Education Oct 08, 2019

Full Spectrum CBD VS CBD Isolates - Explained

by Bridget McQuillan

As CBD has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, so have the types of CBD products available, and along with that, confusion around what types of CBD products are best. One of the most frequent questions we get at Poplulum is about our full spectrum CBD and how it differs from other CBD products, particularly CBD isolates. Below, we’ll help break it all down so you know how to find the CBD product that’s best for your needs.

It starts with the Hemp Plant

When it comes to understanding different types of CBD, it’s best to start with the hemp plant itself, which is what CBD is derived from. The hemp plant is made up of more than 100 different compounds. The two types of compounds that make up most of the plant are cannabinoids and terpenes.

The variety of cannabinoids in a hemp plant

Cannabinoids are a diverse set of compounds that occur naturally in the human body via the endocannabinoid system, as well as in plants. There are more than 100 types of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. A few of these include cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Terpenes and terpenoids are found in many kinds of plants, and are primary components in essential oils. They also are responsible for the smell of cannabis plants. Like cannabinoids, each individual terpene is associated with a unique effect. Types of terpenes commonly found in the hemp plant include limonene, humulene, myrcene, and ocimene.

So what’s the difference between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolates?

The difference in full spectrum and CBD isolates
The CBD in the hemp plant is isolated, hence "CBD Isolate"

A CBD isolate is a refined product that, as the name states, “isolates” the CBD molecule and is a refined and processed version of the hemp extract. A CBD isolate doesn’t contain any of the other compounds found in a hemp plant, and typically has no taste since it does not contain terpenes. Some people might choose a CBD isolate to ensure that there is absolutely no THC in their product, but a drawback is that you don’t get the full synergistic benefits that come when of all of the compounds work together.

Full spectrum contains cannabinoids and terpenes
All compounds found in hemp are in Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum refers to products that are minimally refined and contain a variety of other cannabinoids and terpenes in addition to CBD. In full spectrum CBD products, cannabinoids and terpenes work together to create what is called an entourage effect, meaning that the restorative benefits of the whole plant are greater than the sum of its parts. Full spectrum hemp CBD is purely extracted and minimally refined to leave most of the hemp plant intact.

Populum offers Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil

Populum offers Full Spectrum CBD

At Populum, we only provide full spectrum CBD products because we believe in its effectiveness, and are proponents of using every part of the hemp plant, rather than isolating a single chemical compound.

Still have questions? We know finding the right product takes a lot of time, energy, and research, and we love helping customers make the process as easy as possible. If you’d like to know more about the benefits of full spectrum hemp CBD, we’re always here to answer questions and help. Call or email our customer service at any time -- we’re here for you every step of the way!

Call: (855) 872-2772

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