Pure CBD vs Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Great for unwinding after a session in the gym, erasing the occasional aches and pains or regulating your sleep, CBD has established a reputation as a potent partner in helping you manage your body, mind and performance.

However, if you’re new to CBD, the variety of oils on offer can make choosing a product difficult. Try shopping around and terms like “full spectrum”, “pure isolate” and “whole plant” are likely to have you wondering if all this CBD stuff is worth the bother.

Fortunately, CBD oil doesn’t have to be confusing. All you need to do is learn a few basics, and you will be well on your way to finding the right CBD oil to increase your recovery and performance.

Let’s start by looking at the chemical differences between full spectrum and pure CBD oil...

Note: This article covers everything you need to know about the different types of CBD oil available at Unlocked. The right CBD for you will depend entirely on your lifestyle and circumstances. We’ve tried to make all the information as relevant to athletes as possible. However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to shoot us an email, or contact us on social media.  


The Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD and Pure Isolate CBD Oil

To understand the different benefits of full spectrum and pure CBD oil, you first need to understand the chemical makeup of the two products.

Let’s take a closer look at each oil individually.

Pure Isolate CBD Oil

V: the purest form of a compound

The scientific name for pure CBD oil is pure CBD isolate. Isolate stands for “the purest form of a compound”, and that’s exactly what it is. 99.5% pure, isolated CBD. This is achieved by removing all the terpenes, essential oils and THC that are found naturally in the plant, leaving you with a dense dose of just the CBD compound, Cannabidiol.

What does pure CBD oil contain?


Pure Isolate Contents

Pure CBD oil only contains CBD and Coconut MCT oil. All other compounds have been removed.

The Pure CBD Advantage

CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. There are a variety of benefits to this product when compared to a CBD using the full spectrum of cannabinoids.

One of the key advantages of pure CBD oil is that all the potentially psychoactive compounds are removed. That includes compounds like THC and CBG. That means there is no chance of failing a future drug test.

Another advantage is that all the flavonoids have been removed. This means that the oil is completely flavourless. That’s the recovery you need, without the plant taste.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full Spectrum
Adj: to cover an entire set

Full spectrum, on the other hand, stands for “cover an entire set”, and that’s exactly what you get with Full Spectrum CBD oil. Containing all 113 cannabinoids that occur naturally in the plant, full spectrum is a nutrient-rich blend of terpenes, essential oils and other cannabinoids like CBG and CBN. Essentially, this is CBD oil in its most natural form.

What does Full Spectrum CBD oil contain?


Full Spectrum CBD Oil Contents

Full spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids, vitamins and essential oils that can be extracted from the hemp plant. These include: CBD, Terpenes, CBDA, CBG, CBGA, CBC, CBCA, THCA, THC, Calcium, Vitamins C, E and A. Coconut MCT oil is also added to the mixture to aid absorption into the bloodstream.

The Full Spectrum CBD Advantage

Full Spectrum CBD is CBD in its natural form. It contains all 113 cannabinoids, as well as the plant terpenes and flavonoids. So when you take full spectrum CBD, you literally receive a dose of the natural range of compounds as nature intended. Now, there a variety of benefits to this product, but the main one is what’s become known as “The Entourage Effect”.

The Entourage Effect


CBD Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is fairly simple. When you take full spectrum CBD oil you consume 113 different cannabinoids, each with their own therapeutic benefits. Now, until recently it was thought that CBD was the only compound with medicinal benefits. However, researchers discovered that the hundreds of plant cannabinoids work together, enhancing each other and intensifying the potential benefits of CBD.

Put simply, the full spectrum of cannabinoids work together, bringing the best out of each other and producing a stronger influence than any one of these compounds alone.

OK, so you understand the chemical differences between the two products, but which is better? And which should you take?

Full Spectrum or Pure CBD oil?

As you now know, there are some key chemical differences between full spectrum and pure CBD oil. Now, the truth is, the best product for you will depend entirely on your lifestyle and circumstances. For one person, pure CBD will be the best option, in another circumstance, full spectrum CBD will be the better option. It all depends on your individual needs and unique conditions.

So, let’s start by suggesting some circumstances where one product may be better than the other.

“I receive regular drug testing”

In this situation, the best choice will be pure CBD oil. Work and athletic drug screenings test for THC and CBG, just two of the hundreds of compounds removed from pure CBD oil. It’s worth mentioning that full spectrum contains no psychoactive properties and the THC levels are below detectable amounts in standard employment or athletic screening. However, to be safe, pure CBD oil is the best choice.

“I don’t like the idea of taking psychoactive compounds”

That’s fair enough. We don’t either. In this case, you’re best going with pure CBD oil, as all the THC, CBG and other psychoactive compounds have been completely removed. However, it’s worth remembering that full spectrum CBD only contains a trace amount of THC. We also have to legally test all our CBD oil, ensuring it has less than 0.3% THC, an amount too small to be psychoactive.

“I want the full therapeutic benefits of CBD”  

OK, in this situation, full spectrum CBD oil is probably the best choice. You see, originally, pure CBD oil was thought to be the best, as it contained one dense dose of CBD. Logical, that makes sense.

However, researchers testing CBD have discovered what’s known as the entourage effect. Now, the entourage effect is quite clever, it works because full spectrum CBD contains all 113 cannabinoids found in the plant. Things like CBN, CBG and terpenes, along with CBD. As it turns out, these compounds work together with the CBD to enhance the therapeutic effects of the oil, making it much more effective at treating the majority of medical conditions.   

If that sounds confusing, simply think of full spectrum CBD oil as a team of different cannabinoids. The cannabinoids work together, bringing the best out of each other and producing a stronger influence than any one of these compounds alone.

“I want my CBD oil to taste nice”

Great tasting CBD isn’t about what you put into it, it’s about what you take out. So, in this situation, you would want to buy pure CBD oil. You see, because pure CBD is just the isolate form of CBD, with all the essential oils and terpenes removed, the flavonoids which produce flavour are also removed. This makes pure CBD completely flavourless.  

“I don’t want to get high”

Good news. You cannot get high taking either full spectrum or pure CBD oil. The high or “stoned” feeling is created by consuming the psychoactive compound “THC”. Sure you can find a trace amount of THC in full spectrum CBD, but we test each batch to ensure they contain less than 0.2% THC, ensuring you will never get high.

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