What’s Inside the Bottle? Whole Plant Extract vs CBD Isolate

Whether you’re an experienced cannabis user or looking to try cannabis products for the first time when it comes to CBD oil, the question remains the same – there are so many products out there… what should I look for in a CBD oil?

The therapeutic benefits of taking CBD are clear but navigating your way through an emerging marketplace just isn’t. It is challenging enough to find dosage and ingredients on the packaging, let alone what that means.


Not only is it our mission to make our packaging as transparent as possible, we thought we’d let you in on what we know:


Okay, when it comes to CBD oil, there seems to be two products out there – CBD isolate and hemp derived “full spectrum” CBD oil.


As the term suggests, full spectrum CBD comes with all of the cannabinoids present in the plant. In hemp oil, this includes a long list of cannabis compounds, such as Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabicyclol (CBL), Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) and Cannabichromevarinic Acid (CBCVA) and small amounts of THC. The government regulates concentration levels at 0.3 percent (dry weight) for “industrial hemp” products, resulting in very limited cerebral stimulation.


When CBD is in isolate form, it is separated from other cannabis compounds in the source plant. Most of the CBD “rich” oils that you can find in dispensaries are typically made with CBD isolate. Whereas hemp only contains trace amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD, marijuana contains high amounts of THC and trace amounts of THC. Many marijuana producers use scrap trimmings to extract CBD that they then infuse into their oils. Whereas hemp growers use the best part of the plants when they produce their “full spectrum” CBD oil.


It was previously believed by the government and big Pharma that “crude” botanical preparations are inherently low grade and less effective than pure, single-molecule compounds. This assertion was eventually debunked by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem published in the journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Feb. 2015).


The Israeli study found that full spectrum hemp-derived CBD oil “is superior over CBD for the treatment of inflammatory conditions.” The greater efficiency of the whole plant extract might be explained by additive or synergistic interactions between CBD and dozens of minor phytocannabinoids and hundreds of non-cannabinoid plant compounds. “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,” the Israeli team surmised.


The scientists also felt it was important to examine how the CBD-rich Cannabis extract compared with commercial painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. They found that both pure isolated CBD and the hemp-derived “full spectrum” CBD oil exhibited greater anti-inflammatory potency than aspirin and tramadol.


Researchers were able to prove that full spectrum CBD is capable of offering greater levels of relief, as higher doses were administered to mice. By comparison, the group that was given CBD isolate did not experience the same level of relief at higher doses.


Take away – for the best results, look for products that are made from hemp-derived full spectrum CBD oil.