Why would anyone consider using CBD isolate? With the full-spectrum version of CBD, you get the abundant bounty of the hemp plant from which it is derived, which includes more than a hundred cannabinoids and other naturally-occurring elements that offer a variety of health benefits, like antioxidant terpenes, fatty acids and essential vitamins. Additionally, you get all of that with little or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that gives users a high.
There’s also broad-spectrum CBD, which also contains many cannabinoids but has no THC whatsoever.
So why do some stirling CBD users prefer it in its isolate form? Sure, it’s pure and powerful after all of the non-CBD cannabinoids and plant parts and anything that is not CBD have been filtered out. But it looks rather…plain. And it has no aroma. Is there an advantage to CBD isolate over its full- or broad-spectrum counterparts?
As indicated above, there are at least five.
CBD isolate won’t cause you to fail a drug test.
Full-spectrum CBD is unlikely to negatively affect the results of a drug test, but it could, for several reasons. Under federal law, CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC. Some manufacturers remove it so that their oils, tinctures, and sprays have none at all. Others do not go to that extent, but they do comply with the federal limit, which means there’s still an outside chance that trace amounts of THC in someone’s system could register as a positive on a drug screening. A very few unscrupulous manufacturers who don’t concern themselves with quality control may sell products whose THC levels are misrepresented on their labels. It is this last group that could cause a CBD user to fail a drug test and not be hired or to be terminated from a job they have.
But with marijuana – which packs quite a THC punch – becoming legalized in more and more states, is drug testing still a concern? So many people are using it as a medicinal or recreational drug these days. Isn’t drug testing a thing of the past?
Plenty of industries continue to require it, particularly for employees in safety-sensitive positions. In the health care, manufacturing, transportation, and construction industries, to name a few, employees or would-be employees who must work in hazardous environments or who are responsible for the lives of others must undergo drug testing. Air traffic controllers, construction workers who perform tasks at dangerous heights, truck drivers, railroad engineers, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are a few of the worker categories that may be subject to it.
CBD isolate won’t get you high.
CBD isolate contains not one iota of THC. Although you are unlikely to get that feeling of euphoria which users describe as a “high” from full-spectrum CBD, it is legally allowed to contain a very small amount of THC, so it is possible. With CBD isolate, there’s no chance.
Marijuana users tend to enjoy that sensation, but not everyone does. For some, getting high makes them feel paranoid and anxious, socially awkward, or hyperaware. It may cloud their judgment or exacerbate existing mental disorders. People who have unpleasant physiological reactions to getting high tend to avoid THC.
CBD isolate has no flavor.
This may sound like a disadvantage, but CBD isolate’s lack of flavor makes it extremely versatile. You can bake it in brownies, blend it in smoothies, mix it into your marinara sauce or simply stir it into your morning orange juice and it won’t affect the flavor one bit. You can also take it sublingually – by putting it under your tongue and letting it dissolve – without any unpleasant aftertaste.
Of course, eating and drinking CBD isolate is not the only way to use it. You can also smoke it or vape it, to name a few other intake methods. However, if you are going to consume it as an edible, its flavorless quality comes in handy.
It is easy to figure out doses with CBD isolate.
This is an especially strong selling point. In order to boost sales, many manufacturers add things like flavors, aromas, essential oils, aloe vera, sugar, and coloring to their products. There’s nothing innately wrong with these extras, but they do make it more difficult to determine the exact amount of CBD you’re ingesting or absorbing. With CBD isolate, there are no additional ingredients. All you’re getting is pure CBD.
You will still have to determine the dosage that is appropriate for you, based on your unique health profile, your weight, and the reason you’re taking the CBD to isolate – the benefit you hope to get from it. How quickly you want to experience that benefit has more to do with how you take the CBD to isolate rather than how much of it you take. (Vaping, for instance, gets you speedy results.)
A word of warning: if you are already a user of full-spectrum CBD, you should not take the same amount of CBD isolate. Remember: the isolate form is very potent. You will need less of it. Whether you are new to the isolate or new to CBD altogether, the best practices for dosing are the same: start with a minimal amount, like 10 mg. A small scale can be useful in measuring your dose. Monitor how your body responds to that amount over the course of several days to a week. If you are taking the CBD to isolate to help reduce anxiety and you feel relief, you’ve arrived at the correct dosage. If your anxiety is unabated, increase the amount you’re taking. If the CBD affects you in a way you don’t like, try a lesser amount.
Most people report that the therapeutic effects of CBD last approximately six hours, so it’s common to take CBD two or three times a day.
CBD isolate is less expensive than full-spectrum CBD.
On a cost-per-milligram basis, CBD isolate is considerably less expensive than full-spectrum forms of CBD, like oils, tinctures, and gummies. On average, the cost per 1,000 mg of the isolate is $25, while 1,000 mg of CBD oil may be priced at $60.