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Full-spectrum cannabis extracts VS CBD isolate

By Ian Jones

Ian Jones is a journalist based in Manchester, England. He specialises in technology and food, with a heavy focus on vaping, CBD and medicinal drugs. He began writing professionally over 15 years ago and is a regular contributor to New Scientist, Vice and the Daily Mirror. He is also the resident CBD expert at the respected vaping website Spinfuel. He began looking at CBD in detail after discovering that it cured his mother’s arthritis, and has since become a leading figure in the UK when it comes to educating people about the CBD extraction process and exploring its curative properties.

The public profile of CBD has soared in recent years, with users using it to treat all manner of ailments and conditions. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple oral consumption to topical use and even vaping. There are two main forms of CBD on the market. These are ‘full spectrum’ CBD and CBD isolate. There are a number of key differences between the two, which we will look at in this article. We will also look at methods of consumption, as this can have dramatic impact on the efficacy of CBD. As we will see, full-spectrum CBD is more popular, and for good reason, but isolate has certain benefits that might appeal to different CBD users.

The increased popularity of CBD has led many users to raise questions about the methods of extracting and administering CBD. The main question is which form provides the most effective range of medical benefits for the user. The two most common forms of extracted CBD found in stores are full-spectrum (whole-plant extract) and pure CBD isolate. Most users prefer the full-spectrum option. As CBD’s usefulness for medical purposes has become more accepted over the years, new methods of administering it have continued to evolve.

This has left some users concerned not just with which form of extracted CBD is most effective or what the proper dosage for them may be, but also with which method of supplementation gives the user the most relief in the right amount of time. Some of the most common methods include applying it sublingually, topically, or taking it in capsules. Vaping cbd is regarded by many to be the most bio-available way to administer, and as such, this has led to an increase in the demand for CBD isolate. This form of CBD is different from full-spectrum CBD extract in that it only contains CBD and none of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, or healthy fatty acids that commonly result from the whole-plant extraction process.

Cannabis, with its complex chemical structure, contains over 100 active cannabinoids aside from CBD. It also contains terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties, and are regarded as increasing the efficacy of cannabinoids. Although they are not rated as important as CBD when it comes medical benefits, some of these other cannabinoids have been found to have symptom alleviating qualities as well. The cannabinoids CBN and CBG for example, are found in most full-spectrum extracts and studies have shown that both contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pain relieving properties.

Whole-plant extracts typically contain a carefully measured amount of the cannabis plant’s most prominent cannabinoid, THC, although usually not in a large enough amount to have any psychological effects. In many countries, a certain percentage of THC is illegal, so it is vital to know the amount of this cannabinoid when manufacturing products that contain full-spectrum CBD. When present together, CBD and its cannabinoid colleagues, as well as terpenes, produce what is known as an entourage effect. The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes has been shown to increase the healing properties of each.

A study published by the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research, which aimed its focus on the effectiveness of CBD isolate compared to full-plant extract, supported this concept, stating in its summary that “in all of the tests, the isolated CBD was ineffective both before and after a certain dosage, while the effectiveness of the full-spectrum solution continued to increase as higher doses were administered. The results all indicate that CBD is only effective against swelling and pain at a certain dose, and that cannabis solutions containing a full range of cannabinoids will continue to provide corresponding effects as the dosage is increased.”

Given the results of this study, it would seem to confirm that full-spectrum extract is preferable over CBD isolate for most CBD users, but CBD isolate is still frequently used and believed by some to be more effective than full-plant extract. This belief is led by the idea that CBD is the only medically sought after cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, aside from THC. Many CBD isolate users are under the impression that by consuming only the CBD cannabinoid and no terpenes or any other “unnecessary” components of the plant, they are getting a more powerful or effective dose of CBD. When vaping a CBD extract, which as stated previously, is considered to be the most efficient and quick-acting method of administering CBD, isolate users may feel that they are taking the most efficient route to CBD consumption. While this method might be efficient, the lack of entourage effect means the benefits are reduced when compared to full-spectrum CBD consumption.

However, CBD isolate does have something to offer CBD users that full-spectrum extracts does not. The fact that full-spectrum extracts invariably contain low levels of THC means that some users prefer to play it safe and stick to pure CBD by itself, out of fear of failing a drug test or experiencing a form of “high”, although both of these occurrences have been found to be fairly unlikely.

THC is one of the cannabinoids involved in the “entourage effect” stated earlier so it is ideal for inclusion in CBD supplementation. A recent article on full-spectrum CBD demonstrates the importance of THC inclusion by stating, “In hemp THC is a minor constituent and appears only in trace amounts under 0.3% by dry weight, as required by the U.S. government for hemp products. THC mimics the action of anandamide, a neurotransmitter naturally produced in the human body, and binds to CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system found mostly in the brain. The extremely low levels of THC in hemp make hemp oil non-psychoactive and safe for all ages to use.”

