The Battle For the Ultimate CBD Experience
CBD has grown in popularity as many people begin realizing the vast health benefits associated with cannabidiol (CBD). Now that cannabis is legal, the question that many have is which is better: full spectrum CBD that includes THC or hemp-based CBD isolates that doesn’t contain THC? Join us as we take a look at both options, and seek answers to help you choose the best of these beneficial products.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They even contain terpenes, which are compounds that are responsible for the taste and smell of each strain. The cannabinoid that’s most recognizable, THC, is also included in a full spectrum CBD oil.
Some argue that a combination of CBD and THC are necessary for users to receive the full benefits of the healing properties found in CBD. This is known as the “entourage effect,” and it claims that the entire spectrum of cannabinoids found in cannabis work synergistically together to alleviate symptoms.
The main issue with the entourage effect is that it has yet to be proven. There are over 80 individual cannabinoids that are found in cannabis, and it’s too difficult to individually prove that each of these compounds is synergistically working on a specific ailment, such as PTSD or arthritis.
If you’re looking for the healing benefits of CBD, then full spectrum CBD oils will more than likely expose you to noticeable amounts of THC. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effect that will give you the “high” feeling. Although cannabis is legal, there may be job requirements that don’t allow marijuana to be in your system. These are a few of the reasons why a full spectrum CBD oil might not work for you.
If you’re comfortable with the “high” feeling that full spectrum CBD oils offer, then this is an excellent option to experiment with.
Hemp-Derived Isolate Oil
On the other hand, we have hemp-based CBD isolate. Hemp is a subspecies of Cannabis sativa but has little to no amount of THC. Hemp has been grown industrially for many years, and recently, hemp breeders have stabilized certain varieties to contain high amounts of CBD.
The process to make an isolate oil is more in-depth than that of full spectrum CBD oil. This process requires producers to strip the plant entirely using a solvent, such as carbon dioxide (similar to full spectrum-based oils), and then by cleaning this concentrate further with added extraction methods. These additional extraction methods strip the final oil of any terpenes, lipids, and cannabinoids. The only cannabinoid that is left is CBD.
Although some critics claim that CBD will only work in conjunction with THC, this claim has yet to be proven. Medical marijuana patients and recreational patients alike around the world have already been using isolated CBD oil with positive effects.
Hemp-based CBD isolate guarantees that there is no noticeable amount of THC. Many CBD advocates have never tried cannabis with THC, and don’t intend to. This is why CBD isolates derived from hemp are an excellent alternative that still contains the beneficial properties of CBD.
In the end, both of these products contain high amounts of CBD. The determining factor is you. Are you comfortable with the psychoactive effects of THC? If so, then a full spectrum CBD oil will be adequate for your needs. You don’t wish to feel the effects of THC? Then you’re best option is to use a hemp-based CBD isolate that will keep you sober. Overall, both of these products offer medical and recreational users a new and exciting way to relieve and potentially cure a wide variety of ailments.