What is CBD Isolate?

What is CBD Isolate?
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As the popularity of CBD products continues to skyrocket upwards into a multi-billion dollar industry, more and more people are accepting the golden cannabinoid – and are even beginning to experiment with it. Who could blame them? With all of the buzz that is emitting from the CBD enthusiasts regarding CBD isolate tinctures, CBD edibles, and even CBD lotions how could anybody ignore the possible benefits of a CBD product?

Possible Benefits of CBD

There is a big difference between putting a couple of drops of a CBD tincture under your tongue, and taking a few large bong hits of some strong marijuana. Perhaps the federal government isn’t quite ready to give the United States the green light on pot yet. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that a little bit of CBD can help a person to relax, calm down, and get relief from discomfort. It could be that after a long, hard day of work the best medicine is to simply indulge in a little bit of cannabidiol, which means there is no need to clog your lungs up with bong smoke.

Although there is evidence that suggests there are anti-inflammatory properties that are present in CBD, there is no evidence whatsoever that suggests CBD will cause a person to get high. The psychoactive properties of THC are far from the calming properties of CBD, which means that you can get the benefits of CBD without having to feel the effects of THC.

Full Spectrum Hemp Extracts 

In order to better understand what a CBD isolate is, it is important to know what a full-spectrum extract is. 


The hemp plant contains an assortment of compounds known as cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN, are all cannabinoids that are similar in regards to the way that they are formed in the cannabis plant, but are very different from one another on a molecular level.


Flavonoids are a group of complex phytonutrients that are present in most of the plants that are on the planet. They are prevalent in the hemp plant as well and have been shown to possess a certain level of health benefits for people that consume them. Studies have determined that they can help with brain function, blood sugar regulation, and fighting off free radicals.


Terpenes are present in most of the plants that are on the planet as well. They are well-known for the specific odors and tastes that they give off for each different type of plant that they reside in. For example, the terpenes that are in the hemp plant have an unmistakable odor that can only be found in the genus cannabis plant family. Roses, lavenders, citrus trees, pine trees, and licorice plants all have their own tastes and scents that come from the presence of terpenes. Certain scents and tastes have been known to cause a calming effect or even a stimulative effect on people that are exposed to them.

In the process of a full-spectrum hemp extract, the full spectrum of the plant is extracted from the bulk of the plant and turned into an oil extract that contains all of the compounds that are found in the hemp plant, including THC, CBD, the flavonoids, the terpenes, and everything else. Basically, a full-spectrum extract is pulling the essential oil from the hemp plant in its most natural form.

Although there is THC present in a full-spectrum extract, there can only legally be 3% THC content or less. So, yes there is THC, but not enough to cause a high.

Broad-Spectrum Hemp Extracts

When the hemp is processed in a broad-spectrum hemp extract technique, there are extra layers in the process that alleviate the presence of THC so that the oil that is formed has most of the essential contents of a full-spectrum extract, but is void of THC.

CBD Isolate Extracts

CBD is an extremely coveted cannabinoid so there is no shock that the industry has developed a procedure that extracts the pure CBD out of a hemp plant. This process pulls the CBD from the extract and isolates it from every other compound, so they call it a CBD isolate.

A CBD isolate can be a crystalline solid that contains 99% pure CBD. Traditional extraction methods will remove all compounds from the plant following refinement that strips away all other phytocannabinoids. The end result is a product of either large CBD crystals or a fine white powder.

CBD isolates can also be formed as tinctures where the essential oil is extracted from the solid hemp plant by way of supercritical carbon dioxide leaving behind a pure, isolated CBD oil tincture.

The Bottom Line

Although CBD isolate extracts are a pure form of CBD void of all the other cannabinoids that are available in the hemp plant, experts argue over the concept of the entourage effect where all of the components that are within the hemp plant come together as one to deliver a more robust beneficial effect for the user. Yes, there is THC present in a full-spectrum extract, but is that a bad thing? It depends on who you ask. The great thing is that we all have a choice in regards to the way we would prefer to have our CBD products. What matters most is that the quality of the hemp products that you are putting in your body is high and top-notch like the people at High Falls Hemp NY deliver to their customers. If you are going to indulge in the benefits that CBD has to offer, make sure you only use the best that there is.