While you might not know what to do with a pile of odorless CBD isolate powder at first, there are a number of different ways to consume CBD isolate. Here are some of the most common delivery routes:
Following the mainstream emergence of cannabidiol (CBD) products, there’s a compelling option out there for those who want to experience the potential therapeutic effects of CBD without even the smallest trace of THC. It may not receive the same amount of hype as CBD lattes, infused cookies, or other CBD products, but CBD isolate is actually one of the most distinct and versatile forms of CBD on the market.
It’s incredibly easy to measure CBD isolate dosages, as there’s nothing else to account for aside from the pure CBD. With other CBD-based products, such as broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD oil, the cannabinoid is mixed with other cannabinoids, making it more difficult at times to quantify the exact amount of CBD that is being consumed.
There are various processes used to produce CBD isolate from industrial hemp extracts, such as supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) or ethanol-based extractions. The same extraction methods can also be used as a starting point for the production of THC isolate as well, but typically with marijuana plants instead of industrial hemp. To create an isolate, a number of components are removed from the plant, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, as well as fats, lipids, and other compounds. After that, the CBD compound is separated from the rest of the extraction through a series of chemical washing and separation processes.
Once all of the impurities and solvents are stripped away, you’re left with 99% pure CBD crystalline.
Apply the CBD powder directly under your tongue and hold it there for about 60 seconds. With this method, the CBD is absorbed by the mucous membranes and delivered directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system to provide more immediate and effective relief.
CBD crystalline can be measured and put into capsules or pills, allowing you to ingest an accurate dose. You can also mix CBD isolate with a variety of ingredients to create CBD-infused food and drinks. However, because CBD is not absorbed very well by the gastrointestinal tract, it has a low oral bioavailability. In order to increase bioavailability, CBD isolate can be added to carrier oils, such as MCT oil, to increase its chances of permeating the gastrointestinal system and reaching the bloodstream.
Tangie Terpsolate from The CBDistillery. (Leafly)
After shopping around and doing some research, I realized how difficult it can be to tell the differences between the products online. So, I tried a few products from three different websites—here’s how it went.
But knowing that not everyone has safe access to cannabis-derived CBD, it dawned on me that I should have a better response. So I decided to track down a few different varieties of CBD isolate online and see if they’re worth the time, money, and hype.
InfiniteCBD isolate (Leafly)
The Blueberry OG/GSC isolate was chunky and crumbled, much like the THC isolates I’ve tried before. The aroma reminded me of a Ricola cough drop with a spicy, herbal, almost sour scent.
The CBDistillery isolate. (Leafly)
The final stop on my CBD journey was The CBDistillery, from which I ordered two more CBD isolates: a stable half-gram slab of refined isolate and a chunky Tangie Terpsolate.
The advantage of CBD crystals is that they can be dissolved in food and drinks, applied sublingually or as a topical salve like many regular CBD products, or they can be vaporized or dabbed. This opens up a whole new world of CBD consumption options (more on that later). Moreover, crystals lack the strong and bitter taste that most consumers find unpalatable about other CBD products. Of course, CBD crystals also contain 0% THC, which means they are non-psychoactive.
Vaping is pretty similar to dabbing in that it has a quick onset of effects and a better overall taste. You will need not as much paraphernalia as with dabbing, but will require a quality vaporizer that was developed for use with concentrates (vapes for flower won’t do the job). Put your extract in there, heat it to the desired temperature, and draw. It’s that simple! But don’t heat it too high, as that will introduce carcinogens and benzenes into the mix, which we try to avoid as much as possible. This is also true for dabbing CBD crystals.
How To Dose Cbd Crystals Correctly
First of all, you don’t have to worry about taking in too much CBD. It is non-toxic, so you can’t overdose. However, you could definitely be more chilled out than expected with a higher dosage, which would be a waste of crystals/money. Like with everything else, you should always start slow and work your way up to the desired effect.
You’ll want to monitor your body closely during this week. How is your overall health, your mental state, and energy level? With this knowledge, you can now increase or decrease the dosage to get to your desired effect. Just don’t rush the process! Start small and only make minor adjustments. No big rises! This way, you don’t waste money by ingesting too much, but don’t get a weak effect either.
The most easy way of ingesting CBD crystals is to dissolve them under your tongue. Hold them there for 60–90 seconds. This way, the crystals get directly into your bloodstream, causing you to feel the effects almost immediately.