What Is CBD Isolate And How It Is Made
CBD isolate is a fine white powder containing 99% pure CBD. This pure crystalline contains only the CBD chemical compound, offering CBD in its most concentrated form that is free of any other plant matter.
This may cause you to think that CBD isolate is synthetic or crafted in a lab, which is not the case. CBD isolate is an all-natural cannabinoid supplement made from hemp oil that’s been refined down to pure CBD. This refinement process removes all of the oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and other plant material to leave behind only valuable cannabidiol.
CBD can be isolated in a few ways, but usually ends the same. There are a few common methods used: you can use a solvent, like ethanol, or you can use sub-critical CO2 extraction. Using a solvent will make the process more like distilling which has to be done multiple times to get rid of the parts you don’t want. CO2 extraction takes high-pressure CO2 gas and forces the oil through a series of filters. At this point, in order to purify the CBD further than 90%, a process known as chromatography is utilized to help bring the purity up to 98%+. Finally, decarboxylation is done to convert any remaining CBDA to CBD making it readily consumable by humans.
So as you may have figured, CBD isolate is almost self-explanatory. It’s just the CBD isolated from the rest of the parts of the plant, including all other cannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyll, and any plant matter. CBD isolate that is 98%+ pure will come in a refined white crystal powder. This is great for adding to different recipes for cooking and baking, as it mixes right in with your other ingredients. The other kind of isolate is CBD crystals, which are larger and thicker than the powder and most commonly used for dabbing (more on that in a minute).
Conversely, CBD full-spectrum may come as an oil, as it will include all the other cannabinoids, including what minor THC there is in hemp (0.03%) and terpenes.
Vaping CBD Isolate
Science has shown that vaporizing CBD isolate and inhaling it through your lungs allows for the highest bioavailability, even more than through edibles or sublingual absorption. Vaping keeps the half-life of CBD around 27-35 hours while ingesting it through your stomach can take as long as 2-5 days to work its way through your system. These numbers all depend on the amount you consume and the frequency with which you consume as well, so it’s important to keep in mind that everybody is different.
Depending on the type of isolate you buy, the type of vaporizer you will need may vary as well. CBD isolate crystals are typically used for dabbing, so if you have a vaporizer or dab rig used with wax concentrates, you can dab CBD crystals from that rig as well.
CBD works with these receptors by improving communication between cells, which in turn improves the endocannabinoid systems chances of effectively relieving pain and inflammation. When communication throughout the body is strong, it is easier for these symptoms to be kept under control. Here are some of the ways CBD can help the body:
Pain and Inflammation Relief
Studies have shown that CBD’s modulation of endocannabinoid receptors is an effective form of pain management, especially when the pain is related to inflammation. When CBD is consumed regularly, neuropathic and inflammatory pain is suppressed through CB2 modulation. One study has found CBD to help inhibit the release of inflammatory cytokines that cause arthritis, and another found that it helps to decrease tissue injury and improve the quality of healing after an injury or surgery.
In animal studies, CBD showed to have a positive effect on anxiety levels, including those related to social anxiety disorder. In some cases, it also helped to treat symptoms of PTSD, panic disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence and animal studies showing CBD to help with nausea and vomiting symptoms. This is a popular reason why cancer patients will opt for CBD, as it will relieve these symptoms that can worsen from treatment, allowing them to keep food down and heal more effectively.
Charlotte Figi, the young girl mentioned above, is just one of many epilepsy patients that have found CBD to reduce the severity and/or quantity of their seizures. Pharmaceutical companies are even working on cannabis-based drugs that promise anti-seizure effects.
As you can see, there are many reasons why CBD isolate is a unique and popular choice for people who want the power of cannabidiol without the fluff. Next time you’re curious how CBD