CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum (and Which One We Love!)

By now, you might have noticed that some hemp products get marketed as “full-spectrum” or “CBD isolate.” For those new to the wonderful world of combustible hemp, this mystery doesn’t reveal itself without a little research. Let’s dig into the basic concept behind both labels and why 1606 is proud to offer full-spectrum filtered hemp pre-rolls that make nicotine and tobacco a thing of the past—specifically, your past.

CBD’s Two Contenders: Full-Spectrum vs. Isolate

Cannabis (which is what hemp is – it’s just the part without THC if you want to think of it that way) contains 483 known compounds, and a good chunk of these are cannabinoids. CBD is only one of those compounds, which ought to give you a little perspective into how complex the science of cannabis can be! 

So basically, full-spectrum CBD is produced via an extract containing all—or close to all—of the compounds that show up naturally in cannabis.

CBD is one of these, but other cannabinoids include compounds like CBC, CBG, CBN, and more. Now CBD isolate, for contrast, just has CBD in it—hence the name “isolate”! You can produce CBD isolate by separating (isolating) the compound from cannabis extract.

Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum: Pros and Cons

This thing isn’t quite so black and white – when it comes to isolate and full-spectrum, there are advantages and disadvantages to think about. Among those who ingest a lot of CBD on a consistent basis, CBD isolate tends to be a popular choice. This is particularly the case for those who, for whatever reason, might be subject to regular drug tests. That’s partly because the majority of full-spectrum CBD products are made using hemp extract, and this always has very, very low THC content.

As in, so low you could never get high off full-spectrum CBD hemp.

But these trace amounts of THC can—in rare cases—appear on a drug test. By contrast, CBD isolates can be produced totally without THC. So even though the risk of failing a drug screen on consistent full-spectrum CBD use is quite low, it’s a relief for some CBD lovers that the isolate doesn’t threaten anything of the kind.

Here’s where it gets complicated though: Because full-spectrum CBD contains all the cannabis compounds, it’s thought to have way more therapeutic power than its isolate cousin. 

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The Entourage Effect

The entourage effect refers to this concept that cannabis compounds possess great synergy. It holds that they work together in the body to produce a lot of the wonderful effects that have transformed so many former nicotine addicts into hemp enthusiasts. Research has often suggested that CBD’s profound therapeutic potential lies in how its different compounds synergize in your body.

It has been thought that even a small dose, like 5mg, of pureTHC could be enough to produce psychotic symptoms in certain users.

Uh, yikes.

But when THC is taken with CBD, patients can take much higher doses (up to 48mg) before they’re at risk of any such thing. That’s mostly relevant to people who use a lot of THC, but it goes to show that cannabinoid synergy is a pretty big deal.

Long story-short, CBD offsets some of THC’s absolute worst potential, which says a lot about hemp’s chief ingredient!

In the end, it seems pretty clear that full-spectrum CBD is what you really want – that is, if you’re using it for the therapeutic potential it holds for anyone quitting nicotine/tobacco. So if you’re looking for things like reduced anxiety, reduced cravings, help sleeping, superior wakefulness, or any of the other crazy-good effects CBD can work in your life, full-spectrum CBD is the way to go. And that’s precisely why we at 1606 are so excited about our filtered hemp pre-rolls made with full-spectrum CBD-infused hemp. 

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