In the world of cannabinoid tinctures and hemp oils, the concepts of “full spectrum” and “isolates” are commonly used to identify and differentiate the characteristics of each product. Although hemp extracts have been used for centuries by many civilizations from all around the world, the necessary scientific research to understand the individual components of the plant began relatively recently.
While some customers prefer to consume only CBD isolates, most are looking for the maximum efficiency and the “entourage effect” that happens when all the cannabinoids and terpenes present in the hemp plant work together to potentiate each other’s effects.
CBD Isolates: Pure Cannabidiol
For people who do not want to consume any other cannabinoids or terpenes, CBD isolates are the best option. Customers who must undergo drug tests and are worried of having even the smallest concentrations of THC in their blood are commonly advised to opt for cannabidiol isolates as they are the only hemp-derived substances that can be extracted without leaving even minimal traces of tetrahydrocannabidiol.
Another common reason for CBD consumers to choose isolates instead of broad spectrum or full spectrum hemp oil is an allergy to one of the natural components of the plant. Pure cannabidiol does not cause any secondary effects and is safe for customers who might have undesired reactions to cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabidiol or any other non-CBD substance.
Finally, cannabidiol isolates are completely tasteless and odorless. Full spectrum CBD tinctures generally have a strong and earthy taste which is not liked by many users. While some carrier oils can improve their taste, some customers simply prefer to go for a completely tasteless alternative.
Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD: All the Natural Benefits of Hemp
Customers who want to enjoy the entire range of beneficial properties associated with hemp and can tolerate minimal concentrations of THC (always below the legal limit applicable in their particular area) are recommended to buy CBD oil labeled as broad-spectrum or full-spectrum.
The main argument in favor of full spectrum hemp oil is that of the entourage effect, which is currently being studied by scientists from all around the world and appears to happen when many cannabinoids present in the hemp plant work together and make each other’s effects stronger.
Although the entourage effect is also believed to reduce the psychoactive effects of a CBD extract, it is nearly impossible to extract full-spectrum tinctures without leaving at least minimal traces of tetrahydrocannabidiol present. In the United States, the legal limit for THC concentrations is 0.3%, while countries such as Switzerland are less strict and have a 1% threshold in place.
Full spectrum CBD tinctures are certainly more effective when it comes to both pain relief and conditions related to stress and anxiety. Whether you are a beginner or a regular cannabidiol consumer, it is recommended to try the full range of benefits of hemp unless there is a particular reason for which you cannot take anything apart from cannabidiol.