(Last Updated On: March 4, 2021)

Never used CBD or have only tried CBD full spectrum and are curious about its isolated counterpart? Fantastic, because you’re in the right place! 

Today, we are talking about all things CBD isolates. This is going to be a quick guide, but we are going over all the essentials from “what is CBD isolate” to “where to buy CBD isolate”. So buckle up, and let’s get to it. 

What is CBD Isolate 

While named after the molecule, CBD, formally known as cannabidiol, most CBD products on the market contain way more than just it. The molecule CBD is known as cannabinoid, and it’s just one of the hundreds of other cannabinoids that come from the cannabis plant. Along with cannabinoids, there are hundreds of other compounds called terpenes and flavonoids that hitch ride with CBD when we take it from cannabis. When we keep all these compounds together when creating our CBD product, we get full spectrum CBD.

Why would we want this? Easy, all those compounds produce therapeutic effects to various degrees that are similar — but not always — to CBD. Additionally, they have a synergistic effect on each other. For example, a terpene could open up a pathway for a cannabinoid to be better absorbed by the body. This is just one of the countless ways they worked together to create what we call the entourage effect. Most prefer this, making CBD full spectrum the most popular form of CBD.  

CBD isolates are 90-99% cannabidiol with a focus on removing as many of the terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids as possible. 

So why would we want this? Well, some people don’t like the extra effects the other compounds bring along. In particular, some people appear to be more sensitive to some of the cannabinoids than others. Taking CBD full spectrum in any amount can make them feel tired, sluggish, or generally, feeling off. 

As well, CBD on its own is a powerful cannabinoid, and it’s great for mixing with a high THC product to change the effects of it. 

Benefits of CBD Isolate 

There are a number of benefits contributed to CBD, and while it’s true CBD can help someone with a whole-body range of health issues, CBD may sometimes help you with all of the below conditions, only some of them, or none at all. Why this happens isn’t exactly known, but the main thought is if your illness is due to an endocannabinoid deficiency or caused one to happen, then there is a great chance CBD can help it. 

CBD Isolate May Help: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Arthritis 
  • Chronic pain 
  • Epileptic disorders
  • Inflammation 
  • Nausea  
  • Neuropathic pain 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Poor focus 

How to Use CBD Isolate 

Most CBD isolates currently on the market come in the form of a powder. And this gives you a lot of options for how you can take it. But in the beginning, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all of them, so let’s break them down, and you’ll be a pro after. 

Ingesting 

CBD is fat soluble, so to improve the body’s absorption of it, it is important to mix it with fat when ingesting it — this is the reason cannabis’s smell doesn’t get locked into furniture like water soluble tobacco smoke does. 

Mixing a CBD isolate with fat is pretty easy to do. You can bake it into your favorite fatty snack, be it a brownie or cookie. Mix it with your favorite salad dressing. Better yet, grab yourself a few gelatin capsules and make your own CBD isolate pills — just mix it with a fatty oil like coconut oil. You can even let the powder dissolve under your tongue with some oil — great for bringing the effects on much faster, but at the cost of some duration. In some instances, you can find CBD isolate pre-mixed with an carrier oil and already in a tincture form. 

Inhalation 

Looking to avoid calories or want to quickly feel your CBD isolate? Then inhalation is the method of use for you. CBD isolate can be smoked, dabbed, or vaped

Side Effects 

CBD is touted for its safety profile, with the great majority of people experiencing no side effects. When the side effects do occur, they are often reported as extremely mild. 

Dry Mouth

One of the ways CBD works in the body is by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors naturally found in our body. These receptors are located at various places in the body and in different amounts, This is why CBD helps with certain areas more than others. One place where there is a high concentration of endocannabinoid receptors is in our salivary glands. 

Because of this, a side effect of CBD is dry mouth. But for some, CBD can have the opposite effect and cause them to produce more saliva than normal. 

Drug Interaction 

If your doctor advises you to avoid foods like grapefruit due to your prescription medication, it’s a good idea to consult them before taking CBD. Like grapefruit, kale, and Saint John’s Wort, CBD can potentially interfere with medication that’s metabolized in the liver. This can cause the potency of a prescription medication to change and/or affect it’s onset and duration. 

Lack of Effects 

Without the entourage effect, cannabidiol by itself can struggle to make its way to its proper destination points. As well, sometimes those destination points aren’t set up as nicely for them. Remember, there are several hundreds of different compounds in full spectrum CBD, and they have a multitude of different effects on each other. 

This means that while CBD full spectrum might help you, CBD isolate has no effect on you, or you have to take a high dosage to feel it working. To combat this, it’s becoming more popular to reintroduce some or all of the terpenes back into the mix. This can help reintroduce the entourage effect without reintroducing the negative effects since it appears it’s often a sensitivity to another cannabinoid(s) in cannabis that causes the issue.  

Buying CBD isolate 

When buying CBD, it’s important you do your research on the product you intend to buy first. You always want to confirm there is a COA or Certificate of Analysis. This means the company had an independent lab test their CBD product for absolute accuracy and safety. Never buy random CBD you haven’t verified before. 

Written by Kathy Cooley