Hemp and CBD Isolate: What’s the
(The following information was obtained from MadeByHemp.com)
potential benefits of CBD are a prominent topic of research and discussion. As we
explain the effects of CBD, it is important to discuss the types of extracts.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp plant in a variety of forms. The
type of extract in a product is shown to impact the effect CBD has on the body.
Whole plant hemp extract and CBD isolate are two common forms of
CBD extract. These extracts vary in the type of cannabinoids and synergistic
plant extracts they contain. Let’s take a closer look at the differences
between these two extracts to understand how they influence the intake of CBD.
CBD isolate is cannabidiol in
its purest form. To produce this extract, CBD is isolated and then refined to
strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in
the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around
contain only one cannabinoid: CBD. This means that CBD isolate does not contain
any THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid, making CBD isolate a perfect option for
those who seek a THC-free product.
isolate has no taste or odor and can be used to formulate many varieties of CBD
products, such as edibles and topicals. Since CBD isolate is around 99% pure,
you have control over exactly how much CBD is added to a product (a milligram
of CBD isolate equates to about a milligram of CBD.)
Whole Plant Hemp Extract
plant hemp extract keeps the full properties of the hemp plant intact. In
addition to CBD, this extract includes terpenes, cannabinoids, vitamins,
minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and any other materials that are
extracted from the hemp plant. The hemp plant naturally contains over 100
cannabinoids that, similar to CBD, provide their own unique benefit.
referred to as a full-spectrum extract, whole plant hemp extract contains all
of the available benefits within the hemp material. By keeping all of the plant
components, whole plant hemp extract benefits from the synergistic properties
between the components. Scientists have found that plant components interact
with one another to create an enhanced effect (compared to the component
to this theory, known as the entourage effect, CBD and other
components of hemp work together to improve absorption and effect in the body.
These compounds influence each other’s function for a sum greater than its
the natural cannabinoids remain intact, whole plant hemp extract contains small
levels of THC. However, in order to be considered hemp, whole plant hemp
extract must have less than 0.3% THC. This is a trace amount that does not
create a high.
Can a Full-Spectrum Product be
set in when we discover a product which is full-spectrum and THC-free. This
product contradicts our previous statement that a full-spectrum product
must contain low levels of THC. While uncommon, it is possible
to manufacture a product that
is full-spectrum and THC-free.
Purifying Full-Spectrum Hemp
There are various methods of
extracting full-spectrum hemp oil from the hemp plant. While CO2
extraction is deemed the cleanest method, other methods, such as solvent
extraction, may be utilized. However extracted, the final
product will be an oil with varying amounts of THC no greater than
At this point, most manufacturers would combine this oil with several other ingredients
or use as is. Using technology called centrifugal partition chromatography
(CPC), the manufacturer of the Hemp tincture takes an additional
CPC technology is a purification process that separates each
compound to remove unwanted compounds, such as THC.
During CPC, raw
oil is run through a centrifuge. The oil is pushed through a
series of cells that contain a mixture of liquids such as water, methanol,
or heptane. Each compound diffuses into one of the liquids
depending on their affinity to it; the compounds separate into
different cells along the way. The compact CPC unit uses over one
thousand extraction cells in a high-speed spinning disk pack to separate and
purify the desired compound. Each cell increases the purity of the desired
compound until a high purity product is created.
CBD isolate is often added to the final product to increase the potency.
THC or no THC?
CPC technology is available, you may be wondering why all products
are not THC-free. THC, the intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant,
raises concern for those who do not wish to experience the intoxicating effects
of marijuana or must partake in routine drug testing.
beneficial for these reasons, THC is also being studied for its interaction
with CBD in what we have referred to as the entourage effect.
A Note About THC-Free
note not all products that are labeled full-spectrum and THC-free will be
manufactured in this manner. We suggest you be wary of products that claim to
be full-spectrum and THC-free. Many times, a THC-free “full-spectrum” product
is made solely with CBD isolate. When in doubt, reference the
manufacturer’s COA to determine the levels of cannabinoids in the
CBD isolates, you receive the sole benefits of CBD. In comparison, whole plant
hemp extract provides the synergistic benefits of the whole hemp plant. Whether
you choose CBD isolate or whole plant hemp extract is dependent upon your
health goals. Both have proven benefit in certain instances.
the scientific community learns more about CBD, we are beginning to understand
how CBD interacts with the body along with other plant components.
This is a Full-spectrum CBD and does contain all components of the Hemp plant, including THC. This product will test positive for THC in a drug test.