What is the Difference Between Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and CBD Isolate?

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What is hemp extract?

Let’s start at the beginning. The cannabis plant is rich in cannabinoids—like CBD and THC—as well as terpenes and flavonoids. While these are just two of the most known phytocannabinoids found in hemp, there are many others worth considering like CBC, CBDa, CBDV, CBG and CBN. To-date, scientists have identified more than 100+ cannabinoids in cannabis and each is showing wholesome properties that may benefit the human body through its interactions with our endocannabinoid system. 

In order to ingest these beneficial cannabinoids and hemp compounds, they must be extracted from the hemp plant first to eliminate chlorophyll, lipids, waxes and other destabilizing hemp compounds. Through this critical extraction process, cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids become accessible for consumption in Hemp Extract Oil.

Depending on the degree and layers of extraction, the final CBD Hemp Oil can be a Full Spectrum of active phytocannabinoids, Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil Extract or CBD Isolate (also referred to as Pure CBD Oil). 

Before we take a closer look at Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Extract Oil and CBD Isolate, let’s understand how CBD works. 

How Does CBD Oil Work?

CBD works directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining and controlling the body’s homeostasis. The cannabinoids (including but not limited to CBD) in Hemp Extract Oil and Pure CBD Oil communicate with our endocannabinoid system. 

Did you know that our endocannabinoid system produces cannabinoids naturally? It is these cannabinoids that help maintain and regulate the body’s equanimity. When you ingest Hemp Extract or CBD Isolate, the cannabinoids further activate the body’s endocannabinoid system by binding to specialized receptors that are found throughout the body and regulate these functions: memory, learning, decision-making, emotional behavior, motor control, coordination, movement, body temperature and emotions. 

This bind activates an event in the cell and surrounding cells to aid in balancing sleep, mood, pain and inflammation for optimal function. Every time you consume Hemp Extract or Pure CBD, your endocannabinoid system is stimulated. 

So, what’s the difference between Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and CBD Isolate?

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil is composed of more than just Cannabidiol (CBD). In addition to CBD, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract includes cannabinoids CBDa, CBDV, CBG, CBC and less than 0.3% trace of THC. Additionally, it includes other beneficial hemp compounds like terpenes and flavonoids to support your well-being. 

Many people are drawn to a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Tincture because there are greater benefits from ingesting multiple parts of the hemp plant together versus consuming one compound at-a-time. The synergistic interactions of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids strengthen the therapeutic benefits associated with each compound to amplify their potency and overall impact on your health. This gives stock to the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and is known as the “entourage effect.” All the cannabinoids in hemp extract play a critical role in producing this entourage effect. However, let’s specifically take a closer look at the role THC plays since this particular cannabinoid has gotten a bad rap over the last few decades and is primarily known for getting users “high.”

As more research is being conducted on THC, we are gaining new knowledge about the myriad of medicinal benefits retained in this cannabinoid’s properties, including but not limited to pain relief, anti-nausea, sleep, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant. 

While, both the hemp plant and Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil can only contain 0.3% THC legally, this small amount has an impressive effect and amplifies the wholesome properties of the other cannabinoids (like CBD), terpenes and flavonoids present in the Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil. While many consumers prefer a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract for these reasons, it does not make CBD Isolate or Pure CBD Oil nonessential. 

What is CBD Isolate?

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CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD (Cannabidiol) and is often referred to as Pure CBD Oil. Unlike a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are stripped away to isolate just the cannabinoid CBD, resulting in a true and Pure CBD Oil. 

Veré Pure CBD Oil tests at a minimum of 99%+ CBD purity and is being recognized as one of the purest on the market. We credit our proprietary manufacturing process and unique hemp plant genetics for the potency and quality. 

A Pure CBD Oil is 100% THC-free and is very attractive to those whose profession requires THC drug testing. Additionally, microdosing Pure CBD Oil to give a boost to a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil routine is gaining great popularity. This allows you to personalize the level of Cannabidiol to meet the needs of your ever changing body daily.

Should I Use Full Spectrum Hemp Extract or CBD Isolate?

Now that we have provided more context behind the difference between Full Spectrum CBD Oil and Pure CBD Oil, let’s discuss which is the best option. In full transparency, it really comes down to personal preference. 

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil produces the benefits of the entourage effect. Each cannabinoid amplifies the therapeutic properties of one another for greater impact. Veré Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil contains no more than 0.3% THC, following federal guidelines. While this is a negligible amount and won’t get you high, it has a huge impact on intensifying the wholesome properties of the other cannabinoids and hemp compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. Additionally, Full Spectrum CBD Oil is processed less through extraction methods so it more closely resembles the makeup of the natural hemp plant; whereas CBD Isolate Oil requires additional extraction methods to remove all cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids to isolate the Cannabidiol (CBD) compound. 

Still, some may be wary about ingesting THC due to the bad stigma or their jobs may require frequent THC testing so a Pure CBD Oil or CBD Isolate Oil is the most desirable. With Full Spectrum CBD Oil, there is the potential (although unlikely) to test positive for THC so some people need the reassurance and gravitate more towards THC-Free, CBD Isolate Oil. It really boils down to preference. 

CBD Isolate (or Pure CBD) may be the best CBD Oil if you… 

  • are delicate to THC
  • require THC drug testing for your profession
  • live in Idaho where THC is still deemed illegal
  • are interested in mircodosing and better controlling  the levels of CBD in your hemp routine

Full Spectrum CBD (or Full Spectrum Hemp Extract) may be the best CBD Oil if you…

  • don’t have an aversion to THC
  • are interested in receiving the benefits from ingesting other cannabinoids in addition to CBD, along with the natural hemp compounds like terpenes and flavonoids

Whether you choose to use Pure CBD Oil or Full Spectrum CBD Oil, it is a personal decision to make. Do what is best for your lifestyle.

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