CBD Isolate vs. CBD Full Spectrum

We are starting to become aware of the benefits of using CBD to help support health and wellness and one of the choices we often face is whether to opt for CBD isolate or full spectrum.

With numerous products on the market, it can be a challenge to know which one is the best for you. Here, we discuss the difference between CBD isolate vs full spectrum and how to select the right type of CBD for your needs. Read more on CBD Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum. Read more on Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)

CBD – What you need to know

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. The group of cannabis compounds that CBD is part of are known as cannabinoids. Recently, researchers have discovered that CBD provides support for general wellness without producing any intoxicating effects.

Due to offering many of the beneficial properties of cannabis without the ‘high’, CBD is being widely used by ever-increasing numbers of people for a variety of reasons.

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol. It comes in a number of forms; crystals, powder, wax, and crumble, amongst others. Isolate is becoming more popular with CBD users as it offers a fast-acting and convenient form of taking CBD.

CBD isolate is extracted from the cannabis plant, usually industrial cannabis- which is simply cannabis with low levels of THC, the cannabinoid that gets you ‘high’. Along with containing very little THC, cannabis often produces CBD in high amounts.

Extraction can be done via a number of different processes. Typically, these include techniques use carbon dioxide or a solvent blasted over plant material to ‘pull away’ the cannabinoids, fatty acids, and other plant material found naturally in hemp plants.

The resulting substance is then purified using a proprietary process to filter plant material and remove chlorophyll and other unwanted elements. Up to 99% of CBD isolate is the product that remains.

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Users of CBD can choose between CBD isolate or full spectrum CBD. Full spectrum CBD contains a full profile of cannabinoids and other compounds present in the cannabis plant. This includes CBD and other cannabinoids, essential oils such as terpenes, and many other compounds.

As the extraction is not filtered, small amounts of THC (the chemical that causes a ‘high’) may remain. However, the cannabis must have less than 0.3% THC to be legally grown, so the THC content will still be minimal.

Due to the interaction and synergistic effect of a complete profile of cannabinoids and other plant compounds, full spectrum CBD can prove to be more effective than CBD isolate. This is known as the ‘entourage effect’.

CBD Isolate VS Full Spectrum

Now that you know more information between the type types of available CBD, you can make an informed decision on which is best for you. You can start by weighing up the pros and cons of each CBD type and also through a little trial and error. 

Firstly, CBD isolate is classed as the purest form of CBD, containing around 90% cannabidiol and above in some products. There’s very little risk of any adverse effects from isolate, it’s odorless and tasteless. This could be a great option for you if you’re experimenting with different CBD recipes without changing the flavor of the dish. The big drawback of CBD isolate is that it doesn’t contain any additional compounds that work together with the CBD to give you a wellness boost. 

Full spectrum CBD is closer to the original contents of the hemp plant, that means you’re getting all of the good stuff before any compounds have been taken away. Since full spectrum CBD goes through less processing, you’re getting CBD oil that’s more natural and authentic. 

Secondly, full spectrum CBD oil contains other components like terpenes and flavonoids which not only work together with CBD but have their own positive effects. Terpenes aren’t exclusive to hemp, they’re found in many plants from basil to pine trees. In fact, there’s even a terpene called pinene which is found in orange and lemon peels, alongside pine nuts.

Terpenes found in cannabis plants give full spectrum CBD oil a distinct taste and aroma, like they do with all plants. That distinct smell that pine needles have comes directly from the terpenes inside it. 

Around 10% of the compounds found within hemp are flavonoids. Similarly to terpenes, flavonoids are found in foods and drinks that we consume every day. For example, quercetin is an every day flavonoid that’s not only found in hemp plants but also in green tea, red wine and berries. Flavonoids have their own unique properties that can help you with supporting your health and wellness. 

Even though the addition of terpenes and flavonoids may be great to support your health, some users may find the scent and taste to be unpleasant. That’s why some users prefer to purchase only CBD isolate products to avoid any unwanted smells or tastes.

One great benefit of taking full spectrum CBD is that you’re getting all of the natural ingredients inside the hemp plant. As the least processed form of the CBD, you’re able to take full advantage of the terpenes and flavonoids to for a richer CBD experience.


In conclusion, if you are deciding whether to choose CBD isolate or Full Spectrum CBD, then it’s best to consider your requirements, the preferred method of usage, and how much support you require.

Either way, CBD can provide you with an incredible amount of benefits for your overall health and well-being. Give our “products” a go today and judge for yourself.