As cannabis-forged health and wellness products gain in popularity, getting to know the more common forms of cannabidiols, more widely known as "CBD" is a good idea.
With an estimated worth of $20 billion in 2020 and $22 billion by 2024, CBD has risen in stature as more people turn to hemp-based treatments to alleviate common maladies like anxiety, depression, muscle and bone pain, and even cancer.
CBD Isolate is one of the more prevalent and less expensive forms of cannabidiol, as cannabis lovers turn to Isolate products to leverage their reportedly abundant medical benefits.
Getting to know CBD Isolate is well worth the effort, if you plan on using cannabis-based products to treat medical issues of your own. Here's an insider's look:
What Is CBD Isolate?
CBD Isolate is a chemical component derived from cannabis plants.
Proponents tout CBD Isolate as the purest form of cannabis, primarily because of the way manufacturers split (or isolate) the CBD from all of the other components of the cannabis plant.
That leaves CBD Isolate all by itself - it's basically the chemical compound remaining after CBD has been extracted from a cannabis plant.
How Is CBD Isolate Made?
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.)
Once the concentrated CBD is extracted from the plant, it must purify for a period of time, with the chemical compounds needed to create CBD Isolate filtrated out of the cannabis that's extracted from the plant.
Once the CBD is filtered out, the CBD oil removed from the cannabis plant goes through one last process, called winterization, where any remaining plant particles are removed from the CBD oil.
Winterization is the process for chilling chemical compounds, which is needed to extract impurities from the CBD. With CBD Isolate, the winterization process takes away any waxes or other unneeded components (like terpenes, chlorophyll and/or flavonoids) remaining in the CBD.
Once that process is complete, the manufacturer is left with pure CBD powder, which has no levels of THC and is at a level that is 99% pure cannabidiol.
CBD manufacturers have the option to either produce CBD Isolate as a pure powder or turn it into a crystal isolate.
The primary difference in that scenario how the end user will ultimately ingest the CBD Isolate. Here's a breakdown:
Taking CBD Isolate as a powder. Manufacturers often mix CBD Isolate into edible gummies, creams they can simply rub into their skin, or ingested as a power under the tongue for the most direct (and fastest) results.
Taking CBD Isolate as a crystal. Crystals can also be digested as an edible but they can also be taken via a vaping pipe, via liquids or ingested under the tongue.
In general, taking CBD Isolate as a powder directly under the tongue is both the easiest and the most effective way of taking CBD Isolate. The treatment is odorless and tasteless, although many users do mix it with liquids (like teas and juices) and even food when they ingest CBD Isolate.
Benefits of CBD Isolate
There are myriad benefits to CBD Isolate for cannabis users, with these benefits perhaps the most useful.
You can't get high on CBD Isolate, as it contains absolutely no Tetrahydrocannabinol (Or THC), the chemical element that triggers the high that comes with marijuana intake.
That said, it's worth checking the package or bottle and make sure there is no THC in the CBD Isolate - some fly-by-night manufacturers may mix a strain of THC into the mix and you want to be sure your CBD is THC-free.
You Can Easily Figure Out Dosage Amounts
Calculating the dosage levels with CBD Isolate is fairly easy to do. Any small (but quality) household scale can do the trick - since the Isolate is separated from other cannabis chemical compounds, measuring the dosage in milligrams gives you the exact amount of CBD you need, per the package directions.
By and large, for every one milligram of CBD powder, the consumer is ingesting one milligram of CBD.
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.
If the effect is limited, up the dosage over the next three days by another 10mg and measure the impact it's having again. If the impact of the CBD is too strong, dial the dosage back until you arrive at an effective level that works for you.
Expect the dosage to take full effect within 60 to 90 minutes of taking CBD Isolate.
CBD Isolate Helps With Many Health and Wellness Issues
While the scientific data is light when it comes to CBD Isolate there is a growing amount of evidence (especially in the form of user testimonials) that Isolate is effective in treating the following health issues:
- For anxiety and depression.
- For inflammatory issues.
- For treatment of diabetes.
- For chemotherapy treatment from cancer.
- For autism, ADD and ADHD
- For help in quitting smoking.
- For help with insomnia.
It's Less Expensive
CBD Isolate is significantly less expensive than other for forms of commercial cannabinoids, such as CBD tinctures or oils - prices clock in at about $25 per 1,000 mg of CBD Isolate.
CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD
There is a difference between the two main forms of commercial cannabinoids - CBD Isolates and CBD Full Spectrum.
While CBD Isolate is extracted from cannabis plants as a standalone product with no additional compounds included, CBD Full Spectrum bundles together multiple chemical compounds to form what CBD manufacturers call the "Entourage Effect".
Additionally, CBD Full Spectrum does offer a small measure of THC, whereas CBD Isolate doesn't have any THC. It's not much - about 0.3% THC in Full Spectrum CBD.
Yet that's enough to show up in the user's system, which could pose a problem if he or she has to undergo a drug test. The U.S. military, law enforcement agencies, and emergency medical technicians, among other industries, routinely mandate drug testing.
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