Which to Choose, CBD Isolates or Tinctures?


A tincture with a dropperHave you heard about the powerful health benefits of CBD yet find the tinctures and isolates terminology confusing? Have you found yourself wondering about the differences between broad spectrum and full spectrum? Never fear. Your CBD list of such terms and definitions is here!

Let's start with what has been used to treat health concerns like anxiety and pain since the beginning of herbal medicines - tinctures. When extracts of a hemp plant are soaked in vinegar, vegetable glycerin, cinnamon oils, peppermint oils, or alcohol, the health benefits of that plant are concentrated into a liquid form called a tincture. Herbal tinctures are an essential component of the wellness industry because they are easy to consume, do not require additional preparation like teas, have a long shelf-life, and may be taken like supplements as desired. For the most effective intake method, apply the recommended number of droplets directly under your tongue and wait 15 minutes before eating or drinking. Hint: a dropperful equals 30 drops. Please note those individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or giving the mixture to children should consult with a physician before use.

Full Spectrum Oil
Naturally, CBD extractions will also contain trace amounts of flavonoids, terpenes, and other cannabinoids like THC. The THC compound is the source of the hallucinogenic effect of marijuana. That said, since it is such a negligible amount in the full spectrum oil, there is virtually no risk of experiencing the "high" sensation from this compound. 

The Momentum Behind Full Spectrum
Many people prefer using the full spectrum CBD products because of the "entourage effect". This is is the term given to the belief that the individual receives the health benefits from the combination of the hemp plant compounds and additional natural ingredients. In other words, the collection of healing properties from all the components potentially has a more powerful effect than CBD isolates or broad spectrum.

Broad Spectrum Oil
If the idea of having trace amounts of THC is a concern, then broad spectrum or CBD isolates would still be able to deliver the desired health benefits without the added compound. With broad spectrum, the extracted sample from the hemp plant has been refined to remove the THC compound. Hence, this version of CBD products is a wonderful way to treat many health symptoms naturally from depression to inflammation without the risk of a reaction to the THC compound. 

The Benefits of Broad Spectrum
Although there are many who would argue full spectrum is the healthiest and most effective form of CBD intake, there are some who would like to keep the wellness effect of the CBD product without including the possible side effects of THC. If you are on the fence about whether to choose the Full or Broad Spectrum, it may help to know there is a requirement of less than 0.3% of THC in full spectrum. Despite this fact, individuals such as parents, pet owners, and employees who may be drug tested may not wish to take any risks with THC affects on the human body. This is where broad spectrum shines. You receive the reputed inflammation and pain reduction effect without the fear of a hallucinogenic having any undesirable impact.

If you are looking for the purest form of CBD, then you might be a fan of the isolates. This powder or crystallized form of CBD is 99% pure and is the result of a winterization technique that extracts the CBD compound from the sample thereby removing it from the flavonoids, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. The simplest way to consume isolates is placing the physician recommended dose under your tongue much like the tincture, although mixing it with fatty foods is also effective. While it is possible to place it in a beverage like water or a smoothie to drink it, the isolate will not blend with the liquid, unless a fatty binding agent like coconut oil or avocado is added to the blend.

As you can tell from the above descriptions, sorting through the basic CBD terminology does not have to be overwhelming. Come into our Medical Xpress Wellness store located at 3330 Matlock Rd, #110b in Arlington, Texas to speak with us about these terms plus all the available CBD product forms. We carry only the top-quality brands for everything from bath bombs to mints so that you can feel confident in your purchase of any product we sell. Stop by our store and get started on your way to improved wellness and reduced inflammation today!