What's the difference? Full Spectrum Hemp vs CBD isolates

What's the difference? Full Spectrum Hemp vs CBD isolates

Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract vs CBD Isolates

Cannabidiol (CBD), the powerful, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, is a popular and natural choice for relief from a variety of ailments. If you are new to the world of CBD, you may be wondering what the difference is between full-spectrum hemp extract and CBD isolates. These two options make up the bulk of the CBD market but vary greatly in their effects.

CBD isolates

Depending on their source, CBD isolates are often labeled as around 99-percent pure CBD. The isolates, as their name suggests, are the isolated form of cannabidiol with no other molecules present. Manufacturers isolate the CBD for its therapeutic effects and deliver it in a potent dose with no other active ingredients.

Full-spectrum hemp extract

Full-spectrum extract keeps all compounds of the plant in place, allowing them to work synergistically with the CBD to boost its effects. Terpenes, the organic compounds responsible for the unique aroma and flavor of different strains, are present in all plant life, not just cannabis. Terpenes, along with other cannabinoids present in the plant, work with CBD to create a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect.” This describes the effects of the plant when all of the cannabinoids and terpenes create a symbiosis with one another, boosting the benefits of each and creating a richer, more therapeutic response. With all parts of the plant intact, full-spectrum extracts often contain small amounts of THC.

CBD isolates or full-spectrum hemp extract?

Full-spectrum hemp extract has stronger therapeutic effects than CBD isolates because all parts of the plant are working together. That’s not to discredit CBD isolates completely, as high concentrations of CBD can still relieve a number of afflictions.


The synergistic response from full-spectrum hemp extract makes full-spectrum more sought after for its therapeutic effects. An interesting study found that “other components in the extract synergize with CBD to achieve the desired anti-inflammatory action,” which further demonstrates the benefits of full-spectrum plant extract over CBD isolates.

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