Finding a quality CBD oil product can be difficult, especially with so many options available. It can actually be quite overwhelming. One thing that is often confusing to people just getting into CBD oil is the difference in Full Spectrum CBD oil and a CBD isolate.
Before we get started though, it’s important to know a little bit more about what CBD actually is.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of hundreds of different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s known to provide many medicinal and therapeutic benefits. CBD is also not the same as THC. It does not get you high, and can actually counteract the intoxicating effects of THC.
What is the difference in Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate?
One of the first questions many people will have when starting to research CBD is, “what is the difference in full spectrum CBD vs CBD isolate?”
Simply put, full spectrum CBD contains more cannabinoids than just CBD. Full spectrum CBD oil will contain other cannabinoids, such as: CBG, CBN, CBC, as well as trace amounts of THC.
All of these cannabinoids have their own unique therapeutic or medicinal benefits. They also work together in harmony, creating what has been coined as the “entourage effect.”
CBD isolate on the other hand is, just CBD. During the extraction process this cannabinoid is isolated, so there are no other cannabinoids present, not even THC.
Why is Full Spectrum CBD best?
Full Spectrum CBD oil is more effective than CBD isolate. One recent study showed that patients given a full spectrum CBD oil saw more pain relieving effects than those given a CBD isolate.
You can think of full spectrum CBD as a symphony, and THC is the conductor; helping the other cannabinoids do exactly what they need to do.
I also like to relate it to a whole foods diet. You can get your veggies by taking a pill or in a smoothie packet, but it doesn’t compare to eating an actual kale salad full of seasonal vegetables. Which do you think will have the most nutritional benefit for the body? The WHOLE food!
The same is true with the cannabis plant. You get the most bang for your back when extracting the whole plant.
Disadvantages of Full Spectrum CBD
About the only disadvantage to full spectrum CBD is related to drug testing. Since full spectrum CBD contains a trace amount of THC, there is a chance of triggering a positive on a drug test.
Drug tests are not usually looking for CBD, but since there are trace amounts of THC, depending on your metabolism you could trigger a positive for THC.
This is something you should be aware of if you are required to drug test to maintain employment.
CBD isolate could be a great value to you though if you are required to drug test, just make sure whomever you purchase the oil from provides third party lab testing to verify the product is THC free.
How to find high quality CBD oil for sale.
Hemp Daddy’s is one of MANY sellers of CBD oil. We are more than happy to help meet your CBD needs, but in the event you shop with another brand, below are a few tips to help you with your shopping experience:
- Shop only from brands that provide third party lab results.
- Purchase only full spectrum oil if drug testing is not a concern.
- Buy products made from organic hemp grown in the USA, foreign hemp can often be contaminated with heavy metals.
- Look at the price per milligram. Some simple math will let you know what you are paying per milligram of CBD. You may already do this when grocery shopping when comparing cost per ounce of similar products. Also, check out our post: Why is CBD oil so expensive? for clarification on how CBD is priced.
- Know that cheaper isn’t always better. Make sure the CBD oil you are purchasing meets all the other tips listed above. If you run across “low cost” CBD, chance are it’s an inferior product.
- If shopping from a physical store be sure to ask to see the third party lab results. A trustworthy store will keep this on hand for customers to view.
Shopping for CBD oil doesn’t have to be that difficult. It just takes educating yourself to know what your options are. You might also want to check out a few other posts we have written: How much CBD oil should I take?, What is the difference in Hemp oil and CBD oil?, Frequently Asked Questions about CBD