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CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD

To the basics: What is CBD?
What is CBD Isolate and how it’s made?
CBD Isolate VS Full Spectrum CBD
How to use CBD Isolate?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very popular alternative to treat, cure or prevent conditions like epilepsy, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, etc. Due to its non-psychoactive properties, the number of users is rapidly increasing. An increasing number of users also brings a lot of doubts about which product to choose. In this article, you’ll find out all about CBD Isolate. In addition, there is also a comparison between CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD products.

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To the basics: What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is only one of at least 140 phytocannabinoids that were found in cannabis plants until today. In larger doses, CBD can even counteract THC’s psychoactive properties, but it is mostly recognised for its beneficial effects and healing properties.

What is CBD Isolate and how it’s made?

CBD Isolate is the purest form of naturally occurring CBD, containing it up to 99,9%. This pure Isolate is often referred to as CBD Crystals because it comes in the solid, diamond-like form. Those diamonds or CBD Crystals are then carefully crushed and ground into fine powder for easier consumption.

Like other CBD products (CBD Oil, CBD Extracts, CBD Vape oil, etc.), CBD crystal Isolate is made from carefully filtered hemp plant extract that is obtained with supercritical CO2 extraction method, just as above-mentioned products. This allows us to produce the cleanest and purest product available on the market.

Even though, that this extraction process is believed to be the highest quality extraction method, it is always possible for CBD Isolate to contain trace amounts of other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.

CBD Isolate VS Full Spectrum CBD

There are two main forms of CBD on the market – Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. When referring to CBD as full spectrum, people usually have CBD Oil in their minds, which contains other cannabinoids besides CBD. Because THC content cannot exceed 0,2% in most countries, we can mostly find Full Spectrum CBD Oils with low THC and high CBD content, including flavonoids, terpenes and other cannabinoids like CBN, CBDV, THCV, CBG, CBC, THCA, CBDA. Although their content is significantly lower than CBD, they play a crucial role in achieving the entourage effect (cannabinoids “working” in synergy). Because THC content is so low, there is almost no possibility that you would feel any psychotropic effects that THC is famous for.

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Full spectrum vs CBD isolate

CBD Isolate, on the other hand, shouldn’t contain any other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes (although terpenes are sometimes added to CBD Isolates). We can say that CBD Crystals are just purified CBD that has been extracted from industrial hemp and isolated from other cannabinoids. The main reason that people tend to choose CBD Isolate over Full Spectrum CBD Oil is mainly because CBD doesn’t cause the infamous high and has numerous benefits for our well-being and scientifically proven possibilities to treat or prevent different problems and diseases.

How to use CBD Isolate?

CBD Isolate comes in crystal or powder form. This brings up questions like: Can I eat CBD Isolate? Should I put it into water or coffee? Can I also vape it? How much CBD Isolate should I take? Here are all the answers about CBD Isolate that you need to know.

The most efficient method of CBD administration is vaping. There are numerous CBD vape juices (or CBD e-liquids if you’d rather call them like that) on the market. Most of them contain only CBD Isolate diluted into PG/VG base. This kind of vape juices can also be made at home, all that you need is the PG/VG base with appropriate ratio and CBD Isolate.

First, put PG/VG base into container (usually a dropper bottle) and put the desired amount of CBD Crystals in it. Close the bottle, shake well and wait some time for Crystals to dilute. If necessary, shake again. Usually, users add some terpenes for flavouring, but as we said before, there are also CBD Isolates on the market that already have terpenes added. Some users recommend not to prepare more than 5% CBD e-liquid because it isn’t pleasant inhaling it.

CBD like other cannabinoids binds to fat. This property doesn’t make CBD Isolate appropriate for mixing in water or other non-fat drinks. You can still put it into the water, but it won’t dilute and when you’ll drink it, some crystals might stay in the glass/cup. If you intend to drink CBD Isolate, it is recommended that you put them into drinks with added milk, butter or other fats.

CBD Isolate can also be eaten by its own or mixed into different foods. When eating CBD Isolate it is recommended to put it under the tongue (sublingual use) for the most efficient absorption.

If you intend to use CBD for specific problems or illnesses, it is best if you consult with your personal doctor. You can also find some studies and researches published on the internet, where you can find exact doses used for the treatment of different conditions.

Otherwise, it is always recommended to start with small doses, that you gradually increase every few days or every week, until you find your optimal dose. This is important because every person is unique and have differently developed Endocannabinoid systems.

Although that almost every study, research and clinical trial confirmed that full spectrum CBD products offer a wider range of benefits, people still tend to choose CBD Isolate over full spectrum. Some people still believe that THC has no medicinal value and that it produces only psychoactive effects, thus avoiding it. CBD Isolate can offer us one thing that full spectrum can’t – THC free product. Many people still have doubts over THC but in such low quantity, it is almost impossible to produce the “high”. Others prefer to play it safe because if even traces of THC are found in CBD products, there is always a risk to fail the drug test.

