CBD is one of the most talked-about entries into the supplement market in years. Unless you are completely out of touch with what is going on in the world of health and wellness, it is likely that you will have at least heard of it.
Its incredible boom in popularity owes principally to two things: new research that has shed light on its vast array of potential health benefits and its legal status in the UK.
If you head down to most high street chemists, health shops and major supermarkets today, you will almost certainly find a range of CBD products which includes oils, creams, ointments, capsules and many other things besides. One product that you might have to go to a specialist CBD supplier to find, however, is CBD isolate.
If you are interested in CBD isolate in the UK and would like to find out more, this post is aimed at you. We will start with a brief description of what it is before moving into an explanation of its benefits and how it can be used.
What is CBD?
CBD is the name by which cannabidiol, one of the most abundant of the 113 different cannabinoids which naturally occur in the cannabis and hemp plants. You might not have heard of cannabinoids before, but you may already know of one – THC. THC is the active ingredient in cannabis that is responsible for the ‘high’ feeling that is experienced by recreational users of cannabis.
While CBD interacts with the body in a similar way to THC through a signalling-system known as the endocannabinoid system, CBD has no appreciable psychoactive effects. However, there is an ever-increasing body of research that indicates that its proven anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties may make CBD an effective treatment for a whole host of chronic autoimmune diseases and degenerative neurological conditions.
Besides this, it is also said to reduce anxiety and boost general health and wellness, which are perhaps the most popular reasons that people in the UK are taking it.
What is CBD isolate?
In the UK market, isolate is the purest form of CBD you can get. It usually comes in the form of a crystal or powder. CBD isolate is made by extracting pure from cannabis or hemp plant matter by a process which effectively removes all plant lipids and waxes as well as all other cannabinoids and terpenes.
The Advantages of CBD Isolate
People who choose CBD isolate over other forms of CBD tend to do so for some of the reasons detailed below.
One advantage to CBD isolate is that its crystals or powd er are extremely versatile when it comes to consumption. The simplest way of taking it is sublingually and letting the tasteless crystals dissolve in your mouth. This way, the CBD is directly absorbed through the mucus membranes and passes directly into the bloodstream.
Another way that CBD isolate can be used is by creating your own customised CBD oils or topicals. To make oil, all you have to do is mix your crystals in a carrier oil such as MCT or hemp seed oil until it dissolves. To make topicals, you can simply mix a bit of this custom oil into some existing cream or body butter that you have. Making your own custom products allows you much more control over the CBD content than when you buy readymade CBD products.
People who are into vaping are some of the largest consumers of CBD isolate. This is because it can easily be dissolved in your vape oil and vaped safely without it changing the taste of the hit. Alternatively, CBD isolate can be made into slabs of shatter that can dabbed on a traditional oil rig.
Ease of Dose
Since CBD isolate contains nothing other than pure CBD, it is amazingly easy to measure out doses. You do not have to take carrier oils or other additives into account when it comes to working out how much you need to take.
Not only is CBD isolate easy to measure, but it is also the most potent form of CBD you can get. This makes it perfect for people who desire to take high doses to combat the symptoms of health conditions.
The final advantage of CBD isolate is that it contains zero THC. Although most full-spectrum CBD oils only contain traces of THC, many people with underlying mental health issues prefer to avoid THC completely to avoid the chance that its psychotropic properties could produce a negative reaction. Other people choose to stay away from THC for ideological or religious reasons.
The Final Word
CBD isolate is a great option for people who like extra control over their doses and making their own customised CBD products. It is THC-free, and its potency allows users to ingest high levels of CBD at one time if they need to.
One word of caution though – be aware that CBD may actually be more potent when accompanied by a range of the other cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in the cannabis plant. If you want more information on this phenomenon, do some of your own research into something called the ‘entourage effect’.