With the growing amount of CBD products in the market, it is likely you have seen the terms “Isolate” and “Full-Spectrum”. What’s the difference between the two and which is best for you? Never fear. We’re here to help.

Back to Basics

To begin to understand, we first have to go back to the origin of CBD. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of different phytochemicals including cannabinoids and terpenes.
 
What are cannabinoids and terpenes?
 
Cannabinoids are the compounds that interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the central nervous system of your body.
 
There are hundreds of different cannabinoids in a cannabis plant. One of the most well-known is Cannabidiol of CBD. This is due to its wide medical applications and accessibility.
 
Terpenes are the flavor molecule of the cannabis plant, giving the plant its fragrance and taste. Terpenes play a big role in the healing benefits of the cannabis plant as well. Working with cannabinoids, terpenes create the entourage effect, either intensifying or balancing the effects of the cannabinoids.

CBD Isolate vs Full-Spectrum

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full-spectrum is also called “whole-plant”, meaning it includes the full plant extract. This is the most natural form of consumption simply because the ratios of compounds are as nature intended.
 
When you are consuming a full-spectrum CBD oil, you are getting not only CBD, but other cannabinoids and terpenes that work together and have a wider range of healing benefits.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate products are extracting only the CBD molecule from the cannabis plant. Labeled at 99% CBD, these products do not contain other cannabinoids and terpenes. The intention with this type of product is to isolate the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

Which is best?

This is the big question, right?
 
And the answer to that is like trying to answer who should be the next President. It all comes down to understanding the science behind it, understanding your health goals and then making your decision.
 
However, at the The TN Hemp Company, we believe in the natural power of healing in plants and prefer to intake as nature intended, using the whole plant and producing full-spectrum CBD oil.
 
Remember–do you own research, know what your goals and reach out if you have questions!

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