CBD Isolate Vs. Full Spectrum CBD

full spectrum vs CBD isolate

Posted on May 8th, 2020

With each passing day, research is coming in from renowned scientists and reputable institutions across the world suggesting that cannabis extracts have many health benefits when used consistently, and in the right amounts. Compounds extracted from strains of cannabis plants, known as cannabidiol (CBD), are becoming more popular as a natural way of fostering better health and wellbeing. We are providing an optimal formula of extracts from the Cannabis Sativa L. (hemp varietals), and that’s what makes Tanasi different.

At Tanasi, we are committed to help health-conscious individuals and provide access to premium, high-quality, nutritional supplements with a view of promoting a healthier lifestyle. For this reason, we have decided to bring you an insightful and in-depth article discussing the two main forms of cannabidiol (CBD) extracts; CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD. 

CBD products can either be full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate. We are only focusing on Full Spectrum and isolate in today’s article. The difference in CBD products usually comes in the way of the compounds that are extracted from the cannabis plants and how they are eventually mixed (processed) before being sold to consumers. 

What Is CBD Isolate?

This is a compound that is derived from cannabis plants. It is the purest form of cannabidiol usually found in liquid form and processed down into a crystal or powder form. 

How Is CBD Isolate Manufactured?

To make this pure form of CBD, manufacturers usually first extract concentrated CBD from cannabis plants. The concentrated CBD is then usually left to purify for a period of time before the compounds needed to create CBD isolate are filtered out.

To get CBD isolate, the extract is then usually passed through a winterization process where any plant particles that may be remaining in the extract are first removed. Simply put, the winterization or ‘chilling’ process allows for the removal of all impurities or unwanted components remaining in CBD oil such as chlorophyll and flavors.

Once the chilling process is complete, manufacturers usually have cannabidiol that is 99% pure. This is what is known as CBD isolate. Think in terms of alcohol, where CBD isolate is like pure grain alcohol – a very pure isolate form. 

How Is CBD Isolate Consumed?Hemp seedlings in container

As stated earlier, this pure cannabidiol (CBD) can either be processed down to a powder or as crystals. It can be consumed in either state. 

How is CBD isolate consumed in powder form?

When in powder form, manufacturers of cannabinoid products usually add CBD isolate powder to gummies or creams which can be applied on the surface of the skin. People looking to experience the effects of CBD Isolate fast can also consume it directly in powder form. Isolate is so pure, that the body can only process so much anyway. 

How is CBD isolate consumed in crystal form?

CBD isolate crystals can be consumed as they are by being placed under the tongue. It can also be turned into a vaping liquid and used in vaping pipes. Most people who tend to favor crystals tend to favor them for vaping purposes.

CBD isolate is tasteless and odorless but it can also be added to beverages such as juice or tea depending on the personal preferences of the user.

What Are the Health Benefits of Consuming CBD Isolate?

Though there is still a lot of scientific research being done on the health benefits of CBD in general, data from users suggest that CBD is enjoyed by many. Testimonials from many users of cannabidiol (CBD) have further given credence to the various forms of CBD available today. 

On consumption, cannabidiols in their many forms tend to interact with the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for regulating certain physiological reactions that happen within the body such as control of mood and appetite as well as cognitive function. 

According to some research studies, CBD in the form of isolate has been shown to help in the symptom relief of:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Inflammation of tissues
  • Excess smoking

Additionally, there are studies that suggest that it can help stop the growth of cancerous cells in the body as well as have some antibiotic properties.

Other Benefits of CBD

Despite the many health benefits of CBD products, some people tend to avoid using them because they do not know why they need to, or of their fear that they will induce a high, and/or become dependent. With CBD, your body might respond positively and you just might like CBD and the variations (Isolate, Full Spectrum, and even Broad Spectrum which we will write on another day). 

CBD isolate does not contain THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis that causes users to become high. Full Spectrum CBD has the legal threshold of THC which is three-tenths of one percent (.03%). People looking to get the health and nutritional benefits associated with cannabidiol can consume CBD isolate without the fear of getting high, or THC entering their body which might compromise a drug screen, or drug test. 

It is also worth noting that CBD isolate comes in cheaper (in most cases) compared to other cannabinoid-based products. This is primarily because the biomass used for CBD Isolate isn’t as important as the biomass that is used for full spectrum CBD products. The lower cost can be attributed to the fact that it does not undergo a lot of processing before going into the market compared to other cannabinoid products for which the biomass is very important. Biomass meaning the plants used. 

What Is Full Spectrum CBD?

As the name suggests, full spectrum CBD usually contains hundreds of molecules in the form of cannabinoids and terpenoids and material extracted from the entire Cannabis Sativa L. (hemp varietals used by Tanasi) plants. This includes THC – The chemical that induces the hallucinogenic effect (in larger dosages greater than 0.03% in dry weight biomass (plants)).

Given the ‘full-spectrum’ nature of this form of cannabidiol (CBD), it is more popular among users and researchers. In fact, full spectrum CBD is more widely used for medicinal uses compared to CBD isolate. Full Spectrum CBD is mostly found as CBD oil.

Woman using CBD salveHow Is Full Spectrum CBD Consumed?

