Full Spectrum CBD vs Isolate – What is the difference?

Full spectrum. Isolate. Whole Plant. Phyto Rich. Extract. Argh.

When I go online and read the confusion pet owners and others encounter when trying to choose a product that is right for their pet, it gets downright mindboggling.

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I feel for ya.

As a Cannabis industry professional who also does product development for other companies, this topic is one I find myself going over and over again with people who are new to the plant and its properties, as well as the extraction process. 

Knowledge is power.

Learn more and choose only the best for your furry family members.


What is Full Spectrum Oil?

The best way to think of full spectrum oil is it gives you: 

The FULL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EFFECT! 

Imagine yourself at the symphony- the music should move you, it makes you feel something inside that is beautiful and profound. The effect of ISOLATE is like a single instrument. It will make a noise. It might even make you feel something great, but it won't last as long, and it won't "hit" you in the same way. 

 Pups on stage. Full Spectrum oil's effect should feel similar to hearing a full symphony orchestra. An isolate or distilled oil product will have the effect of a single instrument- you might be able to hear it but it won't have the same "moving" experience and it won't last as long. 

Pups on stage. Full Spectrum oil's effect should feel similar to hearing a full symphony orchestra. An isolate or distilled oil product will have the effect of a single instrument- you might be able to hear it but it won't have the same "moving" experience and it won't last as long. 

In essence, Full Spectrum means the Cannabis oil will contain a high percentage of the compounds, cannabinoids, and other natural terpenes found in the plant in its natural state.

 

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Keep in mind cannabis contains a complex of over 500 therapeutic bioactive compounds. This spectrum of molecules contains not only the cannabinoids and terpenes full of the medicinal qualities people seek, but also a plethora of other lesser-known but equally important elements such as flavonoids, phenolic amides, and sterols.

The majority of these cannabinoids and terpenes are found in the trichomes, the glandular stalks and bulbous heads that exist on the cannabis plant. Terpenes are the essential oils that give cannabis its different flavors and aromas and help to shape the healing qualities of each concentrate.

 
  A close up of the trichomes on a cannabis plant where the powerful cannabinoids and terpenes are found.  As the plant goes through the extraction process, many of these compounds are lost. Full Spectrum concentrates and oils contain these potent qualities of the plant.

A close up of the trichomes on a cannabis plant where the powerful cannabinoids and terpenes are found. As the plant goes through the extraction process, many of these compounds are lost. Full Spectrum concentrates and oils contain these potent qualities of the plant.

 

When the plant is extracted for "Full Spectrum," the properties and components that are part of that – such as terpenes and CBD, for example – are still existent. The molecules of the “whole plant” remain intact in the processed extracted oil. In this extraction process, there is little to no loss of any of the other compounds hence allowing for what is called the “full entourage effect,” which is derived from the whole plant extraction method.

On the other hand we have the Isolate method. Oil is processed until it forms crystals. The crystals are then processed into a powder. In this extraction method, the powder or “isolate” results in a single molecular compound of strictly CBD- there are absolutely no other molecular compounds of value found in the powder.

 

Full Spectrum Oil vs Isolate: What is better?


 

The debate that seems to arise in the industry is the medicinal values of one versus the other. Although it may seem counterintuitive, research so far indicates that full-spectrum CBD is more effective than isolate.

According to a study done at the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem, the effectiveness of isolated CBD versus full-spectrum CBD extract concluded that CBD isolate yields a “bell-curve” of effectiveness. Studies proved that the isolate becomes less effective over time, while full-spectrum CBD continued to be effective in providing pain relief. See study here

Here at Cannimal we use high quality, pesticide free FULL SPECTRUM CBD in our best selling tinctures. We believe your animal deserves only the very best. If you are going to invest in a healing product for yourself or your pet, only the BEST WILL DO!

 

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There are many products on the marketplace, Cannimal does its best to provide truly healing medicine for your animal friends. All of our products are tested.

Always make informed decisions for your pet! Do your research and ask questions to make sure the oil you are using is clean and has been tested for potency. 

All the best to you on your healing journey, Erika at Cannimal