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Are CBD Isolates Safe to Use?

Lately, CBD isolates have been getting some attention as a new, more potent form of CBD. As with any new buzzword, there’s a lot of misinformation out there muddying the waters. So what exactly are CBD isolates? Do they differ from CBD? How can you tell if what you’re buying is made with CBD or CBD isolates? It can get very confusing very fast and the lack of federal acceptance of CBD makes navigating the industry even trickier. 

Cannabidiol is touted as a very safe cannabinoid in humans and even some animals, but does consuming CBD as an isolate change that? The short answer is no, but there’s a bit more to it than that. 

What are CBD Isolates?

Before we make any sweeping conclusions about the safety of CBD isolates, we should makes sure everyone is on the same page. What exactly are CBD isolates, and how do they differ from other CBD products? CBD products labelling can be confusing at the best of times. 

So, what are cannabidiol isolates? The answer is simple. They are cannabidiol. What qualifies cannabidiol to be called cannabidiol isolates is their purity. Cannabidiol isolates have been extracted from the same hemp plants as traditional CBD, they are simply more refined. The definition is right there in the name: isolate. The CBD has been isolated from all other compounds and terpenes. This extra refinement means CBD isolates are up to 99 percent pure CBD. They contain little or no left over organic plant matter or other compounds like “full-spectrum” CBD products might. 

Synthetic or natural?

Synthetic is a scary word, and many people try to avoid synthetic products. Judging by its name alone, CBD isolates sure sound like they might be synthetic, but the exciting news is that they’re not. CBD isolates come directly from hemp; they are not created by chemical or biochemical synthesis. 

While artificially created CBD does exist, it is only used in laboratory settings as the FDA has not cleared any synthetic CBD for the market. So if you are purchasing a CBD product, whether it is in isolate form or not, you are buying something natural.

Are CBD isolates safe?

CBD in general has few known side effects, none of which are life-threatening or permanent. CBD isolates are no different. While the risk of minor side effects such as drowsiness or an upset stomach are still present, at this time there are no known side effects unique to CBD isolates. 

However, since CBD isolates are so much more potent than regular CBD products, the risk of taking too much CBD is higher. While CBD is very inexact in its dosing and research has yet to determine a dosage level that becomes truly dangerous, the risk of minor side effects showing up increases the more CBD you take. So if your body is used to 200mg of CBD oil, understand that 200mg of CBD isolates is going to be much more potent and any side effects you experience may be longer lasting or more severe. 

You may want to consult your doctor or another professional to determine the correct amount of CBD isolates to take as well as the most helpful method of consumption. Many people take CBD isolates directly by placing them under the tongue in their normal state (a fine, white powder). There is little taste associated with CBD isolates. Most of the “taste” of CBD is actually the taste of other organic hemp plant matter mixed in with the CBD. However, some people find CBD isolates more desirable if they have been mixed into an oil or honey. Just remember the dosage differences between CBD and CBD isolates. 

When are CBD isolates the right choice?

Research into CBD is still ongoing, both in full-spectrum CBD products as well as CBD isolates. Some research suggests that while CBD isolates are definitely more potent, they may not actually give you the results you expect. It may be the other plant materials in conjunction with CBD that help it achieve its full benefits. 

CBD isolates are often used when traditional, full-spectrum CBD products are unavailable or when people wish to add CBD to full-spectrum products otherwise low in CBD. 

Since federal regulations are still harsh on commercial hemp products, it can be confusing to distinguish between CBD isolates and full-spectrum CBD. Many CBD products are made with CBD isolates even if they claim otherwise. The conflicting state and federal laws on hemp products and CBD in general have resulted in an industry that is very difficult to regulate. Consumers don’t have the same level of confidence in the labeling of many CBD products that they do in more established and well-regulated products. 

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