What are CBD isolates?
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis, namely marijuana and hemp. The two most common cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Marijuana has higher concentrations of THC, the cannanbinoid with psychoactive properties, the one that gets users “high,” while hemp contains quite low levels of THC and higher levels of CBD. Although CBD does not have the psychoactive properties of THC, it interacts with the same system, known as the endocannabinoid system, and is a hot topic of research right now as a potential treatment for a long list of maladies.
In an earlier post, we went over the difference between full spectrum CBD oil and broad spectrum CBD oil. Full spectrum CBD oil contains other terpenes and cannabinoids, including THC. Proponents of full spectrum CBD oil believe that the full benefits of CBD are received when all the naturally-occurring elements of the plant have an opportunity to work together, a theoretical phenomenon known as the Entourage Effect.
There is only one major difference between full spectrum CBD oil and broad spectrum CBD oil. Broad spectrum CBD oil does not contain any THC. The THC is removed from the product. For this reason, broad spectrum CBD oil is a better choice than full spectrum CBD oil for consumers concerned about the possibility of failing a drug test for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Besides full spectrum CBD oil and broad spectrum CBD oil, there is another option called CBD isolates.
What are CBD isolates?
If the name didn’t give it away, isolates are CBD oil products from which all other cannabinoids have been as close to entirely removed as possible. Isolate products are generally labeled as being 99+% pure CBD. The pure CBD isolates can be found in a crystalline powder or in slabs, but are often mixed with a carrier oil.
Why use CBD isolates?
Some people only want the benefits of CBD, and do not care for the other cannabinoids and terpenes. The Entourage Effect that full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oil users are going for is not for everyone. Similar to broad spectrum CBD oil, isolates are a good option for those who want to carefully steer clear of THC.
How can you tell if a CBD isolate is pure?
Carefully study product labels and read reviews from trusted CBD sites. Not all products marketed as isolates are even labeled as being 99+% pure CBD. If a label says that the product is 99.5% CBD or lower, be aware that it may still contain trace amounts of THC or other compounds from the cannabis plant that you don’t want.