CBD is one of the fastest hitting trends taking over the world. It is popping up in products everywhere, including grocery stores, restaurants, and even coffee shops. People are finally starting to understand CBD’s tremendous healing power, without having to worry about psychoactive effects. Growing popularity means more information for people to take in. The tricky part is knowing which information is accurate, and which is completely wrong.
Knowing the correct information about CBD can benefit your total experience, from beginning to end. CBD isolate is one of the most potent forms of CBD, and therefore is the most sought after and searched. So what exactly is it? Let us dive deep into everything you should know about CBD Isolate!
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What is CBD?
To start off, it might be helpful to know what CBD is. CBD is short for Cannabidiol and it is derived from the cannabis plant. THC is another active compound from the cannabis plant which gives people that traditional high feeling. CBD will give users the same medical benefits and effects as THC without the high.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD Isolate is the strongest and purest form of CBD sold on the market. It is a crystalline solid or powder which contains upwards of 99% pure CBD. Sought after by medical patients, it is most often ingested. The favored form of ingestion is oral, and it can be mixed into food and drinks. Those who prefer to smoke or vaporize can also use isolate, just as they would with any other cannabis concentrates.
Does CBD isolate get you high?
No! Those looking for zero psychedelic effects can use this without fear of getting that “high” feeling, which is often associated with cannabis.
What other types of CBD forms are there?
To understand if isolate is the right form for you, it will be beneficial to know the other types.
- Full Spectrum – comes from the whole plant and contains CBD and other phytocannabinoids such as THC, CBN, THCA, CBC, and CBG, as well as terpenes and flavonoids.
- Broad Spectrum – contains several phytocannabinoids from the plant, and does not contain any THC.
Unlike other forms, isolate is 99% pure and does not contain any terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for things such as scent and flavor, which means isolate is tasteless and odorless.
Is CBD Isolate The Best Form?
There is no universal yes or no answer to this question. The best form is going to be situational from person to person; it is going to depend on an individuals wants or needs. Some bodies react the best to CBD isolate, where others might react better with the whole plant forms.
Some people believe whole plant CBD gives off an entourage effect, which helps maximize the overall therapeutic effects of CBD, however, this is yet to be scientifically proven. Others believe all the extra things found in the full or board spectrum types are unnecessary, and the pure form works better within the body.
The best answer to this question is to try all three and do a process of elimination. If your body is super sensitive to THC, you might prefer isolate over the others. Until the medical and scientific professionals weigh on the matter, it will be beneficial to come up with this answer on your own.
How is CBD Isolate Made?
There are a few ways in which it can be made, but the most popular is through Chromatography; a chemistry term used to describe separating a mixture of chemical substances into its individual components. Once these components are removed from the hemp, they stay as they are, and are not altered with in any way; hence the name isolate. They are put through an extra purification process to ensure no whole plant matter is found within the isolate product.
The act of separating the pure CBD means other things are separated out as well, including unwanted cannabinoids like THC and other plant matter. Once this separation is done, the isolate is left in a pure white powder form. The white powder can turn people off at first, because it is so different from other cannabis products they are used to. However, a powder form makes it easier to measure out doses and accurately know how much is going into the body.
How to Use CBD Isolate
Since isolate is pure powder, it is the best form to be used in food and drink. Many people who use this medically like to mix it in their morning coffee or water, and the most popular form is to consume it by adding it to food.
You can add isolate to any type of food including condiments, smoothies, sauces, salsas, and so much more! All you need to do is mix it with a carrier oil.
What is a Carrier Oil?
Carrier oil is a base oil used with essential oil or plant matter to help the body absorb the substance. The body itself can’t absorb isolate on its own but once it is mixed with a carrier oil, it can help facilitate the process, allowing your body to get all the benefits of the isolate. Think of it like a car; it is a vessel that gets our body from point A to point B and without it, we wouldn’t be able to make it anywhere.
The best carrier oil is unrefined coconut MCT oil because it can provide the best absorption vs other oils. Consumers like to use this oil, because it is pretty much tasteless, and won’t affect recipes you are putting it into.
Isolate CBD Cooking Steps
First thing you need to do before adding isolate to food is to use the double boiling method; which is a simple heat control technique used in cooking and baking. To do this, you will first infuse the isolate with a carrier oil. You can go out and purchase a double boiler for this process, but that isn’t really necessary and will be a waste of money if you aren’t a big cook or baker. Instead, simply take one large pot, boil water and add a smaller pot inside of it over the burner. You may have seen this method before because a lot of bakers use this method to melt chocolate.
