While CBD is all the rage right now, one thing we are doing daily is educating people on the differences between full spectrum CBD and isolate CBD.
There are a lot of people out there buying CBD oil and truthfully they have absolutely no idea what they are buying.
They go to a dispensary and see 1000mg for $100 and think that’s really expensive.
On the other hand they see 2500mg online for $45 and think it’s a good deal.
We get it as we were the same way. When we started in this industry, we had no idea what the differences in prices meant in relation to the quality of the product.
We just had a booth at an expo a few days ago and people would come to us and tell us about the CBD oil they were using.
The fact they were using CBD oil at all made us happy.
When we asked them if it was an isolate or not, we got the ‘deer in the headlights stare’. 😳
Truthfully it was a little uncomfortable. Not because they might have bought a bad product, but because there is a HUGE lack of education around CBD right now.
People just don’t know… but they need to. Luckily for you we’re here to help.
In a nutshell, full spectrum means you get the entire plant and all of it’s cannabinoids, while an isolate means you just get CBD only.
There are pros and cons to both, so let’s get more in depth as to why.
Full Spectrum CBD
As you just learned, full spectrum means you get the entire plant.
Most CBD oil out on the market today is derived from the hemp plant, which is part of the cannabis species.
Cannabis has 2 main plants… hemp and marijuana. Hemp is high in CBD and low in THC, while marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD.
THC is what gets you high, and CBD is what gives you all the health benefits you want.
A cannabinoid is a component of the cannabis plant. The hemp plant has over 100 identified cannabinoids, where CBD is the most abundant of them.
Most full spectrum CBD oils have trace amounts of THC in them, up to .3%.
This leads to the natural question wondering if you’ll get high taking CBD oil.
The reality is that you can’t get high from hemp-derived CBD as the trace amounts aren’t high enough to have any effect on you.
But since cannabis still has a stigma, people naturally assume taking anything cannabis will get them stoned, and possibly the munchies.
This is where an isolate may be appealing.
An isolate is 99% and higher of pure CBD.
During the extraction process, all the cannabinoids are removed leaving only CBD.
The pro of using an isolate is that it truly will not have any THC.
The major con of an isolate is that it doesn’t really work that well.
In theory it sounds great, but an isolate is kind of like having a beautiful race car with no engine in it.
It looks pretty, but it’s not doing anything. Here’s why…
The Entourage Effect
The main purpose of taking CBD oil is for overall general health.
CBD has been known to help with inflammation, anxiety, stress, digestion… and so many other things.
There have been numerous studies showing that a full spectrum CBD oil performs significantly better than an isolate when it comes to medicinal benefits.
When everything works together in unison and provides true, measurable results, it’s called the Entourage Effect.
Here’s some cool info to know.
When measuring the effectiveness of CBD oil, full spectrum increased proportionately in regards to the dosage amount.
What this means in plain English is if you were taking a 250mg and upped it to a 500mg, the effectiveness increased.
If you were taking an isolate, the effectiveness didn’t increase no matter what dosage you took.
And there’s plenty of anecdotal data to suggest an isolate barely works at all.
Yes… mind blown. 🤯
What If I Want Full Spectrum & Zero THC?
This is where you’ll be glad you kept reading.
You can get this. It’s achieved by using a different extraction method than what is typically out there today.
Most companies use a CO2 extraction method because it’s very scalable and cost effective.
The challenge with CO2 extraction is there will be trace amounts of THC left over.
Ethanol extraction is another option that is more labor intensive, thus more costly. However, it truly removes ALL THC and leaves the oil full spectrum.
We use ethanol for our extraction for this reason.
We target the Crossfit community, which is made up of badasses who are in military, law enforcement, fire departments, state agencies, and many other professional careers.
A lot of these workout warriors get tested regularly for drugs.
Unfortunately, we know people who have failed drug tests using other full spectrum CBD oils that had trace amounts of THC in it.
We couldn’t take that chance with our core customers.
That’s why we went the extra mile to find the right CBD oil that would get real results AND not make anyone fail a drug test.
And the testimonials coming in prove we made the right choice.
If you’d like to know more about our THC Free CBD Oil, click here.
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