What's the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD?

Full Spectrum CBD versus Isolate CBD

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Full-spectrum CBD, demystified

The brave new world of cannabis products can be confusing for the uninitiated. In a landscape full of gas-station gummies and Delta-8 vapes at every head shop, it's hard to know which products are right for you. But if you're interested in cannabis and its healthy derivative, CBD, then you've come to the right place. 

Full disclosure: Wildwood Herbal is a producer of cannabis-derived, all natural, organic, full-spectrum CBD. If you're interested in the medicinal benefits of organic full-spectrum CBD, keep reading. And of course, feel free to visit our online store and try one of our all natural CBD products. 

What is CBD? 

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical extract derived from the cannabis sativa hemp plant. However, the molecules in CBD are not responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Rather, CBD molecules are responsible for the medicinal properties of the plant. Users of CBD are known to sing its praises, and many users consider CBD to be a kind of wonder remedy that helps with everything from anxiety, to insomnia, pain, arthritis, PTSD, and even addiction to harder substances like heroin and fentanyl. And these are not just wild claims from your hippie uncle. There are hundreds if not thousands of studies that prove the medicinal properties of CBD

There are two basic types of cannabidiol: CBD isolate, and full-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is an extracted, distilled, concentrated form of CBD, and generally is considered more "processed" than its more well-rounded cousin, full-spectrum CBD.

Why is it called full-spectrum CBD? 

CBD isolate is the purified form of cannabidiol, and generally contains CBD and CBD only. However, there's a mountain of evidence that the medical benefits of cannabis don't come just from CBD, but also from other parts of the cannabis sativa hemp plant. So, while full-spectrum CBD does contain the same CBD as what's in the isolate, it also contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds like CBC, CBN, CBG, CBDA, and THCV. The conventional wisdom is that, for a fuller, more well-rounded, healthier experience with less chemical involvement, full spectrum CBD is the way to go. 

What is full spectrum CBD used for? 

People use CBD for a variety of health reasons, such as pain, sleeplessness, and anxiety. Many users of full-spectrum CBD report other benefits as well, especially when it comes to chronic conditions like cancer, depression, and fibromyalgia. A 2018 scientific study found that some CBD compounds may have neuroprotective effects, helping some users delay or avoid neurological conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's. But the reported medicinal effects don't end there, and many users report that full-spectrum CBD also helps them with:

  • chronic pain
  • mental disorders 
  • PTSD - post-traumatic stress disorder
  • seizures
  • muscle spasms
  • antioxidants
  • inflamed joints and muscles
  • arthritis
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite and more


Does Full-spectrum CBD Contain THC?

It's true, full-spectrum CBD products contain some THC, but in low quantities, at 0.3% or less THC (remaining within the legal parameters). To maintain awareness of the product you choose, we suggest always checking out the product's certificate of analysis. If the product in question doesn't have an official laboratory analysis and certificate, you might want to move on and find one that does. Without a lab sheet, there's no telling how much or how little cannabinoid compounds you're getting.  

We hope this article helped you learn more about full-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, and the differences, features, and benefits of each one. For more information about Wildwood Herbal's line of organic, farm-raised, full-spectrum CBD products, visit our homepage or our online store. 



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