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What You Need to Know About CBD Isolate

Written by David Ericson

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Isolate

If you’ve been paying attention to the mainstream media for the past few years, you must have heard of cannabidiol (CBD). Extracted from the industrial hemp plant, this chemical has gained immense popularity as a naturally sourced alternative to pharmaceuticals. Users have claimed that CBD is effective against the symptoms of a wide range of conditions from chronic pain, anxiety, and depression to epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. However, most experts agree that the hype has far outpaced the science, and more research is needed to confirm CBD’s alleged medical abilities.

Still, millions of UK residents have turned to CBD to alleviate issues like chronic pain, anxiety, and stress with relatively impressive results. Although CBD oil is what comes to mind when most people think of CBD, the hemp extract can be consumed in plenty of ways such as tinctures or CBD isolate. Note that while using CBD oil or isolate CBD will get you the same results, the extent or magnitude of the effects and the overall experience may be different. But before we get into that,

What is CBD Isolate?

Isolate CBD is a tasteless, odorless crystalline powder that contains 99%-100%% pure CBD. To get a better idea of what it is, let’s first peer into the cannabis plant. Cannabis produces over 100 chemicals called cannabinoids as well as a variety of terpenes. One cannabinoid that you may be aware of is THC, the chemical responsible for cannabis’ infamous high. CBD is also a cannabinoid but it won’t get you high. Usually, most CBD oils on the UK market also have traces of terpenes, other cannabinoids, and other plant matter, with the exception of THC.

CBD isolate, on the other hand, contains just CBD and nothing else. While still in the factory, the CBD is stripped of all cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant matter, leaving a CBD isolate powder that’s almost pure CBD. One reason why CBD isolate has grown popular in the UK is that it has zero THC, compared to full spectrum CBD which usually has small traces of THC (less than 0.2%). While such a limited amount of THC cannot get you high, it may show up on a drug test, making isolate CBD the preferred choice for people who don’t want to run the risk of THC contamination.

CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD

Unlike isolate CBD which is usually in crystal form, full spectrum CBD is usually in the form of oils. Most of the CBD spectrum oils on the market have high CBD levels and low THC levels, specifically less than 0.2%. Full spectrum oil also contains terpenes, flavonoids, and other minor cannabinoids in much lower percentages. While CBD isolate is extremely pure and will deliver CBD’s purported health benefits without the risk of THC contamination, full-spectrum CBD brings a little extra to the table.

When you consume a full spectrum CBD product, all the minor cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes work in concert with the CBD, achieving something that’s referred to as the entourage effect. This is where all these compounds work in synergy, producing more effective results. Additionally, since CBD is known to reduce the side effects of THC like anxiety, hunger, and sedation, using full-spectrum CBD will reduce the effects of any THC that still lingers. However, if you don’t want THC showing up on a drug test, and are considering CBD full spectrum or CBD isolate, the latter may be your best option. Another reason why isolate CBD comes out ahead in the full spectrum vs. isolate CBD debate is that it lends itself to a lot more applications.

How CBD Isolate is Made

Unfortunately, you cannot make isolate CBD at home unless you have a chemistry degree and access to very expensive equipment. The process is somewhat similar to how concentrates are made, with the hemp being processed through CO2 extraction to extract the components within. The resultant CO2 crude oil contains CBDA (an inactive form of CBD), minor cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and THC, terpenes, chlorophyll, lipids, and plant waxes.

After the CO2 extraction, the crude extract goes through decarboxylation where the inactive CBDA is converted to CBD undergoes and winterisation, which removes the lipids, and plant waxes. The winterised CBD oil then goes through a triple pass fractional distillation process to remove minor cannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyll and any other contaminants. Finally, the pure CBD solution is heated and cooled to precipitate out the pure CBD isolate in crystal form.

How to Use CBD Isolate

On top of being extremely pure, CBD isolate also owes its growing popularity to its versatility. Since it is tasteless and odorless, you can use CBD isolate in a wide variety of ways, including;

  • Placing it directly under your tongue. The pure CBD will be absorbed relatively quickly into the network of blood vessels just beneath the surface. Hold it there for 60 seconds until all the powder is absorbed.
  • Mixing it into a drink, which is undoubtedly one of the best ways to use CBD isolate. Add a suitable amount of CBD isolate to a smoothie, coffee, tea, or a glass of juice and you’re ready to go.
  • Creating your own CBD products. If you infuse isolate CBD into a carrier oil like MCT oil or olive oil, you will end up with perfectly dosed CBD oil isolate. You use it sublingually (place it under your tongue), cook, or bake with it. However, note that using CBD oil isolate to bake may affect the CBD as it loses potency at higher temperatures. Additionally, you can mix CBD isolate with skin oils to create a topical to soothe sore muscles or joint pain.

Whichever way you choose to use CBD isolate, don’t forget that it is more potent than any other CBD product you’ve had your hands on. A single gram of isolate CBD contains more than 990 milligrams of CBD, so make sure you pay attention to how much you use. If you’re struggling to choose between CBD full spectrum vs. isolate, consider this; are you subject to drug tests that may pick up traces of THC, leading to trouble? If not, you can use whichever, it’s just a personal choice. If your job requires drug tests, full-spectrum may not be the best choice.

Whether you’re purchasing CBD isolate wholesale or retail, make sure you do proper research and read customer reviews before committing to anything. Most of all, consult a doctor before you consume any CBD, especially if you are on medication. Have you ever tried CBD isolate? Tell us all about it in the comments!

About the author

David Ericson

I've been interested in CBD research ever since it helped me with my insomnia back in 2014. My goal is to reserach and provide the most accurate information about CBD so that the public can build their own opinion.