What’s The Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD Oils and Crystal Isolate?

Posted on February 16, 2018

From the CBD grab-bag, today comes a question from one of our fans - this one’s from Kevin in Peoria. Kevin asks, “What’s the difference between full spectrum oils and crystal isolate?”

(Actually, we don’t really have a grab-bag, or know anyone named Kevin for that matter, but still…)

For those of you new to the world of CBD, or those of you looking to dig a little deeper into this miracle extract, let’s take a look at the difference between the two.

Diamond CBD’s Collections

First, Diamond CBD offers both Full Spectrum Vape Tanks and Crystal Isolate. Our Full-spectrum oils are a great way to consume premium-quality CBD. It comes in a pre-filled cartridge that’s ready to screw onto your vape battery pack, meaning in no time at all you are ready to go.

Meanwhile, our Blue Crystal Isolates are high-end premium vape liquid and oral drops infused with premium CBD rich hemp oil. Whatever you’re looking for, we have it right here.

Full Spectrum Oils

In the simplest terms, full-spectrum oils include all of the other cannabinoids or other properties of value found in the hemp plant. In other words, when CBD is extracted, in this case from the hemp plant (remember Diamond CBD uses all-natural industrial hemp CBD) all of the other compounds present in the plant remain.

So what else is there, exactly? When it comes to CBD from the hemp plant, this can include a long list natural cannabinoids, as well as terpenes.

Full-spectrum oils give what is known as the “entourage effect,” in which you have all of the hemp plants compounds working in tandem to provide you with a full-body effect.

Crystal Isolate

We’ve talked about crystal isolate before. (Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten already!) As you may have guessed by now, crystal isolate is CBD in its purest form, separated from any and all other cannabinoids and compounds. It’s naturally pure, Isolated CBD.

It usually takes the form of a crystalline powder which contains nothing else of value besides CBD.

Which Is More Effective

For a while, the debate raged on about which was more effective, full spectrum oils or crystal isolate. Many believed that pure CBD in isolate form was the more effective of the two solely based on the fact that it was purer.

One study done in 2015 showed a different result.


There’s always a but. Just because studies show that full-spectrum oils are more effective,  that doesn't necessarily mean they are the right product for you. We always recommend you test out a variety of our CBD products to see how they affect you and your body, to determine which one is best for your needs.

So go ahead and check out some of our oils and while you’re at it, check out some of our isolates as well. You never know which you might enjoy the most.

And thanks again for your question, Kevin.

Tell us which you prefer. Hit us up and let us know if you like full-spectrum oils, or if you prefer isolate.