A helpful guide for understanding and using Extract Labs CBD Isolate products. Although it comes in different formats, how to take CBD doesn't have to be complicated. Learn more about the options and decide which one is best for you. If you’ve used CBD before, you may be wondering what the label means if it says “CBD Isolate”. It’s not too complicated — let’s take a look.
CBD Isolate USER GUIDE
CBD isolate is 99 percent pure cannabidiol. It is derived entirely from cannabis oil extracted from industrial hemp. There are no other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, or additional plant compounds left over, which is why it comes in crystalline (powdered) form. Both its texture and tastelessness make the multi-purpose concentrate extremely easy to work with.
We also offer a CBD isolate oil in a tincture. Find CBG and CBN isolate too! Learn more about how to use CBD isolate below.
CBD Isolate Uses
CBD ISOLATE: HOW TO USE
Decarboxylated CBD isolate is safe to consume as-is. This means it doesn’t require heat before use, unlike flower and some concentrates. This gives isolate more versatility than other products. CBD isolate powder and tinctures can be ingested, taken sublingually, or mixed with other ingredients.
How to use CBD Isolate Powder and Tinctures
- Sprinkle on top or mix in food and drinks
- Blend into topicals
- Add to other forms of cannabis
- Consume by itself
How to Make CBD Isolate
Our CBD isolate is all-natural. After removing waxes and lipids, the oil is decarboxylated, which makes it safe for consumption. The distillation process removes undesirable plant compounds and separates the CBD from other cannabinoids. It is then mixed in with a nonpolar solvent in a reactor where the solution is heated then cooled, causing crystallization. Finally, a solvent wash removes undesirable contaminants from the CBD crystals.
How Much CBD Isolate to Take
We suggest taking around 20 to 30 milligrams up to twice per day (about the size of a grain of rice). Since isolate is pure, 30 milligrams weighed out on the scale equals 30 milligrams of CBD.
How to Take CBD: A Guide to CBD Oil, Tincture & Powder
You want to see what CBD can do for you, but you’re confused about how to take CBD. There are just so many options. Should you take a CBD oil or powder? Are tinctures better than gummies? And what is a tincture anyway? If only taking CBD was as easy as drinking a glass of water.
It turns out that figuring out how to take CBD doesn’t have to be complicated. It all comes down to taste and effectiveness. Taste is just what flavors you prefer (and for many, herbaceous hemp isn’t a preferred flavor). Effectiveness is predicated upon your body’s ability to absorb and make use of the CBD, also known as bioavailability. Different methods of CBD delivery offer different absorption rates. Higher bioavailability means it’s easier for your body to access and use more of a product’s CBD.
In case you’re wondering, no, CBD won’t get you high. THC is the only cannabinoid that has psychoactive effects.
CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
Full-spectrum hemp products include all of these, including trace amounts of THC (less than .3%). To get CBD without THC, you need a CBD isolate. “Isolating” the CBD strips away all of the other compounds.
In case you’re wondering, no, CBD won’t get you high. THC is the only cannabinoid that has psychoactive effects.
There are two common forms of CBD isolate —oil, and powder. You can take them as tinctures, pills, edibles… the list goes on. We have an obvious favorite (more on that later). But the best way to take CBD is the method that works for you.
HOW TO TAKE CBD TINCTURE
A CBD tincture is basically CBD suspended in MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil, alcohol or vinegar, which acts as a carrier. Do you swallow CBD? Yes, after you’ve let it sit under your tongue. To take it, place a single drop of the CBD tincture under your tongue. This is sometimes difficult to do. Hold it there for about 60 seconds. Then swallow. This is called a sublingual (under the tongue) application. Spitting it out prior to holding it under your tongue means you might not get the full dosage.
Studies have shown that a sublingual CBD tincture can offer 13-19% bioavailability. Some sources claim up to 35%, but we’d like to see more research on that. One downside is that tinctures often contain impurities such as pesticides and heavy metals, which often remain in the product beyond the production process. Other drawbacks are difficulty of use, dosage inconsistency, and its herbaceous taste. CBD tincture is known to be a bit (actually a lot) bitter in flavor. While some people don’t mind it, many find the taste off-putting.
CBD CAPSULES AND EDIBLES
Capsules and edibles deliver CBD in ways that are easy to consume.
Follow the recommendations of the manufacturer to decide how many capsules or gummies you should take per day. CBD dosage depends on your body size, activity level, and health goals, as well as the concentration of CBD in the capsule or edible. Pay close attention to manufacturer recommendations and only use a product that is third-party tested to make sure you’re getting consistent dosing, and that the product is free of toxins or pesticides. If the manufacturer won’t share a third-party test, don’t use that product.
