If you’re starting out with CBD, and wondering what the difference is between Full Spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate, we’re here to help.
Read on to find out which CBD is right for you.
From finding out about the active ingredients in your CBD oil to the meaning of terpenes and explaining the ‘entourage effect’, this article is here to help you understand exactly what’s in your CBD and how it works with your body and which is the best CBD oil for you.
We started Jersey Hemp because we wanted to deliver the best CBD and hemp extract that our plants have to offer to support the people who choose to buy from us.
We believe that it’s important as many people as possible are educated about what’s in the CBD oil they choose.
So read on to have all your questions about Full Spectrum CBD answered.
Full Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate – what’s the difference?
When you’re shopping for CBD, you might have come across products labelled as Full Spectrum or Isolate. While these terms might sound similar, they’re actually quite different and explain how the CBD has been extracted, and what’s contained in your CBD oil.
Within the hemp plant, there are nearly a hundred naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids. The most well known of these are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is the compound that causes psychotropic effects of ‘getting high’ – hemp plants actually contain very little THC compared to cannabis plants.
As part of our extraction process here at Jersey Hemp, we remove the THC to non-detectable levels to keep it within approved government limits.
Cannabinoids are compounds that interact directly with our body’s endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors (called CB1 and CB2) that maintain vital functions throughout the body.
CB1 receptors are found in the regions of the brain responsible for processes like memory, high cognition, emotion and motor coordination, and CB2 receptors are found throughout the central nervous and immune systems. CBD binds primarily to the CB2 receptors, which is why it affects the body differently to THC which can produce mind-altering effects.
Once CBD has been extracted from hemp plants, producers like Jersey Hemp can choose to refine the extract to contain only specific cannabinoids, like CBD or others.
The contents of that refined extract are what determines whether the CBD extract is full spectrum or isolate.
What is CBD isolate?
Isolate (in scientific terms) is the purest form of a compound, which is formed by extracting only that compound and no others.
So think of CBD isolate as the purest form of CBD, produced by removing all the other compounds found in hemp plants, including terpenes and other cannabinoids. CBD isolate will also contain no detectable THC.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Our Full Spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all the compounds found naturally occurring in hemp plants, including terpenes, essential oils and other cannabinoids.
Even though hemp CBD has extremely low levels of THC naturally, our processes remove the THC to non-detectable levels, so it’s safely within government-approved levels.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are chemical compounds naturally present in plants that contribute to the plant’s unique taste, smell and colour.
Think of the citrus tang of a fresh orange when you squeeze it, or the smell of blueberry jam on toast. Terpenes are what make lavender and roses so memorable, and they are the basic elements in essential oils.
Keeping this ‘full spectrum’ of all the compounds and molecules found in the hemp plant allows those cannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils to work together naturally to enhance the actions of each individual cannabinoid.
This is normally referred to as the ‘entourage effect’.
So which type of CBD should I use?
Every individual is different, and has different needs, and this determines which type of CBD might be better suited for them. There’s no one type that’s better than the others.
We like to compare it to the difference between freshly squeezed orange juice and concentrate.
Whole plant extract or Full Spectrum is like fresh orange juice, the concentrate is more like Isolate.
It comes down to personal choice, and which you prefer. Some people like to know that they’re getting the full effect of the whole plant extract, others prefer to just take the CBD isolate with all the other compounds in hemp completely removed.
Choosing CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD, in which all other plant compounds and cannabinoids are completely removed.
This might be the right choice for you if:
- You’ve been specifically recommended to take CBD by itself.
- You have a sensitivity to trace THC, other cannabinoids or terpenes.
- You prefer lighter flavours and are not keen on the ‘green’ taste of the hemp terpenes.
- You’re a first-time user and are not sure about other cannabinoids.
Choosing Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD has been extracted from hemp plants with all the other compounds and cannabinoids.
This might be the right choice for you if:
- You prefer a natural supplement to contain the full range of cannabinoids optimised to work well together – the ‘Entourage Effect’.
- You want to choose a CBD oil that has undergone fewer processes and is as natural as possible.
- You don’t mind the slightly ‘green’ flavour and taste of the terpenes and essential oils naturally found in organic hemp.
Is Full Spectrum better?
There isn’t one type of CBD that’s better than the others. We’re all different and react to CBD differently, so it’s worth taking the time to work out whether Full Spectrum or CBD isolate is your preferred choice.
The one thing we would say though, is that it’s really important to make sure that your CBD comes from a quality supplier, who grows their hemp plants with care like Jersey Hemp.
We use CBD that has been extracted under regulated laboratory conditions and verified by an independent third party laboratory.
How do I choose the best CBD oil?
There are a huge range of CBD brands out there, and sadly many don’t live up to the claims on the label.
If you try a CBD oil from a sub-standard producer, and it doesn’t contain the correct amount of CBD, you won’t notice the difference and may be disinclined to try CBD again.
At Jersey Hemp, we’re working to combat that by educating our consumers and the public about how to choose a high quality CBD oil that contains the recommended amount of CBD and has been produced safely and legally.
You can read more here about our organic growing processes on the island of Jersey, how we extract our CBD and our third party lab testing that checks our cannabinoid content and tests for any harmful contaminants.
We were pleased to be recognised as ‘one of the most compliant, high quality and accurately labelled products’ in the first major test of high street CBD brands by industry body the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis.
We’re delighted that these tests confirm that our products match our philosophy. Jersey Hemp was started by people who wanted to help everyone achieve a better quality of life by producing the best CBD products possible, with no fillers and no nasties.
To find out more about our commitment to pure and natural Jersey-grown quality, and our highly-controlled and accurate extraction techniques for our CBD, just follow this link.
And why not try our Jersey Hemp CBD oil for yourself?
From full spectrum CBD to CBD isolate, we want you to enjoy the best quality CBD oils for you.
Our CBD oils are produced here in Jersey using organic methods that benefit the land as well as the people who enjoy our products.