Everything You Need to Know About CBD Isolate

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As CBD continues to make headlines across the globe and more people realize the tremendous benefits this non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp contains, CBD isolate is becoming increasingly more popular every day.

If you’re looking for one of the most potent forms of CBD, CBD isolate could become your new go-to. 

What exactly is CBD isolate, though? And why is it so beneficial?

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. 

CBD isolate contains only CBD. 

All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed, offering a finished product that’s CBD and nothing more.

How is CBD Isolate Made?

In order to get CBD out of hemp, it must be extracted. 

CBD isolate is produced by using a bit of a more detailed extraction process of its own. 

CBD isolate extraction starts out like other extraction processes used to make CBD. 

Once the initial extraction takes place, concentrated CBD is still full of all the plant material contained in the hemp plant itself.

In order to get this ultra-pure form of isolated CBD, a purifying process follows the actual extraction process. 

This purification process includes filtration where all plant material is filtered out of the extract. 

Following filtration, the extracted oil goes through what’s known as a “winterization process” that further removes any waxes or other plant materials that were still present after filtration.

What you’re left with is a fine, white powder that is 99% pure CBD.

CBD Isolate Contains ZERO THC

While most people assume CBD doesn’t contain THC, there are still trace amounts found in CBD oil that is made using the entire hemp plant. 

This is known as full-spectrum CBD and can be sold legally as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. 

While this minuscule amount typically isn’t enough for people to feel any psychoactive effects, it can still show up in a person’s system.

CBD isolate offers all the benefits of CBD without a trace of THC. 

This isolated version of CBD is excellent for anyone who is sensitive to THC or can’t have THC show up in a drug test. 

Military service members, police officers, emergency first responders, and anyone else who absolutely can’t fail a drug test will find CBD offers the relief they need, without the fear of having THC in their system.

How Exactly Do You Use CBD Isolate?

Okay, you’ve picked up some CBD isolate. 

But what exactly are you supposed to do with this tasteless, odorless, fine white powder? 

The answer is…basically anything you want.

Because CBD isolate doesn’t have any taste or odor, you can use it in a variety of ways. 

Some of the easiest ways to get your daily dose of CBD using a CBD isolate include:

Place it Directly Under Your Tongue

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Placing CBD isolate powder directly under your tongue is, by far, the easiest way to use isolate. 

Hold it there for about 60 seconds. The CBD will then be delivered to the bloodstream via the mucus membranes to provide the relief you desire. 

CBD has no taste or odor so this shouldn’t be too uncomfortable of an experience.

Creating Your Own CBD Oil and Custom Products

You can infuse CBD isolate into a carrier oil (for example, MCT oil, grapeseed, or olive) to create your own CBD oil that is measured precisely. 

This CBD oil can then be taken sublingually for desired effects.

You can also use this CBD-infused oil to cook or bake with, but keep in mind that CBD will lose its potency at higher temperatures. 

If you do want to cook with the CBD isolate oil you created, make sure you’re doing so at less than 350 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring you never go above 400 degrees.

CBD isolate heated any higher will lose most of its benefits.

CBD isolate can also be mixed with skin oils to create a topical that can be used on sore muscles or to ease inflammation and joint or arthritis pain. One of our favorites to use is a base of coconut oil 🙂

Mix it in Your Morning Juice or Smoothie

One of the easiest ways to use CBD isolate is by adding it to a glass of juice or a smoothie. 

It will blend seamlessly with your liquid, offering an extra boost of benefits to an already healthy way to start the day.

Try it in Coffee or Tea 

If juice or smoothies aren’t your thing, CBD isolate will work just as good when mixed with your morning cup of coffee or tea.

Make a CBD Sweetener

Dripping CBD Oil

Another popular method of using CBD isolate involves making it into sort of a sweetener, though -as we mentioned above CBD should be tasteless. 

To make your own CBD “sweetener”, heat up honey or agave in a double boiler (or something similar), and then mix in your CBD isolate until thoroughly dissolved. 

