Medical Cannabis: Whole Plant vs. Pharma/Isolates

There are three different forms of medical cannabis currently available in select regions:

  • Pharmaceutical cannabis products: Plant-derived or synthetic isolates that have passed through clinical trials and received FDA-approval.
  • Cannabis isolates: Cannabis-derived isolates that have not been FDA-approved.
  • Whole plant cannabis extracts: Cannabis-derived extracts that contain a variety of compounds from the plant.

Synthetic vs. Isolate vs. Distillate vs. Extract

There are many different methods used to process cannabis and obtain its active ingredients. As far as cannabis users are concerned, the primary difference between the various processes is: which components from the original plant remain in the final extract?

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