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Full Spectrum CBD vs Isolate

The market is flooded with CBD companies right now. There are so many companies these days selling CBD in all different kinds of forms: oils, tinctures, salves and balms, edibles, crystals and powders.

In an unregulated market like the CBD industry, there are no regulations with respect to the production and labeling of CBD products, it falls on us as a company to be as transparent as possible to build trust with our customers.

That starts with knowing your terms, and some of the most important terms to understand are full-spectrum and isolate.

When a CBD product is referred to as full-spectrum, it means that it includes all the other cannabinoids found in the source plant. So, the extraction process used on hemp or marijuana pulls the CBD from the plant, and also the other cannabinoids found in it.

CBD isolate, on the other hand, is just istolated strain CBD, separated from the other cannabinoids typically found in the hemp plant. Most companies use CBD isolates for cost savings.

Not Delta Botanicals. We pride ourselves in using full spectrum hemp. In our unique process, our chemists remove all residual traces of THC. That means you receive the effects of the full plant (including CBD, CBG, CBN, and beneficial terpenes) without any detectable trace of THC.

I hear you asking, “Is there a difference between the two? Wouldn’t CBD isolate be better, since it’s just CBD?”

You might think so, but check this out—the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem conducted a study that examined the effectiveness of CBD isolate versus full-spectrum CBD extract. They concluded that CBD isolate yields a bell-curve of effectiveness (it becomes less effective after a certain point) while full-spectrum CBD continued to be effective in providing pain relief with an increase in dosage.

All of the tests performed for this study indicate that CBD isolate is limited in effect, while full-spectrum CBD provides more relief as the dosage goes up.

Beyond that, the study found that full-spectrum CBD extract has qualities that can aid in pain relief that aren’t found in common anti-inflammatory drugs. You can read more about the study, its methods, and results here.

Using a full-spectrum CBD extract allows for what scientists refer to as the “entourage effect”. This means that CBD works more effectively in the presence of the many other cannabinoids found in cannabis. And that’s why we elect to only use full-spectrum CBD oil for our products!

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