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CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum

Revised April 2022

CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD: Which One Is Better?

As research continues to develop as the cannabinoid wellness industry expands, it’s clear that the cannabinoid known as cannabidiol (CBD) offers a number of health-promoting benefits including antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties. As a result of this research, the CBD industry has exploded, introducing a vast number of CBD products into the market, including CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. And with so many products to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is best for you.

Are you wondering whether CBD isolate or full spectrum CBD is the better choice? At NuLeaf Naturals, we only manufacture full spectrum cannabinoid products. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between cannabinoid isolates and full spectrum cannabinoid products and why we prefer to offer full spectrum CBD over its isolate form.

What Is Full Spectrum CBD?

“Full spectrum” refers to a product that contains high levels of CBD (or another cannabinoid), trace amounts of THC, and typically other beneficial cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, and CBN, and terpenes. 

In contrast, a cannabinoid isolate is just what it sounds like: the formulation includes just the one single cannabinoid, which has been isolated from the other beneficial cannabinoids, other phytonutrients, and terpenes in the cannabis plant. Isolate products usually take the form of a powder or are mixed with a carrier oil for sublingual use and absorption.

Is Full Spectrum CBD the Best?

Each cannabinoid has their own health benefits that are currently being scientifically investigated. Studies have confirmed that when a variety of cannabinoids are ingested together, the effect they produce is greater than when taken on their own. This is called the entourage effect.

Which Type of CBD Oil is Better: CBD Isolate or Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum cannabinoid profiles make the most of the entourage effect and the consumer is rewarded with the benefit of a natural extract rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, and other helpful oils. Consumers of CBD isolates, on the other hand, receive only CBD without any added benefits.

Here are some additional benefits of using full spectrum cannabinoids over cannabinoid isolates:

Dosing Is Easier

With full spectrum products, it tends to be easier to find the unique dosage that’s right for you. When the proper dose of a full spectrum product is reached, you’ll experience the greatest possible benefits. If a dose slightly greater than this amount is taken, the results typically remain just as effective. When dosing with an isolate product, there’s a bell-shaped dosing curve. This means that when you take the optimal dose, the results are as expected, but anything below OR above this amount will have diminishing effects.

Lower Risk of Contraindications

We’ve also found that with full spectrum products, the risk of contraindications with other supplements or medications is reduced, and potentially even eliminated. Since isolate products don’t achieve the proliferating benefit of the entourage effect, more is typically needed with each dose, and the presence of a large amount of one compound can crowd receptor sites also needed by other medicines in your regimen. 

As with any supplement, consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, suspect a medical condition, or are taking any medications.

You’ll Save Money in the Long Run

Speaking of larger doses, while you may find an isolate product with greater potency at a lower price compared to a full spectrum product, over the long term you’ll typically use more product (and therefore spend more) with an isolate to achieve the benefits a full spectrum product provides.

Knowing this, why would anyone choose CBD isolates over full spectrum CBD oil? Cannabinoid isolate products don’t contain THC, which makes them a good choice for people required to take drug tests. If that’s not a concern, most will find better results with a full spectrum product.


The Highest Quality Full Spectrum Cannabinoids

At NuLeaf Naturals, we only source cannabinoids that are extracted using safe and eco-friendly methods such as CO2 extraction to ensure a full range of cannabinoids, essential oils, terpenes, and other beneficial phytonutrients, resulting in a pure and effective product.  Click here to shop for our full spectrum cannabinoid oil now.


Do you have questions about our products, or are you not sure which one is right for you?

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