The Difference between CBD Isolate, THC-Free and Full Spectrum Products

Differences in Cannabis Oil Products

Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of chemicals produced by the cannabis plant. Together, these groups of chemicals are called cannabinoids (or phytocannabinoids if you want to be specific about the fact that they are from a plant). These are usually extracted as something called cannabis oil (oftentimes misspelled as “canibus oil” or “cannabus oil”). Products made from this oil often have different labels based on the purity of the extract, and the level of THC content. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common hemp extract labels that you’ll run into when purchasing CBD hemp oil.

CBD Isolate

While it does take more work, CBD can be isolated from the extract and this is labeled as “CBD Isolate” or “Isolate CBD”. These kinds of products don’t contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other plant chemicals. This is achieved by a stringent purification process that begins by extracting the oil from high-CBD hemp plants. From there, the oil is refined to remove contaminants, then distilled to concentrate the CBD to approximately 80%. Chromatography purifies the CBD from the distillate and then that substance is crystallized to yield a 99% pure CBD powder.

When shopping for CD isolates, it’s a good idea to make sure that the product has been tested by a third-party lab to ensure purity. Maven Hemp CBD isolate is tested and retested throughout the process to ensure purity.

Zero-THC Oil

A zero-THC label means that the hemp extract contains the full spectrum of the plant including the other phytocannabinoids but doesn’t contain any THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the only psychoactive cannabinoid. Cannabidiol and the other chemicals do not. For people who want the benefits of a broader spectrum of the cannabis plant, opting for a zero-THC product may be the way to go, in comparison to the CBD isolate.

Full-Spectrum CBD

When it comes to full-spectrum products, it’s important to remember that the legal hemp plant still contains 0.3% THC or less. Since plants are living organisms, it’s difficult to predict the exact amount of THC a hemp plant will produce. [1] BeyondTHC, the hemp plant contains hundreds of other compounds, such as terpenes, flavonoids, lipids, omega 3 acids, and omega 6 acids, which are beneficial for anti-inflammatory effects. Ingesting the full spectrum of the hemp plant is the optimal way to support the endocannabinoid system.

Is 0.3% THC a lot?

Hemp products have less than .3% THC. A typical dispensary product could have 15%-100% more THC. Important to read labels to not be misled.

Delivery Method of CBD

Finally, the delivery method that you choose to use will affect how much time it takes before you feel the effects. Using an inhaler is the fastest method because the CBD is directly absorbed into your bloodstream through your lungs. Eating or using a tincture takes longer because your mouth and gastrointestinal tract must first absorb the CBD. And remember, CBD loves oils and hates water, so it’s a good idea to eat or use CBD oils with other oily/high-fat foods such as avocados, milk, or ice cream.

Always Check the Label!

Next time you’re out shopping for CBD products, remember to check the label for what kind of hemp extract it contains. Also make sure to check to see if the product has been tested, verified, and certified by a third-party testing lab. To get the best experience from using CBD, it’s important that high-quality products are used.

At Maven, we curate only the highest-quality raw materials in America to create our CBD products. You can also be confident that our products are pure and contain what they say they contain. How? Because every single product we provide is Lab-Tested by an independent third-party lab and produced using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).


  1. Jikomes, N., & Zoorob, M. (2018). The Cannabinoid Content of Legal Cannabis in Washington State Varies Systematically Across Testing Facilities and Popular Consumer Products. Scientific reports, 8(1), 4519. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-22755-2



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