These ingestible forms of CBD offer somewhere between 6-20% bioavailability. The exact number depends on concentration, other ingredients, and your body chemistry. In general, capsules tend to offer the lowest bioavailability. On the other hand, gummies may have that earthy flavor we mentioned before.
One thing to keep in mind about edibles: this CBD product category is the most prone to adulteration, as demonstrated through random testing conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing little or no CBD content in some brands.
VAPING AND SMOKING: NOT RECOMMENDED
You can do this, but why would you? We all know that smoking is bad for you. There have been plenty of studies proving it. The long-term health effects of vaping are under investigation , and there’s reason to believe they’re not great. With so many other ways to take CBD, this one just doesn’t seem like the best option.
TOPICAL CBD CREAMS AND LOTIONS
Creams and lotions are rubbed directly on the skin.
They are often designed to soothe pain or inflammation. Just take a glob of lotion or cream and rub it directly on the skin. The main benefit of creams and lotions is also their major drawback: they are highly targeted. That means you may feel immediate (or at least speedy) effects at the application site. Yet, they probably won’t improve your overall wellbeing.
HOW TO TAKE CBD ISOLATE POWDER IN DRINKS
Now we come to our favorite way to get the benefits of CBD. Water-soluble CBD powder can be mixed in your favorite drinks without changing their flavor. A third party tester makes sure that every batch is consistent. Plus, CBD isolate powder delivers up to 5x greater bioavailability than tinctures or edible. CBD isolate powders are much more effective than other ways to take CBD.
Water-soluble CBD powder has no earthy taste. Mix unflavored Zolt Even with your favorite beverage without altering the flavor. Or jazz things up with a flavored mixie stick that tastes like coconut, lemon tea, or honey citrus. You can also choose a full-spectrum mixie, to get all 113 cannabinoids. Just remember full-spectrum CBD powder does have trace amounts of THC.
Whether you choose flavored or unflavored, isolate or full-spectrum, CBD powder is easy to take. Open a pack of powdered CBD isolate, dump it into your favorite tea (for a CBD tea), fruit juice, or water. Mix thoroughly to make sure those adaptogens really get moving. Gulp it down and get ready to have an awesome day.
As always, Zolt advises that you discuss with your doctor before starting a hemp regimen.
What is CBD Isolate? Uses, Health Benefits, Effects
In short, CBD isolate is a pure extract that contains cannabidiol without any additional cannabinoids or terpenes.
There’s much more to it than that, though.
This article will look at what CBD isolate is, how it compares to other extracts, and how it can benefit you.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate, unlike full and broad spectrum CBD, is a pure extract of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD). Isolate products contain only cannabidiol without any other cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found in the hemp plant.
CBD isolates are great for people that want to try CBD but don’t want to ingest the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. If you’ve had bad experiences with full or broad spectrum CBD products, isolates may be what works for you.
Isolates work by influencing cannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. When CBD interacts with these receptors, it can influence many different bodily functions.
The Benefits of CBD Isolate
When CBD isolate is used, it can affect the body in many ways.
CBD specifically interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system . The interaction with this complex cell signaling system can benefit people in several ways:
1. CBD Eases Anxiety, Depression, and Stress
CBD has excellent benefits on the mind. Several studies have shown that CBD alone may ease anxiety, depression, stress, and even PTSD in some people.
One 2011 study looked into CBD’s effects on people with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) . SAD is a type of depression that sufferers experience through the winter months when it’s cold, wet, and dark.
People with SAD can experience sadness, lack of motivation, social anxiety, and unwarranted stress. When patients were administered 400-milligrams of CBD, they reported that overall anxiety levels were reduced.
Patients also reported a sense of calm and an uplifted feeling after consuming CBD.
2. CBD Provides Pain-Relief
The cannabinoid has the potential to relieve symptoms in people with chronic pain conditions. In fact, several studies have provided evidence that CBD can ease the pain when ingested and used directly on the skin as a topical.
CBD alone has excellent pain-relieving qualities so that isolates can be an effective treatment for pain conditions. However, one study suggested that CBD worked best when used alongside other cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, or THC rather than its own .
This could mean that full-spectrum CBD products are more effective in the treatment of pain. That’s not to say Isolates aren’t effective, though, just not quite as strong as full-spectrum.
3. CBD is an Anti-Inflammatory
Studies show that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties .
Research has discovered that CBD can relieve inflammation and pain in people with inflammatory conditions when used in topical and ingested forms.
With the potential to relieve arthritis, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, and much more, the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD are valuable to a wide group of people.
4. CBD May Alleviate Nausea
There’s limited scientific evidence that proves CBD is an effective anti-nausea drug. However, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest it’s effective.
