Cannabidiol is hitting the news a lot recently. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that CBD can relieve pain, reduce anxiety and possibly even protect your brain from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. People are thinking about it, talking about it and people want to try it.
But to many, the ins-and-outs of CBD are still very murky. One topic particularly shrouded in mystery is CBD isolate. This CBD crystalline isolate powder form of cannabidiol, with its scarily scientific sounding name, has a lot of people confused.
So, we thought we’d put together a post to answer all the commonly asked questions about CBD isolate, including how it’s made, how to take it and even what it tastes like.
We think CBD isolate oil is brilliant. It has many of the same benefits of full spectrum CBD oil, while also being mega-easy and versatile to take.
Hopefully, after we’ve explained the facts behind some common confusions, you’ll see exactly why we like isolate CBD so much!
To produce CBD isolate is a complicated process, usually involving multiple extraction techniques.
The first step is to extract the CBD itself. It is usually taken from hemp plants, as they have a lower level of THC compound than marijuana.
The first process to extract CBD will start to filter out the little THC that is there, but when this process is finished there will still be a lot of plant material present.
To get CBD isolate, further purification is undertaken. This filters out the majority of the unwanted plant material.
Finally, a process called ‘winterization’ is carried out, and after this you are left with a fine white powder which is CBD isolate powder.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD and THC free, but trace amounts do remain.
CBD is legal in the UK but licences are only given by the Home Office to grow cannabis plants with a low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content.
Licences are only granted for the production of hemp plant fibre for industrial uses or for the seeds that will be pressed for CBD oil. Use of the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant is illegal.
Although CBD is classed as THC-free, there are trace amounts, which legally cannot exceed 0 .2% in the UK. Find out more on the Home Office website about Industrial Hemp Licensing.
The quickest, simplest way to take CBD isolate is to pop it underneath your tongue. Hold it here for 60-90 seconds and it’ll dissolve and be absorbed right into your bloodstream.
A particularly tasty way to take the CBD isolates crystals is to add them to a high-fat food, such as cookies or cakes, salad dressing or even straight butter. Just don’t cook it above 180℃! This is the boiling point of CBD and cooking it any higher could damage the compound and degrade its quality.
You can also add it to a drink, but similar rules apply. Go for something creamy, like tea, coffee or a milkshake to ensure the best results.
Another option for CBD isolate is topical application. Add it to your favourite moisturiser to supercharge your skincare. Or, if you’re seeking to soothe aching muscles, dissolve it in a carrier oil and take your time massaging it into your muscles.
The amount of CBD isolate you should use is dependent on a lot of factors, including your size, and what effect you are hoping to achieve.
The one rule you should follow is that less is more. Because CBD isolate is so pure, a very little can go a very long way.
At My Health Shield, for example, our CBD isolate is 99% pure. Start low and work your way up to a higher amount and ensure that you don’t overwhelm yourself straight off.
It is entirely up to you, when you use CBD isolate. It’s a good idea to find a safe space for your first time trying it and start with a small amount.
Judge the effects yourself and use them to build an effective usage schedule that maximises the benefits when they are needed.
One of the great things about CBD isolate is that it has no smell and no taste. This means it will disappear completely into any tasty treats you mix it with, bringing all the benefits with no nasty flavour or tang.
It’s lack of smell is also handy if you wish to add it to luxuriously scented skincare or massage oils. You can trust it will up their soothing, relaxation properties without interfering with any delicate scent profiles.
This depends completely on how you plan to take it. If you’re looking to eat it, your best bet is to find something you enjoy scoffing, preferably something with a lot of oil or fat in it to ensure the crystals fully dissolve.
If you’re looking to apply it topically, then carrier oil choice will be highly personal. If you’re planning to use it for a massage oil, something gloriously thick like coconut, avocado or olive oil will create something sumptuously slow-absorbing and sensual.
Alternatively, if you’re after quick-absorbing skincare, then grape seed or hemp oil have their own antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The oils also pair well with CBD crystals and won’t be heavy or greasy on your skin.
CBD isolate has plenty of benefits and effects but the one thing it definitely won’t do is get you high.
The extraction and refinement process involved in making it removes all traces of THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana).
All cannabinoids are fat soluble. This means that they will only fully dissolve when they are introduced to a fat or oil. CBD isolate is no exception. So, if you are struggling to get it to break down completely, chances are there is not enough fat present to enable the process.
This is why fatty oils like avocado and coconut make the best carriers when you’re making a massage oil, and why foods that are high in oil or butter like muffins or salad dressings are a fantastic base.
This also means that if your chosen method for taking CBD isolate is to drink it, you should stay away from water or juice.
These substances have little-to-no fat content and just won’t dissolve your CBD crystals. A better option would be a warm drink sweetened with coconut oil or a milkshake made with full-fat milk.
The potential health benefits of CBD isolate are too great to ignore. It’s gaining in popularity, and people want to find out how to use it and what to expect.
We hope we’ve given you a good grounding on these questions, and others, when it comes to CBD isolate.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, whereas full spectrum CBD products contain other cannabis compounds from the cannabis plant. Broad spectrum CBD products also contain other cannabinoids compounds but unlike full spectrum products, does not contain THC.
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