What is CBD Isolate?
If you are familiar with the world of legal cannabis, it is likely you have encountered the term, “CBD Isolate.” As with much of the information around CBD, this term is shrouded in mystery and confusion.
As part of Dragonfly CBD’s mission to inform customers and build legitimacy in CBD, we are going to take a look at an often asked question, “What is CBD Isolate?”
Where does CBD come from?
CBD is a natural compound most commonly found in the Cannabis plant, which is also known as Cannabidiol. Just one of over a hundred similar chemicals, CBD is a non-psychotropic substance, widely touted for its medical applicability. It is now found in a range of food supplements and medicines in the United Kingdom.
How is CBD made?
Cannabidiol is obtained from the Cannabis plant via an extraction method. Extraction methods vary depending on the manufacturer. At Dragonfly CBD, we use ethanol extraction in our own facility.
Ethanol is the purest and most effective form of pharma-grade extraction. Find out more about CBD Extraction.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD Isolate is a finished CBD extraction product. In other words, when CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, it usually comes in a couple of forms, depending on the method. One of the most common and simple processes is CBD Isolate production.
By using an advanced chromatography technique, such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), extractors are able to isolate the CBD compound. Then, it crystalises and forms a pure CBD powder, at a concentration of 98-99%.
What is the difference between Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate?
To recap, CBD Isolate does what it says on the tin. The CBD is isolated from all the other plant matter and cannabinoids, leaving a pure powder.
In contrast, Full Spectrum (or Broad Spectrum as we call it) uses a slightly different extraction process and retains much of the plant matter and other cannabinoids. However, you should always make sure you buy Broad Spectrum CBD Oil and not Full Spectrum!
To find out why, read more here.
What are the benefits of CBD Isolate?
Many have noted that the taste of CBD Oil is unusual or distinct. Indeed, Cannabis is quite a herby, earthy tasting plant, so a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil will taste very strong to a new user. However, CBD Isolate has no such issues, as it is flavour and odourless.
Perhaps most importantly, it is the cheapest way to produce the compound. If you are buying your CBD from a trustworthy source, they will pass these price benefits directly to you.