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CBD-based products come in many different formats. In some cases, the differences between them are obvious, for example, CBD oil is clearly different from CBD eliquid.

In other cases, the differences between them may be a bit more subtle and hence perhaps a bit more difficult to understand. In particular, people may be confused by the differences between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Here is a quick guide to them.

Full-spectrum CBD contains everything which comes along with the CBD

Traditionally, CBD is extracted from cannabis. In the UK, for legal and practical reasons, this typically means a form of cannabis which is commonly known as hemp. It’s actually a sub-form of Cannabis Sativa, but has been developed separately for so long that it is now generally considered a different type of plant.

In particular, it has negligible THC, which makes it very different from the standard forms of Cannabis Sativa. It does, however, have all the other usual cannabinoids as well as other beneficial chemicals such as terpenes and flavonoids.

CBD isolate is literally just the CBD

At present, CBD isolate is extracted from cannabis (hemp) plants in the same way as full-spectrum CBD, but it is then further refined to the point where it contains only CBD.

In other words, it does not have any of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial chemicals found in full-spectrum CBD. Unlike full-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate can also be manufactured under laboratory conditions.

In the future, this may become a way of addressing shortages in supply, but at present, lab-manufactured CBD isolate is more an interesting proof of concept than a mainstream production option. 

When to use full-spectrum CBD

Use full-spectrum CBD when you want all the goodness cannabis plants have to offer and can accept the fact that you may be consuming a negligible quantity of THC.

The THC content will be so little you probably won’t even notice it. It certainly won’t be anything like enough to get you “high”, but it may be enough to show up on a drug test.

Even though cannabis-based products are generally marketed on their CBD content, there is evidence to show that the other beneficial chemicals can significantly enhance its impact.

For example, a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem compared full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate in the treatment of pain and inflammation. Full-spectrum CBD came out ahead in every single measure.

When to use CBD isolate

Use CBD isolate when you are sure that you just want CBD and only CBD and/or when you simply cannot risk consuming any THC, for example if you are in a profession which is subject to random drug tests and there is a policy of absolute zero tolerance for any THC whatsoever.

You may also want to try out CBD isolate to see how effective it is for you in case there are any disruptions to the supply of full-spectrum CBD products, for example as a result of Brexit making it difficult to import CBD-based products from European producers.

Want to find out more?

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