CBD: The new Cannabis Craze

The public profile of CBD has increased rapidly in recent years. Users are now using it to treat all manner of ailments and conditions. It can be consumed in so many ways, ranging from simple oral consumption to topical use and even vaporizing. There are two main forms of CBD on the market. These are ‘full spectrum’ CBD and CBD isolate. There are a number of key differences between the two.

We take a look at these differences so that you will know what is best for you. We will also look at methods of consumption, as this can have a dramatic impact on the efficacy of CBD. You will find that full-spectrum CBD is more popular but isolate has certain benefits that might appeal to different CBD users.

Complex Cannabis

Cannabis contains over 100 active cannabinoids aside from CBD. It also contains terpenes, which have anti-inflammatory properties and can actually increase the efficiency of other cannabinoids. Some of these other cannabinoids have been found to have symptom alleviating qualities as well. The cannabinoids CBN and CBG for example, are found in most full-spectrum extracts. Studies have shown that both contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and pain-relieving properties.

What are CBD products?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a beneficial but non-intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana, and it’s exploding in popularity for many reasons. Part of that is due to its actual abilities to help with anxiety, epilepsy, and even quitting smoking. But some of the reasons for its rise to fame are because of statements labeling it as a cure for almost anything. This can be for cancers, rare diseases, and because it is now legal to use.

The truth is it can be extremely helpful to many people regardless of their stance on cannabis itself. Depending on your preference to have a more or less cannabis-like effect, you’ll want to focus on full-spectrum or Isolated CBD.

What version is best for you?

The essential difference is that full-spectrum CBD products have additional cannabinoids beyond Cannabidiol. Typically what causes the full spectrum effect is the interaction between CBD, small amounts of CBN, terpenes, and minimal amounts of THC. THC is kept to a low even in full spectrum extracts. This is because the specific intention is to give you the beneficial effects of cannabis without too much of a high.

If you don’t use cannabis you can still get all the benefits that cannabis has to offer. If you want to use a CBD product and wish to make sure you are free of THC then isolate is best for you. CBD Isolates have nearly zero additional cannabinoids and terpenes and are often a pure crystallized form of CBD. This pure form has a more limited but direct effect. The nice thing is it doesn’t make the user feel medicated or couch-locked to any degree. Some users say full spectrum CBD can have this effect.

CBD isolate

CBD isolate does have something to offer CBD users that full-spectrum extracts does not. The fact that full-spectrum extracts invariably contain low levels of THC means that some users prefer to stick to pure CBD by itself. This is out of fear of failing a drug test or experiencing a form of “high”. Although both of these have been found to be fairly unlikely.

You can avoid interacting with any part of the cannabis plant and still benefit from cannabinoids and terpenes. There are some oils and extracts made from other plants like flaxseed and some flowers that separately produce CBD and terpenes like myrcene and linalool that have similar effects.

However, if you already enjoy regular cannabis you may prefer the additional effects of full-spectrum CBD. The interaction between all the cannabinoids and specific terpenes in different full spectrum blends create the same CBD effects along with some slight sedative and lifting effects as well. If you’re into that, then the additional cost and cannabis-like qualities may be a bonus to you.


What research has not shown so far is that CBD or any cannabis derivatives do have cancer-curing effects. There is some limited research that may show CBD may reduce the progression of some cancers. More in-depth research needs to be conducted here in South Africa now that the law has changed. We can only find more positives from the cannabis plant and with time our knowledge will increase.

While sometimes CBD is promoted as a cure-all when it should not be, it does have many benefits spanning from stress relief to a sleep aid. The most important thing to remember is to do your research to see what’s right for you and only choose reputable vendors and products.

This all serves to underline the importance of testing CBD extract for the various levels of active ingredients. If your homemade extract contains a high amount of THC it could have negative effects. Some people looking for just medicine. Then you need to use either a different method of extraction or more likely, the need to find a source of hemp that has lower THC. As more scientific literature emerges supporting the entourage effect, and increased benefits of full-spectrum CBD compared to CBD isolate, we can expect the manufacture and sale of CBD goods based around isolate to greatly reduce in the coming years.

Written by 420Store Team, Jun 2019

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