When you choose to start using CBD, the choice available can seem a little overwhelming. But we’re here to help you, as it’s important to find the right product and dosage to experience the potential benefits. So, what’s the difference between Full Spectrum and Zero THC Isolate CBD oil?
Both oils are obtained from the hemp species of the cannabis plant, and Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of the cannabinoids that the plants contain. Hemp is chosen as it naturally produces very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the substance responsible for a high if you ingest other species of the plant.
CBD oils and other products sold legally in the UK have tight restrictions on the amount of THC that can be included (no more than one milligram per component part). But a Full Spectrum CBD Oil may contain a trace amount, along with other cannabinoids. The theory is that this encourages an entourage effect, and more effective results.
Zero THC Isolate goes through an additional refinement process to ensure other cannabinoids are removed. This produces pure CBD crystals which are used for Isolate oils.
Ultimately the choice between a Full Spectrum or Zero THC Isolate CBD Oil will be down to personal preference, the desired results, and whether you need to be particularly careful about the presence of THC due to drug testing, or for other professional reasons.
The benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Oil:
The potential benefit of the entourage effect is the main reason why you might choose a Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
Along with CBD and THC, a full spectrum oil may also contain the naturally-occurring flavonoids and terpenes. Flavonoids occur in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and are associated with anti-inflammatory properties. Which is why you’ve probably seen articles recommending blueberries, dark chocolate or red wine, as they’re all rich in flavonoids.
Terpenes are produced by plants and are highly aromatic. In nature they can be used to attract bees and other pollinators, or repel predators, and have been used to create flavours and scents for food, perfumes and other products.
One study has suggested that the entourage effect of these ingredients used in combination is potentially more beneficial than purified CBD in treating epilepsy. And there’s also ongoing research into whether terpenes alone demonstrate beneficial effects.
Not every study has conclusively shown a bigger effect from using a Full Spectrum Oil rather than purer CBD isolate (for example this 2019 study), and more research is needed for a conclusive answer. But if you’re not concerned about trace elements of THC, then Full Spectrum Oil is worth considering. For example, starting with our 4% We Are Kynd Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
Other benefits can be the fuller, more earthy flavour which some people prefer. And the fact that it’s undergone less refinement, and is closer to the combination you’ll find naturally in a hemp plant.
- The potential benefits of the entourage effect of CBD with Flavonoids, Terpenes and trace amounts of THC.
- A fuller, earthier flavour.
- Less refinement and processes between the plant and end product.
The benefits of Zero THC Isolate CBD Oil
The main reason for people opting for Zero THC Isolate is that there’s research showing CBD along can bring benefits, without THC or other compounds. Which makes it a better option if you’re concerned about even trace amounts of THC showing up in drug testing if it’s required for professional reasons, or if you’re an athlete or sportsperson, for example.
It’s important to use a reputable company if you want to ensure your isolate CBD oil is free from THC, and to check that they provide a certificate of analysis showing that samples of the oil have been thoroughly tested for the presence of THC (you can see an example on the product page for our Zero THC Isolate CBD oil).
Another big reason for choosing the Zero THC Isolate option is that it’s tasteless and odourless. So, if you find your CBD supplement regime isn’t enjoyable due to the smell or flavour of the Full Spectrum version, then it’s easy to switch without missing out on the potential benefits CBD can offer.
If you’re particularly sensitive to THC, then you should also choose Isolate CBD oil. While products in the UK are regulated by law to only contain trace amounts in any situation, using a Zero THC oil means you can avoid any potential reaction.
Finally, if you want to take larger doses of CBD, this will increase the potential entourage effect of the other cannabinoids in Full Spectrum oil. Using higher amounts of Isolate means you will only be increasing the amount of CBD alone.
- No risk of trace amounts of THC showing up in testing which may be required for your profession or sporting activities.
- Tasteless and odourless if you don’t enjoy the flavour and smell of Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
- Avoids any risks if you’re potentially sensitive to THC.
- For those taking larger doses of CBD, it removes the potentially bigger entourage effects of the other cannabinoids in Full Spectrum oil.
Which type of CBD Oil is best?
There’s no simple answer for choosing which is the most effective product for everyone. It’s really about deciding which type of CBD oil is best for you.
If you want to experience the full range of potential benefits, then we’d suggest starting with Full Spectrum Oil. You’ll get any entourage effect alongside the CBD to make the biggest possible difference as part of your wellbeing.
But if you’re concerned about trace elements of THC or sensitivity to it, then you can still benefit from Isolate, and you can switch to it without any issues if you find the natural smell and taste of CBD is a bit unpleasant.
Ultimately, it’s about finding what works best for you as part of your health and wellbeing regime. And the more you understand the difference between Full Spectrum and Zero THC Isolate CBD oils, the better you’ll be able to make the right choice for yourself.
Our guides aim to give you the best advice and support in choosing the right CBD products for your needs. If you’re still not entirely certain, then the following articles may also help – or you can contact us directly via email or social media. Our CBD and Wellness guides also look at how it may potentially alleviate some issues with specific common conditions, including anxiety, insomnia and joint pain.