CBD LIFE USA Education 101- Isolate and Terpenes Explained
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. CBD isolate contains only CBD. All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that’s CBD and nothing more.
How is CBD Isolate Made?
In order to get CBD out of hemp, it must be extracted. CBD isolate is produced by using a bit of a more detailed extraction process of its own. CBD isolate extraction starts out like other extraction processes used to make CBD. Once the initial extraction takes place, concentrated CBD is still full of all the plant material contained in the hemp plant itself.
In order to get this ultra-pure form of isolated CBD, a purifying process follows the actual extraction process. This purification process includes filtration where all plant material is filtered out of the extract. Following filtration, the extracted oil goes through what’s known as a "winterization process” that further removes any waxes or other plant materials that were still present after filtration.
What you’re left with is a fine, white powder that is 99% pure CBD.
Better yet, here’s how our company describes it:
The main steps – our premium hemp cultivars are extracted with an ethanol extraction system. It is then winterized to remove fats. Next, multiple rounds of rotary evaporation are used to remove plant material and other unnecessary components. The extract is then decarboxylated and transformed into a crystalline structure with a proprietary post-processing technique. The last steps are to get the extract tested by third-party laboratories, package it, and get it ready for shipment!
CBD Isolate Contains ZERO THC
While most people assume CBD doesn’t contain THC, there are still trace amounts found in CBD oil that is made using the entire hemp plant. This is known as full-spectrum CBD and can be sold legally as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. While this minuscule amount typically isn’t enough for people to feel any psychoactive effects, it can still show up in a person’s system. CBD isolate that offers all the benefits of CBD without a trace of THC. This isolated version of CBD is excellent for anyone who is sensitive to THC or can’t have THC show up in a drug test.
Military service members, police officers, emergency first responders, and anyone else whoabsolutely can’t fail a drug test will find CBD offers the relief they need, without the fear of having THC in their system.
How Exactly Do You Use CBD Isolate?
Okay, you’ve picked up some CBD isolate. But what exactly are you supposed to do with this tasteless, odorless, fine white powder? The answer is…basically anything you want.
Because CBD isolate doesn’t have any taste or odor, you can use it in a variety of ways. Some of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of CBD using a CBD isolate include:
• Place it Directly Under Your Tongue: Placing CBD isolate powder directly under your
tongue is, by far, the easiest way to use isolate. Hold it there for about 60 seconds. The CBD will then be delivered to the bloodstream via the mucus membranes to provide the relief you desire. CBD has no taste or odor so this shouldn’t be too uncomfortable of an experience.
• Creating Your Own CBD Oil and Custom Products: You can infuse CBD isolate into a carrier oil (for example, MCT oil, grapeseed, or olive) to create your own CBD oil that is measured precisely. This CBD oil can then be taken sublingually for desired effects. You can also use this CBD-infused oil to cook or bake with, but keep in mind that CBD will lose its potency at higher temperatures. If you do want to cook with the CBD isolate oil you created, make sure you’re doing so at less than 350 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring you never go above 400 degrees. CBD isolate heated any higher will lose most of its benefits.
CBD isolate can also be mixed with skin oils to create a topical that can be used on sore muscles or to ease inflammation and joint or arthritis pain. One of our favorites to use is a base of coconut oil
• Mix it in Your Morning Juice or Smoothie: One of the easiest ways to use CBD isolate is by adding it to a glass of juice or a smoothie. It will blend seamlessly with your liquid, offering anextra boost of benefits to an already healthy way to start the day.
• Try it in Coffee or Tea: If juice or smoothies aren’t your thing, CBD isolate will work just as good when mixed with your morning cup of coffee or tea.
• Make a CBD Sweetener: Another popular method of using CBD isolate involves making it into sort of a sweetener, though as we mentioned above CBD should be tasteless. To make your own CBD “sweetener”, heat up honey or agave in a double boiler (or something similar), and then mix in your CBD isolate until thoroughly dissolved. Use this infused sweetener on top of toast, in your tea or coffee, or even by the spoonful.
Final Thoughts on CBD Isolate
Keep in mind that CBD isolate is 99% pure. A gram of CBD isolate will typically contain over 990 milligrams of CBD. This means that for every one milligram of powder, you’re essentially getting one milligram of CBD. This makes it easier than ever to measure precise dosages and know exactly how much CBD you’re getting every time you use it.
While it might have seemed intimidating at first, there’s nothing to worry about. CBD isolate is actually one of the most versatile ways to use CBD that exists. Now that you know exactly what it is and how to use it, you can consider integrating CBD isolate into your regular
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CBD LIFE USA Education Manual 101- Terpenes
So what are terpenes and why do they matter?