Use this infused sweetener on top of toast, in your tea or coffee, or even by the spoonful.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that CBD isolate is 99% pure. 

A gram of CBD isolate will typically contain over 990 milligrams of CBD. 

This means that for every one milligram of powder, you’re essentially getting one milligram of CBD. 

This makes it easier than ever to measure precise dosages and know exactly how much CBD you’re getting every time you use it.

While it might have seemed intimidating at first, there’s nothing to worry about. 

CBD isolate is actually one of the most versatile ways to use CBD that exists. 

Now that you know exactly what it is and how to use it, you can consider integrating CBD isolate into your regular wellness routine.

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109 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About CBD Isolate”

    1. Hey Leisha. Thanks for your great question. How many mgs you want to use will entirely depend on how much CBD you want to take. Everyone is different but I always recommend to start with a low dose (1 to 10 mg) and only add more gradually if needed.

      For the measuring part, I recommend you reach out to the store where you buy your CBD isolate and see what they suggest would be the best method 🙂

      1. I’m trying to dissolve a pure isolate with distilled water. Do you know the best way? Does it need to be heated or is water not a great way to dissolve the isolate? If not how best do people get the isolate into a form where I can use it on multiple products in a spray type bottle? Thank you!

          1. What is the most effective way to use the isolate to obtain the most benefit from the product? Under your tongue or a vape pen? Does it matter?

          2. Creating a water soluble product is higher level formulating. The isolate is naturally oil soluble, most people use MCT oil or a combination of hemp, MCT and whatever oils you prefer.

          3. Hi I am looking for advise is cbd isolate any good for pain as my wife has been using a 1000mg full spectrum oil in a 10ml bottle and its £50 which we just can’t afford. And a friend of mine said look at isolate. Can you help
            Thankd

        1. CBD Isolate is NOT soluble in water. It must be dissolved in an oil.
          I’m a formulation chemist and have been using the powder for custom formulation product lines.

          1. Dear Melinda,

            I want to do a gel cosmetic serum withouth oils and I need to dissolve CBD. It is soluble, for example, in glyceryn, butyleneglycol or alcohol? Maybe soluble in a PEG ?

            Thanks!
            Daniel

          2. Hi Kim. Good question. A teaspoon is a little over 4 grams (4.2 to be exact) so a whole teaspoon would be 4 grams of isolate or 4,000 mg of CBD Isolate 🙂

            A gram of CBD Isolate would be 1/4 of a teaspoon 🙂

    2. How can I purchase the powder and what is cost. Please let me know if you’re able to help me.
      Thank you for your time

    1. Hey Douglas! Thanks for that great question! I actually do not know the answer to that one as I am not a hemp farmer. Any growers out there know the answer?? Leave a comment if you do and help us out 🙂

      1. It depends on CBD potency in the plant material (ie. hemp biomass). At 10%, an approximate is 50 lbs. That number increases and might be around 75lbs per kilo of isolate if CBD % is lower around 6%. Remember that in plant material, you’re really looking at CBDa % which will convert to CBD after decarboxylation.

      2. Most business plans for equipment suggest 12% or higher, so 12 kg per 100 kg using super critical CO2 extraction. Correct me if I am wrong but often this has to do with the extraction process as well. I have seen documents stating as much as 20kg from 100kg or biomass, but again this has to do with the biomass percents. 10 percent CBD in biomass is rare… the numbers would be more like 4-6% as stated prior.

    2. Hello, I am a male, about 300# and bought a CBD Isolate, 1000 mg, Phx Naturals Brand, and have had 2 , 500mg doses, and 1, 1000 mg, & 1, 1250 dose in 24 hours. I do NOT FEEL any different. My knee, shoulder, and hip pain are still there. Why is it not working ? How much of a dose would I need for a guy my size. Please HELP IN ANY WAY… Thank you !! I am ready to just GIVE UP. – PAUL

      1. I have been using HERB ANGEL’S
        500mg CBD tincture oil and I love its benefits (bought from an illegal dispensary who finally got raided and closed). So then I bought from a Gov. run Legal Dispensary… supposedly it’s 300mg (highest they carried and lacking label info) from SOLEI and the only thing it did was waste my money. Unfortunately there are scammers making oil out there and apparently our governments are only out for their $$’s.
        You’ll have to work on word of mouth and referrals until you find a good brand. Everyone is different and just like Rx pills different kinds and different strengths work different on different ailments.
        Good luck! I love all my CBD benefits when I’ve got the right Brand.

