CBD products are vast and varied at this point, and it can be tough to know which is right for you. If you break it down, the first question to be asked is this, which is better, CBD isolate, or full spectrum CBD?
As is always the case with CBD products, there is no straight answer to this. Everybody is different, and every body will react in a different way to CBD products of all kinds.
So the more sensible question to ask is which product is better for you? To help you decide between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD, let’s take a look at each, and the benefits that they can have, to help you make an informed decision on the right product to try.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Full spectrum CBD does much what it says on the tin, it is CBD with everything included.
To explain what this means, when CBD is extracted, it brings with it various other parts of the cannabis plant, including essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, including THC, the molecule which causes the ‘high’.
Quick aside here, while full spectrum CBD does contain THC, any CBD products sold in the EU are required, under law, to have a THC content of no higher than 0.2% (other countries, such as Canada, put this mark at 0.3%) which is not enough to cause a high in most cases.
Full spectrum CBD is popular for those who advocate the “entourage effect”. This belief came after a study suggested that full spectrum CBD could be more effective than isolate, due to all the different cannabinoids working together, to create a result greater than the sum of their parts.
While many believe that full spectrum CBD is the better option, it is not the only opinion out there, which brings us to:
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD Isolate is, again, fairly self-explanatory, in that it is isolated CBD, with none of the other parts of the plant present.
Advanced warning, CBD Isolate can make some uncomfortable due to its appearance. CBD Isolate comes in small white crystals, which some relate to other, far more harmful drugs.
The look is the only thing CBD Isolate has in common with such things, but it’s worth being aware of how it looks so you don’t get a shock if you choose to try it!
CBD Isolate is CBD in its purest form, and for that reason, some believe it to be the best way to take CBD, because it is free of anything else, including THC, which is important for some.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Just when you thought we’d given you all the options, Bam! We hit you with a middle ground.
Broad spectrum CBD is not a phrase that you may have heard as often as the two listed above, but it’s gaining ground on both.
Broad spectrum CBD is the spot in the middle of full spectrum and isolate. Like full spectrum CBD, the other compounds are present, and the “entourage effect” is therefore possible.
However, broad spectrum CBD has even trace amounts of THC removed, which again, some find to be important.
What Should I Choose?
As you may have noticed, the world of CBD is full of people with very specific opinions on what is best. We don’t play that way, we are advocates of every person being individual, and their experiences being their own.
In our opinion, none of the three options above or better or worse than any of the others, it is simply down to what works for you.
For example, if you are concerned about the possibility of psychoactive effects, then while they do not tend to be present in full spectrum CBD, CBD Isolate may be for you.
Additionally, if you have regular drug screenings, it may be best to stick to isolate. The trace amounts of THC in full spectrum products should not show up on drug tests, but sometimes it’s best to be careful!
If your jurisdiction has strict laws on THC, isolate or broad spectrum are also better options.
If you like flavour, and you want to try CBD that has a taste and feel to it, or if you believe the theory that the “entourage effect” is as strong as some suggest, the full spectrum CBD is worth trying.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. And remember, you don’t have to stick with your choice, there’s nothing stopping you trying all three options, and deciding on which works best for you, or maybe even alternating between them depending on how you feel on any given day.
What is your opinion on the Full Spectrum vs Isolate debate? Why not share them with us in the comments below. Remember, be nice, we’re all one big family here!