In the Health industry, products and trends usually come and go in bursts of frenzy. It’s the nature of the industry and the cycles that happen with consumers who are more informed than their predecessors. One of the hottest trends right now in the industry is CBD and its relevant offshoots. For the uninitiated, CBD refers to Cannabidiol which is sourced from the Cannabis plant. With the recent changes in Marijuana law in the United States over the past few years, hemp-derived CBD is now legal in all 50 states. CBD is used in a variety of ways and products that range from oils to pill form. One of the most potent forms and wide-ranging derivatives of CBD is CBD Isolate.
CBD Isolate is derived from the hemp plant, it is just the CBD of the plant and nothing else. An analogy to highlight this concentration is to look at supplements in the fitness industry. A Bodybuilder who needs to incorporate more protein in their diet has two options at play. They could eat a ton of red meat and chicken to Ingest more grams of protein, or they could instead use a supplement of protein powder to mix into their shakes and water. CBD Isolate is the “concentrate mix” of the CBD family of products.
How is CBD isolate made?
The process of manufacturing Isolate from hemp is a complex and fascinating process. When a hemp plant reaches maturity, the extraction process takes place. This initial process separates the compounds and oils from the hemp plant. There is quite a lot to separate as there are 113 different cannabinoids located within the cannabis plant. The chromatography process then takes place in a laboratory to separate the initial CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid) oil and compound extraction even further. The CBD extraction then goes through a third phase called winterization which removes fats and trace amounts of wax from the oil.
During the winterization process, the CBDA oil is immersed in alcohol and then dropped to a temperature below freezing. This removes any remaining impurities and excessive components that remain through the first two stages. The CBDA oil is then heated to convert CBDA into CBD concentrate through a final process known as decarboxylation. Through this long chain of processes, the trace amounts of THC that are usually present in CBD products are removed completely. What remains in the final product is a tasteless and odorless fine white powder which contains around 99 percent pure CBD with no amount of THC to speak of.
CBD Isolate Benefits
The neutral state of CBD Isolate is not lost on consumers who wish to use the product but not impart a certain taste or smell to the target food or drink. This is a great way to add CBD into a variety of products and diets. One way to do that is by mixing CBD Isolate into an oil to make a concoction that can be placed under the tongue or used in cooking. One could also place a small amount of Isolate into shakes or other mixed drinks to impart a dosage of CBD into their drink.
The lack of THC in CBD Isolate is a game changer for those who can’t have any amount of THC show up in a drug test. There are also those who may be sensitive to THC and would appreciate the effects of CBD without the possibility of any adverse effects coupled with it. Think of the many members of society who work in vocations that have very strict drug policies such as police officers, the military, and emergency personnel. There are also workers who are under federally mandated licenses such as postal workers and commercial truck drivers. CBD Isolate is a wonderful way for these citizens to reap the benefits of CBD without the fear of showing any traceable amounts of THC on a test.
It’s important to note here the difference between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD. Some of the more unscrupulous merchants online try to pass off one for the other and vice versa. It goes without saying here, but always do your research and due diligence on a company or seller of CBD products before purchasing. We’ll look at full spectrum CBD and the differences between this and CBD Isolate.
CBD isolate is ONLY CBD. CBD full spectrum oil has a full variety of plant based molecules from the plant it was extracted from. That includes terpenes, phyto-cannabinoids, chlorophyll, etc; including everything that is naturally in the plant. Full spectrum oil is more balanced naturally as it has the same exact genetics of the plant, but it does not necessarily improve CBD-related performance. It is very important to note that full spectrum oil does contain THC, so for those who get tested or do not want to consume any THC, CBD isolate powder is the way to go.
Full Spectrum CBD is manufactured in much the same way as CBD Isolate, except that full spectrum stops after the first step in the process. This retains most of the extraneous by-products and cannabinoids in the final CBD product. Full spectrum CBD also has a trace amount of THC located within after the manufacturing process. This level is around 0.3% or thereabouts, it’s still considered legal under United States federal law. However, it will also register with a drug test as a traceable amount and constitute a failed test (under zero tolerance policy) if one uses full spectrum CBD products.
There are major differences and experiences between the two products. Some users report an “earthy” taste to full spectrum CBD products due to the natural byproducts and cannabinoids that still remain after manufacture. There are also users who report that full spectrum CBD products have a better experience overall compared to users of CBD Isolate. That could be attributed to the remaining byproducts but a very minuscule degree could also be pointed at the trace amounts of THC that still remain in those products. More studies are being conducted on a weekly basis as to why users seem to have different experiences between the two different products.
The growth of CBD
The CBD industry has only hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of products and marketing. From large metropolitan areas to small towns, CBD shops are starting to crop up everywhere. As more studies are conducted on the positives of CBD use and their benefits, more first-time users are starting to show up in recent months. With aggressive marketing from CBD shops both at brick and mortar locations and online avenues, the word about CBD is getting out to the masses. This marketing coupled with mainstream news stories on television and print media have given the industry a huge kick in the pants, jumpstarting the current wildfire that is the CBD industry. With the advent of the strong possibility of total legalization of marijuana looming in the near-future, the future of CBD looks very promising.