You might have come across the two most common spectra of CBD- full-spectrum and isolate CBD. Despite being used very widely, many are not aware of how they are different. What’s startling is that they consume CBD randomly without knowing which one to use.
This article is about how the two are different and when to use them.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol, which is also known as CBD is a phytocannabinoid present in the plants of the cannabis family. It is known for its therapeutic properties and is used widely because of it. You might be wondering how CBD is legal in states in the US that still have not legalized cannabis? The source of CBD is hemp- one of the plants from cannabis family. Unlike other cannabis plants, natural hemp contained lesser THC and more CBD. Therefore, industrial hemp is now bred to have less than 0.3 percent THC so that its psychotic properties are not effective.
As you know what CBD is, let’s have a look at the two different types of CBD-
Full- Spectrum CBD (also known as full-spectrum hemp)
Full-spectrum CBD is the spectrum of CBD which contains not only CBD, but also other organic compounds like terpenes, essential fats, and other phytocannabinoids. According to a phenomenon called entourage effect or synergy effect, when these compounds are together, they strengthen each other’s properties. In simpler words, the therapeutic properties of CBD will amplify when these compounds are present. This is the main advantage of full-spectrum CBD.
Moreover, these compounds have their own impacts on our bodies too. Terpenes like beta-caryophyllene is used to treat gastric issues, and essential fats are rarely a part of our diet because of how scarce they are.
You might be wondering why you should be concerned about having full-spectrum CBD when it is so good for the body.
What we tend to ignore is that it also contains THC. The synergy effect will probably increase its effect too. However, so far no one has reported having felt high- which means the concentration of THC is so less that its properties could not be felt.
If you want pure CBD, you should take isolate CBD. The main benefit of having isolate CBD is that it does not have THC and is a relief for those who cannot have THC even in little amounts. You should also take only isolate CBD if you want to pass a drug test as the THC in full-spectrum hemp might be detected. This is the best choice for those who have to take CBD in higher doses.
Now, as you know the two main spectra of CBD, check the label of the product before you buy and wisely choose the one you want.