  1. So I am an absolute beginner to CBD oils and especially the isolates. I took CBD oil until the new laws force me to take regular drug tests (even though I have never abused anything) so I have to switch to isolates so I don’t get a false positive. CBD oils have helped with anxiety and insomnia and I am sure much more. I am very confused about the mixed messages I am getting from different sites. I read on a few sites that you can put it under your tongue, and then on another site (I really trust) that encourages me not to do that but can’t say anything specific and has to be all vague due to laws (as they sell it I guess) I have no idea who to trust. I am severely disabled, and need the most simple way possible, but now I am scared to just put it under my tongue. Until now I have only used tinctures. Any advice?

    1. Hi April. Thanks for your comment. I completely understand your confusion. Will you please show me the isolate you are buying. I will be able to help you more if I have a better understanding of the exact products you are using. Waiting for your reply 🙂

    2. This website has terrible information. In explaining how isolate is made whoever gave the information was completely wrong. If you can’t trust the information from the “professor”, how can you trust anything they say? The market is so confused and to have the CBD school misrepresenting the knowledge is too bad. By the way, after the winterizing you go to a fractional distillation and the recrystalization process begins. There are pluses and minuses because of the alkaloids that are taken off tend to be beneficial. Cannagold hemp LLC, we’re growers of plants high in CBD.

    1. Gram is about $30-40
      Remember that when you buy that it’s 1000mg = 1 gram .
      Dosage that I take is about 50mg

      Recommend to buy a precision weight scale that measures MG’s

  2. I recently obtained an mmj card and have been trying out tinctures, vaporizer oils and edibles to help with my chronic lifelong insomnia. Two nights ago I used a small amount of hight-THC Rick Simpson Oil (I estimated the dose of THC to be around 75-100mg) The first night I slept and decided to repeat the dose last night. Unfortunately, after two hours, I began to experience severe anxiety. The anxiety was still present the following afternoon so I called my dispensary for advice. They suggested I use CBD Isolate to calm the anxiety. I purchased 1 gram (approximately 1 tablespoon) of Healing Resources CBD Isolate. It’s similar to baby powder in consistency. I was advised to vaporize small rice-sized amounts, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. If anything, it seems to be making the anxiety worse. Do you have any suggestions to help me with this situation?

    1. Hi Sharon. Thanks for your comment and question. Sorry to hear about the anxiety reaction. CBD has indeed shown to be helpful for some people experiencing THC induced anxiety or negative side effects.

      Since the method you tried to use didn’t work, another strategy you might want to consider is using a CBD tincture instead of vaping the isolate. I cannot guarantee this will work but it’s worth a try if you feel comfortable with it. Let us know if you decide to try it and what the results are.

      Another strategy would be to decrease the dose of THC. Perhaps it was too high of a dose and that is contributing to the anxious reaction. A good strategy is to find the smallest effective dose of THC for your needs.

      Let us know if you have more questions and we will be glad to help 🙂

      1. Are you familiar with Mile High Labs in Boulder, CO? We’re an end-to-end extraction company and produce every bit in our GMP-certified facility. If anyone on this thread is looking for quality isolate, we ship everywhere in the U.S. and deal directly with the business or consumer. No Brokers. Let me know. We can help out.

        Thanks for providing the website. Me and the guys in the office

        1. I just looked at your site and it’s awesome! Everyone’s dream is to have private label or white label. The problem is, costs are so high but one can dream! I’m just getting started as a coach and would love to have my own label.

