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A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol that there is. It contains zero THC, but in some instances, it may have traces of CBDV (cannabidivarin).

CBD isolates are commonly used to strengthen the potency of oils, edibles, and softgels, but they can also be taken via other means like smoking and dabbing.

In as much as CBD isolates offer maximum purity in cannabidiol, they don’t necessarily provide the most benefits, as compared to e.g., full-spectrum oils, because full-spectrum oils have a range of organic compounds that work synergistically to boost therapeutic effects.

Advantages and Disadvantages of CBD Isolate

If you’re looking to consume pure cannabidiol, a CBD isolate would be the best choice, but there are various instances when it is not ideal. The following diagram showcases the advantages and disadvantages of CBD isolate.

PureNot as beneficial as full-spectrum
High potencyVarying degrees of quality
VersatileHigh risk of taking an overdose
Zero THC contentScam prevalence
Stable prices 

How is CBD Isolate Made?

Manufacturers use various extraction methods to eliminate all the chemical compounds and leave behind crystallized (and pure) cannabidiol. The crystals are pulverized into powder to make them easier to consume. They don’t have a strong taste or smell.

The safest and most convenient extraction method is the supercritical C02; it involves beating industrial hemp with high-pressure carbon dioxide at low temperatures. The resulting extract contains a range of cannabinoids and organic compounds.

This extract undergoes additional processes to eliminate cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and CBN, and also remove terpenes and essential oils.

Forms of CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is available for consumption in different states:

Powder/crystals: crystals are usually gotten at the end of the extraction. They can be taken as edibles, ingested sublingually, or even dabbed. But the crystals are usually crushed into powder to diversify consumption methods.

Liquid: CBD crystals or powder can be dissolved in a carrier oil and then administered via an oral syringe or dropper.

Shatter: it’s gotten from combining CBD isolates with plant-derived terpenes, and it has the appearance of a translucent plate, and it’s usually taken via dabbing.

With CBD isolates, it’s easy to get the dosage right, because they have high potency. They also have zero THC content, and thus you cannot possibly get high. CBD isolates don’t have any distinct smell or taste, and thus they are versatile.

What are some of the Positive Effects of Consuming CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, and specifically by acting on the cannabinoid receptors to achieve various health improvements:

Improving appetite

If you come down with certain illnesses, you may lose your appetite, and get into an even worse condition. A highly potent CBD isolate can reverse this problem and help you regain your appetite.

Boosting memory

There’s nothing as annoying as having a faulty memory. It gets in the way of your ability to make quick decisions. And it can also stop you from capitalizing on your opportunities. CBD is proven to strengthen memory.

Stabilizing moods

Our moods are always changing depending on our internal and external environments, but if we are constantly experiencing sad/unhappy feelings, that can amount to a mood disorder. CBD is proven to enhance mood stability.

Boosting the immune system

Our immune system protects us against foreign disease agents. If we have a weak immune system, we would eventually get overwhelmed by illnesses. Taking a CBD isolate can boost our immune system and help us stay healthy.

Fighting cancer

A tumor is one of the common symptoms of cancer. Tumors can appear in various places in the human body. And as cancer progresses, they worsen and become painful. But CBD is proven to fight off benign tumors and minimize cancer.

Minimizing anxiety

Anxiety is easily a modern plague. An estimated 31.1% of Americans report that they experience some form of anxiety at least once every year. Depending on the level of anxiety, it can cripple your progress. Thankfully, CBD is effective at eliminating anxiety.

Pain relief

Whether it’s a result of a physical accident or you have an illness, being in pain can greatly reduce your productivity, make you sullen. But taking CBD isolate, on the regular, can help to eliminate the pain.

Eliminates insomnia

Quality sleep is essential for a balanced life. If you’re not getting quality sleep, you’re wont to experience anxiety and irritability. But CBD isolates can help you fall (and stay) asleep without any issues.

