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Full Spectrum CBD Oil vs CBD Isolate: What’s the Difference and Which is Right for You?

What does it mean when a CBD oil is labeled as full spectrum? How is this different than an isolate? Read on to learn about full spectrum CBD oil vs isolate.

In the United States, around 14% of adults use CBD. Learning about the differences between full-spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate will help you decide which is the better option for you.

Currently, about 1 in 7 American adults are using CBD. That number is steadily increasing because people reap real benefits from taking CBD. That’s why so many people give CBD such glowing reviews.

You, too, can experience the benefits of CBD. Understanding the difference between isolate and full-spectrum products will give you a better idea of which type of CBD will work better for you.

Here’s what you should know about full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate:

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

Full-spectrum CBD oil contains CBD along with the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant molecules present in hemp. Think of these products as containing the “full-spectrum” of different compounds in hemp.

Full-spectrum products are also called “whole-plant” extracts because the extraction process includes the full plant compounds. This includes the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial properties from the whole plant.

These cannabinoids work by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. (The endocannabinoid system is a series of receptors throughout your body.) Different cannabinoids have different effects on your body.

The best full-spectrum CBD oil usually has trace amounts of THC. However, full-spectrum hemp products contain less than 0.3% of THC. That’s nowhere near enough THC to get you high.

Other Cannabinoid Benefits

CBD is among the most researched cannabinoids in science. But other cannabinoids in hemp such as CBN (Cannabinol) and CBG (Cannabigerol) have beneficial properties as well.

For example, research published by The Journal of Neuroscience (Vol. 22, Issue 11) indicates that CBN can help with pain relief. Researchers think this is due to CBN’s ability to alter the pain signals that neurons send to the brain.

The findings of research published by The British Journal of Pharmacology (Themed Issue: Cannabinoids in Biology and Medicine, Part I) indicate that CBN has mood-boosting properties because it boosts anandamide. (Anandamide is known as “the bliss molecule.”) It can also boost moods by acting upon the GABA reuptake inhibitor.

Due to these research findings, many people seeking help with pain relief and depression take full-spectrum CBD products. You’ll find full-spectrum CBD oil for sale in our shop at the aforementioned link.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is pure CBD. There aren’t any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or other plant molecules present in CBD isolate products.

The extraction process “isolates” CBD from the rest of the plant’s molecules. That way, only the CBD gets extracted from the hemp.

Unlike full-spectrum products, CBD isolate has zero THC in it. For this reason, CBD isolate is the better option for anyone who needs to pass a drug test.

Some people are comfortable with taking CBD, but still wary of consuming other cannabinoids. CBD isolate offers these people a sense of security by letting them try a tested cannabinoid without feeling anxious about it.

We also sell CBD isolate tincture at our shop. The aforementioned link will tell you more about it.

Just keep in mind that CBD isolate doesn’t give you the following benefit:

The Entourage Effect

Full-spectrum products are chock full of cannabinoids. Experts think that the synergistic effect of these cannabinoids and terpenes working together creates something called The Entourage Effect. That means all of the cannabinoids combined in full-spectrum CBD products (including THC) contribute to the effects you’ll get.

Research that examines The Entourage Effect suggests that cannabinoids work better when they’re together as opposed to separately.


The Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research published a study that examined the effectiveness of CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD. Researchers found that CBD isolate wasn’t effective before and after a specific dosage. The effectiveness of the full-spectrum CBD solution, on the other hand, increased as the dosage increased.

It should be noted that many people experience actual benefits from taking CBD isolate. However, each person has a different dosage range they need to stay within. Taking too much or too little CBD isolate decreases your likelihood of getting the effects you want.

Use an online CBD dosage calculator to find out what dosage you should be taking. It’ll save you time, money, and energy.

Orange Analogy

Taking CBD isolate vs. full-spectrum CBD is kind of like taking a vitamin C supplement vs. eating an orange.

Think of CBD as similar to vitamin C. Like a vitamin C pill, CBD isolate contains stuff that’s good for you. Concentrated doses of CBD isolate can still bring about benefits when taken alone in the same way that taking a vitamin C supplement can.

Taking a full-spectrum CBD product is more like eating a whole orange: You’ll still get plenty of vitamin C if you eat an orange. However, you’ll also get the other beneficial molecules and properties present in the orange as well.


If you have anxiety, it’s worth it to buy CBD oil. People have experienced improvements with CBD isolate and full-spectrum products. 

Multiple studies suggest that CBD can improve anxiety. The Journal of Pharmacology published a small study in 2010 which found that CBD could reduce symptoms associated with SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder). Then a study published in 2011 also found that CBD could decrease anxiety. 

However, THC can increase anxiety. That’s why many people with anxiety feel safer taking CBD isolate. Still, people do report relief from taking full-spectrum CBD.

Embrace The Power of CBD

People have so much success with CBD, around 42% of CBD users stop taking traditional medicines as a result. CBD is beneficial as full-spectrum CBD oil and in isolate form.

CBD isolate usually costs more than full-spectrum CBD. Fortunately, there’s only a $5 difference between the prices of our CBD isolate oil and full-spectrum tincture.

Do yourself a solid favor—check out our CBD tinctures. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make.