The full spectrum form of cannabidiol (CBD) can be infused into a carrier oil and applied topically to the skin, and consumed orally, or ingested with swallowing in capsule form. Keep in mind, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been attributed to organ regulation as it works with the immune system towards the common goal of homeostasis. The organs in the body work like a team, and the goal is to get the body to a state of feeling good. The skin (called the epidermis) is the largest organ, and why Tanasi customers love the Tanasi Salve and Tanasi Lotion so much, their epidermis enjoys full spectrum CBD.  

Some manufacturers of cannabinoid products also use full spectrum CBD oil to produce edibles such as gummies and other prepared foods. The Tanasi formula, that has CBDA in equal parts is not suited for heating, because CBDA when heated or cooked, converts to CBD. We try to keep our Tanasi Hemp Extract formula at the one-to-one ratio for optimal benefits. 

What Are the Health Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD?

To date, most of the research done on the health and medicinal effects of cannabidiol has focused on full spectrum CBD. According to data collected from research studies and users of this form of cannabidiol, some of the positive effects include people speaking positively about their experiences. However, the FDA will not allow us to tell you details about legitimate medical studies, because you might interpret these statements as claims. Just like a President of the United States suggested people inject disinfectants into their bodies, which is never a good idea by the way. We are all consumers who need the help of the FDA to tell us what is best for our bodies. 

This full spectrum version of cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to have some positive effects within the body and has been used by people who are sick individuals, and/or are not sick individuals, just healthy people looking to live life to the fullest who wish to live or seek products to help them live a more comfortable lifestyle as they live their best life possible. 

Users of this form of cannabidiol have also reported that they have an easier time with living life.

What Are Some Other Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum CBD contains hundreds of compounds from the Cannabis Sativa L. (hemp variety used in Tanasi products) which have different benefits on their own, and together. This means that users of this form of cannabidiol are more likely to get multiple benefits with consumption. Also, why many people will have different experiences — even when the same people take the exact same product and dosage. We all respond differently, and some don’t respond at all. That’s why some people love CBD products and why some don’t get it. When all cannabinoid compounds are working at once (at the same time) in the body, the user will recognize benefits. It’s like our Tanasi Ginseng, you don’t want to consume polysaccharides on their own, you want to consume them with ginsenosides, too. Our Tanasi Ginseng has 50% polysaccharides and why people choose our ginseng. We can discuss Ginseng another day, too. 

The full spectrum form of cannabidiol (CBD) can be found naturally in the Cannabis Sativa L. plants and extracted without any chemical additives. Because of full spectrum CBD’s popularity with users and researchers, products with full spectrum CBD can also be found in many stores as different brands. What’s more, in over 50 states across the United States, you do not need to have a license to acquire cannabinoid (CBD) products made from full spectrum CBD. All states must abide by their laws regulating hemp and cannabis (THC) products, and as long as cannabidiol (CBD) products contain three-tenths of one percent or less THC, they can be transported across state lines, and even exported as long as the country receiving has laws that allow such importation of CBD products.

woman holding CBD tinctureA Comparison of CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD

From the discussion above, you may have noticed that the main difference between these two forms of cannabidiol trickles down to the method of extraction and processing. Cannabidiol (CBD) isolate is extracted more rigorously so that it contains just one chemical compound that is 99% pure cannabidiol without any other additives. Everything was removed from the isolate leaving just the 99% CBD. Full spectrum CBD on the other hand contains hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenoids, and compounds. 

It’s like comparing pure grain alcohol (PGA) to a fine wine. Any great mind with a still can manufacture PGA, just like creating CBD isolate. It’s a mathematical equation, and the level of purity stands on its own, or can run your car if you make it just right. A fine wine takes time, and requires attention to the plants used (biomass) – even the soil where the grapes are grown makes a BIG deal with fine wine. This is very similar to full spectrum CBD. The plants are important, and how you extract is important. The same is true with what you mix it with, and how you bottle and store it. You take care of your full spectrum CBD when manufacturing. This is why full spectrum CBD is more expensive than CBD isolate. Your body might prefer full spectrum CBD, too. 

Another major difference in CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD is that CBD isolate does not contain THC where trace amounts can be found in full spectrum CBD. There is also THC free full spectrum where everything from the plant batch extraction remains, just the THC is removed. The THC can be removed during processing, and the THC can be removed from the biomass during genetic modification. 

Though there is still much research in progress, both forms of cannabidiol (CBD) isolate and CBD full spectrum has been proven to have many medicinal and health benefits that can improve the wellbeing and lifestyle of users.

In summary, if you are looking to gain the beneficial effects of nutritional hemp-based health products, it is best that you acquire your products from a manufacturer, supplier, or brand who can guarantee high levels of potency as well as purity in the manufacturing process. Ideally, look for CBD products from a reputable supplier who offers scientifically tested and validated products. Hemp companies have been fighting the “make it legal” fight for many years, and together. We all appreciate one another’s products, and processes. It is you the consumer who will find the product that you prefer. It’s all up to you to choose what works. We just hope that you give us a try while you experiment and discover what product you prefer. 

At Tanasi, we are committed to helping you live a healthier life by providing nutritional the highest quality hemp-extract supplements. From CBD pills and water solubles to CBD topicals and tinctures, we’ve got you covered! 

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