CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum CBD: Which Is Best?
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is merely one cannabinoid contained within the cannabis plant known as Hemp. In fact, the cannabis plant is known to contain more than 104 cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. Of course, THC is what produces the “high” feeling associated with smoking marijuana.
Conversely, CBD may actually counteract the effects of THC and is more associated with feelings of lessened anxiety and pain. In fact, it may even counteract some of the most unpleasant aspects of marijuana use.
This is because CBD interacts with a system contained within the body of animals—including humans—called the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for creating internal balance within our bodies.
Considering this, it’s unsurprising that CBD has become a popular supplement. Individuals have been using it to address an array of health concerns. It’s been purported to treat everything from insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, epilepsy, and much more.
CBD users may enjoy the fact that CBD seems to generate considerable benefit with seemingly very few side effects. Some of the side effects CBD users might notice include drowsiness and nausea.
Even understanding the general makeup and background of CBD might not make it much easier to buy. That’s because there are many, different words thrown around to describe the CBD you might choose to buy.
For example, you may have heard CBD referred to as either full-spectrum, whole plant, or isolate. Let’s talk a little about what these words mean.
What Is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is pure CBD, extracted from the cannabis plant. Some individuals prefer it because it goes through more rigorous refinement methods and they know exactly what they are getting when they use it.
There has been a lot of talk about the safety of the CBD oil industry as it is still relatively unregulated. Buying hemp CBD isolate may provide some added perception of safety as it can be readily identified.
It can also be easier to measure a precise amount of CBD for those seeking a very consistent dose. It will likely come in powder form or mixed with oil. It is relatively tasteless.
What Is Full-Spectrum CBD?
A full-spectrum or whole plant CBD oil will contain not only CBD but also the other components of the cannabis plant. You may be interested in full-spectrum CBD because there are many other compounds within the cannabis plant that have proven beneficial for our health. This includes the cannabinoids CBG and CBN which have been shown to have health benefits, including pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.
In addition, the cannabis plant contains over 100 terpenes, which can all have varying effects. These aren’t only good for smell, though they are responsible for the smell associated with the cannabis plant. For example, some can cause relaxation while others can bring about elevated mood.
Plus, because of something known as the entourage effect, these compounds can “boost” the effects of those they are used alongside. They can also change the effects of the various compounds.
The entourage effect is a good reason to use full-spectrum CBD products. Some individuals believe the effects of CBD are the best when it’s used alongside the other components of the cannabis plant.
Which Is Better for You?
Whether you prefer full-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate depends on your specific situation. If you are seeking to boost your consumption of naturally occurring nutrients, full-spectrum CBD may be more appropriate.
If you are dead-set on consuming only CBD and in a consistently measured amount, you might want to use CBD isolate instead. Plus, because CBD isolate is relatively tasteless, it might be more suitable for use when attempting to create cannabidiol food products.
It can be easier to know exactly what you are getting from CBD isolate and it may be more rigorously tested as well. That can be a very attractive prospect for some users.
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