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What Is CBD Isolate?

May 19th 2021

What Is CBD Isolate?

With so many options to choose from amongst hemp products containing CBD for sale, you may feel like a kid in a candy store. On the other hand, it may feel a little overwhelming. The wide world of cannabis has its own jargon to categorize all of its classes of supplements, and it can get a bit confusing. Out of the large lexicon of cannabis terms, let’s select one, CBD isolate, and explore it, and everything around it, in detail.

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol which is a cannabinoid found in cannabis. Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system of animals producing a variety of effects. This system has shown evidence to modulate the following:

  • Anxiety and stress1
  • Inflammatory conditions1
  • Pain1
  • Metabolism1
  • Neurodegenerative conditions1
  • Pulmonary function1
  • Cardiovascular function1
  • Neuroinflammation (which has strong links to epilepsy)2

Does CBD Get You High?

Famously, THC is another cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC is the psychoactive molecule known to produce the effect of being high. Conversely, CBD is non-psychoactive, and it will not get you high. While CBD does not get you high, it, like THC, interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is why many people use it for possible CBD benefits.

CBD Isolate Is Formed From an Exact Extraction

THC and CBD aren’t the only significant molecules found in cannabis. There are a lot. In fact, there are over 560 chemical constituents found in cannabis.3 Those most commonly known are cannabinoids (chemicals that interact with the endocannabinoid system), terpenes (which contribute to aroma and flavor), and flavonoids (also contribute to aroma and flavor in addition to being anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, and anti-carcinogenic).4

Together, the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids make up what is considered to be the spectrum of chemical makeup in a cannabis plant. When extracted together, they create a full-spectrum hemp extract.

CBD isolate is formed when hemp extract is refined to include only CBD, the rest of the spectrum is not present.

Why You Should Want a More Complete Supplement Than Just CBD Isolate

CBD on its own is great, but there is power in numbers. It has long been thought that the full spectrum of cannabis works together to create the “entourage effect.”5 The entourage effect is synergistic, where the net possible benefits received total more than the individual possible benefits from each component. Taking just a CBD isolate gives no possibility to receive the entourage effect, which can only be achieved through a more complete hemp supplement.

Complete Hemp’s CBD Catalog

Complete Hemp has a wide range of CBD products. They are:

All of Complete Hemp’s offerings are:

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • No preservatives
  • Made in the USA
  • Made from hemp extracts grown in the USA

While CBD isolate does offer a lot of CBD, there is so much more to the hemp plant that is neglected by forgoing more of the spectrum. Hemp cannot be complete by isolating only one part, which is why Complete Hemp no longer offers just a CBD isolate tincture.


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2Cheung KAK, Peiris H, Wallace G, Holland OJ, Mitchell MD. The Interplay between the Endocannabinoid System, Epilepsy and Cannabinoids. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(23):6079. Published 2019 Dec 2. doi:10.3390/ijms20236079

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4Panche, A N et al. “Flavonoids: an overview.” Journal of nutritional science vol. 5 e47. 29 Dec. 2016, doi:10.1017/jns.2016.41

5Ben-Shabat S, Fride E, Sheskin T, Tamiri T, Rhee MH, Vogel Z, Bisogno T, De Petrocellis L, Di Marzo V, Mechoulam R. An entourage effect: inactive endogenous fatty acid glycerol esters enhance 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol cannabinoid activity. Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Jul 17;353(1):23-31. doi: 10.1016/s0014-2999(98)00392-6. PMID: 9721036.