Some cancer patients use CBD to reduce nausea and other side effects of cancer treatments and therapies with excellent results.
One study from 2011 suggests CBD can help with nausea due to its interaction with serotonin receptors . The study involved animal testing and found that their nausea response was greatly reduced when CBD was administered to rats.
5. CBD Has Neuroprotective Properties
CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system and other signaling systems in the brain may suggest that it’s an effective treatment for neurological disorders.
CBD’s neuroprotective benefits have been widely studied in epilepsy and multiple sclerosis patients.
One study found that CBD and other cannabinoids (including THC) reduced spasms in patients with multiple sclerosis .
It’s important to note that most of the studies exploring the neuroprotective benefits of CBD have involved full-spectrum CBD products with 0.03% THC (sometimes more). This could indicate that CBD isolates aren’t as useful for treating neurological disorders.
6. The List Goes on…
Numerous studies have looked into CBD as a potential treatment for all manner of health issues.
Although research in some areas is still in its early days, CBD has huge potential. Below is a list of some of the health conditions CBD may be able to treat:
CBD Isolate: How It’s Made?
So, how is CBD isolate made?
There’s no specific extraction process to produce CBD isolate. However, most manufacturers use one of two methods — CO2 extraction or ethanol extraction.
Both processes are relatively simple.
Simplicity aside, to produce a 100% pure product, a lot of skill is needed alongside a laboratory full of expensive equipment.
One final step is needed to separate the CBD from the other cannabinoids and terpenes present. This step is called winterization.
Let’s take an in-depth look into the production steps of pure CBD isolate:
1. CO2 Extraction
CO2 extraction is arguably the most efficient way of extracting CBD. When done properly, it’s the cleanest extraction method and leaves the least amount of residual chemicals.
CO2 kept under high pressure is used to extract all of the cannabinoids and terpenes from the raw hemp flower.
The CO2 is blasted through a machine that holds the raw flower in the path of the gas. A liquid is collected below that contains the CBD, still with all the other cannabinoids present.
The excess liquid is then evaporated to leave a pure cannabinoid extract behind in the form of oil. Left at this stage, the oil is full-spectrum.
2. Ethanol Extraction
Ethanol extraction uses pure alcohol to extract CBD and other cannabinoids from the raw hemp flower.
When the plant matter is suspended in the solvent, it releases cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in the hemp plant’s makeup. The plant material is strained off, and a cannabinoid-infused liquid is left behind.
From here, the excess alcohol is evaporated to leave a residual cannabinoid oil behind. Left at this stage, the oil is full-spectrum.
Once the cannabinoids have been extracted using either CO2 or ethanol extraction, the CBD must be separated from the other cannabinoids in the oil. As mentioned, after extraction is full-spectrum, the oil left behind, so to turn it into a CBD isolate, this final step is essential.
To do this, manufacturers use a process called winterization.
The cannabis oil (with all cannabinoids present) that has been extracted using the methods above is suspended in a solvent.
The solvent is then frozen until a pure CBD isolate powder that contains no other cannabinoids is separated.
This powder is then collected, and the rest of the extraction is discarded.
From here, the powder can then be dissolved in a beneficial oil, used in edibles, capsules, topicals, or kept in its raw form to use as a supplement for food and drinks.
Is CBD Isolate Better Than Full & Broad Spectrum CBD?
Research suggests that full- and broad spectrum CBD is a more valuable treatment for a wider range of health conditions .
It’s believed that CBD is more effective when consumed alongside other cannabinoids. A full cannabinoid profile is more efficient than singular cannabinoid extractions. This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect.
That being said, CBD isolates still have excellent potential in the health space.
Many studies have been done on pure CBD isolates, and although the conclusion that full-spectrum oils are better, isolates are still effective in treating some conditions.
You may prefer to use a CBD isolate because you want to avoid THC and other cannabinoids entirely. Perhaps you react badly to some other cannabinoids or would prefer to steer clear of full-spectrum products for other reasons.
There are pros and cons to using CBD isolates, just as there are for full- and broad spectrum products.
Let’s take a look at a few of them:
CBD Isolate: Pros & Cons
- Contains only CBD
- Plenty of product variety
- No risk of showing up on a drug test
- Suitable for people with adverse reactions to other cannabinoids
- Raw oil tastes less than full & broad spectrum CBD oil
- No entourage effect
- May not be a suitable treatment for some condition
Full-Spectrum CBD: Pros & Cons
- Full entourage effect
- Wide product variety
- Can treat a range of health conditions
- May show up on drug tests as it contains trace amounts of THC
- Not suitable for people that react to certain cannabinoids or terpenes
- Raw oil has a taste that’s unappealing to some
Broad Spectrum CBD: Pros & Cons
- Has the entourage effect to some extent (minus the THC)
- Wide product variety
- Effective for multiple health issues
- Doesn’t show up on drug tests
- Doesn’t have the full entourage effect
- Raw oil has an unappealing taste to some
How to Use CBD Isolate?
