The term CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like – an isolation of one of the 100+ discovered cannabinoids, CBD.
When high-CBD cannabis plants mature and are harvested, they go through an extraction process—typically CO2, ethanol or butane.
This process leaves you with the full concentrates of the plant (everything from the cannabinoids, terpenes, trichomes, flavonoids, etc). To create CBD isolates, there is an additional step in the process called winterization.
Winterization cools down a chemical substance in order to remove impurities like waxes, terpenes, trichomes, and flavonoids. What you have left over is pure CBD.
There is much debate on whether or not CBD isolates are as effective as full-plant spectrum. Many argue that the other components that get removed in the winterization process are actually beneficial when taken all together.
What is CBD isolate used for?
CBD isolate products are sought out because of the studied benefits of the cannabis plant.
CBD isolate is tasteless and odorless (terpenes are stripped in winterization), and often comes in a powder format. You can ingest it quickly and directly whether its directly in your mouth or mixed in with other oils, creams, food and/or drinks.
Does CBD isolate get you high?
The most common cannabinoids you’ll hear being discussed today is CBD and THC. CBD is non-psychoactive while THC is known for its psychoactive properties (the ‘high’ feeling).
When CBD isolate goes through the winterization process, the different cannabinoids get separated and only the CBD component is extracted from it. Which means, zero THC.
So no, CBD isolate will not get you ‘high’.
Who should consider CBD isolate?
Full-spectrum or isolate debate aside one major difference between isolates and full-spectrum CBD products out in the market is the guarantee of no THC.
That means that not only will you not feel high, but you won’t test positive on a drug test.
CBD isolate is best for two types of people:
Individuals highly sensitive to THC — even though CBD products have a limit of containing less than 0.3% THC, sensitive individuals may seek out CBD isolate products to avoid the possibility of any sort of high.
Individuals who fear to fail a drug test — while it is unlikely to test positive with CBD products, some users will stick specifically to CBD isolate to be safe.