10 Jul Hemp 101: Whole plant extract vs. CBD isolate
If you’re reading this, you probably have some interest in the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and are looking for the right product.
While we’d love to point you right this way – we realize that you might have more questions.
If you’ve been doing some research into CBD oils and tinctures, then you’ve doubtless heard terms like “whole-plant” or “whole spectrum” extract, and also “CBD isolate” in various forms.
All of our Clarify CBD oil products are made from whole plant CBD-rich hemp extract, but what, exactly, does that mean?
As the name suggests, whole plant hemp extract contains just that – the entire hemp plant as well as all of the beneficial compounds that it contains – and that includes hundreds of compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), secondary cannabinoids, terpenoids, terpenes, and flavonoids – and all of these compounds work together to increase the beneficial effects of CBD and lessen the potential negative effects of other compounds contained within the plant.
While plant medicine is nothing new, “modern herbalists recognize that the healing power of a plant lies in the interactions of all its various components. That includes the drug compounds, but also assorted minerals, vitamins, volatile oils, essential oils, glycosides, alkaloids, bioflavonoids, and other substances, both known and unknown. In addition to the registered “active” ingredients, herbs include buffers, detoxifiers, and synergistic compounds that can greatly enhance the safety and medical efficacy of the active compounds.”
All of these compounds working together is called the “Entourage Effect,” a term created by two Israeli scientists in 1998 to describe their findings that taking all of the natural chemical compounds found in hemp was more beneficial than isolating a single compound like CBD.
CBD is certainly the star of the show, but the hemp plant contains a host of other compounds that all work together with the Endocannabinoid System (read more about that here) to affect processes like sleep, digestion, hormone regulation, inflammation and cognition.
We believe that nature got it right the first time, and that the hemp plant is perfect just like it is, so there’s no need to take part of it out or throw any of it away. In fact, though it was previously believed that CBD isolates were more potent than whole plant CBD, a 2015 study proved that whole plant cannabidiol was far more effective in treating pain and inflammation than isolated CBD, and the whole plant CBD had better results at lower doses than using isolated CBD.
While isolating desirable compounds is standard practice in western medicine, we believe that taking a more holistic view of your health involves a more (w)holistic approach to everything you put in your body. With that in mind, we use the whole hemp plant to make our Clarify tinctures, capsules and salves so that they, and you, can function as nature intended.