Though there are over one hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two main active compounds. Unlike its psychoactive counterpart, THC, CBD produces no mind-altering effects and is heavily desired for its natural benefits. Its rise in popularity has sparked an abundance of production methods and left the market with multiple completely legal forms of CBD to choose from.
This explosion of options can typically be broken down into two separate categories: full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. So what’s the difference? Find out below, as we dive a little deeper into the “what’s what” of CBD.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is pure CBD which means it’s removed of all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. To completely isolate raw CBD, a secondary extraction must follow the original hemp extraction process, which involves manufacturers filtering out these beneficial compounds. The product is then chilled to remove any remaining components to deliver 99% CBD. The most common forms of CBD isolate include pure powder or crystal isolate.
What is Full-Spectrum CBD?
In contrast to the manual extraction of compounds in the production of CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD refers to the natural extraction of all cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from the cannabis (specifically, hemp) plant. The final product can be infused into powders, edibles, oil, and more. To produce full-spectrum CBD, the vibrant, full range of extracts is formulated into a consumable format. These organic substances occur naturally in hemp, which means you’re consuming a preserved, healthy portion of pure plant products. Studies show a heightened effect from full-spectrum CBD in comparison to more processed and isolated forms. Additionally, the combination of full-spectrum CBD’s diverse profile of compounds produces what’s known as the “entourage effect.”
What is the Entourage Effect?
The entourage effect describes the different cannabis compounds working in unison with one another to produce maximum therapeutic benefits of full-spectrum CBD. The primary compounds understood to be involved in the entourage effect are cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate the body’s homeostasis. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants, which produce a therapeutic effect on humans, similar to aromatherapy. Lastly, flavonoids are phytonutrients that are responsible for the vivid pigmentation we see in plants. Flavonoids are known to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral effects on the body. These compounds work together to produce the entourage effect and make full-spectrum CBD more desirable and beneficial to a majority of people in comparison to CBD isolate.
Why Hemp Lyfe uses Full-Spectrum CBD
At Hemp Lyfe, we believe in living a vibrant lifestyle. We deliberately choose to use full-spectrum CBD for all of our products. With premium, full-spectrum CBD, we are able to provide the highest bioavailability, authenticity, and potency on the market and deliver a more natural experience without any intricate or invasive manufacturing processes.
Hemp Lyfe is a brand for those who want to enhance their life with premium products that make you feel good and live better. We are a community of doers determined to breathe new life into the CBD market with a passion for vibrant living. Our complete portfolio of the most superior full-spectrum CBD products commercially available makes it easy and convenient to be your best self. Want to enrich your life? Join the movement today.