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​​Is CBD Isolate Worth The Cost?

by | Oct 8, 2021 | Blog Posts | 0 comments

There are enough options for CBD out there to make anyone’s head spin. Ever since CBD was legalized, it seems like everyone and their brother wants to make a CBD business.

Whether you’re trying it for the first time or simply want to give a new product a try, you’re forced to navigate the obstacle course that is figuring out what product will be most beneficial for you and your unique needs.

Not only do you need to narrow down your preferred delivery method, but you’ll also need to deduce if you want a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate product. Isolates are noteworthy as they are the purest form of CBD; there are no other elements added or left behind from the plant. This sounds great on the surface but is CBD isolate truly worth the cost? 

What is CBD Isolate?

When CBD is extracted from the hemp plant other compounds will be drawn from it as well. Terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and other cannabinoids can be found in most CBD. Isolates seek to isolate the CBD so none of these other naturally occurring chemical compounds are in the end product. CBD isolate is 100% CBD. It’s odorless and tasteless unlike other CBD products. 

What About Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum?

Most CBD products will be classified as either full-spectrum or broad-spectrum. Both of these options contain additional components that were extracted from the plant or added later in the production process. These options are not typically odorless or tasteless like CBD isolate. But they do offer a chance to experience something called the entourage effect. More on this later. 

Full-spectrum contains a full range of sister cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins and minerals, plant-based protein fiber, fatty acids, and flavonoids. There is up to .3% THC –the intoxication cannabinoid– in full-spectrum CBD.  It’s not enough to make the user “high” but it could potentially be enough to fail a drug test in some cases. 

Broad-spectrum is similar to full-spectrum in that it contains the same beneficial compound left behind when you extract CBD from the hemp plant. The key difference is that the manufacturers remove the THC. Each broad-spectrum CBD product contains 0.0% THC – meaning that the THC is undetectable, but still there on a small scale. This might be appealing to someone who wants to take advantage of the entourage effect. 

Is CBD Isolate Better Than Broad-Spectrum and Full-Spectrum? 

There is no straightforward answer to this question. It truly depends on what your goal is. CBD can be a great way to find a state of balance and homeostasis in any of its forms. But there is an argument that CBD works best in tandem with other cannabinoids and hemp plant compounds.

Experts have theorized that when CBD can interact with other plant chemicals, it enhances its effect on our endocannabinoid system. Isolate eliminates the ability to experience the entourage effect. But for some, this is a worthwhile trade-off for an odorless, tasteless product. 

So here’s the breakdown of which type of CBD we advise you to select based on your needs:

Pick CBD Isolate if…

  • You want the purest form of CBD
  • You want an odorless, tasteless product 

Pick Full-Spectrum if…  

  • You want to experience the entourage effect

Pick Broad-Spectrum if…  

  • You want to experience the entourage effect 
  • You don’t want any THC in your product 

Experience the Entourage Effect

Peace River has a range of broad-spectrum products to choose from. Since we include terpenes, essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and additional cannabinoids (excluding THC, of course) our customers can take advantage of the entourage effect. Moreover, our liposomal CBD offers a 10x greater bioavailability than regular CBD so you’ll get to experience an even better potential outcome!