CBD comes in many forms–from crystalline isolates to oil. CBD oil tinctures and isolates tend to be the most popular, however they differ from each other significantly. Crystalline CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form, up to 100%. It is what’s left after virtually everything else in the hemp plant—THC, terpenes, oil and chlorophyll—have been removed. This makes it the most potent form of CBD available. At room temperature, isolate is a tasteless, odorless white powder that can be vaporized or ingested orally.
CBD oil is the most common form of CBD and, in the case of full-spectrum extracts, is made using the entire hemp plant. The extract is combined with a carrier oil such as coconut and packaged in bottles with suction droppers for easy dosing.
CBD isolate’s potency and tastelessness make it a popular option among users who are either looking for a more immediate effect, or who dislike the hemp flavor associated with oils. CBD users who are worried about trace amounts of THC showing up in drug tests are encouraged to go with isolate as it contains less THC than oil (by definition, hemp plants contain a maximum of 0.3% THC).
All of the compounds found in cannabis, not just CBD, play an important role in the body. These people often cite a theory known as the entourage effect. It suggests that all the compounds found in hemp work synergistically to create an effect that could not be achieved by any one compound on its own. The entourage effect is a staple argument of those who believe in whole plant medicines over treatments which isolate the active ingredient. However, at this point in time, there isn’t enough scientific research to determine what impact, if any, the entourage effect has as it relates to CBD products.
Currently there is no evidence that illustrates how full spectrum CBD might affect a person differently than isolates. currently there is no evidence. Until scientists can confirm what additional benefits are conferred from the added compounds in full spectrum products, the debate is mostly just a matter of taste.