Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate – Know the difference!

Full Spectrum hemp extract and CBD isolate are two common forms of “CBD oil”. It is important to know the differences before deciding which one to take.

“Full Spectrum”, or “whole plant” hemp extract keeps all the properties of the hemp plant intact. In addition to CBD, this extract includes terpenes, other cannabinoids, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and any other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant. Keeping all of the plant components together creates a synergistic positive effect. Scientists have found that these plant components interact with one another to create what is called “The Entourage Effect”. According to this theory, cannabinoids such as CBD and other components of hemp work together to improve absorption and efficacy in the body.

Learn more about the Entourage Effect here. Read our blog about Terpenes here.

Procana’s Hemp Spectrum+ droppers and softgels offer 50 mg of full spectrum extract per serving, whereas Procana’s NEW Hemp Excel+ droppers and softgels contain 100 mg.

CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like—isolated CBD. By isolating the single molecule, we are able to provide stronger potency of pure CBD.  Procana’s CBD isolate products are 100% natural and pesticide free, not synthetic, and derived by Supercritical CO2 extraction. Procana is able to refine the extraction by extensive filtering to ensure its purity and strength.

Procana provides a wide range of strengths for pure, isolated CBD supplements; Balance droppers and softgels offer 8 mg per serving, Complete droppers and softgels offer 20 mg per serving, and Ultra droppers and softgels offer 50 mg per serving.

Now that you know differences between full spectrum and isolate CBD, you are probably wondering which one would work best for you. The only way to tell is by trying both, and journaling the effects. While CBD isolate is pure and potent, full spectrum is the most natural, as it does not undergo the same amount of processing. Another thing to consider when making the decision is the fact that full spectrum has the advantage of the Entourage Effect. Be aware that full spectrum hemp extract may include under 0.3% of THC; these trace amounts of THC most likely will not show up on a drug test, and Procana’s Full Spectrum supplements are testing at under 0.007%, which is way below the threshold of what is allowed by federal law.

There is not one that is better than the other; every body acts differently. While some people benefit better from CBD isolate, others find more relief with full spectrum supplements. Please read the testimonials under each of our products; this will give you an idea of what our customers use them for. Remember to start with a low dose and work your way up if needed. Make sure to journal the effects for at least 2 weeks to really determine what works best for you!

4 thoughts on “Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate – Know the difference!”

  1. I read through the article after receiving an email stating that I would be able to explain the entourage effect to my customers. Being that I first heard this term over two years ago, I already know more than what most of my customers do, but I always appreciate adding to my shareable knowledge base. Needless to say, the article references the entourage effect but hardly goes in to what the entourage effect is or how it pertains to the terpenes and other cannabinoids, making this “article” nothing more than an opinion/advertisement for Procana.

    At least this is filed under “Marketing” and not under “news”….

    1. Hi John! Thank you very much for your comment. We have updated this blog post with links to our Entourage Effect post, which has more details about the theory. Keep in mind there is a lot more research required to fully understand how the EE pertains to terpenes and other cannabinoids. We appreciate your feedback, however this post is not an opinion, on the contrary, we post facts that are backed by real studies. Of course our blog is also a marketing/advertisement tool; there is no shame in that 🙂
      Please do let us know if there is anything else you are interested to learn about; we are big on education and would love for you to return to our blog to learn more! Thanks again!

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