CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum: What Is the Difference? 

If you’ve been looking for the perfect CBD for you, it is likely that you have noticed the terms “isolate” and “full-spectrum” while browsing through the seemingly endless options of CBD on the market. Good news, these two terms are a very simple way of telling you what kind of cannabinoid content you can expect in a particular product before purchasing or consuming it. 

Keep in mind, cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The two most commonly associated compounds with the cannabis plant are CBD and it’s psychoactive counterpart THC. Each cannabinoid has a different effect on your body, and it is believed by researchers that combining various cannabinoids can lead to a strengthened effect. 



What is CBD Isolate? 

Simply put, CBD isolate is nothing more than pure, isolated CBD. This means that other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are extracted and left out from the final product.

CBD isolate is quite complicated to extract from hemp. After the initial extraction process occurs, an additional step to isolate the CBD from any other compounds is completed. Oftentimes, CBD isolate is referred to as ‘CBD Crystals’ because it comes in solid, diamond-like form. In order to easily consume, the CBD Crystals are crushed and ground into a fine powder. 

This process is believed to be one of the highest quality extraction methods, however, keep in mind that it is possible that CBD isolates still contain trace amounts of other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. 

Full-Spectrum CBD 

Opposite of CBD isolate is full-spectrum CBD, which contains a full range of cannabinoids. After the extraction process from hemp, the entire extract is made into a consumable product, which means that you will receive a dose of all of the cannabinoids that were once in the hemp plant. 

Be mindful that if consuming full-spectrum CBD, you are likely consuming trace amounts of THC. You will not, however, experience a “high” from a full-spectrum CBD product. Due to federal laws, all CBD products are extracted from hemp, which by definition contains less that 0.3% THC as opposed to the levels of THC when extracted from marijuana. The minute amount of THC that can be present in full-spectrum CBD hemp-derived products are so negligible that you will notice any psychoactive effects.

While CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD are both popular, many users reach for full-spectrum CBD in order to improve their well-being, knowing that they are getting the added benefits of numerous cannabinoids. However, ultimately it comes down to preference and how you wish to consume CBD.

A88CBD™ Products

A88CBD™ offers an extensive range of full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD products. We have something for everyone, and you will surely find your new favorite CBD products after trying ours. 

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