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Full-Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate: What’s the Difference?

CBD products have found their way into the homes of many Americans due to their ability to boost wellness, enhance focus, and help individuals deal with the pressures of everyday life. However, everyone has their preferred product. Some swear by full-spectrum CBD, while others prefer the purity of CBD isolate.

What’s the difference between these two products, and how can you choose what’s best for you?

What Is CBD?

CBD is a naturally occurring compound in the hemp plant. It does not induce any psychoactive effects. Instead, it helps individuals cope with everyday stress, balance mood swings, promote restful sleep, reduce activity-related soreness, improve focus and concentration, and boost an overall sense of well-being.

CBD is sourced from the male hemp plant, a member of the cannabis sativa species. Unlike the female flowering cannabis plant, hemp has minimal levels of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

Until the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized CBD products with less than 0.3% THC, CBD was largely unavailable to most people. With the passing of this legislation, the CBD industry has bloomed in the health and beauty markets.

For those looking to support their well-being and balance, which can supplement their lifestyle, CBD has become the primary choice. Unlike harsh pharmaceutical drugs with dangerous and addictive side effects, CBD encourages enhanced cognition and focus.

It is a natural way to restore your inner calm, to improve your well-being and promote recovery from activity-induced soreness and inflammation.

CBD and the Individual Patient

cbd powder and cbd oilThe body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is as unique as the individual. This system regulates functions as diverse as fertility, appetite, memory, mood, and sensory discomfort. The ECS is as unique as a fingerprint, and everyone reacts to cannabinoids slightly differently.

Your body produces some natural cannabinoids or chemical compounds that send and receive signals through the ECS. Phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant can help boost and balance your ECS and aid in overall wellness.

CBD is a type of phytocannabinoid that does not induce any kind of high. Instead, it acts on the ECS’s CB2 receptors to promote a wide variety of wellness benefits.

Cannabinoids, Terpenes, Flavonoids and Why They Matter

The differences between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate ultimately comes down to the different cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plant.


There are over 80 cannabinoids in the hemp plant, and full-spectrum CBD includes all of these powerful, health-boosting plant compounds. There may be trace amounts of THC, but not enough to have any psychoactive effect.

Full-spectrum CBD contains far more CBG (cannabigerol) and other non-psychoactive and health-promoting phytocannabinoids.


Terpenes have many roles in both the hemp plant’s life cycle and in the human body. During the hemp plant’s life, terpenes give off aromas that naturally protect the plant from predators and help carry signals throughout the plant.

Once the hemp plant is harvested, terpenes help to modulate the absorption of cannabinoids into the human body, as well as deliver health benefits of their own.

This means that how CBD is absorbed into your body can be changed by the terpenes present in full-spectrum CBD. Some people favor the added health benefits of terpenes, but others prefer CBD on its own. It all comes down to personal preference.


Flavonoids are naturally-occurring plant chemicals, or phytonutrients, that aren’t just found in hemp. They’re found in a variety of fruits and vegetables and are responsible for the vivid colors of plants. They are also potent antioxidants and immune boosters.

Why They Matter

There are many additional benefits available to full-spectrum CBD users: Other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids complement the benefits of CBD and add new, nuanced benefits of their own.

imageFull-spectrum CBD, for this reason, is celebrated in the CBD community for its “entourage effect.” It delivers all the powerful benefits of the hemp plant.

However, some people want a pure CBD isolate. They might want to avoid even the tiniest trace amounts of THC, or perhaps they just prefer how straight, extremely potent CBD affects them. Regardless, it’s an entirely personal choice.

What’s Special About Our CBD Isolate

Our CBD isolate is a crystal powder that’s extracted from pure CBD oil. We test every batch for potency and have honed each step of our extraction process.

This means that our customers who do not want to use full-spectrum CBD oil can trust our isolate to produce reliable results. You can be sure you’re getting your boost in wellness every time you use our CBD isolate.

Full-Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate: Which Should I Choose?

When it comes to choosing between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of both.

The strength of full-spectrum CBD primarily lies in its ability to produce the entourage effect. The entourage effect means that each compound magnifies the effects of the others: terpenes help to amplify the effects of the CBD, and CBD helps to increase the impact of the terpenes and flavonoids. The other cannabinoids also work in tandem, complementing, and helping you reap the full benefits of CBD.

Full-spectrum CBD is as close as you can get to the original hemp plant in CBD form, and the natural benefits target your health in a powerful way. It’s less processed than CBD isolate, and it has a broader range of health benefits.