The wide range of benefits contained in full-spectrum CBD extracts means some CBD merchants have either ceased to sell, or scale down the promotion of CBD isolate, in comparison to the whole-plant extract variety. Companies and individuals who extract CBD themselves are realising that cannabis has more to offer medicinally than just CBD or THC, and that there is little to no reason to not include all that this “super-plant” has to offer in the extraction process.

This all serves to underline the importance of testing CBD extract for the various levels of active ingredients. If your homemade CBD extract contains a high amount of THC it could be illegal in your country and require you use either a different method of extraction, or more likely, the need to find a source of hemp that has lower THC. As more scientific literature emerges supporting the entourage effect, and increased benefits of full-spectrum CBD compared to CBD isolate, we can expect the manufacture and sale of CBD goods based around isolate to greatly reduce in the coming years.

The public profile of CBD has soared in recent years, with users using it to treat all manner of ailments and conditions. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple oral consumption to topical use and even vaping. There are two main forms of CBD on the market. These are 'full spectrum' CBD and CBD isolate. There are a number of key differences between the

Whole Flower CBD

In 2016 after being in business for more than 2 years, The CBD Expert learned about a proprietary extraction technology which keeps intact and raw the entire flower, providing a complete plant medicine. At the time we had many other products, and we added the Whole Flower products to this website.

As you can see today in 2019 they are our main products and most of the other products have been removed. Why? Because without exception, every single customer looking for relief for even the most serious ailments, all have said the Whole Flower products work far better than any others they’ve tried.

And the vast majority of our re-orders were coming from these products.

There are several reasons why these products are so much more effective, and you can feel free to contact us to learn more. One of the main reasons is that THE STALKS AND LEAVES ARE NOT USED as the material from which to extract CBD. Only the flower of the cannabis/hemp plant is used, and nothing besides plant matter is removed from the product, so you are receiving nature’s complete medicine – in a raw and complete form!

Why Does Whole Flower™ Water Soluble Fluid Get Better Results?

Being a distributor in the California market since 2014 helped us to understand which CBD products were helping people find relief from their ailments. We’ve worked with hundreds of products over the years and determined that full spectrum products, rather than CBD isolate products, were consistently providing the relief people hoped for.

With the proliferation of CBD isolate products, we recently wrote a blog about the results between CBD-only products versus products made from whole flower CBD. It’s important information for every consumer primarily concerned with medicinal benefits to understand. For example, “pure” CBD as being marketed by merchants who sell CBD isolate is not the most desirable type of supplement for medicinal value. As a metaphor, would it be healthier to eat an orange or to chemically extract the vitamin C from an orange and consume it on its own, with none of the other healing properties available in the orange?

The Entourage Effect

One of the most interesting things we learned when investigating the benefits of whole flower CBD compared to the other CBD products available, is something called The Entourage Effect. Top research scientists as well as patients are discovering that whole flower cannabis products are providing better results than products made with isolated THC and/or CBD. They’ve even given a clever name to what they’ve discovered – The Entourage Effect.

The Entourage Effect refers to the more than 480 natural components of cannabis all working together to provide increased results and greater ease of symptoms than isolated cannabis compounds.

This term was coined by the same person who first isolated the CBD (and THC) compounds and discovered and named the Endocannabinoid System.

Whole Flower CBD™ is “Functional Medicine”

A 2015 study done in Israel which compared whole flower CBD to isolated CBD found that whole plant CBD-rich cannabis “is superior over [synthetic] CBD for the treatment of inflammatory conditions.”

A review of past research into the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD had revealed to the scientists that administration of pure, or isolated, CBD in these pre-clinical studies resulted in a bell-shaped dose-response curve, meaning that CBD stopped having any therapeutic effect beyond a certain amount. (This is one of the reasons it can be difficult to figure out what dosage of CBD is best for each individual). The researchers wondered whether a whole plant CBD extract would respond any differently. They discovered that unlike the bell-shaped dose-response curve of isolated CBD, the anti-inflammatory, anti-pain response of whole plant CBD increased with dose, making whole plant CBD ideal for clinical use.

“It is likely that other components in the extract synergize with CBD to achieve the desired anti-inflammatory action that may contribute to overcoming the bell-shaped dose-response of purified CBD.”

Whole Flower CBD™ Extraction Process

In the process of accomplishing our due diligence when we first discovered this unique process and product, we started to realize the brilliance of the method. We are currently working with the inventor to begin international clinical trials on the extraction process and the effects of the product on human subjects! It’s so exciting to be working with a country that is moving forward with the much – needed human clinical trials for cannabis and CBD.

We can’t say much more about the process at this point, but stay tuned to this website for further details.

What are Whole Flower CBD Products Like?

You may find you immediately notice the difference in appearance and effect of the whole flower product. The fluid is not oil-based, it’s water-based which makes it completely soluble in water. The fluid is not clear, you may notice plant material and color variations in the product – this is all part of it being a whole flower product.

Our unique line of products provide all the benefits of the more than 480 natural components of cannabis. As you can imagine, the starting material is one of the most important factors in the efficacy of the CBD product you choose. You can feel comfortable knowing that we provide 100% pesticide-free, whole flower CBD extracted using a patent-pending, solventless process.

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