Once you have your small pot over the large pot and it is boiling (make sure the small pot isn’t touching the water underneath), bring water to a simmer over low to medium heat. Add your carrier oil to the smaller pot and then add your isolate powder on top. Stir for about 15 minutes until you can no longer see any powder. Let this cool and add it to an airtight container to save until you are ready to use it.
Things to keep in mind when cooking with isolate:
- Keep the heat low! High temperatures will burn off the cannabidiol you are trying to add to your food. Be careful when grilling or pan frying. To get around this, infuse sauces to put on top of meats or bakery, instead of adding it to the meat and bakery directly.
- You CAN bake with isolate, just make sure the temperature stays below 320 degrees.
- When in doubt, infuse cold or room temperature recipes, as well as simple things like condiments or sauces, and you will be in the clear!
Not into cooking at home? No worries, professional dispensers like to use isolate in their gummies and edibles because it is the most versatile cannabinoid product available.
Other Forms of Consumption
While adding the powder to food and drink is the most popular form of consumption, there are other ways in which you can consume it. You can add it to any joint to boost CBD content, which can be helpful to add to strains that are high in THC. Vaping and smoking is the second most popular way to enjoy and can be done so like any other CBD product.
Additional ways of consumption include sublingually, topically, or taking it in pills or capsules. Those who have surface pain prefer to use this in the form of an oil or lotion to target the problem area directly.
What is the Proper CBD Isolate Serving Size?
Since this is the purest form, a little bit goes a long way, and the serving size is typically going to be less than with other types of CBD. The best person to talk to about this is going to be your doctor. They can help you find the most accurate amount based on things like your goals, height, weight, genetics and other medication you may already be on.
Suggested serving sizes are 20 to 40 milligrams. Once you get a feel for how your body responds, you can crank up the daily serving sizes. On flair up days where pain or discomfort might be worse, go ahead and take more. You don’t have to take the same exact dose every day, and you are safe to raise or lower it as need be.
To get the most precise amount, it is best to use a scale. Kitchen scales might not be the best, because they have a hard time reading powders. Look into specific powder scales or baking scales. Measuring precisely not only gives you the proper amount, but it can be beneficial in making sure you don’t waste any product by adding too much.
When a pinch, sprinkle, or dash is measured out with your fingers, you are typically wasting some powder that is left behind on your fingers. Always try to use a nonporous material to transfer your powder, such as a spoon. It is also best to store your isolate in things that are nonporous like glass containers.
Who Should Take CBD Isolate?
The best part of isolate is people all over the nation can LEGALLY take it, since there is no THC found within it. Since the 2018 US Farm bill was passed, people can now take it for both medical and recreational purposes. This makes it great for people who are looking for an alternative to prescribed medication that can be more harmful to your body and also addicting. The best part about isolate is it is not habit forming and nonaddictive.
Medical patients who are encouraged to take a high serving size of CBD should take CBD Isolate, since it is the purest form you can take. It works great to help with mind and body pain, illnesses and disorders.
Individuals who are sensitive to THC prefer to use isolate products. With zero traces of the whole plant found within them, it is good for those who get anxious or paranoid about the use of THC.
First-time users of any cannabinoid product can start off with isolate, and work there way up to other cannabis products. While it is rare and almost unheard of, cannabis is a plant and some people could be allergic to it, just as they are allergic to pollen. Taking a small dose of the purest form means the reaction will be less severe than trying other products for the first time.
Parents tend to pick isolate to treat their children, due to all of its soft yet powerful characteristics. They feel at ease giving their child the purest form of a plant vs one that has terpenes.
Things to Keep in Mind with CBD Isolate
Everyone’s body reacts differently to cannabinoids and your own experience will be unique to you. You and your friend can take the same serving size, in the same form of consumption, and have different experiences. Things such as gender, age, weight, height, and other factors play a role in how your body breaks down and processes things.
If you aren’t enjoying isolate, it is best to adjust the serving size, or form of consumption, before you completely write it off. Ask your doctor if other medications you are currently using could interfering with the use of it as well.
Since there is no THC found within, it is used by those who are nervous about drug tests. Business professionals, military members, first responders, and even your child’s teacher all use CBD to help them live their best life.
Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website, where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.