum CBD oil, then CBD isolate is the right choice for you. It allows you to go about your day more productively and with less anxiety. At Good Hemp, we’d recommend CBD isolate – give it a try yourself!