There are many ways to get the health benefits of CBD, but most of them revolve around the use of CBD oils. These are usually produced from the seeds of the cannabis plant, but there are several problems.
While the seeds contain most of the plant’s nutritional value, the flowers (buds) will contain more CBD. To bypass all of these differences and issues, you can just buy pure CBD in a powdered form. This powder is referred to as “CBD isolate” and is normally 99.9% pure.
In this article, we’re going to cover everything about CBD isolate so when you’re making a purchase, you know exactly what you’re buying.
So without any further ado, let’s just jump right into it.
What is CBD Isolate?
As we covered in the paragraph above, CBD isolate is the term we use to identify the CBD that is refined and isolated from other compounds that come in when CBD is extracted from the hemp flower.
Usually, non-isolate CBD contains other compounds like THC and other minerals. While those are not in high enough quantities, some people prefer to have just pure CBD without any other compounds. The reason for this is that then they can experience much better benefits of CBD while consuming lesser quantities of it.
And because it requires a bit more refinement than other CBD products, that’s why it is more expensive. During this refinement process, all of the other substances in the hemp plant are removed.
This is a two-step process, with the first being the production of strong hemp oil. The second step is the final extraction, during which all remaining impurities are removed through the use of solvents.
What is CBD Isolate Best for?
CBD isolate is a good option for those who don’t care for the smell or taste of hemp. The taste and smell of the plant are mostly derived from its terpenes and flavonoid chemicals.
So with CBD isolate, all of those have been removed, so you end up with a product that is virtually tasteless and odorless. Many producers of CBD isolate will add flavoring to the final product, but not enough to compromise the purity.
It is the best option for those who prefer dabbing to smoking or ingestion. For those who don’t know, “dabbing” is a type of smoking that involves touching a red-hot smoking instrument to a concentrated cannabis product.
There are many ways to do it, but that is a conversation for another day. In any case, hemp flowers are not suitable for dabbing, and oil tinctures aren’t much better.
CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD
There is a very simple difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. While CBD isolate contains only CBD and nothing else, a full-spectrum product will contain some of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are naturally present in the hemp plant.
There is a good argument for the use of these substances, and most of them come down to one thing: The entourage effect.
The idea of the entourage effect is this: Herbal medicines (like Cannabis) supposedly lose some of their effectiveness when their active ingredients are isolated.
For instance, let’s take Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). It is made from the bark of the Willow tree. For many centuries, native tribes would use a tea made from this bark to relieve minor pain.
In the 1890s, Bayer isolated acetylsalicylic acid from willow-bark to create modern Aspirin. However, the final product is far different from the natural version. Those who still use willow-bark tea have found it to be far more effective than commercial Aspirin, and this is probably due to the entourage effect.
When you buy a “full-spectrum” CBD product, you are buying a modified CBD isolate. Where the normal process has two steps, this one has three. The final step, of course, is the re-addition of certain substances that were removed in the first steps.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Now that you know about full-spectrum and isolate CBD, that just leaves us with one question: What is the difference between a “full-spectrum” isolate and a “broad-spectrum” isolate?
As you might expect, the difference is pretty small. A full-spectrum isolate will include most of the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that were present in the original plant. A broad-spectrum product, on the other hand, will only contain a handful of them.
The Benefits of CBD
There are many ways in which people can benefit from the consumption of CBD. For one, there are the obvious therapeutic effects. We mention those first because these benefits can be enjoyed by anyone, even if they don’t have any medical conditions.
Although CBD does not offer the intoxicating “high” of the marijuana plant, it does produce a calm and relaxing mindset. Most people find that it helps them to relax and unwind, but doesn’t make them feel inebriated. Many people also enjoy the taste and smell of the plant, which also adds to the enjoyment.
On a more practical level, CBD has proven to be useful for the treatment and/or prevention of several medical conditions. Epileptics and people with related conditions can benefit from the use of CBD-based medications.
In 2018, the FDA approved the first CBD-based epilepsy medication, which is called Epidiolex. It is primarily intended for those with rare and severe forms of epilepsy such as Dravet’s syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
There is also evidence to suggest that CBD can help smokers to give up tobacco. Due to the large number of people killed by lung cancer every year, there is a huge benefit if getting tobacco smokers to start smoking CBD instead.
Although it will not cure the addiction, CBD has been proven to reduce overall cravings for nicotine. If nothing else, it gives smokers a non-harmful alternative.
There are so many other benefits of CBD we will have to write another whole article if we went into detail about them. But, here are some benefits that you should know:
- Relief of minor pain
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Possible treatment for PTSD
- Acts as a potent anti-nausea drug
- May reduce acne
- Help to protect the brain from age-related dementia
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Can be used as a sleep aid
CBD isolate is one of the many options that you have when choosing a hemp-based product. The beauty of using CBD isolate is that because it doesn’t have any THC, you can try it out without having to risk failing a drug test. You don’t have to lose your job just to try out some CBD and see if you like using it or not.
Some people find it to be a viable option while others prefer using it the old-fashioned way. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, it always pays to have more knowledge about the products that you use.