CBD Isolate vs Full spectrum: A Comparison

April 8, 2020


At first glance, cannabis seems like a pretty easy concept to grasp. You smoke it, you get high, and anxiety goes away. Right? 


Well, not so much. Once you start to learn more about cannabis, you learn that there is a lot of science involved in this wonderful plant. Knowing the different active ingredients and chemical compounds within cannabis can help you enhance your experience. Even if you don’t want to get high, there’s a lot to learn. CBD products come with a lot of labels that can be confusing at first glance. 


One of these labels is “full spectrum.” Many hemp or CBD products will list themselves as using “full spectrum CBD.” But what does that mean? Is the alternative a better choice? 


The answer is up for debate. There’s a reason that brands and products make a point to advertise themselves as “full spectrum.” Your other choice is CBD isolate, which may appear to be the better option, but isn’t always the best choice. 


Let’s break down what CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD are and how each of them benefit you and your symptoms. 

What Is CBD? 

Before we get into the different types of CBD, it’s important to understand what CBD is. CBD is one of the active ingredients in the cannabis plant. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids that exist within the plant. 


The type of cannabinoids in your cannabis may mean the difference between getting high and staying sober. THC is the intoxicating cannabinoid - it’s what makes you “stoned.” CBD is psychoactive but not intoxicating. You can smoke a CBD-only strain of weed and still drive afterward. 


Cannabinoids are just one type of chemical compound that give the plant its physical and healing properties. Alongside a strain’s cannabinoids you will likely hear about its terpenes.