Highly sensitive people might get anxious or paranoid if they consume even the tiniest amount of THC. Even though most people prefer full spectrum for treatment of those two conditions, more and more people are starting to use CBD isolate for anxiety and paranoia.

If you live in a country where THC is completely illegal or you have a job that requires drug tests, CBD crystal isolate could be a perfect fit for you. Otherwise, it is up to you to decide if you’d rather buy CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum products, but keep in mind, that full spectrum products are much more efficient.

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31 thoughts on “CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD

  1. Btown CBD says:

    This is a very informative article about CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD. Thanks for sharing !!

  2. Ben says:

    I’ve used potent THC products for 10 years and started noticing myself have anxiety almost out of nowhere. So now I’ve stopped using THC and I’m interested in starting to use CBD for my anxiety and depression. Will the other phytocannabanoids in the full spectrum cause any anxiety? Basically I’m torn between choosing CBD isolate or full spectrum. Which will work better for my anxiety and depression without causing that same anxiety I started feeling from THC?

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Ben.
      Such a low amount of THC (under 0,2%) shouldn’t cause anxiety at all. I believe that some (super sensitive) people might feel a bit anxious when using high amounts of full spectrum, but as you mentioned using potent THC products, this shouldn’t be a problem. We also didn’t have any reports of our full spectrum products causing anxiety, only reports of easing it. Also, full spectrum products work better than CBD isolate in most cases, as the cannabinoids, terpenes,…, work best in synergy.

  3. Ryan Michael says:

    Hey, is there a way to put Vegetable Glycerin to CBD isolate to use oral as drops. I have tried putting the two together but the isolate doesnt disolve. If I double boiled this would the isolate completely disolve into the VG?

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Ryan.
      Usually, the mix contains PG and VG mixture for easier dissolving (but this is for vaping, not oral use). We would recommend using a carrier oil (hemp seed, MCT, olive,…) for CBD isolate rather than VG. The best way to mix/dissolve the CBD isolate is putting the bottle with oil and CBD isolate into warm/hot (not boiling) water and mix for a while (it can take some time). If it doesn’t completely dissolve (which might happen), shake the bottle a few times putting it in and out of the water.

  4. Joanne says:

    I need something to treat chronic back pain, severe anxiety and depression. What would you recommend?

    • Hempika says:

      We would recommend a product with a higher percentage of CBD (full spectrum of course – as it is in almost all cases much more effective). Because it can take to up to 5 weeks for the endocannabnoid system to balance itself and that it starts “working” as it should, we recommend starting with a lower dose (2-3 times a day) that you gradually increase every week or so, until you find the optimal dose that works best for you. It isn’t recommended to start with a high dose, because in some cases higher dose might not be as efficient as lower one.
      Although some people are extremely sensitive to THC, such low concentration (less than 0,2%) shouldn’t pose any risks or negative effects.
      For the back pain you might also consider using CBD balm in combination with CBD drops or CBD paste.

    • Mari says:

      I hear you. I’m looking for the same thing. Anxiety and depression brought on by extreme back pain. I was thinking of the highest mg of isolate available. I tried gummies at 25mg and I was taking 5 a night…125 mg. I did this for 2 weeks and got no results at all.

      • Hempika says:

        Hi Mari,
        CBD gummies are lots of times mislabeled and are among the least effective CBD products on the market.
        We highly recommend you that you try a quality full spectrum products as they are usually the most effective.
        As we already wrote before, sometimes you have to be persistent before endocannabinoid system balances itself.
        All the best 🙂

  5. Connie Creel says:

    Do you have an Isolate CBD oil? I was using HempWorx 750 THC free, as it is illegal here in Alabama, and they recently changed it to broad spectrum and it’s not working for me. I have a disease of spinal cord, Syringomyelia, and it helped wonderfully with the burning pain. I have to find another company soon. The one I was taking had two ingredients plus a natural peppermint flavor, pressed hempseed oil and hemp derived Crystalline CBD. I appreciate any help!

    • Hempika says:

      We don’t have Isolate CBD oil in our offer yet, but we are planning to have it soon. At the moment, we only sell CBD Isolate powder/crystals in our store or CBD Isolate oil on wholesale basis.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Chrystal,
      it definitely is effective, but not as effective as full spectrum extract, which also has other cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds found in hemp. That is also why we use full spectrum extracts in all of our products instead of CBD Isolate.
      Best, Hempika

  6. Maureen Tate says:

    Thank you for this. This is about the clearest info I have seen on this subject. I am a Canadian home based business person selling health products for pets.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Maureen,
      thank you for kind words, we’re glad that you like it. We try to publish only quality content with useful information.
      All the best,
      Hempika

  7. Stef says:

    I read here cbd is proven to work for different ilnesses. Well my country post in media that its only proven that thc works like medicine. And that theres no scientific proof of cbd. What is true? Give me proof

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Stef,
      I recommend that you visit projectcbd.org where you can find a lot of information about CBD, including links to numerous studies.
      Best,
      Hempika

  8. Carl says:

    This article seems to contradict itself. I thought that Isolate was likely to have low levels of THC in it and Full Spectrum contains little to no THC, is that correct?

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Carl,
      I’m afraid that you are mistaken. CBD Isolate (as the name says), it is only CBD – it is isolated away from other cannabinoids and other active ingredients found in hemp/cannabis (for example, just like they put convicts in isolation to be alone).
      Full spectrum is also just as the name says – the whole spectre of cannabinoids and other active ingredients found in hemp/cannabis – just like the rainbow has a spectrum of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet – not the whole (full) spectrum of colours, but broad spectrum of colours (just like CBD products that have THC removed from them).
      Hope that it is easy to understand.

  9. rob says:

    I am thinking of buying cbd isolate, I have chronic back pain but am subjected to drug tests at work, so I cannot take the chance of using full spectrum cbd

    I don’t want to vape, and I know from a friend the amount of powder is tiny for a gram, and I am currently taking gummies at rate of only 15 mg (?) per day.

    How should I get a consistent dose from using the cbd isolate? I had originally thought add to a measured amount of water and take a certain amount of the mixture per day, but i saw from your article it doesn’t dissolve in water! Ideally, I would like to sort of make up a batch of something, and add a measured amount each morning to my cup of coffee 🙂

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Rob,
      you can buy CBD isolate and make your own CBD isolate oil. CBD needs some fats to bind to…so choose the oil that you wish, put CBD isolate in it, shake very well, and wait for a while (shake every now and then)…this is probably the best way to dose CBD isolate, as otherwise you would need a very precise scale. Shame that you can’t use full spectrum, as it works much better in most of the cases. Also, try to increase your dose every week or so, until you find an optimal dose for you…and take it at least 2x daily.
      All the best 🙂

  10. Ben Lee says:

    This sentence doesn’t make any sense at all:

    “The main reason that people tend to choose CBD Isolate over Full Spectrum CBD Oil is mainly because CBD doesn’t cause the infamous high and has numerous benefits for our well-being and scientifically proven possibilities to treat or prevent different problems and diseases.”

    Full-spectrum oil doesn’t get you high and is far more effective than isolate.

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Ben,

      thank you for “warning”. We will update the article accordingly. Full spectrum truly is more effective (that’s why we focus on full spectrum products) and if the THC is below legal limit it doesn’t get you high. If a full spectrum product is made from cannabis (like RSO) it will get you high (where this kind of products are legal).

    • Hempika says:

      Hi there. I believe that there were some researches made on this subject. One of them was made about the effect of full spectrum and CBD isolate (although synthetic) in epilepsy treatment. Full spectrum proved to be more effective.
      Although CBD isolate by itself has lots of benefits, the entourage effect of various cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial compounds found in hemp/cannabis gives us a wider range of benefits. Here is the link to the article (although it is in Slovenian): https://www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/pri-vecini-otrok-je-konoplja-pozdravila-ali-ublazila-epilepsijo.html
      It is hard to find comparisons between CBD isolate and full spectrum products, as researchers mainly focus on how CBD works. Full spectrum products also vary in cannabinoid content, so you can’t be sure that if one products help you with a particular problem, that other product will do the same.

  11. Richard Brunson says:

    What a great job you have done! I love this article, it’s of very high quality and I’m totally impressed by your content.

  12. Jeffrey Gibson says:

    Hello,
    As I get older I am becoming more forgetful. I heard CBD oil is good for staying focused and with memory. If that’s true is the THC free oil my best option?

    • Hempika says:

      Hi Jeffrey,
      yes, CBD oil can help you stay focused and it can also help with memory by reducing inflammation, reducing oxygen buildup and works as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant – symptoms which are all linked with memory loss.
      It depends from person to person which is the best option – full spectrum products are usually much more effective because there is a wide spectrum of cannabinoids which all work in synergy, providing us much more benefits than only isolated CBD. If you aren’t extremely sensitive to THC, I would recommend trying full spectrum products (because THC levels are lower than 0,2%, so it is almost impossible to feel the “high” and it won’t cause effects like short term memory loss, like high THC products can).
      A bit of personal experience about staying focused – I quit drinking coffee in the morning with the help of CBD drops because they give me enough energy and focus to start the day.

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