CBD Full Spectrum vs. CTFO CBD Full Spectrum + CBD Isolate Boost
There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to full spectrum CBD oil vs. CBD isolate. But there is even less information available on what happens when we add CBD isolate to full spectrum CBD oil. I hope to shed some light on CTFO’s new CBD product that is full spectrum CBD oil plus a boost of CBD isolate.
My goal is that by the time you finish reading this article, you will also have a basic understanding on the following:
- The difference between CBD isolate only, CBD full spectrum oil, and CBD full spectrum oil plus a boost of CBD isolate, their purpose and which one is right for you.
- What a tincture is.
- The differences between carrier oils such as hempseed, MCT and grapeseed.
- What PCR hemp oil or phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil is.
- The difference between PCR hemp oil and hempseed oil.
- How to figure out total CBD in a product. Hint: it’s not the mg on the bottle you see.
So what is the difference between CBD isolate only, CBD full spectrum, and CBD full spectrum plus an isolate boost and why it matters
CBD isolate only
While it’s easy to assume that something that is 99.5% pure would be better than something that is only 2% pure, it’s not always the case when it comes to CBD.
CBD isolate is one of the many cannabinoids in hemp, but the isolate does not contain the other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Therefore isolate only, would not provide the entourage effect of the other cannabinoids found in full spectrum which typically is about 2% CBD.
Isolate is good for two things though:
- It’s good for someone who absolutely does not want to have any THC at all in their product, even if it’s only trace amounts.
- Isolate is also good for adding to full spectrum to boost the overall CBD from 2% to 25% to create a more potent product.
For the purposes of this article we are only interested in the most potent CBD products so I will not include isolate only in the above graph. But I will cover the full spectrum and the CTFO full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost.
What is a tincture?
A CBD tincture is one of the most common and best methods to take CBD.
A tincture uses a carrier oil, such as hempseed oil, MTC oil, or grapeseed oil, which is then mixed with the CBD oil.
This creates an easy to use product that you can take sublingually under your tongue so it absorbs quickly into your blood steam via the blood vessels under your tongue.
As CBD oil is thick and sometimes not the most pleasant tasting, the tincture mixed with the carrier oil not only makes it more palatable, but it also allows you to consume it easily with a dropper by counting out a certain number of drops until you find the amount that is correct for you.
If the CBD oil was not mixed with a carrier oil, it would be a thick sticky pasty substance that would stick to your teeth and be harder for most people to consume. Not to mention the taste is unbearable for many people.
Next we’ll cover carrier oils and clear up any misconceptions about them
As I mentioned above, in tinctures a carrier oil, such as hempseed, MTC or grapeseed is needed to mix the CBD oil into.
The biggest misconception going around the internet is that hempseed oil is full spectrum CBD oil. It is not. Hempseed oil has no cannabinoids or CBD in it.
Technically there are trace amount of CBD in hempseed oil, but only 25 parts per million, which may as well be nothing.
The bottom line is hempseed oil, while being nutritionally great for you because it contains omega 3’s and 6’s, only has traces of CBD, which is not enough to provide any benefits you may be seeking from CBD.
Yet, I hear affiliates who sell CBD oil talk about their oil being 80% pure. Yet, there are no lab tests to back this up and other reps simply repeat what they hear from their leaders, even though it’s false.
I also hear affiliates who cut down MTC oil or Medium Chain Triglyceride oil as being a filler. MCT oil is simply coconut oil that is healthy for you also, but won’t solidify like regular coconut oil.
Whether you use hempseed oil, MCT oil or grapeseed oil, they are all healthy oils. They are simply a carrier oil and other than taste preference it really doesn’t matter which one you use, as it has zero effect for making your full spectrum CBD oil that is mixed with carrier oil, any more or less effective.
With that said I do love hempseed oil. You can buy it on Amazon or in the health food store. It’s great to put on your salads for taste, but once again, there is no CBD in it that will do anything for you.
PCR hemp oil or phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil is what contains the CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes
You will see the tincture bottles labeled as containing PCR hemp oil.
This is what contains the full spectrum CBD and other cannabinoids that provide the entourage effect.
When you buy a bottle that says 500mg, it means there is 500mg of PCR hemp oil in the bottle, not 500mg of CBD in the bottle.
CTFO has four choices of CBD Oil drops:
This means each 1 oz / 30 ml bottle of CBD oil drops contains that much full spectrum PCR hemp oil in it. Again this is not the amount of CBD.
