Article by Delilah Butterfield, Herb
There’s a new trend in town: CBD isolates. CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabis compound that does not cause a psychotropic “high.” Instead, the compound provides a calming energy, sort of like a stronger ginkgo biloba tea. Recently, the cannabinoid has been found to be successful in clinical trials of epilepsy. Now, however, consumers in canna-friendly regions have access to purified CBD crystals. But, what are they exactly and how do you use them? Here are the details.
CBD crystals: what are they?
CBD crystals are isolated and purified extractions of the cannabis compound. Normally, hemp and other cannabis-based extracts contain at least trace amounts of other plant molecules.
This includes other cannabinoids related to CBD as well as aroma molecules called terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the distinct aromas cannabis and hemp plants provide.
As an isolate, CBD crystals are created after the cannabinoid has been separated from these other compounds. This is CBD in its purest form.
Typically, CBD crystals contain between 98 and 99 percent isolated CBD. Similar products have been created using the primary psychoactive in the cannabis plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
There are several benefits to using CBD crystals. Since these crystals contain only CBD and virtually nothing else, they are very easy to dose. In fact, you can dose this purified form of CBD simply by weight.
For example, using a kitchen scale, you can measure out 10 milligrams of CBD crystals. This ensures that you are getting exactly 10 milligrams of the compound with no added fillers or impurities that may change the effects of the product.
Ways to use CBD crystals
Curious about CBD crystals? There are a few easy ways to use CBD isolates in the home. Five common uses of CBD crystals include: