Isolate vs. Crude 3.jpg
 

Why Pure CBD Isolate?

Isolate is the healthy, consistent, and effective way to incorporate CBD into one’s lifestyle. Benefits of isolate compared to “full spectrum” crude oil include:

  • No Detectable THC- Legally permitted THC levels in hemp oil can cause a failed drug test. The method used to isolate CBD from hemp oil removes residual THC present in the crude extract.

  • Therapeutically targeted effects- Cannabinoids have opposing effects on the same receptors, meaning mixing other cannabinoids with CBD may counteract the desired therapeutic effects of CBD administration reported in research.

  • Accurate dosing- hemp oil has constantly varying CBD levels, testing of which is often subject to a large margin of error. Such error results in inaccurately dosed products that offer inconsistent effects. In addition, many CBD products on the market contain little to no CBD.

Purification of substances for human use is critical to ensure safety for long-term consumption. The refinement of crude hemp oil to crystalline isolate offers protection from undesired components:

  • Unwanted plant matter such as chlorophyll and plant waxes, along with excessive oil used for dilution, may cause gastrointestinal upset from regular use.

  • Residual pesticides, humic acid, and other potentially toxic chemicals that may remain from plant cultivation are further concentrated in the crude extract.

  • Heavy metal pollution- industrial hemp is efficient at extracting heavy metals from contaminated soil.

 

The Myth of “Full-Spectrum”

A term describing a unique extraction process used in the marijuana industry has been misappropriated and widely spread in the hemp industry.

“Full-Spectrum” describes a type of marijuana extract known as “Live Resin”.

  • Live resin does not contain the whole plant byproducts incorrectly attributed to full spectrum in hemp extracts. Instead, it retains 100% of the terpene profile present in marijuana flowers at the peak of their resin production.

  • Terpenes are volatile aromatic hydrocarbons. If you smell them, they are vaporizing off the plant. In order to prevent such loss, marijuana plants must be flash frozen (typically with dry ice) immediately upon harvest, and maintained at extremely low temperatures until extracted.

  • The drying of Cannabis plant material results in >90% loss of terpene content, which is a precursor to all the methods currently being used to extract hemp. It is impossible to produce a full spectrum extract from dried material.

  • Even if hemp was extracted with “live resin” techniques, it has not yet been bred to produce the significant terpene content present in marijuana. The only option to mimic such effects is to introduce terpenes derived from additional sources besides hemp.

The “Entourage Effect” that is referenced when touting the benefits of full spectrum does not refer to the whole plant byproducts that are incorrectly attributed to it in hemp products. Instead, it refers to the combination of cannabinoids and terpenes having synergistic effects in certain therapeutic applications.

  • The most common cannabinoid combination attributed to the entourage effect refers to the synergy of THC and CBD. The amount of THC legally permitted in hemp extracts (<0.3%) is negligible and nowhere close to a therapeutic dose required to offer any entourage effect.

  • Hemp naturally produces high levels of CBD, but without selective breeding does not yet produce significant levels of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Even the trace amount of other cannabinoids present in hemp extracts are constantly varying in ratios, lacking any use for consistent therapeutic application.