There are two primary forms of cannabidiol (CBD) … CBD isolate and the full spectrum CBD.
The contrast between these two types of CBD is seen in the content that forms each type. A full-spectrum CBD product contains several plant extracts such as terpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, and numerous other cannabinoids. Full-spectrum products comprise all-natural chemicals existent in the hemp plant or marijuana plant and in the case of the marijuana plant, there may be small traces of THC. But most CBD products on the market are made from hemp and have little of no THC. Since the full-spectrum CBD contains all combinations of cannabinoids, consuming it may provide a number of potential therapeutic benefits.
Most important to remember is that full-spectrum CBD provides what is known as an ‘entourage effect’, in order words all of the various cannabinoids along with terpenes work together to enhance the potential benefits of the ingredients in the plant. The hypothesis is that the entourage effect has greater impact that just the isolated cannabinoid such as CBD or CBG. It Full-spectrum CBD is being studied to determine if any purported therapeutic benefits such as antianxiety, pain relief, anti-seizure, treating psychotic conditions and such are in fact real..
On the other hand, the CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD without the other potentially beneficial cannabis plant compounds. It is extracted from hemp plants and all the other cannabinoids and terpenes are removed. CBD isolate comprises 99% pure CBD lacking in flavonoids and terpenes, so there is no entourage effect (McQuillan). Some of the extraction processes for CBD isolate are lipid extraction and steam distillation. Some are clean and some methods of extraction can use toxic substances.
Coelho, S. (2020, September 25). What’s the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD? Retrieved March 05, 2021, from Medicalnewstoday: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cbd-isolate-vs-full-spectrum-cbd
McQuillan, B. (2020, FEB 25). CBD isolate vs. full spectrum CBD oil: What’s the difference? Retrieved March 05, 2021, from https://stories.populum.com/articles/full-spectrum-cbd-vs-cbd-isolates