How to Use CBD Isolate: A Versatile Concentrate

CBD is a crystalline molecule found in the leaf, stalk, and flower of Cannabis Sativa plants. It is one of many cannabinoids. One interacts positively with your body but doesn't affect your mind. CBD is a legal supplement and is commonly used by people suffering from symptoms like pain, indigestion, sleep disorders, or anxiety [2]. However, one of the best things about CBD is that it provides much of the sought-after effects of cannabis without the mental disorientation or legal complication of the THC compound.

Many CBD products contain trace amounts of THC. These full-spectrum products are made with oil from raw hemp plants, including trace amounts of each cannabinoid that occurs naturally. Broad-spectrum removes the THC elements along with the few other phytocannabinoids like terpenes and flavonoids. When all other plant material is removed, a crystalline CBD isolate is left. The ways you can use CBD isolate have a wide variety ranging from direct dosage to cooking and cosmetic chemistry. 


What is CBD Isolate?

The Many Ways to Use CBD Isolate

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD is one of many natural molecules in the cannabis plant. To isolate it, first, the oil is concentrated, then run through a heat, cold, and solvent process to separate the cannabinoid molecules found in full-spectrum CBD oil. When the process is complete, the isolate can be seen as a white crystalline form, much like table salt or sugar. In addition, the isolate can appear as a granular powder, crystal rocks, crystal slabs, or dissolved in a liquid.

Types of CBD Isolate

  • CBD Isolate Liquid
  • Powder CBD Isolate
  • CBD Isolate Slab and Rock Crystals 

The Many Ways to Use CBD Isolate

The truly remarkable thing about CBD isolate is that it's easy to work with. It's a pure ingredient, only CBD with no significant flavor, smell, or other molecules to complicate the process. This makes it the ideal baseline for any personalized CBD experience.

Isolate makes it possible to precisely measure your CBD dose to find your level and achieve precisely the effects you want with each dose. It also mixes cleanly into most recipes for food, drink, cosmetics, and even vaping.

Sublingual CBD Crystals

One of the fastest ways to absorb CBD is through the mucous membranes under your tongue. Many people enjoy CBD tincture drops, placed sublingually (under the tongue) to be absorbed. You can do the same with a sprinkle of CBD isolate powder or a small crystal just under your tongue. You can also mix your tinctures with flavor and oil to carry your CBD isolate for the exact right potency with each dropper.

Mix Simple CBD Topicals

Topical treatments don't need to be complex or brand-name. All you need is a few natural ingredients with the compounds your skin or surface-level muscle tissue need. For example, you might mix CBD with coconut oil and shea butter for a simple skin-nourishing topical that also contains a hand-chosen potency of CBD compound for added relief. Or you might create a muscle rub for injury recovery or post-workout with CBD added to the right ingredients for an ointment or warming salve.

CBD topical treatments vary widely in CBD concentration and ingredient quality. With CBD isolate, you can choose the exact amount of CBD you want in each jar of cream, lotion, or ointment. You can also be sure that only CBD and your selected topical ingredients are included in a treatment you may be using daily.

Make Your Own CBD Cosmetics

Sometimes, you need cosmetics that do double-duty as a topical treatment. CBD cosmetics are increasing in popularity, but brand consistency is hard to find. If you make your cosmetics, CBD isolate is an ideal additive when a relaxing natural supplement is needed. For example, evening face masks for muscle relaxation and stress relief are a great candidate for CBD isolate to boost the experience. In addition, facial makeup base, skin lotions, and other cosmetics can be made with CBD to increase their benefit and improve the wearer's appearance.

Make Your Own CBD Cosmetics

Making cosmetics has the benefit of knowing exactly what goes into each product: no mysterious parabens or 'medicated' chemicals without distinction. CBD isolate keeps your ingredients clean and transparent, so you know what is going on your face.

Fill Personalized CBD Supplement Capsules

CBD supplements are small pill capsules filled with CBD plant material, CBD oil, or CBD isolate. If you'd like to be precise about the amount of CBD isolate in your capsules, then you can buy your own CBD isolate powder and empty capsules, then make your pill supplements.They also allow you to decide precisely how much CBD you will take and take the capsules at exactly your chosen time. 

By filling the capsules with CBD isolate yourself, you take complete control over how much CBD you consume, even if your favored dose is between standard capsule dosages.

CBD Cooking with Precise Dosage

We mentioned that CBD isolate is a crystalline molecule like sugar or salt. Well, you can cook with it like sugar and salt as well. CBD dissolves in liquid and releases its molecular advantages into any meal, snack, or drink recipe you add it to. Measure the exact amount of CBD isolate crystals or powder per recipe and then divide by serving number to determine a precise dose per recipe serving.

Mix CBD E-Liquid for Vaping

Vaping e-liquid requires a liquid of the suitable base and consistency heated in a vape pen or mod box tank. Specialty vape liquids include nicotine, cannabis, and CBD e-liquid. You can buy CBD e-liquid from the store, but you can also make your own with an e-liquid base, and CBD isolate powder. Many people make their e-liquid to perfectly balance the flavors and thickness for their vaping experience. Some even add their marijuana concentrate oil or nicotine to the mix.

Dab CBD Isolate Slab Crystals

Some processing methods create whole crystals of the CBD isolate molecule. Due to the shape of the molecule and the process, these crystals form as slabs or sheets that can break apart into smaller crystals. CBD crystal 'slabs' are used for dabbing and concentrated vaping. For example, break a small CBD crystal and place it on a hot nail or in a bong bowl. When exposed to the hot surface, the CBD will vaporize and can be inhaled like a dab. Or you can use aromatherapy equipment and enjoy a relaxing CBD haze instead of a direct dab.

Soak in a CBD Bath

CBD powder is an excellent addition to a relaxing bath. CBD has been advertised as a muscle relaxer and mood lifter, and these qualities carry over into a warm, steamy bath. Due to its topical nature, CBD can be absorbed through the skin, and a little CBD in the tub is a great way to open your pores and absorb a small amount of CBD over your entire skin surface area. For whole-body aches or discomfort, a CBD isolate bath might be what you need.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.


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[2] Larsen, C., & Shahinas, J. (2020a). Dosage, Efficacy and Safety of Cannabidiol Administration in Adults: A Systematic Review of Human Trials. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 12(3), 129–141. https://doi.org/10.14740/jocmr4090

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