It is natural to be confused about which CBD to take- CBD gummies with isolate CBD or full-spectrum CBD oil? To choose the right spectrum of CBD, you have to know more about it. This article contains everything you should know about the two and will guide you select the right one.
Firstly, what is CBD?
We all know that CBD comes from hemp which belongs to the cannabis family- which is illegal in many states in the US. How is CBD legal then? Unlike other cannabis plants, hemp does not contain THC in high amounts because of which it is legal. Moreover, CBD does not get you “stoned” because of which it can be used safely without any worry.
Full Spectrum CBD Or Isolate CBD
There are three spectrums of CBD- full-spectrum, isolate, and broad-spectrum. But, the third spectrum is not abundantly manufactured or used by people because of which we will not be discussing about it in this article.
Full-spectrum CBD (or full-spectrum hemp) is the least refined form of CBD after whole hemp extract. Manufacturers obtain full-spectrum CBD by processing it to remove unwanted compounds and later decarboxylating it. After the processing, the CBD mixture will contain- terpenes, essential fats, vitamins, minerals and other cannabinoids including THC. Due to the presence of THC (lesser than 0.3 per cent), many hesitate to use full-spectrum hemp. It is, in simpler words, legal CBD with THC.
Isolate CBD is not same as full-spectrum CBD. It contains 99 percent pure CBD and other plant components. Due to its purity, it is highly recommended to people who have to take CBD in high doses. Being tasteless and odourless, it is added to several recipes as it will not deter the natural taste of the food or drink while making it healthier. Since it undergoes more processing than full spectrum CBD, it is usually costlier.
However, isolate CBD lags behind full-spectrum in one aspect- efficiency. Due to the presence of other compounds in the later, it shows the entourage effect- which is a phenomenon where the effect of CBD is enhanced by these compounds. Since isolate CBD does not show this effect, it falls second to full-spectrum when it comes to effectiveness.
When Should You Use Them?
Full-spectrum CBD should be used by people who want it for a specific use. You can also use it if THC is legal in your state. Isolate can be taken when you are sensitive to other compounds and THC. Also, it would be best to use isolate to add to food or drinks.