It gets confusing at times when you see a company sell a 2 oz / 60 ml bottle that says 1000mg on it. While it sounds more potent or stronger than a 1 oz / 30 ml bottle of 500mg, it’s actually the same potency. It’s just like having 2 bottles of 500mg.
Again PCR hemp oil is the full spectrum CBD oil that contains the CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes. Hempseed oil is simply a carrier oil and is no better or worse than MCT oil or grapeseed oil.
Now we’ll go over the graph that shows the difference between full spectrum CBD oil and CTFO’s full spectrum cbd oil with an added isolate boost to it
Tincture: 30,000 mg is the same total for both full spectrum and for full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost
You will notice that the tincture in both full spectrum and the bottle of full spectrum plus the isolate boost are both for a 1 oz / 30 ml bottle. A 30 ml bottle contains 30,000 mg of total tincture, which includes the carrier oil, CBD oil, peppermint flavoring and isolate crystal boost if any.
* Please note that there are 30,000 mg in 30 ml when it comes to water. While hempseed oil, MCT oil and grapeseed oil have slightly different densities, for simplicity I have decided to use round numbers of 30,000 to make the illustration simpler. So 30,000 mg will be used regardless of the carrier oil.
Carrier oil: 29,500 mg out of the 30,000 mg is the same total for both full spectrum and for full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost
Here you will see that both the full spectrum only and the bottle of CTFO’s full spectrum plus the CBD isolate boost both contain the same amount of carrier oil which is approximately 29,500 mg out of the 30,000 mg of tincture.
Again the carrier is not not full spectrum oil regardless if it is hempseed oil, MCT oil or grapeseed oil. It’s simply a nutritionally great oil that is needed to mix the CBD oil with into a tincture to be able to take the herbal drops sublingually (under your tongue).
Therefore, hempseed oil is neither superior nor is it inferior to MCT oil or grapeseed oil.
PCR or phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil: 500 mg is the same total for both full spectrum and for full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost
One again both the full spectrum only and the bottle of CTFOs full spectrum plus the CBD isolate boost both contain the same amount of the full spectrum CBD oil which is 500 mg out of the possible 30,000 mg in the tincture.
PCR hemp oil and non PCR hemp oil (carrier oil) should not be confused. See the above definitions if you need to clarify this again.
Total CBD: 10 mg in the full spectrum only and 125 mg in the full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost.
This is where things get different between the full spectrum only and the bottle of CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost. The full spectrum only bottle contains a total of 10 mg of CBD out of the possible 500 mg of PCR or phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil. Whereas CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost contains a total of 125 mg of CBD out of the possible 500 mg of PCR or phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil.
So nothing is taken away from CTFO’s full spectrum product, but simply added to by boosting the total CBD from 2% in the full spectrum CBD oil to 25% total CBD by adding a CBD pure crystal isolate boost to the already full spectrum CBD oil.
2% CBD full spectrum: 10 mg of CBD is the same total for both full spectrum and for full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost.
Once again this is the total amount of CBD that is found in the full spectrum portion of PCR hemp oil. It is identical in both the full spectrum only and in CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost.
99.5% pure crystal isolate boost: 0 mg in the full spectrum only and 115 mg in the bottle of full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost.
This is really the one and only major difference between the full spectrum only and the bottle of CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate.
Again nothing is taken away from CTFO’s product. A pure CBD crystal isolate is simply added to CTFO’s already full spectrum product to boost the total amount of CBD from 2% in the full spectrum product to 25% total CBD.
Having tried both CBD full spectrum only products and CTFO’s full spectrum CBD oil plus the added CBD pure crystal isolate boost, I have to say that while both products are great, CTFO’s full spectrum plus the CBD isolate boost is superior in potency and effectiveness.
Both products are virtually identical up until the point where the CTFO CBD product adds about 115 mg of CBD isolate to their already full spectrum CBD oil to boost the total CBD from 10 mg in the CBD full spectrum only to a total of 125mg of CBD in CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost. This also raises the total CBD percentage from 2% in the full spectrum only product to 25% in CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost product.
One final note on how to calculate total CBD in any product is to simply take the total PCR Hemp Oil in mg and multiply it by the total percent of CBD.
So in the case of the full spectrum only CBD product we take the 500 mg of PCR hemp oil and multiply it by 2% which gives us a total of 10 mg of CBD in the 1 oz / 30 bottle. Or 500 x .02 = 10.
In the case of CTFO’s full spectrum plus CBD isolate boost we take the 500 mg of PCR hemp oil and multiply it by 25% which gives us a total of 125 mg of CBD in the 1 oz / 30 ml bottle. Or 500 x .25 = 125.