          1. Hi Rebecca!

            I have a friend who offers competitive pricing for private labeling. All products are their-party tested and have CofA’s. If you would like more details please contact me via the email I provided below.

            Cheers,

            Elisa

    2. Yeah, 75 to 100 mg of THC is a really high dose if you’re not used to it. You should start with 10 mg and move up as you feel comfortable.

    1. I have read that CBD will interact with other drugs the way grapefruit juice does. If you have been advised not to take grapefruit juice with your medications then you should probably not take CBD with them either.

    2. I have a 1 gr. CBD Isolate container from Applachian Valley Natural Products. I do not have any measuring tool to give to my husband for pain from heart surgery. I understand he can put a sublingual amount to help with pain but how much of the gram do I give and how do I measure that?

  3. Would like to add the CBD Isolate to my morning 16 oz mug of coffee. What would be your recommendation of CBD to be added to this amount. Thank you .

    1. Hey Peter. Thanks for your question. You can determine how much isolate to add to your coffee by deciding how many mgs of CBD you want to take. Let us know if you have any additional questions 🙂

      1. Thank you for the reply. This will be my first time trying cbd in coffee . I have done quite a bit of research and have been getting mixed messages on how much I should start out with. Most of the coffee has been infused with cbd oil and not the isolate. I like the fact that the isolate has no taste and believe is more potent than the oil . Would lets say 20 mg of oil be the same potency as 20 mg of isolate. I think that answer would help me with my starting point. Thank you

        1. Hi Peter. You’re very welcome. Thanks again for the great question. I am not sure if 20 mg CBD isolate would be equivalent to 20 mg of CBD inside oil. I suspect there may be some differences in absorption, but I don’t know for sure. It would be a fantastic research project! 🙂

        2. Peter, 20 mg of isolate is much MORE potent than 20 mg of oil. With oils, the CBD isolate is dissolved in a carrier oil and may be only around 10% of the overall weight that you measure. I am still trying to figure out how to measure a twice-daily dose of CBD isolate powder, but I’ve read that a good place to start is 10-20 mg. Been trying to dose with moistened toothpicks or fingertips or other teeny-tiny spoon-shaped objects but can’t get much consistency without a scale.

  4. One gram of isolate. I have a 25 mg measuring spoon. Will that essentially still be 25 mg of CBD considering it’s not in liquid form?

  5. William Konkol Jr

    Very informative! I’m considering Isolate in addition to normal Rx to fight type 2 diabetes. Starting out with a 1kg sack per month, if there’s positive results I’ll move up. Wish me luck!

    1. Hi William. Thanks for your comment and sharing your story. We recommend you let your prescribing doctor know about your CBD plans since you said you are using Rx meds. Best of luck, William 🙂 Let us know if you have questions or if we can help out with any additional information.

  6. Is cbd good for depression I have minor depression but I am on pills for it but it seems like it is not working with to many side affect with the pills I hate taking pills any thing would help

    1. Hi Patrick. Thanks for your comment and for sharing about your personal experience. We completely understand your desire to get rid of those nasty side effects.

      There are people who do find CBD helpful for symptoms of anxiety and depression. However for others, CBD is not strong enough or doesn’t take care of the problem. There are many factors involved.

      One approach is to discuss it with your prescribing doctor or a doctor you trust. If you are open to trying it, you can consider safely transitioning away from the medication you currently take and trying CBD.

      If you want to use both at the same time, please make sure to consider talking to your doctor or a pharmacist about possible drug interactions.

      We wish you all the best. Please make sure to ask us more questions if you need more assistance with anything.

  7. Isn’t CBD fat soluble? it would seem that tinctures would be utterly useless compared with infusing it edibles — milligram for milligram the brownies I make with a sister chemical are actually 5x stronger than Marinol or any gummy bears.. if CBD is in oil form, it should be consumed with a small amount of fatty food, as is recommended with any other fat-sol nutrient (vitamin D3, K, etc)

    I find it mond boggling that nobody emphasizes this, people are wasting a *lot* of money

    1. CBD isn’t water soluble so it will absorb in a tincute under the tongue better than it will in the stomach by eating it.

