If you’ve ever heard of CBD, you’ve probably found that it comes in different forms: isolate, Full Spectrum, crystals, oils, balms and all the rest.
It can be confusing to know which type of CBD product best suits your needs. So today we will focus on CBD isolate, what it is made of and how to use it.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid that can be derived from marijuana or hemp, although isolates are most often produced from hemp plants. CBD is closely related to THC, but does not contain any of the psychoactive properties.
CBD has not always received the attention it now does. Originally discovered in 1940, it was considered a useless cannabinoid because it did not produce the psychoactive pleasure of THC. However, thanks to a young girl born in 2006, Charlotte Figi, CNN made a documentary called “Weed” in 2013 that highlighted Charlotte’s story: a child with epilepsy and her miraculous recovery.
Using a high CBD strain named after the little girl, Charlotte’s Web is the brainchild of the Stanley brothers in Colorado. Now, through her story, Charlotte has helped shape the discussion and laws regarding CBD, hemp, marijuana and THC.
What is CBD isolate and how is it made?
CBD isolate is a fine white powder containing 99% pure CBD. This pure crystalline powder contains only the chemical compound CBD, providing CBD in its most concentrated form, free of any other plant material.
This may lead you to think that CBD isolate is synthetic or manufactured in a laboratory, which is not the case. CBD isolate is an all-natural cannabinoid supplement made from hemp oil that has been refined to become pure CBD. This refining process removes all oils, waxes, chlorophyll and other plant material to leave only valuable cannabidiol.
CBD can be isolated in several ways, but usually ends up in the same way.
Some common methods are used: you can use a solvent, such as ethanol, or subcritical CO2 extraction.
By using a solvent, the process will more closely resemble a distillation that must be done several times to remove unwanted parts.
CO2 extraction uses CO2 under high pressure and forces the oil through a series of filters.
At this stage, in order to purify the CBD to more than 90%, a process known as chromatography is used to help bring the purity to more than 98%.
Finally, decarboxylation is carried out to convert any remaining CBDA into CBD, making it easily consumed by humans.
So, as you may have understood, CBD isolate is almost pure. It is only the CBD isolated from the rest of the plant, including all other cannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyll, and other plant material.
The CBD isolate that is more than 98% pure will be in the form of a refined white crystalline powder. This is ideal for adding to various cooking recipes as it mixes perfectly with your other ingredients. The other type of isolate consists of CBD crystals, which are larger and thicker than the powder and more commonly used.
Conversely, full spectrum CBD can be used as an oil, as it will include all other cannabinoids, including the minor THC found in hemp (0.03%) and terpenes.
How do I use CBD isolate?
CBD isolate can be used in different ways depending on how you use cannabis, whether you prefer to smoke or consume food products and what kind of effects you want to achieve. Here are some of the most popular methods of using CBD isolate products:
Sublingual application (under the tongue):
The simplest way to consume a CBD isolate is to place it under your tongue and allow it to be absorbed by delicate tissue for 60-90 seconds. This will instantly distribute the CBD into your bloodstream, allowing them to get to work quickly. If you need instant relief, this is your best bet.
CBD Infused Oil
If you are used to consuming CBD in the form of oil, it is easy to make your own isolate oil by simply combining your isolate crystals with a cooking oil such as coconut, olive, palm or avocado. You can put a few drops under the tongue for direct sublingual absorption or add oil to your favorite foods and recipes for a CBD infusion.
When cooking with CBD, it is important to remember that CBD has a boiling point of 160-180 degrees. So make sure you keep your temperature below this to prevent the compounds from breaking down and losing their medicinal effects. You can add CBD isolate or oil to your morning coffee or smoothies, or to a simple breakfast such as yoghurt and muesli.
Honey infused with CBD
For a deliciously sweet CBD feast, add your CBD crystals to honey or agave for an infused dietary supplement. You can do this by using a water bath to gently dissolve the CBD in the honey without burning anything.
Vaporizing CBD isolate
Science has shown that vaporizing CBD isolate and inhaling it through your lungs allows for maximum bioavailability, even more than through food consumption or sublingual absorption. Vaporization maintains the effect of CBD around 27 to 35 hours. Ingestion in the stomach may take 2 to 5 days to be felt. These figures all depend on how much you eat and how often you eat. So it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different.
Depending on the type of isolate you buy, the type of vaporizer you will need may also vary. CBD isolate crystals are generally used for vaporizing. So if you use a vaporizer you can also vaporize CBD crystals.
Effects and Benefits of CBD Isolate
The CBD can help our body in many different ways in its interaction with our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is located in the central and peripheral nervous systems and is responsible for helping the body achieve and maintain homeostasis. When an injury, illness or deficiency causes this system to be disrupted, symptoms such as pain, inflammation, nausea, mood or memory changes, etc.may occur.
The endocannabinoid system is responsible for resolving these problems, which occurs through communication between CB1 and CB2 receptors.
The CBD works with these receptors by improving communication between cells, which improves the chances of the endocannabinoid system to effectively relieve pain and inflammation. When communication throughout the body is strong, it is easier to control these symptoms. Here are some of the ways that CBD can help the body:
Relief of pain and inflammation
Studies have shown that CBD modulation of endocannabinoid receptors is an effective form of pain management, especially when pain is related to inflammation.
When CBD is consumed regularly, neuropathic and inflammatory pain is suppressed by CB2 modulation.
In animal studies, CBD has had a positive effect on anxiety levels, including those related to social anxiety disorder. In some cases, it has also been used to treat symptoms of PTSD, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Anecdotal evidence and animal studies show that CBD is effective against the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. This is a popular reason why cancer patients will opt for CBD, as it will relieve the side effects of treatment.
As you can see, there are many reasons why CBD isolate is a unique and popular choice for people seeking the effective effects of cannabidiol.