If you’re looking to target everyday stress, mood regulation, and activity-induced soreness with CBD, choosing a full-spectrum product may be the most efficient way to get quick results.

However, CBD isolate also has its own powerful advantages. Our crystal powder isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. It’s also far less refined than fine powder CBD isolate. It’s 99%+ pure CBD, with no other active ingredients or compounds.

If you know that CBD on its own can achieve all the benefits you desire, this is the most efficient, pure way to obtain results.

The Cons of Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD has many incredible benefits. However, it also contains trace amounts of THC. There isn’t nearly enough THC in our products to produce a psychoactive effect, but if you are in a state with stringent THC laws, in the US military, or have to pass a drug test, CBD isolate may be a better option.

Full-spectrum CBD is minimally processed. It won’t get you high, but some individuals still prefer to stick to pure CBD isolate.

The Pros and Cons of CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is targeted and powerful, perfect for individuals who are sensitive to other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids in the hemp plant. It’s just CBD: There are no other plant compounds. However, because there are no terpenes to deliver the isolate throughout the body, CBD isolate may not be as effective in some people.

imageOur isolate is produced from all-natural, organic hemp grown in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Due to the high altitude, the sourced hemp is even more powerful. With absolutely no fillers, GMOs, pesticides, or herbicides, chemicals, it’s about as pure as pure gets.

If you’re concerned about trace THC content or are sensitive to other components of the hemp plant, CBD isolate might be right for you.

How to Use CBD Isolate in Your Daily Routine

Our pure CBD isolate is incredibly easy to incorporate into your daily routine. It’s both tasteless and odorless, which means you don’t have to worry about trying to mask a strong plant flavor. Here are just a few ways in which you can enjoy CBD isolate:

1. Take isolate sublingually

Due to its crystalline and odorless quality, it’s easy to take CBD isolate sublingually. Take a small pinch of isolate crystal–just enough to coat the tip of your finger–and place it under your tongue. It will dissolve within 90 seconds, and you can enjoy the benefits of CBD.

2. Incorporate isolate into your favorite beverages

You can also mix CBD isolate in with your favorite beverages–consider it your own culinary CBD adventure. Blend your daily dose of CBD isolate crystals with your coffee, smoothie, or protein shake.

3. Make your own homemade CBD products

Given the nature of CBD isolate crystal powder, you can use it to make your own homemade CBD products. Whether you’re interested in experimenting with CBD creams, vape juices, or edibles, our pure isolate is the starting perfect ingredient. Using pure, all-natural, organic isolate crystal powder grants you peace of mind.

The Takeaway

When it comes to deciding between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate, that’s a choice you can only make for yourself. If you’re unsure, consider trying both products. You may find that one works better at a different time of day or for various purposes. Each person and every endocannabinoid system is unique, so a little experimentation may be necessary to determine which and what dosage works best for your needs.

At Kats Botanicals, we love to talk about our products and help our customers find the right CBD product for their well-being. Please contact us with any questions or concerns, and check out our CBD Bible for the latest CBD news, tips and studies.

You cannot overdose on CBD. Studies have found that even consuming up to 1500 mg a day does not have any detrimental effects on the body.

The Wrap-Up

The booming, yet unregulated CBD industry makes it easy for disreputable companies to sell substandard CBD products. Research CBD and buy your CBD products from quality vendors. These vendors should provide third-party testing so you can ensure you are getting a pure and potent product.


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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Disclosure

This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program. This product is not for use by or sale to any persons under the age of 18. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is an active and naturally-occurring phytocannabinoid derived from the industrial hemp plant. Kats Botanicals does not sell or distribute any products that are in violation of the United States Controlled Substances Act (US.CSA). All products contain less than 0.3% THC.

Written By Staff

The staff writers for Kats Botanicals have been researching and writing about Kratom products for more than 5 years, and have a combined experience of over 35 years of writing in the healthcare and supplement industry. The team has a keen understanding of the topic, remain current on all FDA and industry news, and use their expertise to generate engaging and informative content to help educate consumers on Kats Botanicals’ products. Each article is fact-checked and includes sources to scientific data to ensure readers receive the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

Reviewed By Justin Kats

Justin Kats, founder of Kats Botanicals reviews and approves all content before releasing it for posting on the Kats Botanical website. Justin has been a tireless advocate for the benefits of Kratom since 2012. As a champion for botanical therapy, Justin created a Facebook group where more than 12,000 people discuss botanicals, and Kratom. He has also assisted more than 80,000 customers since the inception of his business and works directly with a single source farmer to ensure the purity of the products he sells. He also performs rigorous lab testing because he understands what it takes to get a high-quality and safe product to market.

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