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The CBD industry is booming. As laws and regulations that once inhibited the large-scale production of hemp are finally reforming, the demand for CBD products are steadily rising. With the increase in the diversity of products currently offered by the industry, the consumer can feel overwhelmed and confused. It is important to research the difference between ISO (isolated CBD) and FSO (full spectrum hemp oil.) This way the consumer can supply themselves with a product more fitted for their needs.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component that comes from the hemp plant. It cannot get you high. Researchers from around the world are determining that CBD has great health benefit potential in a wide range of ailments ranging from arthritis to glaucoma. It has also been proven to effectively combat inflammation.
“The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports more than 100 million Americans experience chronic pain and inflammation. That’s more than the number of people with diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined.” June 28, 2015
It is no mystery why a sudden, nationwide consumer interest has currently taken effect.
FSO vs ISO
There are benefits to both, and one isn’t necessarily better than the other. It all comes down to the consumer’s needs. Let’s start with ISO. ISO is extracted when the CBD has been isolated from the rest of the plant, producing pure CBD crystals. This has it’s advantages especially if the user requires an exclusively CBD experience.
CBD isolate is ideal for those who wish to experience the effects of CBD on their ailments before exploring the benefits of full spectrum products. It was widely believed up until recently that isolated CBD would act as a more effective treatment to those who needed it than Full Spectrum oil. This theory was debunked after being researched at the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem in 2015.
FSO has all of the cannabinoids in hemp. Consuming full spectrum products can potentially unlock more of the healing benefits of hemp oil. This is achieved through what is often called the “entourage effect.” This “entourage effect” is the combination of terpenes and other cannabinoids working in concert with the CBD. Consumers have reported that this formula further delivers the benefits they are looking for.
Imagine having to choose between a plain banana smoothie (ISO) and a banana smoothie featuring a medley of fruit (full spectrum). Both banana smoothies are delicious and nutritional, but the latter contains more flavors and provides a wider range of nutrition, just like the “entourage effect.” In addition those benefits, full spectrum contains an assortment of beneficial fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
As previously stated, there is no clear winner in this race. It all comes down to the user and his or her needs. The best way to determine which product is right for you is to simply try both at different times while closely monitoring the effects and the amount of alleviation of ailments experienced. After doing so, the consumer can make a choice based on their empirical knowledge to help further the quality of his or her life.