There are several ways to use CBD isolate.
There is a way to use CBD isolates for everyone, from oils and edibles to topicals and vapes. How you consume CBD is purely down to you, but the most bioavailable methods are oils and vapes.
1. CBD Isolate Oil
CBD oil is the most available form of CBD isolates available.
It can be administered using a dropper to apply small amounts of the oil under the tongue. Drops can also be added to food and drinks.
CBD oil is excellent if you want to monitor your dosages closely. It gives you ultimate flexibility over your dosage because you can adjust the amount of oil taken by dropping more or less oil under the tongue.
Although you get great flexibility with dosages by using CBD oil, it isn’t easy to accurately administer a specific dose as well as you would with edible products.
2. CBD Edibles
CBD edibles come in many forms. They provide you with a tasty way to consume pure CBD accurately.
Each CBD edible — such as a gummy, honey stick, or lollypop — has a precise dose of CBD.
Potencies can vary between products — however, if you purchase a pack of gummies, you can be certain that every piece in the pack has the same amount of CBD.
Edibles are excellent if you hate the taste of raw CBD isolate oil but want to consume the cannabinoid orally. They’re also perfect if you’re concerned about how much CBD you’re consuming and want to monitor your dosages closely.
3. CBD Isolate Capsules
CBD Capsules have an accurate dose of CBD inside each pill-shaped capsule.
Capsules come in dry and soft gel forms. Both are taken as you would with any other pill-form medication, supplement, or vitamin.
Like edibles, capsules give you great control over the dose. Each capsule is loaded accurately with the amount of CBD stated by the manufacturer.
They’re great if you want a completely tasteless way to consume CBD while having complete control over the amount you’re consuming.
4. CBD Topicals
CBD topicals come in many forms. Unlike the previous three consumption methods, topicals are not consumed orally.
You’ll find creams, balms, and gels that can be applied to the skin to reduce pain and inflammation. You will also find bath bombs, soaps, roll-ons, and much more.
Topicals are great if you’re suffering from a skin condition such as eczema, acne, or psoriasis. Used in conjunction with an orally consumed form of CBD allows you to combat an inflammatory disorder or skin condition from two angles.
5. CBD Vaporizers
Vapable CBD isolate is an extremely effective way to consume CBD. The cannabinoid is absorbed in the lung tissue much more efficiently when inhaled as opposed to eating.
The biggest worry when using vapable CBD is the potential damage to the lungs. Although vaping is much healthier than smoking, it’s unclear what the health implications are.
It’s also not advisable to use CBD vaporizers if you suffer from a respiratory issue such as asthma.
Possible health risks aside, vaping CBD is a highly bioavailable way to consume CBD. It’s a great way to use CBD if you’re suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression.
Can You Make Anything With CBD Isolate?
Depending on the type of CBD isolate you have, you can make various edibles and topicals at home.
CBD oil can be used in your daily diet. You can mix it with your morning coffee, your lunchtime sandwiches, or your evening dinner.
If you want to get a bit more creative, you can have a go at baking your own CBD edible snacks or making gummies, jellies, and other sweet treats.
You can also make your own topicals from CBD oil. Using normal moisturizing creams, balms, and soaps, you can mix in high-potency CBD oil to create your own topicals.
Making topicals is perfect if you want to turn your favorite cream or balm into a medical product. If your skin is super-sensitive and you have a specific cream that works for you, this is a great way to apply your CBD topically without risking a flare-up.
Final Thoughts: Is CBD Isolate Worth Your Time?
CBD isolate isn’t as valuable medically as full and broad spectrum CBD.
That doesn’t mean it’s useless, though.
CBD isolates are perfect for people who negatively react to other cannabinoids but still want to try CBD to treat their condition.
This article should have given you everything you need to know about CBD isolate, but to recap, here are a few bullet points to summarize:
- CBD Isolate contains CBD without any other cannabinoids or terpenes
- CBD has many benefits but isn’t as valuable as full- and broad spectrum products
- CBD isolates come in many forms, from oils & topicals to vape liquids & edibles
- CBD isolates will not show up on drug tests
- CBD is extracted using CO2 or ethanol & further processed during winterization
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Livvy is a registered nurse (RN) and board-certified nurse midwife (CNM) in the state of New Jersey. After giving birth to her newborn daughter, Livvy stepped down from her full-time position at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. This gave her the opportunity to spend more time writing articles on all topics related to pregnancy and prenatal care.