    1. Hey Rose! Interesting question. We never actually considered that so we don’t know the answer. We will look into it and report back what we find! 🙂

      Have you experimented with this? What were your results? Since there are CBD bath bombs, it seems as if you could definitely do it.

  8. hi sharon,sorry about that, i know the feeling, i get it. maybe i can offer a tip, get yourself a nice hemp oil tincture, my favorite is rsho blue label. this will take down the anxiety and balance out things for you. i stay away from high doses of thc because of what you experienced. the pain relief is never worth the amps and jitters. CBD is a great pain reliever, or perhaps you can try a nice indica if you are stuck on thc, something heavier for insomnia. keep away from high levels of thc when you are trying to rest. explore and good luck! cat

  9. larry bagger vance

    Wow this article is thoroughly inaccurate people!!.. They are only leaving out 10 or 15 steps before and after winterization to achieve isolate .

  10. Hi, I’ve been taking CBD isolate for 2 days now. I typically take a 150mg dose mixed with water for anxiety/insomnia. I haven’t noticed much difference. Should I up the dose? If so, what does would give me therapeutic benefits?

    1. Hi Josh. Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately there is no standardized dosing in place at this moment. Have you considered trying a full spectrum or broad spectrum product to see if you would notice a better result?

  11. If I want to use the cbd isolate in lotions or body creams, do you have any suggestions on the dosage to help with muscle pain?

    1. Hey Jessica. Thanks for your question. There is no standardized dosage for muscle pain that we are aware of. Many people are finding their own “sweet spot” dose by gradually experimenting with small amounts.

      One strategy is to match your homemade lotion to a brand’s manufactured product that really worked well for you. Let’s say for instance you used a manufactured topical with a total of 500 mg CBD. You can duplicate this with your homemade topical and make it the same with 500 mg of CBD isolate.

      Then you can use both in the same way 🙂

      Let us know if you have any additional questions and we will be glad to help! 🙂

  12. Jennifer Blake

    I want to make an ance cream and or toner. The problem is, most recipes i’m finding are oil based. I can’t use any kind of oils topically on my face. What can i mix with the cbd isolate to use topically. And does anyone know if i can mix
    Salicylic Acid with cbd isolate? I’m basically looking for acne treatment recipes. Thanks in advance.
    Jennifer 🙂

    1. Hi Tammy. Thanks for your question. There is currently no established duration for how long to take CBD. Some people take CBD daily as they would any other daily vitamin. Other people will stop taking CBD once they feel they no longer need the CBD for whatever reason they were taking it. You may also want to discuss this question with your doctor.

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  14. Hello,
    I’m making bath bombs infused with CBD Isolate. I’m trying to figure out how much CBD powder (out of 1,000 mg container) to add to bath bomb mix that would equal out to 400 mg per one pound of bath bomb mix?

    Thank you for your help

  15. What health and healing benefits are left in CBD Isolate after stripping out all the cannabinoids out of the CBD Full Spectrum Oil? Secondly, the people buying CBD Isolate should check the Certificate of Analysis (COA) to make sure the Isolate has been washed from all the Chemicals used to make it including Pentane and Hexane.

    1. Hey GB. Great points! Thanks for commenting 🙂

      We agree on checking that for the lab reports. Good reminder.

      Regarding the benefits of isolate – many CBD studies have been done using isolate. This is the basis for the belief that it’s beneficial. The most well known studies of the usefulness of CBD isolate are those responsible for the FDA’s approval of Epidiolex.

  16. Dennis W. Klug

    From a business point, how will the legalization of recreational marijuana/medical marijuana affect the CDB business?

  17. What would be the best way to add CBD Isolate to a sports recovery drink? Further to that … If i use 1 liter of recovery fluid and add say 10 mg to that solution is it diluting the effects of the CBD … or is it a cumulative process? Does the liquid have to be heated in order to dissolve the isolate?

