Full Spectrum vs Isolate

There is a lot of misinformation on the internet these days regarding hemp oil, CBD, CBDa, Full Spectrum, Isolate and so forth.

The two most common ways CBD oils are created is from “crude” or CBD isolate.

CBD isolate is created through a purification process which isolates the CBD molecule from the rest of the plant material. The benefit of this process is that the end result is a CBD isolate which contains no THC (the psychoactive component). The downside is all other beneficial intrinsic compounds in the raw plant are also eliminated.

What has traditionally been called “full spectrum hemp oil” refers to the solvent extracted oil called “crude” that is then added to a carrier oil such as MCT. Typically this process uses chemical solvents like Butane or Ethanol and produces the super sticky tar-like substance called crude, which can then be added to oils or other products or “full spectrum oil”. So-called “full spectrum hemp oil” contains an array of beneficial compounds when compared to isolate based CBD oils. However, when harsh the extraction solvents and extreme temperatures are used during the extraction process a significant amount of extremely valuable compounds are still inadvertently removed or destroyed.

True Full Spectrum™ (TFS)™ Hemp Oil is produced through Bend Scientific’s proprietary extraction process. During our unique process, we use no extreme temperatures or solvents. This allows our products to literally retain the closest compound profile to the raw plant possible, thereby maximizing these powerful compounds that lost with traditional solvent extraction.


Bend Scientific TFS™ oils contain cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). In living hemp plants, CBDa is more abundant than CBD. During traditional methods of extraction, hemp oil will undergo a heating process that causes decarboxylation, which changes CBDa into CBD. At Bend Scientific, we have specifically formulated ENDURANCE, LATITUDE, & EXPLORE to retain the natural CBDa keeping the oil profile as similar to the whole plant profile as possible.