Because of its non-psychoactive painkilling and healing properties, Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a popular option for patients seeking a natural and much safer alternative to treat conditions such as Inflammation, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and many more ailments.
Patients are starting to understand how CBD can be utilised to relieve them of their symptoms, they faced with a choice between CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD.
What exactly is the difference between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate?
Full spectrum or whole plant CBD means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), THCa (9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) to name a few.
And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains small amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), in low concentrations, resulting in extremely low psychoactive stimulation if any.
CBD Isolate is, simply put, purified CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids.
Let’s look at why this important and why a patient would choose one over the other.
Understanding the benefits of different cannabinoids
In the chart, each cannabinoid offers its own unique set of benefits for various ailments.
Clearly notable, CBD gives almost all of the benefits of the other cannabinoids combined. CBD offers the most benefits compared to any single cannabinoid.
Most patients come to the question, is CBD alone more effective in treating ailments than all the cannabinoids combined?
Which proves more effect? Isolate vs Full Spectrum
Previous beliefs that CBD isolated was more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD. This theory was found to be untrue in a 2015 study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem.
Researchers in this study administered full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate to two separate groups of mice. Compared data of the two groups proved that the group given full spectrum CBD were showing higher levels of relief. The study demonstrated that full spectrum CBD continued to provide comfort as dosages increased.
CBD Isolate did not display the same effects with an increase in dosage.
Full spectrum CBD has proven itself to be more effective than CBD Isolate and can be utilised to treat a wide variety of ailments effectively, it does not discredit CBD Isolate’s effectiveness.
CBD isolate would be preferred over Full Spectrum CBD in some cases, eg.:
- The patient might not need the full effects of Full Spectrum CBD
- The patient is not allowed to use THC legally (testing at work).
Very rarely other cannabinoids may cause adverse reactions where isolated CBD would not.
We advise that if you are suffering from a severe/critical condition that you speak to a medical consultant before trying out any version of CBD).
We hope that this article brought you clarity on the differences between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.
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