While I was on my CBD Journey, I quickly became familiar with CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum. What is the difference between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum I asked? And very simply put, CBD Isolate has NO THC, and CBD Full Spectrum has .3% NON-PSYCHOACTIVE THC. That is the simple explanation, but if you keep digging as I did, you will find that these unusual plants are complex, and there is so much more to learn. To be well educated on what I was putting in my body as well as what I was recommending for my friends and loved ones was essential to me. Initially, this is why I started my journey in the first place, after all.
The CBD is isolated from the hemp extract. This option allows you to reap the benefits of the CBD without the non-psychoactive THC. CBD Isolate has .0% THC. The USDA Certified Organic CBD is mixed with organic MCT oil. Green Compass CBD Isolate tinctures come in 2 strengths, 500 mg, and 750 mg.
What is the difference? Very simply put, CBD Isolate has NO THC, and CBD Full Spectrum has .3% NON-PSYCHOACTIVE THC.
What is CBD Full Spectrum?
CBD Full Spectrum has .3% non-psychoactive THC and uses the whole flower with a full array of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and phytocannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBDV, THC, and others.
How do I know if I should take CBD Isolate or CBD Full Spectrum?
When ingesting CBD Full Spectrum, there is no guarantee that a drug test will come back clean with no traces of THC even though .3% is the federally allowable amount of THC. Have you heard about eating poppy seed muffins and testing positive for Opium? Even though you were not using Opium, you test positive for Opium due to the poppy seeds. It is always best to consult with your employer and doctor if you have concerns about policies and procedures regarding drug testing. If you have any doubts, play it safe and stick with the Isolate. If you do not have any concerns regarding drug testing and THC, the recommendation is to go with the full spectrum and enjoy all of the extra benefits of the entire flower!
The Whole Flower “Entourage Effect”
As stated above, the “Entourage Effect” occurs when ingesting CBD Full Spectrum. The Entourage to CBD are phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. The molecules work together to provide better metabolism of the CBD, allowing your body to process the CBD at a slower speed. Therefore, the benefits can last longer, leading an individual to take less. Another advantage of the “Entourage Effect” is the ability for your body to absorb the CBD product. CBD alone may not absorb as well or travel as far through the body without its entourage, your body’s bioavailability.
What are Phytocannabinoids
When the bloodstream absorbs phytocannabinoids, they interact with your body’s receptors, and this, in return produces therapeutic effects. Phytocannabinoids are produced in the plant’s trichomes covering the surface of the plant. Trichomes are responsible for providing all the plant’s desired compounds. Cannabinoids can be broken down into Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids. Plants produce Phytocannabinoids, and mammals produce endocannabinoids.
A Deep Dive Into Phytocannabinoids
CBC – Cannabichromene is considered one of the big six of the Cannabinoids in terms of importance in medical research. CBC is originally CBGA (the mother of all Cannabinoids). CBGA concerts to CBCA, which in return becomes CBC after exposure to heat or ultraviolet light. CBC is associated with better stress levels and less anxiety.
CBDV – Cannabidivarin is associated with being an anti-convulsant and affects the hippocampus.
CBG – Cannabigerol is a decarboxylated form of CBGA. CBG weakly binds the CB1 and CB2 receptors. It has been known to act on very physiological systems and has been associated with less inflammation and a happier mood.
CBN – Cannabinol is produced from THC, mostly found in aged cannabis due to exposure to the air. The oxidation of THC converts to CBN. CBN is associated with better rest and sleep.
What are Terpenes
Terpenes are in a category of their own as they are not considered Cannabinoids. Terpenes are associated with the aroma of many different types of plants, including hemp. There are up to 200 different Terpenes in the hemp plant. Terpenes are associated with enhancing, relaxing, and healing effects. Terpenes help speed up the absorption of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
I hope you enjoyed the read and learned a thing or two about the chemical make-up of the hemp plant. After you have educated yourself on what to look for when you are purchasing CBD, you will need to assess which type of CBD is best to incorporate into your health and wellness routine, CBD Isolate, or CBD Full Spectrum.
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