There has been a lot of interest in CBD and hemp products over the years as the research is showing that CBD and other cannabinoids display potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. They help rebalance the body by promoting healthy regulation of the central nervous, immune, and endocannabinoid systems.
Even though the research has been positive, individuals are having trouble when deciding which products to buy. The terms that you may hear often are “Full Spectrum” and “Isolate”. These are the two forms of CBD available on the market and they both provide different therapeutic benefits.
As the term implies, full spectrum CBD comes with all of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. When referring to the hemp plant, this includes a long list of cannabis compounds, such as CBN, CBG, and THC. It is crucial to point out that small amounts of THC are found in hemp. The current law allows all hemp and CBD products to contain 0.3 % or less (dry weight) for “hemp” products, making the end product “non-psychoactive”.
CBD in it’s isolated form is separated from other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. It was previously believed that CBD isolates were more potent and concentrated than full spectrum CBD, but has been recently disproved by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem. In this study, researchers were able to show that full spectrum CBD is capable of providing greater levels of relief, as higher doses were administered to mice. This phenomenon was named the “entourage effect”.
The “entourage effect” occurs when multiple compounds in a plant work together with the body to produce stronger benefits than if any of the compounds were used alone. By comparison, the group that was given CBD isolate did not achieve the same level of relief at higher doses.
Study found here: