CBD Isolate: Uses, Benefits and Risks

CBD isolate is a form of CBD that doesn’t contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – the compound in cannabis that causes a high).

It’s a good choice for people who would like to try CBD but don’t want to ingest any THC, as many other CBD products contain trace amounts of it.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about CBD isolate, including its uses, benefits and risks.

CBD Isolate: Uses, Benefits and Risks

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of a number of chemicals called cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant.

THC is also a cannabinoid – but unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have any intoxicating or psychotropic effects.

In recent years CBD has seen a boom in popularity, and CBD products are now widely available to buy. It’s sold in a variety of forms, including oils, tinctures, capsules, vape products, gummies, cosmetics and beverages.

This popularity boom has been driven by increasing interest in CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits, and research is underway around the world to understand its effects.

What is CBD isolate?

Isolate is the purest form of naturally occurring CBD. It comes in the form of a crystalline solid or powder. Depending on the extraction process used, high-quality isolates are usually over 99% pure.

In the UK, CBD products are legally allowed to contain trace amounts of THC (up to 1mg per pack). However, unlike full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products, CBD isolate doesn’t contain any other compounds or substances.

Manufacturers use various extraction processes to remove the active compounds from the cannabis plant. The extracted substance is then refined further to strip away all other compounds, including THC, leaving behind the isolate in crystal form.

The crystals are sometimes ground into a powder to make them easier to add to products or consume. This is often the preferred form of CBD for use in wellness and cosmetic products, due to the fact that it’s highly concentrated, tasteless and odourless.

How is it made?

CBD isolate is generally extracted from industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis plant that contains little to no THC. There are a number of different extraction processes used to isolate CBD from hemp, including supercritical carbon dioxide and ethanol extraction.

These processes remove other compounds from the hemp plant, including terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, fats, waxes and lipids. The CBD is then refined further through a series of solvent washes and separation processes.

After all the other compounds, impurities and solvents have been removed, the result is over 99% pure CBD crystals.

How to use CBD isolate

CBD isolate is added to many commercially available products, but you can also buy it in its pure form. Here are some of the most popular ways to use it:

  • Make your own CBD oils or topicals: you can make your own custom CBD oil by mixing CBD isolate with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. Taking the DIY route will enable you to maintain full control over your CBD dosage – with commercially available CBD oils it can sometimes be difficult to work out exactly how much CBD you’re getting.

To make your own topicals, simply add some isolate to your favourite skin oil and apply it to your skin. If you’re not sure how much CBD to use, check out our article on finding the right dosage

  • Vape it: CBD isolate can be dissolved in e-liquid and vaped. E-liquid with a PG (propylene glycol) base tends to mix better with CBD crystals – simply dissolve the desired amount into a PG e-liquid by shaking or gently heating
  • Take it sublingually: as with CBD oil, isolate can be taken sublingually (under the tongue). To do this, put the CBD powder directly beneath your tongue and keep it there for around a minute. The CBD will be absorbed through your mucous membranes, reaching your bloodstream quicker than with other methods
  • Ingest it: you can ingest CBD isolate by putting it into homemade capsules. To make them, you’ll need a capsule filling machine and some empty capsules, both of which can be easily found online. Again, this is a good way to accurately measure your dosage. You can also add it to food or drinks.

Some sources maintain that CBD has lower bioavailability when ingested orally compared to other methods. This means it may be more difficult for your body to absorb into the bloodstream. Adding it to a carrier oil before ingesting may increase its bioavailability by enabling it to permeate the gastrointestinal tract more easily

What are the benefits of CBD isolate?

There are many different CBD products available – so why use isolate? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Versatility: as we explored in the previous section, there are many different ways to use CBD isolate. This means you can buy one product and try out multiple methods of consumption, enabling you to find out what works for you. Whether you want to take it sublingually, add it to food or drinks or make your own DIY topicals, CBD isolate is a one-stop-shop
  • Ease of dosing: due to its purity, it’s much easier to accurately measure your dosage with CBD isolate compared to other CBD products. Other products mix CBD extract with other ingredients, making it difficult to measure the exact amount of CBD you’re consuming.

Since it is more than 99% pure, you know that 1mg of isolate essentially equals 1mg of CBD. 1mg of a less concentrated extract may have, for example, 0.5mg of CBD and 0.5mg of terpenes and other compounds. This makes CBD isolate very useful if you want specific dosages.

  • Zero THC: CBD isolate is a good option for those who want to be sure they aren’t consuming any THC, as many other products may contain trace amounts

Are there any risks?

CBD isolate is generally acknowledged to be safe and well-tolerated by the body. However, in some studies, CBD has caused side effects in some people, including:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in weight
  • Mood changes

Research suggests that CBD may sometimes interact with other medications. It’s advisable to speak to your doctor before taking CBD, especially if you’re taking any medication.

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What Is The Endocannabinoid System?

The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the late 1980s fundamentally changed the potential medical possibilities of CBD.

And yet, decades later, many people still haven’t heard of the ECS – and even fewer are aware of its importance.

We’ve got all the information you need about the ECS: what it is, what it does, and how CBD interacts with it.

What Is The Endocannabinoid System?

Firstly, what are cannabinoids?

Simply put, cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis and hemp plants.

The most well-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), but they are just two of over 100 that have been discovered.

Different cannabinoids have varying effects on the human body, and they interact with the ECS in different ways.

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The ECS is a physiological system that forms a critical part of homeostasis; this is the human body’s way of regulating itself and keeping everything in balance.

Three main components make up the ECS:

  • Endocannabinoids: These are endogenous cannabinoids, meaning that our bodies naturally produce them.
  • Cannabinoid Receptors: These are found throughout our bodies, the principal two being the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
  • Enzymes: These breakdown endocannabinoids after they’ve done their job.

Sleep, memory, appetite, digestion, temperature, inflammation, and mood are just some of the bodily functions that the ECS helps to balance.

How does the endocannabinoid system work?

Our bodies produce endocannabinoids as and when we need them for regulating one of our bodily functions.

These endocannabinoids then bind to either the CB1 or CB2 receptors depending on what they need to do.

The CB1 receptors are located in the central nervous system, primarily in the brain and spinal cord. Our endocannabinoids will bind to these in order to increase our appetite, relieve pain, or reduce stress.

The CB2 receptors are located in the peripheral nervous system, which extends throughout the body. Our endocannabinoids will target these to regulate inflammation and immune response.

Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system: CBD vs. THC

As we mentioned earlier, not all cannabinoids interact with the ECS in the same way; they target different receptors and exhibit varying effects.

THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and it works by binding to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors; this is one of the reasons its effects are so strong.

Targeting both cannabinoid receptors can lead to a diverse range of effects including an increased appetite and lowered pain perception.

However, this is also what gives THC its distinctive psychotropic influence, and it can have adverse side effects including anxiety, memory loss, and paranoia.

Researchers are still exploring CBD’s relationship to the ECS, but we do know that it interacts in a very different way to THC.

One way that CBD does interact with the ECS is by preventing certain endocannabinoids from breaking down. This allows them to have a greater impact on our bodies.

This may be the reason why CBD has can reduce anxiety, aid sleep, and target inflammation – among other benefits.

Endocannabinoid deficiency

Research has suggested that many of us may have “endocannabinoid deficiency” due to our bodies producing insufficient endocannabinoids, or problems with our cannabinoid receptors.

This deficiency may be affecting our ability to regulate our physiological systems. A 2004 study also suggests that it may lead to conditions including migraines, fibromyalgia (chronic pain), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The proven ability of CBD to prevent the breakdown of specific endocannabinoids means that it could be a treatment for endocannabinoid deficiency.

The endocannabinoid system: In summary

Though still not widely known, the ECS may well be one of the most critical biological systems in the human body.

More research is needed in order to fully understand how it works, but early evidence shows that CBD could aid the ECS in maintaining many of our key bodily functions. If you’d like to learn more about what CBD could do for you, check out our blog.

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What is CBD?

Over 1.6 million people in the UK currently use CBD, and its popularity is only continuing to grow. You’ve probably seen CBD products appearing on shelves, but you might still have one important question – what is CBD?

If you’re curious about the new health ingredient that everyone’s buzzing about, or interested in trying it out for yourself, we’ve got all the information you need.

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis and industrial hemp.

Although it is a component of the cannabis plant, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore does not produce a “high” in the user. A different cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for the psychotropic effects of cannabis.

Despite its lack of psychoactive effects, CBD has the potential to offer a variety of therapeutic properties to its users.

How does CBD work?

Cannabinoids works by stimulating receptors found within our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). They work in harmony with the endocannabinoids we naturally produce when our ECS is functioning properly. 

It’s now coming to light that we may well be “endocannabinoid deficient”, and that supplementing with CBD may help us to reach our optimum health.

Is CBD a drug?

Unlike most other cannabinoids, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 does not classify CBD as a drug.

In order to comply with current UK laws, CBD products must have a maximum THC content of 0.2%.

As of 31 March 2021, products also need to have a validated novel food application to be sold in the UK.

The history of CBD

People across the world have been using cannabis as a medicine for thousands of years.

Cannabis was outlawed in the UK in 1928, but remained legal for medical use until it was banned in 1971. The UK legalised medical cannabis again in 2018, but awareness of and access to cannabis-based treatment is still low.

Scientists first identified cannabinoids in the 1930s. However, it wasn’t until the discovery of the ECS in the late 1980s that they started to consider their potential health benefits.

In recent years, CBD has become increasingly popular due to changes in the legislation and public perception surrounding it.

What is CBD used for?

Clinical studies currently suggest that CBD may be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions.

The effects and health benefits will vary from person to person. Other factors that also influence CBD’s efficacy include delivery method, dosage, and potency.

Though research is ongoing in many areas, early results indicate that CBD can help to alleviate the symptoms of various physical, neurological, and psychological conditions. These include:

  • Epilepsy: Evidence suggests that it may be effective in reducing the seizures associated with certain types of epilepsy.
  • Anxiety disorders: Preliminary results show that it could help to to reduce anxiety.
  • Multiple sclerosis: There have been positive signs that it can reduce muscle spasms and pain experienced by MS patients.
  • Arthritis: Research shows that it may have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, which could alleviate some of the symptoms of arthritis.
  • Parkinson’s disease: Many people with Parkinson’s disease use it to treat symptoms including tremors, muscle spasms, pain, and insomnia.
  • Cancer: Early results suggest that it can kill cells, inhibit cell growth, and reduce the spread of cancer. Some chemotherapy patients also use it to treat symptoms like nausea.
  • Chronic pain: Its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects may benefit those who suffer from chronic pain, and it may also increase the immune system’s response to certain conditions.

Side effects of CBD

Though most people tolerate CBD very well, some users have experienced side effects; these include dizziness, weight loss, drowsiness, and fatigue.

It’s always very important to look for approved products. You should also carefully read the product label and information leaflet of any product you’re purchasing.

Additionally, you may need to get medical advice from your doctor if you have a particular condition or are taking any other medication.

Check out our blog for everything from user-friendly guides to product recommendations.

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CBD Tea: The Potential Benefits And Effects

There are several potential benefits of CBD tea if you like a good brew, or don’t like the taste of CBD oil.

In case you’re not sure what it is, approved CBD – also known as cannabidiol – is extracted from industrial hemp and has no psychotropic effects, since it contains no THC. It is legal in the UK.

In this article, we’ll explain the possible CBD tea benefits you could experience – and we’ll also reveal why CBD tea effects could last longer than those from other CBD products!

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Is CBD tea the same as hemp tea?

First of all, it’s worth noting that while both CBD tea and hemp tea contain cannabidiol, they aren’t necessarily the same thing. 

Hemp tea is usually made from the hemp plant itself. It can have other ingredients added – just like other herbal teas, it’s an infusion of the dried plant.

It doesn’t usually have added CBD, instead the cannabidiol content comes from what’s naturally present in the plant.

CBD tea, however, is generally tea with added cannabidiol. It could be traditional English breakfast tea, or another type such as green or herbal tea. 

You can make your own by adding CBD oil, or any form of water-soluble cannabidiol, to your favourite tea. For more information as to what is water soluble CBD, read our blog.

CBD tea benefits (ongoing research)

There are a number of ways to take CBD, so why in a cup of tea? Here are some key potential CBD tea benefits:

1. Makes a tasty treat

One of the most common methods of taking CBD is sublingually under the tongue, but that’s not for everyone. Some people aren’t keen on the taste of the oil, so CBD tea provides a tasty, enjoyable alternative.

2. Could soothe stomachs

A cup of tea has always been a popular remedy for an upset stomach – and CBD tea could be an excellent option. Studies have found lots of evidence to support cannabidiol having antiemetic properties, meaning CBD tea may have the ability to soothe the nausea and vomiting that can come from stomach problems.

3. Might help you sleep soundly

Many of us enjoy a relaxing herbal tea before bed, to sleep better. Why not switch to a soothing CBD tea? 

A study by The Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that daily administration of cannabidiol to rats led to a significant increase in their sleep time. 

While we can’t be certain that the effects are the same for humans, drinking a cup of tea is still a soothing daily ritual. Read our blog for more information on when to take CBD oil for sleeping purposes.

4. Fits easily into your routine

If you want to take cannabidiol regularly, then CBD tea may be a good way to seamlessly incorporate it into your routine. 

Swapping your usual hot drink for a CBD alternative may be easier to remember and get used to, compared to CBD oil, gummies or other products

It also makes using CBD feel less like taking a supplement and more like a treat.

5. Retains possible CBD benefits

Adding CBD to tea should not take away any of its qualities. 

Therefore, as cannabidiol has been claimed to help alleviate anxiety and symptoms from several physical, psychological and neurological conditions according to a 2017 WHO report, these are potential CBD tea benefits too.

CBD tea effects

It’s important to note that any CBD tea effects will take longer to set in than those from using oil. This is because the cannabidiol needs to be processed by the digestive system first. 

However, some research suggests that any benefits may last longer when it is ingested. In other words, CBD tea effects could last longer when compared to other cannabidiol products. 

Read our post for more information about how long CBD stays in your system.

While most people tolerate CBD very well, some users have experienced side effects; these can include dizziness, drowsiness or fatigue.

Only buy from trustworthy providers, check for third-party lab certification and read the ingredients list carefully to make sure the product is of the highest quality only.

How much CBD tea should I drink?

One of the other potential benefits of CBD tea is that dosage is made easy for you. Most teas are portioned so that one cup will deliver all the goodness you need.

However, if you’re a regular cannabidiol user, you might want to know the specifics. Reputable brands should state the CBD content of their products on the packaging, so take a look to see what’s in each tea bag. 

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to dosage, but if you’re looking for guidance, read our blog on how much CBD you should take.

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How to make CBD tea

CBD tea can come in several different forms. If you’re going for CBD tea bags or hemp tea, you can make it just like usual – add boiling water and leave it for a few minutes, stirring if necessary.

Opting for hemp tea, if you don’t usually drink herbal teas, could mean the taste is a little different to what you’re used to. If that’s the case, then try adding honey or sugar to sweeten it.

If you want to make your own CBD tea, simply make a cup of your favourite brew and add the desired quantity of oil or water-soluble cannabidiol. 

A water soluble product will dissolve into the tea, whereas oil tends to sit on top as it doesn’t mix with water.

Some suggest that adding milk, coconut milk or another fatty substance may increase the bioavailability of CBD, meaning your body will absorb it more easily. 

You could also add honey, cinnamon, lemon or something else to give it more flavour.

Summary: potential CBD tea benefits and effects

If you’re a CBD advocate who also enjoys a good cuppa, the possible CBD tea benefits you may appreciate most are the taste, a soothed stomach and a restful night’s sleep.

Other CBD tea benefits might also include helping with anxiety and a wide range of other conditions, however scientific research is still ongoing in lots of different studies.

You may also find that the CBD tea effects last longer than the effects of other products.

If you have any further queries about possible CBD tea benefits and effects, or any other CBD products, please get in touch with us.

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