CBD Isolate: What is it?

What is CBD Isolate?

With the rapid growth of the CBD industry and constant advances in its technology, there are a lot of terms floating around that are unfamiliar, if not confusing, to many people. “Nano-Amplified CBD” is one of them. While the science and biological make-up of CBD is the subject of much research and scholarly articles, it can all be broken down into simple terms.

The Basics of Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD starts with the all-natural botanical concentrate that includes the cannabinoids and fatty acids found in hemp plants. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more than 85 cannabinoids found in various concentrations throughout the different parts of the hemp plant, which is part of the Cannabiceae family. Cannabinoids are class of botanical chemical compounds that deliver an array benefits.

This CBD is then sent to a lab for third-party verification of quality. Afterward, it is added to or infused into foods, liquids, nutritional supplements, topicals, and even cosmetics. Also, CBD contains no THC, so products made from the isolate are not psychotropic and cannot get you “high”.

Psychoactive V. Psychedelic

The world “psychoactive” gets thrown around a lot to describe the “high” that comes with marijuana. It is also used in regard to the effects you do not get from CBD products. However, this loose definition needs clarification.

Psychoactive substances of any kind cross the blood/brain barrier and cause a chemical reaction within the brain. By this definition, substances such as coffee, alcohol, tobacco and even Robitussin can be defined as having a “psychoactive” effect on people, in that it will cause a chemical reaction in the brain.

Psychedelic substances also cross the blood/brain barrier. The difference is Psychedelic substances affect mood or behavior and can even expand consciousness.

CBD Isolate is not psychedelic, in that it does not cause the “high” associated with marijuana. However, it could be considered “psychoactive” by the scientific definition of the term.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD?

When CBD is referred to as full spectrum or whole plant CBD, it means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation. CBD Isolate, on the other hand, is simply purified CBD that has been extracted from the marijuana plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids.

Does CBD oil get you high? Short answer, no.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is naturally non-intoxicating. You may feel calmer when taking it as CBD’s effects are more relaxing vs a high feeling.

Not only will CBD not get you high, but it counteracts the high effects of THC, which is the compound notorious for getting people high.

 

CBD: How It’s Made (CO2 Extraction)

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the hemp plant which has a multitude of health benefits including its abilities to help mood, insomnia and sleep issues, stress, immune function, anxiety and depression, IBS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, and many more. In fact, the power of CBD oil is rapidly becoming undeniable due to its effects on the entire endocannabinoid system.

The CBD Extraction Process

There are several extraction methods which can be utilized to obtain cannabidiol from the hemp plant. The most common methods include the use of petroleum or naphtha, ethanol or carbon dioxide (CO2).

Petroleum and Naphtha CBD Extraction

Petroleum-based solvents focus on extracting THC and are considered a less expensive way to create a potent product. However, these solvents tend to produce lower concentrations of CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes. The petroleum extraction method is also considered unsafe because of the solvent residue that remains after extraction which could cause potential problems with your health.

Ethanol CBD Extraction

Ethanol-based extraction is a safer means to extract CBD oil; however, oil extracted with ethanol can have higher amounts of chlorophyll which can change the taste and colouring of the product. Furthermore, ethanol extraction methods prevent concentrating CBD levels. This means that larger amounts of oil should be consumed to obtain all health benefits.

CO2 Extraction Process

CO2 extraction is considered the best method to preserve CBD oil purity. This cannabinoid extraction process is the most expensive as it requires specialized equipment and training; however, unlike petroleum and ethanol methods, the CO2 technique is both non-toxic and produces a potent product, concentrated with high levels of CBD.

Organa Wellness Centre CBD oil is extracted using the CO2 method. Through this process, CO2 is pressurized and brought to a low temperature. This captures CO2 in a liquid state to be used as a safe and natural solvent, allowing the extraction of essential oils—like CBD and terpenes—from plant material, while eliminating THC and chlorophyll.

Processing CBD oil through this method is expensive; however, it is the safest, most effective way to create the highest quality of cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils and other hemp plant compounds without residues.