Clocking in at a purity of over 99%, CBD isolate is the most potent and least expensive CBD product on the market. As CBD drinks grow in popularity, learn how to use this super product to easily create your own CBD drinks and how to tailor your diet to get the most out of your CBD.
Explore the most frequently asked questions about CBD isolate, including its numerous benefits and how to ensure a greater amount of CBD is absorbed by your body.
What is CBD isolate?
CBD isolate is a pure, extracted chemical component of cannabidiol (CBD) from the cannabis plant. It can take the form of a white crystalline solid or a powder. CBD isolate is odorless and tasteless, making it a versatile option for experienced CBD users.
How is CBD isolate made?
To create CBD isolate, manufactures use a variety of processes, such as chromatography and winterization, to remove impurities and separate the CBD oil.
The creation of CBD isolate is not unlike the preparation of other CBD products. Brian O’Connell of The Street reveals “CBD isolate is manufactured via an extraction process just like most CBD extractions-- that’s how manufacturers get the compounds they need from cannabis plants.”
One process used by manufacturers is chromatography, a laboratory technique for separating mixtures. Susie Peterson, a contributor at The DailyMarijuana Observer, notes chromatography is “one of the most commonly used methods of isolating and purifying cannabinoids.” During the process of chromatography, the terpenes responsible for scent and flavor, plant matter, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are all removed.
CBD may also go through a process called winterization, which O’Connell describes as a “process for chilling chemical compounds, which is needed to extract impurities from the CBD.”
What remains is pure CBD, or CBD isolate.
Can users of CBD isolate test positive for THC?
CBD isolate differs from full-spectrum CBD in this respect. Medical News Today (MNT) reports “unlike full-spectrum CBD products, CBD isolate does not contain any THC-- the psychoactive component of cannabis.”
What are the benefits of using CBD isolate?
Users of CBD isolate are given inexpensive access to the extensive benefits of CBD-- numerous studies support its positive effects on many health and wellness issues, such as:
●Anxiety and depression
●Insomnia and sleeplessness
●Pain and inflammation
●Cancer and cancer treatment
●Immune system deficiencies
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is composed of cannabinoid receptors that are “associated with pain sensation, appetite, immune function, mood, and more,” according to US News Health.
Furthermore, studies detailed in MNT now support that CBD “can also influence non-cannabinoid receptors, such as the 5-Hydroxytryptopahn (5-HTP) serotonin receptor.” Influencing serotonin levels has many implications for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as treating sleeplessness and insomnia.
Yeager reveals many recreational athletes turn to CBD “for the promise of pain relief, faster recovery, better sleep, and more.”
Whatever your lifestyle, CBD offers an array of advantages for your health.
How do I use CBD isolate?
CBD isolate can be taken in a variety of ways. Peterson describes the adaptability of CBD isolate, explaining “since CBD isolate has no scent, and no flavor, it is beyond versatile.”
Crystals of CBD isolate can be taken through diverse modes of consumption; O’Connell maintains “crystals can also be ingested as an edible [like CBD isolate powder] but they can also be taken via a vaping pipe, via liquids, or ingested under the tongue.”
PHD Organics recommends adding CBD isolate to any of your favorite beverages, such as smoothies, protein shakes and workout supplements, coffee and tea, and more. CBD isolate can also be combined with oils and lotions, or taken via a dab rig.
How can I make the best CBD drink with CBD isolate?
Create the best CBD drink with CBD isolate by including more healthy fats to aid absorption.
In a recent study, researchers used blood draws to examine the extent that diet impacts CBD absorption. Eight adults prescribed CBD for epileptic seizures took CBD capsules either with a high-calorie, fatty breakfast or on an empty stomach. The participants with the diet high in fat saw a quadrupling in the amount of CBD absorbed by the body. Additionally, their maximum levels of CBD increased a shocking 14 times over.
Selene Yeager reflects on the study in her article, What You Eat Might Make Your CBD Oil Work Even Better: “The researchers concluded that CBD should be taken with food to maximize absorption, and that a low-fat meal may not have the same absorption-boosting effect as one that is higher in fat.”
Applying the science supporting a fatty diet, creating a CBD super smoothie is simple and tasty.
Real Food Whole Health lists five healthy fats to add to your smoothie, many of which are also brain and heart healthy:
●Nut butters (or hypoallergenic sunflower seed butter)
●MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride, a fat derived from coconut oil)
Adding any of these healthy fats to your smoothie will make it creamy and delicious, as well as aid in the absorption of CBD.
There are other ways to effortlessly incorporate high-fat foods into your diet. In addition, Healthline champions the following superfoods as “incredibly healthy and nutritious” while still being high in fat:
●Fatty fish: salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring
●Extra virgin olive oil
How much CBD isolate should I use?
When deciding on the proper dosage of CBD isolate to take, err on the side of caution due to its elevated potency. Peterson prompts new users to keep this in mind, stating “it is important to remember that CBD isolate is 99+% pure, and therefore a little goes a long way.”
O’Connell also recommends a guarded, gradual approach to CBD isolate:
“While dosage amounts do vary based on the consumer’s body weight and his or her unique needs, it’s always best to kick off with a low dose of CBD Isolate- no more than 10mg when you start. Take that low dosage for about three days and measure the impact and effect the CBD is having on you.”
O’Connell estimates that users should feel the full effect of the dosage within 60-90 minutes of taking CBD isolate.
Consult with your physician if you experience any adverse side effects, or have concerns about interactions between CBD isolate and any medications you may take.
It’s All in the Details
To recap, CBD isolate is the strongest and most cost-effective form of CBD available. Manufacturers use chromatography and winterization to remove impurities such as terpenes, THC and plant matter, leaving behind a white substance of pure CBD known as CBD isolate.
Benefits of CBD extend into many health and wellness categories, providing physical pain relief and treating mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. CBD is also linked to improved sleep, and may influence mood and appetite.
Because CBD isolate is odorless and tasteless, users have many options for ingesting it, such as adding it to their favorite beverage. A diet high in healthy fats greatly increases the amount of CBD that is absorbed by the body, as well as the maximum levels of CBD.
Remember to start small in terms of dosage and track your body’s response, and expect results within an hour to an hour and a half after taking CBD isolate. Consult with your physician if you have any concerns.
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About the Author
Lily Kiepke is a freelance writer and blogger based in the Denver metropolitan area. She enjoys using CBD to relieve anxiety and improve sleep. When she is not writing about cannabis, she can be found hiking in the Rocky Mountains or curled up with a good true crime book.