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Full Spectrum Vs. Isolate CBD

August 31, 2022 5 min read

Full Spectrum Vs. Isolate CBD

Full Spectrum Vs. Isolate CBD

The presence of CBD in the market and its rise have made consumers question the different types of CBD. Most of them do not know anything about them and their contents. Some of the issues discussed in this article may answer some of the questions raised on full-spectrum and isolate-based CBD. They include; the extraction process, benefits, and their differences.

CBD exists in three types; full-spectrum, isolate-based, and broad-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum are known to have the same components, except that the THC level in the latter is not as high as in the former. Isolate-based CBD, on the other hand, does not have any compounds of the cannabis plant as they are removed when extracted. All of them are known to have benefits for the body; however, the contents in both will dictate how efficient they will be or if one needs to take a larger dose to feel the benefits.

CBD Isolate

It is one of the three types of CBD. It is the purest form of CBD as it undergoes several processes to make them pure. This means that it does not have any component of the cannabis plant. It exists in two forms, the powdered and crystalline forms. Sometimes, the crystals can be grounded to turn them into powdered forms. Mostly, they are known not to be that effective because of the lack of almost all the components found in the cannabis plant. Most people who use the CBD isolate do not want to consume the THC component in the other types of CBD. It is also used by those that prefer taking large doses of CBD so that they may not be affected. The good thing about the CBD isolate is that the CBD will not show any sign of THC in a drug test and does not leave any smell in the mouth.        


According to Chen & Pan (2021), CBD isolate goes through several processes to make sure that all the components of the cannabis plant are removed and remain pure. The following is a process followed by the CBD isolate.

  • Extraction
  • Winterization
  • Filtration '
  • Decarboxylation
  • Distillation
  • Crystallization

Benefits of CBD Isolate

Relieves Pain

Vipperman (2012) suggested that the CBD isolate's anti-inflammatory properties help relieve the pain felt when a harmful substance enters the body and damages the healthy cells. The body may become sore, swollen, and even painful when inflamed. The CBD isolate will help relieve the pain and make it more manageable. The downside, however, is that the CBD isolate needs to be taken in large doses to be more effective. This is because it is completely pure and does not have any presence of the cannabis component. Some of the pain it can relieve include; arthritis and neuropathic pain.


Many issues can cause anxiety. It may bring about issues like stress, depression, and fear. According to Finlay et al. (2021), CBD isolate helps deal with issues associated with anxiety through its anti-anxiety properties. CBD isolate works by blocking the enzymes that may cause one to be anxious. 

Side Effects of CBD Isolate

  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Fluctuating weight
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

Full-spectrum CBD

It is a type of cannabinoid that contains all the compounds found in the cannabis plant. Some of the compounds found in the full-spectrum CBD are; terpenes, flavonoids, and THC. This means that the presence of THC in the full-spectrum CBD suggests it can make one high, especially when used regularly.   


The whole plant is extracted from the cannabis plant just as it is or taken through distillation to eliminate the extra fatty lipids in them. Once the lipids are removed, the remaining extract is filtered out, and all the cannabinoids remain in the extract. There are situations when some cannabinoids may be left out during the process of removing the fatty lipids.

Benefits of Full-spectrum CBD

Relieves Pain

Full-spectrum CBD is the most efficient type of CBD that assist in relieving pain. This is because it has all the components of the cannabis plant and does not need to be taken in high doses to be effective. THC in the full-spectrum CBD helps in relieving pain in the body. 

Antioxidant Properties

According to Touch et al. (2021), the antioxidant property in full-spectrum CBD assist in protecting the healthy cells of the body from free radicals and from destroying them. It also helps in preventing too much oxidation in the body.

Anti-inflammation Properties

The body has a system known as the endocannabinoid system. It has the presence of neurotransmitters that combine with the cannabinoid receptors. When CBD is consumed in the body, it interacts with the cannabinoid receptors and helps reduce inflammation in the body.    

Differences Between Full-Spectrum and Isolate-Based CBD

Isolate-based and full-spectrum CBD are two of the three types of CBD. Most of the time, the difference between the CBD types is all about their components. The main difference between full-spectrum CBD and isolate-based CBD is that the latter does not have the presence of THC and other components found in the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum, on the other hand, is just like its name suggests, and it has all the compounds of the cannabis, making it known as whole plant CBD extract.

Similarities Between Full-Spectrum and Isolate-Based CBD

Full-spectrum CBD and isolate-based CBD performs almost the same functions. The only thing is that isolate-based CBD is not as effective as full-spectrum CBD. This is because it lacks all the compounds present in the cannabis plant that would make them more efficient and able to work faster. A good instance will be when relieving pain. CBD isolate can relieve pain but won't be that effective as the presence of THC in full-spectrum CBD will help boost the analgesic effects. 


Full-spectrum and isolate-based CBD are both important in the human body. Choosing the best between the two will be all about one's preference. Some prefer Full-spectrum CBD because of the presence of THC and how fast they deliver its effects compared to the rest. This means one does not need to take the full-spectrum CBD in large doses. The ones for CBD isolate are mostly those that depend on it for medicinal use and do not want to feel the effect of THC in them.


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