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CBD Isolate vs. Whole Plant Hemp Oil

Scientists and physicians are regularly learning more about the potential natural benefit properties of cannabidiol (CBD) , a natural compound extracted from the common hemp plant. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid has shown that it offers patients and wellness enthusiasts an opportunity to promote balance in their systems without having to deal with the euphoric side effects of other cannabinoid products. The increasing demand for CBD has led to new types of products, giving patients a wider array of options. Today, patients have the opportunity to choose from CBD isolate and full-spectrum whole plant CBD hemp oil products. Here we introduce each and investigate their respective benefits.

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is all-natural cannabidiol in its purest form. The CBD compounds found in hemp oil are isolated and then refined down to an incredible purity to eliminate oils, plant material, waxes, chlorophyll, and more. Relatively new to the CBD market, CBD isolate is typically offered in a fine white powder containing 99% pure cannabidiol.

CBD isolate has quickly become popular among patients, because it gives users the ability to formulate their own CBD foods, supplements, edibles, and other products. CBD isolate has zero taste and no odor, allowing it to be dissolved into oils and fats like butter, or infused into liquids like coffee, smoothies, or honey.

For those needing more specific CBD doses, isolate gives patients complete control of exactly how much CBD goes into each serving. Because CBD isolate is over 99% pure, each milligram of CBD isolate represents a milligram of active CBD. Accurately measuring out CBD servings requires a scale that measures small weights in milligram.

What is Whole Plant Hemp Oil?

Whole plant hemp oil is extracted from the stalks and seeds of uniquely potent hemp plants. It is commonly described as full spectrum, which means the molecules of the “whole plant’ remain intact. CBD hemp oil contains CBD compounds, as well as all the fatty acids, waxes, chlorophyll, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant. It also contains the more than 100 other cannabinoids present in hemp, some of which include cannabinol (CBN), cannabicyclol (CBL), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) and cannabichromevarinic acid (CBCVA).

There are now a wide variety of whole plant CBD hemp oil products available, including pure hemp oils, tinctures, liquids, capsules, and topicals. These products are available in a wide range of potencies.

Some scientists have found evidence that full spectrum whole hemp CBD oil may offer an “ entourage effect ,” that magnifies its natural effects. The theory suggests that the CBD and other cannabinoids and natural constituents work together synergistically to improve the absorption of active ingredients and more effectively influence multiple targets throughout the body. In one study , full spectrum oil was shown to more effectively reduce muscle spasms than a cannabinoid isolate.

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CBD isolate is all-natural cannabidiol in its purest form, while whole plant hemp oil contains cannabidiol and other extracted plant materials.