Stopping substance addictions

If you have an addiction to substances like cigarettes or alcohol, it can hurt your finances and social life. But you can use CBD isolates to kick away such addictions. They help you develop a tolerance for sobriety.

Do CBD Isolates Have Any Side Effects?

For the most part, CBD isolates don’t have any side effects. However, some people report some of these side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Exhaustion
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Irritability

What Is The Difference Between CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD, and Broad Spectrum CBD?

The cannabis plant contains numerous chemical compounds including cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-spectrum CBD denotes products with a wide range of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. They are minimally refined and produce an entourage effect; a process where all the phytochemicals work in unison to create profound health benefits. Full-spectrum CBD is considered to be more beneficial than any other form of CBD.

CBD isolate products are made of 99% cannabidiol. In the preparation, most of the cannabis phytochemicals are eliminated. CBD isolates can be ingested as a tincture, edible, or used topically.

Broad-spectrum products are somewhere between CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. They usually have a high CBD content, zero THC content, but they contain some of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils found in the cannabis plant.

Can CBD Isolate Get Me High?

No CBD product can be cleared for sale if it contains more than 0.3% of THC, and even in this state, the THC content is so small to get anyone high. In preparing CBD isolates, all the THC is eliminated, and thus you cannot possibly get high.

What Are the Methods of Using CBD Isolates?

At the end of the extraction, CBD isolates are in a crystallized form, but they are usually crushed into a powder to make them versatile. The following are some of the ways that CBD isolates are used:


You can add a CBD isolate into your recipe for cakes, biscuits, or any other baked goods. This method is most preferred by people who consider CBD to have a flat taste and smell. Putting CBD in your edibles enables you to consume CBD a bit more often.


This involves putting the CBD isolate (crystals or powder) in a dab rig, putting a ball of fire under the rig, and inhaling the CBD vapor. Dabbing is one of the most common methods of consuming CBD isolates.


If you smoke marijuana, you must be used to getting high, but sometimes the blunt can be so potent and that it makes you exceedingly high. CBD isolate has been proven to water down the marijuana potency. And so, if you want to experience a mild high from smoking your blunt, you only have to put a sprinkle of CBD isolate on your blunt, and then you can smoke it off.

Homemade tincture

You can also prepare your tincture at home and ingest it. Mix a small amount of CBD isolate with a spoon of coconut oil to form a tincture. You may then place it underneath your tongue and hold it for a while. The CBD gets absorbed into your bloodstream.

Homemade topical

You can also prepare a homemade topical/cream using CBD isolate. Put a small quantity of CBD isolate into a base liquid, and mix well to form a topical; you can run it on your skin for both cosmetic and relaxation purposes.

Can I Overdose on CBD Isolate?

If you smoked marijuana excessively, you might blackout, but can the same be said of CBD? Not really. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties, and it cannot possibly get you high. But still, there’s such a thing as taking excessive CBD.

It is recommended that you don’t take more than 50K milligrams of CBD.

When is the Best Time to Take CBD Isolate?

Some people swear it’s the morning, and others swear that it’s at night, but the best time depends on different factors including metabolism, pre-existing health problems, and potency.

If you take CBD at night, ensure that you ingest at least half an hour before you doze off, to enjoy maximum effects. Some people ingest small quantities of CBD throughout the day to increase the impact of CBD.

The length of time that a CBD isolate can take to kick in depends on various things like how much you use, how often you use, your body, diet, and method of ingestion.

When you vape or ingest sublingually, it can take around 15 minutes to feel the effects, but if it’s edibles or topicals it can take as much as two hours to kick in. The effects of a CBD isolate usually last from two to six hours.

And nope, it won’t make you fail a drug test!

CBD Isolate Interactions with Medication

Avoid ingesting a CBD isolate if you have already taken these two drugs: Clobazam and Valproate. Interactions refer to CBD reacting against medicines and minimizing the effects of medicine or causing side effects.