As you may know, there are three general types of CBD; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. We’ve already discussed full-spectrum in a previous post and isolate in short, is the opposite of full-spectrum. It is called this because it isolates CBD from all the other cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
What is CBD Isolate?
Isolate is CBD in its purest form. It is generally a crystalline solid or powder used in dabs, however, it is becoming increasingly more common in oils, edibles, capsules and more. Isolate contains no cannabinoids, terpenes or other compounds found in the cannabis plant. It often contains up to 90% cannabidiol (CBD) and has no risk of psychoactive effects due to being free of THC. CBD Isolate is completely flavorless and odorless as well, making it perfect for some baking. The only potential drawback to isolate is it does not produce the entourage effect like other forms of CBD.
Benefits of CBD Isolate
The main benefits of isolate deal with legalities. Some states such as Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota have stricter CBD laws than the rest of the states. In these states, CBD is in essence illegal. However, in Idaho and Nebraska it is legal if it meets certain standards and regulations. Additionally, those needing to pass a drug test, would be best served taking isolate as it contains no THC or other cannabinoids and terpenes. Isolate is also best for people with sensitivity to THC or who are just looking to cook with CBD.
How is CBD Isolate Made?
Isolate is made from the hemp plant when it reaches maturity. It goes through a process called extraction, which separates the oils and compounds from the plant. There are several methods to do this, however the most common (and expensive) method is CO2 extraction. This method controls pressure and temperature to isolate and maintain the medicinal oils to create a safe and clean product free of chlorophyll.
After the extraction process, the oil is further purified through winterization. This process removes any fats, lipids and waxes and is an important step in creating a high purity extract. After all the purification processes, you are left with a fine white powder that is 99% CBD.
Disadvantages of CBD Isolate
In general, there are no main disadvantages to Isolate. Perhaps the only potential downside, is it lacks the entourage effect.