Full Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate: What’s the difference?
With the passing of the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act – otherwise known as the “2018 Farm Bill” – in the United States last year, farmers in the hemp industry have helped put cannabinoids in the health supplement spotlight. With dozens of different products hitting the shelves in recent months, it is important to note the variations of CBD that are on the market. Aside from our Isolate THC-Free products, Focus Hemp Co’s tinctures are full spectrum, commonly referred to as “whole plant” CBD. Unlike CBD Isolate, full spectrum hemp oil contains all the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant such as: CBDA, CBG, CBC, and THCA to name a few. Each of these different cannabinoids possess a slew of great health benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory to anti-bacterial properties, adding to the wholesome composition of our full spectrum products, further outlined below in Figure 1.1. Because we extract all of the cannabinoids from the plant for our hemp supplements, there are trace amounts of THC in the oil. But, don’t fret about the potential psychoactive effects of full spectrum – Focus Hemp Co adheres to federal regulations and ensures its full spectrum hemp oil products are legal meaning they’re below the maximum 0.3% level of THC. So, you can use the recommended dose of Focus Hemp Co’s Full Spectrum tinctures without the fear of feeling intoxicated or getting high.
In addition to containing various cannabinoids, full spectrum also takes advantage of the naturally occurring terpenes found in hemp which help maximize the health benefits of the plant. Terpenes are fragrant molecules that work in conjunction with your body’s endocannabinoid (link to blog post on “What is the endocannabinoid system?) receptors to deliver countless health rewards and are not only found in hemp but also a wide range of herbs, fruits, and other plants. For instance, the limonene terpene is known for giving off a natural lemon personality and has been linked to not only aid in digestion but also in reducing inflammation as well. The various cannabinoids and terpenes in full spectrum join forces to produce an amplified therapeutic outcome, known as the entourage effect. Simply put, the entourage effect is the result of the whole hemp plant compounds working together to generate different health rewards. Since each whole plant compound has the ability to intensify the therapeutic effects of the other molecules, full spectrum hemp oil has a diverse repertoire of benefits.
For those with concerns about using full spectrum supplements, Focus Hemp Co’s Isolate products are a great alternative for those seeking a product free from any trace amounts of THC. Unlike full spectrum oil, isolated CBD is in the form of crystals – free from any unwanted plant material – resulting in a pure CBD compound. A common misconception regarding isolate is that it has greater health benefits compared to full spectrum since it contains more concentrated levels of CBD. Researchers from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem challenged this very notion through their 2015 study conducted on mice which analyzed the anti-inflammatory benefits of full spectrum versus isolated CBD. Their investigation showed an increase in the dosage of isolate didn’t increase its effectiveness, in contrast to the higher levels of relief exhibited following increased doses of full spectrum. Although isolated CBD possesses some supportive properties, it simply can’t compete with the comprehensive entourage effects of full spectrum.
Now that we’ve cleared up the difference between full spectrum and isolated CBD, it’s time to narrow down which Focus Hemp supplements are right for your lifestyle. From daily vitality to pain management, we’re here to help you find your focus!