The Nuts and Bolts of CBD Isolate
The use of cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining much ground especially in the field of medicine. This is attributed to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties among others. Besides that, CBD allows hemp enthusiasts to enjoy cannabis without the negative aspects of THC. While cannabidiols have proved quite effective, there is a growing pursuit of CBD isolates, which are basically purer, far much more effective, and without much side effects. Being that they are still new in the market, most users don’t know how they come about and some even skeptical whether they are the real deal. So here’s everything there is to know about CBD isolates.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. It is made by stripping off the full spectrum CBD of all its plant elements such as chlorophyll, organic matter, terpenes, oils, and other non-CBD constituents. The end result is a potent white crystalline powder containing 99% CBD. Due to their high concentration, some believe CBD isolates offer more effective medical benefits than unrefined products.
There have been concerns of whether the methods of refining the CBD impacts negatively on its efficacy. To address these concerns, CBD isolates are maintained in their natural state without any adulteration or bulking with fillers. The refining process ensures that just the chemical compound that carries all the medicinal benefits is what remains. CBD Isolates also have no taste nor scent hence very easy to ingest.
You might wonder, though, whether the more refined CBD is more effective than the full-spectrum one in treating ailments. Having seen that the CBD isolate lacks the oils, organic matter, and other equally useful elements of cannabinoids, these concerns might seem valid. But is that the case? Let’s look at how the two products compare.
The Difference between CBD Isolate and Full-spectrum CBD
Before moving on to the details, it is imperative to note that the full-spectrum or whole plant-based CBD are not in any way more natural than their CBD isolate counterparts. They are both extracted from organic hemp plants. The only difference is that one is more refined than the other.
The full-spectrum extract contains all the cannabinoids that the hemp plant has to offer. These include omega fatty acids, flavonoids, terpenes, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and THC. Each of these elements has individual benefits while some also come with side effects. For instance, THC which has some antidepressant qualities also has psychoactive properties. This means that even though the full-spectrum CBD appears to offer a holistic healing, owing to more ingredient with varied benefits, it also comes with some drawbacks.
CBD isolates, on the other hand, is pure and aimed at eliminating any potential side effects. It is a great option for those looking solely for medicinal cannabis. In some states or countries, there are laws regarding the amount of cannabis or THC deemed appropriate for medical use. Isolates deliver strictly CBD without the constituents that will get you in trouble. In addition, there are situations where users only need the CBD aspect of the cannabis rather than the whole thing. These may include medical conditions such as mental illnesses, anxiety, and insomnia that might be triggered by harmful aspects of cannabinoids. In such cases, you would be perfectly safe with an isolate.
The Entourage Effect
Researchers tend to agree that there is an interaction between the cannabinoids that affect how they operate, something known as the entourage effect. THC is primarily known to give the cannabis user the high that they most crave. In large quantities, it could aggravate the mental state of the users. However, CBD ensures that doesn’t happen by taking the edge off THC. Similarly, THC complements the medicinal qualities of CBD making it more effective than it otherwise would be. A similar association is witnessed with other elements of cannabinoids such as terpene, linalool, and caryophyllene.
It appears that refining the whole-plant CBD eliminates the little advantage of having CBD work together with other elements in cannabinoids. However, that holds up if we assume that all consumers are tolerant of cannabis and its full effects, which is highly unlikely. A large group of hemp users would certainly appreciate the aspect of “options” associated with isolates. Therefore, the choice of either the full-spectrum extract or isolates is a matter of your situation, health, or preference, rather than which one is more effective than the other.
How to Use CBD Isolate
As mentioned earlier, CBD isolate doesn’t have any taste or scent. The most direct way to use it would be to ingest it. Placing a bit of the powder or a tablet (depending on which one you have) under your tongue for 60-90seconds does the trick. Other ways of using CBD isolates include:
• Making a CBD infusion – the powder is quite miscible and can easily infuse in a variety of essential oils. For instance, you can add some to MCT, olive, grape seed, avocado, or coconut oils and take them sublingually.
• Vaping – add CBD isolate powder to your vape pen and smoke it up for a quicker infusion into your bloodstream.
• Cooking and baking – another great way is to add the isolate into your dough. However, an important disclaimer is that CBD has a heat tolerance of 400 degrees beyond which its potency starts to diminish.
• Add the powder to your morning smoothie or juice – CBD isolates blend thoroughly well with smoothies and fresh juices. This an easy and healthy way to enjoy its effects.
• Make a CBD sweetener – you can blend the isolate into honey to make a sweet food supplement. After mixing the two ingredients, you will need to heat the mixture gently to make a perfect mixture. Use it in your tea or smoothie for great effects.
CBD isolates are perfectly safe. Even with their high (99%) CBD content, high doses will still have minimal to no negative effects. However, it is important that you consult with your physician on healthy ways of going about it in case you have an underlying medical condition.