What is the difference between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Oil Isolate?

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CBD’s mounting popularity has led both recreational and medical users to ask questions about the best methods of extracting and consuming the well-known cannabinoid.

The two most common forms of readily available CBD found in dispensaries today is full spectrum containing nearly all the compounds and CBD oil isolate which contains only CBD and is considered to be 99% pure, with no THC.

This article briefly touches on the two so that the next time you go shopping, you know exactly which one is better suited to meets your needs.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil – What is it?

There are over 483 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including terpenes and other chemical compounds. Hemp plant oil or Full spectrum CBD has nearly all the compounds because it is minimally refined – so most of the terpenes and cannabinoids are preserved.

With a full spectrum CBD oil or supplement, you may have to consider some of the negative side effects of THC – we termed them ‘negative’ because it can cause people to fail drug tests and being “high” on the job can certainly lead to job termination, even if you were taking CBD for medical purposes.

However, with that said, most UK manufactured and fully tested CBD supplements contain chemical compounds which are in line with CBD UK legal levels of THC. The only caveat is full spectrum has only between 8-12% of CBD – higher doses may be needed to find relief from certain medical conditions.

CBD Isolate – What is it?

A CBD oil isolate contains only CBD, so that means it is 99% pure, there are no THC negative side effects and you can pass a drug test with CBD isolate.

As the name suggests, CBD isolates are refined – meaning all the other chemical compounds including terpenes and cannabinoids have been isolated, so you’re left with 99% pure CBD.

CBD isolate itself resembles a white powder and users often mix it with a carrier oil to make a tincture, consume it in capsule form or mix with edibles like gummies, brownies and topical salves.   

Which one is best for me?

At a glance, full spectrum CBD is best for those:

  • Living in a country, state or region where cannabis has been fully legalised – i.e. there are no legal repercussions of buying or consuming it
  • Looking to enjoy the ‘entourage effect’ and experience cannabis’s complete effects
  • Wanting to target a more specific use

CBD isolate is best if:

  • You need to pass a drug test or you live in a country/region where THC laws are strict
  • You are sensitive to THC and other chemical compounds in cannabis
  • You want to cook/mix your CBD and enjoy it as an edible

In Closing

It should be stressed that there’s no such thing as “this CBD is better than that one”. Your reason for buying one over the other purely depends on the experience you want to have, whether you’re consuming cannabis medically or recreationally.


Always ensure that your CBD products are UK manufactured and come with ‘quality guaranteed’ label. 

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