CBD isolates are a kind of cannabis product that contains purified and all-natural cannabidiol. If you are not familiar with cannabidiol, you may want to read this introductory article here (http://cannabizdaily.co/blog/lets-talk-cbd/).
CBD isolates, in other words, do not contain any other cannabinoids or any other chemical components that are found in raw cannabis plants. You only have CBD in its purest, untainted form.
Forms of CBD isolates
To get CBD isolates, you have to extract CBD from the industrial hemp plant and refine it to extreme purity. CBD isolates are available in powder form or in crystal form.
When CBD isolates are refined into extremely small grains with very smooth texture, you get CBD powder. CBD powder is a great option for those who want a quick, easy, and convenient way to add CBD into their food recipes. This is because CBD powder mixes very well with other ingredients.
CBD crystals, on the other hand, come in rougher, larger, and thicker texture.
Why is CBD isolated from other cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are known for their various therapeutic benefits. Among these cannabinoids, CBD and THC are the most understood and most studied. However, unlike THC, CBD does not create a high and does not give an intoxicating effect.
Another difference between the two is that CBD and THC interact with different sets of receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. This is why in some instances, they target different ailments, yet in other instances, they work together to fight certain ailments off.
To make it simple, CBD is isolated so people who are suffering from medical conditions and ailments that can be treated with CBD can take advantage of its health benefits without getting high.
Another reason why CBD is isolated is because there are states and countries where CBD is legal and THC is not — and therefore cannabis, in general, is illegal.
How is CBD isolated?
The CBD isolation process starts by growing industrial hemp organically. Hemp is different from marijuana in that it is a strain of cannabis plant that does not get consumers high and it is cultivated for maximum biomass. Marijuana is cultivated mainly for its recreational value. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but their difference lies in their THC content. Hemp has high CBD and very low THC level, while marijuana has high THC level and low CBD.
After the hemp is harvested, the CO2 extraction process comes next. This process involves the extraction of resins and oils from the hemp, which produces a botanical concentrate that contains cannabinoids, fatty acids, and other plant material.
Next comes the winterization process. This step involves the separation of lipids and the removal of extraneous plant matter. What remains now is pure CBD isolate.
How do you use CBD isolates?
CBD can be used in different ways. One is to use CBD isolates topically to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and acne or to relieve muscle pains and arthritis. You blend the isolates with a carrier oil and apply it on the skin as cream, moisturizer, or balm.
Another way of using CBD isolates is by mixing them with your food. You can also blend them with virgin coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil, and use it for cooking or baking. You can even make cannabis butter with your isolates.
You can also consume CBD isolates or CBD crystals through dabbing, which involves the use of a special equipment, the dab rig, and a special torch that will heat the dab rig until it reaches a high temperature. You then place the isolates into the rig and inhale it.
If you like to vape, you can mix your isolates with e-liquid. Simply dissolve your isolates or your crystals in e-liquid by heating it and then inhale the liquid.
CBD isolates can also be used as oil tincture. Simply mix it with your carrier oil of choice, like hemp seed oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.