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What is CBD isolate? Simple, it’s CBD isolated (and then some) 

CBD isolate is a fine white crystalline substance which only contains the CBD compound of the cannabis plant. It has been shown to help with anxiety, depression, seizures, and even digestion! Read on to find out more about this miraculous natural healing solution. 

What is CBD isolate and How is it Made?

CBD isolate is an odorless and virtually tasteless white powder that’s made from the cannabidiol (CBD) compound of the hemp plant. 

According to one company patent, the process of manufacturing CBD isolate starts with a carbon dioxide extraction. This produces a substance called “crude extract”. The following step is a refinement process that involves dissolving the crude extract in an organic solvent, such as methanol, ethanol, or other alkyl alcohols. 

It’s important to note that the extraction process can produce unwanted residuals like waxes, chlorophyll, and fats. That’s why the refinement process is necessary.  

The CBD-rich solution is then chilled so unwanted residuals can precipitate. This makes it easier to isolate and remove the residuals through centrifugation or good old filtration. 

Once the refinement process is complete the extract can either go in one of two directions:

  • Solvent: An organic solvent is used to dissolve the extract to create CBD crystals. These crystals are packed together and any traces of the solvent are removed. 
  • Flash Chromatography Another method that can be used to extract CBD is called flash chromatography. Chromatography is a mixture separation technique where the different chemicals are isolated at varying rates.  In the end, you’re forced to separate the chemicals based on their weight and their ability to adhere to sand. 

To isolate CBD from the other compounds, the extract is mixed with ethyl acetate and hexane in silica. Whatever solvent is left from the mixture is evaporated to enable crystallization.

The following step is to make the crystals edible. This means washing them in chemicals like pentane and methanol, which is followed by extra evaporation and filtration. In the end, you get a fine white powder that’s ready for consumption.  

What’s the difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD oil contains CBD as well as the full spectrum of over 140 other cannabinoids and terpenes. These come in the naturally occurring ratios of the original plant. 

Although full-spectrum CBD oil is required by law to contain THC levels of 0.3% THC or less, it could still trigger a positive result in a blood or urine drug test. 

That’s why CBD isolate is the CBD product of choice for those who get drug tested or are sensitive to other cannabinoids. 

CBD Isolate is All About the Purity

CBD isolate products typically come with a 99% pure CBD label because the CBD has been isolated from everything else. However, when looking at an isolate, it’s important to verify the purity because there are scam artists out there with lower purity products. Ask your supplier for lab test results to verify that they’re selling a pure (and legal) CBD isolate.   

What is CBD isolate used for?

Because it doesn’t smell or taste like anything, CBD isolate is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a number of applications. Most people use it to make DIY CBD oil, balms and other products. All you have to do is add the isolate to a carrier oil and consume the mixture sublingually.

Alternatively, sprinkle the CBD isolate into your food when cooking or baking. Just make sure your cooking temperatures don’t exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit as CBD can lose its potency at higher temperatures. 

Or, you can just keep it simple and sprinkle CBD isolate powder under your tongue and keep it there for about 60 seconds. This allows the mucous membranes in your tongue to deliver the compound to your bloodstream.

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