Full Spectrum vs. Isolate

When it comes to CBD, there are so many different versions of it. Not many people are familiar with the full spectrum and isolate debate. As marijuana legalization is sweeping the United States, more information is coming out about the different routes you can take with them.

Cannabidiol generally consists of the same active ingredient unless you get full spectrum. Along with the multiple different Cannabidiol products, you can consume them in different ways. Some people smoke or vape it, others eat their CBD, while some people like to take it orally.

What is Full Spectrum?

Full spectrum, also known as whole plant CBD is Cannabidiol that has other cannabinoids or terpenes mixed in. This makes it so CBD is not the only active ingredient. There are over 100 cannabinoids and over 20 terpenes. Any of these can be possibly mixed in with your product to make it full spectrum. Check the Certificate of Analysis (COA) will tell you more about it.

THC is known to be the most popular cannabinoids. Other popular ones mixed with CBD are Cannabigerol (CBG) and Cannabinol (CBN).

Depending on the amount of THC in your full spectrum oil, you can find the ratio of your product. Specific CBD to THC ratios will make a difference in the effects you want to feel.


  • Contains Other Cannainboids or Terpenes
  • Fewer Processing Than Isolates
  • Entourage Effect

What’s the Entourage Effect?

In 1995, there were researchers that found out how the body interracted with different cannabinoids through the endocannabinoid system. They then came how to body interacts with multiple cannabinoids and how that benefits us.

The entourage effect is something associated with cannabis but specific for full spectrum Cannabidiol. This is an elevated effect where the cannabinoids all work together to give a better therapeutic value than just using it by itself.

For example, one of the most popular effects of two cannabinoids mixing together is how CBD works with THC. THC is known for its psychoactive effects. They can often be too strong for some people to deal with. CBD is known to to lessen the psychoactive “high” effect when coupled with THC. This is done because CBD blocks the CB receptor that THC uses, which means your body gets less of it.


For the entourage effect to occur and to reap the benefits, you can also have a mixture of different terpenes. For example, the terpene limonene has a citrus aroma that is known to stimulate weight loss and is used for treatment in some cancers. It can also help with energy


Another example is terpineol which is distinct because of its lilac-esque smell that’s often smelled in perfume. It has anti-fungal properties that’s used for anti-inflammation.

What are CBD Isolates?

Cannabidiol isolate is generally 99% pure CBD, depending on where it comes from. The name isolates comes from isolating the CBD and making it the only active ingredient. Isolates do not contain any cannabinoids or terpenes.

One of the biggest reasons people love using this is because you don’t get any other cannabinoids in it like THC. For people who get drug tested, full spectrum CBD can make you fail a drug test. Although it has minimal amounts of THC, consuming enough hemp can give a positive or a false positive on drug tests. This can ruin someones life if they’re not living in the right region, due to local laws.


  • Pure CBD
  • No Cannabinoids except Cannabidiol
  • No Terpenes
  • Won’t fail a drug test.

How to Use It

Isolates are a great way to take CBD. It is the most versatile way of ingesting it. You can use it in your tincture oil, you can vape it, dab it, smoke it, eat it and so much more.