CBD is the short form of Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid compound present in the hemp plant. It is consumed as a natural treatment for several medical conditions and ailments such as chronic pain, inflammation, sleep disorder like insomnia, and diarrhea.

The major reason for so much popularity of CBD is its non-psychoactive nature. Being strongly non-psychoactive, CBD does not produce “high” and hallucinating effects. CBD doesn’t cause overdosing as well.

Usually, CBD is obtained from the hemp (cannabis) plant by using alcohol or water. There are many other compounds found in the extract of the hemp plant besides CBD, such as cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and a highly psychoactive substance called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

    "So, let's explain, are Full-Spectrum CBD Oil the same as CBD Isolate?"

Absolutely Not! Full-Spectrum CBD Oil is completely different from CBD Isolate, although both are types of CBD (Cannabinol). Actually, Cannabinol (CBD) has three major types including CBD Isolate, Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, and Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil. However, as we are discussing Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and CBD Isolate in this article, we will only focus on these two types.

In this article, we will discuss the major difference between Full-Spectrum and CBD Isolate, We will also enlist some of their major health benefits at the end.

What is the major difference between Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and CBD Isolate?

The difference between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD is related to the contents of each form. It means both these CBD forms have different contents and compounds in them. We will discuss the content of both CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD separately.

    1 - Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-Spectrum CBD is the type of Cannabinol containing multiple cannabis plant extracts including essential oils, cannabinoids, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), and terpenes in addition to the CBD. The concentration of THC in the Full-Spectrum CBD is up to 0.3% due to which people usually feel slightly “high” after consuming it. However, such a low concentration of THC is not enough to produce significant psychoactive effects in Full-spectrum CBD users. 

    2 -CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate, on the other hand, is considered the purest form of CBD. It does not contain any other hemp-derived compound. It is usually obtained directly from hemp plants with a very low amount of THC content. CBD Isolate is available in a crystal form and is often sold as a powder after grinding. For this reason, CBD Isolate is also known as CBD crystals. 

We hope that you have completely understood the major difference between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD. It is also important to tell you that the CBD extraction process is no different for each of these products. Following are some popular extraction methods used for the extraction of CBD from hemp plants:

  • Carbon dioxide extraction 
  • Solvent Extraction
  • Lipid Extraction
  • Steam Distillation

However, CBD Isolate is refined more efficiently after its extraction. So, you can say that CBD Isolate is extra-processed compared to Full-Spectrum CBD.

Now we will discuss some major health benefits of both of these CBD products. 

    3 - Full-Spectrum CBD Health Benefits

As you know, Full-Spectrum CBD contains almost all of the hemp-derived compounds, its effects are more potent than CBD Isolate. According to the research studies, Full-Spectrum CBD’s health benefits are more prominent than CBD Isolate due to the presence of multiple hemp-derived compounds. This is what researchers call the “entourage effect”.

Full-Spectrum CBD contains a considerably high amount of THC (up to 0.3%) compared to CBD Isolate. Sometimes, the THC level may become high to the uncontrolled extraction process. In that case, Full-Spectrum CBD may dangerous for your cognitive health. So, you should do your research and lookup independent test results before purchasing a CBD product. 

According to the research studies, Full-Spectrum CBD can provide the following health benefits:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-seizure
  • Muscle spasm relief
  • Antianxiety
  • Treatment for psychotic disorders
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-Inflammatory

    4 - CBD Isolate Health Benefits

According to a 2015 animal study, CBD Isolate may have certain health benefits that may be less potent than Full-Spectrum CBD. The researchers also claim that CBD Isolate has strong pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties when it is consumed in an appropriate dose. It means, the effects of CBD Isolate decrease with increasing dosage. This is in contrast to Full-Spectrum CBD, where effects increase as the dosage does. 

For this reason, people like to take CBD Isolate because they don’t need to measure doses in this case. The low potency of CBD Isolate is not necessarily a negative quality because some people prefer CBD products without THC, or they might be sensitive to this substance. 

As there is a very low amount of THC in CBD Isolate, it does not show in drug tests. However, be careful while purchasing CBD Isolate from less famous brands because an item with a THC-free label may still contain considerable amounts of this compounds. So, it is good for you to read packaging, third-party test results, and labels before purchasing CBD Isolate products. 

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The Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate are not similar due to the major difference of hemp-derived compounds in them. CBD Isolate is the pure form of CBD containing almost no hemp-derived compounds other than cannabinol, while Full-Spectrum CBD contains multiple hemp-derived compounds such cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and THC. CBD Isolate is less potent while Full-Spectrum CBD is more potent due to the presence of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The potential health benefits of both these CBD products are also described.