Terpenes are important because they work synergistically with the primary phytocannabinoids in cannabis plants: THC and CBD.
Terpenes have their own unique therapeutic benefits as well.
Terpenes are plant essential oils and they exist in all plants, flowers, and trees. There are 200 individual terpenes found in cannabis. The terpenes are responsible for the smell, taste, and color of cannabis. You know that unmistakable smell of some alleyways in Amsterdam? That’s due to the terpenes in cannabis. And if you’ve ever practiced aromatherapy or know what it is, you know that the aromas of different plants are dependent on their terpenes.
There are many different varieties of cannabis plants and each variety has different concentrations of terpenes. The terpenes are what give cannabis varieties their characteristics –this is why terpenes are called the “fingerprints of the cannabis plant.”
You know how cannabis varieties have quirky names like “Sour Diesel” or “Blue Dream”?
Well,that’s exactly what we are talking about. Sour Diesel, a particularly famous and pungent variety(one of the author’s favorites!) gets its characteristics from its terpene profile. And the only way to truly decipher authentic Sour Diesel from an imposter with the same name is to get a terpene analysis done.
See terpenes are genetic, and genetics don’t lie when it comes to identification. Think of it the same way as you would a pregnancy test or DNA sample.
Important Terpenes You Should Know About
There are about 200 unique terpenes in cannabis. Here are four of the most common found in cannabis and plants in general: limonene, B-caryophyllene, linalool, and B-myrcene.
Limonene is found in citrus rinds, caraway seeds, and rosemary. Limonene provides a spicy and citrus aroma. Think of the sharpness of oranges and lemons – that’s limonene. Limonene is thought to have anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety effects. Limonene functions synergistically with CBD, CBG, and THC. Limonene is considered to work with CBD for enhanced anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects, enhances the anti-cancer effects of CBD and CBG, and works with THC to combat gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
B-caryophyllene is a terpene often found in CBD-rich varieties of cannabis. It’s also found in black pepper, cloves, and hops. B-caryophyllene has a woody, spicy aroma. B-caryophyllene is thought to be anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anti-fungal. B-caryophyllene enhances the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and the gastric cell protection of THC.
Linalool is a precursor ingredient to the formation of vitamin E. It’s found in lavender, birch, and rosewood. Linalool’s fragrance is floral, citrusy, and spicy. Linalool is calming, pain-relieving, and can help fight acne. Linalool is synergistic with CBD in reliving pain and anxiety. With THC, linalool enhances sedation and pain relief. One of the most important properties of CBD is its anti-convulsant effects. Linalool contributes to the anti-convulsant effect along with THC, CBDV, and THCV.
B-myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis plants. However it’s not alwaysfound in hemp, but it really depends on the hemp variety. B-myrcene is also found in mangos, hops, and lemongrass. Earthy and fruity would be the best way to describe its aroma. B-myrcene is anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxing, and sedating. B-myrcene enhances the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD and CBG.
Why Do Terpenes Matter?
Terpenes are important because they can help you pick the right kind of CBD product for your use. Because of the entourage effect, it’s not just the CBD concentration of the product you’re using that matters. You need to consider what terpenes are in there as well. This is why it’s so important to see a full lab analysis of the CBD oil you’re using (called “labs” for short).
If a company won’t show you recent labs of their CBD oil, you need to RUN and find a new company! If that’s the only thing you learn from this post, then my job is done. I can rest easy knowing that you understand the significance of labs. Not only are labs important for accountability in terms of pesticide and mold content of your CBD oil, you also need to make sure the terpene content is up to par — or that it even has terpenes at all! More on that point later.
Let’s say you are using CBD hemp oil for its anti-inflammatory effects. Well than you better make sure the labs of your product show high concentrations of B-caryophyllene and B-myrcene. The same goes for limonene and linalool if you’re using CBD for anxiety. The terpene content can alter how a CBD oil makes you feel. Let’s say one brand makes you sleepy while the same amount of another brand gets you up and ready for the day. It’s likely not just the CBD but the terpene content that’s contributing to the difference in effects. Once you know which kind of terpenes work best for you, you know exactly what to look for when buying new CBD products. This is why labs are so important!
CBD hemp oil made from domestic hemp varieties grown solely for the purpose of CBD extraction is superior to overseas hemp where CBD is just a “by product” of the hemp plant.
Domestic CBD growers on farms in Colorado and Kentucky use the whole plant to make CBD Oil, including the flower. Overseas hemp producers often only use the stalk and the seeds of the plant. This is due to the law and importation restrictions. But that doesn’t change the fact that the highest concentration of terpenes and therapeutic components of cannabis are in the flower of the hemp plant. The flowers are the ideal extraction source for the richest and highest quality CBD hemp oil.