Even a year after the Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD, there’s still plenty of buzz. New studies show more promise for health. Many people are curious.
Companies are clearly investing more in their product offerings. In turn, consumers like you have more choice than ever.
You may be wondering about all the different products out there already. Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, CBD isolate—what’s the difference?
We’re here to help. We put together this handy guide to CBD isolate, with everything you need to know.
What Is CBD Isolate?
Let’s start with the basics. What is CBD isolate anyway?
This term means the product you’re buying is CBD in its “purest” form. It’s essentially been isolated from everything else in the hemp or cannabis plant.
This makes CBD isolate different from full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum products are less refined, so they contain many other substances. This includes other cannabinoids, terpenes, and more.
Broad-spectrum products represent the middle ground between full-spectrum and isolate. Broad-spectrum CBD is more refined than full-spectrum, but it’s still not as pure as isolate.
Is CBD Isolate Better?
Now that you know the difference between isolate and other types of CBD, you have another question. Which one is best?
There’s still considerable debate about that. Some people claim full-spectrum products are best.
That’s thanks to the CBD entourage effect. Other cannabinoids and terpenes seem to amplify CBD’s effects.
Full-spectrum products allow you to take advantage of that. Since CBD isolate filters out those other substances, the entourage effect isn’t a factor. Full-spectrum is also less refined.
That said, CBD isolate has its advantages. One of them is that the product is purer, so you know what you’re getting. That makes it easier to take the right dose.
It also makes it easier to know that CBD is actually working for you. A full-spectrum product may cause more interactions since there are more substances present.
How to Use CBD Isolate
Now that you’ve decided to pick a CBD isolate, how to use it is the next question on your mind.
First, you’ll need to pick a type of product. CBD isolate usually comes in one of two forms: powder or oil.
CBD oil is incredibly versatile. You may find it in:
- Pre-measured capsules
- Cartridges for vaporizers
- Massage oils and topical treatments
- Edibles and drinks
It’s also sold on its own. You can then add it to food or drinks, or you can take a dose by measuring it out and ingesting it.
You’ll need to find the right CBD isolate dosage, which can be tricky. Using a pure CBD oil helps since you know how much CBD you’re getting per milligram of oil. Some people prefer to use pre-measured capsules for this reason.
Your dose will depend on how much CBD you need. Most people need only a few milligrams to see some benefits. Keep in mind that, if you take CBD oil orally, you will only get part of that dose.
Why? It has to do with bioavailability. When you swallow CBD oil, it has to enter the bloodstream through the digestive tract.
That means you’ll lose some of the CBD as it gets broken down in the body. Only some of it will enter your bloodstream. You can look for products that use nanotechnology to increase bioavailability.
There are also tricks to increase bioavailability. Some foods seem to increase absorption of CBD, which can help you get the most out of your dose.
If you take a 30mg dose of CBD orally, only a fraction of that may enter the bloodstream. You might decide to take a higher dose.
You could also decide to microdose. That means taking several smaller doses throughout the day.
Using CBD Isolate Powder
Now we’ll talk about how to use CBD isolate powder. It’s a little bit different than CBD oil.
Powders are generally added to other products. You may see them mixed in with food or drink. They’re much more common in topical products, such as creams and salves.
You can buy CBD isolate powder on your own. You can then add it to meals, smoothies, and more. You can also take it orally.
The same rules apply to taking CBD powders as oils. Absorption rates will mean a lower amount of CBD will enter your bloodstream. Microdosing or higher doses can help you achieve the effects you want.
Taking CBD with food may help, as it can increase bioavailability.
Do pay attention to how much powder you take. Although low doses of CBD rarely have negative side effects, you want to be sure you’re getting a consistent dose.
How to Choose High-Quality CBD Products
Now you know all about how to use CBD isolate and why it might be better than other CBD products. It’s time to put some CBD products in your shopping cart.
As the market has grown, so too has the number of products on the shelves. It can be difficult to pick the right CBD product for that reason.
There are a few factors to pay attention to when it comes to selecting a CBD isolate product. First, take a look at the total cannabinoids listed on the label of any product.
That lets you know how much of any cannabinoid is in the bottle or package. With that information in hand, you can determine how much CBD you’ll get per dose.
A larger bottle may not necessarily have more CBD in it. It might be more diluted, which means you need to take more. The purest CBD products usually have high total cannabinoid counts and corresponding prices.
You’ll also want to take a look at factors such as how the product was grown and processed. Some companies use organic growing processes. Others don’t, and they may use harsh chemicals during refinement.
Being on the lookout for these factors can help you choose better CBD products.
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With this guide to CBD isolate, you’ll be set to find the right products and use them to benefit your health.
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