CBD was first isolated in 1940 by Roger Adams, and the stereochemistry was identified by Raphael Mechoulam in 1963. CBD isolate is the purest, filtered form of CBD and CBD only. CBD isolate is an alternative to a full-spectrum or a broad-spectrum CBD product. It may be of interest to you if you would like to try CBD without ingesting even small amounts of THC. CBD isolate has many wellness benefits. It has been reported to relieve anxiety, reduce stress, help with restful sleep, and reduce inflammation.
Isolate or Full-Spectrum
CBD isolate has taken a back seat lately to the full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. Because both the full and the broad-spectrum products contain all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant (minus the THC in broad-spectrum), they have been deemed more beneficial. This benefit has become known as the “entourage effect.” The entourage effect refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to all the cannabinoids working synergistically. Therefore, it has become accepted that the full and broad-spectrum products are more effective than the isolate. But is it true?
The CBD isolate is much harder to manufacture; when the hemp plant undergoes the extraction process to remove cannabinoids, all of the plant’s compounds are extracted. This means, in order to isolate the CBD and separate it from any of the other compounds takes more work. The fact remains the CBD isolate is the purest and most potent form of CBD. It can contain up to 90% cannabidiol. There is absolutely no risk of any psychoactive effects, and therefore no way to test positive on a drug test. Keep in mind that the FDA approved drug Epidiolex is a nonsynthetic, a CBD oil isolate extracted directly from the cannabis plant, and only contains purified CBD.
Isolate may be best for you if you have sensitivities to THC or any of the other cannabinoids. If you must undergo drug testing or if your state has strict THC laws.
The only way to know what works best for you is to experiment with both. Don’t assume the whole plant entourage effect is right for you. The only way to really know is to try each one and measure the effectiveness for yourself.