  18. What would be the best way to add CBD Isolate to a sports recovery drink? Further to that … If i use 1 liter of recovery fluid and add say 10 mg to that solution is it diluting the effects of the CBD … or is it a cumulative process? Does the liquid have to be heated in order to dissolve the isolate?

    1. Hi Ray. Great questions. Thanks for that! You can add it to the drink and mix right in. No, should not be any dilution. No, you do not need to hear the liquid. Best wishes to you 🙂

  19. Awesome content, this was a great introduction!

    Cheers,
    Keith

    If you are interested in purchasing our 99.9%+ Pure CBD Isolate or would like to learn more, let me know and we can begin to proceed to next steps of the process.

    Have a great day,


    Keith Carhill
    Account Manager
    w: EcoGen Labs
    t: 747.201.1263

  20. can you provide any info on making a water soluble tincture with the cbd isolate? then it could be easily dosed into a glass of tea just like the oil tincture or put under the tongue as well?

    1. Hey Mike. We asked our favorite CBD Isolate expert Zach from Bloom Hemp this question (check out our recent podcast with him, btw) and this is what he said:

      “The best thing I can think of would be to first infuse the CBD isolate with MCT oil and then mix the CBD infused MCT oil with the popcorn butter. Of course, the popcorn butter would have to be mixed with CBD at a low heat as not to burn off any CBD. After you mix the CBD and butter you’d pop the popcorn and add the butter after – again to preserve CBD. I know people do different things so I just want to make sure the CBD infused butter doesn’t get overheated at any point.”

  21. Rodney johnson

    I have a question in regard to the bottled water market, cbd oil, all products are they manufactured from the isolate or there are several forms.

  22. Logan McDonald

    Hey quick question on CBD isolate, if you were to use CBD isolate how much THC if any at all would show on drug tests? Would it make you test positive or negative for THC?

  23. Madelene Rogers

    I noticed in some of the other comments you mentioned that your favorite oil is RSHO blue label, is that this one? https://shop.medicalmarijuanainc.com/blue-label-cbd-hemp-oil-liquid-1000mg-cbd-4-oz

    I was thinking of trying out their RSHO isolate after reading this article. I love the idea of having something that is super versatile, so I can use it how I want, but also have the option of just sticking it under my tongue when I’m in a hurry. It looks like the same brand as your other recommendation, so maybe it’s worth a shot? https://shop.medicalmarijuanainc.com/rsho-cbd-isolate-powder

  24. I own a bee farm and would like to add cbd to my honey and package it for sale. Is there a certain product that would work best? I know that some cbd is water soluble.

    1. Interesting question, Travis! Best would be to reach out to a manufacturer (or who you will be buying / making the product with) to answer what would be best to use: CBD isolate, full spectrum, etc. for the final product to mix with the honey.

      Let us know what you find out!

  25. Lena Brocklehurst

    Hello can you please tell me how to dissolve isolate In oil?
    Also do I need to heat oil and cbd oil for them to mix or can I just add one to the other? Thanks

  26. Hey folks,
    I’m looking to explore how much mass loss is typically experienced when processing distillate in to Iso.

    Considering the 70-75% distillate becoming +90% isolate example used, with a 75% distillate starter ending with a 90% isolate is the mass loss at all related to the change in CBD % (a 15% loss in mass from start to finish)?
    What observation in mass change have you experienced from start to finish?
    Any co-relations you base expected yield outcomes on?

    Thanks!

    1. Can you tell me if I want to mix 1000 kg of islolate in to mct oil to have 30 Ml with 500 mg ratio what process and equipment I will need ?

  27. What will happen to the CBD powder under my tongue?

    Will it melt?

    What I’m worried about is the CBD re-crystalizing in my bloodstream and cause a potential blockage.

    Please get back I need to know what happens.

  28. What is the formula to produce accurately measured mtc oil in various strengths? How much isolate per oz of oil to make 25, 10, and 5ml oil?

    And also how would I determine how much oil to use to make gummies?

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