Full Spectrum Hemp Oil vs Isolate – What is the difference?

Orchestra performing with violinists in focus, illustrating the complex and harmonious effect of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil compared to Isolate in pet wellness.

Full Spectrum. Isolate. Whole Plant. Phyto Rich. Oil. 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.

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: 


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. 

In essence, Full Spectrum means the Cannabis oil will contain a high percentage of the compounds, cannabinoids (such as THC, CBG, CBN), as well as the terpenes found in the plant in its natural state.


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.

When the plant is extracted for "Full Spectrum," the properties and components that are part of that – such as terpenes and Cannabinoids , 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 production. Hemp Oil is processed until it forms crystalizzed powder resulting in a single molecular compound of strictly Cannabinoids - there are absolutely no other molecular compounds 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 hemp oil is more effective than isolate for most ailments.

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

Here at Cannimal we only use high quality, pesticide free FULL SPECTRUM HEMP OIL in our best selling tinctures.


Always remember each animal has a totally unique Endocannabinoid System and will react to Cannabinoids differently! Given that information, keep in mind we are just beginning to touch on the medical value of different cannabinoids and their medicinal value. Thus I believe every product has its place in the animal wellness cabinet~ so-to-speak.

Across the board, Full Spectrum oil is more effective. However, it appears in some cases isolate based, solo-compound, THC free products have their place in the animal health and wellness “medicine cabinet”

If you find your animal doesn’t react well to Full Spectrum oil, give an isolate based product a try.

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



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