Many people focus on CBD oils and how they use them. However, are you familiar with CBD isolate?
What is it?
In the simplest terms, CBD isolate is produced when all impurities and cannabinoids have been removed from the final product, which is typically in crystal or powder form. While the crystal product is very versatile, isolate is most commonly ground into powder for ease of use.
Perhaps the most important distinction is that pure CBD isolate does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main active cannabinoids in cannabis plants and the chemical responsible for producing a psychoactive effect on the body. In the United Kingdom, most products with CBD oil are allowed a miniscule amount of THC, less than .2 percent. That means usage could technically show up on a drug test, even though it’s not highly likely.
However in the UK CBD isolate is illegal when sold a substance to ingest such as CBD Oil. Therefore, CBD oil must be in the form of broad or full spectrum. When it comes to skincare, CBD isolate is absolutely legal and you will find it in many of The HUGG skincare products.
Where does it come from?
Pure CBD isolate comes from the cannabis plant, the same as CBD oil. However, during the extraction process, all active compounds, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, are stripped from the plant.
This is followed up by a refinement process that removes all phytocannabinoids, such as THC, leaving behind nothing but the CBD in its purest crystal form. The crystalline is often ground down to create a versatile tasteless and odorless powder that can be added to food, beverages and homemade topical products.
While isolate once was thought to be the most beneficial form due to its purity, research is showing that the opposite is true and that some of the hundreds of other cannabinoids in the hemp plant want to have their voice heard as well. These studies are researching the synergism between the cannabis cannabinoids that work together. Since isolate has no other cannabinoids, it cannot duplicate this effect.
What should I watch out for?
Always purchase CBD isolate from a reputable company. There are so many different offerings, brands and sizes on the market that it can be very difficult and overwhelming to select one.
“The world is flooded with cheap isolate. American isolate is now cheaper than isolate from China,” said Clifton Flack, CiiTECH CEO and founder.
CiiTECH Ltd. partners and collaborates with leading institutions and companies to realize the full potential of cutting-edge cannabis innovation and bring it successfully to market. Its brands include its flagstaff product Provacan and niche products Impact, which specializes in CBD active products and HuGG, a CBD self-care line for women.
Flack said disclosure of ingredients in the supply chain and complete transparency is the only way consumers can ensure that they are purchasing quality isolate.
Reading the label can also help ensure that the isolate is 100 percent THC-free.