CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD: Which is right for you?

You may have heard that there are two different types of CBD products, “CBD isolate” and “full-spectrum CBD.”

But that sounds pretty technical. What does full-spectrum CBD mean, in plain and simple language? How is it different from CBD isolate? And–most importantly–why should you care?

In this article, we explain the fundamentals behind both types and what it means for you.

Isolates 101

An isolate is a scientific term for a compound (like CBD) that has been completely isolated (hence the name) from any other compounds that are typically found in the same source.

For example, imagine that you’ve discovered that poison ivy contains a compound that can cure blindness. But the problem is…you can’t just extract the juices from the poison ivy plant and start using the extract as a cure. The compound in poison ivy that makes people break out in a rash will be present in your extract as well. (Yikes, that would have a pretty nasty side effect.)

So, you have to isolate the blindness-curing compound. That way, you’re left with its pure form–with no rash-causing compounds (or anything else for that matter) present in your extract.

That pure form of your compound is called an isolate.

Full-spectrum compounds 101

Long story short, full-spectrum compounds (like full-spectrum CBD) are the opposite of isolates.

Full-spectrum compounds aren’t “pure,” in the sense that they include traces of more than just one compound. You might have a full-spectrum compound that is mostly one compound, but other substances have tagged along in your extraction and are present in some quantity.

Full-spectrum compounds usually aren’t unsafe–you should just be aware that they probably contain small amounts of other stuff.

What this means for CBD

If you’ve been following so far, you can probably already guess what the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD is. But we’ll break it down for you anyway.

CBD isolate is pure CBD. Everything else has been totally removed, including essential oils from the Cannabis plant or any trace amounts of THC.

Okay, so what does full-spectrum CBD mean? It means that the CBD product likely contains some of the other stuff found in the Cannabis plant. This can include the benign elements like essential oils…but it can also potentially include the psychoactive compound, THC.

Soul CBD is always CBD isolate

We’ve found that CBD isolate is ideal for most of our customers. With CBD isolate, you can add it to your food or drink without changing the taste and you can be confident that you’re purchasing 100% CBD.

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